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Table for Two
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The Joy of Yoga

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… This and That
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The World Around Us:
Looking Up
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor

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VOLUME 10 NO. 46




Left to right, Lt. Donna Cayson, PSD Gianonne and Captain Ortiz - Photo by Dave Felt

 On Tuesday evening, a reception was held at City Hall honoring Public Safety Director Larry 
Giannone and his 44 years of public service. Nine of those 44 years was spent serving the community 
of Sierra Madr - first as Police Captain then in 2012 as Chief of Police. In 2014 he was appointed to the 
position of Public Safety. His last working day for Sierra Madre was Friday, November 10th. 

Captain Joe Ortiz will be stepping-up to the Interim Police Chief position, while Lt. Donna Cason will 
be stepping into the Interim Captain position.

At the next City Council meeting on November 22nd, there will be a reception at 5:30 pm for retiring 
City Manager Elaine Aguilar, and Public Works Director Bruce Inman. The public is invited to attend 
the reception.

Long-time Sierra Madre resident Ann 
Walker Luke passed away on October 28 
at the age of 80 after a year-long battle 
with cancer. Active in community and 
civic affairs in Southern California for 
many years, she served as president of 
the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club and 
the Sierra Madre Woman's Club, as 
a member and president of the city's 
chamber of commerce, a member of 
the board of Creative Arts group, and a 
member of the city's Senior Commission.

 She is survived by her husband, John 
Luke, and a brother, Dr. John Walker of 

 Ann was born in Los Angeles and 
grew up on her family's avocado ranch 
in the San Diego County community 
of Fallbrook. After graduating in the 
class of 1957 from Pomona College, 
where she was editor of the student 
newspaper, she served for two years 
as an analyst for the National Security 
Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland. 

 Returning to Southern California in 1960, she 
became a technical writer and editor at System 
Development Corporation (SDC), where she worked 
with another writer/editor, John Luke, whom she 
married in 1967. For several years, she was assistant 
editor for the Annual Review of Information Science 
and Technology, which SDC developed for the 
National Science Foundation. 

 During the 1980s she held publications and 
marketing management positions at the Rand 
Corporation and Xerox.

 After moving to Sierra Madre in 1987, Ann 
established her own marketing-communications 
consulting firm, Luke Communications. Later, she 
also was an advertising specialist for the Sierra Madre 
Weekly, Mountain Views News, and San Marino 
Tribune before retiring earlier this year.

 Long active in professional and community affairs, 
Ann served as president of the Los Angeles chapter 
of Women in Business and was a member of the 
Committee for the Preservation of Simon Rodia's 
Towers in Watts.

 Music was long an important part of her life.She 
sang in the Pomona College choir, with a cathedral 
choir in Washington, D.C., and with the Pasadena-
area chapter of the Sweet Adelines women's 
barbershop society. Presented with a hammered 
dulcimer as a birthday gift in 1992, she studied for the 
next 15 years with noted Monrovia teacher Jennifer 
Ranger and for several years played with an Irish 
band that performed regularly at art fairs and home 
tours in the San Gabriel Valley.

 For many years, Ann and John have been members 
of the congregation of Sierra Madre's Episcopal 
Church of the Ascension, where her remains will be 
interred in the parish's's Memorial Garden.

Ann Luke pictured above playing her Dulcimer at the Wistaria 
Vine in 2012. Ann also was a contributor and sales manager 
for the Mountain Views News. 

Photo By S. Henderson

MIKE OUTHOUSE, 1947-2016

“Never was there a man who balanced a tender 
compassion for all, whether two or four legged, who was 
in awe, tended to, and admired all that Mother Nature 
provided, and deeply appreciated the nuances of a quiet, 
but compelling conversation. He is a man for all ages and 
was a man of all eras... he was the very definition of the 
word 'gentle man'.”

 Mike Outhouse was born in Los Angeles on 6 June, 
1947 to parents Fred and Margie Outhouse. He passed 
away on 1 Nov, 2016 at the age of 69. Mike was raised 
in SoCal and spent time camping with his parents and 
growing up with his siblings Sheila Bass, Dick Outhouse 
and Sharon Klukas. He attended college at Cal State 
Northridge where he graduated in 1969 with a Bachelor’s 
Degree. Mike met his bride Maggie Byrne at age 28. They 
lived together in Sierra Madre, CA where they celebrated 
39 years of marriage at the time of his passing. He worked 
for LA County as a probation officer and the California 
Department of 
Corrections as a Parole 
Agent Supervisor 
for 33 years. After 
retirement in 1999, 
he volunteered at the 
Pasadena Humane 
Society where he 
developed his passion 
for working with 
difficult to adopt 
dogs. In 2011, he 
was recognized as 
Volunteer of the Year by the Pasadena Humane Society 
& SCPCA Board of Directors, an honor he cherished. 
Mike had a lifelong love of the outdoors, including scuba 
diving, biking the California coast, hiking and camping 
in the Sierras…. and always, always his dogs and Maggie.

Do you have a favorite tree in town? We are looking 
for images of our local trees and want YOU to submit 
photographs. We will share your pictures and select 
the best 10 pictures to be featured throughout the next 
year on the City of Sierra Madre website, and on our 
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

Residents have until the end of the year to submit their 
pictures to:

We are looking forward to seeing everyone's pictures, 

celebrating the beauty of Sierra Madre's local trees.


 The next Field Use meeting is scheduled to take place the week of November 14th to address the 
agreement between the City and respective Youth Sports Groups. This item is lined up on the next 
agenda with Community Services Commission. The second notification was also sent out directly to 
the sports organization presidents to the surrounding residents inviting the general community to 
attend and provide feedback.

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