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 Mountain Views News Saturday, October 6, 2012 



Three Pasadena-based nonprofits collaborating to help local 
public education supporters make informed decisions about 
November ballot propositions 


Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Education Network (PEN), Invest 
in PUSD Kids (IIPK), and the Pasadena Educational Foundation 
(PEF) are co-sponsoring a free non-partisan informational 
program to help voters who support public education 
better understand their options on the California ballot this 

“The Education Voter: How voting for Propositions 30 or 38 
(or both) can impact California’s Public Schools”, will take 
place on Thursday, October 11, 7:30-9:00 pm, at All Saints 
Church (Sweetland Hall), 132 N. Euclid Ave. in Pasadena. 
The program is free and open to the public.

Presenters will include representatives from the League of 
Women Voters, which endorses Proposition 30, the PTA, 
which endorses Proposition 38, and Educate Our State, 
which advocates a “Yes” vote on both measures.

Featured presenter Kimberly Tso, a writer and economics 
educator, will give the audience a closer look at the two tax 
proposals, teaching some basic tax vocabulary and concepts 
while using Propositions 30 and 38 as examples to illustrate 
how progressive taxes can be used to support public education. 
Tso, who has a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard’s 
John F. Kennedy School of Government, will facilitate 
a brief audience exercise in which participants can practice 
responding to common statements made about tax proposals 
for education, and get more comfortable explaining their 
own stance on the two propositions.

“My personal mission is to provide people from all walks of 
life with the tools they need to participate in economic policy 
decisions,” says Tso, whose “women, economics and values” 
blog reflects her experience as a founding board member and 
lead trainer of Just Economics - a collective of women activists, 
organizers, ethicists and economists that works to make 
economics accessible, engaging and empowering. 

“The intent of this program is to help participants understand 
the competing arguments and make their own informed decisions,” 
says PEN Board President Chris Brandow. “PEN’s 
bylaws prevent us taking a position on statewide ballot initiatives, 
but our mission is all about helping parents make well-
informed choices.”

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the exercise 
and ask questions of Tso and the other presenters.

“We cannot afford to have voters who care about education 
stay away from the polls because the choices are too confusing,” 
says Invest in PUSD Kids Board President Steve Cole. 
“Supporters of public education are concerned about what 
could happen to our schools if our votes are split and neither 
Prop. 30 or 38 pass in November. But it’s hard to sort out the 
campaign rhetoric and figure out what we as parents can do 
to prevent this happening.”

PEF President George Brumder agrees. “There is a huge 
amount at stake in this election. We all want to make informed 
decisions on November 6th, and this program will 
help us do that.”

Alverno High School

200 N. Michillinda Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3463 Head of School: Ann M. Gillick 

E-mail address:

Arcadia High School

180 Campus Drive Arcadia, CA 91007

Phone: (626) 821-8370, Principal: David L. Vannasdall

Arroyo Pacific Academy

41 W. Santa Clara St. Arcadia, Ca, 

(626) 294-0661 Principal: Phil Clarke

E-mail address:

Barnhart School

240 W. Colorado Blvd Arcadia, Ca. 91007

(626) 446-5588 Head of School: Joanne Testa Cross

Kindergarten - 8th grade


Bethany Christian School

93 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-3527 Principal: James Lugenbuehl

E-mail address:

Foothill Oaks Academy

822 Bradbourne Ave., Duarte, CA 91010

(626) 301-9809

The Gooden School

192 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-2410 Head of School: Patty Patano


High Point Academy

1720 Kinneloa Canyon Road

Pasadena, Ca. 91107 626-798-8989


LaSalle High School

3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 351-8951 


Monrovia High School

325 East Huntington Drive, Monrovia, CA 91016 

(626) 471-2000, 


Norma Coombs Alternative School

2600 Paloma St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 798-0759 Principal: Dr. Vanessa Watkins 

E-mail address:

Odyssey Charter School

725 W. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001

(626) 229-0993 Head of School: Lauren O’Neill


Pasadena High School

2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, Ca. 

(626) 798-8901 Principal: Dr. Derick Evans


Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave. Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 website:

St. Rita Catholic School

322 N. Baldwin Ave. Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-9028 website:

Sierra Madre Elementary School

141 W. Highland Ave, Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 355-1428 Principal: Gayle Bluemel


Sierra Madre Middle School 

160 N. Canon Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024

(626) 836-2947 Principal: Gayle Bluemel

Contact person: Garrett Newsom, Asst. Principal

E-mail address:

Walden School

74 S San Gabriel Blvd

Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 792-6166

Weizmann Day School

1434 N. Altadena Dr. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 797-0204

Lisa Feldman: Head of School

Wilson Middle School

300 S. Madre St. Pasadena, Ca. 91107

(626) 449-7390 Principal: Ruth Esseln

E-mail address:

Pasadena Unified School District

351 S. Hudson Ave., Pasadena, Ca. 91109

(626) 795-6981 Website:


By Lara L. Larramendi

Alverno, the 2011 Horizon League 
Cross Country Champions for 
Varsity and Junior Varsity, began 
its defense of their titles with 
wins over Bishop Conaty at the 
League’s opening meet of the 
season Wednesday, September 26at 
Griffith Park. Alverno’s Varsity 
team scored 36 points with four 
runners finishing in the top 8 in 
the race. The Jaguars finished 
first (Eryn Blakely, 17:29), third 
(Katherine Haysbert 17:52), 
seventh (Adrianna Martinez 
23:00) and eighth (Madi Mennie 
23:11). Junior Jessica Lopez, 
working her way back from 
injuries, rounded out the varsity 
with a seventeenth place finish 

After Blakely crossed the finish line first, the most 
exciting finish was the race for second place. The 
difference between second place (Sacred Heart of Jesus) 
and third place finish by Alverno’s Katherine Haysbert 
was only .33 seconds.. These three runners will face each 
other head on at the October 10th Horizon League cluster 

The Griffith Park course on which they ran is very different from 
the hilly Bell-Jeff course they ran four days before. This faster and 
more competitive 3 mile course is almost all flat and sandy as it is 
primarily an equestrian trail.

Contributing to the team win was the rest of the Alverno team 
finishers. Cross country is scored by adding the finishing results 
of the team’s top 5 runners. The lowest score, the highest finishers, 
wins. These runners in order of crossing the finishing line were 
Katia Jauregui (sophomore), Brett Richey, Adriana Nava, Vanessa 
Serrano, Rose Boubion, Victoria Pintado and Kimberly Ganivet.

The Jaguars continue to miss varsity runners Ashley Haylett and 
Francesca Rueda due to illness. The next Horizon League cluster 
meet will be on Wednesday October 3rd at Crescenta Valley Park 
at 4:00 P.M. hosted by Holy Family. 

THE REEL DEAL: by Ben Show

Movie Reviews Especially for Teens & ‘Tweens


 Ok, this was a bad movie, even 
by kid’s standards. It has a thin plot, voice 
acting as erratic as ‘Fairly Oddparents’, and 
decent animation. Nothing felt coherent 
and, overall, this movie fell down on the 

 The overprotective Count Dracula 
(Adam Sandler) is preparing to throw 
his daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez), 
her 118th birthday party. As the party 
approaches, Mavis wants more and more 
to visit the world of the humans, but 
her father forbids it. Meanwhile, all of 
their friends arrive: Frankenstein (Kevin 
James), the Wolfman (Steve Buscemi), and 
the Mummy (Ceelo Green). Everything is 
going according to plan until the monsters 
receive a very unusual guest: a human. 

 Now, on paper, this was a very 
good idea, but the execution was terrible. 
The directing (Genndy Tartakovsky), 
screenplay (Peter Baynham, Robert 
Smigel), and the voice acting were below 
average. I will admit that this movie did 
have its funny moments, but they were 
few and far apart and everything else just 
didn’t flow. This was a waste of an hour 
and a half.