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CITY COUNCIL (cont. from page 1)

significant penalties has now been tied to 

those who do not take out the required permits. 

Water and Sewer Rate Increase 

City Manager, Elaine Aguilar and Director Bruce 
Inman took the council and audience on a three 
piece presentation regarding the sewer and water 
of Sierra Madre. Habib Isaac presented a power 
point to help lead those through this section of 
meeting. Isaac attempted to reassure residents 
by saying, “This is just going to be the next step 
for discussion and what should be the final rates 
moving forward.” The presentation opened 
with a review of the water and wastewater 
financial plans. The concern regarding costs and 
functional components then followed, which 
brought up further discussion. The presentation 
was wrapped up with the proposed rates and a Q 
and A to help fine tune things. 

Council Members tried very hard to make sure 
everything was dealt with fairly. In the end, 
Council Member Koerber made an appeal to the 
people of Sierra Madre stating, “Do not protest 
this rate increase. We’ve worked it down as low 
as we can, but we need to hit these numbers so 
that we can have a sustainable water department. 
I think the people of Sierra Madre care about 
keeping the water supply solvent and this is the 
way to do it. I please ask you to support us with 
this rate increase.” 

Due to the extended discussion on the water and 
sewer issues of Sierra Madre a special meeting has 
been scheduled for the sole purpose of discussing 
the User Utility Tax. That meeting will take place 
on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm at 
City Hall.


Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 16, 2013 



Gussie J Williams passed away peacefully on 
Saturday November 9, 2013 in Pasadena, California. 
Gussie was born on December 22, 1918 
in Detroit, Michigan to the parents of Samuel 
and Witty Posner. In her early 20’s Gussie fell 
in love with California and decided to make it 
her home. Gussie worked as a loan advisor for 
United California Bank until she retired in 1977. 
Gussie married the love of her life, Hadley Williams 
on April 3, 1965. Gussie and Hadley lived 
in Sierra Madre for more than 45 years and were 
active members of Trinity Presbyterian church in 
Pasadena, California. The town of Sierra Madre 
was a very special to Gussie and she spent time 
volunteering at the Sierra Madre Library. Gussie 
also volunteered at the Monte Vista Home serving 

 Gussie had a love of people, animals, traveling 
and shopping! She traveled to over 40 countries 
in her lifetime. Gussie loved to walk and admire 
nature. She loved roses and often truly did “stop 
to smell” them. She also loved to grow orchids. 
Gussie really enjoyed being with her family and 
friends, traveling with them and visiting with 

 She was proceeded in death by her husband Hadley 
Williams, January 28th, 2003. Her parents, 
and 3 brothers, Charles, Frank and Jack Posner.

 She is survived by her nieces and nephews, 
Linda Posner, Gary Posner, Robert & Mary Posner, 
Richard Posner, Frances Habermehl, Noel 
Martin, Donna Williams, Dave & Sue Williams. 
Gussie was also very special to her grand nieces, 
Jaimie Hansen, Heather Posner, Diana Calhoun, 
Wendy Hofrichter, and her grand nephews Curtis 
Posner, Charles Habermehl, Edward Kigwana, 
and ChristopHer Martin. She also brought 
smiles and laughter to her great grand niece and 
great grand nephews.

 Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 
23, 2013 at Trinity Presbyterian Church. 
3740 E Sierra Madre Blvd. Pasadena, California 
at 10:30 am. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to 
Trinity Presbyterian Church 3740 E Sierra Madre 
Blvd. Pasadena, California 91107


If you’re a bibliophile or have one on your holiday gift list, you won’t want to miss bidding on the 
exceptional books featured in the Silent Auction being held in the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 
W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre from Friday, November 1, 2013 through Monday, November 
25, 2013 during library hours. The books will be on display in the display case in the library’s main 
room. To inspect the books more closely, visit the library every Saturday in November from 1-2 PM. 

Amongst the treasures bring offered, we have a signed copy of The Hunt for Red October written by 
the late Tom Clancy, two six-volume sets of novels by Anthony Trollope, and a twenty-one volume 
set of Oxford Illustrated Dickens. A reprint of the children’s classic Little Black Sambo includes the 
original story and some charming illustrations by the artist Eulalie. Reminiscent of some of the 
Grimm fairy tales from Germany, the two stories in the reprint of Little Mook and Dwarf Longnose 
by Wilhelm Hauff are filled with an assortment of dwarves, evil witches and devious princes and 
include colorful, gemlike paintings of Russian artist Boris Pak. Written by Walter Isaacson who wrote 
the 2011 best-selling Steve Jobs, the very clever and attractive book, Einstein-The Life of a Genius 
is arranged according to events in the life of Albert Einstein and includes many fold-outs, event 
wheels and envelopes which contain little-known details of those times. These and other treasures 
are available during this latest Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Silent Auction.

Bidding sheets and rules will be available in a notebook located on the library’s checkout counter. Each 
of the books for sale at the auction will be numbered and will have a corresponding numbered bid 
sheet in the notebook. Bidders are asked to write their bid amounts and a contact telephone number 
on the appropriate bid sheet. Bidding will close promptly at 8 PM on November 25. Winning bidders 
will be notified by telephone the next day and will then be able to pick up their books at the library.

Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Sierra Madre Library’s programs, services, and 
acquisitions. For more information, visit our website at 


June 8, 1921 – November 8, 2013

Ruth came to California with her husband In 1946 and has 
lived in Sierra Madre since 1979. 

Her husband, Dr. Oron Kirkby survives her. 

A Memorial Mass will be at St. Rita Catholic Church in Sierra 
Madre, Nov. 22, 2013. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pasadena 
Humane Society.

By Deanne Davis

“Lead me not into temptation…I can find it all by myself!”

That’s a line from a pretty good country song, and will give you a hint as to where we were walking this 
week; that’s right, our own Farmer’s Market right below Sierra Madre Blvd., between Sierra Madre 
Congregational Church and Memorial Park, each and every Wednesday afternoon. Talk about a 
splendid shopping opportunity!

If you’re a bread lover, which I happen to be, you will have to 
be dragged away from The Rustic Loaf’s booth where they had 
rapturously beautiful loaves of bread guaranteed to put you into 
bread heaven… like these: Lemon Rosemary, Kalamata Olive, 
Cranberry Walnut, Multigrain Whole Wheat, Asiago Sourdough, 
and Cinnamon Raisin. With a bottle of EVVO, as Chef Rachel 
Ray would say (Extra Virgin Olive Oil for the rest of us) I could 
have done real damage. John, the dear ever-patient person who 
keeps me out of too much trouble, said, “No, it would be really 
bad for you to sit on the curb and devour a loaf of bread.” The 
Rustic Loaf travels to a number of Farmer’s Markets and, much to 
my delight, donates all unsold loaves to a variety of food banks. 

Reluctantly, we moved on and immediately encountered the 
tamale guy and then the Mediterranean Feast Guys with quantities 
of hummus, tabouli, tzakziki and pita bread. Folks were sitting 
on the curb 
eating those 
goodies! Then 
the Dry Dock 
Fish Guy with gorgeous fresh shellfish, smoked fish 
and sushi grade fish. The best part, though, was 
the produce. Magnificent raspberries, plump and 
perfect; next to late season strawberries that were 
crying out for a big bowl of whipped cream. Bushel 
baskets of shiny apples, heaps of celery, radicchio, 
radishes, lettuce and veritable mountains of kale, 
the hot veggie of the moment. Did you know that 
Trader Joe’s has even added kale to their Spinach-
Sour Cream dip?

But the persimmons, oh, the persimmons! 
American persimmons (the kind that have to 
be squishy before you can eat them) and Fuyu 
persimmons, which are small, firm fleshed and 
equally delicious. We have a Fuyu persimmon tree 
right here at our house but the squirrels never leave 
me even one! I went wild at the Farmer’s Market 
and persimmon bars are in our future. 

You might give these a try after you buy persimmons next Wednesday at our Farmer’s Market.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2 cups persimmon pulp (about 3 persimmons of the American or squishy when ripe kind) 

1 tsp. baking soda

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup oil

1 egg

2 cups flour

1 tsp. cinnamon (or a little more if you like cinnamon)

1/2 tsp. ground cloves

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped

1 cup raisins

Powdered sugar for dusting after baking.

Puree persimmon pulp and soda in blender. 

Blend sugar, egg and oil and add to persimmon pulp-soda.

Mix flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, nuts and raisins.

Combine with wet ingredients, mix well.

Place batter in greased 13 x 9 baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.

When cool, cut into bars, dust with powdered sugar and put a few on a nice plate. Make yourself a 
pot of tea, sit down with someone nice and enjoy!



 On Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Tom Love, a Director of the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water 
District and GM/CEO of the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA), a municipal water district 
serving 850,000 people in the western portion of San Bernardino County. A Sierra Madre resident 
and water/sewer manager professional, he will discuss the issues currently facing our city.

 Tom is a professional civil engineer, a member of American Water Works Association, American 
Society of Civil Engineers, WateReuse and Association of California Water Agencies.

 Lunch is served at noon at a cost of $10. The program begins at 12:30 and is free.

 Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club meets at The Lodge (formerly the Masonic Temple) 33 E. Sierra Madre 
Blvd. Call 626-355-0728 for lunch reservations.

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