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

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 18, 2017 

Black History Parade 
Canceled Due to weather

Local Area 
News Briefs

 The Pasadena Humane 
Society unveiled Wednesday 
morning their new custom-
designed vehicle, a 35-foot 
“shelter on wheels” aimed 
to bring adoptable pets into 
the community, increase 
access to PHS programs and 
services, and disaster relief. 
The vehicle known as the 
Wiggle Waggle Wagon cost 
nearly $250,000 officials said.

 Julie Bank, President/CEO 
of the Pasadena Humane 
Society said the vehicle will 
enable PHS to increase the 
reach of its Helping Paws 
program through bringing 
services such as mobile 
vaccine clinics, pet food 
drives and education. 

 “Our goal is to bring 
adoptable animals out into 
the community,” she said. 
“We have so many amazing 
animals that need a home and 
sometimes people don’t want 
to come to the shelter.”

 In times of natural disaster, 
the vehicle will serve as an 
emergency response vehicle 
stationed in the field. Animal 
control officers, medical staff 
and other key personnel will 
be present in the community 
where they are needed and 
pet owners will be able to 
bring their pets to the vehicle 
for safe transport back to 

 Ricky Whitman PHS Vice 
President of Communications 
said the Wiggle Waggle 
Wagon is replacing their 10 
year old shelter vehicle. She 
said the new vehicle, among 
other things, will save them 
money, “it gets better gas 
mileage and the repair costs 
will be much less to maintain.” 

 The Wiggle Waggle Wagon is 
fully equipped with space for 
20 animals, nine volunteers, 
and modern amenities like 
a TV to showcase adoptable 
pets waiting for homes at the 
shelter Whitman said.

 The cost of the vehicle 
was made by donations 
from the Flora L. Thornton 
Foundation, Wells Fargo 
Foundation, Petco 
Foundation and the Donald 
Slavik Family Foundation 
Bank said.

Society Gets 

Shelter Wagon

 Pasadena City Officials 
today announced they have 
canceled the 35th Annual 
Black History Month Parade 
scheduled for today citing 
public safety reasons due 
to the significant storms 
moving through the area, 
including possible lightning 
strikes in or near the parade 

 “The public’s safety, 
including those who would 
watch the parade and the 
parade participants, was the 
deciding factor to cancel 
the parade,” said Public 
Information Officer William 

 City officials are looking 
to re-schedule the parade to 
an alternative date, but no 
decision has been made yet 
for a new date and time.

 City staff said the parade is 
one of the oldest, longest-
running parades of its kind in 
California. Boyer said 

The Robinson Park Recreation 
Center Community 


 Celebration will take place 
under a tarp at, 1 p.m. in 
front of the Robinson Park 
Recreation Center, 1081 
N. Fair Oaks Ave. Local 
dignitaries and the Robinson 
Family will be there for the 
breaking ground for a major 
rehabilitation project he said. 
The existing structure will be 
demolished and completely 
reconstructed to better serve 
the recreational needs of the 

 Events through February 
are listed on page 3 or to see 
the complete list of events 
online go to cityofpasadena.

ATF Serves Search 
Warrant on Pasadena 
Police Officer

 Little information was 
being given Friday about a 
search warrant served by the 
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, 
Firearms and Explosives 
Wednesday night to the 
home of a Pasadena Police 
Department Officer. 

 Officials did say the officer 
has been put on leave 
pending an internal affairs 

 According to reports the 
officer is being investigated 
by the ATF for gun sales. The 
officer has not been charged 
or arrested. The officer does 
not live in Pasadena and the 
investigation is not work 
related authorities said.

Wiggle Waggle Wagon Photo D. Lee MVNews 

Detectives Arrest Pasadena 
Attempted Murder Suspects 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s 
Operation Safe Streets gang 
detectives arrested three 
Pasadena residents for their 
alleged involvement in a 
Duarte shooting last month 
that injured two people. 

 Two male adult victims 
were shot, January 7 at 
approximately 2:48 p.m. in 
the 2500 block of Bloomdale 
Street, Duarte. The men were 
transported to a hospital, with 
one victim sustaining critical 

 During the investigation, and 
with the assistance of Pasadena 
Police officers, multiple search 
and arrest warrants were 
authored and served Thursday 
at around 10:00 a.m. The three 
suspects are male black adults, 
ages 27 years-old, 27 years-old 
and 32 years-old. They are all 
residents of Pasadena.

 Anyone with information call 
Detective Franklin or Detective 
Retamoza, at (626) 292-3341. 
If you prefer anonymously, call 
“Crime Stoppers” by dialing 
(800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Local Sergeant 
Seeking Bone 
Marrow Donor

 Altadena Sheriffs are asking 
for the public’s help find the 
donor bone marrow match 
for a fellow Sergeant, a search 
event will take place in 
Altadena February 25th, 8am 
to noon February 25 at the 
World Healthy / healthy world 
2405 Lincoln Avenue.

 Sergeant Jorge Chavez was 
recently diagnosed with 
leukemia and is in need of a 
lifesaving marrow donor, and 
until a match is found, blood 
and platelet donations will be 
in dire need. 

 Sergeant Chavez was 
assigned to the Los Angeles 
County Sheriff’s Department 
San Dimas Station from 2013 
to 2016, and has served with 
the Sheriff’s Department for 
17 years.

If you’re unable to attend one 
of the bone marrow match 
events, you can request a swab 
kit via mail visit join.marrow.

 Blood and platelet donors 
may do so at City of Hope. 
Donors must be age 17 or 
older, in good health, and meet 
basic requirements. Please see 
the City of Hope website for 
details on blood and platelet 

 If you have questions, or to 
donate platelets “directly” 
to Jorge, please e-mail to 
coordinate our efforts. 

 The Los Angeles County 
Sheriff family, and the Chavez 
family, thank you in advance 
for your help in finding life-
saving help for Jorge!

One City, One Story Talk with 
Author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Community Meetings on 
Budget, Short-Term Rentals

 Viet Thanh Nguyen will 
join Pasadena Public Library 
Director Michelle Perera March 
2 to discuss his experiences 
writing The Sympathizer. A 
question and answer session 
with the audience will 
immediately follow. Nguyen’s 
books will be available for 
sale and signing following the 

 “This year celebrates the 
15th anniversary of One City, 
One Story with a fascinating 
novel, The Sympathizer by Viet 
Thanh Nguyen,” SAID Michelle 
Perera, Pasadena Public Library 
Director. “Nguyen provides a 
new perspective on the Vietnam 
War, one in sharp contrast to 
that portrayed by Hollywood. 
We hope that you will enjoy 
The Sympathizer and plan on 
attending the Conversation 
with the Author.”

 Nguyen was born in Vietnam 
and raised in America. His 
stories have appeared in 
Best New American Voices, 
TriQuarterly, Narrative and 
the Chicago Tribune, and he 
is the author of the academic 
book Race and Resistance and 
the nonfiction book Nothing 
Ever Dies: Vietnam and the 
Memory of War and his new 
book The Refugees, published 
Feb. 7, 2017. Nguyen teaches 
English and American Studies 
at the University of Southern 
California and lives in Los 

 The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer 
Prize for Fiction, as well as five 
other awards, The Sympathizer 
is the breakthrough novel of the 
year. With the pace and suspense 
of a thriller and prose that has 
been compared to Graham 
Greene and Saul Bellow, The 
Sympathizer is a sweeping 
story of love and betrayal. The 
narrator, a communist double 
agent, is a “man of two minds,” 
a half-French, half-Vietnamese 
army captain who arranges to 
come to America after the Fall 
of Saigon. While building a 
new life with other Vietnamese 
refugees in Los Angeles, he 
is secretly reporting back to 
his communist superiors in 
Vietnam. The Sympathizer 
is a blistering exploration 
of identity and America, a 
gripping espionage novel, and 
a powerful story of love and 

 “One City, One Story has 
become an enduring tradition 
in Pasadena because it speaks 
to several aspects of our 
community character; love of 
the written word and the desire 
to discuss varied points of view.

Event parking is available in 
surrounding facilities. All 
parking is fee-based.

 The event will take place March 
2 at 7 p.m. at All Saints Church, 
Sanctuary 132 N. Euclid Ave. 

 One City, One Story is 
sponsored by The Friends of the 
Pasadena Public Library.

The public is being 
encouraged to attend one of 
three community meetings 
on the City’s budget and/or a 
special workshop session on 
regulating short-term rentals 
in Pasadena.

 There will be community 
meetings in February and 
March hosted by Pasadena 
City Manager Steve Mermell 
and Finance Department 
Director Matthew 
Hawkesworth where the 
public can share their views, 
ask questions and get a 
better understanding of City 

 The meetings will be held 
at the following dates, times 
and locations.

 Thursday 6-8 p.m., Council 
Chamber, Pasadena City 
Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

 Wednesday, March 1, 
6-8 p.m., Villa–Parke 
Community Center, 363 E. 
Villa St.

 The public also is encouraged 
to participate in the formal 
public meetings held by the 
City Council and its Finance 
Committee in April, May 
and June as part of the 
budget approval process. For 
more information, go online 

 The City’s Planning 
Department, meanwhile, 
is seeking public input as 
staff prepares an ordinance 
to regulate short-term 
rentals such as AirBnB and 
others due to the impacts 
that such rentals may have 
on established residential 

 The meeting will be 
conducted in an “open house” 
format so that the public can 
stop by at any point during 
the two-hour session to ask 
questions, provide input and 
review draft information by 
the Planning Department.

 Community input will be 
gathered, analyzed by staff 
and forwarded to the City 
Planning Commission as the 
draft ordinance is brought 
forward later this year. The 
ordinance is tentatively 
slated for initial review by 
the commission in March, 
but no date has been set yet.

 The public’s point of contact 
is Guille Nunez at (626) 744-
7634 or by email at gnunez@

Pet of the 

Nguyen Viet Thanh photo 
credit BeBe Jacobs

Hiro (A412002) is an 
11-year-old, neutered male, 
cameo tabby cat looking for 
a new home after his owner 
was no longer able to take 
care of him. 

 He is easy to pick up and 
enjoys sitting on your lap 
while you lavish him with 
love and affection. Hiro has 
had a hard time adjusting 
to the shelter environment, 
losing his appetite and 
some weight after arriving. 
Hiro has begun eating more 
regularly, but we would 
love to find him a forever 
home where he can be 
comfortable as quickly as 

 The adoption fee for cats 
is $70, which includes 
the spay or neuter 
surgery, microchip, and 
vaccinations. Hiro qualifies 
for our Seniors for Seniors 
program, so his adoption 
fee is just $20 for adopters 
age 60 and up.

 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 
A412002, 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 cannot be held for 
potential adopters by phone 
calls or email. Photos of 
all pets can be found at

Free Events Roundup at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

Police to Focus 
on Traffic 

There is something for 
everyone in February at the 
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. 
Holly St. You do not have to be a 
member to attend. Some events 
require advance reservations. 

Citizenship Classes – 
Wednesdays to May 17, from 
9 to 10:30 a.m. Make your 
dreams come true by attending 
this eight-week session to 
become a U.S. citizen! The first 
four weeks will cover some of 
the American history and U.S. 
government questions on the 
citizenship exam along with 
discussions about the rights and 
responsibilities of citizenship. 
The four remaining classes 
will cover more questions on 
the exam as well as strategies 
for completing the application 
for citizenship and having a 
successful interview.

Tax Time – Wednesdays and 
Fridays, through April 14, from 
9 to 10:30 a.m. Representatives 
from the AARP Foundation’s 
Tax-Aide program will assist 
low- to middle-income seniors 
ages 50 and older in preparing 
their federal income tax returns. 
Appointments are required: 
626-795-4331. Please note there 
is no age limit for this service.

 Diabetes Empowerment 
Education Program – 
Thursdays, Through March 2, 
from 2 to 4 p.m. Whether you 
or someone you care about is 
diabetic or pre-diabetic, this 
series will encourage you to 
make lifestyle changes while 
learning more about your 
diabetes and how it affects your 
health. Workshop topics include 
diet, exercise, medication issues, 
managing complications and 
the impact of diabetes on eyes, 
teeth and feet. Reservations are 
required: 626-685-6732.

 Elder Abuse – Thursday, 
Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. Elder abuse 
is a crime, and all seniors should 
know their rights. Protect 
yourself by learning what to do 
in the event you or someone you 
love is being abused. Presented 
by Adult Protective Services, 
Pasadena Office.

 LA Opera Talk: “Salome” – 
Monday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. An 
LA Opera community educator 
will lead guests through the 
opera “Salome,” a Biblical 
tale of lust and betrayal set in 
ancient Judea. “Salome” is based 
on Oscar Wilde’s scandalous 
play with revolutionary music 
composed by Richard Strauss.

 For more information visit 
or call (626) 795-4331.

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.

 The Pasadena Police 
Department will be conducting 
a Traffic Enforcement program 
on Monday, throughout the 
City of Pasadena. The focus 
will be on the enforcement of 
violations involving motorists, 
pedestrians and bicyclists.

Officers will be deployed at 
various locations throughout 
the city to look for violations 
including, but not limited 
to, primary collision factors 
involving speed, red signals, 
right-of-way and jaywalking. 

 Funding for these programs 
is provided by a grant from 
the California Office of Traffic 
Safety, through the National 
Highway Traffic Safety 


Sunday, February 5th

10:30 AM – A petty theft from 
an unlocked vehicle occurred 
in the 700 block of E. Altadena 
Drive. Stolen: black wallet and 
credit cards. 

9:28 PM – Jesse Rivera, 33 years 
old of Altadena was arrested in 
the 100 block of E. La Flores 
Drive for public intoxication. 

Monday, February 6th

10:00 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 200 
block of E. Altadena Drive. 
Suspect(s) entered the residence 
via unknown means. Stolen: 
gray luggage and tools. 

Tuesday, February 7th

4:28 PM – Denise Davis, 43 
years old of Los Angeles was 
arrested in the 600 block of W. 
Altadena Drive for taking a 
vehicle without owner’s consent. 
Vehicle was reported stolen from 
Downey PD.

Wednesday, February 8th

4:30 PM – A petty theft from a 
locker occurred in the 2100 block 
of N. Lincoln Avenue. Stolen: 
black wallet and currency. 

5:26 PM – Braeuna Carter, 28 
years old of North Hollywood 
was arrested in the area Altadena 
Drive and Galbreth Road for 
possession of narcotics. 

8:30 PM – A residential burglary 
occurred in the 2900 block of 
Zane Gray Terrace. Suspect(s) 
entered the residence by 
shattering the sliding door. 
Stolen: unknown. 

Thursday, February 9th

10:12 AM – Philip Saravia, 
27 years old of Pasadena 
was arrested in the area of 
Washington Boulevard and 
Wesley Avenue for being under 
the influence of a controlled 

6:00 PM – A petty theft occurred 
in the 2600 block of Lincoln 
Avenue. Stolen: green and white 
Huffy mountain bike. 

Friday, February 10th

11:00 PM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 200 
block of W. Terrace Street. 
Vehicle described as a blue 2015 
Volkswagen Passat. 

Saturday, February 11th

4:07 PM – Jonathan Torres, 
30 years old of Pasadena was 
arrested in the area of Santa 
Anita Avenue and Woodbury 
Road for possession of drug 

Library to Show 
Film ‘Young Mr. 

 Enjoy a showing of the film 
Young Mr. Lincoln, which 
follows the future president 
through his early law career, 
Afterward there will be a 
discussion by Paul Bergman, 
Professor of Law Emeritus, 
UCLA School of Law.

 Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. 
at Central Library/Donald 
Wright Auditorium 285 E 
Walnut St. 

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