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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 24, 2012 

One City, One Story, 
“The Age Of Miracles”

City Paves 
Way for NFL 
Use of the 
Rose Bowl

Police Give 
Names of 
Injured in 

Air Collision

 Mayor Bill Bogaard along with 
Library Director Jan Sanders 
announced last week Pasadena’s 
eleventh One City, One Story 
community reading selection, 
“The Age of Miracles,” by author 
Karen Thompson Walker during 
a ceremony at the central library. 

 Luminous, haunting, 
unforgettable, The Age of 
Miracles is a story about coming 
of age during extraordinary 
times, about people going on 
with their lives in an era of 
profound uncertainty.

 Thompson Walker was born and 
raised in San Diego, California, 
where The Age of Miracles is 
set. She studied English and 
creative writing at UCLA, where 
she wrote for the UCLA Daily 
Bruin. After college, she worked 
as a newspaper reporter in the 
San Diego area before moving 
to New York City to attend 
the Columbia University MFA 

 Thompson Walker is the 
recipient of the 2011 Sirenland 
Fellowship as well as a Bomb 
Magazine fiction prize. She lives 
in Brooklyn with her husband.

 One City, One Story activities 
and events will be scheduled 
for March 2013. A community 
dialogue with the author is 
scheduled for Thursday, March 
14. Details of book discussion 
groups, film series, lectures and 
other events will be announced 
in the near future. 

 One City, One Story is designed 
to broaden and deepen an 
appreciation of reading and 
literature in the community. 
To engage participants in 
dialogue and bring Pasadenans 
together by promoting greater 
understanding of differing 
points of view. 

 For more information visit or 
call (626) 744-7270.

By Dean Lee

 After a flood of opposition 
from the public against the idea 
of allowing the Rose Bowl to 
be used as a temporary home 
to a professional football team, 
the city council voted Monday 
night 7-1 in favor preliminary 
steps that would allow the city to 
negotiate with an NFL team to 
host home games at the stadium 
for no more than five years.

 The City Council approved 
amending the Arroyo Seco 
Public Lands Ordinance 
and certifying the final 
Environmental Impact Report 

 Councilmember Terry Tornek 
cast the lone opposing vote 
saying that nearby residents 
should not be burdened with 
the city’s $43 million shortfall 
for the stadium’s ballooned $195 
million renovation project. 

 Towards the end of the night 
Councilmember Steve Madison 
called for the Rose Bowl 
Operating Company to launch 
an independent review of the 
stadium’s renovation deficit. 

 “We need to scrub [investigate] 
this budget shortfall.., Madison 
said. “It is beyond unusual to 
have that kind of shortfall in 
a project of this magnitude. 
We entered into contracts that 
were quite clear. We owe the 
community collectively an 

 City Manager Michael Beck 
said a review was already being 
worked on.

“You will see the first phase 
of that, even, before we bring 
forward the concept of the 
additional funding,” Beck said. 

 Other councilmembers said 
they had a responsibility to, at 
least, open the possibility for 
negotiations with an NFL team 
should they arise. Barrett Sports 
Group, consulting firm, hired 
by the city to oversee any deal, 
said an NFL lease could bring in 
between $5 to $10 million each 

 According to a press statement 
from the city, 48 people spoke at 
Monday’s meeting. City Officials 
estimated 125 people attend the 
six hour hearing that ended just 
after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. 
The crowd overwhelmingly 
opposed the plans.

 Residents complained that 
bringing pro football to the city 
would increase traffic, noise and 
unruly fans. 

 Jonas Peters, a Caltech 
chemistry professor, circulated 
photos of trash around the Rose 
Bowl the day after last week’s 
UCLA-USC game. Other 
photos showed fighting between 
fans something Councilmember 
Steve Madison said he found 
disturbing. Peters argued the 
city needed to better manage 
events now before thinking of 
adding more. 

 According to city staff, The 
Arroyo Seco Public Lands 
Ordinance previously restricted 
large events at the stadium with 
20,000 or more attending to 12 
large events per year, absent 
special findings. 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 NFL events per 

 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 staff said.

 A number of neighborhood 
groups also threatened to sue the 
city to stop or reverse any plan 
to bring professional football to 

 National Transportation 
Safety Board (NTSB) to 
head investigation

 Police on Monday gave the 
names six people, five officers 
and a local contractor, involved 
in an accident Saturday 
between two Pasadena Police 
Helicopters when their rotor 
blades touched during a 
landing maneuver at the 
Altadena heliport.

 According to police, the 
following individuals were 
involved in the collision; 
Lieutenant Michael Ingram 
(Commanding Officer), 
Officer Carol Eldridge (Pilot), 
Lieutenant Randell Taylor 
(Traffic Observer), Officer 
Markus Mendenhall (Pilot), 
Officer Ryan Smith (Observer), 
Civilian (Contractor).

 The aircrews were 
transported by the Pasadena 
Fire Department to local 
area hospitals for medical 
evaluation. Officials said the 
aircraft involved were both 
Bell OH-58’s, they sustained 
extensive damage.

 On Sunday, the NTSB and 
FAA met with Police Chief 
Phillip Sanchez and Deputy 
Chief Darryl Qualls to conduct 
a preliminary investigation. 
The NTSB will be the lead 
agency into the investigation 
of the accident. Sanchez said, 
“The NTSB and FAA have 
the full cooperation of the 
Pasadena Police Department 
in their investigation.”

 The NTSB will post their 
preliminary findings in 
approximately 10 days 
Sanchez said. The factual 
findings will post in one year 
and the final report will post 
in three years, per the National 
Transportation Safety Board 
guidelines he added.

 Police said one of the 
helicopters had just returned 
from monitoring the football 
game at the Rose Bowl 
between UCLA and USC. The 
other helicopter was on patrol. 

 Police said they still have four 
working helicopters and that 
service would not be affected 
by the crash.


Library Director Jan Sanders, Mayor Bill Bogaard

Local Museum Announces 
Two New Exhibitions

 Pacific Asia Museum 
announces two upcoming 
exhibitions: The Garden in 
Asia (on view now through 
November 17, 2013) and The 
Art of Continuity: Revering our 
Elders (on view December 14, 
2012 through January 5, 2014). 
These exhibitions will be held 
in the Changing Exhibition 
Galleries, and will feature 
significant rotations in 2013.

 “Because these exhibitions draw 
deeply from our permanent 
collection, we’re excited to share 
many important objects that are 
not often on view,” said Curator 
Bridget Bray. “In addition, the 
thematic nature of these shows 
allows us to incorporate a cross-
cultural perspective, enriching 
the visitor experience.”

 The Garden in Asia features 
objects from across Asia that 
demonstrate the role of the 
garden as a source of inspiration 
throughout the centuries. 
The exhibition includes 
paintings, prints, lacquerware, 
sculpture and textiles from 
throughout East and South 
Asia. The exhibition focuses 
on the garden as a creative 
space, both intellectually and 
artistically, but also the respite 
that nature, encapsulated in 
gardens, offers in daily life. 
The included artworks allow 
visitors to experience the 
impact gardens have made on 
artists’ literal study of nature 
as well as its more abstract and 
emotional qualities. After their 
visit to this exhibition, visitors 
are encouraged to spend time 
in Pacific Asia Museum’s 
renowned courtyard garden for 
a complete experience.

 The Art of Continuity: 
Revering our Elders examines 
the impact of the veneration 
of ancestors and lineages on 
the arts of Asia. In cultures 
informed by Confucian values, 
worship of family ancestors 
has generated countless objects 
for use in prescribed rituals. 
In other areas of Asia and the 
Pacific Islands, elders of prior 
generations are revered for 
their accumulated wisdom 
and ability to guide us through 
life’s transitions. The exhibition 
includes paintings and sculpture 
from East Asia and the Pacific 
Islands, including China, Korea 
and Papua New Guinea. 

 A full calendar of events is 
available at pacificasiamuseum.

 Pasadena Police detectives 
arrested a Palmdale resident 
Tuesday in connection 
with a September murder 
that occurred during an 
attempted robbery of a local 

 Police said at approximately 
5:00 p.m., they arrested 
23-year-old, Rashad McCoy 
for the alleged murder of 
Joseph Jones, also 23.

 According to police, Jones 
was visiting with friends 
near the corner of Howard 
Street and Mentone Avenue 
when they were approached 
by McCoy who attempted 
to rob them. 

 Following the attempted 
robbery, McCoy hid in the 
rear yard of a residence near 
Stanton Street and Newport 
Avenue, where he laid-
in-wait for Jones and his 
friends to approach. Jones 
was shot once in the upper 
torso. McCoy then fired 
additional rounds toward 
the remaining victims as 
they fled. McCoy ran to a 
nearby car and left the area.

 Anyone with information 
regarding the incident 
is asked to contact 
the Pasadena Police 
Department Detective 
Section at (626) 744-4511.

Portantino Gets Awards from 
Community Groups, Metro



 As Assemblymember 
Anthony Portantino’s tenure 
in the state Assembly draws 
to a close, several community 
organizations have recognized 
him for his work on behalf of 
the 44th Assembly District.

 The Pasadena Chapter of 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority 
held a “community thank 
you” and celebration for 
Assemblymember Portantino, 
citing his “outstanding service 
to the constituents of the 
44th Assembly District”. The 
Sunday afternoon event was 
co-sponsored by Pasadena 
City College and was a way 
for community members to 
express their appreciation for 
Portantino’s six years of service 
in the Assembly. 

 The Metro Gold Line 
Foothill Construction 
Authority has also recognized 
Assemblymember Portantino 
for his “extraordinary” efforts 
on behalf of the Gold Line.

 “I have loved representing 
the 44th Assembly District and 
feel I was ‘just doing my job’. 
Together so many people are 
committed to serving the San 
Gabriel Valley and I feel lucky 
to be one of them, Portantino 

 NATHA – Neighbors Acting 
Together Helping All – also paid 
tribute to Assemblymember 
Portantino with their IMPACT 
award. And, Mentoring 
and Partnership for Youth 
Development – MPYD – 
organized an evening reception 
at John Muir High School in 
Pasadena last Thursday as a 
thank you.

Pet of 
the Week


 Letty is a very sweet, social 
young bunny. She’s very 
soft and has amazing blue 
and black eyes. She loves 
being held, and if you’re 
lucky, she will fall asleep in 
you arms. Letty also enjoys 
sunbathing. She’d love to 
find a loving home in time 
for the holidays. 

 Letty’s adoption fee is $30, 
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 
A318198, 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. 

 Learn not just how to 
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Please Help 
a Family in 
Need during 
the Holiday 


 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. 27 
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.

Rover Providing New 
Weather Data about Mars


 Observations of wind 
patterns and natural radiation 
patterns on Mars by NASA’s 
Curiosity rover are helping 
scientists better understand 
the environment on the Red 
Planet’s surface.

 Researchers using the car-
sized mobile laboratory have 
identified transient whirlwinds, 
mapped winds in relation 
to slopes, tracked daily and 
seasonal changes in air 
pressure, and linked rhythmic 
changes in radiation to daily 
atmospheric changes. Evidence 
about environmental changes 
on Mars that might have led to 
conditions favorable for life.

 During the first 12 weeks 
after Curiosity landed in 
an area named Gale Crater, 
an international team of 
researchers analyzed data from 
more than 20 atmospheric 
events with at least one 
characteristic of a whirlwind 
recorded by the Rover 
Environmental Monitoring 
Station (REMS) instrument. 
Those characteristics can 
include a brief dip in air 
pressure, a change in wind 
direction, a change in wind 
speed, a rise in air temperature 
or a dip in ultraviolet light 
reaching the rover. 

 In many regions of Mars, dust-
devil tracks and shadows have 
been seen from orbit, but those 
visual clues have not been seen 
in Gale Crater. One possibility 
is that vortex whirlwinds arise 
at Gale without lifting as much 
dust as they do elsewhere.

 “Dust in the atmosphere has 
a major role in shaping the 
climate on Mars,” said Manuel 
de la Torre Juarez of JPL. He is 
the investigation scientist for 
REMS, which Spain provided 
for the mission. “The dust lifted 
by dust devils and dust storms 
warms the atmosphere.”

The overall goal of NASA’s Mars 
Science Laboratory mission 
is to use 10 instruments on 
Curiosity to assess whether 
areas inside Gale Crater ever 
offered a habitable environment 
for microbes.

 For more information about 
Curiosity and its mission, visit: and .

Museum to Hold 3rd Annual 
Lunar New Year Festival

 Please donate non-
perishable, canned 
food items and/or an 
unwrapped toy for 
children ages 2 - 12. 

 Items can be delivered 
to the Altadena sheriff’s 
station, 780 e. Altadena 
drive, beginning November 
13 through December 
8, 2012. distribution to 
families will be on Saturday, 
December 22, 2012, 8am 
– 12pm, at the Altadena 
community center, 730 e. 
Altadena drive. 

 For more information 
contact deputy Ronnie 
Manier or Sergeant Matthew 
bossier at (626)798-1131 or 


 Pacific Asia Museum will 
hold the third annual Lunar 
New Year Festival on Saturday, 
February 2nd from 11 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. celebrating Year of 
the Snake. Admission to the 
events, performances, crafts, 
demonstrations, and museum 
galleries is free and open to the 

 performances will includ a 
lion dance and the renowned 
Xiao Hong Hua children’s 
dance group from Nanjing, 
China, as well as performances 
representing other Asian 
cultures. The event will also 
feature activities, crafts and 
food trucks throughout the 
museum and in the tented 
parking lot. Visiting artists 
will also demonstrate a variety 
of traditional art forms from 

 In addition, Pacific Asia 
Museum will reprise 2012’s 
successful Cultural Week 
featuring Xiao Hong Hua and 
visiting artists from China in 
partnership with the Ministry of 
Culture of the People’s Republic 
of China and the Consulate 
General of the People’s Republic 
of China in Los Angeles. In 
addition to their presence on 
February 2, from January 30 
through February 1 (Wednesday 
through Friday) the artists will 
give workshops to school and 
community groups each day. A 
full schedule will soon be posted