Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, March 18, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 18, 2017 

South Pasadena Meeting 
on Renters Concerns

Lectures and Conferences 
at the Huntington Library

L.A. County Declares Southern 
California Aerospace Week

 A motion by Supervisors 
Kathryn Barger and 
Janice Hahn, Tuesday, 
unanimously approved by 
the Board of Supervisors, 
proclaims this week, 
March 20-24, as “Southern 
California Aerospace Week” 
in Los Angeles County and 
acknowledges the efforts 
of the Southern California 
Aerospace Council.

 “Southern California 
Aerospace Week” was 
launched by the Southern 
California Aerospace 
Council to highlight the 
Aerospace and Defense 
industry’s vital economic 
impact on the region’s 
economy, supporting tens 
of thousands of Southern 
California families with 
well-paying jobs. 

 “The aerospace and 
defense industry in Los 
Angeles county has been the 
center of U.S. manufacturing 
which has spurred scientific 
invention, new innovations 
and economic vitality 
benefitting our region and 
the nation,” said Supervisor 
Barger. “The industry 
remains a dominant regional 
driver of employment and 
wages, supporting more than 
245,000 direct and indirect 
jobs and paying more than 
$20 billion annually.”

 “The aerospace industry 
supports tens of thousands 
of good paying jobs in 
my district and across LA 
County,” said Supervisor 
Janice Hahn. “The Los 
Angeles Air Force Base in 
El Segundo is the anchor 
that keeps these critical 
aerospace jobs in our 
communities. These are jobs 
worth fighting for and as the 
federal government looks 
at possible base closures in 
an attempt to save money, 
the County of Los Angeles 
will work closely with our 
Congressional delegation to 
keep the L.A. Air Force Base 

Conference: West of Walden: Thoreau in the 21st Century

April 7-8 (Fri.-Sat.)

 The sun is but a morning star. Walden’s famous last line 
points eastward to the sunrise; but Henry David Thoreau 
also wrote of the west, the sunset, and day’s end. To mark 
Thoreau’s bicentennial year, this conference will pose the 
question: How can we read Thoreau from the sundown 
side, the far west of his imagination? Can we see, in the 
awakening light of the sunset, another anticipation of the 

 Registration for this two-day conference is $25, with an 
optional buffet lunch each day for $20.

 Conference registration is $10 for current Huntington 
docents and free for current Long-Term Fellows and 
students with a current Student I.D. Please bring your 
current I.D. to event day check-in. Students, please note 
school affiliation after your name when registering.

Distinguished Fellow Lecture - Potosi, Silver, and the 
Coming of the Modern World

Apr 12 at 7:30 p.m.

 John Demos, Samuel Knight Professor of History Emeritus 
at Yale University and the Ritchie Distinguished Fellow at 
The Huntington, will present an account of Potosi, the great 
16th- and 17th-century South American silver mine and 
boomtown which galvanized imperial Spain, fueled the 
rise of capitalism, destroyed native peoples and cultures 
en masse, and changed history (for good or ill?). Free; no 
reservations required. Rothenberg Hall.

Join us before each lecture for dinner in the 1919 café, just 
steps away from Rothenberg Hall. Our newly launched 
Research Lecture and Dinner series offers three-course, 
prix-fixe dinners inspired by the lectures topic, complete 
with full table service at The Bar. Signature cocktails, beer, 
wine, and small plates will also be available. Each lecture-
inspired dinner is $35 per person, and begins at 5:30 p.m.

East Asian Garden Lecture - The Lives of a Memorial 
Building: from Nara and Beyond

Apr 25 at 7:30 p.m.

 Some of the oldest timber structures that survive in Japan 
are a group of small buildings built in Nara in the eighth 
century to commemorate important patrons of Buddhism. 
Jun Hu, assistant professor of art history at Northwestern 
University, will explore the meanings and functions of this 
peculiar architectural typology, tracing its origins in China 
and its development as a feature of Japanese Buddhist 
architecture. Free; no reservations required. Rothenberg 

 The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical 
Gardens is located 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. For 
more information call 626-405-2100.


 The City of South Pasadena 
invites community members 
to attend a Community 
Meeting on Renters 
Concerns on Monday, at 
the Library Community 
Room. Renters, property 
owners, and the general 
public have the opportunity 
to discuss concerns on the 
costs of renting and owning 
rental properties in South 
Pasadena. Doors open at 
6:30 p.m., and the meeting 
will begin at 7:00 p.m.

 Formed in November 
2016, the City Council 
Ad-Hoc Rent Stabilization 
Committee was established 
to conduct a comprehensive 
assessment of rising rents 
and their effects on the entire 
community. The Committee 
is working with City staff 
to research the legal, fiscal, 
and policy aspects of 
potential legislation, with 
the goal of developing a 
recommendation for the 
full City Council to consider 
later this year.

 That assessment will require 
input from all stakeholders, 
including both renters and 
property owners, to ensure 
that all aspects of the issue 
are adequately considered. 
The meeting will provide 
a forum for organized 
groups and individuals 
on all sides of the issue to 
present their viewpoints. 
City staff will also review 
available policy options for 
the Ad-Hoc Committee 
to consider as it develops 
its recommendation to the 
entire City Council. 

 Location: Library 
Community Room 1115 El 
Centro Street

 If you have any questions, 
please contact Christopher 
Castruita, Management 
Analyst at (626) 403-7210 
or via email at ccastruita@

 Summer is around the 
corner and we’re gearing up 
for another amazing season of 
Huntington Explorers Camp! 
Our 2017 program is filled with 
hands-on fun for children ages 

 Huntington Explorers Camp 
runs for three consecutive 
weeks, July 10 - 28, from 9 a.m. 
to 4 p.m. daily. Campers can 
register for a single week or 
multiple weeks. We’ll focus on 
a range of topics that emphasize 
active learning, design-based 
thinking and most of all, fun! 
Our Instructors are expert 
artists and makers, who use 
the Huntington collections as 
inspiration for engaging art 
and science-based activities. 
Campers will explore the 
Huntington’s gardens, library, 
and galleries and become 
incredible inventors, botany 
buddies, super storytellers, and 

 Registration will open on April 
7. Members’ Price: $350.00 
per week. Non-Members’ Price: 
$400.00 per week.

 The Huntington is located 
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 
For more call 626-405-2100.


 Explorers returns for 3 
fun-filled weeks in July

Huntington Exhibit Octavia 
E. Butler: Telling My Stories

 A new exhibition opening 
this spring at The Huntington 
Library, Art Collections, 
and Botanical Gardens 
examines the life and work 
of celebrated author Octavia 
E. Butler (1947–2006), the 
first science fiction writer 
to receive a prestigious 
MacArthur “genius” award 
and the first African-
American woman to win 
widespread recognition 
writing in that genre. 
“Octavia E. Butler: Telling 
My Stories” opens April 8, in 
the West Hall of the Library 
and continues through Aug. 
7. Butler’s literary archive 
resides at The Huntington.

 “She was a pioneer—a 
master storyteller who 
brought her voice, the voice 
of a woman of color, to 
science fiction,” said Natalie 
Russell, assistant curator of 
literary manuscripts at The 
Huntington and curator of 
the exhibition. “Tired of 
stories featuring white, male 
heroes, she developed an 
alternative narrative from a 
very personal point of view.”

 A Pasadena, Calif., native, 
Butler told the New York 
Times in a 2000 interview: 
“When I began writing 
science fiction, when I began 
reading, heck, I wasn’t in 
any of this stuff I read. The 
only black people you found 
were occasional characters 
or characters who were 
so feeble-witted that they 
couldn’t manage anything, 
anyway. I wrote myself in, 
since I’m me and I’m here 
and I’m writing.”

 Butler would have been 
70 in 2017; she died an 
untimely death at age 58, 
apparently of a stroke at her 
home in Seattle.

After Butler’s death, The 
Huntington became the 
recipient of her papers, 
which arrived in 2008 in two 
four-drawer file cabinets 
and 35 large cartons. “She 
kept nearly everything,” said 
Russell, “from her very first 
short stories, written at age 
12, to book contracts and 
programs from speaking 
engagements. The body of 
materials includes 8,000 
individual items and 
more than 80 boxes of 
additional items: extensive 
drafts, notes, and research 
materials for more than a 
dozen novels, numerous 
shorts stories and essays, 
as well as correspondence 
and other materials. By the 
time the collection had been 
processed and catalogued, 
more than 40 scholars were 
asking to get access to it. In 
the past two years, it has been 
used nearly 1,300 times—or 
roughly 15 times per week, 
said Russell, making it one of 
the most actively researched 
archives at The Huntington.

 “Octavia E. Butler: Telling 
My Stories” will include 
examples of journal entries, 
photographs, and first 
editions of her books, 
including Kindred, arguably 
her best-known work. The 
book is less science fiction 
and more fantasy, involving 
an African-American 
woman who travels back 
in time to the horrors of 
plantation life in pre-Civil 
War Maryland. “I wanted 
to reach people emotionally 
in a way that history tends 
not to,” Butler said about 
the book. Published in 
1979, Kindred continues 
to command widespread 
appeal and is regularly 
taught in high schools and at 
the university level, as well 
as chosen for community-
wide reading programs and 
book clubs.

Mission Street 
Specific Plan

Richard Willson, Ph.D. 
professor, author, and 
leading expert on parking 
policy will share insights on 
Parking. The lecture will be 
on March 29, at 7 pm in the 
Amedee O. “dick” Richards, 
Jr., City Council Chambers 
located at 1424 Mission 
Street. This free event is 
open to everyone.

Free CERT 
Skills Training

 Free training for CERT 
graduates, Neighborhood 
Watch Block Captains, 
Amateur Radio Operators, 
and the general public. The 
goal of the meeting, April 
12 from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., 
is to educate and empower 
groups of neighbors to 
be self sufficient during a 
disaster. This will be a very 
hands on discussion of the 
steps required to build a 
plan for you and your closest 

 The Golden Hour is the 
one hour you have after 
an earthquake to find any 
neighbors who may be 
injured and trapped. The 
“Map Your Neighborhood” 
training will help empower 
you and your neighbors 
to develop a plan where 
“neighbors help neighbors” 
until help can arrive. Please 
bring 1-5 neighbors so that 
you can work as a team on 
your plan.

 The event will be at Library 
Community Room - 1115 
El Centro Street, South 

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