Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 31, 2016

Last Minute Rose Parade Preparations 

Local Area 
News Briefs

Barricades to be Used 
along the Rose Parade 

Pasadena pharmacy 
robed mid-day


 This year the Secret Service 
under the U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security will be in 
charge of federal agencies as 
part of massive anti-terrorism 
efforts for this year’s Rose 
Parade and Rose Bowl game. 

 Police Chief Phillip Sanchez 
said water barricades will be 
placed on 56 side streets along 
the parade route beginning at 5 
p.m., Sunday. He said Colorado 
Blvd. will not close until 7 a.m. 
Monday morning.

 He said the decision to use 
barricades comes in the wake 
of a number of terrorist attacks 
in the world using vehicles, 
including Dec. 19 in which a 
semi-truck struck was used in 
Berlin that killed 12 people at a 
Christmas Market. Sanchez said 
speed is the main factor in these 
types of attacks and something 
the barricades prevent. 

 He also said they will have 
more than 1,500 uniformed and 
undercover officers and bomb 
sniffing dogs and cameras 
along the entirety length of the 
parade. Sanchez said, said that 
parade and game gores should 
“pack a lots of patience.”

 He said vehicles close to the 
parade route can be searched. 
He also said to bring only 
permitted items to the Rose 
Bowl game as listed on the Rose 
Bowl’s website.

 Secret Service Special Agent 
Rob Savage said the agency is 
a natural fit for parade security 
and will be working with the 
FBI, ATF, Border Patrol, Coast 
Guard along with Homeland 

 Sanchez added “If You See 
Something, Say Something,” 
by calling the Pasadena Police 
Department at (626) 744-4241. 

 Visitor Hotline is also 
dedicated to all things Rose 
Parade and Rose Bowl The toll 
free number is (877) 793-9911. 
Hotline Hours of Operation

Thursday, Dec. 29 10 a.m.–5 
p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 10 a.m. 
– 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 31 10 a.m. – 2 
p.m. Sunday, Jan. 1 10 a.m. 
– 2 p.m.

 For all life-threatening 
emergencies, always call 9-1-1.

 Police on Friday were still 
looking for two men involved 
in a brazen midday robbery 
Wednesday of a North 
East Pasadena pharmacy, 
the suspects made off with 
duffel bags filled with opioid 

 According to police, two 
men entered Pasadena 
City Pharmacy at 1648 E. 
Washington Blvd. about 12:10 
p.m., jumped the counter and 
began filled two duffel bags 
with drugs. The men gestured 
as though they had guns but 
according to employees none 
were seen. 

 The suspects, described as 
between 25 and 30 years old 
wearing dark clothing, fled 
on foot. Police said it was not 
known how much drugs were 

 Anyone with information is 
asked to call Pasadena police at 
626-744-4241 or anonymously 
at 800-222-8477.


 Rose parade float builders get 
an extra day this year for any 
last minute necessities as this 
year holds the Tournament of 
Roses’ “never on Sunday,” policy 
meaning the parade will be held 
Monday starting at 8 a.m.

 Pictured above is the opening 
banner float that will welcome 
this year’s 128 parade with three 
pop-soul singers surrounded 
by 250 dancers. The parade will 
start with a blast of fireworks in 
front of the Wrigley Mansion. 
Tournament of Roses President, 
Brad Ratliff, will kick off the 
parade with a cheer of “go roses.”

 Pictured bottom are Hawaiian 
Sea Turtles getting ready to be 
put on Dole Packaged Foods 
float “Spirit of Hawaii.” This 
float will have four waterfalls 
consisting of more than 2,000 
gallons of cascading recycled 
water according to the lead 
builder. The float symbolizes the 
rich history of Hawaii with King 
Kamehameha the Great leading 
the float.

 Pictured lower right, a 42-foot 
giraffe bathes in the sunshine 
Thursday as the UPS Store 
gets their float “Books Bring 
us Together” gets ready for 
Monday’s parade. A mouse 
perched atop a colorful tower of 
books hold a book so the giraffe 
can read comfortably. UPS is 
the sponsor of Toys for Tots 
Literacy Program, the float’s 

 There are 40 float entries that 
will participate in the 128th 
Rose Parade presented by 
Honda, themed “Echoes of 

 For a complete list of entrees 

 Metro to Offer Free 
Fares New Year’s Eve

Metro will once again offer 
holiday free rides on all Metro 
Bus and Rail lines operating 
New Year’s Eve.

 New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31: Metro 
Bus and Rail will operate on a 
regular Saturday schedule with 
overnight, 24-hour service on 
all Metro Rail lines. Free fares 
will be in effect from 9 p.m. to 
2 a.m. After 2 a.m.

 New Year’s Day Observed, 
Jan. 2: Metro will operate on a 
Sunday/Holiday schedule with 
enhanced Metro Rail service 
for the Rose Parade and Rose 
Bowl Game in Pasadena. The 
Gold Line will begin Pasadena-
bound service at 3 a.m.

 While free fares are in effect, 
fare gates will be unlatched 
and anyone who accidentally 
taps their TAP card will not be 
charged. Metro’s one-way fare 
is $1.75 with two hours of free 
transfers. If you purchase a 
Metro Day Pass, it is valid until 
3 a.m. the following day.

For more information visit

Each return of New Year’s 
Eve brings the opportunity 
to symbolically say good bye 
to old habits and outmoded 
things, and begin a new chapter 
in one’s life with fresh ideas and 
a brighter outlook. 

 Unfortunately and all too often, 
the celebration of brooming-
out the old and welcoming-
in the new is disrupted by 
indiscriminate gunfire into the 
air. The adage of “what goes 
up, must come down” rings 
especially true in this case, and 
with the acceleration of gravity, 
physics determine free-falling 
objects speed up as they return 
to earth. The danger of injuring 
someone with firing even a 
single round into the air is a 
lethal prospect. 

 Despite public warnings and 
common sense, many people 
discharge firearms into the air 
to celebrate the arrival of the 
new year. 

 The Los Angeles County 
Sheriff’s Department wants all 
to know shooting into the air 
is not only irresponsible, but a 
felony-level crime. Willfully 
discharging a firearm in a 
grossly negligent manner which 
could result in injury or death to 
a person is a violation of section 
246.3(a) of the California Penal 

 If you see someone discharge 
a firearm in public or into the 
air, take immediate shelter and 
call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to 
confront the shooter. 

a Gun into 
the Air is a 

 The Los Angeles County 
Sheriff’s Department asks 
to Celebrate New Year’s 
Eve safely.

Freeway to 
be Named 

Pet of the 

 State Senator Anthony 
Portantino last week 
introduced Resolution SCR 8, 
which will name the segment 
of the CA-134 freeway between 
the Glendale CA-2 and the 
Interstate 210 Freeway the 
“President Barack H. Obama 
Freeway”. President Obama 
attended Occidental College 
in Eagle Rock from 1979 to 
1981 and lived in Pasadena 
during his sophomore year. 
His attendance at Occidental 
College influenced his 
political trajectory and led 
him to become one of our 
most revered and respected 
Presidents in American 
history. President Obama is 
leaving office with tremendous 
approval from across our 

 For his contributions 
as a community activist, 
constitutional scholar, United 
States Senator and President, 
it is only fitting to honor our 
44th President by naming 
a part of a freeway he most 
certainly used while living 
in the area. Over this past 
weekend, local activists in the 
25th Senate District suggested 
to Sen. Portantino that given 
the President’s connection to 
Southern California and Eagle 
Rock in particular, it would be 
appropriate to memorialize his 
time in Southern California 
with a freeway naming. Sen. 
Portantino spoke with Asm. 
Jimmy Gomez who currently 
represents Eagle Rock and he 
will be the principal co-author 
on this resolution. Portantino 
represented Eagle Rock while 
in the Assembly.

 “I am honored to be in a 
position to bring appropriate 
respect to President Obama’s 
leadership, his fond memories 
of living in the 25th Senate 
District, his college days 
in the 51st Assembly 
District and his tremendous 
legacy. California has a 
long history of designating 
our freeways as reminders 
of the accomplishments of 
important leaders who have 
shown character, strength, and 
passion. President Obama is a 
laudable person to showcase 
and for Southern Californians 
to appreciate,” commented 
Sen. Portantino.

Free Events Roundup at the 
Pasadena Senior Center


 There is something for 
everyone in January at the 
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. 
Holly St.

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

 Smart Phones, Tablets and 
Computers – Any Questions? – 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 
3 to 26, 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!

 A Toast to the Joys of Music 
– Tuesdays, Jan. 3 to 31, 
from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tom 
Campbell will play guitar 
and sing songs in the Senior 
Center Lounge. Stop by and 
enjoy his covers of traditional 
country, country rock, blues, 
folk, gospel and classic rock 
originally made famous by 
Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, 
Vince Gill, Elvis Presley, B.B. 
King, Neil Young, The Grateful 
Dead, The Rolling Stones and 
many more.

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays, Jan. 4 to 25, at 10 
a.m. Join this new group for a 
series of leisurely walks to enjoy 
the great outdoors and get 
some exercise. Alan Colville 
will give you a list of items 
to bring, let you know what 
to expect, provide detailed 
itineraries and arrange 
transportation. Destinations 
this month will include 
Descanso Gardens, Lower 
Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles 
County Arboretum and 
Botanic Garden and Eaton 
Canyon Natural Area. For 
more information or to sign up, 
email alancolville@charter.
net or call 626-221-3741.

 Moving: Things to Know When 
Leasing or Buying – Thursday, 
Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. Moving 
can be daunting at any age. 
Learn what to focus on and 
what to consider before you 
decide to make your move. 
Presented by Pat Lile/Norma 
Mardelli, Realtor

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Jan. 6 to 20, at 1 p.m. 
Movies provide a window to 
a wider world that broadens 
our perspectives. Jan. 6: 
“Baked in Brooklyn” (2016, PG-
13) starring Todd Bartels and 
Evangelo Bousis. After losing 
his job, a young man comes 
up with a think-outside-the-
box solution before realizing 
he’s in over his head. Jan. 13: 
“Sully” (2016, PG-13) starring 
Tom Hanks and Aaron 
Eckhart. After making a 
heroic emergency landing on 
the Hudson River, airline pilot 
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger 
and his copilot must justify 
their actions to the National 
Transportation Safety Board. 
Based on true events. Jan. 
20: “The King and I” (1956, 
NR) starring Yul Brynner and 
Deborah Kerr. A British widow 
is hired by the King of Siam 
to tutor his many wives and 
children in modern western 
culture and soon finds herself 
in a culture clash of her own. 
Based on true events.

 Throw It Away? No Way! 
– Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 
a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to the 
Repair Café where tinkers, 
tailors and blade sharpeners 
will be on hand to repair 
your appliances, electronics, 
clothing, toys, tools, knives, 
jewelry and other items for 
free. There will also be a seed 
and seedling swap, gardening 
advice, music, special Really 
Free Market sale and more. 
For more information or 
to volunteer as a repairer, 
email contact@repair-cafe- For more 
about the Senior Center visit or 
call (626) 795-4331.

Sunday, December 18th

12:01 AM – A petty theft from 
an unlocked vehicle occurred 
in the 1300 block of Skywood 
Circle. Stolen: battery charger, 
charging cords, shoes, vitamins 
and books. 

5:00 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 2000 block 
of Meadowbrook Road. 
Suspect(s) entered the vehicle 
by shattering the window. 
Stolen: burgundy backpack, 
black Kindle and books. 

10:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 200 block of 
E. Alta Loma Drive. Vehicle 
damage: scratches and dents. 

Monday, December 19th

1:25 PM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 300 
block of Acacia Street. Vehicle 
described as a green 1997 
Honda Accord. Vehicle was 
recovered on 12/20/2016 by 
LAPD Southwest Division. 

8:11 PM – A battery occurred 
in the 20 block of E. Woodbury 
Road. As the victim was 
walking out of a business the 
suspect punched the victim in 
the face for unknown reasons. 
Suspect last seen leaving the 
area in a Dodge Magnum. 

Tuesday, December 20th

11:00 AM – A grand theft 
occurred in the in the 1100 
block of E. Altadena Drive. 
Stolen: diamond ring. 

4:30 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
2500 block of E. Washington 
Boulevard. Suspect(s) entered 
the residence via unknown 
means. Stolen: currency. 

11:15 PM – An assault with 
a deadly weapon occurred in 
the area of Mountain View 
Street and Glenrose Avenue. 
Investigation is on-going. 

Wednesday, December 21st

1:30 PM – A25 years old Man 
from Sherman Oaks was 
arrested in the300 block of 
Ventura Street for identity theft. 

2:35 PM – A package theft 
occurred in the 1500 block 
of New York Drive. Suspect 
described as a female Black, 
approximately 25 years old, 
5 feet 3 inches, 130 pounds, 
wearing a white beanie, black 
long sleeve shirt with pink short 
sleeve shirt, red pants, white 
sneakers and a red blanket. 
Stolen: package containing a 
step ladder and storage boxes. 

Thursday, December 22nd

2:30 PM – A garage burglary 
occurred in the 700 block of 
Neldome Street. Suspect(s) 
entered the garage by prying the 
door frame. Stolen: unknown. 

4:00 PM – A petty theft from a 
residence occurred in the 100 
block of Figueroa Drive. Stolen: 

10:00 PM – A petty theft 
occurred in the 1500 block of 
Homewood Drive. Stolen: golf 
bag, golf clubs, vehicle keys and 
house keys. 

Friday, December 23rd

9:05 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 2800 block of 
Rubio Canyon Road. Suspect 
described as a male White or 
Hispanic, approximately 35 
years, 6 feet, medium build, 190 
pounds, black hair with slight 
graying, and wearing dark 
clothing. Suspect entered the 
residence by shattering the glass 
door. No items stolen. 

Saturday, December 24th

9:50 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 
400 block of Figueroa Drive. 
Vehicle was recovered the same 

9:20 PM – A robbery occurred 
in the 2200 block of Lincoln 
Avenue. Suspect described as a 
male, Black, 6 feet, 170 pounds, 
wearing a Raider’s beanie, black 
and gray sweater, and black 
shorts. Suspect was armed with 
a revolver. Investigation is on-

 Clara (A409511) is a 10-year-
old, spayed female, calico 
kitty looking for a new home. 
After her previous owner 
passed away, Clara came to 
PHS for some temporary 
shelter while she waits for the 
purr-fect family to spend her 
golden years with. Clara is 
very affectionate. She enjoys 
head rubs and petting, purring 
from the moment you open 
her kennel to the moment you 
close it. Easy to pick up and 
hold and easy to love, Clara 
is looking for a forever family 
who’ll make her their queen.

 The adoption fee for cats is 
$70 and includes the spay or 
neuter surgery, microchip, 
and vaccinations. Clara 
qualifies for our Seniors for 
Seniors program, waiving her 
adoption fee for adopters 60 
and over ($20 microchip fee 
still applies). 

 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 A409511, 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. Saturday. The Pasadena 
Humane Society will close at 3 
p.m. on New Year’s Eve and be 
closed on New Year’s Day.

 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 

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