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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 12, 2013 

Recall Papers Filed Against 
Council Member Madison



Group angered over 
Madison’s support 
of the NFL’s possible 
temporary use of the 
Rose Bowl

 West Pasadena residents made 
good on a threat to try to recall 
Pasadena Councilmember Steve 
Madison, over his support to 
temporally bring an NFL team 
to the Rose Bowl, as organizers 
filed a notice with the city clerk’s 
office Thursday of their intent 
to circulate a petition to remove 

 According to reports, Mason 
has until Jan. 17 to respond.

 City Council members voted 
in November 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.

 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 year. Madison and other 
councilmembers said they had 
a responsibility to, at least, open 
the possibility for negotiations 
with an NFL team should they 

 In November the city 
council approved amending 
the Arroyo Seco Public Lands 
Ordinance and certifying the 
Final Environmental Impact 
Report (EIR). The proposed 
amendment to the ordinance 
would allow up to 13 additional 
NFL events per year. 

 According to city staff 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.

 City officials said the money 
is sorely needed to help fill 
a$43 million shortfall for the 
stadium’s nearly $195 million 
renovation project.

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

 On the website 
organizers said “Steve Madison 
must be replaced with a 
representative committed to 
protecting our quality of life.”

 “Steve Madison is willing to 
sell our weekends and precious 
family time to the highest 

 Organizers have 120 days to 
gather signatures from at least 
20 percent of registered voters, 
in district 6, in order to trigger a 
recall election. 

 On Monday the city council 
approved issuing an additional 
$30 million in bonds and 
refinancing existing bonds to 
help fill the renovation funding 
gap. Madison called for the Rose 
Bowl Operating Company to 
launch an independent review 
of the stadium’s deficit.

 Pasadena Police 
announced Wednesday 
they have arrested a second 
suspect, identified gang 
member, Jerron Harris of 
Pasadena, involved in the 
deadly shooting Christmas 
day. Criminal charges 
were filed against Harris 
for the murder of Victor 
McClinton a popular youth 
coach. He was taken into 
custody without incident.

 Police say McClinton was 
an innocent bystander Dec. 
25 when he was struck by 
a bullet fired in a series of 
rounds toward a known 
gang member, Damion 

 On January 5, Pasadena 
Police Detectives, U.S. 
Marshalls from the Pacific 
Southwest Regional 
Fugitive Taskforce and Los 
Angeles County Sheriff’s 
Deputies, arrested the at a 
motel in Gardena.

Detectives also determined 
there were two additional 
occupants in Taylor’s 
vehicle during the shooting 
but were not at the scene 
when officers arrived.

 On Tuesday police located 
one of the occupants. Upon 
contact, officers discovered 
the subject was carrying a 
loaded firearm. The suspect, 
a 16-year-old Altadena 
resident, was also arrested 
for Minor in Possession of 
a Handgun. He is also on 
probation and an identified 
gang member police said. 
He remains in custody at 
Eastlake Juvenile Facility.

 Police Chief Phillip Sanchez 
stated, “The Pasadena Police 
Department’s Homicide/
Assault Unit and our law 
enforcement partners have 
been committed to solving 
this crime and proactively 
reducing the impact of 
gangs on our community. 
Their collaborative efforts 
have taken violent criminals 
off the streets.”

All Saints Forum Discusses Gun Violence

Over 125 local residents, 
city leaders and gun control 
advocates, including former 
Chancellor of the California 
Community Colleges System 
Jack Scott and director of public 
health for Pasadena Eric Walsh 
gathered Thursday night at All 
Saints Church to share stories 
and concerns over recent events 
involving gun violence.

Scott told the group that he 
became active in gun control 
after his son Adam Scott was 
fatally shot. Scott said his 
son was an attorney who had 
recently graduated from USC 
Law School. Adam Scott was 
killed at a party when one of his 
friends had a shotgun, which 
he did not know was loaded 

“There is nothing that is as 
traumatic or terrible as to lose 
a child,” Scott said. “He had a 
job in an outstanding law firm 
downtown and really had a great 
carrier ahead of him.”

Scott said shortly thereafter he 
cofounded “the Coalition for a 
Nonviolent City.”

Scott said he authored a number 
of bills in the state dealing with 
gun safety.

“One had to do with the fact that 
very gun in California would be 
sold with a trigger lock which 
would cut down on accidental 
deaths,” he explained. “Another 
said, and this was sponsored by 
the chiefs of police in California, 
someone who carried a 
concealed weapon without 
a permit could be tried for a 
felony or misdemeanor.” 

Scott made reference to the 
Sandy Hook Elementary School 
massacre Dec. 14.

“Some individual, Adam Lanza, 
goes in and shoots those in the 
first grade, takes the life of 20 
first graders. I can just feel the 
pain of a father that describes 
the beauty of his little girl and 
she had two younger siblings, 
who is he going to explain that 
to them.

Two people in the forum told 
personal stories about Sandy 
Hook, one had a friend that 
attended the funeral. All Saints 
Church officials asked that 
specifics not be shared by the 
media and there was no audio 
recording allowed. A number 
of TV broadcasters did record 
video although without sound.

A number of others talked about 
suicides something director of 
public health Walsh called an 

Organizers said the meeting was 
to focus on outreach including, 
local groups and legislation 
supporting gun control.

Five File 
to Fill District 
3 Vacancy

Five residents have filed 
the required applications 
to be considered for the 
temporary appointment 
after Councilmember Chris 
Holden resigned from his 
position on the Pasadena 
City Council representing 
District 3 to assume 
the duties of California 
State Assemblymember 
representing the 41st 

 The City Council will hold 
a Special Meeting beginning 
at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 
22, to conduct interviews 
with five applicants and 
make an appointment to 
fill the District 3 Council 
vacancy. The meeting will 
be held at City Hall, in the 
Council Chamber, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave., Room S249

 Applicants includ Joel 
Bryant, Brian Carmody, 
Sharon Graham Higuera, 
Tarek Shawky and Craig 

 During the Jan. 22 
meeting, the City Clerk will 
conduct a random drawing 
to determine the applicants’ 
order to be interviewed. No 
applicants will be permitted 
in the Council Chamber 
during interviews of any 
other applicant. Each 
applicant will be allowed up 
to a six minutes to make a 

 The City Council will then 
ask each applicant a series of 
predetermined questions. 
At the conclusion of the 
interviews, all applicants 
will be invited to return 
to the Council Chamber 
to observe the Council’s 
deliberation and vote. 

 The City Clerk will 
administer the oath of office 
to the newly-appointed 
Councilmember following 
the selection process and 
the successful applicant will 
begin serving immediately.

Congressman Sworn in 
to Serve Seventh Term

Jack Scott

 Congressman Adam Schiff 
was sworn into Congress for 
his seventh term to serve 
California’s 28th Congressional 
District. Schiff announced that 
he will continue to serve on the 
powerful House Appropriations 
Committee and House 
Permanent Select Committee 
on Intelligence.

 “We have so much to 
accomplish over the next two 
years,” said Rep. Schiff. “It’s my 
hope that we can work together 
on both sides of the aisle to 
tackle some of our country’s 
most pressing challenges – 
restoring jobs and the economy, 
cutting our debt and deficit, 
finding commonsense solutions 
to gun violence, and continuing 
to bolster our national 
security. Congress must stop 
lurching from crisis to crisis 
and proactively address the 
challenges we face.”

 Schiff will represent the 
newly created 28th District in 
Congress, including all or parts 
of Atwater Village, Burbank, 
East Hollywood, Echo Park, 
Elysian Valley, Glendale, Griffith 
Park, Hollywood, Hollywood 
Hills, La Cañada Flintridge, La 
Crescenta, Los Feliz, Montrose, 
Pasadena, Shadow Hills, Silver 
Lake, Sunland, Tujunga and 
West Hollywood.

 Schiff continued, “While 
I’m sad that I will no longer 
represent many areas that I have 
represented for the past decade, 
I’ve enjoyed getting to know so 
many of my new constituents 
and getting reacquainted 
with those communities that 
I represented earlier in my 

 Prior to the last redistricting 
ten years ago, Schiff represented 
Atwater Village, Silver Lake, 
Los Feliz, Sunland, Tujunga, 
La Crescenta, and La Cañada 
Flintridge - all parts of the new 
28th District. He has always 
represented Burbank, Glendale 
and Pasadena, much of which 
are also included in the 28th.

Council Member to Hold 
‘Mix and Mingle’ Event

 Councilmember Jacque 
Robinson is sponsoring a 
“Mix and Mingle” Neighbor-
to-Neighbor event. This year’s 
event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 
8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 
at Pinocchio’s Pizza, 1449 N. 
Lake Ave, near Rio Grande 
Street. Parking is available 
off-street behind the building. 
Complimentary refreshments 
will be served.

 “This is a great opportunity 
for District 1 neighbors to meet 
each other and to learn more 
about the City,” Councilmember 
Robinson said. “I encourage 
District 1 residents to learn who 
their neighbors are so that we 
can help each other as needs 

 Councilmember Robinson 
will provide greetings and 
comments at 7:00 p.m.

 The event is free, but RSVPs 
should be sent as soon 
as possible to district1@ or by calling 
(626) 744-4444

Pet of the 

NASA Scientist Honored By 
National Academy of Sciences

 William Borucki, science 
principal investigator for 
NASA’s Kepler mission at the 
agency’s Ames Research Center 
at Moffett Field in California, is 
the recipient of the 2013 Henry 
Draper Medal awarded by the 
National Academy of Sciences.

 Borucki is honored for 
his founding concept and 
visionary leadership during the 
development of Kepler, which 
uses transit photometry to 
determine the frequency and 
kinds of planets around other 

 “This is a commendable 
recognition for Bill Borucki 
and the Kepler mission,” said 
John Grunsfeld, associate 
administrator for the Science 
Mission Directorate at NASA 
Headquarters in Washington. 
“It is well deserved and a tribute 
both to Bill’s dedication and 
persistence and the fantastic 
and exciting results from 

 Bandita is a very social and 
friendly 12-year-old gray tabby. 
She’s one of our communal 
room cats and gets along well 
with her roommates. She’s very 
vocal and loves to be petted 

 Bandita’s regular 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. 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 
A318900, 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

Festival of 


The Pasadena Festival of 
Women Authors brings 
together a group of diverse 
and well-published Southern 
California female authors 
to discuss their work with a 
group of enthusiastic people 
whose love of literature 
inspired the event. Their 
work includes fiction, non-
fiction and plays. The 
festival provides an intimate 
setting where authors and 
guests will be able to interact 
with each other and authors 
will be available to answer 
questions and sign their 
books for guests.

 The 5th Annual Pasadena 
Festival of Women Authors 
will be held on Saturday, 
March 9, 2013. This 
prestigious event, featuring 
four award-winning 
Southern California 
authors – Aimee Bender, Bo 
Caldwell, Gabrielle Pina and 
Kathleen Sharp -- will take 
place at the Pasadena Senior 
Center, 85 East Holly Street, 
Pasadena, Calif. (9:30AM 
– 1:30PM). Reyna Grande, 
who was chosen as the 2013 
Writer-in-Residence for the 
program at Pasadena City 
College, will be the kick-off 
speaker. She was one of the 
Festival’s featured writers in 

 Proceeds from the event will 
benefit the Pasadena Senior 
Center and the Pasadena City 
College Writer-in-Residence 
program. In the last four 
years, the Pasadena Festival 
of Women Authors has 
generated nearly $90,000.00 
in donations. Last year 
from proceeds of the event, 
$2,000.00 was given to 
Pasadena City College to 
fund their first Writer-in-
Residence program. Tickets 
for the festival are $85.00 per 
person and include lunch. 
Reserved tables of 10 are 

 for more information visit


Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

Pasadena Media offers 
a free television-training 
program for volunteers. 
Various Areas of training 
are available to Pasadena 
residents. Plan to attend 
an orientation to discover 
the right classes for you. 
Producers’ Training teaches 
citizens how to produce their 
own show for The Arroyo 
Channel. Studio Production/
Equipment training is 
also offered for volunteer 
crewmembers. In addition, 
on-going training and 
memberships are available in 
our citizen journalism and 
digital film groups. Call the 
office (626) 794-8585 or go 
explore all that Pasadena 
Media has to offer.

Authors to 
Discuss Their 
Newest Book

 Co-authors Thomas Norman 
DeWolf and Sharon Leslie 
Morgan will discuss their 
book, Gather at the Table: The 
Healing Journey of a Daughter 
of Slavery and a Son of the 
Slave Trade which “offers hope 
and encouragement to all who 
aspire to engage in a process of 
‘change’ —to right the wrongs 
of the past and forge a more 
just and peaceful future” on 
Wednesday, January 23, 5 
p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch 
Library, 1355 N. Raymond 
Ave. A question and answer 
session and book signing will 
follow. For more information, 
contact Diane Walker at (626) 

Class Offerings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Nightly

Orientation: 1st & 3rd Monday

Producers’ Training 2nd & 4th Monday

Camera 1st & 3rd Tuesday

Character Generator 2nd & 4th Tuesday

Lighting 1st & 3rd Wednesday

Audio 2nd & 4th Wednesday

Video Tape Operator 1st & 3rd Thursday

Technical Director 2nd & 4th Thursday

Stage Manager 1st & 3rd Friday

Teleprompter 2nd & 4th Friday

Citizen Journalism Every Tuesday

Digital Film Group Every Thursday