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Inside this Week:

Community Calendar:
Local City Meetings

Pasadena – Altadena:
Altadena Police Blotter
Pet of the Week

South Pasadena / San Marino:

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter
Monrovia Police Blotter

Education & Youth:

Best Friends and More:
Happy Tails
The Joy of Yoga
Pet of the Week
Katnip News!
SGV Humane Society

Food & Drink:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
In the Kitchen
Julie's Favorite Family Recipes

The Good Life:
… This and That
Senior Happenings

The World Around Us:
Looking Up
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor

F. Y. I. :

Section B:

Arts and More:
Jeff's Book Pics
All Things
Family Matters
Sean's Shameless Reviews

Legal Notices (1):

Opinion … Left/Right:
Christine Flowers
John L. Micek
Dick Polman
The Funnies

Legal Notices (2):

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F. Y. I. :

Jeff Brown
Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Bob Eklund
Marc Garlett
Katie Hopkins
Sean Kayden
Chris Leclerc
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
Keely Totten

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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 exceptions. 

 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 house.

 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. 


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

In Altadena 
Murder Case

 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) 

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 

 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.

The Cheeseburger 
Challenge 2017 Results



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 In total, 1144 
voters chose their 
favorites during 
2017 Cheeseburger 
Week in Pasadena

Pasadena celebrated 
all things cheeseburger 
during Cheeseburger 
Week January 8th to 
13th. Visitors enjoyed 
food created especially 
for the event, took 
advantage of great 
deals and meals, 
followed cheeseburger 
crawls and voted in 
the 2017 Cheeseburger 
Challenge. In all, 
1144 votes were cast 
in the challenge to 
determine favorites in 
14 categories ranging 
from Favorite Burger to 
favorite Dessert after a 

 Here are the results of 
the 2017 Cheeseburger 

Favorite Burger:

Dog Haus/Dog Haus 
Biergarten 21%

The Counter & Pie ‘n 
Burger (tie) 12%

True Food Kitchen & 
Umami Burger (tie) 8%

Favorite Lunch Counter 

Pie ‘n Burger 42%%

The Counter 32%%

Clearman’s Galley (The 
Boat) 13%

Favorite Traditional 

Pie ‘n Burger 28%%

Dog Haus (Hill Avenue) 

The Counter 17%

Favorite Sliders

Dog Haus (Hill Avenue) 

Kings Row Gastropub 18%

The Counter 14% 

Favorite Gourmet Burger

Kings Row Gastropub 33%

Smitty’s Grill 18%

Del Frisco’s Grille & Whole 
Foods Market (Arroyo) (tie) 

Favorite Alternative Burger

Umami Burger Ahi Tuna 
Burger 27%

True Food Kitchen Quinoa 
Burger 13%

Big Daddy’s Lamb Burger 
& a/k/a Bistro Portobello 
Mushroom Burger (tie) 9%

Favorite Turkey Burger

Umami Burger 32%

Pie ‘n Burger 18%

 For a complete list of winners 
and their address, menu and 
other information visit www.

 Cheeseburger Week is a 
Pasadena Restaurant Week 
and California Restaurant 
Month event presented by 
the Chamber of Commerce. 


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Movie Date


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 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 send name of parent/
guardian and name and age of 
children via email to creeder@

6:45-7 p.m. • Check-in

7-8:45 p.m. • Valentine’s 

Thursday, Feb. 2 • Central 
Library/Donald Wright 




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