Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 15, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 15, 2017 


on Legalized


Public Hearings on Burbank 
Elementary PUSD Property

The city of Pasadena is 
holding two more meeting 
this week on whether any 
activities related to medicinal, 
and nonmedicinal, marijuana 
should be allowed within the 
city of Pasadena.

 The next meeting will be 
Tuesday night from 6 p.m. to 
8 p.m. at the Pasadena City 
Hall Basement – S018 Training 
Room 100 N. Garfield.

 Another meeting will be held 
Thursday night from 6 p.m. 
to 8 p.m. at AGBU Vatche 
and Tamar Manoukian High 
School Auditorium 2495 East 
Mountain Street.

 All meetings are an “open-
house” style format. City 
staff answered questions and 
talked one-on-one to collect 
input at the first meeting held 
last Tuesday at the Pasadena 
Senior Center. The content of 
all meetings will be the same 
city staff said. 

 They said the meetings were 
needed after the voters of the 
State of California passed 
Proposition 64, in November, 
the Adult Use of Marijuana Act 
(AUMA) which established 
a comprehensive system 
to legalize nonmedicinal 
(recreational) marijuana 
products for use by adults 21 
years and older, and to tax 
the growth and retail sale of 
marijuana for nonmedicinal 
use. The cultivation, 
processing, manufacturing, 
distribution and sale of both 
medicinal and nonmedicinal 
marijuana are currently 
prohibited citywide.

 After gathering information, 
staff will prepare draft 
regulations pertaining to the 
retail sales, manufacturing, 
processing, cultivation and 
distribution of marijuana, then 
be presented to the Planning 
Commission and the City 
Council at separately-noticed 
public hearings.

 For more contact: Guille 
Nuñez, at (626) 744-7634 or

 The Pasadena Unified 
School District, 7-11 
Surplus Property Advisory 
Committee will hold two 
meetings, open to the public 
in April and May about the 
former Burbank Elementary 
School property located at 
2046 Allen Ave.

 The Committee will meet 
in regular session on April 
21 and May 10 at 7 p.m. at 
PUSD’s Education Center, 
351 S. Hudson Ave., Room 
229, Pasadena. Two public 
hearings on the Committee’s 
establishment of a priority 
list for use of property are 
scheduled for Friday, April 
21 at 9 a.m. at Burbank 
Elementary School, located 
at 2046 Allen Ave., Altadena, 
and on Wednesday, April 
26, at 7 p.m at PUSD’s 
Education Center, 351 S. 
Hudson Ave. Room 229, 
Pasadena. Information, 
meeting dates, and meeting 
agendas are posted here.

 State law requires that prior 
to the sale, lease, or rental 
of more than 30 days of 
any excess real property, a 
governing board of a school 
district must appoint an 
Advisory Committee to 
advise in the development 
of District-wide policies 
and procedures about the 
use or disposition of school 
buildings or space in school 
buildings that is not needed 
for school purposes. PUSD’s 
7-11 Committee, which 
was established in early 
February 2017, will deliver 
a final report of its findings 
to the District’s Board of 
Education. The Board will 
then decide what to do with 
the property.

 As part of its property 
assessment process, the 
Committee meets several 
times in public sessions 
to determine whether the 
district should declare the 
former Burbank Elementary 
School site as surplus. 
Burbank Elementary 
School closed in 2012 as a 
result of declining student 
enrollment. The site is 
currently used to house the 
district’s Early Education 
and Mental Health Services 
programs, and a private 

 The priorities for uses of 
the Burbank property are:

 Lease the Burbank property 
pursuant to state law

 Status Quo: take no action 
and maintain current use of 
the Burbank property

 Sell the Burbank property 
pursuant to state law

 Exchange the Burbank 
property pursuant to state 

 For additional information, 
contact Jessica Frazier, at or 
626.396.5850 ext. 89184

Shriners Children's Medical Center to Open


 Shriners Hospitals for 
Children held a dedication 
ceremony Thursday —
including the rarely seen 
Masonic ritual laying of 
the cornerstone— and 
announced that the Los 
Angeles facility will be 
moving in June to the brand 
new state-of-the-art medical 
center located in Pasadena. 

 Congresswoman Judy Chu 
(pictured above speaking) 
said “Now you have this 
facility that will help 
children… even more with 
this state of the art specialty 
outpatient medical center 
with three fitting rooms for 
prosthetics and orthotics 
and with this collaboration 
with Huntington Hospital 
that will allow patients to 
you operating rooms at 
Pasadena premier heath care 
institution, now children 
will be helped so many more 
times over.” 

 According to officials, Shriner 
for Children Medical Center 
in Pasadena 909 S. Fair Oaks 
Ave. will be the first facility 
in the Shriners Hospitals 
for Children network to be 
created specifically to meet 
the rigorous demands of 
our rapidly-changing health 
care system. Opening in 
June, the new medical center 
represents a significant 
departure from the concepts 
that define traditional 

 To celebrate the transition, 
the Los Angeles Shriners 
Hospital leadership, national 
and local patient ambassadors 
alongside the California 
Grand Lodge, Imperial 
Board and the Chairman 
of the Board performed 
the traditional cornerstone 
ceremony. They included 
Christopher Smith, Imperial 
Potentate of Shriners 
International. Smith is the 
highest-ranking Shriners in 
the world and also serves as 
the Chairman of the Board 
of Directors for Shriners 
Hospital for Children. David 
Doan, Chairman of the Board 
of Governors of Shriners 
Hospitals for Children – Los 
Angeles soon to be Shriners 
for Children Medical Center. 
Lou Lazatin, Administrator 
of the Shriners Hospitals for 
Children – Los Angeles soon 
to be Shriners for Children 
Medical Center.

LitFest Pasadena Expands 
For a Weekend of Events

to Host 

Assistance League of 
Pasadena is holding a 
Prospective Member Coffee 
at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, 
April 28, at its chapter office 
located at 820 E. California 
Boulevard in Pasadena. 

 Assistance League of 
Pasadena is an active, 
dedicated, diverse group of 
individuals. It is a chapter 
of Assistance League, 
a national non-profit 
organization formed in 
1935. Over 26,000 member 
volunteers in 120 chapters 
nationwide operate 
community programs 
that impact more than 1.5 
million people each year.

 The Pasadena chapter has 
been serving the needs of 
the Pasadena community 
since 1941. It has five major 
philanthropic programs, 
and these programs 
are supported through 
membership donations, 
grants, and the chapter’s 
thrift shop (Treasure Fair). 
Membership is open year 
round to both residents and 
non-residents of Pasadena, 
and informational coffees 
are held throughout 
the year to provide an 
opportunity to learn more 
about the organization.

 Interested individuals 
must RSVP by contacting 
the Assistance League of 
Pasadena office at 626-
449-2068 or alpasadena@ To learn more 
about the organization’s 
philanthropic programs 
and thrift shop, please visit 

Free Events Roundup at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

Pet of the 

 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 

 Citizenship Classes – 
Wednesdays through May 
17, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. 
Make your dreams come true 
by attending these sessions 
to become a U.S. citizen! The 
first classes 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 cover 
more questions on the exam 
as well as strategies for 
completing the application 
for citizenship and having a 
successful interview.

 A Toast to the Joys of 
Music – Tuesdays, April 18 
and 25, from 9:30 to 11:30 
a.m. Tom Campbell will play 
guitar and sing songs in the 
Senior Center Lounge. Stop 
by and enjoy his covers of 
traditional country, country 
rock, blues, folk, gospel and 
classic rock originally made 
famous by Willie Nelson, 
Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, 
Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Neil 
Young, The Grateful Dead, 
The Rolling Stones and many 

 A Matter of Balance – 
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
to May 23, 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: 626-685-6732.

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays, April 19 and 
26, at 10 a.m. Enjoy a series 
of leisurely walks in the great 
outdoors. Alan Colville will 
give you a list of items to 
bring, let you know what 
to expect, provide detailed 
itineraries and arrange 
transportation. For more 
information or to sign up, 
email alancolville@charter.
net or call 626-221-3741.

 Friday Movie Matinees 
– Fridays, April 21, at 1 p.m. 
Everyone enjoys movies and 
the pleasures they bring. 
April 21: “Arsenic and Old 
Lace” (1944, NR) starring 
Cary Grant and Raymond 
Massey. In this quirky 
comedy, a man learns on his 
wedding day that his beloved 
maiden aunts are homicidal 
maniacs and that insanity 
runs in the family.

 LA Opera Talk: 
“Tosca” – Monday, April 
17, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera 
community educator will 
take participants through 
Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic 
and melodic opera “Tosca.” 
Based on historic figures in 
1800 when control of Rome 
was threatened by Napoleon’s 
invading armies, the beloved 
opera is a tale of love, lust, 
loyalty and political intrigue.

 Estate Planning Basics, 
Part I – Thursday, April 
20, at 10 a.m. Learn the 
basics about trusts, wills 
and probate, how to pass 
your assets to your family 
and loved ones, plus find 
out about issues related to 
incapacity. Presented by the 
Law Office of Geoffrey Chin.

 Estate Planning Basics, 
Part II – Thursday, April 
27, at 10 a.m. Learn how 
to avoid the court system 
and a conservatorship over 
yourself and your assets in the 
event of incapacity, discover 
how to use estate planning 
documents such as advance 
health care directives and 
durable powers of attorney, 
plus find out about estate 
taxes and probate. Presented 
by the Law Office of Geoffrey 

 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. 

 LitFest Pasadena, the city 
and Southland’s free literary 
arts festival, celebrates its sixth 
year with a weekend of events, 
authors’ panels and readings on 
May 20 and 21. 

 LitFest will unfold again on the 
sidewalks and in the storefronts, 
corridors and unique venues of 
the highly walkable Playhouse 
District. Vroman’s Bookstore 
and the Pasadena Playhouse 
will serve as anchor points, as 
the festival continues its legacy 
of featuring Pulitzer Prize 
winners, L.A.’s most diverse and 
exciting authors, and eclectic 
discussion panels. Here are a 
few highlights:

 Renowned food critic Jonathan 
Gold will lead a panel exploring 
The Legacy of Julia Child, 
Pasadena’s own legendary chef, 
writer and television celebrity. 
This event is also co-sponsored 
by the L.A. Times Food Bowl.

Gary Phillips will moderate 
Sunshine Noir, a panel of crime 
and mystery writers who will 
unearth a trove of crime, danger, 
mystery death and, even evil, in 
the land of sunshine, surf and 

 Sci-Fest L.A. joins LitFest 
this year, treating audiences to 
dramatic readings of the works 
of finalists competing for the 
Roswell Award which will be 
presented live and in-person. 
A Tomorrow Prize will also 
be presented to outstanding 
emerging writers of our L.A. 
County high schools.

 Also featured at LitFest will 
be The Humor & Heartbreak of 
L.A. with panelists Nina Revoyr, 
Lian Dolan, Christopher Noxon, 
Dana Johnson, moderated by 
David Ulin; Writing Indigenous 
California from island of Blue 
Dolphins to an American 
Genocide, featuring Luis 
Rodriguez with panelists Greg 
Sarris, Dr. Melissa Leal, Rose 
Davis, moderated by Shonda 

Prominent California African-
American authors will discuss 
Writing in the Time of Black 
Lives Matter with Altadena 
novelist and LitFest co-founder 
Jervey Tervalon We are also 
pleased to welcome Brooke 
Binkowski, Managing Editor of 

 The Pasadena Public Library 
joins LitFest for the first time as 
the Donald Wright Auditorium 
will host Flights of Fantasy 
Story Theatre with a storytime 
entitled “It’s all how you look 
at it.” This will be followed by 
a creative crafts workshop for 
young adults and children, 
provided by Reiyukai America.

LitFest Pasadena is presented 
by Light Bringer Project and 
Literature for Life.

For more information on 
participating as a sponsor, 
community partner or 
volunteer, call Patricia Hurley 
at (626) 590-1134 or by email 
Author spokesperson Jervey 
Tervalon can also be reached 
at (626) 827-5491 or by email

Say hello to our little friend 
Al Pacino (A413653), a 1-year-
old, neutered male, black and 
white tuxedo kitty. You can 
often find Al pawing at our 
volunteers’ keys or pouncing 
on a catnip-filled sock toy. 
When he isn’t busy being the 
life of our Neely Cat Center, Al 
enjoys plenty of head rubs and 
petting, purring up a storm to 
show his affection.

 The adoption fee for cats is 
$70, which includes the spay 
or neuter surgery, microchip, 
and vaccinations.

 You’ve gotta be kitten me! 
The Pasadena Humane Society 
is spaying and neutering all 
cats for just $20 this April 
18 to April 22! Making an 
appointment is easy! Simply 
snip and make an appointment 

 What are you waiting for? 
Fix your cat now before they 
have a litter. Cats can be safely 
spayed or neutered as young 
as two months old. Other 
wellness services include low-
cost vaccines, microchipping, 
FeLV/FIV testing, and feline 
nail trims.

 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 A413653, 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 

Pasadena Bio Announces 
New CEO, Major Expansion

 Pasadena Bio Collaborative 
Incubator (PBC) Board of 
Directors today announced 
the appointment of Robert 
(Bud) Bishop, Ph.D, as the 
organization’s new President, 
effective April 14. Bishop 
succeeds Bruce Blomstrom, 
who is retiring after more than 
10 years with PBC.

 The announcement was 
made during a ribbon cutting 
ceremony at PBC, 2265 
East Foothill Boulevard, 
Pasadena, celebrating Bishop’s 
appointment along with 
Blomstrom’s retirement.

 “Today is an important 
milestone for PBC. We are 
celebrating the extraordinary 
effort and progress made under 
Mr. Blomstrom and announcing 
the beginning of a new chapter 
for the organization with Dr. 
Bishop and a renewed emphasis 
on scientific training,” said 
Bill Bogaard, Board Chair and 
former Mayor of Pasadena. 
“We’re also expanding our 
capacity to assist science-based 

 The event was attended 
by Board members Rajen 
Vurdien, Pasadena City College 
President, William Covino, 
CSU Los Angeles President, 
former State Senator Jack Scott, 
who played a major role in 
establishing PBC, and Pasadena 
City Manager Steve Mermell. 

Doggy Day...
with Cats Too

 Bring you four-legged friend 
to Garfield Park! Families 
as well as their dogs and cats 
will enjoy activities including 
arts and crafts, and live music. 
If you get hungry, food and 
drinks will be available for 
purchase. There will also be 
a performance showcasing 
wonderful dogs by Disc Dogs 
of Southern California.

 The event will be April 29 
from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at 
Garfield Park (adjacent Tennis 
Courts) 1000 Park Avenue.

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