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Mountain View News Saturday, November 29, 2014 

This YearÕs One City, 
One Story Announced 



City Manager Michael Beck 
announced late last week the 
appointment of Bertral ÒBertÓ 
Washington as the new chief for 
the Pasadena Fire Department 
ÑWashington is expected to 
assume his new duties effective 
Dec. 15. 

 ÒChief WashingtonÕs 
collaborative leadership 
style, his experience leading 
a complex organization and 
professional training made 
him the top choice,Ó Beck said. 
ÒOur selection process allowed 
us to look at many outstanding 
candidates from across the 
country and Chief Washington 
clearly stood out as the best 
match to lead the Pasadena Fire 

 Chief Washington said 
returning to Southern California 
and working for Pasadena Òis a 
dream come true for my family 
and me.Ó 

ÒI am honored to become part 
of the City of Pasadena family, 
one of the most esteemed cities 
in the nation,Ó he said. ÒI look 
forward to serving all of the 
residents, businesses and visitors 
with the highly regarded men 
and women of the Pasadena 
Fire Department and working 
with the community wherever 
we can to enhance our City in a 
variety of ways.Ó 

 Chief Washington replaces 
Fire Chief Calvin E. Wells, 
who joined the Pasadena Fire 
Department in 1979. 

 Chief Wells retires at the end 
of the year.

 The fire chiefÕs top salary 
is about $228,000 per year, 
according to information posted 
on the cityÕs website. Contract 
terms will be finalized prior to 
the onset of his formal duties. 

 Chief Washington comes 
from the Clark County Fire 
Department in Nevada, where 
he has been Fire Chief since 
November 2010. Clark County 
includes the unincorporated 
areas around Las Vegas and one 
of the nationÕs busiest airports. 


 Mayor Bill Bogaard got a 
surprise Thursday night as the 
One City, One Story Selection 
Committee horned his 
commitment to reading with 
a framed image of every book 
selected over the last 13 years, 
including this yearÕs selection 
The Book of Unknown 
Americans, by Cristina 

 Her book tells the story of a boy 
and a girl who fall in love, two 
families whose hopes collide 
with destiny. An extraordinary 
novel that offers a resonant new 
definition of what it means to be 

 One City, One Story activities 
and events will be held in 
March. A community dialogue 
with the author is scheduled for 
Thursday, March 12. Details of 
book discussion groups, film 
series, and other events will be 
announced in the near future. 

 One City, One Story is designed 
to broaden and deepen an 
appreciation of reading and 
literature in the community.

 For more information visit or 
call (626) 744-7076.

 Join Bill Bogaard as he lights, 
for the last time as Pasadena 
Mayor, the cityÕs official holiday 
tree during a free, annual 
festive family celebration with 
local singers, art projects for 
kids and a special appearance 
by Santa Claus. 

 City officials have it on good 
authority that after the tree 
is lit, Santa Claus will make 
a special appearance with a 
little help from his friends at 
the Pasadena fire department. 
Event goers can snap a special 
holiday picture of Santa with 
your children in ÒSantaÕs 

 Free art projects by PasadenaÕs 
Armory Center for the Arts 
will feature special ÒHoliday 
Crafts from the Around 
WorldÓ for young people to do

 The Pasadena fire department 
also will be collecting new, 
unwrapped toys or sports 
equipment from attendees 
able to donate a gift for 
needy children as part of the 
annual ÒSpark of LoveÓ Toy 
Drive sponsored by the fire 
department with the local ABC 
television network station.

 Light refreshments will be 
served. The event is organized 
by the cityÕs Human Services 
and Recreation Department, 
with help from the mayorÕs 
office, the Department of 
Public Works, Pasadena Water 
& Power, the Fire Department, 
Police Department and the 
City ManagerÕs Office.

 KPAS, the cityÕs cable 
government access TV station, 
will be on hand to record 
the event for later broadcast 
during the holidays to help 
keep all of us in a festive mood! 
KPAS is available on Channel 
3 for Charter subscribers, 
Channel 99 for AT&T U-Verse 
and is available online at both 
the cityÕs website and www.

 The tree lighting event 
happens from 5 p.m. to 7 
p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at 
Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave. The Mayor will 
light the tree at 6 p.m.

Mayor Bogaard greets new Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral 
Washington at City Hall

Free Panel 
on John Muir

Ice Skating Center to 

Host Holiday Challenge

Symphonys Holiday 
Candlelight at All Saints


 With all-new reserved seating, 
Pasadena SymphonyÕs Holiday 
Candlelight concert makes it 
easy to step out of the hustle 
and bustle of the holidays. 
This, PasadenaÕs most cherished 
holiday concert has been known 
to sell out before the turkey 
hits the table and returns once 
again with two performances 
to meet community demand 
on December 14, 2013 at 4:00 
pm & 7:00 pm. Held at the 
architecturally exquisite and 
acoustically sonorous All Saints 
Church, audiences will delight 
in this concert of seasonal 
favorites guaranteed to deliver 
the essence of the holiday spirit.

 This highly anticipated concert 
features Grant Cooper and 
special guests including soprano 
Susan Egan, a full chorus of the 
Donald Brinegar Singers, the 
Los Angeles ChildrenÕs Chorus, 
and the LA Bronze hand bell 
choir. Performed by candlelight 
in PasadenaÕs equivalent of a 
European cathedral, Cooper 
weaves a continuous, immersive 
concert featuring traditional 
and diverse holiday melodies. 
ÒWeÕre so proud to offer what 
has now become a cherished 
annual tradition for so many 
in this community,Ó states Lora 
Unger, CEO of the Pasadena 
Symphony Association. ÒThis 
year, weÕve developed new fully 
assigned seating throughout 
All Saints glorious interior to 
ensure our audiences are able 
to enjoy their experience to the 
fullest and have a well-deserved 
break from the hustle and bustle 
of the season.Ó

 ThereÕs something for everyone 
from holiday classics to never 
before heard orchestral pieces. 
Sample selections include Silent 
Night, Jingle Bells, Away in a 
Manger to Lux Aeterna, the 
Hallelujah Chorus to HanukahÕs 
LÕdor vador to Ella FitzgeraldÕs 
version of Santa Claus is 
Coming to Town, an orchestral 
premiere of Henry ManciniÕs ItÕs 
Christmas Again and so much 

 Tickets to Holiday Candlelight 
with the Pasadena Symphony 
are limited. Reservations start at 
$20 and may be purchased either 
at www.pasadenasymphony- or by calling the box 
office at 626.793.7172.

 VromanÕs Bookstore will hold 
a forum Monday in honor 
of AmericaÕs most famous 
and influential naturalist and 
conservationist, and founder 
of the Sierra Club, John Muir 
(1838-1914). December 1 
marks the 100th anniversary 
of his death.

 Panelist for ÒRemembering 
and Understanding John MuirÓ 
include, Elizabeth Pomeroy, 
historian and author of John 
Muir: A Naturalist in Southern 
California. Thomas Andrews, 
former Executive Director 
of the Southern California 
Historical Society and a Muir 
scholar who has a organized 
a large Muir exhibit currently 
on display at Azusa Pacific 
University, Mickey Long, 
for many years the lead Los 
Angeles County naturalist at 
Eaton Canyon above Pasadena 
where John Muir walked most 
often in Southern California 
and Glenn Pascall, Sierra Club 
Angeles Chapter librarian and 
author of Southern California 
Mountain Country: Places 
John Muir Walked and Places 
He Would Have Loved to 
Know, currently being run in 
82 segments on the Angeles 
Chapter website.

 VomanÕs is located 695 E. 
Colorado Blvd. The event 
starts 7 p.m.

 For more information call 

 The holiday season kicks into 
high gear for ice skaters from 
five states when the Ice Skating 
Institute Holiday Challenge ice 
skating competition returns to 
the Pasadena Ice Skating Center 
and Pickwick Ice Gardens in 
Burbank from Dec. 5-7.

 More than 480 competitors 
from 31 skating rink teams from 
California, Illinois, Nevada, 
Ohio and Texas will compete 
in the three-day national event, 
which will feature more than 34 
hours of competition at the two 
rinks. There will be a total of 927 
performances Ð 612 individual 
performances and 315 team 
routines. Pasadena has the 
largest rink team represented 
with 119 skaters.

 Eighty-nine-year-old Yvonne 
Dowlen from South Suburban 
Ice Arena is the oldest skater 
entered to compete. Two 
72-year-olds, Daniel Brown 
from Carlson Ice Arena and 
Jeanne Brilhante from ice 
Station Valencia, also will skate. 
The youngest skaters are 3-year-
olds Sofia Capuya and Sophia 
Monestere, both representing 
the LA Kings Valley Ice Center

Events include artistic skating, 
couples spotlight, dance, 
ensemble, family spotlight, 
figures, footwork, freestyle, 
interpretive, jump and spin, 
pain, production team, 
rhythmic, solo compulsories, 
solo spotlight, stoking, 
synchronized teams, team 
compulsories and tots.

 ÒWeÕre thrilled that the ISI 
selected the Pasadena Ice 
Skating Center as one of the 
hosts for this yearÕs Holiday 
Challenge,Ó said Randy 
Winship, general manager 
of the Pasadena Ice Skating 
Center. ÒThis is only the second 
time that any Pasadena rink 
has hosted a national skating 
competition and itÕs the first 
time since moving into our new 
facility in 2011.Ó

 Pasadena has seen its share 
of well-known figure skaters 
skate and train in the cityÕs 
rinks, including Sonja Henie 
(Norwegian three-time 
Olympic gold medalistÐ 1928, 
1932 and 1936), Peggy Fleming 
(American Olympic gold 
medalist in 1968), Mirai Nagusu 
(2008 U.S. national champion 
and fourth place in the 2010 
Olympics) and Taryn Jurgenson 
(2010 U.S. Olympian). 

 The Pasadena Ice Skating 
Center is home to the Pasadena 
Figure Skating Club and the 
Pasadena Maple Leafs, the 
oldest youth hockey club in 
Southern California (founded 
in 1964). 

 The center is open year-round 
and offers both group and 
private instruction for beginner 
to advanced skaters. It offers 
figure skating and hockey 
programs along with general 
public skating sessions.

 For information about the 
Pasadena Ice Skating Center, 
call (626) 578-0800 or visit

Pet of the 


 Ariel is 2-year-old female 
red and white Pit Bull 
Terrier mix. She is calm 
and friendly and enjoys 
attention. She has also 
earned her blue ribbon, 
which means she knows 
the basic commands of sit, 
down, and stay. This lowers 
her adoption fee to only 

 The regular dog adoption 
fee is $125 which includes 
the spay or neuter surgery, 
microchip, vaccinations, 
and 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 
ÐFriday, 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. 

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

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

COSPAR Selects City to Host 
2018 Scientific Assembly

Acclaimed for its influential 
contributions to space science, 
technology and innovation, 
Pasadena, will be the site of one 
of the most prominent scientific 
meetings in the world when 
it hosts the 42nd COSPAR 
Scientific Assembly in July 2018 
event organizers announced 
this week.

Expected to attract more than 
3,500 scientists from around 
the world, the global conference 
will be the largest city-wide 
scientific conference to ever 
be held in Pasadena, filling an 
anticipated 6,500 hotel room 
nights and bringing significant 
business to local restaurants, 
stores and cultural venues from 
July 14-22, 2018.

 COSPAR Ð the Committee 
on Space Research Ð holds its 
assembly every other year in 
a different location to present 
the latest scientific results 
and exchange knowledge 
about space research to an 
international audience. On 
behalf of COSPAR and the 
National Academy of Sciences, 
Caltech will serve as local host 
and Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
(JPL) will provide support. 

 ÒAs home to the Caltech 
campus and JPL, Pasadena is an 
excellent location for the 42nd 
COSPAR Scientific Assembly,Ó 
said Thomas Prince, director of 
CaltechÕs W.M. Keck Institute 
for Space Studies. ÒThere is a 
rich legacy of space exploration 
and discovery at Caltech and 
the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 
including groundbreaking 
astrophysics research at 
the Palomar and Keck 
Observatories, and numerous 
successful robotic space 
missions including Voyager, 
Cassini, the Mars Curiosity 
rover, and the Orbiting Carbon 

 For more information, contact 
the Pasadena Convention 
and Visitors Bureau at (800) 
307-7977 or visit www. 

 International Conference 
will be cityÕs Largest 
Scientific Convention Ever.


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. 
ProducersÕ 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.

 The Pasadena Senior 
Center will hold a free 
Disaster Preparedness 
Workshop this Thursday at 
10 a.m.

 Lisa Derderian, the 
Pasadena Fire DepartmentÕs 
emergency management 
coordinator, will explain 
how to build a disaster 
kit, make a disaster plan 
and get training before the 
next major earthquake or 
other disaster happens. Get 
prepared now.

 The Pasadena Senior 
Center is 85 E. Holly St. You 
do not have to be a member 
to attend.

Class offerings days and nights weekly

Station Schedule 


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.

Citizen Journalism Training

Wednesday December 3 at 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Studio Cameras & Floor Manager

Wednesday December 3 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.