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Mountain View News Saturday, November 22, 2014 


Two People Arrested 
After Fleeing From Police

 Police arrested a couple 
Monday on suspicion of 
assault with a deadly weapon 
on a peace officer during a 
traffic stop, in which, the 
driver flashed a handgun at 

 According to reports, 
Crystal Orleans of Moreno 
Valley and Sanjay Varma of 
Pasadena were tracked down 
by The Southwest Regional 
Pacific Fugitive Task Force 
and arrested in Van Nuys. 
Both were taken into custody 
around 4:30 p.m. without 

 According to police, during a 
routine traffic stop at around 
3:15 a.m. Sunday at La Tierra 
Street for a traffic violation, 
the officer saw Varma with 
a gun. The suspects sped off 
nearly hitting an officer, one 
officer then fired at the SUV 
as it got away. 

 Officers chased the SUV 
a short distance, but lost 
sight of it near Sierra Madre 
Boulevard and the freeway.

 Police said the two have 

 At the time, La Tierra Street, 
Avocado Lane and nearby 
streets were closed as police 
collected evidence. 

 At press time, both were 
being held in county jail.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and most 
City services will be closed 
on Thursday and Friday 
in observance of the 
Thanksgiving Day Holiday. 
Specific closures and 
exceptions are noted below.

 The Citizen Service Center 
will be closed Thanksgiving 
Day, but will be open to 
take your calls at (626) 744-
7311 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 
Friday and Saturday.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with any power 
emergencies should call 
Pasadena’s Water and Power 
(PWP) Department at (626) 
744-4673 and for water-
related emergencies call 
(626) 744-4138. 

 Regular refuse and 
recycling collection for 
Thursday (Thanksgiving 
Day) will occur on Friday, 
and Friday’s collection will 
be on Saturday. No pickups 
for bulky items will be 
scheduled for the two-day 

 The City’s ARTS (Area 
Rapid Transit System) and 
Dial-A-Ride transportation 
programs will not operate 
on Thursday, but will 
resume regular service on 
Friday. All parking meters 
are free and parking time 
limits will not be enforced 
on Thanksgiving Day, but 
shoppers are advised that all 
regular meter enforcement 
will resume on Friday. 
Violations for red curb 
parking and blocking fire 
hydrants will continue to be 
issued both days.

 All branches of the 
Pasadena Public Library, 
including the Central 
Library, will close at 5:00 
p.m., Wednesday, and will 
be closed the following two 

 All Recreation and 
Community Centers 
operated by the City’s 
Human Services and 
Recreation Department will 
be closed, but all parks will 
be open for picnics. No site 
reservations are accepted 
for the holiday.

 For any life-threatening 
emergencies, always 
remember to call 9-1-1. For 
non-emergencies during 
the holidays, call police at 
(626) 744-4241.

Perfect Day 
for Parade 

Firefighter’s Help Prepare 
Turkey to Aid Homeless 

 Once again Doo Dah madness 
hit the streets of Pasadena 
Saturday as this year’s parade 
brought the likes of Nordic Men 
and Viking Ship, the Moveable 
Feast and even a Secret Santana, 
dressed in blue, to close out the 

 If there was one, “the best of the 
parade” went to Phil Weicker 
with a, crowed stopping, 
converted blue convertible 
Cadillac into the “World’s 
Fastest Hot Tub.” Weicker said 
the car holds the speed record 
for a car filled with water.

 This year’s Queen Narayana, 
belly danced her way down 
the parade. Before being 
queen, Narayana said she has 
participated in every Doo Dah 
since its beginning in 1978.

 This year’s grand marshal 
was “Johnny (Jerejian) the 
Bartender,” who has a long 
tradition of serving drinks at 
the Colorado bar to Doo Dah 

 Organizers said the parade, 
which has spawned numerous 
off-beat replicants across 
the country, was named by 
Readers Digest as “America’s 
Best Parade,” and was recently 
featured in the book 50 Places 
You Must Visit Before You Die.

On Wednesday, Pasadena 
Firefighters and the Fink 
family will help prepare food 
and fill blessing (gift) bags 
for Thanksgiving (27th) 
when the Pasadena Sandwich 
Company will serve over 350 
meals to families in Pasadena 
who are transitioning from 
homelessness to self-sufficiency. 

The “Thanksgiving Share a 
Meal” is a collaborative effort of 
the Pasadena Fire Department, 
Pasadena Unified School 
District, Pasadena Sandwich 
Company and the Stephen E. 
Fink Memorial Fund.

The Pasadena Sandwich 
Company is a Pasadena 
landmark. The Fire Department 
has a long standing tradition of 
giving back to the community 
it serves and has supported the 
Pasadena Sandwich Company 
in their ongoing outreach to 
bring greater awareness to 
families facing difficult times. 
Invitations to families for 
this event will be coordinated 
through the Pasadena Unified 
School District.

The collaborative event is to 
recognize the difficulties of 
families in transition and offer 
them a nice dining experience 
at the Pasadena Sandwich 
Company so they can partake 
in the true meaning of the 
Thanksgiving holiday.

The Pasadena Sandwich 
Company is located at 259 
Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, 
Pasadena, CA. 91106.

Tournament Launches New 
Social Media Campaign

Police Give 
Holiday Park 
Safety Tips

As the Holidays fast 
approach, and schools 
adjourn, we encourage 
our community to enjoy 
the various parks in our 
city. The Pasadena Police 
Department would like to 
remind parents, guardians 
and caretakers that 
providing oversight while 
your child is using our parks 
and recreational facilities is 
always a good idea. Some 
safety tips you may want to 
consider, include: 

 Be alert for person(s) 
who seem or appear 

 A stranger stopping in a 
car to beckon a child 

 Juveniles congregating 
in a dark or hidden area of 
the park 

 Someone painting 
graffiti on park property 

 Persons who are 
lingering around parked 
cars or tampering with car 

 Make sure to keep your 
child(ren) in sight while at 
the park 

 Accompany your child/
toddler to the restroom. 

 Make sure grandparents 
have a cell phone handy 
when taking the grandkids 
to the park. 

 Remember: "If you see 
something, say something." 

 Happy Holidays from 

Human Services Awarded 
Grant for Meal Programs


 The City’s Human Services 
and Recreation Department 
received a $50,000 grant from 
the National League of Cities 
(NLC) to streamline afterschool 
and summer meal programs 
for Pasadena-area children. 
The department will also 
receive customized technical 
assistance, access to best 
practices and national experts, 
and opportunities for peer 

 Pasadena is among 13 cities 
receiving grants ranging from 
$30,000 to $50,000 because of 
a continued commitment to 
combatting childhood hunger 
through year-round meal 

 Fourteen percent of Pasadena 
residents live below the federal 
poverty level. During the 
2013-14 school year, 68 percent 
of Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD) students were 
approved for free and reduced 
meal benefits, according to 
PUSD. The grant funding 
will help the City, PUSD and 
community partners achieve 
the long-term goals of creating 
a coordinated, citywide system 
for providing child nutrition 
programs; reducing the 
lunch-to-breakfast meal gap; 
and increasing awareness of 
the citywide child nutrition 

 “This opportunity aligns with 
the strategies in our school-
city-community work plan to 
continue offering services that 
improve student outcomes and 
foster innovation in Pasadena,” 
said Mercy Santoro, Director, 
Human Services and Recreation 

 “The grant will help improve 
participation in our nutrition 
programs while also allowing us 
to brand various community-
based meal programs under one 

 Starting in December, the 
Human Services and Recreation 
Department will begin meeting 
with community partners, 
identifying and creating a 
database of existing resources, 
assessing community needs 
and creating a work plan for the 
grant cycle.

 The Tournament of Roses 
announced Tuesday it 
had officially launched its 
#RoseParade #Inspiring Stories 
social media campaign for the 
2015 Rose Parade presented 
by Honda. This year’s parade 
theme, “Inspiring Stories,” 
encourages everyone to 
celebrate the many people who 
elevate the human spirit, and the 
#RoseParade #Inspiring Stories 
social media campaign will 
serve as a platform for people 
to share their inspiring stories 

 Individuals are encouraged to 
submit their inspiring stories 
in the form of a photo, story 
or video via Facebook, Twitter 
or Instagram. With each entry 
between now and December 
15, 2014, participants are 
automatically entered into a 
sweepstakes and become eligible 
to win a VIP trip for two to the 
2015 Rose Parade presented 
by Honda and the first College 
Football Playoff Semifinal at the 
Rose Bowl Game® presented 
by Northwestern Mutual. The 
winner will also receive $1,000 
for travel and related expenses, 
which may be awarded in the 
form of a gift card. In order 
to be considered as a contest 
participant, individuals must 
use #RoseParade and #Inspiring 
upon submission and have their 
social media settings set to 

 The 2015 Rose Parade 
Grand Marshal, the late 
Louis Zamperini, was the 
embodiment of an inspiring 
story. An Olympian and 
World War II prisoner of war, 
Zamperini was a symbol of 
heroism and perseverance. On 
Jan. 1, Zamperini’s story will 
live on as his family will be 
honored during the 126th Rose 
Parade presented by Honda.

 “The inspiring stories social 
media campaign is meant 
to uphold the joy and hope 
that individuals bring to 
those around them just as 
Louis Zamperini did,” said 
Tournament of Roses President 
Rich Chinen. “Louis was an 
exemplary man whose life story 
illustrated the strength of the 
human spirit in many ways and 
we hope this campaign brings 
light to many other wonderful 

Pet of the 

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

Drugs and 
Treatment Bill 

Health Dept. to Get $1.5 
Million for Tobacco Control

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

 Melody is a 1-year-old 
female gray and white cat.

She is a sweet cat who is very 
relaxed and likes attention. 

 The regular cat adoption 
fee is $70 which includes 
the spay or neuter surgery, 
microchip, vaccinations, 
and a free follow-up health 
check at a participating vet.

 New adopters will receive 
a 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.


 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 


 The city’s Public Health 
Department was awarded a $1.5 
million grant by the Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC) for a three-year outreach 
campaign to reduce ethnic 
and racial tobacco health-
related disparities in Northwest 

 Pasadena is one of only 49 
recipients nationwide to be 
awarded the competitive Racial 
and Ethnic Approaches to 
Community Health (REACH) 
grant to prevent and control 
chronic diseases such as heart 
disease, stroke and cancer, 
which are the leading causes of 
death and disability in the U.S., 
according to the CDC. 

 The funds will be used for 
the city’s outreach campaign 
to counter tobacco-related 
marketing efforts targeting low-
income minority communities 
where African-American 
and Latino adults have a 
disproportionately high rate of 
tobacco use and exposure to 
secondhand smoke. 

 Outreach efforts include 
increasing awareness about the 
dangers of tobacco through 
public service announcements, 
community presentations and 
other events and marketing 
efforts through the end of 
September 2017.

 Since 1999, the CDC REACH 
program has funded efforts 
to reduce tobacco use and 
exposure, improve nutrition, 
increase physical activity and 
improve access to chronic 
disease prevention, risk 
reduction and management 

 Support for state legislation 
to allow terminally ill patients 
to use experimental drugs 
or treatments not yet fully 
approved for consumer 
use by the U.S. Food and 
Drug Administration was 
unanimously approved by 
the Board of Supervisors on a 
motion by Supervisor Michael 

 “Terminally ill patients should 
not have to navigate the FDA’s 
bureaucratic process to access 
a drug and treatment that 
may help save their life,” said 
Supervisor Antonovich.

 As is allowed in a number 
of other states, terminally ill 
patients who have exhausted 
their options would only need 
their physician’s approval 
and a drug company willing 
to assist them, to pursue 
these potentially life-saving 

Class offerings days and nights weekly

Station Schedule 

Citizen Journalism Training

Wednesday November 26 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Closed - Thanksgiving Observance

Thursday November 27 - all day


Monday December 1 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PCAC Board Of Directors - Regular Meeting

Tuesday December 2 at 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Producer Training

Wednesday December 3 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.