Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 21, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 21, 2017 

Road Closures for the 
Pasadena Half Marathon

Local Area 
News Briefs

 The Pasadena Half Marathon 
comes to town 7 a.m. to Noon, 
Sunday. The public is advised of 
the following road closures and 
other event information for the 
Pasadena Half Marathon and 
5K at the Rose Bowl Stadium. 

 On Sunda, the Pasadena Half 
Marathon and 5K features a 
picturesque course through 
Pasadena, passing landmarks 
like the Colorado Street Bridge, 
Old Town Pasadena and 
Caltech before a finish on the 
field at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

 All road closures for the event 
will begin at 6 a.m. The Half 
Marathon & 5k will start at 7 
a.m. Streets will re-open on 
a rolling basis following an 
18-minute per-mile pace clock 
for race participants. The 
final streets of the course are 
expected to re-open by 12:30 
p.m. The route is organized into 
3 zones (general closure and re-
opening times below).

 Primary detour routes include 
Walnut Street to the North, Hill 
Avenue to the East, California 
Boulevard to the South and the 
710 Extension to the West. 

 During the race, only 
emergency vehicles will be 
permitted to cross the route, 
except at designated limited 
access points.

 The motoring public and 
bicyclists are urged to use extra 
caution; observe all temporary 
signs and restrictions and to 
obey directions from public 
safety personnel on scene. 

 Routes will be posted with 
temporary and other regular 
permanent No Parking signs. 
Please observe all on-street 
parking restrictions closely, 
noting all time restrictions. 

 Vehicles parked on the course 
during restricted times will be 
towed to the Elks Lodge parking 
lot, 400 W. Colorado Boulevard, 
and will be available for pick-
up for free only until 12:30 pm 
on the day of the event. No 

 On event day only, call 
(626) 577-6125 for towing 
information. After that, 
unclaimed towed vehicles will 
be moved to a City storage lot 
and storage charges will apply.

 Pasadena Police and Fire 
Department personnel will be 
on scene to help protect you and 
respond to any emergencies. 
For other non-emergency calls, 
If You See Something, Say 
Something, call the Pasadena 
Police Department at (626) 

 For crimes in progress, 
suspicious activity or life-
threatening situations, 
remember to always call 9-1-
1 and/or notify the nearest 
uniformed officer at the event. 

 Man Breaks into Home 
While Kids are Alone

 A Pasadena man broke 
into a neighbor’s home 1900 
block of North Raymond 
Avenue, smashing through 
a window, while two 
teenagers were alone in the 

 According to police on Jan. 
14 at about 4 p.m. Carlos 
Casares knocked on the 
front door of a neighbor’s 
home, with no answer he 
smashed through a window. 
Two teenagers, 14-year-old 
boy and his 17-year-old 
sister hid in the house, after 
hearing the glass break, 
as Casares rummaging 
through the bedrooms.

 The teens were able to 
call their parents who were 
at a dentist appointment. 
Casares broke down the 
door of a bathroom where 
the 17-year-old was hiding. 
One of the parents made it 
home and chased Casares 
out of the house. He was 
later arrested and booked 
for burglary. 

La Loma Bridge Project Delayed

By Dean Lee

 Although an 18 month 
seismic retrofit and 
rehabilitation of The La 
Loma Bridge, originally 
constructed in 1914 crossing 
the Arroyo Seco in West 
Pasadena, is behind schedule 
city staff is hopeful the bridge 
will reopen in the next few 

 “The Public Works 
Department is working 
with the contractor,” City 
Manager Steve Mermell said 
Wednesday night. “It may 
get pushed until, perhaps, 

Mermell said the project 
should have been completed 
in December. 

 City staff had said Monday 
that they collaborative effort 
expect the bridge to open to 
traffic in March.

According to reports the 
scope of the project involves 
replacement of bridge deck; 
rehabilitation of the arches 
and spandrel columns; and 
strengthening the end piers. 
The estimated cost of the 
project is approximately $16 
million. Project funding 
consists of $13.3 million 
in federal funds and $2.7 
million City funds.

 “I don’t think we have 
run into any unforeseen 
circumstances,” he said. “A lot 
of the work is done but there 
is some additional work that 
needs to be completed. We 
have a contract and we will 
administer that contract.”

The project is a collaborative 
effort between the City 
of Pasadena and the 
California Department of 

 In December crews 
completed the deck pour at 
the east end of bridge.

 This month crews will be 
placing pre-cast brackets 
which support the sidewalk 
and barrier rail on the edges 
of the bridge, forming and 
placing sidewalk overhang, 
and begin the placement of 
the barrier rail.

 After the bridge is open, 
staff said there would still be 
site cleanup and restoration 
of the trails.

 Mermell said delays would 
not add to the overall cost of 
the project.

 During the construction 
traffic has been detoured 
to other bridges across the 
Arroyo Seco. Residents 
are able to cross using the 
Colorado Boulevard Bridge 
to access areas north of La 
Loma Bridge, and are able 
to use the San Rafael Bridge 
to access areas south of La 
Loma Bridge.


 Drive-by Shooting 
Injures Two

Police this week were looking 
for suspects in the latest drive-
by shooting early Monday 
morning the left two women 
injured after several cars 800 
block of Garfield Avenue were 
struck by gunfire. 

 According to police at around 
2:20 a.m. a suspect, described 
as a black man wearing a 
hoodie, shot from the back 
seat of a light colored four door 
sedan at a group of people. 
One woman has hit by gunfire 
in the hand and another was 
injured by flying glass. Both, 
Latino women in their teens, 
were taken to a nearby hospital.

Since December three people 
have been killed and three 
injured in gang-related 
shootings. Police believe the 
shooting may be related to a 
feud between gangs based in 
Duarte and Altadena.

Anyone with information 
should call police at (626) 

In Altadena 
Murder Case

 The Board of Supervisors 
unanimously approved 
a motion by Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger 
reestablishing a $20,0000 
reward for information 
leading to the arrest and/or 
conviction of a suspect or 
suspects responsible for the 
murder of Marcus Nieto. 

 Nieto was discovered on 
the Altadena Crest horse 
trail by two riders on 
horseback on February 16, 
2013. Investigators have 
confirmed that Marcus 
Neito left his residence 
to visit an acquaintance 
in Pomona but may have 
returned to the Covina/
Azusa area at some point 
before he went missing. 
The Medical Examiner-
Coroner has determined 
the mode of death to be 
a homicide. The $20,000 
reward offer approved by 
the Board on April, 2014 
has since expired. 

Supervisor Barger 
encourages anyone with 
information about this 
heinous crime to contact 
L.A. County Sheriff 
Sergeant Robert J. Gray at 
(323) 890-5500.

Teams to 
Compete at 
JPL Regional 
Science Bowl 

 The National Science Bowl, Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory Regional 
Competition, will take place 
on Saturday, Jan. 28, at NASA’s 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, California. This 
is the 25th year that JPL has 
hosted the Science Bowl.

 In a fast-paced, game-show 
format, students buzz in to 
score points on questions at 
the college freshman level. No 
calculators or notes are allowed. 
Questions cover various topics 
in Earth and space sciences, 
including astronomy, biology, 
chemistry, physics and math. 
Four students, one alternate and 
a coach are on each team. The 
winning team will compete in 
the National Science Bowl finals 
in Washington, which will be 
held April 27 through May 1. 

 In 1991, the U.S. Department 
of Energy created the National 
Science Bowl to encourage 
students to pursue careers in 
science and math. Each year, 
the competition attracts about 
20,000 middle- and high-school 
students across the country.

 The competition will be 
from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Final 
matches begin at about 3:30 
p.m., with awards handed out 
starting at about 4 p.m. JPL’s 
von Karman Auditorium, 4800 
Oak Grove Drive, JPL is located 
off the Berkshire/Oak Grove 
Drive exit of the 210 (Foothill) 
Freeway. Visitor parking is to 
the left (west) of the JPL main 
guard gate, across the street 
from the JPL Visitor Center.

Movie Date

Enjoy a movie date night 
free from distraction while 
Pasadena Central Library staff 
provides activities for your 
school-age children in the 
nearby Children’s Story Room. 
You’ll enjoy the film, 50 First 
Dates while your children 
have fun creating Valentine 
cards, watching cartoons, and 
enjoying refreshments.

 Event is limited to 50 parents/
guardians and 50 children. 
Children must be age 8+ and 
must be comfortable working 
with library staff while their 
parents are watching the film. 
Reservations are required. 
Registration is on a first-come, 
first-served basis. To sign up 
email name of parent/guardian 
and name and age of children to

6:45-7 p.m. • Check-in

7-8:45 p.m. • Valentine’s 

Thursday, Feb. 2 • Central 
Library/Donald Wright 

Pet of the 


Sunday, January 8th

12:40 AM – A grand theft from 
a residence occurred in the 900 
block of E. Mendocino Street. 
Stolen: Winchester shotgun, 
brown wallet, cellphone, vehicle 
keys and Ford Contour vehicle. 
Suspect identified as the victim’s 

8:30 AM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 2100 block of 
Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) 
entered the vehicle by shattering 
the window. Stolen: camo 
shoulder bag and toys.

6:00 PM – A shoplifting 
incident occurred in the 700 
block of E. Altadena Drive. 
Suspect described as a male, 6 
feet, between 180 – 200 pounds. 
Stolen: black camcorder.

Monday, January 9th

1:45 PM – A package theft 
occurred in the 2300 block 
of N. Maiden Lane. Suspects 
described as two males in a 
white truck. Stolen: package 
containing a black workout 

4:45 PM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 90 
block of Marathon Road. 
Vehicle described as a beige 
2007 Honda Civic 4-door.

Tuesday, January 10th

12:00 PM – A theft from an 
unlocked vehicle occurred 
in the 400 block of E. Athens 
Street. Stolen: Glock 10mm 

2:41 PM – A package theft 
occurred in the 600 block of 
E. Mariposa Street. Suspect 
described as a female, 20 – 30 
years old, heavy set, wearing a 
black beanie with a brown pom-
pom, black hooded sweatshirt 
with the multi-color lettering 
reading Hi, dark blue pants and 
gray boots. Suspect was seen in a 
silver or champagne late model 
sports utility type vehicle. 
Stolen: package containing 
pillow, fishing equipment, jeans, 
cellphone holder, shoe inserts, 
socks, clothing and various 
ceramic planters containing 

7:00 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 200 block of 
Laurel Drive. Suspect(s) entered 
the vehicle via unknown means. 
Stolen: unknown.

10:00 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the area of Crosby 
Street and Glenrose Avenue. 
Suspect(s) entered the vehicle 
by shattering the window. 
Stolen: Hitachi nail gun, air 
compressor, and skil-saw.

Wednesday, January 11th

8:00 AM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 2100 block of 
Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) 
shattered a window.

11:00 AM – A petty theft 
occurred in the 200 block of W. 
Poppyfields Drive. Stolen: tank-
less water heater.

Thursday, January 12th

1:57 PM – A package theft 
occurred in the 200 block 
of E. Mendocino Street. 
Suspect described as a female, 
between 5 feet 8 inches and 
5 feet 10 inches, heavy set in 
a gold colored sports utility 
type vehicle. Stolen: package 
containing clothing.

6:50 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 2000 block of 
E. Braeburn Road. Suspect(s) 
entered the residence by 
shattering the rear sliding door. 
Stolen: currency.

Saturday, January 14th

3:45 PM – A petty theft occurred 
in the 2200 block of Lincoln 
Avenue. Suspect described as a 
female, 40-50 years old, 5 feet 3 
inches and 140 pounds. Stolen: 
gold iPhone 6, credit cards, and 
driver’s license.

11:45 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 2100 block of 
Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) 
entered the vehicle by shattering 
a window. Stolen: gold iPhone 6.

Free Events Roundup at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

 Blanca (A406622) is a 
3-year-old, spayed female, 
brindle Staffordshire 
mix and a total lapdog. 
Affectionate as can be, 
Blanca loves meeting new 
people. Before you know it, 
she’ll be crawling into your 
lap and giving you sweet 
kisses. Blanca walks well on 
a leash and has gotten along 
well with other dogs on trips 
with our Mobile Outreach 
Unit. This smart girl knows 
her sit, stay and down cues, 
earning her a Blue Ribbon 
from our behavior staff.

 Since she earned her Blue 
Ribbon, Blanca’s adoption 
fee is just $100, which 
includes the spay or neuter 
surgery, microchip, and 

 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 
A406622, 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

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 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 on brain health. 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.

 LA Opera: “The Abduction 
from the Seraglio” – Monday, 
Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera 
community educator will 
take participants through 
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 
lighthearted operatic tale of 
two young women traveling 
from Istanbul to Paris who are 
held captive by a notorious 
Ottoman royal. Their faithful 
lovers must find a way to 
rescue them before it’s too 

 Heritage and Legacy 
Planning – Thursday, Jan. 26, 
at 10 a.m. What needs to 
be done at the time of one’s 
passing? Learn about senior 
dwelling benefits, parent-child 
transfer exclusions and more 
during this informative session. 
Presented by the L.A. County 
Assessor’s Office and Forest 

 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.

Chu Not 

 Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) 
announced that she would 
join Rep. John Lewis (GA-
05) and other Democratic 
Members of Congress and did 
not attending the inauguration 
of Donald Trump. Rep. 
Chu released the following 

 “While I do not question 
the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s 
election, I do object to his 
treatment of other Americans, 
particularly those who 
disagree with him. In a diverse 
democracy like ours, patriotic 
dissent is vital. That is why the 
values of pluralism, grievance, 
and criticism are enshrined 
in the 1st Amendment’s 
protections of religion, 
speech, and press - all three of 
which have been targets of the 

 “The personal attacks on 
John Lewis were just the 
latest example of behavior 
unbefitting a president. So 
after much thought, I, like 
millions of other Americans, 
will choose not to attend the 
inauguration of President 
Trump. Instead, I will continue 
to focus on my efforts to ensure 
a more just and equal country 
for ourselves and future 
generations of all Americans 
- regardless of race, religion, 
ethnicity, or orientation.”

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