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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 22, 2013 

Paso Colorado Gelson’s 
Closes Doors Forever

Sheriff’s Look 
to Identify 

Plans for 

Macy’s Store 


 Customers had their last 
chance Saturday to shop 
at Gelson’s in the Paso 
Colorado as the store closed 
a month earlier then planed. 
The Market was set to close 
its doors for good July 21. 
The company made the 
announcement to close in 
March saying the reason was 
a lack of customers. 

 On Sunday, hundreds of 
event goers of the annual 
Chalk Festival, and the 
Pasadena Police Classic Car 
Show both held at Paseo 
Colorado, were greeted with 
“Farewell,” signs on the 
store’s doors.

 In March, Gelson’s 
supermarket chain President 
Rob McDougall said, “After 
almost 12 years of operation 
in Pasadena, we have 
reached the difficult decision 
to discontinue operation of 
the Pasadena store.”

 During a discussion by the 
city council June 10, about 
renovations to the Paso 
Colorado, no information 
was given about plans 
for the Gelson’s building. 
RTKL Associates, Inc, 
the developers, behind the 
project (See story to the left), 
said there were legal reasons, 
“The moment we can say 
something we will,” they 
said. “Right now are hands 
are tied.” 

 In the final days leading 
up to the closing customers 
were able to buy everything 
in the store at 50 percent off. 

 McDougall also said that all 
of the 60 employees would be 
transferred to one of Gelson’s 
other locations, including a 
new store planned to open in 
Long Beach.

 Nearby Gelson’s include, 
Silver Lake/Los Feliz, North 
Hollywood, Encino and 
Sherman Oaks.

 Gelson’s was founded by 
Bernard and Eugene Gelson. 
The first store opened in the 
city of Burbank in 1951.

By Dean Lee

 The city council heard earlier 
this month, for the first time, 
predevelopment plans for the 
Paseo Colorado property that 
include demolishing the existing 
Macy’s and adjacent buildings 
to construct a new hotel and 
commercial building.

 Demolishing the current 
160,000 square foot Macy’s 
store would make way for a 
new 114,000 square foot , six-
story, 175-room hotel and a 
44,000 square foot , two-story 
commercial building along 
Colorado Boulevard according 
to city Senior Planner Jason 

 Mikaelian said the second 
story would most likely be used 
for eateries as a food court. The 
mass of the project, the hotel, 
would be along Green Street 
something the city council 
members said they were pleased 

 He also said that although the 
Paseo Colorado is within the 
Civic Center Historic District, 
the Macy’s building is not. 

 Other modifications to the 
Paseo Colorado would include 
realigning existing tenant 
spaces and relocating existing 
stairways, escalators and 
bridges, “For easier mobility 
within the center so people can 
get from one part of the center 
to another,” Mikaelian said. 

 There are also proposed changes 
for the cinema entrance area 
and the Garfield promenade. 

 “The Garfield promenade 
area calls for the removal of 
the round staircase where the 
fountain is located,” Mikaelian 
said. “To give those tenants 
more visibility.” He added that 
the area would be squared off.

 The middle of the promenade 
would be landscaped, “to give 
it more of a park like feel.” 
Mikaelian said. 

 “This is going to be a very, 
very important project for 
the central part of the city…” 
Councilmember Steve Madison 
said “The plan has almost 
mythical interpretations that 
this point but clearly the ability 
to see from the central library 
to the civic and back would be 

Pleads Guilty

Museum to Renovate 
Chinese Gallery

Altadena Sheriff’s Station 
is seeking the public’s 
assistance in identifying a 
suspect wanted in a strong-
armed robbery near the 
entrance of the Bank of 
America in the 2000 block 
of Lake Avenue. 

 Police said the suspect 
is described as a male 
Hispanic or Caucasian, 20-
30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches 
and 140 pounds, wearing 
a beige baseball cap, blue 
baggy collared shirt, dark 
pants, and dark shoes.

 The suspect confronted 
an unnamed victim and 
forcefully removed a paper 
bag containing money they 
were carrying. The suspect 
was last seen entering the 
passenger side of a Gold 
Nissan Versa Sedan, with 
paper plates and leaving 
southbound on Lake 
Avenue. Anyone that 
may have information is 
encouraged to contact the 
Altadena Sheriff’s Station at 

 The Pasadena City 
Attorney’s Office 
announced June 17 that 
Oscar Carrillo-Gonzalez 
pled guilty in Los Angeles 
County Superior Court to 
two misdemeanor charges 
in connection with the false 
report of an armed robbery 
he made to the Pasadena 
Police Department on the 
night of March 24, 2012.

 According to police, the 
false armed robbery call 
by Carrillo-Gonzalez set 
off a series of events that 
ultimately led to the death 
of then-suspect Kendrec 

Deputy City Prosecutor 
Joon Kim prosecuted the 
criminal case for the People.

 “We believe we reached an 
appropriate sentence that 
reflects the seriousness of 
the crime committed,” City 
Attorney/City Prosecutor 
Michele Beal Bagneris said.

 Carrillo-Gonzalez pled to 
one count of Penal Code 
Section 148.3(a) Making a 
False Report of Emergency 
(to a 911 dispatcher) and 
one count of Penal Code 
Section 148.5(a) Making a 
False Report of Criminal 
Offense to a Peace Officer.

 The defendant was placed 
on 36 months of probation 
with the following terms: 
Serve 90 days in county 
jail Perform 90 days of Cal 
Trans in lieu of additional 
jail time; Pay $3,078.69 
as victim restitution 
to the Pasadena Police 
Department; Pay court 
costs and fees; and Obey all 

 The Defendant was ordered 
by the Court to surrender 
himself to the Pasadena 
Branch of Los Angeles 
County Superior Court on 
June 27, to begin the county 
jail sentence.

Gelson’s supermarket

Spacecraft to Take Photo 
of Earth from Deep Space

 Pacific Asia Museum will 
begin renovations of the Ralph 
and Angelyn Riffenburgh 
Gallery, Starting July 10, as 
part of its continued renovation 
and reinterpretation of the 
permanent collection galleries. 
Currently housing Chinese 
ceramics, this gallery will re-
open in September and feature 
upgraded displays for a wider 
variety of Chinese art.

 In 2010, Pacific Asia Museum 
launched a long-range plan 
to renovate and reinterpret its 
permanent collection galleries 
with a thematic approach 
to significantly enhance the 
visitor experience. The museum 
successfully opened the 
Introductory Gallery featuring 
The Art of Pacific Asia in 2011 
and a new Gallery of Korean 
Art in 2012. Through 2015, 
the museum will continue 
renovating several other 
galleries to reflect up-to-date 
scholarship and better present 
its permanent collection to 
visitors while protecting it for 
future generations through 
upgrades to climate controls, 
lighting and display cases.

 The Ralph and Angelyn 
Riffenburgh Gallery has 
featured the Pacific Asia 
Museum’s significant collection 
of Chinese ceramics since 1999. 
This renovation will bring it 
in line with the new thematic 
approach in our permanent 
galleries, and will display a 
broader range of the arts of 
China including paintings, 
textiles and sculptural works, 
which will benefit from the 
state of the art improvements in 
climate control in the gallery.

 “As China grows in importance 
on the international stage, it’s 
vital that Pacific Asia Museum 
works to increase cultural 
literacy in our community,” 
said Curator Bridget Bray. “This 
updated gallery will reflect the 
rich artistic heritage of China 
and allow our visitors to gain 
a deeper understanding of 
that culture. In Los Angeles, 
our significant population 
of Chinese and Chinese 
Americans makes this even 
more essential.”

 The museum is pleased to have 
the support of donors including 
the Institute of Museum and 
Library Services, the E. Rhodes 
and Leona B. Carpenter 
Foundation, Margaret Leong 
Checca and Michael Checca, 
the David Kamansky Fund, 
Ms. Violet Ouyang, Dr. Albert 
Chang and Mrs. Yvonne H. 
Chang, Mr. and Mrs. Simon 
Li, and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth 
K. Tang for the project, as well 
as the Collectors’ Circle which 
will make the presentation 
of contemporary Chinese art 
possible in the gallery. The 
inclusion of contemporary 
art will help execute the 
museum’s mission of advancing 
intercultural understanding in 
an increasingly relevant way in 
this global era.


 NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, 
now exploring Saturn, will 
take a picture of our home 
planet from a distance of 
hundreds of millions of 
miles on July 19. NASA is 
inviting the public to help 
acknowledge the historic 
interplanetary portrait as it 
is being taken.

 Earth will appear as a 
small, pale blue dot between 
the rings of Saturn in the 
image, which will be part 
of a mosaic, or multi-image 
portrait, of the Saturn system 
Cassini is composing.

 “While Earth will be only 
about a pixel in size from 
Cassini’s vantage point 
898 million [1.44 billion 
kilometers] away, the team 
is looking forward to giving 
the world a chance to see 
what their home looks like 
from Saturn,” said Linda 
Spilker, Cassini project 
scientist at NASA’s Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, Calif. “We hope 
you’ll join us in waving at 
Saturn from Earth, so we can 
commemorate this special 

 Cassini will start obtaining 
the Earth part of the mosaic 
at 2:27 p.m. PDT (5:27 p.m. 
EDT or 21:27 UTC) and end 
about 15 minutes later, all 
while Saturn is eclipsing the 
sun from Cassini’s point of 
view. The spacecraft’s unique 
vantage point in Saturn’s 
shadow will provide a special 
scientific opportunity to 
look at the planet’s rings. 
At the time of the photo, 
North America and part of 
the Atlantic Ocean will be in 

 This latest image will 
continue a NASA legacy 
of space-based images of 
our fragile home, including 
the 1968 “Earthrise” image 
taken by the Apollo 8 moon 
mission from about 240,000 
miles (380,000 kilometers) 
away and the 1990 “Pale Blue 
Dot” image taken by Voyager 
1 from about 4 billion miles 
(6 billion kilometers) away.

 To learn more about the 
public outreach activities 
associated with the taking of 
the image, visit: http://saturn. .

Pet of the 

Clara is a six-year-old 
Labrador retriever mix. 
She’s very active and loves 
to play. An active home 
would be great for her.

 Clara’s adoption fee is 
$125, 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. Clara also 
qualifies for our Seniors 
for Seniors program in 
which her adoption fee 
is waived for adopters 60 
years old and up. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit. 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A327525, 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. 

Dog Licensing Door to Door 
Checks to Start September

 Pasadena’s dog owners can 
now license their animal 
companions at the Pasadena 
Humane Society &SPCA (PHS) 
effective Monday, July 1, 2013. 
Canvassing with door-to-door 
checks for proper licensing is 
set to begin in September.

 A dog license is required by 
the State of California to be 
renewed annually along with 
proof the dog is current with 
its rabies vaccination. Rabies 
vaccines and certificates can 
be valid for one to three years. 
Vaccination can be obtained 
from the PHS or most local 

 Pasadena’s current annual dog 
licensing fees are $16.07 for 
dogs who are either spayed or 
neutered and nearly double, or 
$31.11, for dogs not fixed.

 “Our collaboration with the 
Pasadena Humane Society will 
help improve our service to 
dog owners, making it easier to 
get a license, which will better 
protect the public health and 
safety of our residents,” City 
Manager Michael J. Beck said.

 The state-mandated dog 
licensing program developed 
as a method of tracking rabies 
and protecting the public 
health. Dog licensing is also 
an invaluable and highly visual 
means to identify your four-
legged friend if he/she gets lost, 
and in some cases, a portion of 
the fees can help support animal 
care programs.

 “We’re happy to provide the 
next level of animal care for 
Pasadena’s dog owners,” said 
Steve McNall, PHS President 
and CEO. “Licensing your dog 
and keeping him or her current 
on their vaccines is a sure way 
to prevent the spread of rabies. 
Many people overlook the 
benefits of licensing your dog.”

 Dog owners can bring their 
dog’s license application and 
rabies certificate directly to the 
Pasadena Humane Society & 
SPCA, 361 South Raymond 
Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105. The 
agency is open from 9:00 a.m. 
to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through 
Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 
Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 
p.m., Sunday. They are closed 
on Mondays.

 The City of Pasadena is now 
the sixth city to contract dog 
licensing with PHS. Other cities 
include Arcadia, La Cañada 
Flintridge, San Marino, Sierra 
Madre and South Pasadena. 
For more licensing information, 
contact PHS at (626) 792-
7151, ext. 115, or visit www.

 For more information about 
the City of Pasadena, visit www.

Altadena Sheriff Weekly Crime Blotter

Sunday, June 9th 

1:30 PM – A female (17 years 
old) was arrested in the 2000 
block of Beverly Drive for 
battery after she assaulted 
several members of her family. 

Monday, June 10th 

12:15 AM – A residential 
burglary was reported in the 
2800 block of Winterhaven 
Lane. Loss: Television set. 

Between 6:30 AM and 5:30 
PM – A vandalism occurred in 
the 4300-blk of Rising Hill Rd. 
Damage: broken living room 

Between 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM – 
A residential burglary occurred 
in the 300-blk of E. Loma Alta 
Dr. Loss: television and laptop 

Between 11:18 AM and 12:15 
PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 4200-blk of 
Aralia Rd. Loss: DVD player, 
Wii game console, iPad, desktop 
computer, television, jewelry. 

1:12 PM – Deputies arrested 
suspect Dwight Ferguson 
(male/36 years old) at Bank 
of America on Lake Ave. for 
attempting to cash a forged 

7:53 PM – Deputies arrested 
Frank Garcia (male/31 years 
old) in the 200 block of Acacia 
St. for domestic assault. 

Tuesday, June 11th 

Between 6:20 AM and 1:00 PM – 
A residential burglary occurred 
in the 300-blk of E. Woodbury 
Rd. Loss: jewelry and currency. 

Between 11:00 AM and 11:35 
AM – A vandalism occurred 
in the 700-blk of Figueroa Dr. 
Damage: vehicle paint scratched 

Between 11:00 AM and 2:00 
PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 2300-blk of N. 
Windsor Av. Loss: (2) laptop 

11:25 PM – Deputies responded 
to a call of gunshots in the area 
of Stonehurst Drive. No suspects 
or victims found. 

Wednesday, June 12th 

Between 9:30 AM and 8:00 PM – 
A residential burglary occurred 
in the 2800-blk of Winterhaven 
Ln. Loss: jewelry. 

5:58 PM – Deputies arrested 
suspect Lando King (male/28 
years old) in the 2400 block of 
Grandeur Ave. for Criminal 
Threats after he threatened 
several neighbors. 

Thursday, June 13th 

Between 3:30 AM and 12:00 PM 
– A vehicle burglary occurred 
in the 2800-blk of Tanoble 
Dr. Loss: tool box, cellphone, 

Between 11:00 AM and 9:30 AM 
(Sunday) – A petty theft from 
an unlocked vehicle occurred in 
the 1000-blk of E. Mount Curve 
Av. Loss: wallet, flashlight, 
hunting knife. 

Between 8:00 PM and 4:49 PM 
(Saturday) – A petty theft from 
a vehicle occurred in the 3600-
blk of Monterosa Dr. Loss: black 
Canon camera. 

11:10 PM – Deputies arrested 
a suspect (male/31 years old) 
on Windsor Ave. for possession 
of methamphetamine after 
detaining him on a traffic stop. 

Friday, June 14th 

1:35 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 100-blk of W. 
Figueroa Dr. Loss: none. 

8:12 PM – Deputies arrested 
suspect Osvaldo Luna (male/31 
years old) for drunk in public on 
Figueroa Dr./Lincoln Ave. 

Saturday, June 15th 

4:49 PM – A theft from an 
unlocked vehicle occurred in 
the 3000 block of Monterosa 
Drive. Loss: Camera. 

Between June 9th and June 15th 
there were 16 runaway juveniles 
reported to the Altadena Sheriff