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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 21, 2013 

Curry to 
Host Wiggle 
Waggle Walk

Retiring JPL Deputy 
Director Passes the Torch

Gen. Eugene Tattini, who has 
served for the past 12 years 
as deputy director of NASA’s 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
Pasadena, Calif., began his 
retirement Friday. His successor, 
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. 
James, will assume his duties 

 The deputy director functions 
as JPL’s chief operating officer 
and is responsible to the director 
for the day-to-day management 
of JPL’s resources and activities. 
JPL employs 5,000 scientists, 
engineers, technicians and 
business support personnel, 
and generates $1.5 billion in 
annual revenue. The California 
Institute of Technology in 
Pasadena staffs and manages 

 “We owe our gratitude 
to General Tattini for his 
dedication and contributions 
during the past 12 years, which 
were filled with numerous 
successful spacecraft launches 
and milestones, including 
the landing of the Mars rover 
Curiosity,” said JPL Director 
Charles Elachi.

 Before joining JPL in July 
2001, Tattini was commander 
of the U.S. Air Force Space and 
Missile Systems Center in Los 
Angeles. His 36-year military 
career included 20 separate 

 “It has been an absolute 
privilege for me to support 
the men and women of JPL as 
deputy director for the past 12 
years,” Tattini said. “I have seen 
the incredibly talented people 
at JPL perform magic, and I 
continue to be in awe of them. 
I leave with my congratulations 
for a job extremely well done.”

 James was selected after a 
search committee considered 
a number of distinguished 
candidates. He has a wide 
range of experience with space-
related activities.

 “I’m truly excited to be a part 
of the amazing JPL team,” James 
said. “As someone who has 
loved space exploration since I 
was a kid, there’s no better place 
to be.”

 James lives in Altadena, Calif., 
with his wife, Susan. They have 
a daughter and son-in-law in 
New York City and a daughter 
in Nice, France.

Fire Rips through Historic Strip Mall 

 Move over Comic- 
Con, Adrianne Curry is 
headlining the 15th Annual 
Wiggle Waggle Walk. 
Curry, the cycle one winner 
of “ America ’s Next Top 
Model” and every fanboy’s 
dream, will be the emcee 
for the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA’s (PHS) 
community fundraiser 
and dog walk on Sunday, 
September 29.

 Thousands of people and 
their dogs are expected 
to take part in the Wiggle 
Waggle Walk. Curry will 
lead the fun-filled day for 
two-footed and four-footed 
friends, which includes:

 A one-mile or three-mile 
walk around the Rose Bowl 

Fun dog contests

 Demonstrations by Brigitte 
and Kuma, canine actors 
from ABC’s “Modern 
Family” and Disney 
Channel’s “Dog with a Blog”

 Demonstrations by the 
Glendale and Pasadena 
Police K-9 Units

VIP tent featuring a red 
carpet step and repeat 
photo opportunity

 The PHS Mobile Outreach 
Unit with dogs looking for 

Pet product booths

 A signing opportunity 
for all participants (human 
and canine!) for the 
“Dedication Door” which 
will be installed in the 
Pasadena Humane Society 
’s new Animal Care Center 
and much more!

By Dean Lee

 An early morning fire 
Sunday destroyed a strip 
mall in Northwest Pasadena 
heavily damaging an art 
gallery, furniture store, bike 
store and a beauty salon —
witnesses said flames could 
be seen for miles.

 Pasadena Fire Spokeswoman 
Lisa Derderian said the fire in 
the 500 block of North Fair 
Oaks broke out about 4:30 
a.m., causing an estimated $1 
million in damages.

 “There was a lot of fuel 
inside, whether it be the 
building contents, or the way 
the building was designed,” 
she told KTLA News. “This 
was a very stubborn fire.”

 Derderian said the fire took 
about two hours to knock 

 Local artist, Nalani 
Hernandez-Melo of Arroyo 
Artifacts, one of the stores 
most heavily damage said 
her life’s work was inside. The 
furniture/art store had not 
opened yet.

 “I did woodblock printing, 
so it’s all wood, it’s all paper,” 
she told reporters. “So, it’s all 

 Derderian said the damage, 
in contents alone was 
estimated to be $200,000.

 Fire officials said a two 
alarm fire was called because 
of heavy fire condition. They 
said, upon arrival, flames 
could be seen shooting from 
the roof. 

 According to Derderian 
the fire was fought from the 
outside using a “defensive 

 She said the stores shared a 
common attic which caused 
the fire to spread quickly. 
There was also partial 
collapse of the roof.

 There were a total of 59 
fire personnel on scene, 
including nine engines and 
three trucks.

 The cause of the fire is under 
investigation Derderian said.

PCC Officially Says ‘No’ 
to Two-tier Tuition Bill

of Roses 

Work on Fair Oaks Avenue 
to Be Completed Oct. 18


 Dr. Mark Rocha, in his weekly 
message to PCC faculty and 
staff members unequivocally 
stated, “two-tier tuition will 
not happen at PCC under any 
circumstances”. While AB955 
is on the desk of Governor Jerry 
Brown, Rocha reiterated that 
the “consistent and long time 
position of the administration 
as well as the Board of Trustees 
has been in opposition to 

 AB955 is the so-called two-
tier tuition bill passed by the 
California Assembly that would 
allow community colleges to 
charge all students out-of-
state tuition during summer 
and winter sessions regardless 
of residency. The bill would 
allow community colleges to 
raise tuition from $46 per unit 
to approximately $200 per 
unit. Assemblymember Das 
Williams, D-Santa Barbara, 
authored the bill.

 Pasadena City College 
Dr. Mark Rocha, reaffirmed 
the position of the college 
on AB955. 

In commemoration 
of the 100th Rose Bowl 
Game, the Tournament 
of Roses has announced a 
special program to honor 
great players and coaches 
throughout the history 
of The Granddaddy of 
Them All. 

 Members of the Football 
Writers Association of 
America (FWAA) will 
select one Rose Bowl 
Game representative 
from each decade to 
comprise an All-Century 
Class. In addition, one 
overall player and one 
overall coach will be 
highlighted at a press 
conference on Selection 
Sunday, which will take 
place on December 8, 
2013, in Pasadena.

 Residents and businesses 
are advised that the final road 
paving for trench work on a 
water mainline installation 
under Fair Oaks Avenue is 
estimated to be completed by 
Oct. 18, 2013. Paving and other 
road work will occur from 
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, beginning Sept. 

The City urges motorists, 
bicyclists and pedestrians to 
use caution while traveling 
through the area. Motorists can 
anticipate traffic delays and it 
is recommended that they seek 
temporary alternative routes. 
Motorists may also be detoured 
to Raymond Avenue during 
construction to ease traffic on 
Fair Oaks Avenue.

The work will involve partial 
road closures, but at least one 
lane in each direction will be 
maintained at all times on Fair 
Oaks Avenue. Local access 
to businesses also will be 
maintained, but may be limited 
at times.

The project is a collaborative 
effort by the City’s Department 
of Public Works and the 
Pasadena Water and Power 
Department (PWP) to complete 
the final phase of PWP’s water 
mainline trench project in the 
area. A & Y Construction Co. 
is the contractor completing the 

Notices from A & Y Co. 
were previously distributed 
to residents and businesses 
directly impacted by the 
construction work. Changeable 
message signs about the project 
were placed on Fair Oaks 
Avenue about two weeks ago.

For more information about 
PWP, visit 
or call (626) 744-4409. For 
information on the Department 
of Public Works, visit www.

Fire Department Kicks-Off 
‘Fire Prevention Week’

Pet of the 


 The Pasadena Fire 
Department invites the public 
to attend a special “kick-off” 
for Fire Prevention Week 2013 
from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., 
Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the 
Rose Bowl Stadium, near Gate 
A. Free hot dogs and drinks 
will be available for the first 250 

 Fire personnel will meet and 
greet the public and educate 
the community about fire 
safety. Other highlights will 
include the Fire Department 
Kids Safety Trailer (simulates a 
kitchen to teach cooking safety), 
a ladder truck, fire engines, 
rescue ambulances and fire 
extinguisher demonstrations 
and the Urban Search And 
Rescue vehicle. There will also 
be educational giveaways free to 
the children. 

 The 2013 Fire Prevention 
Week is October 6-12. This 
year’s theme is “Prevent 
Kitchen Fires” to help spread 
the word that more fires start 
in the kitchen than in any other 
part of the home. Every year 
since 1925, the President of 
the United States has signed a 
Proclamation to observe Fire 
Prevention Week with varying 

 For further information please 
contact the Fire Department at 
(626) 744-4675.

Free Classes 
in Italian, 
Spanish and 

 Charlotte is a fawn and 
white, adult rabbit. She’s 
very friendly and enjoys 
chewing on wooden toy 

 Charlotte’s adoption fee 
is $30, 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 
A338157, 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.

Local Non-profit to Hold 
Mothers in Prison Event

Altadena Sheriff Crime Blotter

 Pasadena Public Library 
now offers free weekly adult 
conversational classes in 
Italian, Spanish and English 
for all speaking levels. The 
classes are a great way to 
practice and improve your 
language skills. You may even 
make some new friends! 

 Traveling to Italy? The 
CIAO Italian Conversation 
Class meets at 10 a.m. every 
Wednesday at Central 
Library’s Technology Learning 
Center, 285 E. Walnut St. Led 
by Patrizia Zambetta. Call 
(626) 744-7076 for more 

 Is your high school Spanish 
a little rusty? The Spanish 
Conversation Group meets at 
1 p.m. every Thursday at San 
Rafael Branch Library, 1240 
Nithsdale Road. Led by Dr. 
José Recio. Call (626) 744-
7270 for more information.

 Are you learning English and 
want to practice your English 
with others who are learning 
just like you? The English 
Conversation Group meets 
at 10 a.m. every Friday and 
the 3rd Friday of the month 
at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca 
Branch Library, 1355 N. 
Raymond Ave. Led by English 
language teacher Maria Snow. 
Call (626) 744-7268 for more 

Sunday, Sept. 8th 

 10:17 PM – A robbery 
occurred at Jack in the Box, 
2305 N. Lake Av. The victim 
entered the business and began 
a conversation w/a female. 
The suspect, male, Hispanic, 
25-27 yrs, 509, 160, black hair, 
white shirt, blue jeans, entered 
the business and asked the 
victim why he was talking to 
his girlfriend. An argument 
ensued between the parties and 
the suspect took the victim’s 
cellphone. Suspect last seen 
southbound Lake Av. in a white 
or gray minivan. Loss: black 
Motorola cellphone. 

Monday, Sept. 9th 

 10:00 AM – Terry Harmon, 52 
yrs, of Altadena was arrested for 
assault w/a deadly weapon and 
attempt robbery. 

Wednesday, Sept. 11th 

 Between 2:00 AM and 11:00 
AM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 2200-blk of El 
Molino Av. Suspect(s) gained 
access to the vehicle by opening 
the moon roof. Loss: tan 
Michael Kors purse. 

 Between 6:00 PM and 8:30 
AM (Thursday) – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 0-100 
blk of E. Calaveras St. Suspect(s) 
entered the residence by kicking 
the wood panel used to cover 
the window. Loss: blue Makita 
table saw, red Chicago angle 
saw, (2) red Milwaukee drills. 

 7:30 PM – An assault w/a 
deadly weapon occurred in the 
area of Figueroa Dr. & Lincoln 
Av. ***Known suspect*** 

 Thursday, Sept. 12th 

 Between 7:00 AM and 5:00 
PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 700-blk of 
Skyview Dr. Suspect(s) entered 
the residence through the 
unlocked garage doors. Loss: 
brown 2x2 safe, currency. 

 Between 2:00 PM and 2:05 PM 
– A theft of a bicycle occurred 
at Armen Market, 1873 N. 
Allen Av. Suspect described as 
a male, White, 40-50 yrs. Loss: 
black road bike 27 speed, w/disc 

 Between 4:30 PM and 6:30 AM 
(Friday) – A grand theft from 
an unlocked vehicle occurred 
in the 600-blk of E. Calaveras 
St. Loss: black Lenovo Twist 
laptop, currency. 

 Between 4:30 PM and 2:00 
PM (Sunday) – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
3200-blk of Marengo Av. 
Suspect(s) entered the location 
by shattering the front door 
glass panel. Loss: blue Orion 
telescope, gold Equitorial 


 Known for tackling sensitive 
social issues through the work 
of Flintridge Center, Jaylene 
Moseley, has been named 
Honorary Chairperson for Talk 
About Parenting with Shirlee 
Smith’s upcoming benefit event 
– Mothers Behind Bars: The 
Parent Puzzle. 

 In 2010, at the suggestion of 
California State Senator Carol 
Liu, Talk About Parenting 
worked with former inmate 
Gloria Barrios to redesign 
the classes the non-profit 
organization offered to the 
general population, adapting 
them to fit the needs of 
mothers behind bars. Moseley 
says: “Talk About Parenting 
is doing such critical work. 
When incarcerated mothers 
improve parenting practices, 
their children’s adjustment to 
both incarceration and reentry 
improves, and families are 

 Talk About Parenting’s 
classes are in their third year 
at the California Institution 
for Women in Corona, and are 
completely filled. In fact, there 
are over 100 mothers on the 
wait list. 

 “Moseley’s unwavering 
support of the underserved 
and Flintridge Center’s work 
to reintegrate previously 
incarcerated individuals back 
into the community reduces 
recidivism and blends well with 
our organization’s mission of 
improving and strengthening 
the quality of family life, 
thereby benefiting the broader 
community, Smith said.” 

 Mothers Behind Bars: The 
Parent Puzzle, Sunday, October 
27, 2013, 3-5 p.m. at Hillsides, 
940 Avenue 64, in Pasadena 
will raise funds to support Talk 
About Parenting’s ‘s Parent 
Puzzle program at CIW. 

 Speakers for the event include: 
Gloria Barrios, a mother and 
former inmate, State Senator, 
Carol Liu; Los Angeles County 
Supervisor, Michael D. 
Antonovich; and CIW Deputy 
Chief Warden, Kimberly 

 Recipient of the organization’s 
Humanitarian Award - Los 
Angeles County Superior Court 
Judge Marguerite D. Downing.

 Lois Brand Billings is chair of 
the event. To attend, please rsvp 
on the organiztion’s website at 
For further information call