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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 17, 2013 

Man Throws 
Himself in 
Front of 
Truck, Dies

Avery Dennison to Move 
Headquarters to Glendale 

 Longtime Pasadena labeling 
and packaging materials 
company Avery Dennison 
announced earlier this 
month that they plan to 
move their headquarters to 
Glendale consolidating staff 
and downsizing operations. 

 A spokesperson for the 
company said the Pasadena 
location no longer meets 
their needs.

 Avery Dennison plans to 
move from 150 N. Orange 
Grove Blvd. to 207 Goode 
Ave. in Glendale early next 
year. The company signed 
a seven year lease and plans 
to move all 150 employees 
now working at the Pasadena 
facility. Another 100 
employees are also expected 
to move from other locations 
to the new Glendale location.

 The new offices will 
have 54,000 square feet 
of space comprising two 
floors, as opposed to 
the 100,000-square-foot 
building in Pasadena. 

 Avery Dennison had sold 
the Pasadena property to 
Legacy Partners, earlier this 
year, and was renting back 
the space. Avery Dennison 
has been in Pasadena since 

 City Manager Michael Beck 
said Legacy Partners plans 
new a technology center at 
the Orange Grove location.

 A man who threw himself 
in front of an 18-wheeler last 
week—in what police are 
investigating as a suicide— 
died over the weekend 
according to reports.

 The unidentified Glendale 
man jumped in front of a 
north bound truck Aug, 9 
on Orange Grove Boulevard 
near Green Street. Police 
said the man died Sunday 
after being taken to 
Huntington Hospital. 

 Police still do not know 
why the man threw himself 
towards the truck but 
suspect suicide. 

 An investigation is 

Hugo Schwyzer, (pictured left) sits texting and listening to porn star James Dean 

Porn Professor has Social Media Meltdown 

Pasadena City College 
professor Hugo Schwyzer, who 
made headlines earlier this year 
after having two porn stars as 
guest speakers to his class, has 
now taken to Twitter and his 
own blog saying he will quit 
teaching the controversial class. 
Schwyzer also calls himself a 

 “I will never teach women’s 
studies or gender studies again.” 
Schwyzer posted on Twitter 
Aug. 9 “If I can get well and beat 
this, I will teach my Western Civ 

 According to reports, 
Schwyzer also tried to commit 
suicide earlier this month by 
taking an entire bottle of the 
muscle relaxant drug Klonapin. 
Schwyzer was placed on a 
72-hour psychiatric hold at a 
community hospital in Northern 
California according to the L.A. 
Weekly. He swallowed the 
drugs while visiting his mother 
Aug. 1.

 Schwyzer also did an in-depth 
interview with thedailybeast.
com Monday about his social 
media breakdown. He posted 
over 100 messages on Twitter in 
an hour.

 Schwyzer admitted to being 
an addict and to teaching 
feminism classes by pretending 
to have more credentials than 
he actually did. He said he had 
only taken two undergraduate 
courses on women’s studies. 

 He said he took to Twitter as 
a way to have the truth to come 
out, “all the truth, so I can 
scorch the earth, so that if I do 
rebuild, I don’t rebuild on any 
false foundation.”

 Schwyzer said he was not 
keeping his word and was 
having an affair with a 23-year-
old “affiliated with the porn 

 He confessed, “[I have] blown 
up my career and blown up my 

 Schwyzer also told the this was 
not the first breakdown and 
that prior to 1998 he had sex 
with two dozen of his female 
students. “When I got sober, 
I made amends to the college 
and swore off sleeping with 
students,” he said.

 The last entry on his blog states, 
“My apologies to any students 
looking forward to my classes. I 
sincerely hope to be well enough 
to return to teaching in early 

 Schwyzer said he is staying 
offline and has given his laptop 
to a family member. 

York Comes 
to Pasadena

 York to bring awareness 
to the disease that has 
affected him and a local 

Idol’ Teen 

New Synchronized Traffic 
Signals for La Canada Area

 Celebrating his 50th year as 
a professional actor, Michael 
York will visit Pasadena to 
discuss his recent fight with 
Amyloidosis, a rare and 
often misdiagnosed disease 
that connected him to the 
Fink family locally. This 
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 
at 4:00 p.m. at the US Court 
of Appeals (125 So. Grand 
Ave.) 91105, York will unite 
with the Fink family to bring 
greater awareness to this 
disease before attending 
a private screening of his 
critically acclaimed work, 
Cabaret, now celebrating its 
40th anniversary. 

It was fate that brought 
York and Meghan Fink 
together to bring awareness 
to this cause. York was 
finally diagnosed in 2011, 
after being misdiagnosed, 
and last year underwent 
a successful stem cell 
transplant at the Mayo 

 The Board of Supervisors 
Tuesday approved $23,000 
in funding from its Aid-
to-Cities program to 
synchronize traffic signals 
on Foothill Boulevard 
from Verdugo Boulevard to 
Commonwealth Avenue 
and on Angeles Crest 
Highway from Interstate 
210 Freeway to Foothill 
Boulevard in the City of La 
Canada Flintridge.

 “This much-needed 
synchronized system 
will provide traffic safety 
benefits and improve quality 
of life for residents of La 
Canada Flintridge and 
nearby unincorporated 
communities who travel 
on Foothill Boulevard and 
Angeles Crest Highway,” said 
Supervisor Antonovich.

 Contestants in this year’s 
“Pasadena Idol” show will sing 
their hearts out Aug. 24 during 
one of the most anticipated 
teen talent competitions in 
the San Gabriel Valley. On-
air personality Crisco Kidd 
from Q104.7 FM radio will 
serve as the celebrity host to 
the annual event sponsor by 
the City’s Human Services and 
Recreation Department.

 The free, family fun event 
begins at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, 
Aug. 24 on the stage at the 
Garfield Promenade of Paseo 
Colorado, 280 E. Colorado 
Blvd., between Colorado 
Boulevard and Green Street. 
The ever-popular “Red Carpet” 
walk for all 11 finalists runs 
from 5:00 p.m. to 5:50 p.m., 
with the first performance 
beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

 The winner of this year’s 
Pasadena Idol competition 
will receive the “Idol Demo 
Pack” including studio 
time to produce a two-song 
demo; 100 compact discs; 
development of a music video; 
an article in Dena Magazine 
and a scholarship to the 
2014 summer vocal camp 
at LAMA College for Music 

 Tiffany Jackson, Pasadena 
Idol 2010 winner, said this 
year’s winner is in for an 
amazing time. “Pasadena Idol 
is a great program. It provides 
so many opportunities. It 
helped me build confidence, 
friendships and get involved 
with the community. It has 
been a privilege to be a part of 
the Pasadena Idol experience,” 
Jackson said.

 The 11 finalists were selected 
after competing in a series of 
auditions. They have attended 
three workshops conducted 
by sponsors and the LAMA to 
help develop their performing 
skills, vocal techniques and 
improve their understanding 
of the music industry.

 Co-sponsors for this popular 
event include Paseo Colorado; 
LAMA College for Music 
Professionals; and local 
production companies Swartz 
Section; S Claz Productions; 
Mike Towns Sounds; Young, 
Black and Gifted, and Dena 

For more information 
regarding this event, call 
Dolores Mendoza at (626) 

Police to Ticket Distracted 
Drivers During Operation 

Tours of Wrigley Mansion 
Tournament House to End

Pasadena Police Department 
will be actively ticketing those 
texting or operating hand-
held cell phones on Monday. 
Drivers who break the law and 
place themselves and others in 
danger will be cited. Cost for 
violating cell phone laws start 
at $162 for the first offense and 
$285 for subsequent offenses. 
Other violations for actions that 
can be classified as distracted 
driving can range even higher. 

 “We all know that talking on 
our cell phones while driving is 
distracting, but that doesn’t stop 
some people from continuing 
to do it,” said Pasadena Police 
Department’s Chief, Phillip L. 
Sanchez “This effort is intended 
to educate our community 
about the dangers of cell 
phone use while driving. We 
hope people realize the danger 
involved and change their 
driving habits to help protect 
themselves, their families, and 
others on the road.” 

 “We are very encouraged to 
see the usage figures decline, 
especially after the increase 
last year”, said OTS Director 
Christopher J. Murphy. “But 
any number is too high, since 
any usage of cell phones while 
driving takes away too much 
of our brain’s ability to react to 
what is happening on the road, 
not to mention when our hands 
or eyes are disengaged also.” 

Pet of the 


 Free tours of Tournament 
House, part of the operating 
headquarters of the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses 
Association, which oversees 
the annual Rose Parade and 
Rose Bowl Game, will conclude 
for the year at the end of this 
month. The last tours of the 
year will be offered, at no cost, 
on Aug, 22 and 29, at 2 p.m. 
and 3 p.m. Reservations are not 
required except for groups of 15 
or more.

 Located at 391 S. Orange Grove 
Blvd., the house was once the 
home of chewing gum magnate 
William Wrigley Jr. and his wife, 
Ada. After Ada’s death in 1958, 
the Wrigley family presented 
the property to the city of 
Pasadena, with the request that 
it become the base of operations 
for the Tournament of Roses 
Association; the Wrigley 
family had long enjoyed the 
Rose Parade as it unfolded just 
beyond their front yard.

 Guided tours allow visitors 
to see the 21-room Italian-
Renaissance-style mansion 
designed and built by architect 
G. Lawrence Stimson and his 
father George W. Stimson. 
Tournament volunteers from 
its Heritage Committee, well-
versed in the organization’s 
history as well as in the details 
of the house itself, conduct the 

 The interior of the house 
features richly paneled rooms, 
inlaid marble floor and an 
ornate molded plaster ceiling 
a design element that Stimson 
would later become famous for. 
Displays related to Rose Bowl 
Games, Rose Queens and 
Royal Courts, Grand Marshals 
and Tournament Presidents are 
part of the décor.

 In honor of the 100th 
anniversary of the house, which 
was completed and sold to 
Wrigley in 1914, as well as the 
upcoming 100th Rose Bowl 
Game and 125th Rose Parade, 
some unique historic artifacts 
are spotlighted, along with 
timelines calling out key dates 
in Tournament history and 
other important occurrences in 
the world at large. 

 Groups of 15 or more may call 
(626) 449-4100 for reservations 
for one of the two remaining 
tour dates.

Pasadena Enterprise 
Zone Program Ends Dec.

 Trudy is an energetic nine-
year-old Norfolk terrier 
mix. She loves to play with 
toys and absolutely loves 
to sit in laps. She qualifies 
for our Seniors for Seniors 
program in which her 
adoption fee is waived for 
adopters 60 years old and 

 Trudy’s regular 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. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit. 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A332974, 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 Enterprise Zone 
Program, like all such programs 
throughout California, will 
end December 31, due to State 
legislation recently signed by 
Gov. Jerry Brown. The State 
has created a new incentive 
program that begins January 1, 

 Pasadena businesses 
participating in the current 
Enterprise Zone Program must 
submit all required documents 
and forms to the City by 5:00 
p.m., Nov. 20, 2013 in order for 
the City to issue appropriate 
vouchers by Dec. 31 for tax use 
by the participating businesses.

 The City has organized 
three hour-long workshops to 
educate businesses on the end 
of the Enterprise Zone Program 
and the Hiring Credit submittal 
process. All workshops will 
be held from 8:30 a.m. to 
9:30 a.m. on the following 
dates: August 29, September 
19 and November 7 at the 
University Club of Pasadena, 
175 North Oakland Ave. The 
events are held in partnership 
with the Foothill Workforce 
Investment Board and the state 
Employment Development 

 The City currently is not 
authorized by the State to sign 
any Hiring Credit vouchers 
after 5:00 p.m. Dec. 31. The 
City will process all voucher 
forms submitted by Nov. 20, but 
cannot guarantee that forms 
received after Nov. 20 will be 
processed by Dec. 31.

 “We are asking Pasadena 
businesses not to wait until 
the last minute as we cannot 
guarantee we will have adequate 
time to process last-minute 
submittals before Dec. 31,” said 
Eric Duyshart, Director of the 
City’s Economic Development 
Division. “Our deadline may 
change with any new legislation 
by the State, but until then 
businesses need to be prepared 
to submit by Nov. 20 for the 
Dec. 31 deadline.”

 The City has developed a 
“Frequently Asked Questions” 
list to help answer some 
questions about the end of 
the Pasadena Enterprise Zone 
program. The FAQ is found 
online at www.cityofpasadena.

 The Governor’s Economic 
Development Initiative that 
replaces the Enterprise Zone 
Program includes three new 
incentives for California 
businesses. More information 
about the new program is 
available at

 The City will continue to 
monitor the new program 
tools and how they may 
benefit Pasadena businesses. 
Information will be shared with 
the business community as 
quickly as possible.

 Contact Melissa Alva, 
Enterprise Zone Manager, at 
(626) 744-7347.

Committee Passes Bill To 
Give Military Tax Break

 Assemblymember Chris 
Holden’s legislation to give 
service members a tax break 
when they are transferred to 
California was approved today 
by the Senate Governance & 
Finance Committee. AB 143, the 
Military Use Tax Exemption, 
would eliminate use taxes – a 
type of sales tax – on personal 
property purchased by an active 
duty military member who has 
been transferred into the state.

 “California is home to nearly 
13% of active duty members 
of the armed forces stationed 
in the U.S. It just seems the 
right thing to do to relieve 
some of the tax burden for 
these men and women who are 
already sacrificing so much in 
service to their country,” stated 
Assemblymember Holden.

 Under current law, a “use tax” is 
levied on items purchased out-
of-state for use in California. 

 Generally, when an active duty 
service member in Texas buys 
a computer or furniture, then 
three months later is transferred 
to a base in California, he or 
she would be required to pay a 
“use tax”. Under AB 143 the tax 
would be waived for active duty 
personnel and National Guard.

 AB 143 enjoys widespread 
support including the State 
Board of Equalization and 
Veterans groups throughout 
California. It now moves to 
Senate Appropriations for 


 Links Between Diabetes, 
Hypertension and 

 Most people are not aware 
of the links between diabetes, 
hypertension and dementia 
and how our brains are affected 
by age, lifestyle and genetics.

A special workshop in Spanish 
will cover these topics Tuesday, 
Aug. 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 
a.m. at the Pasadena Senior 
Center, 85 E. Holly St.

This event is free to anyone 
who would like to attend. 
Reservations are not required.