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Mountain View News Saturday, July 19. 2014 



Bungalow Heaven: 
Preserving A 


 A special screening of the 
documentary, “Bungalow 
Heaven: Preserving A 
Neighborhood” will be held on 
Thursday, 7 p.m. at Pasadena 
Central Library’s Donald 
R. Wright Auditorium, 285 
E. Walnut St. Pasadena’s 
“Bungalow Heaven” was the 
first historic landmark district 
in Pasadena, and the United 
States! Joaquin Montalvan’s 
new documentary film reveals 
the hard fought struggle that 
took place to preserve this 
unique and highly coveted 

 The film features Architectural 
& Preservation notables such as 
Dr. Robert Winter, architectural 
historian & author of The 
California Bungalow; Ted 
Bosley, Director of The Gamble 
House; Sue Mossman, Executive 
Director of Pasadena Heritage; 
John Brinkmann, publisher of 
American Bungalow magazine; 
and John G. Ripley, historian 
& co-author of Pasadena’s 
Bungalow Heaven. A question 
and answer session will follow. 

 Producer/Director Joaquin 
Montalvan lives in Pasadena and 
is known for his independent 
films and documentaries. Most 
notably, the award-winning 
documentary “Visual Futurist: 
the art & life of syd mead” 
about the legendary designer 
responsible for the look of 
some of Hollywood’s most 
iconic films such as “Star Trek: 
The Motion Picture,” “Blade 
Runner,” “T R O N,” “Aliens,” 
“Mission Impossible 3,” and 
“Elysium” among others.

Shooting victims names, 
911 audio released

 Police on Monday released 
911 audio of the man they 
said shoot three people with a 
semi-automatic rifle Saturday 
and wounded two others —in 
which he admits to the killing 
by telling the operator, “I just 
shot somebody.” 

 Pasadena Police Chief Phillip 
Sanchez said John Izael Smith 
surrendered after barricading 
himself inside his home and 
after police dispatcher Diane 
Marin convicted him to give 
up. According to Sanchez, 
Marin relayed messages 
to police through another 
dispatcher Alexis Bartoli. 
The two kept Smith calm 
Sanchez said and he agreed to 
surrender minutes later. 

 All three names of the victims, 
including 91-year-old Luis 
Fernando were also released 
by the coroner’s office later 
Monday. The other victims 
were Maria Teresa Aguiar, 59, 
and Joseph Uribe, 31. 

 The shooting started shortly 
before 4:30 p.m. in the 1700 
block of North Summit 
Avenue when 911 calls came 
in to police, one person said 
he heard at least 15 gunshots 
in front of his house. Many of 
the callers said they did not 
know where the gunshots were 
coming from. Uribe a good 
Samaritan, heard gunshots, 
came to help and was gunned 

 When police arrived they 
came under heavy gunfire, 
Aguilar was lying in the street 
dead, as police tried to help 
Smith peppered their vehicle 
with gunfire Sanchez said.

 Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard 
said at Monday’s press 
conference that the shooting 
likened Pasadena to other 
communities know for mass 
murders such as Sandy Hook 
in Connecticut.

 Smith was charged Tuesday 
with three counts of murder 
with the special circumstance 
of multiple murders and 
a special allegation of 
intentionally discharging a 
rifle. He is eligible for the death 
penalty prosecutors said.

Mack Robinson Honored on 100th Birthday

By Dean Lee

 The Robinson family and 
friends gathered Friday 
morning to celebrate and share 
stories on, what would have 
been, the 100th birthday of 
Matthew “Mack” Robinson, the 
brother of baseball icon Jackie 

“Mack Robinson was born on 
June 18, 1914 one hundred 
years ago,” said Pasadena 
Mayor Bill Bogaard. “He and 
his family moved to Pasadena 
six years later and the Robinson 
family has made the city of 
Pasadena proud all of the time 
since then… Mack and his 
brother Jackie defied racism 
on an international level. Mack 
returned to Pasadena after the 
1936 Olympics and his life story 
provides an intricate look at the 
history of Pasadena since then.”

 Bogaard continued, saying his 
memories of Mack Robinson 
date back to the fall of 1970, “the 
year that the Pasadena schools 
implemented a integration 
plan through bussing,” one of 
his own children was bussed to 
Cleveland Elementary School. 
Bogaard and Robinson were 
both on the PTA.

 A legend in his own right, Mack 
Robinson set national junior 
college records at Pasadena City 
College placing him on the 1936 
United States Olympic team, 
were he won the silver medal in 
the men’s 200 meters in Berlin, 
finishing just 0.4 seconds behind 
Jesse Owens. 

 “I had a conference with the 
Mayor’s office and we were 
talking about what should I do 
with this medal, what should I 
do with some of those Olympic 
things I have at home,” said 
Delano Robinson, wife of Mack 
Robinson. “So, I said to myself 
I’m going to ask the Mayor 
does he have any choice to a 
museum? Should we go to the 
Smithsonian, the Pasadena 
library, heritage or just keep it in 
the home? Have a trophy room.” 

 Along with the celebration at 
the Robinson Memorial, City 
Hall Centennial Square the 
family held a reception at PCC’s 
Creveling Lounge Friday night, 
to honor Mack Robinson the 
former PCC star athlete; watch 
a video of Mack Robinson’s 
1936 historic Berlin Olympic 
performance and view Mack 
Robinson memorabilia.

 The Robinson Family Weekend 
will conclude Sunday, when 
the Baseball Reliquary will 
induct Rachel Robinson, Jackie 
Robinson’s wife, into the Shrine 
of Eternals during a special 
ceremony at the Pasadena 
Central Library, Donald 
Wright Auditorium, 285 E. 
Walnut St. Delano Robinson, 
Rachel’s sister-in-law and wife 
of Mack Robinson, will accept 
the induction on Rachel’s behalf. 
Other inductees are baseball 
pitcher and broadcaster Dizzy 
Dean and baseball infielder and 
Coach Don Zimmer. 

 The public is invited; seating is 
limited and available on a first-
come, first-served basis.

Earthquake Early Warning 
System Funds Secured


Caltech Media Center during an earthquake earlier this year, 
Photo D.Lee/MVNews

 Caltech President 
Thomas Rosenbaum said 
the vote sends a strong 
signal of support for 
implementation of an 
earthquake early warning 
for the West Coast.


The U.S. House Appropriations 
Committee voted Tuesday to 
include $5 million in funding, 
in the Fiscal Year 2015, for the 
Earthquake Early Warning 
System —the first time 
Congress has ever provided 
funding specifically for the 
system. Congressman Adam 
Schiff made the announcement. 

 Earlier this year, Schiff led 
a group of 25 Members from 
California, Washington and 
Oregon in organizing a request 
that the committee fund an early 
earthquake warning system. 
A limited system developed 
by Caltech, UC-Berkeley and 
University of Washington, in 
conjunction with the United 
State Geological Survey 
(USGS), has already been 
deployed and has proven that 
the early warning technology is 

 This $5 million in funding 
will allow those developing 
the statewide system to begin 
purchasing and installing 
additional sensors, hire new staff 
members, and come closer to 
deploying comprehensive early 
earthquake warning coverage 
throughout earthquake prone 
regions of the West Coast. The 
Schiff language included in the 
Appropriations bill reads: “…the 
Committee provides $5,000,000 
from within the funds provided 
for Earthquake Hazards to 
transition the earthquake early 
warning demonstration project 
into an operational capability 
on the West Coast.”

 “It’s critical that the West Coast 
implement an earthquake early 
warning system that will give 
us a heads up before the ‘big 
one’ hits, so we can save lives 
and protect infrastructure,” 
Schiff said. “We are constantly 
reminded of our vulnerability 
– with tremors, earthquakes 
and aftershocks rattling our 
homes and businesses – and 
even a few seconds of warning 
will allow people to seek 
cover, automatically slow or 
stop trains, pause surgeries 
and more. This first phase of 
funding will allow the work to 
begin expanding the system, 
and we will continue to work 
to secure future funding along 
with our other federal, state and 
local partners.”

 “Caltech and its partners are 
very grateful that the House 
of Representatives is sending 
a strong signal of support 
for implementation of an 
earthquake early warning 
for the West Coast,” said 
President Thomas Rosenbaum 
of the California Institute of 
Technology. “We look forward 
to moving ahead with this 
critical technology over the 
next few years.”

 The City’s Urban Forestry 
Advisory Committee 
(UFAC) held a special 
meeting Wednesday night 
to discuss the tree-killing 
Polyphagous shot hole borer 
(PSHB) beetle that has been 
identified on public and 
private trees within the city. 

 The insect attacks a variety 
of tree species by boring 
into the wood of a tree 
and depositing a fungus 
known as Fusarium, which 
can eventually kill the host 
tree. The Department of 
Public Works has been in 
communication with plant 
pathologists and scientists 
who are researching this 
insect and its impact on 

 Representatives from the 
University of California 
Riverside Center for Invasive 
Species Research and The 
Huntington Botanical 
Gardens presented current 
research on PSHB and best 
management practices for 
removal and disposal of 

Delano Robinson, wife of Mack 
Robinson, holds her husband’s 
1936 silver medal in the men’s 
200 meters. Photo D.Lee/

Pet of the 

Family member holds a 
photo of Mack Robinson, in the 
LA Marathon.

Novelists to Discuss 20th 
Century Crime Fiction

Register for 
Annual Wiggle 
Waggle Walk

 Oso is an eight-year-old 
Havanese mix. He's very 
friendly and affectionate 
and has lots of energy. An 
active home would be a 
great match for him. 

 Oso’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. He also 
qualifies for our “Seniors for 
Seniors” program in which 
his adoption fee is waived 
for adopters 60 years old 
and older. 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. 


Call the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A359825, 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.

 A panel of local crime novelists 
will discuss 20th Century 
Crime Fiction in California 
on Thursday, July 31 with a 
reception at 6 p.m. followed by 
a panel discussion and question 
and answer session from 7 to 
8:30 p.m. at Pasadena Central 
Library’s Donald R. Wright 
Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut 
St. The panel discussion will 
be led by moderator Denise 
Hamilton and feature panelists; 
Kim Cooper, author of The 
Kept Girl, a great novel inspired 
by Raymond Chandler’s early 
days in LA, Tom Nolan, Ross 
Macdonald’s biographer, and 
Julie Rivett, Dashiell Hammett’s 
granddaughter and biographer.

- Denise Hamilton is an 
American crime novelist, 
journalist and editor of 
the Edgar-award winning 
anthologies Los Angeles Noir 
and Los Angeles Noir 2: The 
Classics. Hamilton’s five Eve 
Diamond crime novels have 
been short-listed for many 
awards, including the Edgar 
Award in mystery, Willa Cather 
award in literary fiction and the 
UK’s Creasey Dagger Award. 

- Kim Cooper is the creator of 
1947project, the crime-a-day 
blog that spawned Esotouric’s 
popular bus tours, including 
The Real Black Dahlia and 
Pasadena Confidential. With 
husband Richard Schave, 
Cooper curates the cultural and 
forensic science salons of LAVA 
- The Los Angeles Visionaries 
Association. Cooper’s books 
include Fall in Love For Life, 
Bubblegum Music is the Naked 
Truth, Lost in the Grooves and 
an oral history of the band 
Neutral Milk Hotel. Her debut 
novel, the fact-based The Kept 
Girl (“Commendable” - Kirkus) 
stars the young Raymond 
Chandler and the real-life Philip 
Marlowe sleuthing a murderous 
cult of angel worshippers.

- Tom Nolan, the author of 
the critically acclaimed and 
Edgar Award–nominated Ross 
Macdonald: A Biography is a 
frequent contributor to the Wall 
Street Journal’s Leisure & Arts 

- Julie Rivett is one of four 
grandchildren of Dashiell 
Hammett and a trustee for 
the Hammett literary estate. 
Working with Hammett 
biographer Richard Layman, 
she has edited four books by or 
about her famous grandfather: 
Selected Letters of Dashiell 
Hammett 1921-1960, Dashiell 
Hammett: A Daughter 
Remembers, Return of the 
Thin Man, and The Hunter and 
Other Stories. When she’s not 
editing, volunteering for arts 
and literacy organizations, or 
minding her granddaughter, 
Julie Rivett curates Hammett 
and Falcon exhibits, writes 
about Hammett and Sam 
Spade, and lectures throughout 
the U.S. on her grandfather and 
his works.

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

With the opening of the new 
Pasadena Media studios at 150 
S. Los Robles Ave, they are 
offering free television-training 
programs for producers. Plan 
to attend an orientation to 
discover the right classes for 
you. Producers’ Training 
teaches how to produce shows 
for The Arroyo Channel. 
Studio Production/Equipment 
training is also offered to 
volunteer crewmembers. In 
addition, on-going training 
will soon be available in 
citizen journalism and digital 
film groups. Call the office 
(626) 794-8585 or go to 
explore what Pasadena Media 
has to offer.

 New Citizen Journalism 
training starts Wednesday 
nights, learn how to report 
news using social media 

Take a walk with your 
canine companion, friends, 
colleagues, neighbors and 
thousands of fellow dog lovers 
to raise money for animals 
in need. Form a team and 
qualify to compete for prizes 
or travel solo by registering as 
an individual. Register your 
team, create your own team 
page and keep a running tally 
of the funds you raise for the 

Contests for the dogs the 
day of the walk include: 
Owner/ Pet Look-A-Like and 
a Fashion Show. Prizes will 
also be given out for our Top 
Fundraiser, Top Donor, and 
Top Team.

Register for the 16th Annual 
Wiggle Waggle Walk in 
Brookside Park on Sunday, 
September 28th at www.

Class Offerings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Nightly

Orientation and Tour

Monday July 21 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lighting Basics

Tuesday July 22 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Producers’ Training

Wednesday July 23 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Citizen Journalism Training

Wednesday July 23 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Intro to Field Production

Wednesday July 23 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm