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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 8, 2012 


Holden Sworn In as State 
Assembly Member

 Assembly Member Chris 
Holden was sworn in Monday 
as the representative of the 
new 41st Assembly District, 
and the Majority Whip of the 
Assembly Democratic Caucus. 
Holden’s inaugural legislative 
effort, also introduced Monday, 
is a bill addressing economic 
development and jobs creation. 
AB 9 notes that California 
workers and businesses face the 
harshest economic conditions 
since the Great Depression. 
Unemployment in California 
remains in double digits.

 “We need jobs here and we 
need jobs now. AB 9 represents 
the first step in my commitment 
to creating jobs here in the 
41st District, and in the State 
of California. I am honored 
to begin my service in the 
Assembly and will leverage all 
of my resources as a Member of 
the Speaker’s Leadership Team 
work to improve California’s 

 AB 9 provides the platform to 
develop, evaluate, and negotiate 
economic development 
policy. Mr. Holden has begun 
to meet with business and 
labor organizations, and with 
members of both political 
parties to explore areas of 
cooperation and consensus.

 Holden represents the 
41st Assembly District, 
encompassing the cities of 
Pasadena, portions of South 
Pasadena, portions of East 
Pasadena, Sierra Madre, 
Monrovia, La Verne, Altadena, 
San Dimas, Claremont, and 
Upland. He previously served as 
a Councilmember and Mayor 
for the City of Pasadena, where 
he was first elected in 1989.

Holden will also be sworn-
in at a local ceremony and 
celebration to be held Sunday, 
4 p.m. at Noor Terrace, 260 E. 

 Pasadena Mayor Bill 
Bogaard will serve as 
master of ceremonies and 
Congresswoman Judy Chu will 
do the honors as he is sworn in 
before family, friends and local 

 Applications will be available 
for two weeks for Pasadena 
residents living and registered 
to vote in City Council District 
3 who are interested in seeking 
appointment to fill the vacancy 
on the City Council due to 
Chris Holden’s election to the 
State Assembly.

 Applications will be available 
beginning Thursday, Dec. 13 
until Thursday, Dec. 27 from 
the City Clerk’s Office, 100 
N. Garfield Ave., Room S228, 
during regular business hours. 

Altadena sheriff deputies 
are asking for the public’s 
help regarding a call 
Thursday morning of shots 
fired Lincoln Avenue and 
Harriet Street in Altadena. 
No one was hurt in the 
incident authorities said. 

 According to reports, 
deputies responded to the 
call around 9 a.m.

 Deputies received 
additional information 
that the victim had driven 
to the 300 block of West 
Mendocino St. Once 
located, the victim led the 
deputies to the intersection 
of Casitas Ave. and Harriet 
St. where the deputies found 
evidence that a shooting 

 The victim told the deputies 
that unknown person(s) in 
a dark colored small SUV 
type vehicle opened fire on 
him while he was driving 
in his car. The victim was 
not struck by the gunfire, 
although the victim’s vehicle 
was struck numerous times. 

 The Altadena Sheriffs 
are asking anyone with 
information to call 
detectives at 626-798-1131. 

 Partner to prevent or 
report crime by contacting 
Altadena Sheriff’s Station. 
Or if you wish to remain 
Anonymous, call “LA Crime 
Stoppers” by dialing 800-
222-TIPS (8477), texting 
the letters TIPLA plus your 
tip to CRIMES (274637), 
or using the website http:// 

Helicopter Crash Initial Report Released

By Dean Lee

 The National Transportation 
Safety Board released 
preliminary information 
Friday relating to a Nov. 17 
collision in which a Pasadena 
Police helicopter struck 
another stationary helicopter 
at the Benedict Heliport in 
Altadena sending five people 
to the hospital with minor 

 According to NTSB 
officials, the two Bell OH-58 
helicopters struck one another 
while one was attempting to 
park shortly before 4 p.m. 
Both helicopters sustained 
substantial damage.

 From the official report, one 
aircraft departed the heliport 
toward the Rose Bowl to 
provide traffic support for 
a football game. About 
3 minutes later, another 
helicopter was moved out 
of the hangar and parked 
immediately adjacent to the 
west side of Pad 1 placing it 
in between Pad 1 and Pad 
2. The parked helicopter’s 
engine was started and the 
main rotor blades were 
turning. A short time later, 
the Lieutenant on duty 
walked out of the office 
and toward the parked 
helicopter. The left side door 
of the parked helicopter was 
open, and the Lieutenant 
was standing on the landing 
gear skids when the accident 
occurred. About 3 minutes 
later, the helicopter returning 
from the Rose Bowl was 
observed approaching from 
the west on a right pattern 
for landing to the south on 
the main landing pad. Once 
over the main landing pad 
the helicopter was observed 
turning left, and then hover-
taxied toward Pad 2. Once 
the helicopter reached Pad 2 
it turned to the right, and as 
it settled to the ground, the 
main rotor blades contacted 
the main rotor blades of the 
standing helicopter.

 The commercial pilot and 
two passengers of the landing 
helicopter received minor 
injuries. The commercial 
pilot and tactical flight 
officer (TFO) of the parked 
helicopter also received 
minor injuries, one other 
person on the ground also 
received minor injuries 
according to the report. 

to Celebrate 

burger Week

Santa Visits City Hall

PCC Hall 
of Famer 
From Brain 


 Pasadena City College Sports 
Hall of Famer and football 
alumnus Jerome Harrison, the 
only running back in school 
history to post back-to-back 
1,000 yard rushing seasons 
in 2002-2003, was profiled by 
CBS Sports during its NFL 
Thanksgiving Day national 

 In 2011, Harrison was 
diagnosed with a brain tumor 
during a routine physical after 
being involved in a trade.

 Harrison played in the NFL 
for the Cleveland Browns, 
Philadelphia Eagles and 
Detroit Lions from 2006 until 
last season. 

 As an All-American at 
Washington State University, 
Harrison led the nation in 
rushing his senior season in 
2005. Now 29, Harrison was 
inducted into PCC’s Sports 
Hall of Fame in 2011 as he 
attended and spoke at the 
induction ceremony that year.

 Restaurants, burger 
stands, bars and lounges 
will celebrate Cheeseburger 
Week with special offerings, 
creative interpretations 
of the cheeseburger and 
cheeseburger alternatives. 
Ever wonder how a sushi 
restaurant would interpret 
the cheeseburger? Are you 
curious to taste a Latvian-
inspired crepe version of a 

 Cheeseburger Week 
celebrates the invention of 
America’s favorite food in 
its birthplace, Pasadena, 
California. From January 
13-18, 2013, Pasadena 
salutes Lionel Sternberger 
for his mastery, insight, 
innovation and daring in 
placing a piece of cheese 
atop a hamburger for 
the first time in recorded 
culinary history at the Rite 
Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

 President and Chief 
Executive Officer Pasadena 
Chamber of Commerce 
invites burger lovers to 
take the Cheeseburger 
Challenge and celebrate 
Pasadena’s culinary legacy 
in the city where the 
cheeseburger was invented. 
For information visit 

Pet of 
the Week

It was highly rumored that 
Santa Claus would make a 
special appearance during 
the city’s annual Holiday Tree 
Lighting Thursday night and 
that’s just what happened as 
dozens of children and parents 
alike lined up to snap photos 
with old Kris Kringle.

 Earlier, Mayor Bill Bogaard 
was joined by Miss Pasadena 
Amanda Alissa Perez to help 
light the holiday tree. 

 The Pasadena Fire Department 
also collected new, unwrapped 
toys from attendees, to donate, 
as gifts for needy children as 
part of the annual “Spark of 
Love” Toy Drive sponsored by 
the Fire Department with the 
local ABC television station.

 Pasadena’s Armory Center 
for the Arts hosted a special 
“Holiday Crafts from the Around 
World” for young people to do. 
The crafts highlight the holiday 
celebrations of cultures from 
around the globe.

 Holiday entertainment was 
provided before and after the 
tree lighting by Pasadena Idol 
2012 winner Chelsea J; the 
Blair IB Singers from Blair 
High School; the Hamilton 
Dance Troupe and the 
Hamilton Adventure Program 
Singers, both from Hamilton 
Elementary School.

 The event was organized by 
the City’s Human Services and 
Recreation Department, with 
help from the Mayor’s Office, 
the Department of Public 
Works, Pasadena Water & 
Power, the Fire Department and 
the City Manager’s Office.


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

 Hazel is an energetic five-
year-old, brown and white 
St. Bernard mix. She loves 
to play with toys and loves 
to go for walks. Hazel has 
also been out on our Mobile 
Outreach Unit to several 
community events. An 
experienced dog owner who 
is used to having larger dogs 
would be best for her. She’d 
love to find a loving home 
in time for the holidays. 

 Hazel’s adoption fee is 
$120, 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. She also 
qualifies for our Seniors 
for Seniors program for 
eligible adopters. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A316856, 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.


 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 Dec. 11 
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.

U.N. Human Rights Day; 
‘Year of Water Cooperation’

PCC Library 
to Offer 
Finals Hours

 Officials from Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory (JPL) and Urban 
Homestead City Farm, a 
Pasadena model for sustainable 
living, will join Pasadena 
Mayor Bill Bogaard for the 
United Nations Association’s 
and City of Pasadena’s Human 
Rights Day event from 3:00 
p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, at the 
Central Library, 285 E. Walnut 
St., Donald Wright Auditorium. 

 To celebrate the 64th 
anniversary of the United 
Nations Universal Declaration 
of Human Rights, and as 
a kick-off for 2013 as the 
United Nations’ “Year of Water 
Cooperation,” Mayor Bogaard 
will join the Pasadena/Foothills 
Chapter of the United Nations 
Association (UNA) in hosting 
a free public event focused on 
water sustainability. 

 “Sustainable, safe water is 
critical to quality of life here 
in Pasadena, in the nation, 
and around the world,” Mayor 
Bogaard said. “In our lifetime, 
access to clean water has been 
taken for granted. We believe 
it is a basic human right, but 
billions of citizens around 
the world do not enjoy that 
privilege. It could become a 
national security issue.” 

 Hadiara Diallo, originally from 
Niger, will share her experiences 
in West African villages 
with the Wells Bring Hope 
project and Pierre Mainguy, 
creator of Community First 
Initiatives—designed to fight 
poverty in developing and 
transitional nations—will 
share his experiences in rural 
Cambodia. Both non-profits 
are empowering people living 
in forgotten villages to create 
sustainable means of improving 
their livelihoods. 

 Activities will include exhibits 
on water conservations and 
sustainability by Pasadena’s 
Department of Water and 
Power, Caltech and JPL. At the 
event, Caltech representatives 
plan to unveil a self-contained, 
PV-powered domestic toilet 
and wastewater treatment 

 Admission is free. Light 
refreshments will be provided. 
Free parking is available in the 
Central Library parking lot. For 
Pasadena ARTS bus and other 
transit schedules, visit www. 

 For more information visit 
or call Rhonda Stone, Field 
Representative to the Mayor, at 
(626) 744-7147. 

NASA Announces New 
Multi-Year Mars Program

 The Shatford Library is 
extending hours for Fall 
2012 finals from Monday, 
December 3- Wednesday, 
December 12. All study 
spaces and computer labs 
will be available during 
extended hours. Librarians 
will be at the Reference 
Desk (2nd floor) for 
research help.

Extended Hours will be as 

Monday 12/3- Thursday 


Friday, 12/7


Saturday, 12/8


Sunday, 12/9


Monday, 12/10-Wednesday, 


Regular hours will resume 
on Thursday, 12/13. The 
library will be closed Mon, 
Dec 17 - Sun, Jan 6 for 
Winter Vacation.


 Building on the success 
of Curiosity’s Red Planet 
landing, NASA has announced 
plans for a robust multi-year 
Mars program, including a 
new robotic science rover 
set to launch in 2020. This 
announcement affirms the 
agency’s commitment to a 
bold exploration program that 
meets our nation’s scientific and 
human exploration objectives.

 “The Obama administration 
is committed to a robust Mars 
exploration program,” NASA 
Administrator Charles Bolden 
said. “With this next mission, 
we’re ensuring America 
remains the world leader in the 
exploration of the Red Planet, 
while taking another significant 
step toward sending humans 
there in the 2030s.”

 The planned portfolio includes 
the Curiosity and Opportunity 
rovers; two NASA spacecraft 
and contributions to one 
European spacecraft currently 
orbiting Mars; the 2013 launch 
of the Mars Atmosphere and 
Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) 
orbiter to study the Martian 
upper atmosphere; the Interior 
Exploration using Seismic 
Investigations, Geodesy and 
Heat Transport (InSight) 
mission, which will take the 
first look into the deep interior 
of Mars; and participation in 
ESA’s 2016 and 2018 ExoMars 
missions, including providing 
“Electra” telecommunication 
radios to ESA’s 2016 mission and 
a critical element of the premier 
astrobiology instrument on the 
2018 ExoMars rover.

 The plan to design and build a 
new Mars robotic science rover 
with a launch in 2020 comes 
only months after the agency 
announced InSight, which 
will launch in 2016, bringing a 
total of seven NASA missions 
operating or being planned to 
study and explore our Earth-
like neighbor.

 The 2020 mission will 
constitute another step toward 
being responsive to high-
priority science goals and the 
president’s challenge of sending 
humans to Mars orbit in the