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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 12, 2015 

Seek Help 
to Identify 

Pasadena City Manager 
Michael Beck to Resign

In a sudden announcement 
last Friday, Pasadena City 
Manager Michael Beck said he 
will step down in February to 
pursue a position at UCLA.

 His last day in city hall will 
be Feb. 14. He starts at UCLA 
March 1.

 According to reports, Beck 
was approached by UCLA in 
May about an administrative 
vice chancellor position at 
the college. Beck told city 
employees, in a letter, that his 
first reaction was to decline the 
offer but later decided it was a 
professional opportunity he 
wanted to pursue.

 Pasadena Mayor Terry 
Tornek said Beck’s departure 
has nothing to do with a 
$6.5 million embezzlement 
uncovered last year. Tornek 
said he asked him to stay not 
leave. Along with Tornek, city 
council members have said 
they were always impressed 
with how devoted he was to 
the city.

 Beck said before becoming 
Pasadena city manager in 
2008 he held a position at 
UC Riverside.

 The city has not released 
any information as to Beck’s 
replacement or who would 
be city manager in the 

 Since the embezzlement, in 
which former public works 
employee Danny Wooten 
siphoned money from the 
city for 11 years, Beck fired 
both the city’s public works 
and finance directors. At 
the time there had been 
numerous community 
leaders calling for Beck 

 Pasadena Police Detectives 
are asking the public’s help 
identifying the persons 
responsible for assaulting 
an elderly man resulting in 
significant injuries. 

 On October 13, at 
approximately 3:30 pm, a 63-
year old male was walking 
with a cane south on the west 
sidewalk of Lake Ave, north of 
E. Claremont St. As the elderly 
victim neared the northwest 
corner of Claremont St., he 
saw three individuals on 
Claremont St. just west of 
him. For no apparent reason, 
one of the three individuals 
approached the victim and 
shoved him to the ground 
resulting in the elderly victim 
sustaining a broken elbow and 
collarbone. The three suspects 
then ran west on Claremont 
Street to an awaiting car. The 
car drove north on Hudson 
Ave. out of sight. 

 The suspect that assaulted 
the victim was described as a 
Black male, 25-27 years of age, 
6’1”, weighing approximately 
175 pounds, clean shaven and 
wearing a blue jersey with a 
red collar and white lettering 
on the front, blue pants and 
a blue baseball cap. A second 
suspect was described as Black 
male, 25-27 years of age, and 
wearing a white t-shirt and red 
shorts; no further description. 
A third suspect was described 
as a Black male, 25-27 years 
of age, 5’11”, 150 pounds, 
with short twisted dreadlocks 
and multiple tattoos on his 
stomach and both arms. He 
was only wearing gray cut-
off sweatpants and his hands 
were wrapped in white tape 
(similar to a boxer). The driver 
was described as a Black 
male wearing a white T-shirt 
and white or gray shorts; no 
further description 

 The suspect vehicle is 
described as a late model silver 
Toyota Camry or similar. 

 The investigation is on-going. 
Anyone with information is 
asked to contact Pasadena 
Police Detective David Duran 
at (626) 744-7113, or the non-
emergency number at (626) 

Doo Dah 
38th Year


 With more than a month to go 
before the Rose Parade, the city’s 
“alter ego,” Doo Dah parade hit the 
streets of East Pasadena Saturday 
bring with it, everything, from a 
pink convertible Cadillac DeVille 
drivable hot tub to Cupcake Cars 
to Klingons. This year marked the 
parades 38th year. 

 Royal Majesty Queen Veronika 
MeowMeowzz (pictured right) 
rode on a giant three wheeled 

 This year’s Grand Marshal was 
singer/songwriter, dressed in a 
red robe; Juli Crockett batted 
off flying tortillas with a racket. 
Throwing tortillas is a stable of 
the parade. 

 The parade ended with a Secret 
Santa, Doo Dah’s take on the 
North Pole icon dressed in blue.

 Doo Dah was conceived in 
1978 by several friends as an 
irreverent alternative to the 
traditional formality of the Rose 

City Holiday Tree Lighting

Public Invited To El Nino 
Forum Tuesday Night

Pops Annual 
Holiday Look 
in Home Tour 


 Weather forecasters and 
scientists are predicting the 
upcoming El Niño weather 
pattern could bring severe 
storms that will impact 
Southern California with 
flooding, mud slides, wind 
damage, related power outages 
and property damage. The City 
is actively preparing to meet the 
challenges of El Niño and urges 
all residents and businesses to 
do the same.

 The public can learn more 
about the expected El Niño 
weather system at a community 
forum beginning at 7 p.m., 
Tuesday, at the Pasadena 
Convention Center, Ballrooms 
B & C, 300 E. Green St. William 
Patzert, Ph.D., a Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory climate scientist, is 
keynote speaker. Officials from 
several City departments will 
present information. Doors 
open at 6:30 p.m.

 The community forum is 
sponsored by Councilmember 
Steve Madison and is the latest 
in a series of public meetings 
hosted by the City or City 
Council members. The City has 
also created a special website at
ElNino with tips, preparedness, 
key phone numbers and sand 
bag info. Anyone of lives or 
works in Pasadena is urged to 
register their phones at www. 
to receive emergency alerts.

 The Cities of Pasadena, 
Glendale and Burbank also are 
working together to provide 
emergency preparedness info 
on a “Tri-Cities” website, www. The cities are 
planning to send out mutual 
social media info via Twitter 
with the @VerdugoAlert 

 Whether it’s an El Niño 
event, major earthquake or 
other disaster, all residents 
and businesses should have 
enough food, water and other 
emergency supplies to last from 
three days to a week, or longer, 
in response to a widespread 
emergency. It is not a matter of 
“if” but “when” a disaster will 
occur. All members of your 
family, including pets, need to 
be prepared at home, in the car, 
and at work.

The keynote speaker is Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory 
climate scientist William 
Patzert, Ph.D. 

 Join the Pasadena Symphony 
and Pops, Saturday and 
Sunday, December 5 and 6 
for one of Pasadena’s most 
cherished holiday traditions 
the Holiday Look In. 

 The Holiday Look In 
Home Tour is a showcase 
of Pasadena’s magnificent 
architecture, both historical 
and new, melded with 
the magic and pageantry 
of Pasadena’s finest floral 
artists. Join us in touring 
four wonderful homes and 
gardens, decorated for the 
holidays by Pasadena’s finest 
floral designers. Enjoy music 
by Pasadena Symphony 
members, stroll the gardens 
and shop to your heart’s 
content at the Holiday 
Boutique. Proceeds support 
the Pasadena Symphony 
Association. The four 
magnificent homes that will 
be featured in this year’s 
tour are the Lyddon Home, 
Hanson and Judice Home, 
Asjes Home and the Ermshar 
and Monahan Home.

 The self-guided tour starts 
at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 
150 N. Madison Avenue 
Pasadena Tour 9:30 am – 
4:00 pm Boutique: 9:00 am 
– 5:00 pm. 

 The location of each home 
will be sent with purchased 

 For more information visit 

 Deck the Halls with Holiday 
Cheer by joining Mayor Terry 
Tornek for Pasadena’s most-
anticipated Holiday Tradition 
as the Mayor lights the City’s 
Official Holiday Tree during our 
free, festive family celebration 
with local singers, art projects 
for kids and a special appearance 
by Santa Claus! The Mayor’s 
Annual Holiday Tree Lighting 
celebration is from 5 p.m. to 7 
p.m., Friday, Dec. 4. at Pasadena 
City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. 

 The Mayor lights the tree at 6 

 City Officials have it on very 
good authority that Santa Claus 
will make a special appearance 
with a little help from his 
friends at the Pasadena Fire 
Department once the tree is 
lit. Bring your own cameras to 
snap a special holiday picture 
of Santa with your children in 
“Santa’s Village.” 

 Great live entertainment 
throughout the night includes 
the thundering beat from the 
Wilson Middle School Drum 
Corps.; the adorable Robinson 
Park Tiny Tots Troupe; the Boys 
and Girls Club of Pasadena; 
and the kids from Pasadena’s 
Afterschool Adventures 

 Our evening’s emcees this 
year will be the masterful duo 
of Pasadena Police Cpl. Glenn 
Thompson and retired police Lt. 
Rodney “Rodney D” Wallace.

 All of the evening’s activities 
are free and open to all, but we 
hope you will be able to help 
stuff one of our Fire Department 
paramedic ambulances full 
of toys for those in need. The 
Pasadena Fire Department 
will gratefully receive any 
new, unwrapped toy or sports 
equipment from attendees 
able to donate a gift for needy 
children as part of the annual 
“Spark of Love” Toy Drive.

Pet of the 

Free Upcoming Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

Crime Blotter for Altadena

Sunday, November 15th

1:30 PM – A 30 year old 
transient was arrested at Rite 
Aid, 735 E. Altadena Drive for 
petty theft.

2:00 PM – A petty theft 
occurred at Walmart, 2408 
Lincoln Avenue. Suspect 
described as a female Black, 
wearing a gray beanie, green 
sweater, grey sweatpants, and 
dark boots. The suspect exited 
the store and entered a silver 
Dodge Nitro occupied by 
another female, Black. Property 
Stolen: miscellaneous items.

2:36 PM – A 40 year old of 
Altadena man was arrested in 
the 3100 block of Via Madera 
Street for assault with a deadly 

8:00 PM – A theft of mail 
occurred in the 2700 block of 
Santa Anita Avenue. Property 
Stolen: letter containing 
personal check.

Monday, November 16th

3:42 PM – A package theft 
occurred in the 2600 block 
of Windsor Avenue. Suspect 
described as a male White, 
in a red 1993 Infiniti sedan. 
Property Stolen: package 
containing power switch, 
Samsung Galaxy cellphone, and 

5:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 1700 block of 
Sierra Bonita Avenue. Property 
Damaged: vehicles dented, 
window shattered.

9:54 PM – A grand theft occurred 
at 7 Eleven, 1319 N. Altadena 
Drive. Suspect described as 
male, Black. Property Stolen: 
cashier tablet.

Tuesday, November 17th

2:50 AM –A 19 years old man 
from Altadena was arrested 
in the area of Loma Alta Drive 
and Lake Avenue for driving a 
stolen vehicle. The vehicle was 
reported stolen from Beverly 

10:45 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 2300 
block of Grandeur Avenue. 
Stolen vehicle: green 1994 
Honda Accord, which is still 

10:30 PM – A 20 year old man 
from Commerce was arrested 
in the area of Lincoln Avenue 
and Figueroa Drive for driving a 
stolen vehicle. The vehicle was 
reported stolen from Beverly 

Wednesday, November 18th

12:02 AM – A 49 years old man 
from Sunland was arrested 
in the area of Lake Avenue 
and Altadena Drive for public 

11:47 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
1400 block of N. Roosevelt 
Avenue. The suspect(s) entered 
the residence by shattering 
the bedroom window. 
Loss: unknown. On-going 

12:00 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 500 
block of East Loma Alta Drive. 
The suspect(s) entered the 
residence by shattering the rear 
window. Loss: unknown. On-
going investigation. 

 Thursday, November 19th

11:48 PM – A shoplifting 
incident occurred at Ralph’s, 
2270 N. Lake Avenue. The 
suspects was described as a 
male, Black and female, Black. 
Property Stolen: baby formula.

Saturday, November 21st

6:37 AM – A 35 years old 
Altadena man was arrested 
in the 2100 block of N. Lake 
Avenue for petty theft from a 
vehicle. Property Stolen: gloves, 
cigarettes, coins. 

 Ella (A388953) is a sweet 
and sociable five-year-old, 
Russian blue mix shorthaired 
cat. She loves attention and 
enjoys having her face and 
chin gently rubbed. If you’re 
looking for a friendly and 
affectionate couch buddy, 
you should meet Ella! Ella 
also qualifies for our Seniors 
for Seniors program which 
waives the adoption fee for 
adopters age 60 and up. The 
mandatory microchip fee of 
$20 still applies.

 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 
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.

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

 You do not have to be a 
member to attend. Some events 
require advance reservations as 

Stay Connected with Social 
Media – Tuesdays and 
Thursdays, Dec. 1 to 17, from 
9 to 11 a.m. Learn how to keep 
in touch with family and friends 
via email, Skype, Facebook 
and other forms of social 
media during a 30-minute, 
one-on-one meeting with an 
instructor. You’ll choose which 
applications you want to learn. 
Bring a laptop or use one of the 
onsite computers. If you have an 
email address, bring it and your 
password. Sign up with Edison 
at the Welcome Desk.

 Smart Phones, Tablets and 
Computers – Any Questions? 
– Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
Dec. 1 to 17, from 10 to 11 a.m. 
Get the answers you need about 
technology devices, whether 
you own them already or are 
considering a purchase. Learn 
how to text, check voicemail, set 
an alarm, navigate the Internet, 
download apps and more.

 Disaster Preparedness – 
Thursday, Dec. 3, at 10 a.m. 
Are you prepared for the next 
major earthquake and other 
disasters? Learn how to create 
a disaster kit, make disaster 
plans and how to get the 
special you need before the 
next disaster occurs. Presented 
by Lisa Derderian, emergency 
management coordinator for 
the Pasadena Fire Department.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Dec. 4 and 11, at 1 p.m. 
and Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 
4: San Andreas (2015, PG-13) 
starring Dwayne Johnson and 
Carla Gugino. In the aftermath 
of a massive earthquake in 
California, a rescue-helicopter 
pilot makes a dangerous journey 
with his ex-wife across the state 
to rescue his daughter. Dec. 
11: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, 
NR) starring James Stewart and 
Donna Reed. An angel helps a 
compassionate but despairingly 
frustrated businessman by 
showing what life would have 
been like if he had never existed. 
Dec. 18: Breakfast at Tiffany’s 
(1961, NR) starring Audrey 
Hepburn and George Peppard. 
A young New York socialite 
becomes interested in a young 
man who has moved into her 
apartment building (please note 
this film will begin at 2:30 p.m.).

 Cardmaking Workshop – 
Monday, Dec. 7, from noon to 2 
p.m. Surprise a special someone 
with a personalized, handmade 
greeting card. Whether it’s a 
happy birthday, happy holidays, 
thank you, thinking of you or 
other sentiment, you’ll create 
a decorative card in your own 
unique style and have fun 
discovering your creativity 
while workshop leaders help 
you bring your ideas to life. All 
materials will be provided.


 Today is Small Business 
Saturday – a day to celebrate 
and support small businesses 
and all they do for their 
communities. Please join the 
SBA and organizations across 
the country in supporting 
your local small business by 
shopping at a small business.

 Pasadena Chamber 
members who have taken 
part in Small Business 
Saturday in the past include 
Atelier Femme at 1033 E. 
Green Street, , Ten Thousand 
Villages at 567 South Lake 
Avenue, CREPEstudio at 
99 East Union, Therapy 
clothing at 65 East Holly 
and Tokyo Shabu Shabu at 
345 South Lake on Small 
Business Saturday for free 

 Vroman’s Bookstore hosts 
the day of literary events 
at their store with author 
readings, book signings and 
much more.

 For more info and other 
local participants at: http://

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