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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 13, 2013 


Carport Fire Causes 
$500K In Damages

 An early morning structure 
fire in the 100 block of Chester 
Avenue near Union Street 
Tuesday caused hundreds 
of thousands of dollars in 
damages, leaving a parking 
garage and adjacent building 
unusable. Smoke could be seen 
from several miles away. 

 It took 33 fire personnel on-
scene comprised of two trucks, 
one rescue ambulance and five 
engines to knock down the fire 
reported at 5:30 a.m. Officials 
said the fire was out in about 20 

 “The carport was totaled and 
the attached back house is 
uninhabitable,” Pasadena Fire 
Spokeswoman Lisa Derderian 
said. “One adult male was 
displaced from the back house 
and an adult couple in the front 
house escaped without injury.”

 Four cars were damaged, two 
under the carport sustained 
heavy damage and two in 
a nearby apartment were 
damaged by radiant heat 
according to Derderian. She 
also said several windows were 
broken in the nearby apartment 
from the heat.

 One man living in a backhouse 
on the property told reporters, 
he lost his car, and other 
belongings. Another tenant 
said the fire may have started in 
the garage.

 Derderian estimated $400,000 
in damage to the structure and 
another $100,000 in content.

Suspected of 
Kidnapping and 

 Altadena Sheriff’s arrested 
a local resident Thursday 
suspected of kidnapping and 
assaulting his girlfriend from 
San Gabriel. Police said they 
responded to the call around 
12:30 a.m. July 4.

 According to police, the 
suspect, a male 20 years old, 
arrived at the victim’s home 
to speak with her about their 
daughter. The conversation 
became argumentative and 
the suspect allegedly pushed 
her to the ground and forced 
her into his vehicle. The 
suspect drove her around for 
approximately three hours and 
finally released her. 

 Deputies from Temple station 
had initiated a crime broadcast 
with information provided by 
witnesses that she was taken 
against her will. Deputies from 
the Altadena station, using 
the information provided in 
the crime broadcast, went 
to the suspect’s last know 
residence in Altadena and 
discovered his car in the drive 
way. The suspect voluntarily 
surrendered himself to 
deputies and was placed under 
arrest for Kidnapping and 
Assault. He was booked at 
Temple Sheriff’s Station were 
Temple station detectives are 
handling the investigation.

City Oks Helicopter Repair Contract

By Dean Lee

 Just a week after hundreds 
of people enjoyed the annual 
Air Operations Open House, 
the city council approved 
Monday night a $200,000 
purchase order to overhaul a 
turbine engine on one of its 

 Police Chief Philip Sanchez 
said in a report that the 
repairs to the city’s Bell Jet 
Ranger helicopter are needed 
to ensure safety and comply 
with Federal Aviation 
Administration regulations. 
The helicopter engine 
overhaul will take place next 

 According to Sanchez, 
the contractor, Helicopter 
Engine Repair and Overhaul 
Services, Incorporated 
(HEROS) is within driving 
distance of the police heliport 
saving the city money. 

 HEROS is a vendor for 
helicopter turbine engine 
repair and overhaul for other 
government entities the cities 
of Burbank and Glendale.

 Pasadena Police Air 
Operations Section showed 
off all six of the department’s 
helicopters during this 
year’s annual open house 
at the Benedict Heliport in 
Altadena June 29. One of 
the helicopter pilots said the 
department serves 12 nearby 
communities including 
Pasadena. The air show also 
featured demonstrations of 
the department’s SWAT, K9 
and motorcycle teams.

 The department created the 
helicopter section in 1969.

 Local residents turn out 
for Police Air Operations 
Open House.

Library Tales 
and Tunes

Domestic Violence Shelter 
Bill Passes Senate

 Assemblymember Chris 
Holden’s AB 139 to strengthen 
penalties that abusers are 
required to pay to ensure more 
funding for Domestic Violence 
Shelters, passed the Senate 
today on a unanimous vote. 

 “The nation’s first modern, 
women’s shelter opened in my 
district in Pasadena, in 1964. 
Forty-nine years later, Haven 
House continues to provide a 
refuge for women and children 
who have been physically 
and emotionally abused,” said 
Assemblymember Holden 
(D-Pasadena). “That’s why I 
believe this bill is so important 
- fully funding of domestic 
violence shelters is critical and 
provides a safety net for those 
who live in fear.”

 AB 139 clears up a technicality 
in order to provide more funds 
for local domestic violence 
shelters. The bill stipulates that 
those convicted of domestic 
violence must pay a minimum 
$500 fee – not a fine – after 
they are granted probation. 
This clarification is important 
because it would clear up 
confusion over the $500 
payment and ensure funding 
for local domestic violence 

 The bill derived from a 
2012 State Audit conducted 
over four years that analyzed 
the distribution of payments 
used to support domestic 
violence shelters. The report 
revealed that many counties 
left a significant portion of 
payments uncollected due to 
the confusion about whether 
the payments were classified as 
fees or fines.

 California Partnership to End 
Domestic Violence worked 
closely with Holden’s office 
on this legislation: “We are 
delighted with the unanimous 
Senate passage of AB 139,” said 
California Partnership interim 
executive director Kathy Moore. 
“This bill will ensure that 
the Legislature’s intent to use 
these fees to support domestic 
violence agencies is carried 
out. We are very grateful to 
Assemblymember Holden for 
his leadership on this important 

 AB 139 goes back to the 
Assembly floor in August for 
concurrence on minor changes 
in language.

Altadena Sheriff’s Station 
Open House this Sunday

 Professional storytellers 
and musicians will provide 
free, fun and entertaining 
shows for children 6 and up 
Thursday mornings in July 
and August at Pasadena’s 
Central Library followed 
by a repeat afternoon 
performance at a branch 
library site. 

 Gifted storyteller and 
writer, Antonio Sacre will 
share delightful folktales and 
stories based on proverbs 
from his childhood on 
Thursday, July 18 at 10 a.m. 
in Central Library’s Donald 
R. Wright Auditorium, 285 
E. Walnut St. and 1:30 p.m. 
at La Pintoresca Branch 
Library, 1355 N. Raymond 

 Well-known teacher and 
percussionist, Cory Hills 
will use bells and drums 
to tell stories in new and 
amazing ways on Thursday, 
July 25 at 10 a.m. in Central 
Library’s Donald R. Wright 
Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut 
St. and 2 p.m. at Hastings 
Branch Library, 3325 E. 
Orange Grove Blvd. 

 Illusionist Arty Loon will 
perform magic, crazy antics, 
and more on Thursday, 
August 1 at Central 
Library’s Donald R. Wright 
Auditorium, 1 p.m. at Hill 
Avenue Branch Library, 55 
S. Hill Ave., and 3 p.m. at 
San Rafael Branch Library, 
1240 Nithsdale Rd. For 
more information on these 
programs and the library’s 
Summer Reading Club call 
(626) 744-4045 or go to www.

Rabbits Left 
at Rose Bowl

Pasadena animal control 
officers rounded up nine 
rabbits near the Rose Bowl 
after two jogged witnessed the 
animals being dumbed late 
Wednesday night.

 Two women said they saw 
someone in a truck leave the 
rabbits about 10 p.m. in a 
wooded area. The rabbits 
were scattered around as an 
animal control catches the 
young bunnies. a video posted 
by NBC news shows. 

 All the rabbits were flushed 
out and placed in cadges. 
According to Pasadena 
Humane Society officials, all 
the animals will receive health 
checkups and will most likely 
be up for adoption.


 The Altadena Sheriff’s 
Station would like to invite 
families and friends to the 
Altadena Sheriff’s Station 
Open House on Sunday, July 
14th. The Altadena Sheriff’s 
Station has been providing 
law enforcement services 
to the community since 
1927...86 years of service. We 
will be opening the station 
to the public from 1200PM - 

 Come out and meet Captain 
John Benedict, the deputies, 
and staff of YOUR Sheriff’s 
Station. Take a tour of the 
station, have your picture 
taken with a deputy. Also 
scheduled to be there are the 
Sheriff’s SWAT and K-9 team, 
Altadena Posse (Horses), 
Altadena Mountain Search 
& Rescue Team, Sheriff 
Explorers, Altadena Sheriff’s 
Volunteers, Offical Sheriff’s 
Race Team, Show Cars, 
C.E.R.T (Community 
Emergency Response Team), 
The Los Angeles County 
Fire Department, Schaefer 
Ambulance Company, Food 
& Beverages, and activities 
of all kinds for kids and the 
entire family. 

 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:// 

 If you see any suspicious 
activity either close to your 
home, or while you are out 
in the Altadena Area, call 
the Altadena Sheriff’s station 
at (626) 798-1131 or 9-1-1 in 
an emergency.

Pet of the 

Fun Food Festival


 The Pasadena Public Library 
will host a Fun Food Festival, 
as part of this year’s Summer 
Reading Club theme, Reading 
is so delicious. Just as food 
nourishes our bodies so reading 
stimulates our brains. 

 Frightening Fear Factor for 
Foody Fun-actics

 Eat and compete your way to 
the top to be our “Foody Fear 
Factor Champ” on Tuesday, July 
16, 2 p.m. at Hastings Branch 
Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove 
Blvd. For ages 7 – 12. To sign up 
call (626) 744-7262. *

* Children with food allergies 
and families of contestants are 
welcome to join the audience in 
cheering on the contestants.

 Fortune Cookies Don’t Lie 

Learn how fortune cookies are 
made, enjoy a story, then create 
your very own paper fortune 
cookies with fun messages 
inside on Tuesday, July 16, 3:30 
p.m. at Hill Avenue Branch 
Library, 55 S. Hill Ave. Materials 
provided. To sign up call (626) 

 Pizza Party 

 Love Pizza? Join us for games, 
stories, and a slice of pizza 
while enjoying Italian music on 
Tuesday, July 16, 3:30 p.m. at 
San Rafael Branch Library, 1240 
Nithsdale Rd. For ages 5 – 12. 
To sign up call (626) 744-7270. 


 Join us as we read our favorite 
kids camping stories then learn 
how to make a S’more treat on 
Wednesday, July 17, 3 p.m. at 
Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 
E. Villa St. To sign up call (626) 


 Stir up your imagination with 
delightful stories and creative 
snacks on Wednesday, July 
17, 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca 
Branch Library, 1355 N. 
Raymond Ave. To sign up call 
(626) 744-7268. 

 ¡Papel Picado! 

 Learn how to make beautiful 
papel picado art from tissue 
paper – then feast on nachos 
deliciosos on Wednesday, 
July 17, 3:30 p.m. at Santa 
Catalina Branch Library, 999 
E. Washington Blvd. To sign up 
call (626) 744-7272. 

 Yummy Greens!! 

 Join us for a fun, yummy 
“green” storytime on Thursday, 
July 18, 11 a.m. at Linda Vista 
Branch Library, 1281 Bryant St. 
To sign up call (626) 744-7278.

 Awesome Apples!

 Enjoy popular children’s 
stories followed by activities 
and yummy snacks centered 
around apples on Thursday, July 
18, 3:30 p.m. at Lamanda Park 
Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena 
Dr. Call (626) 744-7266 for 
more information. 

 Loafing Around

 Celebrate bread around the 
world on Saturday, July 20 at 
10 a.m. in Central Library’s 
Children’s Room, 285 E. Walnut 
St. Sample tasty morsels, make 
butter and share stories! To 
sign up call (626) 744-4066, 
option 4.

 Spaghetti Structures

 Children will use their 
imagination to create spaghetti 
structures out of marshmallows 
and various types of pasta, 
then test them for earthquake 
resistance and judge them based 
on creativity on Thursday, July 
25, 3 p.m. at Villa Parke Branch 
Library, 363 E. Villa St. and 
Tuesday, July 30, 3:30 p.m. at La 
Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 
N. Raymond Ave. To sign up for 
the Villa Parke program call 
(626) 744-6510. To sign up for 
the La Pintoresca program call 
(626) 744-7268.

For more information on these 
programs and the library’s 
Summer Reading Club call 
(626) 744-4045 or go to www.

Blue is a year-and-a-half-
old brindle mastiff/pit 
bull mix. He’s a staff and 
volunteer favorite! Blue has 
been out on our Mobile 
Unit several times and 
charms everyone he meets.

 Blue’s adoption fee is $125, 
which includes his neuter 
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 
A968929, 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.

Police Conduct Motorcycle 
Enforcement Operation

The Pasadena Police 
Department will be conducting 
a specialized Motorcycle 
Safety Enforcement Operation 
Sunday, in an effort to lower 
deaths and injuries. 

 Extra officers will be on duty 
patrolling areas frequented 
by motorcyclists and where 
motorcycle crashes occur. 
Officers will be looking for 
violations made by drivers and 
riders alike that can lead to 
motorcycle crashes. They will 
be cracking down on both those 
operating regular vehicles and 
motorcycles who are under the 
influence of drugs or alcohol, 
speeding, making illegal 
turns, or any other dangerous 

 California collision data 
reveals that primary causes of 
motorcycle-involved crashes 
include speeding, unsafe 
turning and impairment due 
to alcohol and other drugs. The 
Pasadena Police Department 
is also reminding all motorists 
to always be alert and watch 
out for motorcycles, especially 
when turning and changing 

 As the economy turns upward, 
there will likely be more miles 
driven by all vehicles, plus 
more novice motorcycle riders 
who are untrained and unable 
to handle the power of today’s 

 Information and training 
locations are available at www. or 1-877 RIDE 411 
or 1-877-743-3411.Funding for 
this program is provided by a 
grant from the California Office 
of Traffic Safety through the 
National Highway Traffic Safety 

 Careless motorists as 
well as riders get special 

Speaking Of; 
Shirley Jahad

 Pasadena Public Library’s 
Allendale Branch’s fourth in 
a series of quarterly programs 
which explore the lives and 
creative journeys of Pasadena’s 
most enduring artistic and 
cultural figures – people 
who have left an indelible 
impression on the artistic and 
cultural landscape of Pasadena 
and beyond will be held on 
Saturday, July 27 at 2 p.m. at 
Allendale Branch Library, 1130 
S. Marengo Ave. The event 
will feature a discussion with 
award-winning journalist, 
radio correspondent, and 
news anchor, Shirley Jahad. 

 Jahad has been honored by the 
Los Angeles Press Club for her 
work as local host of “Weekend 
Edition” for 89.3 KPCC-FM, 
the National Public Radio 
affiliate in Pasadena. 

 The discussion will be 
moderated by Fred Glienna. 
For more information on 
the program, contact Shauna 
Redmond at (626) 744-7260 
or sredmond@cityofpasadena.