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Mountain View News Saturday, November 1, 2014 

News Briefs

Meter Rates 
Change in 
Old Town

Eight New Floats to Grace 
this Year’s Rose Parade

 The Tournament of Roses 
Association announced 
Tuesday that 39 float entries 
that will participate in the 
126th Rose Parade, themed 
“Inspiring Stories”—of 
which, eight are new to the 

 First time entries include:

 - ABC’s “The Bachelor”

 - American Armenian Rose 
Float Association

 - Kiehl’s Since 1851

 - Northwestern Mutual 
(Rose Bowl)

 - Northwestern Mutual 
NCAA “Inspiring Potential”

 - Princess Cruises

 - United Sikh Mission


Also included among 
the 39 units will be floats 
representing the two teams 
that will play in the College 
Football Playoff Semifinal at 
the Rose Bowl Game.

 The Tournament of Roses 
Association’s Float Entries 
Committee oversees the 
selection process for Rose 
Parade floats, with the 
organization’s Executive 
Committee having final 
approval over all entries. 
Float participants pay an 
entry fee to the Tournament 
and are then responsible for 
all costs related to design, 
construction and decoration.

Man shot to death at 
Burger Stand 

 Police on Thursday 
were still looking for two 
suspects after one of them 
shot a man during an 
argument outside Fair Oaks 
Burger around 4:30 p.m.

According to police the 
victim was sitting in front 
of the eatery at Fair Oaks 
Avenue and Calaveras Street 
when an argument started 
and then three or four 
shots were fired. The victim 
died after being rushed to 
Huntington Hospital.

Police set up a three block 
containment area around 
the area. Police are searching 
for a dark gray, four-door 
sedan. No description was 
giving of the two men. 

By Dean Lee

 As a way to get late night visitors 
to use the public parking garages 
instead of street parking, the city 
council approved Monday night 
raising the parking meter rate in 
outlying areas of Old Pasadena 
and extending the metered time 
by two hours on weekend in the 
entire old town district.

 The changes raise the parking 
meter rate to $1.25 an hour on 
217 meters south of Dayton 
Street. It also extends the 
required meter time, throughout 
Old Pasadena, late Friday and 
Saturday nights by two hours 
starting at midnight. 

 Pasadena Director of 
Transportation Fred Dock said 
that the changes could bring in 
over $200,000 annually, half of 
which would be in citations. 

 “There could be an additional 
$100, 000 in citation revenue 
from the additional two hours 
per weekend nights…,” he 
said. “This is based on a fairly 
conservative estimate of issuing 
10 citations per hour district 
wide over the whole meter 

 The new rates south of Dayton 
Street alone would bring in 
$105,000 he said.

City staff said the changes 
were proposed due to noise 
complaints from residents that 
live in the affected areas such as 
the Archstone apartments at the 
Del Mar Gold Line station. 

 “The way it was described to us 
is, and the reason we initiated 
the studies that were put in place, 
is that there is a movement of 
vehicles to the on street parking 
in the area…,” Dock said. 

 He further explained that 
after 10 p.m. on weekends the 
parking garages charge a flat 
rate and it becomes cheaper to 
park on the street. He also said 
raising the rate south of Dayton 
Street makes the entire area 
uniform at the current $1.25. 

 Although Councilwoman 
Jacque Robinson did not vote 
against the plan she did have 
some concerns on the negative 

 “I feel like this is going to 
discourage people from coming 
to Old Pasadena,” she said. “I 
don’t know about any other 
councilmembers but when I 
go to Old Pasadena on a late 
Friday or Saturday night it is 
not the same as it used to be, 
there are not any many people 
out there… to me, I feel that 
changing the parking meter 
structure at this time will further 
this discouraged attendance and 
participation in old town.” 

 Councilmen Victor Gordo said 
he favored the plan.

 “If our pricing is such and 
the number of hours where 
people can put their car on 
one of these streets is such 
that it encourages that driving 
around looking for that illusive 
spot late into the night then I 
think it causes disruption to 
the neighborhood,” he said. 
“I’m prepared to move the staff 

 According to a staff report 
the estimated cost of signage 
changes will be $14,000, 
the modified meter rates on 
weekends are estimated alone 
to increase revenue $5,000 

 No one from the pubic 
spoke either for or against the 
proposed changes.

Man Dies after 
Assault in Old 

 An Alhambra man has 
died after a fight with 
his roommate outside 
a birthday party early 
Saturday morning. 

Police said they found 
Joseph Rafael, 31, around 
1 a.m. unresponsive on the 
sidewalk in the 100 block of 
South Raymond Avenue. 

Severe head trauma left 
Rafael on life support. He 
succumbed to his injuries 
at Huntington Hospital 
shortly before 2 p.m. 

Police arrested Giorgio 
Bustamante, 30, of 
Alhambra, at the scene. The 
two men were involved in 
an argument that led to a 
physical altercation. 

No charges against 
Bustamante have been 
filed. The investigation is 

Free Flu Shot 
Untill Nov 25

Glenarm Job Recruitment

 Fight the flu by getting a 
free vaccine offered by the 
Public Health Department 
through Tuesday, Nov. 25. 

 The free vaccine will be 
available to everyone ages 6 
months and older at no cost, 
while supplies last. Minors 
must be accompanied by a 
parent or guardian. Be sure 
to wear short sleeves.

 The vaccine will be 
provided at various 
Pasadena locations, listed 
below, on a first-come, first-
served basis.

 Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10 
a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly 

 Pre-registration required. 
Call (626) 795-4331.

 Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 
12 p.m. at Allendale Branch 
Library, 1130 S. Marengo 

 Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. 
- 12 p.m. at Santa Catalina 
Branch Library, 999 E. 
Washington Blvd.

 Tuesday, November 25, 
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at La 
Pintoresca Branch Library, 
1355 N. Raymond Ave.

 High-risk groups 
susceptible to severe flu 
complications include 
seniors ages 65 and older, 
pregnant women and 
people with chronic medical 
conditions such as asthma, 
chronic lung disease and 

 For more details on the 
clinics, call (626) 744-6000 
or visit www.cityofpasadena.




 Pasadena residents interested 
in working on the Glenarm 
Repowering Project as union 
carpenters, cement masons and 
pipe fitters are invited to attend 
a job recruitment event Tuesday, 
Nov. 4, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. at the 
Jackie Robinson Community 
Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. 

 As part of its long-term power 
supply plan, the City is replacing 
an aging power generating 
unit at the historic Glenarm 
Power Plant with more efficient 
and environmentally friendly 
technology. The upgrade will 
reduce the plant’s emissions, 
improve reliability and provide 
a backup for intermittent 
renewable resources such as 
wind and solar. 

 Through its “Pasadena First: 
Buy Local” initiative, the City 
launched an outreach campaign 
last fall to encourage Pasadena 
residents to join the Los 
Angeles and Orange County 
Construction and Building 
Trades unions to help complete 
the multimillion-dollar project. 

 An agreement between the 
project’s prime contractor and 
the unions calls for at least 25 
percent of the project’s payroll 
to be allocated for Pasadena 
residents. At least 15 percent 
of the subcontracting and 
procurement is designated for 
Pasadena businesses. As of Oct. 
10, 2014, Pasadena residents 
account for 32.5% of the 
reported certified payroll, and 
Pasadena businesses account for 
27.3% or $451,208 of the total 
contracting and procurement. 

 During the recruitment 
event, Pasadena residents 
can learn about employment 
opportunities and receive 
application assistance from 
three local apprentice programs. 

 The five-year Steamfitter 
and Industrial Pipefitter 
Apprenticeship Training 
Program provides paid, on-
the-job training and technical 
instruction for participants ages 
18 and older who hold a high 
school diploma or GED. For 
details, call (310) 660-0035. 

The Southern California Cement 
Masons Joint Apprenticeship 
Program provides world-class 
curriculum and on-the-job 
training for more than 300 
apprentices each year. For 
details, call (626) 523-2828 or 
visit www.cmscapprenticeship.

 The four-year Carpenters 
Apprenticeship Program 
provides on-the-job training, 
individualized coaching and 
supplemental instruction at 
local training centers. For 
details, call (213) 739-9339 or 

 Hundreds of Pasadena job 
seekers have already registered 
for job referrals and are 
encouraged to join the unions, 
with help from Flintridge 
Center, Foothill Workforce 
Investment Board, Los Angeles 
Urban League and Women at 
Work. Visit www.PWPweb.
com/GT5 for details.

Pasadena residents 
invited to construction 
job recruitment event 
Nov. 4.

Woman Hospitalized 
after Apartment Fire

 An apartment fire Monday 
night sent one person to 
the hospital and others 
evacuated after debris on 
the roof caught fire. 

 Pasadena Fire Department 
spokeswoman Lisa 
Derderian said the blaze 
was reported around 8:00 
p.m. in the 400 block of 
North Garfield Avenue. 

 The accidental fire may 
have been caused by a torch 
during a roofing operation 
according to reports.

Derderian estimated the 
damages to be $15,500.



 In an effort to combat hunger 
in local communities, Pasadena 
City College will be holding its 
second annual Million Meals 
Marathon Food Drive on the 
campus Nov. 22 to 23.

Volunteers will be collecting 
donations for non-perishable 
food items - for both humans 
and pets.

 Dr. Barbara Freund, primary 
event organizer and dean of the 
PCC School of Allied Health 
said, “We don’t want them to 
have to decide between feeding 
their children and neglecting 
their pets. The idea is to keep 
families and pets together.”

 The items will help replenish 
the food banks of both the 
Pasadena Humane Society & 
SPCA and the Los Angeles 
Regional Food Bank.

 “This event is instrumental in 
replenishing our food pantry 
to help people feed their pets 
in their moment of need,” said 
Milena Warns, special events 
coordinator for the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA.

Freund said the goal is to collect 
more than 2,000 pounds of 
non-perishable food.

 In lieu of a non-perishable 
food item, organizers will 
also be accepting monetary 
donations on-site or through 
the Los Angeles Regional Food 
Bank website.

 The Food Drive will be held, 
starting at 11 a.m., in parking 
Lot 1 at the campus (corner of 
Hill Ave. and Colorado Blvd.). 
For more information call (626) 
585-3378 or (626) 585-3308.

PCC to Hold 
Million Meals 

Pet of the 


Lora Unger 

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

City Okays $1 Business 
License to Help Startups

 Rufus is a 5-year-old gray 
tabby cat. He is easy to 
handle and enjoys being 
pet. Very friendly. 

 For the month of October, 
Rufus’ adoption fee is 
reduced to $10, 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. 
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 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. 

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

 The Pasadena Symphony 
Association (PSA), which 
operates the Pasadena 
Symphony and POPS, has 
named Lora Unger its new 
Chief Executive Officer. 

 Unger, who has been the 
organization’s General 
Manager and most recently 
Chief Operating Officer 
since 2009, succeeds Paul Jan 
Zdunek, who has accepted 
the position of Chief Capital 
Development Officer with 
Singpoli Capital Corporation 
in Pasadena.

 “We’re now poised to move 
to the next phase of this great 
orchestra’s future,” Unger said, 
“which is fully realizing our 
potential in this community, 
both as an important arts pillar 
and a force in the community. 
I cannot imagine a more ideal 
time to assume this new role 
with the Pasadena Symphony 
and POPS. I’m grateful to the 
PSA Board of Directors for 
their trust and encouragement, 
and am ready to even more 
fully engage with the culturally 
vibrant community of 

 Unger officially took office 

 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 crew members. In 
addition, on-going training 
will soon be available in 
citizen journalism and 
digital film groups. Call the 
office (626) 794-8585 or go 
and explore what Pasadena 
Media has to offer.

 New high tech and other small 
startup businesses coming to 
Pasadena may qualify for a 
reduced business license fee of 
only $1 for the first year under 
plans given initial approval by 
the Pasadena City Council.

 The Council approved the idea, 
Oct. 20, of friendly business 
license fees for startups and 
voted to have staff bring back 
formal change to the City’s 
schedule of fees and taxes. The 
change is expected to take effect 
on Jan. 1.

 Under the plans approved 
by the Council, the cost of a 
business license for qualified 
businesses would be $1 for the 
first year, and then revert back 
to typical rate that averages 
$390 for small businesses. The 
decision was aimed primarily 
at qualified, small start-up 
companies with no more than 
five employees that can help 
support the growing start-up 
community in Pasadena.

 “We are thrilled with the 
critical collaboration and 
support that we have received 
from the City of Pasadena 
as we work to nurture and 
expand the local start-up, 
innovation community. This is 
a terrific example of how the 
City Council’s leadership is 
embracing our local start-ups,” 
said Mr. Andy Wilson, Co-
Chair of Innovate Pasadena.

 The Council’s action came 
as Innovate Pasadena and the 
City are co-sponsoring a week-
long Innovation Summit event 
bringing together bringing 
together an impressive variety 
of creative entrepreneurs, 
tech experts and others for 
networking, idea sharing and 

 For small start-ups with 
limited resources, every dollar 
counts, said Mark Goodstein, 
Managing Partner of the Design 
Accelerator in Pasadena.

 “It’s all about investing as much 
as possible in new product and 
technology,” Mr. Goodstein 
said, “Innovative technology 
and design start-ups have 
always played a vital role in our 
local economy. We are excited 
to see the City support early 
stage companies when they are 
most fragile.”

Class offerings days and nights weekly

Station Schedule 

Citizen Journalism Training

Wednesday November 5 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Monday November 3 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PCAC Board of Directors - Regular Meeting

Tuesday November 4 at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Producer Training

Wednesday November 5 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Basic Editing - Session 1

Wednesday November 5 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.