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Mountain View News Saturday, November 8, 2014 


Council Adopts Zero 
Waste Strategic Plan

 The Pasadena City Council, 
late last month, adopted a Zero 
Waste Strategic Plan, which 
sets the goal of achieving Zero 
Waste to area landfills by 2040 
through the implementation 
of a series of initiatives and 
programs that will be developed 
collaboratively with community 

 The council took up the issue 
at their Oct. 20 meeting.

At a minimum, the plan calls 
for Pasadena to achieve no 
less than an 87-percent waste 
diversion rate by 2040. The 
Zero Waste Strategic Plan 
was developed with extensive 
community input and is a 
framework of initiatives and 
programs designed to move the 
community toward Zero Waste. 

 Meeting the goal of Zero Waste 
will be a community-wide effort. 
Residents, businesses, and 
other community stakeholders 
will be invited to participate in 
upcoming Zero Waste initiative 
and program development by 
helping to help create the best 
possible programs to maximize 
diversion and minimize waste 
generation in Pasadena. 

 Examples of Zero Waste 
initiatives and programs that 
the City and its community 
partners will be exploring 
include diversion programs 
for food scraps, compostable 
materials and other organic 
items, as well as possible 
product and disposal bans.

Pasadena_2040/ to read the 
Zero Waste Strategic Plan 
and for announcements on 
how to get involved in Zero 
Waste initiative and program 

Public invited to 
special event Tuesday

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and many City 
services will be closed on 
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 in 
observance of Veterans Day. 
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the public, 
especially current and former 
members of the U.S. military 
and their families, are invited 
to join other local veterans, 
city officials and community 
leaders for a special Veterans 
Day Ceremony on the steps 
of historic City Hall, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave., from 10 a.m. to 
11:11 a.m. 

 Join Pasadena Mayor Bill 
Bogaard and U.S. Marine Corps 
Col. Peter B. Baumgarten for a 
poignant ceremony honoring 
the sacrifices made by the 
military’s men and women, 
and their families, in service to 
our country and protection of 
our freedoms. At 10:45 a.m., a 
flyover of City Hall by historic 
military aircraft will occur. 
Displays of military vehicles; 
music by the Pasadena City 
College Band; uniformed 
attendance by local high 
school ROTC units and free 
refreshments will be available. 
Specific City Hall closures 
and reminders about services 
available are noted below;

 The City Council will not 
meet on Monday, Nov. 10, 
2014. The Council’s next 
regular meeting is scheduled 
for 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 
17, 2014. 

 Residents with City trash and 
recycling service will be on 
their regular pickup schedule 
for the week of Nov. 11, 
including Veterans Day. No 
pickups for bulky items will be 
scheduled for Nov. 11. 

 All Pasadena Public Library 
sites will be closed on Sunday, 
Nov. 9 and Monday, Nov. 10. 

 The City’s ARTS (Area Rapid 
Transit System) and Dial-A-
Ride transportation programs 
will operate both days, Nov. 
10 and 11. All parking meters 
will be free and parking time 
limits will not be enforced only 
on Nov. 11. All other parking 
regulations, including red 
curb violations and blocking 
fire hydrants, will be enforced 
both days. All parking meters 
will be enforced on Monday, 
Nov. 10. 

 All of the City’s Recreation 
and Community Centers will 
be closed Nov. 10, but all parks 

NASA Opens 
Period on JPL 

By Dean Lee

 The National Aeronautics 
and Space Administration 
opened, as of Nov. 3, the public 
comment period on a proposed 
plan to clean up the “on-facility” 
groundwater beneath the Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory as well 
as the “off-facility” groundwater 
beneath Pasadena and Altadena. 
The comment period closes 
Dec. 3.

 According to a NASA report, 
“Under the preferred alternative, 
NASA would continue the 
effective interim remedies 
[three groundwater treatment 
plants] currently underway, 
and continue the groundwater 
monitoring program. NASA’s 
preferred alternative also 
includes the addition of 
institutional controls (ICs) to 
restrict access to chemicals in 
groundwater originating from 

 Three NASA funded treatment 
plants, now treating water, 
are from two Lincoln Avenue 
Water Company (LAWC) wells 
in Altadena, the Monk Hill 
Treatment System (MHTS) 
treating water from four 
Pasadena wells (Arroyo Well, 
Well 52, Ventura Well, and 
Windsor Well), and a third 
treatment plant located within 
the JPL to clean water directly 
beneath JPL according to the 

 Remedial Action Objectives 
include, Protecting human 
health and the environment 
by preventing exposure to 
Volatile Organic Compound 
(carbon tetrachloride and 
trichloroethylene) and 
perchlorate in groundwater 
originating from JPL. Restore 
unrestricted beneficial use 
of groundwater containing 
VOCs and perchlorate 
originating from JPL. Prevent 
further migration of carbon 
tetrachloride, trichloroethylene, 
and perchlorate beyond the 
current extent, the reports 

 The objectives also most 
comply with the Comprehensive 
Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability 
Act, commonly known as 

 According to background 
information in the report, “In 
the 1940s and 1950s, liquid 
wastes from materials used 
and produced at JPL (such 
as solvents, solid and liquid 
rocket propellants, cooling 
tower chemicals, and analytical 
laboratory chemicals) were 
disposed of into seepage pits.” 

 At the meeting, current cleanup 
methods will be on display, as 
well as, the opportunity to ask 
questions to NASA officials and 
provide comments. A court 
reporter will transcribe the oral 

The meeting will be held at the 
Altadena Senior Center 560 East 
Mariposa Street from 7 p.m. to 
9 p.m. The doors will open at 6 

For more information contact 
Merrilee Fellows at mfellows@ 

 An open meeting 
Wednesday night in 
Altadena will address the 
groundwater remediation 
at, and nearby, JPL and 
take public comment on a 
proposed plan.

PCC to Hold Open Forum 
on Presidential Search

 The public is invited to 
participate in an open 
forum on Friday, Nov. 14 
to discuss Pasadena City 
College’s search for its next 

 District officials said they 
hope to have a new president 
in place by this July. Dr. 
Robert Miller, former 
assistant superintendent, 
currently serves as interim 

 The forum will be held 
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 
the President’s Conference 
Room (Building C, Room 
233) on PCC’s campus. For 
more information, please 
call Mary Thompson at (626) 

 Dr. Nikki Harrington 
of Ralph Andersen & 
Associates, the firm chosen 
to conduct the search, will be 
facilitating the forum.

Board Orders 
Audit of Voter 

Doo Dah Names ‘Johnny the 
Bartender’ its Grand Marshal

 Doo Dah parade organizers 
announced Wednesday that 
this year’s festivities will be led 
by Grand Marshal “Johnny the 
Bartender” from the local bar 
named after the street, along the 
parade route, The Colorado. 

 Parade organizer, Patricia 
Hurley, said Johnny responded 
to Doo Dah’s request with “But 
I have to work that day.” Johnny 
is the ever-popular host at The 
Colorado, a colorful dive bar, 
which prides itself on cool 
people, afterhours place to meet 
up and replay the dramas of the 
day, a great juke box, pool table, 
cheap drinks and occasional 
rock star habitues.

 The Grand Marshal, will be 
joined by the sinuous snake 
dancing Queen Narayana. On 
Doo Dah day, the street will 
swell with a memorable cast 
of local eccentrics, dissenters, 
pundits, mutant art cars, lone 
wolfs, steam punks, makers and 
merrymakers who comprise 
the Moveable Feast, Code Blue 
DeFibs medical satire, Flying 
Babies Cornhole, Nordic Men 
and Viking Ship, Toaster Car, 
Telephonasaurus, Coyote Jeff’s 
Saucers, Sign Spinners, The 
Army of Toy Soldiers, beer 
boosting rockers Drunk in the 
Garage, Tortilla Target, The 
Billionaires, Free Thought 
Society, Cheesus Chrust Pizza 
Co., Unich Band, Bearded 
Ladies, Yiddish Dracula, OC 
Norml’s Mardi Grass, Partying 
Parrotheads, Murrugun 
the Mystic, Man as Giraffe, 
Recumbent Revolution, 
legendary Doo Dah house band, 
Snotty Scotty & the Hankies, 
and Secret Santa to close the 
parade, among others.

 This is the parade’s 37th year 
of irreverent frolicking on the 
streets of Pasadena. The Parade 
takes place Nov. 15, stepping off 
at 11am in East Pasadena along 
Colorado Boulevard.

A motion by Supervisor 
Michael Antonovich 
Tuesday, unanimously 
approved by the LA County 
Board of Supervisors, 
directed the Auditor- 
Controller to review the 
alleged duplicate voter 
registrations and other 
irregularities in the voter 
rolls and report back to the 
Board in 30 days on the 

 The request is a direct 
result of a recent report by 
KNBC News that identified 
at least 442, and possibly 
thousands more, alleged 
irregularities in the voter 

 “Even with the 
understanding that the 
process of updating or 
correcting voter records 
is complex, it is still 
incumbent upon the County 
to ensure the accuracy of 
voter registration, while 
preserving the right of every 
eligible voter to exercise his 
or her right to vote,” said 

PCC Journalism Program Win 
Awards at SoCal Conference

Courier Staff Group Shot

 The Courier, Pasadena City 
College’s student-run weekly 
newspaper, recently garnered 
20 individual and group awards 
– including a rare sweep of the 
prestigious General Excellence 
awards category – at the 
Journalism Association of 
Community Colleges annual 
SoCal Conference.

 The conference was held Oct. 
18 to 19 at California State 
University, Fullerton.

 “It’s a testament to us being 
one of the best journalism 
programs in the state,” said 
Philip McCormick, editor-in-
chief of The Courier.

The conference awards were 
divided into two categories: On-
The-Spot and Publication. In 
the former, students competed 
in live events that employed 
their skills in photography, 
design, writing, and illustration.

 PCC hauled in seven awards 
in the On-The-Spot events. 
Monique LeBleu won first place 
in Feature Story, and Justin Clay 
took the top spot in Opinion 
Writing. Other students 
who placed included: Mick 
Donovan, honorable mention 
in Editorial Cartoon; Daniel 
Nerio, third place in Sports 
Photo; Keely Ernst, honorable 
mention in Broadcast News 
Writing; McCormick, fourth 
place in News Story; and Daniel 
Johnson, honorable mention in 
News Story.

 In the Publication category, 
The Courier took home eight 
awards. Winners included: 
Benjamin Simpson, second 
place in Magazine Photo; 
Christine Michaels, Raymond 
Bernal, and McCormick, second 
place in Enterprise News Story/
Series; Michaels, third place in 
Feature Story (Non Profile); 
The Courier Staff, third place 
in Front Page Layout (Tabloid); 
Aimee Scholz, second place 
in Editorial Cartoon; Antonio 
Gandara, second place in 
Informational Graphic; Teresa 
Mendoza, honorable mention 
in Feature Photo and News 
Photo; McCormick, fourth 
place in Column Writing; and 
Emily Chang-Chien, fourth 
place in News Story.

 PCC was also one of only four 
colleges at the conference named 
as winners in all three General 
Excellence categories: Magazine 
(Spotlight), Newspaper, and 
Online Journalism (pcccourier.

Pet of the 

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

L.A. County 
Unveils New 
Trails Website

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 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.

Honey is a 5-year-old tan 
Chihuahua-Smooth Coated 
mix. She loves to be pet and 
held. She can be a little shy 
at first, but she really enjoys 
sitting in your lap.

 For the month of 
November, we’re waiving 
the adoption fee for Honey 
and all pets 5 years old 
and older. Adopters must 
be at least 18 years old and 
standard screenings still 

 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. 

 Supervisor Michael D. 
Antonovich recognized 
Wednesday the Department 
of Parks and Recreation and 
the Department of Internal 
Services along with several 
other organizations who 
helped build the county’s 
new trail website trails.

 The website will provide 
hikers, bikers, horseback 
riders, and others with 
information on the county’s 
over 367 miles of trails 
including live weather 
conditions, hiking difficulty 
and parking locations. For 
more information, visit:

Altadena Explorer Program 
Accepting Applications

Class offerings days and nights weekly

Station Schedule 

Closed - Veterans Day Observance

Monday November 10 - all day

Orientation and Tour

Wednesday November 12 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Citizen Journalism Training

Wednesday November 12 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Lighting Basics

Wednesday November 12 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Audio Basic Training

Thursday November 13 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 Altadena Station is now 
accepting applications for the 
Sheriff’s Explorer Program. 
If you are between the ages of 
14 and 20 and have an interest 
in learning more about law 
enforcement, consider joining 
the Explorer Program. Its 
primary purpose is to provide 
young men and women 
education and hands on 
experience. You’ll be providing 
vital support to the Sheriff’s 
Department and may even earn 
High School Credits. Deputy 
Explorers assist regular deputies 
with basic duties including 
crowd management, assistance 
in parades, public safety events 
and assisting around the station. 
Deputy Explorers must be 
mature maintain a “C” average 
in school and have good moral 

 To schedule an interview 
contact Deputy Greg Gabriel 
626-296-2107 gjgabrie@lasd.