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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 2, 2015 





By Dean Lee

 Rain did not stop hundreds 
of residents, friends, 
family and dignitaries 
from coming out to honor 
retiring Pasadena Mayor Bill 
Bogaard —surprising him 
with a flash mob all singing, 
“Oh, won’t you stay Just a 
little bit longer.”

 “I can only say that all of my 
time as mayor, I have been 
motivated by the dedication 
and the commitment of the 
people of the community, 
to make it a better place,” 
Bogaard said.

 To honor him seven trees 
will be planted, one in each 
city council district, all 
sponsored by donations. The 
trees will memorialize him as 
Pasadena’s “eternal” Mayor.

 “Recognizing the 
importance that open space 
and nature has in his life and 
his policies, we figured in 
was appropriate to identify 
trees that will be planted in 
his honor,” said City Manager 
Michael Beck. “Because he 
was the first citywide elected 
mayor and a mayor who truly 
represented all seven council 
districts, it was important 
to us to identify seven, all 
unique species, to represent 
all of the unique diversity 
within our city.”

 Bogaard was also given 
a key to the city and a box 
with notes and memorabilia 
called “Moments with Bill.” 
The box was presented by 
Pasadena Public Library 
Director Jan Sanders.

 “The mayor, in all of his 
16 years, has only given 
three of these [key to the 
city] to other individuals, 
and that is because, by his 
own standards, a key must 
go to someone with global 
recognition and global 
impact, so I can think of 
no one better than our 
own Mayor Bill Bogaard to 
receive one,” Sanders said. 

 Saturday’s celebration was 
held in the rotunda after rain 
forced everyone inside from 
the City Hall’s public square. 

About two dozen protesters 
took to South Arroyo Parkway 
Wednesday in front of the 
Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) 
Headquarters, as part of a 
growing movement spreading 
from “the Big Island” of Hawaii 
to Pasadena to stop the planned 
$1.5 billion telescope project 
on Mauna Kea— considered 
by many Hawaiians the most 
sacred place in the islands. 

 The telescope is being 
contracted by Caltech and 
partnered with, Canada, China, 
India and the University of 
California among others. 

 “We want to stop TMT from 
building on Mauna Kea,” Protest 
organizer Mikilani Young said. 
“We are not against science; we 
are just against them building 
it on Mauna Kea. Just choose a 
different spot.”

 Young disputed claims made by 
TMT officials saying the project 
and existing telescopes on 
Mauna Kea present no danger to 

 “There are aquafers under 
there and we know that TMT 
is building things under there 
to store chemicals,” she said. 
“They’re hazardous and no one 
can guarantee us that there’s not 
going to be fractures or anything 
that effects the aquafers.

 Statements released by TMT 
say the research area is well 
above the watershed recharge 
areas for Mauna Kea, at 14, 000 

 Young said even more 
important is what Mauna Kea 
means to Hawaiian culture. “It’s 
our scared spot, this is where 
some people still go, up there to 
worship, it’s like their church.”

 She also said building telescopes 
on the mountain has been a long 
standing problem and that the 
builders are out of compliance, 
”the University of Hawaii, 
they’re the ones with the lease 
and technically, was supposed 
to build only one telescope and 
without permission, built two 
more, and now there are 13.”

 On Thursday, The Office 
of Hawaiian Affairs voted to 
rescind support for construction 
of the telescope over the same 

 “This is not about science, 
we need to make the UH 
[University of Hawaii] and 
others… accountable to our 
community,” Office of Hawaiian 
Affairs Trustee Dan Ahuna said 
in video of the meeting. 

 According to Caltech’s website, 
TMT is set to begin operation in 
early 2020. The telescope would 
shed light on fundamental 
questions about the 
characteristics of exoplanets, the 
birth of stars and galaxies, and 
the composition and expansion 
of the universe, among other 
elusive cosmic mysteries.

 “We will be able to see thing 
that are not really seeable 
with the current generation 
telescopes,” Caltech professor 
of physics Edward C. Stone said 
in a promotional video for the 
project. ”Looking back to the 
beginning when the first stars 
formed, there very far away and 
very dim and it takes a large area 
of a thirty meter telescope and 
its angular resolution to be able 
to find and study those objects.” 

Protesters on South Arroyo Parkway Photo D.Lee/MVNews 

 Local businessman Tyron 
Hampton won the District 1 
council seat beating retired 
Fire Chief Calvin Wells after 
Pasadena City Clerk Mark 
Jomsky completed the second 
count of ballots Wednesday 
for the April 21 elections. 
Hampton had 1,238 votes 
or 51 percent to Wells’ 1,185 
votes or 48.9 percent.

 Wells and Hampton were so 
close election night, with about 
60 votes separating them, that 
no clear winner was declared. 
At the time Pasadena Public 
Information Officer William 
Boyer said mail in ballots 
were still be counted, “as long 
as they were postmarked by 
April 21, they will be counted.” 
Jomsky also counted about 400 
remaining provisional ballots. 

 Hampton a former Pasadena 
Unified School Board 
member also runs his family’s 
construction company. 
Hampton said as a business 
owner, he would bring that 
perspective to the city council. 
Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson 
gave up her District 1 council 
seat to run for Mayor. She lost 
the election to councilmember 
Terry Tornek. 

 The official tally for Mayor 
had Tornek with 8,549 votes 
at 54.3 percent to Robinson’s 
7,170 votes at 45.6 percent.

 Boyer said the second count is 
considered to be the “unofficial 
final” results to be used as 
the basis for the “Certificate 
of Canvass” which will be 
presented to the City Council 
at its Monday night meeting. 

 Hampton and Tornek will 
also be sworn in Monday night 
along with councilmembers 
Margaret McAustin, Gene 
Masuda and Steve Madison— 
all three ran unopposed during 
their re-election.


Boaard (left) along with U.S. 
Congressmen Adam Schiff 

Cancer Survivor to give 
PCC Graduation Address

Luxurious Castle Green 

to give Mother’s Day Tours


 More than 1,800 students will 
be taking the next steps in their 
academic careers as Pasadena 
City College celebrates its 
90th commencement ceremony 
on Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in 
Robinson Stadium.

 “As a graduate of our 
great college, it is indeed a 
humbling honor to welcome 
the newest graduating class 
to the ranks of alumni,” said 
Interim Superintendent-
President Dr. Robert Miller, 
who graduated from PCC in 
1975 with an associate degree 
in telecommunications. “This 
is a true-life accomplishment 
that bodes well for their futures, 
their families, our communities, 
and the state’s economy.”

 Miller and Berlinda Brown, 
PCC Board of Trustees 
president, will be handing out 
the degrees and certificates at 
the ceremony.

Summa cum laude Ryan Liu will 
deliver the valedictory address. 
A political science major and 
first-generation college student, 
Liu will be transferring to either 
UC Berkeley or UCLA this fall 
with a 4.0 GPA.

 “I’m excited to be able 
to speak on behalf of our 
graduating class and represent 
individuals with such varied 
backgrounds and diversity,” 
said Liu, who also served on 
the Associated Students Board 
and is a member of the Alpha 
Gamma Sigma Honor Society. 
“I’ll try and do my best to make 
our class proud.”

 Chad Crittenden, a 
motivational speaker, athlete, 
and cancer survivor, will give 
the commencement address.

 In 2002, Crittenden was 
diagnosed with a rare and 
deadly form of cancer that 
required amputation of his 
leg. Undeterred, Crittenden 
recovered quickly and 
completed a triathlon just nine 
months after the surgery. Since 
then, he has been involved with 
Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), 
which helps amputees compete 
in snowboarding.

 A total of 24 summa cum laude 
graduates will be recognized at 
the ceremony, one of the largest 
groups of its kind in recent 
school history. 

 After the ceremony, graduates 
and their friends and family will 
gather in the college’s Quad 
for music, food, and photo 
opportunities. The event is free 
and open to the public. Parking 
will be free in all campus lots.

For more information about this 
year’s commencement, please 
call the Office of Student Life 
at (626) 585-7385.


 This Mother’s Day, the historic 
Castle Green invites guests 
to experience the building 
on a more intimate level than 
usual. Designed by Frederick 
Roehrig in an alluring mixture 
of Moorish, Turkish and 
Victorian style, the building is 
one of the most important and 
unique icons in all of Southern 
California, certainly the most 
exotic place in Pasadena. Castle 
Green is situated between 
Raymond Avenue and Fair 
Oaks Blvd., at the gateway to 
Old Pasadena since 1898.

 The salons, library (Bridge 
of Sighs), sunroom, ballroom, 
halls and original elevator 
provide a completely unique 
experience for visitors. Once 
a luxurious escape from the 
cold winters of the East and 
Midwest, some tour-goers 
claim to have heard haunting 
laughter and old music coming 
from unknown sources.

 This tour will be a self-guided 
one. It will include the ground 
floor, parts of the basement, 
the stunning rooftop view, the 
penthouse and some very well 
appointed private apartments, 
allowed at their owner’s 

 Light refreshments will be 
available on the lovely veranda. 
Please enjoy yourself and 
know that your support of this 
building is a very worthy cause. 
Preservation of the Castle 
Green is appreciated in the 
present and sets an example for 
generations to come.

 The event is Mother’s Day May 
10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For 
more information and tickets 
visit friendsofthecastlegreen.

 The Pasadena Police 
Department is seeking 
the public’s assistance in 
identifying the person 
responsible for the kidnapping 
attempt of a 22 year old 
Pasadena woman. The incident 
occurred Friday, April 17, 
2015 at about 10:00 PM near 
the intersection of Marengo 
Avenue and Tremont Street. 

The suspect is described as a 
Black male, mid to late 30s, 
dark complexion, 5’10”, 200 
pounds, heavy build, with a 
shaved “shiny” head, round 
face with bushy eyebrows, and 
wearing a white t-shirt and 
dark blue jeans. See attached 
composite drawing. 

The suspect’s vehicle is 
described as a gray, newer-
model Honda CR-V or 
similar type SUV. See attached 
photograph for comparison. 

Anyone with information is 
asked to contact Pasadena 
Police Detective Edgar 
Sanchez at (626) 744-6418, 
Sergeant Rudy Lemos at (626) 
744-4583 Monday-Friday, 
or Police Dispatch 24/7 at 
(626) 744-4241. You can also 
report anonymously through 
Crime Stoppers at (800) 
222-TIPS (8477) or http:// (insert 
key word Pasadena).

Pet of the 

May Events at Senior Center


 There is something for everyone 
in May at the Pasadena Senior 
Center, 85 E. Holly St. All events 
listed are free.

 Musical Trivia – Tuesdays, 
May 12, 19 and 26, from 9 to 
10 a.m. The Professor of Trivia 
will help you exercise your 
memory and relive past happy 
experiences using music of the 
‘40s and ‘50s. Vie for prizes by 
answering simple questions 
while listening to music of 
that era. Presented by Dr. Ray 
Ceniceroz, professor of music at 
East Los Angeles College.

 Understanding Positional 
Vertigo– Thursday, May 14, 
at noon. Positional vertigo, or 
BPPV, is a common, benign 
condition affecting more than 
one in 10 seniors 75 and older, 
leading to symptoms of vertigo 
and disequilibrium lasting less 
than one minute and usually 
triggered by changes in position 
such as getting in and out of 
bed. If you are nonresponsive to 
medication for this condition, 
this talk will help you learn how 
to manage your BPPV. A boxed 
lunch will be served to the first 
50 participants who have made 
confirmed reservations at the 
Welcome Desk or by calling 

 Documentary Screening: 
How To Die in Oregon – 
Friday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m. In 
1994, Oregon became the first 
state to authorize physician aid 
in dying. Anyone who meets 
strict legal requirements may 
request a prescription to end 
his or her life. The film follows 
volunteers with Compassion & 
Choices, the oldest, largest and 
most comprehensive choice-in-
dying organization in the U.S.

 LA Opera Talk: Favorite 
Moments– Monday, May 
18, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera 
community educator will lead 
a multimedia presentation with 
some of the best moments from 
the world of opera.

 Chair Yoga – Wednesday, 
May 20, at 1 p.m. Improve your 
balance, strength and flexibility 
at this gentle and meditative 
class taught by Kathy Eastwood, 
a certified yoga instructor and a 
registered nurse at Huntington 
Hospital. Due to popular 
demand, this class is limited to 
the first 25 participants. Register 
in advance at the Welcome Desk 
or call 626-795-4331.

 Estate Planning, Part One– 
Thursday, May 21, at 10 a.m. 
Learn the basics of trusts, wills 
and probates and get your 
questions answered. Feel free 
to bring a friend or family 
member. Presented by the Law 
Office of Geoffrey Chin.

 Estate Planning, Part Two– 
Thursday, May 28, at 10 a.m. 
Learn the basics of estate taxes, 
conservatorships and durable 
power of attorney and get 
your questions answered. Feel 
free to bring a friend or family 

For more information visit 
or call 626-795-4331.

Founded in 1959, the Pasadena 
Senior Center is an independent 
nonprofit agency that offers 
recreational, educational, 
wellness and social services to 
people ages 50 and older in a 
friendly environment. Services 
are also provided for frail, 
low-income and homebound 

 Bernie (A375825) is an 
eight-year-old male, brown 
and black Chihuahua mix. 
He is a calm and sweet 
senior who enjoys sitting in 
laps and being held. Bernie 
qualifies for the Seniors 
for Seniors program which 
waives the adoption fee for 
adopters age 60 and up. The 
mandatory microchip fee 
of $20 still applies. Bernie 
has already been neutered, 
which means he can go 
home with you today!

 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 
–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. 

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

New training starts 
soon, learn how to report 
news using social media 
skills. Other training 
nightly listed below


 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.


On the 100th anniversary 
of the Armenian Genocide, 
Tuesday, the Board of 
Supervisors approved a 
motion by Mayor Michael D. 
Antonovich and Supervisor 
Hilda L. Solis to send a letter, 
signed by the five supervisors, 
to President Obama requesting 
that he recognize the atrocities 
against the Armenian people 
in 1915 as a genocide -- while 
also approving a genocide 
memorial plaque to be placed 
in Grand Park. 

 “Twenty-three nations have 
officially recognized what 
Pope Francis has called ‘the 
first genocide of the 20th 
century. Yet, the President of 
the United States refuses to 
refer to the mass killings of 
Armenians as genocide. It is 
necessary, and indeed a duty 
to remember that this was 
genocide,” said Antonovich.

Class offerings days and nights weekly

Station Schedule 

Orientation & Tour

Monday May 4, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PCAC Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday May 5, at 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Producer Training

Wednesday May 6, at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Intro to Field Production

Thursday May 7, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Producer Training

Monday May 11, at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.