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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 26, 2016 

News Briefs

Rep. Schiff 
Decision to 
End Orca 

Director of Senior Center to 
Receive Community Award


 Akila Gibbs, executive 
director of the Pasadena 
Senior Center, will be 
presented with the 2016 
Community Impact Award 
by the Junior League of 
Pasadena on April 30.

 She will be honored for 
her continued service 
and contributions to 
the community and her 
dedication to the mission 
of the Junior League of 
Pasadena, which includes 
improving communities and 
promoting volunteerism.

 “On behalf of the Pasadena 
Senior Center Board of 
Directors, I am pleased and 
proud that the Junior League 
of Pasadena will recognize 
Akila for her extraordinary 
efforts,” said board president 
Sandy Greenstein. “Akila 
has served the Pasadena 
community in exemplary 
ways for more than 15 years.”

 In 1960 when the 
Pasadena Senior Center was 
founded, the Junior League 
of Pasadena provided 
financial, administrative 
and volunteer support to the 
independent nonprofit. The 
Junior League of Pasadena 
has continued to support 
the Pasadena Senior Center 
for over 56 years.

 Since 2000 Gibbs has 
devoted herself to issues 
associated with the older 
adult population and has 
served on several boards and 
associations that address 
social service issues.

 “I am grateful to the Junior 
League of Pasadena for 
honoring me,” said Gibbs. “I 
am committed to continue 
leading the Pasadena 
Senior Center as we meet 
the growing needs of adults 
50 and older in the years 

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

 Three Pregnant Border 
Collies Abandoned in 

Investigators are asking 
for the public’s help find 
those responsible for a rash 
of pregnant dogs being 
abandoned around Pasadena.

Pasadena Humane Society 
officials said they rescued 
three pregnant Border Collies 
after helpful persons reported 
the animals abandoned over 
the last two weeks. The first 
dog was found near Caltech 
and then two more were later 
found near Hasting Ranch. 

Animal Control officials said 
the pregnant dogs have since 
given birth to 14 puppies.

The puppies will be kept 
Humane Society until they are 
old enough for adoption. 

Police say the dogs were most 
likely dumbed by the same 

Anyone with information 
should call (626) 792-7151.

 Police get Shots Fired 
Call Monday

Although no victims or 
physical evidence was found, 
such as shell casing, police 
are instigating a possible 
car to car shooting after 
witnesses reported someone 
firing into another vehicle at 
the intersection of Marengo 
Avenue and Howard Street 
shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with information 
should call Pasadena police at 

 Arsonist Sets Car on 
Fire in East Pasadena

Police are still looking for 
someone that set a parked 
car on fire in East Pasadena 
Saturday night. 

According to police, a Volvo 
was found engulfed in flames 
just after 11 p.m. on La Tierra 
Street near the 210 freeway. 
The fire had been purposefully 
set Pasadena Fire Department 
Information Officer Lisa 
Derderian told reporters.

Anyone with information 
should call Pasadena police at 

 “Current Generation of 
Captive Orcas Will Be the 
Last” Schiff said.

 Representative Adam Schiff, 
author of the ORCA Act which 
would phase out the captivity 
of orcas by prohibiting the 
breeding, the wild capture, 
and the import or export 
of orcas for the purposes of 
public display, commended 
the efforts of SeaWorld after an 
announcement last week, by 
them, to end the practice.

 “SeaWorld’s decision to end 
captive breeding and make 
no additional wild captures 
in the future, means that the 
current generation of captive 
Orcas in their parks will be 
the last. The partnership they 
are making with the Humane 
Society, with its focus on rescue, 
rehabilitation, and advocacy on 
important marine issues not 
only represents a change in their 
business model, but an exciting 
new direction for the company. 
These changes are something 
that advocates have been urging 
for years, and I think SeaWorld 
will find that visitors will reward 
their actions with a renewed 
interest in the parks.

 “Last year, I introduced the 
ORCA Act to end the breeding 
and wild capture of Orcas 
and with these changes today, 
SeaWorld is making this change 
a reality.”

 In 2015, Rep. Schiff introduced 
the Orca Responsibility and 
Care Advancement (ORCA) 
Act. The legislation would phase 
out the captivity of orcas so that 
their display ends with this 
generation. Specifically, it would 
prohibit the breeding, the taking 
(wild capture), and the import or 
export of orcas for the purposes 
of public display. This legislation 
would also allow for the orderly 
phasing out of the display of 
this species, giving orca-holding 
facilities time to transition to a 
more humane future. 

 According to Schiff, the current 
global population of captive 
orcas has two sources – wild 
capture and captive breeding 
programs. Under current federal 
law, the federal government can 
issue permits for the capture 
or import of orcas for the 
purposes of public display. This 
is how, in the past, U.S. display 
facilities legally acquired orcas 
from the wild. Permits can 
still be issued legally. All other 
captive orcas have been bred in 
captivity. These practices would 
be prohibited under the ORCA 

PETA protesters call to end the treatment of Orcas at Sea World 

Tree Planting 
Arbor Day

Rose Bowl Aquatic Center 
Honors Mike Antonovich

 More than two dozen trees 
will be planted Saturday, 
along with a free mulch 
give-away during the Arbor 
Day celebration from 9 a.m. 
to Noon today, at Cleveland 
Elementary School, 524 
Palisade St.

 The event is sponsored 
by the Department of 
Public Works, www.cityof 
and the Pasadena Beautiful 
Foundation, www.

 Tree plantings will take 
place throughout City 
Council District 1 (Tyron 
Hampton). A brief ceremony 
with Councilmember 
Hampton and other City 
officials begins at 9 a.m., 
followed by a tree planting 
demonstration. Teams tree 
planters will then fan out in 
the district to plant Arbor 
Day trees!

 Tree planting volunteers 
must register in advance 
by calling the Pasadena 
Citizen Service Center, 
(CSC), at (626) 744-7311 
by Wednesday, March 23, if 
they want to help plant trees. 
You can also email an RSVP 
to dbarar@cityofpasadena.
net. The CSC is online at 

 Volunteers need to wear 
comfortable clothes and 
closed-toe shoes that can 
get a little dirty. If possible, 
bring gloves and a shovel.

 For more information 
about the Parks and Natural 
Resources Division of 
Public Works, visit online 

Rep. Adam Schiff Honors 
2016 Women of the Year

Supervisor Mike Antonovich 
was awarded the “Water Drop 
Award,” earlier this month, for 
helping to fund the Rose Bowl 
Aquatics Center (RBAC), a 
world-class aquatics facility 
offering year-round aquatic 
and fitness programming 
to children, youth, families, 
people with special needs, and 
seniors. The center helps nearly 
350,000 annual patrons achieve 
the benefits of healthy living 
habits, regular exercise, and 
sports training. 

 Supervisor Antonovich’s office 
provided vital funding for the 
RBAC and its vital projects 
including the Therapy Pool -- 
the only one of its kind providing 
healing warm water exercise for 
the special needs population. 
In addition, the funding helped 
provide a community room and 
the Wellness Center that will 
provide land-based exercise 
and services for those with 
special needs.

 “This collaboration with 
RBAC has improved the lives 
of thousands of Los Angeles 
County residents and is a 
true asset in our community,” 
Antonovich said. 

RBAC Director Kurt Knop 
(left) and Antonovich (right)


 At a luncheon last week in 
Echo Park, Rep. Adam Schiff 
honored a group of inspiring 
women from communities in 
the 28th Congressional District 
- Burbank, Hollywood, Los 
Feliz, La Crescenta-Montrose, 
Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, 
West Hollywood, Atwater 
Village, Echo Park, Elysian 
Valley, Silver Lake, Pasadena 
and Sunland Tujunga. This 
recognition is made each 
year during Women’s History 

 “Today, I met with nine women 
with varying backgrounds 
and interests, who have all 
worked tirelessly to make our 
communities a better place to 
call home. It was an honor to 
recognize their outstanding 
work in the 28th District,” 
said Rep. Schiff. “Each of these 
women has worked to support 
a myriad of charitable, business 
and local causes. They are all 
pillars in our communities 
and I thank them for their 
indomitable service.”

 Honorees included, Janet 
Diel (Burbank), Pauley Perrette 
(Hollywood), Linda S. Pura 
(Los Feliz), Kimberly Holland 
(La Crescenta-Montrose), 
Dr. Frieda Jordan (Glendale), 
Patricia A. Anderson (La 
Cañada Flintridge), Abbe Land 
(West Hollywood), Karen 
Barnett (Atwater Village), Kelly 
Erickson (Echo Park), Helen 
Leung (Elysian Valley), Cheryl 
Revkin (Silver Lake), Dolores 
Diaz-Carrey (Pasadena) and 
Jamie Keyser Thomas (Sunland 

 These honorees come from 
varying backgrounds and 
professions and represent the 
thousands of women who 
make a positive impact in our 
communities. While there are no 
specific criteria for nomination, 
Rep. Schiff looks for women to 
recognize who — through their 
work or volunteerism — have 
improved the quality of life for 
our community.

 Rep. Schiff entered a special 
tribute to each woman into the 
Congressional Record, which is 
also below, and presented these 
tributes to each woman. 

Pet of the 

Crime Blotter for Altadena

Monday, March 14th

8:00 AM – An attempt auto theft 
was reported from the 1000 
block of Concha Street. No 
suspect description.

3:00 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 2100 block of 
El Sereno Avenue. Suspects 
entered the location by prying 
the garage door. Suspects 
described as a female Black, 
20 years old and a male Black, 
40 years old. Stolen: green 
Diamond Back mountain bike,

11:51 PM – An armed robbery 
occurred in the 2100 block 
of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect 
described as a male Black 
wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, 
glasses, and a mask, armed with 
a black handgun. No injuries. 

Tuesday, March 15th

4:42 PM – A commercial 
burglary occurred in the 400 
block of E. Woodbury Road. 
Suspect described as a female 
Hispanic, 40 years old, heavy-set. 
Stolen: black purse containing 
currency and identification.

9:25 PM – A shoplifting incident 
occurred in the 700 block of 
E. Altadena Drive. Suspect 
described as a male Hispanic, 20 
years old. Stolen: (6) bottles of 

10:25 PM – A strong armed 
robbery occurred in the area 
of Vermont Street and Lincoln 
Avenue The victim was punched 
and kicked by the suspects. 
Suspects were last seen entering 
a gold Chevrolet Trailblazer. 
Suspects are known. Stolen: 
iPhone 6, gray/black Nike Air 

Wednesday, March 16th

12:00 PM – A garage burglary 
occurred in the 3000 block of 
Zane Grey Terrace. Suspects 
entered the garage by prying the 
side door. Stolen: unknown.

3:00 PM – John West, 23 years 
old of Pasadena was arrested in 
the Arroyo Seco Trail area for 
sexual battery. 

7:15 PM – A petty theft 
occurred in the 2300 block of E. 
Washington Boulevard. Stolen: 
red/white Phat City beach 

Thursday, March 17th

3:58 AM – A burglary from a 
storage shed occurred in the 
2500 block of E. Washington 
Boulevard. Suspect vehicle 
described as an SUV. Stolen: 
dental sterilizer, soap dispenser, 

3:30 PM – A grand theft 
occurred in the 1100 block of 
Sonoma Drive. Stolen: white 
Specialized SL-2 21 speed road 

7:30 PM – A grand theft 
occurred in the 2100 block of 
Lincoln Avenue. Stolen: white 
iPhone 6s.

Friday, March 18th

3:00 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 1900 
block of Pinecrest Drive. 
Vehicle described as a white 
2001 Chevrolet Van.

2:30 PM – An armed robbery 
occurred in the 2100 block 
of N. Raymond Avenue. The 
suspect grabbed money from 
a compartment and exited the 
vehicle. Suspect described a 
male Black, light complexion, 
beard, wearing a black hooded 

2:30 PM – A petty theft occurred 
in the 1300 block of N. Altadena 
Drive. Stolen: pink coin purse.

8:00 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 1800 block of 
Midlothian Drive. Suspect(s) 
entered the location via the 
unlocked rear door. Stolen: 
silver MacBook Pro, gold 
diamond necklace, platinum 
pink sapphire ring.

Saturday, March 19th

1:30 AM – A petty theft from an 
unlocked vehicle occurred in the 
2000 block of Sinaloa Avenue. 
Stolen: RX pads, currency.

3:00 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 1500 block of 
N. Altadena Drive. Suspects 
entered the location by prying 
the rear window. Stolen: LG 55” 
flat screen, grey HP 13” laptop, 
blue 2002 Volvo. *Suspects are 

5:00 PM – A shoplifting 
incident occurred in the 700 
block of E. Altadena Drive. 
Stolen: assortment of cell phone 

11:30 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 900 block of E. 
Woodbury Road. Suspect(s) 
entered the vehicle via the rear 
window. Stolen: black generator, 
black wallet, credit card. 

 Browny (A393705) is a 
three-year-old, neutered 
male, red Chihuahua mix. 
He is a relaxed and easy-
going little guy. He enjoys 
hanging out on your lap 
where he will sometimes 
take a nap. When Browny 
went out with our Mobile 
Outreach Unit, he was 
friendly with everyone 
he met, including kids. 
Browny is a good walker 
and does well on leash. 
Because he can be very 
energetic, Browny would 
do well in a home that can 
provide him lots of exercise 
and playtime. Come meet 
this sweet and loveable little 
guy 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.

Free March Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

Hotline Targets 
Social Service


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

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

 Stay Connected with 
Social Media – Tuesdays and 
Thursdays to March 31, 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, 
to March 31, from 10 to 11 
a.m. Get the answers you need 
about technology devices, 
whether you own them already 
or are considering a purchase. 
Learning how to text, check 
voicemail, set an alarm, navigate 
the Internet and download apps 
is easier than you may think!

Pasadena Conference on 
Healthy Aging – Saturday, 
April 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
in Gilmore Hall at Pasadena 
Church of the Nazarene, 3500 
E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Learn to 
fine-tune your life, health, safety, 
relationships and more. KNBC-
TV’s Fritz Coleman returns 
with his new comedy routine 
“Laughter Is the Best Medicine”; 
workshop topics range from 
fitness and wellness to housing 
options and estate planning. 
Registration, which includes 
complimentary valet parking 
and lunch, is required by calling 
877-236-9459 or visiting www. 

Tax Time – Wednesdays and 
Fridays to April 15, from 9 
to 10:45 a.m. Representatives 
from the AARP Foundation’s 
Tax-Aide program will assist 
low- to middle-income seniors 
ages 50 and older in preparing 
their federal income tax returns. 
Appointments are required: 

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center is an 
independent, nonprofit agency. 

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

 The 24/7 fraud hotline, which 
continues to successfully target 
and eliminate fraudulent use 
of public welfare benefits, was 
continued unanimously by the 
Board of Supervisors.

 “Fraud on any level is 
unacceptable and carries 
with it a severe penalty,” said 
Supervisor Mike Antonovich. 
“The fraud referral and reward 
hotline is a vital tool to help 
catch criminals who defraud 
our taxpayer- funded welfare 

 The program provides 
trained multilingual operators 
experienced in questioning 
callers to elicit sufficient 
details of reported instances of 
suspected welfare fraud crimes 
to the Department of Public 
Social Services (DPSS), and 
receives approximately 1,700 
referrals each year.

 The hotline is operational 
24 hours a day and suspected 
fraud can be reported 
anonymously. The toll-free 
number is 1-800-87-FRAUD 
or reports can be taken at

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