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Mountain View News Saturday, September 3, 2016

Pasadena Humane Society 
Announces New President

Labor Day 

 The Pasadena Humane Society 
& SPCA announced Tuesday 
they have hired, Julie Bank, a 
nationally recognized animal 
welfare advocate and leader as 
President and CEO. 

 The organization said Bank has 
been working in animal welfare 
for nearly 30 years, performing a 
variety of leadership roles, each 
with its own unique challenges. 
She has worked at large animal 
control organizations in New 
York, California, Arizona and, 
most recently, Oklahoma, where 
she served as Superintendent of 
Oklahoma City Animal Welfare.

 Bank was selected by the Board 
of Directors after a nationwide, 
months-long search to identify 
a successor for retiring CEO, 
Steve McNall. “We are honored 
to have someone with the 
pedigree and leadership 
acumen of Ms. Bank to lead 
us into the future,” said Carol 
Kirby, Pasadena Humane 
Society’s chairman of the board 
of directors. “Her unwavering 
commitment to putting animals 
first, even in the midst of 
challenging circumstances, was 
what resonated most with us.”

 Bank, who has performed in 
a variety of leadership roles in 
animal welfare, each with its own 
unique challenges throughout 
her career, has worked closely 
with underserved communities, 
showing a mission-focused 
approach to leadership and a 
record of courageous decision-

 “I’m very excited to join the team 
at PHS, a team dedicated to our 
partners and the community,” 
says Julie Bank. “I look forward 
to building relationships and to 
strengthening the bond between 
pets and people by making 
our responsible pet ownership 
programs more accessible.”

 For more information, 

Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded that 
city hall and many city services 
will be closed on Monday, in 
observance of Labor Day.

 The city council will not meet 
Monday their next regularly 
scheduled meeting will be, 
Sept. 12.

 Pasadena Water and Power 
Customer Service Call Center 
will be closed for the holiday, 
but customers can access their 
accounts and make payments 
by phone at (626) 744-4005 
or online at 
The City’s Municipal Services 
Payment Center at City Hall 
also will be closed, for water-
related emergencies call (626) 

 During the week, refuse 
and recycling services will be 
postponed one day. 

 The Citizen Service Center, Citizen-
Service-Center, will be closed, 
but resumes regular hours 
Tuesday and also will be open 
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 
10 to take calls.

 All Pasadena Public Library 
sites will be closed on Labor 
Day, returning to regular 
schedules on Tuesday.

 The City’s Pasadena Transit 
public bus services and 
Dial-A-Ride transportation 
programs will not operate on 
Labor Day. All parking meters 
not posted as “No Parking” 
will be free and time limits will 
not be enforced. Violations for 
overnight parking, red curb 
parking, No Parking zones 
and blocking fire hydrants will 
be enforced.

 All Recreation and 
Community Centers operated 
by the City’s Human Services 
and Recreation Department 
will be closed on Labor Day, 
but all parks will be open.

 The Pasadena Fire and Police 
departments will continue to 
be staffed for all patrol, jail, 
fire, paramedic and other 
emergency services. To 
report any suspicious activity 
call (626) 744-4241. For any 
life-threatening emergencies, 
always remember to call 9-1-1.

Caltrans to Sell Surplus SR-710 Homes

By Dean Lee

 The state could start offering 
this month, for sale, a 
number of surplus properties 
owned by Caltrans along the 
embattled SR-710 Corridor 
after the agency has decided 
against a proposed surface 
route connecting the 210 
Freeway in Pasadena with the 
Long Beach freeway at Valley 
Boulevard in Alhambra.

 The California Department 
of Transportation has put up 
a new website at
dist07/business/710sales to 
assist potential buyers. 

 According to officials, 
“Caltrans received proposals 
for up to $1.391million 
from qualified contractors/
proposers to develop, 
administer, and support the 
operations of the State Route 
710 Surplus Property Sales 

 “The selected contractor will 
assist Caltrans with the sale of 
up to 42 properties (39 single 
family residence and three 
(3) multi-family units owned 
by Caltrans along SR 710 
corridor in the cities of Los 
Angeles, Pasadena and South 
Pasadena) in accordance 
with the Affordable Sales 

 Officials said the properties 
will be sold in three phases.

 Properties not within the 
scope of the remaining project 
alternatives will be sold first.

 The second round of sales will 
be properties that are within 
the scope of the remaining 
project but can be sold.

 And last to be sold will be 
“properties declared excess 
after the completion of the 
approved preferred project 
alternative in the project 
environmental document,” 
they said.

 They also said, any properties 
with historic value would not 
be sold.

 The first phase could start 
this month with priority 
going to the current tenants 
in good standing (current in 
their rent obligations). The 
properties will be sold at fair 
market value. The properties 
can go up for auction but only 
if a list of potential buyers, that 
includes all former tenants, is 

 Caltrans officials also said 
they are working with other 
agencies to assist prospective 
buyers in navigating the 
purchasing process.

 After years of public debate, 
with both Pasadena and South 
Pasadena publicly opposing 
any surface route, Caltrans 
completed an environmental 
impact report July 26 on the 
sale of the surplus properties. 
Caltrans currently holds 
deeds to 460 properties 
related to the SR 710 corridor 
extension project. 

 A spokesperson for Caltrans 
said they are still determining 
other potential projects 
connecting Pasadena to 
Long Beach including an 
unpopular 6.3-mile freeway 
tunnel. Other alternatives 
include light rail trains and 
or a dedicated busway among 

 They said no decisions on 
the project will be made until 
next year. 

Photo D, Lee/MVNews

Event Today

Chamber to Hold Images 
of Pasadena Photo Contest 

 It’s time again for residents 
and businesses to safely 
dispose of electronic waste 
and have personal or business 
documents shredded at the 
City’s popular e-waste event, 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., today, in 
Parking Lot I of the Rose Bowl 
Stadium near Brookside Park, 
360 N. Arroyo Blvd. The event 
is sponsored by the City’s 
Department of Public Works.

 Shredding trucks and 
e-waste collection sites will be 
arranged at different stations 
in Parking Lot I. Look for signs 
directing you to the event. 
Motorists, pedestrians, joggers 
and bicyclists are advised to 
use caution while traveling 
through the area.

 E-waste items include 
computers, keyboards, 
printers, monitors, laptops, 
docking stations, scanners, 
shredders, fax machines, 
computer mice, telephones, 
televisions, flat screens, VCRs, 
DVD players, PDAs, cassette 
players, tape drives, stereos 
and household batteries. 
Many of these products have 
parts that can be recycled.

 The City is also helping 
its residents and businesses 
prevent identity theft by 
providing free paper shredding 
during the event. The public 
can bring a maximum of five 
legal-size boxes for shredding. 

 For more information about 
the free e-waste collection and 
document shredding event, 
PublicWorks or call (626) 744-

Each year the Pasadena 
Chamber of Commerce hosts 
a photo contest to determine 
the cover art for our annual 
Business Directory, Community 
and Visitor Guide. Deadline for 
entries in the annual Images 
of Pasadena photo contest is 
October 31.

 “We recognize there are a lot 
of very talented people in the 
Pasadena area,” said Chamber 
CEO Paul Little. “It is also a 
fun way to get the community 
involved in the creation 
of the Pasadena Chamber 
Business Directory, Visitor and 
Community Guide.”

 The Directory, Community 
and Visitor Guide is published 
annually by the Pasadena 
Chamber of Commerce and 
contains information about 
the Pasadena community, 
including our historic, cultural, 
entertainment, education 
and recreation opportunities 
available in the greater Pasadena 
area. The Community Guide 
section serves as a visitors’ 
guide and is distributed to those 
interested in relocating, doing 
business or visiting Pasadena. 

 Anyone wanting to submit 
photos for the Images of 
Pasadena contest can submit 
photos they feel represent 
some special or unique aspect 
of Pasadena. There are no 
limitations on subject matter 
or content. Recent images 
used have depicted an evening 
in Old Pasadena, the Vista del 
Arroyo/9th Circuit Court of 
Appeals as seen through the span 
of the Colorado Street Bridge, 
Pasadena City Hall, Beckman 
Auditorium at Caltech, Castle 
Green and the fountain in front 
of the Pasadena power plant.

 The grand prize winner will 
receive a gift certificate good for 
dinner at a top local restaurant, 
appropriate photo credit, copies 
of the final publication, and 
recognition at the release of the 
Directory. Photographers whose 
work is used in the publication 
will receive appropriate photo 
credit, copies of the publication 
and recognition at the release 

 Anyone wanting more 
information can call the 
Chamber office at (626) 795-
3355, or email paul@pasadena- Additional entry 
information is available on the 
web site, as well. Entrants need 
not be members of the Pasadena 
Chamber of Commerce. 

 Winning entry will be 
cover art for Pasadena 
Chamber Business 
Directory, Visitor and 
Community Guide

Pet of the 

Symphony Announces 
New 2016-17 Season

Charlene (A403944) is a 
5-year-old, spayed female, 
brown and white rat terrier 
mix. This mellow gal may 
take a few minutes to warm 
up to you, but once she does 
she’ll love you forever. She 
loves belly rubs, petting and 
brushing. She has gotten 
along well with both large 
and small dogs on trips 
with our Mobile Unit.

 The adoption fee for 
dogs is $125, which 
includes the spay or neuter 
surgery, microchip, and 
vaccinations. Charlene 
qualifies for our Seniors 
for Seniors program, so her 
adoption fee is only $20 for 
adopters age 60 and up.

 New adopters will receive a 
complimentary health-and-
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information about how to 
care for your pet.

 Call the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA at (626) 
792-7151 to ask about 
A403944, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. 
to 5 p.m. Tuesday through 
Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

 Pets may not be available 
for adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
by phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of 
all pets can be found at

Zest Gala 

to Honor 

Steve McNall

Free Events Roundup at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

 The Pasadena Symphony 
is proud to announce its 
16/17 Classics Season with 
its expanded schedule of 
seven concert weekends for 
the 2016-17 Season. The 
Singpoli Classics Series season 
commences on October 8th 
through April 29th with both 
2pm and 8pm performances at 
Pasadena’s historic Ambassador 
Auditorium. The season also 
includes the annually sold out 
Holiday Candlelight Concert on 
December 17, 2016 with both 
4pm and 7pm performances 
at All Saints Church. The 
Pasadena Symphony further 
cements its position as the 
area’s premiere destination for 
live symphonic music with an 
eye for long term stability in 
its artistic leaders by renewing 
the contracts of both Music 
Director David Lockington 
and Principal Guest Conductor 
Nicholas McGegan through 

 The 2016-17 season kicks off 
on October 8, 2016 with Music 
Director David Lockington and 
acclaimed BBC New Generation 
Artist Elena Urioste performing 
Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. 
Composer Andrew Norman 
will also be in attendance for 
opening night, as the orchestra 
will perform his piece inspired by 
Alexander Calder’s monumental 
sculpture, The Great Swiftness. 
The Pasadena Symphony 
continues its tradition of 
showcasing the stars of tomorrow 
here today with Ray Ushikubo 
performing Gershwin’s 
Rhapsody in Blue on November 
5. Winner of the first-ever 
Steinway Concerto Competition 
at the Colburn Academy Piano 
Festival in 2015, Ushikubo has 
been stunning audiences since the 
age of ten when he premiered at 
Los Angeles’s Dorothy Chandler 

 Known as “one of the 
finest baroque conductors 
of his generation” (London 
Independent), Nicholas 
McGegan will jump start the 
new year as only he can on 
January 21, 2017 with Baroque 
Connections: Bach and Handel 
with violinist William Hagen and 
Soprano Sherezade Panthaki. 
Other season highlights include 
Natasha Paremski performing 
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto 
No. 2 on February 18 and Mozart 
& Mendelssohn on March 18 
with Rachel Barton Pine, whom 
the Washington Post calls “an 
exciting, boundary-defying 
performer ... [with] a power 
and confidence that puts her in 
the top echelon.” Lockington 
will close out the season on 
April 29 with the soul-stirring 
Beethoven 9, accompanied 
by a full chorus with both the 
Donald Brinegar Singers and the 
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus 
taking the stage.

 All Symphony Classics 
concerts take place at 
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 
S. St. John Avenue. Six-concert 
subscription packages start at 
$186, regular individually priced 
tickets start at $35 and may 
be purchased online at www.
pasadenasymphony-pops.or by 
calling (626) 793-7172.

 There is something for everyone 
at the Pasadena Senior Center, 
85 E. Holly St. You do not 
have to be a member to attend. 
Some events require advance 

Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Sept. 9, 16 and 30, 
at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys 
movies and the pleasures they 
bring. Sept. 9: “My Big Fat 
Greek Wedding 2” (2016, PG-
13) starring Nia Vardalos and 
John Corbett. A Portakalos 
family secret brings the beloved 
characters back together for 
an even bigger wedding. Sept. 
16: “Casablanca” (1942, PG) 
starring Humphrey Bogart 
and Ingrid Bergman. A cynical 
American expatriate meets 
a former lover in Morocco 
in 1941 with unforeseen 
complications. Sept. 30: “The 
Letters” (2014, PG) starring 
Juliet Stevenson and Rutger 
Hauer. The life of Mother Teresa 
is explored through letters she 
wrote to her longtime friend 
and spiritual advisor Father 
Celeste van Exem over a nearly 
50-year period.

Concerts in the Park – 
Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. at 
the bandshell at Memorial Park 
behind the Pasadena Senior 
Center. The summer concert 
series concludes with The Great 
American Swing Band featuring 
the sounds of big band, rhythm 
and blues, jazz and Dixieland. 
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket 
plus a picnic.

 Smart Phones, Tablets and 
Computers – Any Questions? 
– Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
Sept. 6 to 29, 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!

 What’s New in Dentistry? 
– Thursday, Sept. 8, at 12:15 
p.m. Dentistry has changed 
dramatically over the years. New 
technology has changed how 
teeth are repaired or replaced. 
Learn the latest information for 
keeping your teeth healthy and 
happy. Boxed lunches will be 
provided to the first 50 people 
who have made confirmed 
reservations by calling 626-
795-4331. Presented by dentists 
Roger Anderson and Joel 

 Animal Shelter on Wheels 
– Friday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. 
to 2 p.m. The Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA mobile outreach 
unit will be at the Pasadena 
Senior Center for a day of furry 
fun! Dogs and cats will be offered 
for adoption, information about 
spay and neuter services as well 
as the society’s programs will be 
available and much more. For 
more information email lisam@ or call 

 The Pasadena Senior Center’s 
annual Zest gala Saturday, Oct. 
15, will be an elegant, fun-
filled evening honoring Steve 
McNall, retired president and 
CEO of the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA.

 Cocktails and a silent auction 
at 6 p.m. will be followed by 
dinner and the program at 7 
p.m. Dr. Alan Chapman, KUSC 
Classical Radio host, composer, 
lyricist and lecturer, will be the 
master of ceremonies and will 
provide musical entertainment 
with his wife Karen Benjamin, 
an accomplished soprano and 
concert artist.

 McNall retired this year 
after three decades with the 
Pasadena Humane Society & 

 “We are pleased and proud 
to be honoring Steve McNall, 
who has built an exceptional 
legacy at the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA,” said Akila 
Gibbs, executive director of 
the Pasadena Senior Center. 
“We are grateful for the 
opportunity to recognize him 
at the Zest gala and spotlight 
free resources he has made 
available for seniors as well as 
his accomplishments on the job 
and in the community.”

 To receive an invitation to 
the Zest gala or for more 
information, email pamk@ or 
call (626) 685-6756. Tickets are 
$200 per person.

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