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Mountain View News Saturday, July 26, 2014 


Disneyland Celebrates 
59th Birthday; Brings Back 
Ticket Books for the Day 

City to Draft 
Spay and 

By Dean Lee

 All the costumed characters, 
including Mickey, Donald Duck 
and even Grumpy, came out 
dancing filling Town Square at 
Disneyland earlier this month 
marking the park’s 59th birthday 
—the celebration also included 
an unveiling of next year’s 60th 
Diamond Anniversary logo, a 
glittery version of Cinderella 
Castle, to be used starting 
spring 2015. 

 “I was driving here this 
morning very excited,” said 
Disneyland Ambassador Megan 
Navarette. “Because to take 
part in something so historic, 
Disneyland just celebrated 59 
years, it’s such a special place to 
so many people.” 

 Founder Walt Disney held 
a special “International Press 
Preview” event July 17, 1955, 
considered by many to be the 
parks opening.

 Functional souvenir ticket book 
were also given out as a special 
offering, this year, for event 
guests on July 17, including 
media —the first time since 
attraction tickets were last used 
in the park in 1982. The new 
tickets were similar to books, 
starting in 1959, although using 
a system of numbering, based on 
a attraction’s opening day, 50s, 
60s, etc. instead of the famed “E” 
or “A” ticket. 

 Sam Gennawey author of “The 
Disneyland Story: The Unofficial 
Guide to the Evolution of 
Walt Disney’s Dream,” said the 
original tickets were used as 
a way to explore the park, “It 
forced you to do things like, the 
Castle Walk Through, or to ride 
a vehicle on Main Street, because 
you have to use up those ‘A’ and 
‘B’ tickets.”

 He also said they also helped 
keep the little attractions alive, 
“People miss those and just go 
for the big huge rides nowadays.”

 Disney is known to experiment, 
he said, and could bring ticket 
books back as part of the fast 
pass system. 

 Gennawey also discussed his 
book, The Disneyland Story, 
at an event July 12 in Pasadena 
covering everything from Walt 
Disney’s Carousel of Progress, 
Main Street, to the evolution 
of iconic attractions such as 

 “Of course we’ve all been on 
Dumbo, it’s the first thrill ride 
for many people as you go flying 
around,” he said. “At one point 
Harry Truman would not get 
in one because he didn’t want 
to sit inside an elephant —as a 
Democrat.” Dumbo originally 
had ears that flapped but they 
would always break so were 
gotten rid of early on.” 

 He said, although dated, 
the Carousel of Progress, the 
inspiration for Tomorrow Land, 
still survives at Walt Disney 
World Florida. 

 According to Gennawey, 
Disneyland stands the test 
of time through something 
Walt Disney used called the 
“architecture of reassurance.” 
He said Disney employee John 
Hench, known for drafting the 
original layout for Disneyland, 
coined the term.

 “John Hench thought of the 
idea, get rid of the messy vitality 
and focus, really, on eliminating 
all the visual contradictions,” he 
said. “Everything matches either 
by a story that’s implied or a 
story that’s explicit, so whether 
it’s the material, where the 
doors are, how tall the windows 
are, signage, it all seems to fit 

 He said this creates a situation 
where the brain does not 
worry about fear, “so that 
aspect can be turned towards 
something else and that tends 
to be communication, that’s why 
someone who would never wear 
a goofy hat will buy a goofy hat 
and wear it all day around the 

 Gennawey was asked at the 
event, during a Q&A, what lesser 
known or must do activities he 

 “If you’ve never done it, is the 
C. K. Holliday and E. P. Ripley, 
the first two trains that were 
running you can ask for a tender 
car ride…,” he said. “You can 
ride up to two people on the 
tender car, which puts you into 
the locomotive. You can talk to 
the fireman and engineer as they 
drive around the park.” 

 Gennawey also said you can 
also go into the wheelhouse of 
the Mark Twain Riverboat.

 “About three people can up 
there and it’s a great view, 360 
degrees, of the Rivers of America 
and you can pilot the ship, pull 
the steam whistle, you get that 
snap of the whistle” he said.

 Gennawey is a senior associate 
at the Pasadena urban planning 
firm of Katherine Padilla & 
Associates. He is also the author 
of “Walt and the Promise of 
Progress City”

 Local author of 

“The Disneyland Story” 
discusses the park’s curious 
history at the Allendale 
Branch Library.

 The Pasadena city council 
will hear arguments on 
Monday to determine if a 
local water emergency exists 
and to implement the Level 
1 water supply shortage plan 
as recommended by the city’s 
water and power department.

 To declare a Level 1 shortage, 
the city must hold a public 
hearing and receive city 
council approval.

 Under Pasadena’s water waste 
prohibitions ordinance, the 
Level 1 shortage plan limits 
outdoor watering to three 
days per week on Tuesdays, 
Thursdays and Saturdays 
during summer months and 
requires water leaks to be 
fixed within 72 hours.

 “As early adopters of these 
measures, the city believes 
it’s important for everyone 
conserve water. These new 
regulations will ensure that 
everyone in the state will join 
Pasadena residents in this 
important effort,” said Eric 
Klinkner, PWP Chief Deputy 
General Manager.

 The city approved 13 
permanent water waste 
prohibitions in 2009, 
including: No watering 
outdoors between 9 a.m. and 6 
p.m., except with a hand-held 
container or hose with a shut-
off nozzle. No watering during 
periods of rain. No excessive 
water flow or runoff onto 
pavement, gutters or ditches 
from watering or irrigating 
landscapes or vegetation of 
any kind. No washing down 
paved surfaces unless for 
safety or sanitation, in which 
case a bucket, a hose with a 
shut-off nozzle, a cleaning 
machine that recycles water or 
a low-volume/high-pressure 
water broom must be used. 
No washing vehicles except 
by using a hand-held bucket 
or similar container or hose 
equipped with a water shut-
off nozzle.

 Fines for repeat offenders can 
be up to $500 per violation for 
residential customers, and up 
to $1,000 per violation for all 
non-residential accounts.

 The City Council’s meeting 
Monday begins at 6:30 p.m. in 
the Council Chamber, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave., second floor.

 The city council voted last 
week 5-3 in favor of drafting 
a controversial city ordinance 
that would force all dog and cat 
owners to spay and neuter pets 
older than six months. 

 Councilmembers Terry 
Tornek, John Kennedy and 
Councilwoman Jacque 
Robinson voted against an 
ordinance. The city attorney’s 
office will draft an ordinance 
within 60 days.

 Nearly 50 speakers, and a 
packed city council chambers 
were evenly split on the issue. At 
times the crowd became unruly, 
shouting out comments from 
their seats.

 Those against an ordinance 
argued that spaying or neutering 
pets as early as six months can 
cause health issues. They also 
said the law would unfairly affect 
low income residents. They also 
said the ordinance would not fix 
the problem of stray animals.

 Speaking on behalf of the 
Pasadena Humane Society and 
in support of the ordinance, 
President and CEO Steve McNall 
said mandatory spay and neuter 
would cut down on the number 
of animals euthanized. Last year 
the agency euthanized 283 dogs 
and 739 cats he said.

 Lisa Lange, Senior Vice 
President of PETA also spoke 
in favor of an ordinance saying 
“it makes good sense across the 

 Certain animals including 
law enforcement dogs, service 
animals, and licensed breeders 
would be exempt from the 

La Casita Del 
Arroyo to 


PWP Project Groundbreaking

The public is invited 
to attend the Grand Re-
Opening celebration for the 
completed historic renovation 
of La Casita del Arroyo. 
Join Mayor Bill Bogaard, 
Councilmember Steve 
Madison and other Pasadena 
officials along with La Casita 
Foundation representatives 
at 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 
2014 to celebrate this event 
at 177 S. Arroyo Blvd. Light 
refreshments will be served.

 The historic City-owned 
building originally designed in 
1932 by noted architect Myron 
Hunt. Today, La Casita serves 
as a community meeting 
house for public and private 

 The $517,700 construction 
project was managed by 
Pasadena’s Department of 
Public Works, including 
upgrades to the restrooms, 
kitchen, banquet room 
and entry area; Americans 
with Disabilities Act (ADA) 
improvements; plumbing 
and electrical systems 
upgrades and restoration 
of the historic bicycle 
velodrome wood paneling. 
Exterior work included 
parking lot improvements, 
roof replacement and new 
heating, ventilation and air 
conditioning (HVAC) systems.

 Funding came from La 
Casita Foundation, the City’s 
Capital Improvement Project 
Fund, and Residential Impact 
Fees. Work was completed 
by B-One Construction Co., 
a local general contractor 
and Onyx Architects, a local 
Pasadena architectural firm. 

 For more information call 
(626) 744-7033. 

Pictured Mayor Bill Bogaard (second, from left), PWP staff and 

From the City Manager 


 Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) broke ground, earlier 
this month, on the Glenarm 
Repowering Project. The 
project, also known as GT5, 
was held at Pasadena’s historic 
107-year-old Glenarm Power 

Pasadena Mayor, Bill Bogaard 
and Pasadena Water and Power 
General Manager, Phyllis 
Currie spoke about the history 
of the plant and the project’s 
role in providing more reliable, 
locally-generated power for 

The project will replace an 
aging power-generating unit 
with a more efficient and 
environmentally-friendly unit 
at the plant. The firm ARB, 
Inc. is heading up the multi-
million-dollar project to replace 
the aging turbines with a new 
71-megawatt natural gas-fired 
combined cycle plant. The 
project will also include a new 
high-tech control room. The 
GT5 unit is replacing the plant’s 
last operating steam-boiler unit, 
Broadway 3, which was built in 

PWP is also partnering with 
the community on this project 
by hiring local residents and 
utilizing local vendors. The 
project calls for 15 percent 
of the subcontracting and 
procurement to be comprised 
of Pasadena businesses, and 
25 percent of the payroll to 
be comprised of Pasadena 

Revitalizing the facility is a 
major goal of PWP’s long-term 
power-supply plans. The new 
unit will help reduce the City’s 
fuel consumption, emissions 
and dependence on outside 
energy sources, allows the City 
to quickly restore power in the 
event of an outage and serve as 
a backup to renewable energy 
resources like wind and solar

Pet of the 

Adam Schiff, vice chair of the 
Congressional LGBT Equality 
Caucus (Equality Caucus), 
released the following statement 
Monday after President signed 
an executive order prohibiting 
federal contractors and agencies 
from discriminating against 
employees on the bases of 
sexual orientation and gender 

 “With Republicans still 
unwilling to bring up 
the Employment Non-
Discrimination Act in the 
House – despite bipartisan 
support during passage in the 
Senate – the President was right 
to act to protect LGBT workers 
in the federal government from 
being discriminated against. We 
should be using every avenue 
available to fight discrimination 
– it’s just the right thing to do. 

 “Nevertheless, this does 
not free Congress from the 
responsibility to pass ENDA 
and protect all workers from 
discrimination and we must 
continue to call for such 
action, and work to narrow the 
exemption granted to religious 

 Schiff earlier led an effort 
urging President Obama to 
issue such an Executive Order. 
The announcement is an 
important step towards ending 
discrimination against LGBT 
employees and ensuring that 
they are judged based on the 
quality of their work and not 
because of who they are or 
who they love. The executive 
order, when implemented, 
will only protect employees of 
federal contractors and federal 

 Schiff is an original co-sponsor 
of the bipartisan Employment 
Non-Discrimination Act 
(ENDA), which passed the 
U.S. Senate in November 
2013. ENDA currently has 
205 cosponsors in the U.S. 
House of Representatives. 
The Employment Non-
Discrimination Act would 
establish basic protections 
in the workplace to prevent 
discrimination based on sexual 
orientation and gender identity. 
There are currently only 18 
states (including California) 
and the District of Columbia 
that prohibit discrimination 
on bases of sexual orientation 
and gender identity, and an 
additional 3 states that prohibit 
discrimination on the basis 
of sexual orientation. ENDA 
would provide a basic level of 
protection against workplace 
discrimination in a manner 
modeled closely on Title VII 
of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 
and would apply to private 
employers as well as local, 
state, and federal government 


on Banning 
Against LGBT 

The Cold War 
Hit Parade

 Little Girlis a five-year-old 
grey and white pit bull. She’s 
loves belly rubs and going 
for walks in the park. She’s 
very sweet and affectionate 
too. This clever girl knows 
her “sit,” “down” and “stay” 

 Her adoption fee is $100; 
however, she qualifies for 
our Seniors for Seniors 
program in which her 
adoption fee is waived for 
adopters 60 years old and 
older. The adoption fee 
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. 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A358741, 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.

Confetti, made of circles and squares, is shot into the air marking 
Disneyland’s 59th birthday. The shapes littered the Town Square 
and parts of Main Street with thousands of Hidden Mickeys, for 
those that paid attention. Photo D.Lee/MVNews.

 In conjunction with its series, 
“Critical Mass: The Culture 
of the Cold War,” on the 69th 
anniversary of the bombing 
of Nagasaki, Pasadena Public 
Library’s Allendale Branch 
will present a chart-topping, 
heart-stopping one-man show 
of songs to take to the fallout 
shelter with folk singer and 
red-diaper baby boomer Ross 
Altman. Join Altman for a 
journey of rediscovery with 
songs and stories from the late 
great Cold War on Saturday, 
August 9, 2 p.m. at Allendale 
Branch Library, 1130 S. 
Marengo Ave., Pasadena.

 Altman grew up in the 
silent ‘50s, except his family 
was anything but silent. His 
father was an unfriendly 
witness before the House 
Un-American Activities 
Committee (HUAC). As a 
result of his refusing to name 
names, he was blacklisted and 
lost all of his clients but one – 
a used car salesman. Altman’s 
international set list will 
include songs by American 
dissidents Bob Dylan, Phil 
Ochs, Malvina Reynolds, Paul 
Robeson, and The Weavers; 
Russian dissident Alexander 
Galich; East German dissident 
Wolf Biermann; and poems 
by e.e. cummings and W.H. 
Auden. Join us for this lively 
and entertaining musical 

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

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

 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.

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

Producers’ Training

Monday July 28 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Orientation and Tour

Wednesday July 30 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Advanced Studio Lighting

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

Citizen Journalism Training

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

Basic Editing

Thursday July 31 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm