Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 14, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mayor Terry Tornek’s 
State of the City Event

Made in 

The public is invited to attend 
Mayor Terry Tornek’s State of 
the City address Wednesday at 
the Pasadena Unified School 
District’s Washington STEAM 
Magnet Academy Gymnasium, 
1505 N. Marengo Ave.

 Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 
following a brief Ribbon 
Cutting Ceremony to dedicate 
the new school gymnasium, 
a joint project by the City and 
the Pasadena Unified School 
District. The Mayor’s formal 
program begins at 7 p.m.

 Mayor Tornek will deliver 
his annual State of the City 
message with a review of the 
City’s finances, real estate 
development within Pasadena 
and the future of the Arroyo 
Seco. A brief Q-and-A with the 
audience will follow. 

 Vice Mayor Gene Masuda 
will serve as emcee for the 
evening, and students from the 
Washington STEAM Magnet 
Academy will also participate in 
the program.

 Prior to the State of the City 
program, the public is invited to 
join officials from the City and 
the Pasadena Unified School 
District to dedicate the new 
multi-purpose gymnasium. 
Please avoid wearing high heels 
in order to protect the new 
gymnasium floor. 

 Parking is available at school, 
by entering off of Penn Street 
and on surrounding surface 
streets. Please allow extra time 
to park, especially if there is 
inclement weather. The best 
route to approach the school is 
from Raymond Avenue.

 For more information, contact 
Rhonda Stone, (626) 744-7210 

 In response to the Jan. 
6, double homicide and 
the injuring of two others, 
the Pasadena Police said 
they have increased patrols 
throughout the city. On Jan. 
7, a fifth person was shot 
and expected to recover. 

 Pasadena Police detectives 
believe the shootings are 
gang related and have a 
nexus to the communities 
of Duarte and Altadena.

Special Enforcement 
officers have arrested 10 
armed suspects, believed to 
be connected to local street 

 On January 7, at 
approximately 4:40 
p.m., Pasadena Gang 
Enforcement Officers 
conducted a traffic stop of a 
vehicle with two occupants. 
One of the suspects fled 
from the car and a foot chase 
ensued. Ultimately, both 
suspects were arrested and 
were in possession of loaded 
firearms at the time of their 
arrests. A third suspect 
was arrested in relation to 
this investigation. All are 
believed to be members of 

 “I am extremely proud 
of the men and women 
of the Pasadena Police 
Department who have 
worked tirelessly in the 
pursuit of these predators 
and others like them who 
live within our community,” 
said Sanchez. “These arrests 
and seizures serve as a vivid 
reminder that high capacity 
weapons are in the hands 
of criminals. I am hopeful 
that through robust police 
enforcement strategies, 
along with information 
sharing among law 
enforcement organizations, 
we will arrest those persons 
responsible for the recent 
murders and bring them to 

Council Candidates Debate Immigration 

 By Dean Lee

 The pubic got their first 
chance Tuesday night to hear 
from candidates running for 
City Council Districts, 5 and 
7 during a debate at Pasadena 
City College that included the 
topic the using police to enforce 
immigration laws.

 The debate was held by the 
political action group, ACT and 
moderated by former Sierra 
Madre Mayor John Buchanan.

 All three candidates for 
District 3 supported Pasadena 
as a sanctuary city, prohibiting 
the use of police to enforce 
immigration laws. The district 
has the largest Hispanic 
population they said. 

 “I don’t what to see the children 
suffer, said Aida Morales a city 
activist running for District 3. 
“Because they are afraid right 
now, that they are going to be 
picked up at the school.” 

 Long time District 3 City 
Councilmember, Victor Gordo 
said he knew all too well having 
been born in Mexico and raised 
in Pasadena by his family as 

 Some District 7 candidates had 
a different view.

 “A lot of gang related activity 
does involve some immigration 
issues,” said Phil Hosp an 
attorney with an international 
law firm running for District 
7. “And I think you’re trying to 
cure a problem with an overly 
broad ordinance and would not 
do anything and prevent them 
(police) from doing their job.”

 Sheena Tahilramani, running 
for District 7, co-founder of 
Pasadena-based, SVN Public 
Relations also said she would 
not support an ordinance 
stopping police from dealing 
with immigration. 

 District 7, incumbent Andy 
Wilson said he did not want 
people thinking the police were 
hunting them down and praised 
the city for its diverse immigrant 
population. Krystal Lopez 
Padley a local writer running for 
District 3 said she take would 
take it one step further asking, 
“how do we safeguard our city, 
it’s not enough to just declare us 
a sanctuary city… but to make 
sure immigrants are safe here.”

 Bryan Witt an employee with 
Amtrak running for district 7 
said he was in full support of 
Pasadena being a sanctuary city.

 “We need to send a message that 
is loud and clear to Washington 
and our county supervisors 
and our state capital,” Witt 
said. “That Pasadena will have 
nothing to do with the potential 
deportation of 11 million of our 
friends and neighbors.” 

 Also dealing with police, most 
candidates were not in favor 
of a civilian oversight of the 
department, or they danced 
around the subject, with the 
exception of Morales who 
simply said “yes,” she wanted a 
Police Oversight Committee.

 Councilmember John Kennedy 
is running unopposed in District 
3 and did not participate in the 

Women’s Rally at City Hall

Martin Luther 
King Jr. Day 

Women in Pasadena, Calif., will 
join many others in cities across the 
U.S. to stand together in solidarity 
for the protection of rights, safety, 
health and families.

 With the theme “When They Go 
Low, We Go Local,” the Rally at the 
Rotunda is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 
21, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at Pasadena 
City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

 In the context of women’s issues, 
Sheri Bonner, president and CEO 
of Planned Parenthood Pasadena 
and San Gabriel Valley will speak 
about health issues; Lydia Finkley, 
chair of the Pasadena Unified 
School District Advisory Council, 
will discuss public education; 
Judyth Hermosillo, an organizer 
with the International Brotherhood 
of Electrical Workers Local 11, will 
talk about economic justice; and 
Najeeba Syeed, associate professor 
of interreligious education at 
Claremont School of Theology, 
will discuss targeted groups/hate 
speech and immigration.

 “We are holding the rally in 
solidarity with women across the 
Los Angeles area and the nation and 
to present an opportunity to learn 
more about the issues facing us all 
in the months and years to come 
and how to stay involved in support 
of these issues,” said Jan Sanders, 
chair of the Rally at the Rotunda 
Committee. “So many women 
are faced with possible changes 
to some hard-fought advances in 
labor, health, immigration and 
basic human rights. This is grass-
roots awareness at the local level.”

 Resource tables will feature 
information from nonprofit 
organizations that serve women in 
the greater Pasadena area.

 Following the Rally at the 
Rotunda, everyone will be invited 
to walk two blocks west to the 
Metro Gold Line Memorial Park 
Station, transfer to the Red Line 
and ride to Pershing Square 
to join in Women’s March Los 

 Celebrate human rights 
and encourage civic 

Martin Luther King Unity 
Celebration at Kidspace

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and many City 
services will be closed Monday, 
in observance of Martin Luther 
King Jr. Day. Specific closures, 
reminders and exceptions are 

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with power 
emergencies should call the 
Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) Department at (626) 
744-4673 and for water-related 
emergencies call (626) 744-
4138, customers can access 
their accounts and pay their 
bills online at 
or by phone at (626) 744-4005. 
The City’s Municipal Services 
Payment Center at City Hall will 
be closed.

 The City Council will not meet 
on Monday. The Council’s next 
regularly scheduled meeting is 
Jan. 23.

 Pasadena’s Citizen Service 
Center, (626) 744-7311
Center, will be closed Jan. 16 
for the holiday, but will be open 
Saturday, Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to 
2 p.m. 

 Refuse and recycling collection 
will be delayed by one day 
during the week. The bulky item 
pickup program is on hiatus 
until February 6.

 On Monday, Pasadena Transit 
and Dial-A-Ride buses will 
operate on regular weekday 
schedules. All on-street parking 
meters will be free and time limits 
will not be enforced. Parking 
meter enforcement will resume 
Tuesday. City-owned parking 
lots and garages will be open 
and regular parking rates will 
be enforced. Violations for red 
curb parking, overnight parking 
and blocking fire hydrants will 
continue to be issued.

 All Pasadena Public Library 
sites will be closed Sunday and 
Monday with regular schedules 
resuming Tuesday.

 The Pasadena Fire and Police 
departments will continue 
to provide patrol, jail, fire, 
paramedic and other emergency 
services during the holiday. For 
life-threatening emergencies, 
remember to always call 9-1-
1. “If You See Something, Say 
Something” by calling the 
Pasadena Police Department 
at (626) 744-4241 for non-

Celebrate the message of 
Martin Luther King, Jr. with 
your fellow community 
members! Build multi-
cultural sculptures in the 
Imagination Workshop, add 
your handprints to a giant 
peace mural, share your hope 
for the world on our “dream 
boards,” and help create a 
communal unity chain and 
see how far we can stretch 
it together around the entire 
museum over the course of 
the holiday weekend! 

Kidspace is located at 
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., in 
Brookside Park, Pasadena, 
CA. Admission is $13 for 
adults and children. Free for 
children under one year.

 Unity Celebration houses 
will be Saturday and Sunday: 
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 
Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 

 For more information about 
Kidspace exhibits, events, 
and other activities, visit

Pet of the 

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 to 
Jan. 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!

 Friday Movie Matinees – at 
1 p.m. Movies provide a 
window to a wider world that 
broadens our perspectives. 
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 

 A Matter of Balance – 
Tuesdays and Thursdays to 
Feb. 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. Are you 
concerned about falling? 
Learn how to reduce the 
fear of falling and increase 
balance and activity levels 
during this interactive 
workshop that combines 
discussion, video and 
exercise. Reservations are 
required; call 626-685-6732.

 Memory Loss Education 
Series – Tuesdays, Jan. 17 to 
Feb. 7, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Learn what can be done 
to help yourself and those 
you love deal with memory 
loss during a four-part 
series. Jan. 17: Memory Loss 
and Alzheimer’s Disease. 
Jan. 24: Keep Your Brain 
Healthy. Jan. 31: Are They 
Doing That to Annoy Us? 
Feb. 7: Communication and 
Dementia – Connecting with 
a Person with Memory Loss. 
Presented by the Alzheimer’s 
Association. Reservations are 
required; call 626-685-6730.

 Chair Yoga – Wednesday, 
Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. Improve 
your balance, strength 
and flexibility at this 
gentle and meditative 
class taught by Kathy 
Eastwood, a registered 
nurse with Huntington 
Hospital’s Community 
Outreach Department and 
a certified yoga instructor. 
Due to popular demand, 
this class is limited to the first 
25 participants. Register in 
advance at the Welcome 
Desk or call 626-795-4331.

 New Year, New You – 
Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 
a.m. Making New Year’s 
resolutions can be daunting. 
Learn small steps that can 
help you live a joyful life in 
2017. You’ll laugh a little, too! 
Presented by Shawn Herz of 
Heritage Clinic.

 Low Vision Screenings – 
Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10 
a.m. to 2 p.m. Low vision 
screenings are designed to 
assist partially sighted people 
in the selection of magnifiers 
and other devices to 
improve reading and other 
visual tasks. Registration is 
required in advance for one-
hour appointments; call 626-
795-4331. Presented by the 
Braille Institute.

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center is 
an independent, nonprofit 
organization that offers 
recreational, educational, 
wellness and social services 
to people ages 50 and 
older in a welcoming 
environment. Services are 
also provided for frail, low-
income and homebound 
seniors. For more about 
the Senior Center visit 
or call (626) 795-4331.


Sunday, January 1st

4:09 AM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 2200 block of 
Marengo Avenue. Suspect has 
been identified.

10:00 AM – A petty theft from 
a business occurred in the 
1800 block of N. Allen Avenue. 
Stolen: propane tanks.

Monday, January 2nd

3:00 PM – A shoplifting incident 
occurred in the 2200 block 
of N. Lake Avenue. Suspects 
described as (2) males. Stolen: 
laundry detergent.

10:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 100 block of 
E. Woodbury Road. Vehicle 
damage: shattered window. 

Tuesday, January 3rd

12:25 AM – Robert Ramirez, 
52 years old of Pasadena and 
Roland Mimms, 46 years old of 
Pasadena were arrested in the 
1800 block of E. Washington 
Boulevard for possession of a 
controlled substance. 

10:20 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
2300 block of Tanoble Drive. 
Suspect entered the residence 
by shattering the patio door 
windows. Suspect described 
as a male in a black VW Passat. 
Stolen: none.

8:55 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 2100 block of 
Marengo Avenue. Suspect(s) 
entered the residence via the 
window. Stolen: unknown.

9:00 PM – A commercial 
burglary occurred in the 500 
block of E. Mount Curve 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the location by shattering the 
window. Stolen: unknown.

Wednesday, January 4th

1:00 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 700 block of 
E. Altadena Drive. Suspect(s) 
entered the vehicle by shattering 
the window. Stolen: black 
backpack and Garmin GPS.

5:45 PM – Charles Gery, 41 years 
old of Ontario and Demetrius 
Cantrell, 36 years old of Canoga 
Park were arrested in the 2100 
block of El Sereno Avenue for 
drinking in public. 

Thursday, January 5th

6:00 PM – A petty theft from 
an unlocked vehicle occurred 
in the 1200 block of New York 
Drive. Stolen: talking toy cat.

Friday, January 6th

8:00 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 1200 
block of Sunny Oaks Circle. 
Suspect(s) entered the residence 
by shattering the sliding 
door. Stolen: black computer 
tower, brown men’s watch and 

9:00 AM – A petty theft from 
an unlocked vehicle occurred 
in the 2000 block of Roosevelt 
Avenue. Stolen: currency.

10:00 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
1100 block of Gravelia Street. 
Suspect(s) entered the residence 
by cutting the window screen. 
Stolen: jewelry. Suspect(s) 
have been identified and related 
to on-going landlord/tenant 

2:05 PM – Tina Picinisco, 
50 years old of Altadena was 
arrested in the 400 block of 
Athens Street for possession of 
a controlled substance.

6:00 PM – A petty theft occurred 
in the 20 block of E. Woodbury 
Road. Stolen: cellphone.

Saturday, January 7th

No significant incidents.

 Bo (A411025) is a 5-year-
old, neutered male, all black 
cat who has made it his 
personal mission to snuggle 
with anyone who’ll let him! 
The second he sees you, Bo 
walks up to you to ask for 
head rubs while he kneads 
with his paws and purrs. 

 The adoption fee for cats is 
$70 and includes the spay or 
neuter surgery, microchip, 
and vaccinations. Bo 
qualifies for our Seniors for 
Seniors program, waiving 
his 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 
A411025, 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

Free Senior 
Health Fair 

 Friday, Jan. 20, at the 
Pasadena Senior Center, 
85 E. Holly St. from 9 to 
11 a.m. Services include 
glucose, blood pressure 
and hearing screenings 
as well as counseling 
and health/community 
resources. Bring your list 
of medications, doctors 
and emergency contacts 
for a free personal 
identification card 
sponsored by New York 
Life. For more information 
call 626-685-6732.

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