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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 17, 2012 

Sandwich Company to serve 
‘Thanksgiving Share a Meal’

Council to 
Consider NFL 
Use at the 
Rose Bowl

The Pasadena Sandwich 
Company will serve 
Thanksgiving meals to 
families in Pasadena who 
are transitioning from self-
sufficiency to homelessness.

 The “Thanksgiving Share A 
Meal” is a collaborative effort of 
the Pasadena Fire Department, 
Pasadena Unified School 
District, Pasadena Sandwich 
Company and the Stephen E. 
Fink Memorial Fund.

 Stephen Fink was a sandwich 
artist and was known in 
Pasadena for his great 
sandwiches, big heart, and 
giving back to the community. 
The Stephen E. Fink Memorial 
Fund was created not only 
to remember a great man, 
but to raise awareness and 
help research Amyloidosis. 
Amyloidosis is a rare blood 
disease which affects one or 
more organ systems in the body. 
The accumulation of abnormal 
proteins affect the organs until 
they are unable to function 

 The Fire Department has 
a long standing tradition of 
giving back to the community 
it serves and has supported the 
Pasadena Sandwich Company 
in their ongoing outreach to 
bring greater awareness to 
families facing difficult times. 

 Families have been selected 
and are being personally 
invited to this event, which 
will be coordinated through 
the Pasadena Unified School 

 To help make this event reality, 
the partnering agencies are 
asking the public to help by 
donating monetary and food 
contributions, paper goods, 
books and decorative/festive 
items. These items can be 
donated directly to the Pasadena 
Sandwich Company at 259 
Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, 
Pasadena, CA. 91106 or by 
calling Pasadena Fire Inspector 
Steven Lawhorn at 626-744-
7187 or Inspector Thomas at 

The City Council is 
scheduled Monday to 
consider amending the 
Arroyo Seco Public Lands 
Ordinance as a preliminary 
step that would allow a 
National Football League 
(NFL) team to temporarily 
use the Rose Bowl Stadium. 
The meeting will be held 
at 6:30 p.m. in the Council 
Chambers, on the second 
floor of City Hall, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave.

The proposed amendment 
would allow an NFL team 
to host home games at the 
Rose Bowl Stadium for no 
more than five years if, and 
when, an NFL team moves 
to the Los Angeles area 
while a permanent stadium 
is being constructed 

The Arroyo Seco Public 
Lands Ordinance currently 
restricts large events at the 
stadium with 20,000 or 
more attending to 12 such 
large events per year. Of 
those 12 events, seven are 
contractually reserved for 
University of California Los 
Angeles (UCLA) football 
games, plus two post-season 
collegiate games, including 
the Rose Bowl game. The 
proposed amendment to 
the ordinance would allow 
up to 13 additional large 
events per year for no more 
than five years. 

The additional events would 
only be allowed if the City 
enters into an agreement 
with an NFL team to lease 
the Rose Bowl Stadium. 
No NFL team has been 
identified as moving to Los 
Angeles and the City and 
the Rose Bowl Operating 
Company have not begun 
negotiations to lease the 
stadium to an NFL team. 

The city, last week, released 
the Final Environmental 
Impact Report (EIR) and 
related documents that 
were prepared regarding 
the proposed amendment 
to the ordinance. 

Photo courtesy of Pasadena Fire

Man Charged in Deadly Fire 
Could Face the Death Penalty

By Dean Lee

 Charges filed against a 
man suspected of purposely 
setting a fire at a boarding 
home in Northwest Pasadena 
that killed two people and 
seriously injured another last 
month, include two counts 
of capital murder and 15 
counts of attempted murder 
as well as other arson related 

 Garth Allen Robbins, 49, 
could face the death penalty 
according to a statement 
from the LA County District 
Attorney’s Office.

At his arraignment Nov. 6 
Robbins pleaded not guilty 
to all 19 charges including 
arson that causes great 
bodily injury and arson of an 
inhabited structure.

 He was ordered held without 

 L.A. County Superior 
Court Judge Terry Smerling 
scheduled a conference the 
beginning of December 
moving the case forward. 

 Investigators said suspicious 
circumstances led them to 
believe the fire at the adult 
living facility located at 1385 
El Sereno Avenue may have 
been set by Robbins in a room 
he rented at the location. 

 Police said Paul Richard 
Boyd, 75, and Cliff Juan 
Clark, 56, both died in the 

 Another resident, Perry 
Simons was seriously 
injured, as 16 others had to 
be evacuated according to 
Pasadena Fire Spokeswoman 
Lisa Derderian.

One Colorado’s Annual 
Tree-Lighting with Santa

Headed to 

PWP Sends Help to Storm-
Ravaged New York

 Charles Phoenix, the 
cheery, charming humorist, 
will help One Colorado 
light up the Holiday season 
at their annual tree lighting 
ceremony. The evening’s 
festivities will include 
seasonal songs from the 
Friendship Baptist Music 
Ministry, and the 2013 Rose 
Queen and Her Royal Court 
will assist Santa light One 
Colorado’s dazzling 35-foot 
Christmas tree.

The free event will be held 
Friday, November 23, 6pm – 

After the tree is lit, guests 
will enjoy complimentary 
cookies and hot cocoa while 
Roland & Adriane delight 
the crowd with mellifluous 
and melodic musings.

Santa will also be sticking 
around for photos. Guests 
bringing a new, unwrapped 
toy for the Charles Cherniss 
Tournament of Toys 
drive will get a free photo 
(November 23, 6:00pm – 
8:00pm only). Through the 
Pasadena Jaycee’s Operation 
Santa toys will be distributed 
to underprivileged children 
in the San Gabriel Valley.

One Colorado will also open 
its direct line to Santa so you 
can let him know, in writing, 
that you’ve been very good 
this year. Drop him a letter in 
Santa’s Mailbox and receive a 
personal reply.

 Judy Chu wins new 
redrawn 27th District, 
will represent Pasadena, 
Schiff also wins 

Pasadena Councilmember 
Chris Holden easily won in 
the Nov. 6 local Assembly race 
with nearly 58 percent of the 
vote, beating out Claremont 
businesswoman Donna Lowe. 
Holden will represent the 
41st District covering foothill 
communities from La Canada 
Flintridge to Upland including 
most of Pasadena.

 According to Secretary of 
State Debra Brown, Holden 
received 84,094 votes, 57.6 
percent to Lowe’s 42.4 percent, 
she received 61,899 votes. 

 Holden thanked supporters 
election night at a rally at the 
Democratic headquarters on 
South Lake Avenue. Holden 
had been recently criticized 
for, what some considered, 
retracting his support for 
the 710 freeway extension. 
He instead abstained until 
an environmental study is 
published. Lowe, a Tea Party 
member, was outspoken 
against the 4.5 mile project 
that would run through many 
west Pasadena neighborhoods.

 On Capitol Hill 

 Longtime San Gabriel Valley 
representative Judy Chu won 
a second term in congress in 
a race for the newly created 
27TH district which includes 
Pasadena. Chu beat out 
Monrovia small business 
owner Jack Orswell with 65.36 
percent of the vote.

 Adam Schiff also won over 
actor Phil Jennerjahn, with 
140,381 votes for 76 percent, 
for the 28th Congressional 
District that now includes 
West Hollywood. The district 
still contains a small part of 
Pasadena including all of the 
JPL campus.

Pet of the 


 Update- Water & Power 
Crew Back in New York area 
encounter snow! Recent 
photo shown here of the 
Pasadena Water & Power 
trucks covered in snow as 
our team helps people in 
New York recover from 
Super Storm Sandy. Best 
wishes to our team as they 
help out others in need. 

 The City of Pasadena sent 
six electrical experts from 
the Pasadena Water and 
Power Department (PWP) 
in response to a mutual aid 
request from the Long Island 
Power Authority to help 
restore power to portions of 
New York ravaged by Super 
Storm Sandy.

 “The President has asked 
that power be restored as 
soon as possible and we 
are answering that call for 
help by assisting our fellow 
public utility to restore 
power to its customers,” said 
Phyllis Currie, PWP General 

 The PWP team is part 
of a larger contingent of 
utility crews from Anaheim, 
Burbank, Los Angeles and 
Riverside that are flying out 
of March AFB today on C-17 
military cargo planes. In all, 
90 personnel and 52 vehicles 
are being sent, including the 
six-member PWP team and 
three PWP utility vehicles, 
Currie said.

 The mutual aid team is 
expected to be on the East 
Coast for approximately 
two weeks. Costs will be 
reimbursed via the Long 
Island Power Authority 
under a mutual aid 
agreement established 
through the American Public 
Power Association.

 For more information about 
PWP go to cityofpasadena.

Learn not just how to 
blog but how to report 
the news


 The Pasadena Community 
Network and this newspaper 
are holding a workshop on 
Citizen Journalism. 

 This group is the place where 
aspiring journalists can learn 
from trained professionals 
and support their local 
community by covering what’s 
really happening in their 

 We will put the news in your 
hands. Learn how to find 
the story, the tools needed 
to capture the story and the 
means to tell the story using the 
power of video, audio and print 
along with online social media 
The next meeting is Nov. 20 
from 6:30 p.m. to 8p.m. at the 
Pasadena Community Network 
- Studio G, 2057 N. Los Robles 

 For more info call 626.794.8585.

 Ana Molly is a sweet two-
year-old black shorthair 
cat. She’s very social and 
gets along well with other 
cats since she lives in our 
communal cat room. She 
loves being petted too. 

 Ana Molly’s adoption 
fee is $70, which includes 
her spay surgery, a 
microchip, the first set of 
vaccinations, as well as 
a free follow-up health 
check at a participating vet. 
New adopters will receive 
complimentary health and 
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information on how to 
care for your pet. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A315608, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11-4 
Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday –
Friday, 9-4 Saturday. Pets 
may not be available for 
adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
from phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

Local Election; Candidate 
Filing Period Opens

The Pasadena City Clerk’s 
Office last week issued the 
notice for the March 5, 2013 
Primary Nominating Election 
for the city council and the 
Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD).

 Pasadena’s eligible voters will 
be able to participate next year 
in electing local representatives 
for Pasadena’s City Council 
Districts 3, 5 and 7 and for 
PUSD Board of Education 
members representing the 
newly formed District Seats 1, 
3, 5 and 7. Candidates for both 
City Council and PUSD will be 
vying for four-year terms each. 

 For candidates, the official 
nomination period opened 
Nov. 13 and closes Dec. 7, 
2012 for both the City and 
PUSD elections. Go online 
cityclerk/election for election 
information or call the City 
Clerk’s Office at (626) 744-4124. 
The City’s web page will be 
regularly updated as candidates 
file nomination papers and if 
local measures are added to the 

 Poll workers and accessible 
polling sites are needed for the 
March 5, 2013 consolidated 
City and PUSD primary 
election and the April 16, 2013 
general municipal election. If 
you speak Chinese, Korean 
or Spanish, you are especially 
needed! Poll workers provide 
a critical community service to 
the election process. Call the 
City Clerk’s Office to help your 
community with the upcoming 
elections by signing up today 
as a poll worker or to host a 
polling site.

 Polls for both elections will 
be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 

Panel Discussion on Future 
for Water in Pasadena

District Hosts 
Shop Indie

As part of Pasadena’s 
ongoing Water Centennial 
Celebration this month, 
Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) has partnered with 
the Arroyo Seco Foundation 
to produce a panel discussion 
on the future of water in 
Pasadena and California.

Industry leaders will come 
together for this free public 
event to address the unique 
supply challenges and 
opportunities facing the 
region. Specific topics will 
include: the future of the 
Bay Delta and the Colorado 
River; integrated planning, 
storm water capture and new 
technology in the new age; 
water as a global challenge 
and how Pasadena fits in; and 
finally, a look at Pasadena’s 
water policy perspective. 
Moderated by Ann Erdman.

This panel discussion will 
be the first of a two-part 
series this month. On 
Tuesday, November 27 th 
water industry experts will 
provide a look into the City’s 
rich water history during 
a second panel discussion 
titled: “Pasadena’s Century of 
Influence in Water Works.” 
7pm-8:30pm at the Pasadena 
Central Library.

 Over 30 local independent 
businesses will be participating 
in the Playhouse District 
Association’s Playhouse 
Shop Indie! on Saturday, 
November 24th. The event 
invites shoppers to enjoy 
extraordinary savings and 
holiday treats as well as enter 
opportunity drawing to win an 
iPad Mini.

Christmas carolers will be 
strolling through the District 
offering holiday cheer for all 
the shoppers. 

Shoppers who visit 6 
businesses will be entered into 
a drawing for an iPad Mini. 
No purchases are necessary 
For more information visit
shopindie or call 626.744.0340