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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 19, 2015 

New Year 
Closures and 

Famed Culinary School to 
Close Pasadena Campus

By Dean Lee

 Le Cordon Bleu, the 
prestigious cooking school, best 
known as Pasadena native Julia 
Child’s Alma Mater announced 
Thursday they are closing all 
16 U.S. campuses in September 
and will stop enrolling students 
Jan. 4 —including the Pasadena 
campus on Colorado Blvd. 

 “New federal regulations make 
it difficult to project the future 
for career schools that have 
higher operating costs, such as 
culinary schools that require 
expensive commercial kitchens 
and ongoing food costs,” 
said Career Education Corp. 
President Todd Nelson, in a 
statement. Career Education 
Corp. runs and owns the 
schools. Closing the schools 
will not affect Le Cordon Bleu 
schools overseas he said, the 
first of which opened in Paris 
in 1895.

 According to reports, 1,200 
students attended the Pasadena 
campus last year. Career 
Education Corp. is looking for 
an interested buyer to possibly 
take over running the schools. 

 New federal rules would now 
limit a student’s loan to 20 
percent of a graduate’s income 
after taxes for for-profit schools.

 In a class-action lawsuit in 
2008, students alleged that 
the majority of the school’s 
graduates make less than 
$22,500 a year after attending 
a school with a tuition cost of 
$20,000 to $40,000.

 The school has been criticized 
for its high tuition rates.

 Students currently enrolled, 
or those enrolled by January, 
will be able to finish out their 
programs the school announced 
on their website.

 Closing the schools, including 
Pasadena, Sacramento, San 
Francisco, Portland and Seattle 
among others, could cost as 
high as $64 million according 
to reports.

 Pasadena City Hall and most 
City services will be closed 
Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 
25 and New Year’s Day, Friday, 
Jan. 1, 2016. Specific closures 
and exceptions include:

 Refuse and recycling collection 
for Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, will be 
delayed by one day. All other 
routes will be serviced per 
schedule. No bulky pickups 
will be scheduled from Jan. 15 
to Feb. 2. 

 On Dec. 25, Pasadena Transit 
and Dial-A-Ride programs will 
not operate, but will resume 
regular service on Saturday, 
Dec. 26. All parking meters 
are free and time limits will not 
be enforced on Christmas Day. 
All parking meter enforcement 
resumes on Dec. 26.

 On Jan. 1, Pasadena Transit 
buses and Dial-A-Ride 
programs also will not be in 
operation, and will resume 
regular service on Saturday, 
Jan. 2. All parking meters are 
free on Jan. 1. Parking meter 
enforcement resumes on Jan. 
2. Red curb violations and 
blocking fire hydrants will be 
enforced on both holidays.

 Motorists must obey all 
temporary “No Parking” signs 
posted for the Rose Parade and 
Rose Bowl. Vehicles will be 
towed at owners’ expense, no 

 All Pasadena Public Libraries 
will be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 
25 and closed Dec. 31 and 
Jan. 1. The City’s Community 
Centers have modified hours 
during the holidays. 

 The Pasadena Fire and Police 
Departments will be staffed for 
all patrol, jail, fire, paramedic 
and other emergency 
services. For life-threatening 
emergencies, always call 9-1-1. 
For other incidents, “If You See 
Something, Say Something!” 
by calling police at (626) 
744-4241. Be prepared to 
know your location and listen 
carefully to all questions asked.

 The Citizen Service Center, 
(626) 744-7311, is closed 
Christmas Day. On Dec. 31, 
the Center is open from 8 a.m. 
until 2 p.m., New Year’s Day.

Fire and 

By Dean Lee

 Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral 
Washington along with the city’s 
Police Chief Phillip Sanchez gave 
holiday safety tips, Wednesday 
morning that include igniting 
a real Christmas tree on fire 
to demonstrate how quickly a 
fire can start and cautioning 
what the public can do to avoid 
being the victim of a crime —at 
home, shopping, on the road or 
wherever people are.

 “We would all ask that parade 
goers and folks that are going to 
the Rose Bowl that you’re aware 
of your surroundings,” Sanchez 
said. “We have participated a 
concept of ‘see something, say 
something’ for the last several 
years. Effectively, what we’re 
looking for is, if you’re in 
Pasadena and you see suspicious 
activity, please notify the 
Pasadena Police Department so 
that we can investigate.”

Sanchez warned that thieves 
target packages left at doorsteps 
and businesses during the 

 “So, we would ask folks that 
live in Pasadena or businesses, 
if you are expecting a gift, make 
an arrangement with the ground 
provider so you have somebody 
that will be there and they can 
take custody of that package,” he 

 He also said not to store gifts in 
the trunk, or anywhere in a car. 

 Sanchez said they expect many 
people will get drones as gifts, 
“I would ask that if you’re 
receiving one of giving the gift 
of a drone, that you visit the 
FAA [The Federal Aviation 
Administration] website and that 
you are aware of the regulations 
with respect to drones.”

 He said, just this week, the FAA 
put out a directive that all drones 
weighing over .5 pounds must be 
registered. He added that drones 
cannot be flown over large 
crowds or near people. 

 Washington discussed tree and 
light safety before an intense 
demonstration in which a 
Christmas tree was lit on fire 
and disappeared into billowing 
smoke within minutes. 

 Choosing the freshest tree as 
possible, that has green needles, 
topped his list of safety. Giving 
your tree water is the key to 
keeping it fresh and enhancing 
its fire resistance he also said. 
Never use candles on a tree and 
remove the tree immediately 
after the holidays. 

As for lights, make sure all 
electric cords have no frayed or 
cracked wires or broken sockets. 
Do not use or repair a worn light 
set. Throw it out and buy new. 
Use lights that have the label of an 
independent testing laboratory. 
Use indoor lights inside and 
outdoor lights outside. 

 Use LED light as they produce 
almost no heat, reducing the risk 
from fire. 

 Washington said, just last week, 
the fire department put out the 
first Christmas tree related fire

 According to Fire spokesperson 
Lisa Derderian two people were 
displaced last week when a 
Christmas tree caught fire in an 
apartment. The fire was caused 
by a birthday cake, in a box, 
where candles were not properly 
extinguished and it caught the 
box and tree on fire. That caused 
sprinkler alarms to activate as it 
should, she said, the tree ignited 
in less than a minute causing an 
estimated $15,000 in damage. 

 Sanchez said that if a crime is 
in progress to call 911, if not, 
to call the city’s non-emergency 
number (626) 744-4241.

Le Cordon Bleu

Free Christmas Tree Recycling


 Residents can end the holiday 
on a green note by recycling 
their Christmas trees 
through free, convenient 
curbside pickup and drop-
off recycling services offered 
by the Pasadena Department 
of Public Works.

 Residents can drop off their 
trees for recycling from 7 
a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 
26, 2015, through Monday, 
Jan. 4, 2016, at the following 

 Eaton Blanche Park, 3100 E. 
Del Mar Blvd., parking lot on 
Millicent Way

Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair 
Oaks Ave., parking lot on 
Morton Street

 Pasadena’s solid waste 
customers can place their 
Christmas trees at the 
curbside for pickup on 
their regularly scheduled 
collection days and routes 
beginning Monday, Jan. 4, 
2016, through Friday, Jan. 
15, 2016.

 No matter which recycling 
option you choose, 
remember that stands, 
ornaments and lights must 
be removed from trees. 
Flocked and fire retardant 
trees are OK, but no artificial 
trees will be accepted.

 Visit www.cityofpasadena.
net/PublicWorks or call 
(626) 744-7311 for more 

to Perform 

 The internationally acclaimed 
Musica Angelica Baroque 
Orchestra will present an all-
Beethoven concert in the Scott 
Pavilion at the Pasadena Senior 

 The orchestra will perform 
Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in 
A Major, Op. 22; Sonata for 
French Horn and Piano in F 
Major, Op. 17; and Sonata for 
Piano and Violin in G Major, 
Op. 30/3.

 Under the direction of Music 
Director Martin Haselböck, 
Musica Angelica Baroque 
Orchestra is regarded as 
Southern California’s premier 
Baroque ensemble and presents 
wide-ranging programs 
encompassing music from 
the early Baroque Era (1600 
to 1750) through the early 
Classical Era (1750 to 1820). 
Founded in 1993, the orchestra 
collaborates with leading 
performing arts institutions 
including Los Angeles Opera, 
Long Beach Opera, J. Paul 
Getty Museum, Norton Simon 
Museum and Los Angeles 
Master Chorale. The orchestra 
also has performed and 
recorded in Europe.

 Tickets are only $5 for 
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center. The first 30 
members who register in 
advance at the Welcome Desk 
will be admitted for free. 
Non-members are welcome to 
attend as well for the general 
admission price of $40.

 The event talks place Friday, 
Jan. 15, at 7:30 p.m. the 
Pasadena Senior Center is 
located at 85 E. Holly St.

 Reservations may be made 
at the Pasadena Senior Center 
Welcome Desk before Jan. 13. 
For more information visit 
or call 626-795-4331.

Pet of the 

Christmas Dinner at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

Ho, ho, ho! The Scott 
Pavilion at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly 
St., will be beautifully 
decorated and overflowing 
with holiday spirit during 
the annual Christmas dinner 
party Friday, Dec. 25.

 Doors will open at 11 
a.m. At 11:30 a.m., Theater 
of Vision will present an 
entertaining variety show 
titled “Christmas with 
Champagne.” At noon a 
delicious turkey dinner with 
all the trimmings will be 
served, and Santa and the 
elves will stop by with a gift 
for each guest.

 Prepaid reservations must 
be made at the Welcome 
Desk no later than Monday, 
Dec. 21. The cost is only $10 
for members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and $12 for 
non-members of all ages.

 For more information visit 
org or call (626) 685-6724.

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center is 
an independent, nonprofit 
organization that offers 
recreational, educational, 
wellness and social services 
to people ages 50 and over 
in a friendly environment. 
Services are also provided 
for frail, low-income and 
homebound seniors.

 Stubs (A389275) is a 
10-year-old, spayed female, 
tricolor dachshund. She is 
a very sweet dog who walks 
great on leash and is very 
peppy for her age. Loves 
to be with her sister, Baby 
(A389276), and loves other 
small dogs. While spending 
time out on the PHS mobile 
Outreach Unit, Stubs was 
mellow and friendly to 
everyone she met. Walks 
well on leash and has the 
energy of a younger dog! 
Stubs doesn’t seem to get 
along well with cats, so she 
would do best in a dog-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 
–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.

Crime Blotter for Altadena

The Masters Series at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

Sunday, December 6th

 8:50 PM – Christopher 
Mendoza, 22 years old of 
Temple City was arrested in 
the 1200 block of Pleasant 
Ridge Drive for possession of 
a controlled substance.

Monday, December 
7th ****No significant 

Tuesday, December 
8th ****No significant 

Wednesday, December 9th

 8:37 AM – Joseph Escobedo, 
25 years old of Pasadena was 
arrested at Arco, 1880 N. 
Lake Avenue for attempted 

 4:50 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
1700 block of N. Oxford 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the location via unknown 
means. Property Stolen: 
laptop, tablet, safe, backpack, 
personal documents, 
currency. On-going 

Thursday, December 10th

 12:04 AM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 200 block 
of Mountain View Street. 
Property Stolen: Sony stereo, 

 12:05 PM – A vehicle 
was reported stolen in the 
area of Maiden Lane and 
Mendocino Street. The 
vehicle was recovered at 1:30 
pm in the 1100 block of 
Marcheta Street.

Friday, December 11th

 3:30 PM – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 
500 block of Figueroa Drive. 
Suspect(s) entered the vehicle 
by tampering the keyhole. 
Property Stolen: car stereo, 
vehicle air intake, tire trim, 
dashboard gauge.

Saturday, December 12th

 6:00 AM – A burglary 
from a storage container 
occurred in the 2500 block 
of E. Washington Boulevard. 
Suspect(s) entered the storage 
container by cutting the lock. 
Property Stolen: portable air 
conditioner, portable stove, 
and personal documents.

 8:29 PM – Gustavo 
Andrade, 22 year old 
transient was arrested in the 
area of El Molino Avenue and 
Sacramento Street for being 
drunk in public.


 The winter term of The 
Masters Series, which 
embraces lifelong learning, 
is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. 
Tuesdays and Thursdays 
from Jan. 12 to March 3 at 
the Pasadena Senior Center, 
85 E. Holly St.

 The Masters Series is 
open to members and non-
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center.

 2016 U.S. Elections and the 
World – Tuesdays, led by Dr. 
Larry Caldwell, professor of 
politics, Occidental College, 
and Dr. Caroline Heldman, 
associate professor of 
politics, Occidental College. 
With the world changing 
rapidly in light of Syria, ISIS, 
Russia’s assertiveness, China 
and more, and so much 
information bombarding the 
public by the media, class 
participants will improve 
their filters for political facts, 
dig deeper into the world 
of global and U.S. politics 
and explore America’s 
growing dissatisfaction with 
the election process, 2016 
presidential candidates and 
other related issues.

Constitutional Issues – 
Thursdays, led by Dr. 
Alison Dundes Rentein, 
professor of political 
science, anthropology and 
public policy, University 
of Southern California. 
Participants will explore 
current controversies in law 
and public policy and learn 
about various constitutional 
issues facing U.S. courts and 
American society.

 Sign up for individual talks 
at $10 each, a Tuesday or 
Thursday series for $60 or 
the complete series for $120.

For information about 
registration or to be placed on 
The Masters Series mailing 
list, contact Pam Kaye at 
626-685-6756 or pamk@

The Masters Series spring 
term, which will focus on 
string virtuosos, stars of the 
swing era and other musical 
topics, will begin March 22.

Visitor Hotline 

to Open

 With large crowds coming 
to Pasadena for both the 
Rose Parade and the Rose 
Bowl Game, a toll-free 
“Visitor Hotline” at (877) 
793-9911 operated by the 
Pasadena Convention 
and Visitors Bureau,, will 
open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 
starting Tuesday, Dec. 29 
through Thursday, Dec. 
31; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, plus 8 
a.m. to Noon, Saturday, Jan. 

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