Mountain Views News     Logo: MVNews     Saturday, June 15, 2013

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LETTER - cont. from page 1

We have at least a year’s water 
already purchased from the 
District and sitting in the Main 
Basin in storage. In order to receive 
the water, the City would 
have to pay watermaster fees 
and Arcadia’s operational cost 
in pumping the water to Sierra 
Madre, which increase the cost 
of water production by over 
50%. However, while Arcadia 
is currently willing and able 
to provide this water to Sierra 
Madre, Arcadia may not be 
able to provide the water in the 
future, as their water system 
capabilities have also been impacted. 
Additionally, importing 
the water from Arcadia is 
more costly as compared to Sierra 
Madre’s water department 
pumping the water from the 

A second option would be to 
access water via the Metropolitan 
Water District emergency 
connection as the current water 
supply conditions for Sierra 
Madre would most likely qualify 
as an emergency. This is the 
new connection near Grand 
View Avenue which is scheduled 
for completion in mid-
June. Once the connection is in 
place, the City can draw water 
from that source. This source 
of water is more expensive than 
the City’s groundwater, and 
could potentially increase the 
cost of water production by as 
much as 374%.

What is the City doing to conserve 

Residents, businesses, churches, 
schools, and the City must 
conserve water, now more 
than ever. The City is also conserving 
and has made major 
adjustments in the irrigation 
schedules at the City’s parks 
and other facilities. The City’s 
number one water use is for irrigation 
purposes. Community 
members will see a browning of 
turf areas, namely in our parks. 
Just like our customers, the 
City will also have a conservation 
target and will pay penalties 
if consumption is exceeded. 
The City will continue to make 
adjustments to reduce irrigation, 
and wherever possible will 
shut off irrigation altogether.

Information on conservation 
recommendations and the 
City’s latest efforts in the conservation 
cause can be found 

In the well diagram,please refer 
to your orignial letter or go 
to the city’s website, the static 
water surface elevations shown 
in blue are the elevations of the 
water when the wells are not 
in operation. When a well is in 
operation, it forms a localized 
inverted cone in the water surface 
around itself, known as the 
drawdown. The “bowls” are the 
submerged pumping mechanism 
down in the well. As the 
water surface approaches the 
top of the bowls (212 feet above 
sea level), well production 
stops. The City’s water surface 
is currently very close at 293 
feet above sea level


Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 15, 2013 



At the May 28, 2013 City 
Council meeting, the City 
Council adopted new open 
hours for City Hall and the 
Community Recreation 
offices as a part of the fiscal 
year 2013-2015 bi-annual 
budget. Beginning July 
1, 2013 the offices at City 
Hall and the Community 
Recreation centers will be 
open Monday - Thursday 
11:00am - 5:30pm.

The Council implemented 
the new open hours at 
City Hall and Community 
Recreation offices to offset 
for the reduced staffing levels 
implemented over the last five 
years. The adopted FY 2013-
2015 budget also includes 
additional consolidated job 
responsibilities as well as 
technology enhancements 
to continue to improve work 
efficiencies and effectiveness, 
in order to serve Sierra 
Madre citizens. 


Beloved Mother and Grandmother, died peacefully at home, surrounded 
by loved ones, on June 4, 2013. She was born in Pasadena on March 21, 
1923, and was the only child of Guy and Alice Hodgkins. Her maternal 
grandfather was prominent Pasadena-area builder Peter Hall. She was 
the widow of Walter E. Zaiss, a World War II veteran, who passed away 
in 2001, and is survived by her son James Zaiss, daughter Shirley Perez, 
son-in-law Joe Perez, and granddaughter Alissa Perez.


Mary was a graduate of Marshall High School and attended Pasadena 
Junior College. During WW II, she worked as a lens grinder for a piezoelectric 
products company in South Pasadena. She married Walter in 1945, and in the early 1950s 
they moved into a house he built in Sierra Madre, where she continued to live for the rest of her life.


Mary had been a member of various local organizations, including the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, 
the Sierra Madre Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and the Sierra Madre Women’s Club. Her 
hobbies included bowling, doing crossword puzzles, and painting plaster statues. She was loved by 
many, and will be missed.


Services will be held at Pioneer Cemetery, date and time to be announced.


For the period June 3-9, 2013

Tuesday June 4, 2013

Overnight, an unknown vehicle collided with another vehicle parked at the curb in the 200 block of 
North Sunnyside Avenue. The driver drove from the scene without identifying himself and there 
were no witnesses to the incident. The parked vehicle sustained minor damage. 

Wednesday June 5, 2013

At 9am, a City employee was working in Bailey Canyon. When he returned to his work truck he 
found the right side door partially open and a handheld water meter reading device was missing. No 
witnesses were located. 


At 6:45 pm a vehicle versus bicycle traffic collision occurred in the intersection of Grandview Avenue 
and Auburn Avenue. The bicyclist was travelling eastbound, came to a stop at Auburn Avenue and 
then proceeded into the intersection. The vehicle, travelling northbound had also come to a stop but 
did not yield to the bicyclist in the intersection. The bicyclist sustained a minor abrasion to his right 

Friday June 7, 2013

At approximately 1pm, a traffic collision occurred in the intersection of Baldwin Avenue and 
Montecito Avenue. A vehicle travelling east on Montecito Avenue made a right turn onto Baldwin 
Avenue and collided with the rear of another vehicle that had braked abruptly for another vehicle. 
Vehicle damage was minor but one party complained of pain to the right knee. 

Saturday June 8, 2013

Overnight, an unknown suspect forced entry into a vehicle parked at the curb in the 100 block of 
Esperanza Drive. The suspect smashed the left side window with an unknown object and removed a 
suitcase from the rear seat. 

A resident from the 400 block of East Highland Avenue reported that her house had been burglarized 
during a four day span that she was away. The investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) entered 
the residence through an unlocked side door and accessed selective areas of the house. The suspect(s) 
removed several pieces of heirloom silverware and cash. 



The Community Services 
Commission is partnering 
with the Girls Scout Jennifer 
Brady to provide a FREE 
youth volleyball clinic this 
summer. The first 30 participants 
also receive a shirt for 
this program. The clinic is 
held at the Sierra Vista park 
sand volleyball court located 
at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. 
Experienced Club volleyball 
coaches are leading providing 
instruction. For more information 
email teamsmvolleyball@ No pre-registration 
is necessary.

The clinic is supported 
through a generous donation 
by the Sierra Madre Rotary 
Club and other local organizations 
and businesses.

Kick-Off Day

June 29, 2013


Clinics will be held on 

Mondays and Wednesdays

July 1 - August 14

9:00am-10:00am Ages 10-12

10:00am-11:00am Ages 13-14 

For more information regarding 
this program please contact 
the Community Services 
Department at 626-355-5728.


Bradley Wood of Sierra Madre, is the winner of the Mountain 
Views News Trivia Contest. In the June 1st edition, a question was 
asked, "How many contestants in the Mt. Wilson Trail Race were 
from Sierra Madre?" The answer was 68. There were 78 people 
who correctly responsed, however the FIRST correct response 
was form Mr. Wood. A Gift Certificate for $25 for Bean Town has 
been sent to Wood. Thanks for participating!



 Then look no further than the City of Sierra Madre’s Summer 
Fun in the Park. The program includes interactive presentations 
provided by local organizations and fitness activities. It is targeted 
for children 3-10 years of age but all ages are welcome to enjoy. 
The program occurs Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-
10:30 am in Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 

For more info call Community Services t at 626-355-5728.


Fourth of July is less than a month away, which means the 3rd Annual Firecracker Fun Run hosted 
by the Spero Foundation and 4th of July Committee is fast approaching. This untimed, 5k fun run 
is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. The run begins at 8:00am on Thursday, July 4th. Adults are 
$20.00 and youth under 10 are $15.00 prior to June 21st, a t-shirt is guaranteed with registration. 
After June 21st all participants are $25.00 and a t-shirt is NOT guaranteed with registration. Register 
online at, keyword: fun run, or in person at the 
Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd by July 1st. 

The start and finish lines will be in the vicinity of Kersting court at the corner of Sierra Madre 
Blvd. and Baldwin Ave in Sierra Madre. Participants first run East on Sierra Madre Blvd. down to 
Sierra Vista Park, where they turn around and run west back up Sierra Madre Blvd. to Sunnyside. 
Participants will turn around again at Sunnyside and travel the parade route on Sierra Madre Blvd. 
back to Kersting Court. Participants are allowed to bring strollers and dogs to this family friendly 

Come get your feet moving and be part of what promises to be another amazing Sierra Madre 
tradition! For more information please call the Community Services Department at 626.355.5278. 

Tuesday Educational Program runs June 18 through August 13

2013 Community Services Department Newsletter | www.cityofsierramadre.

June 18 – Athens Services: Recycling

June 25 – Sierra Madre Gardening Club: How to Plant

July 2 – Pasadena Casting Club: Fly Fishing

July 9 – Fire Department: Fire Safety

July 16 – SkyWatchers: Telescopes and the Solar System

July 23 – Socal Edison: Electrical Safety/Hazard Hamlet

July 30 – LA County Arboretum: Planting, Insects, and


August 6 – Los Angeles Zoo: Wildlife

August 13 – Police Department: Safety First

Thursday Fitness Program runs June 20 through August 15 

(No class July 4)

Get Active with CATZ (Competitive Athletic Training Zone) 
Sports fitness program that includes capture the flag, relay

races, and various games of tag. Don’t forget to bring your sneakers, 
shorts, t-shirts and water bottle!


Join The Spero Foundation on 
Sunday, July 14th at Memorial 
Park Bandshell in Sierra Madre 
as they sponsor the “Decades 
of Rock.” This amazing, local 
band will begin performing at 6 
pm and take the audience on a 
2 hour tour of over a decade of 
great rock ‘n’ roll music. Bring 
your lawn chair or blanket 
along with your appetite and 
enjoy delicious beef, chicken 
& pork tacos and burritos 
prepared onsite by Juan’s Taco 
Catering. Both food & drinks 
will be sold starting at 5:30 pm 
– so come early!

The Spero Foundation (a 501(c) 
3 non-profit organization) 
represents the volunteer spirit 
of our community, and is a 
vehicle for those in need. The 
Spero Foundation’s capabilities 
include Fund Raising (single 
source events for specified 
recipients); Guidance (for 
the family or organization in 
need- such as resource material 
and outsourcing services); 
and Consulting (assistance to 
organizations and groups for 
their fund raising efforts).

The profits from this evening 
in the park will help fund 
our Family Food Baskets; a 
tradition of Spero’s which 
provides both Thanksgiving 
& Christmas dinners to needy 
families in the area.

For more information about 
The Spero Foundation contact 
us at PO Box 1295, Sierra 
Madre, CA 91025 or (626) 


The City of Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission 
hosted the 3rd Annual Community Yard Sale on Saturday, 
June 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The Senior Community 
Commission raised $220 from sales at their booth with proceeds 
benefiting senior programs and services. The Senior Community 
Commission would like to thank the 21 different individuals and 
organizations who purchased booth spaces and sold their items 
at the sale, as well as those members of the public who shopped 
the sale. It was a beautiful day for a yard sale with sunny skies 
and pleasant temperature, and the Commission looks forward to 
another great event in 2014. 

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