Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Bridge Renamed after 
John K. Van De Kamp

Man Arrested 
with Arsenal 
of Weapons

By Dean Lee 

 Metro deputies arrested a 
man Wednesday morning at 
a Pasadena Gold line station 
with a duffle bag full of 
weapons including a loaded 
assault rifle and ammunition. 
The suspect, later identified 
as Christopher Harrison 
Goodine, was first stopped 
for urinating in public.

 According to L.A. County 
Sheriff Jim McDonnell, 
Goodine was stopped around 
9 a.m. near a planter outside 
the Sierra Madre Villa 
station. A search of his duffle 
bag, by deputies, revealed a 
.40-caliber pistol, a machete 
knife and rope. The assault 
rifle was fitted with two 30 
round magazines. The pistol 
was loaded with a high-
capacity magazine. Both guns 
were fitted with silencers/
suppressor. Some of the 
bullets were hollow points, a 
type illegal in some parts of 
the state.

 McDonnell also said the 
pistol was restricted to law 
enforcement or government 
use only. The investigation is 
ongoing as to how Goodine 
got the weapons. He also had 
a notebook full of writings 
McDonnell said but declined 
to say what was written. 
Investigators also said 
Goodine may have boarded 
the Gold Line in Chinatown.

 McDonnell said there was 
no evidence of terrorism, 
but credited deputies with 
averting possible disaster. 

 Arresting officer Deputy 
Katherine Zubo of the Sheriff 
Transit Policing Division said 
that at first Goodine gave 
officers a false name. Wearing 
black pants and a button-
down blue shirt, there was 
nothing to drawn attention to 
him Zubo said.

 Goodine is a resident of 
Union City, Georgia and 
reports suggest he may be 
linked a similar situations 
in New York and arrests 
in Georgia, Florida and 
Washington, D.C.


 City Officials are set to hold 
a plaque unveiling and bridge 
renaming ceremony today 
for the “John K. Van de Kamp 
Bridge” formerly known as the 
La Loma Bridge.

 A “Grand Walk” across the 
bridge, reception and formal 
opening of the bridge to both 
pedestrians and motorists is set 
for 9 a.m. 

 The formal program will begin 
with opening remarks by City 
officials, a dedication ceremony, 
musical tribute.

John Kalar Van de Kamp was 
born February 7, 1936 in 
Pasadena and lived most of his 
life here. He is a graduate of John 
Muir High School; Dartmouth 
College and Stanford University 
Law School. He dedicated his 
professional career to public 
service, including serving as 
California’s 28th Attorney 
General, 1983-1991; a one-
time candidate for California 
Governor in 1990; the 37th 
District Attorney for the County 
of Los Angeles, 1975-1981 and 
the 80th President of the State 
Bar of California, 2004-2005.

 He passed away at age 81 at 
his Pasadena home on March 
14 and his survived by his wife, 
Andrea and their daughter. The 
Pasadena City Council at its 
June 12 meeting unanimously 
approved the bridge re-naming 
in honor of Mr. Van de Kamp’s 
distinguished career in public 

 The John K. Van de Kamp/
La Loma Bridge is an open-
spandrel arch structure that 
was completed in 1914 over 
Pasadena’s beautiful Arroyo 
Seco. It is often described as 
the “small sister of the Colorado 
Street Bridge.” The 378-foot-
long bridge has two travel lanes 
for vehicles and five-foot-wide 
sidewalks on either side. The 
architectural style is highly 
decorative and was influenced 
by nostalgic views of ancient 
Greek and Roman architecture. 
The bridge was listed in 2004 
in the National Register of 
Historic Places.

 The bridge was closed in the 
summer of 2015 for a much-
needed, $16 million seismic 
retrofit and rehabilitation, 
including replacement of the 
bridge’s top deck; rehabilitation 
of the arches and spandrel 
columns and strengthening of 
the end piers.

Officials Discuss Technology in Policing

By Dean Lee

 The city’s Public Safety 
Committee had a lengthy 
conversation Wednesday night 
on the use of surveillance 
technology in policing that 
included putting security 
cameras in public parks, the 
use of unmanned drones and 
acoustic tools for gunshot 
detection and location.

 All the items were for 
information only and no action 
was taken by the committee.

Pasadena Community Services 
Supervisor Maricela Galvez 
said the city is looking at a 
pilot project that could utilize 
cameras as a deterrent for crime, 
graffiti or other disruption of 
park use or community centers 

 Pasadena City Manager Steven 
Mermell said that although, 
putting cameras in public 
places does not need the Public 
Safety Committee or city 
council’s approval, “we thought 
there should be some kind of 
public dialog on the issue, to 
get input… from interested 
members of the public,” he said.

 “Instead of going forward 
with new technology, I’d like to 
go backward and have officer 
‘bob’ in the park said Pasadena 
resident Joyce Perry. “Greeting 
people, engaging them, finding 
out who there are, or even 
the neighborhoods, before we 
install cameras.”

 Perry said she thought there 
was a serious disconnect 
between police and the public, 
“I think being reduced to 
images on a camera would be 
even more impersonal.”

 ACLU representative Michelle 
White questioned the locations 
of the pilot project that includes 
La Pintoresca Teen Education 
Center, La Pintoresca Park, 
Villa-Parke and Villa-Parke 
Community Center, all are in 
Northwest Pasadena.

 “I haven’t heard any crime 
statistics that indicate that we 
should start here, or the fact that 
we actually need the cameras… 
it’s [also] a questions if we need 
to start with communities of 
color,” White said.

 Councilmember and Public 
Safety Committee Chair John 
Kennedy asked that Police Chief 
Phillip Sanchez return to the 
committee with answers to the 
questions raised by the public.

 Councilmember and 
Committee member 
Tyron Hampton requested 
information about gunshot 
detection technology. Police 
Commander John Perez said 
that the system used acoustic 
sensors throughout the city to 
triangulate and detect gunfire.

 Perez said cost was a factor 
and they researched a company 
“ShotsSpotted” with a 20 year 
history using the technology. 

 “The cost runs about $40,000 
for startup, for a three miles 
radius and $195,000 per 
year, every year, in use and 
maintenance,” he said.

 Hampton said he was in favor 
of the system, “I think if we 
used it for even a few years in 
would seriously deter firing off 
weapons,” he said.

 Sanchez said he did think 
the system was needed, “I’m 
not convinced at this point, 
that a technology can outpace 
or significantly support the 
courageous people that we have 
in our community now.”

 Sanchez was also skeptical on 
the use of unmanned drone use 
in policing, an issue that has 
been before the committee and 
city council a number of times.

 He said concerns include 
privacy and restrictions in using 
the drone at night and within 
the line-of-sight of the operator. 
The drones can also not be 
flown from a moving vehicle or 
over people and that all traffic 
must be stopped if a drone is 
flying over a roadway. Drone 
use is approved by the Federal 
Aviation Administration. He 
said helicopters are a better use 
of air support.

 He did say there were limited 
uses for drones in policing 
including SWAT standoff 
situations and large scale 
disasters in emergency aid. “ 

 “This emerging technology is 
really on everybody’s radar… 
Sheriffs… LAPD… there are a 
lot of potential applications for 
this but desire can’t get ahead of 
the technology or the law,” he 

Wiggle Waggle Walk 
Registration is Open

Health Month

 Registration is now open 
for the 19th Annual Wiggle 
Waggle Walk. Join our 
community of animal lovers in 
raising funds for the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA 
by participating on Sunday, 
September 24 at Brookside Park 
at the Rose Bowl. Register today 
as an individual, create or join 
a team, and invite your friends 
and family to join the fun. All 
registrants receive an official 
Wiggle Waggle Walk t-shirt, 
participant bib, and bandana 
for your dog. You don’t need a 
dog to take part, just a desire 
to help animals in need. Start 
your fundraising journey 
today by registering or finding 
a team or walker to support at

T-Shirt Design Contest

 The Pasadena Humane Society 
& SPCA is calling all artists 
to submit a T-shirt design 
for this year’s official Wiggle 
Waggle Walk t-shirt, given to 
everyone who registers. PHS 
will select the winning design 
based on originality, content, 
and visual appeal. The winning 
design will be featured on the 
Wiggle Waggle website and 
the winner will receive a prize 
package, free entry to the 2017 
Wiggle Waggle Walk, two 
event t-shirts, and recognition 
during opening ceremonies. 
Deadline is midnight (PST) 
Friday, July . To learn more go 

 Pasadena Public Library is 
celebrating National Health 
Month with weekly film 
offerings and programs 
focusing on specific health 
issues. Stop in this month to 
learn more.

• Film - Living Proof NR

 The 2008 film follows the 
story of Dr. Dennis Slamon 
who helped develop the breast 
cancer drug 

 Herceptin, from 1988 to 

 Wednesday, June 28, 1 
p.m., Central Library/Donald 
Wright Auditorium, 285 E. 
Walnut St.

• Lecture - Know the 10 Signs 
of Alzheimer’s 

 If you or someone you know 
is experiencing memory loss 
or behavioral changes learn 
what is involved 

 in getting a diagnosis, what 
the risks are associated with 
Alzheimer’s, benefits of early 
detection and 

 available drug therapy and 
clinical studies. Q&A follows. 
Presented by the Alzheimer’s 

 Thursday, June 29, Central 
Library/Donald Wright 
Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St.

 Reception, 6:30 p.m. and 
Presentation, 7 p.m.

For more information call 
(626) 744-7076 or email

Pet of the 

PUSD Names 
Blanco Assistant 
of Special 

 Pasadena Unified School 
District (PUSD) Superintendent 
Brian McDonald today 
announced that he has named 
Elizabeth J. Blanco, Ed.D., as 
Assistant Superintendent of 
Special Education and Director 
of the district’s Special Education 
Local Plan Area (SELPA). Dr. 
Blanco previously served as 
Executive Director of Special 
Education in PUSD from 2009-
2011, and returns to Pasadena 
from the San Francisco Unified 
School District where she has 
been Chief of Special Education 
Services since leaving Pasadena.

 “Dr. Blanco’s extensive 
experience in special education 
and strategic planning and her 
track record of strengthening 
collaborative relationships 
with parents while improving 
the organizational efficacy 
of the division make her 
uniquely qualified to lead the 
restructuring of the district’s 
special education services,” said 
Superintendent McDonald. “I 
am pleased to welcome her back 
to PUSD.”

 As Assistant Superintendent of 
Special Education, Dr. Blanco will 
be responsible for administering 
all programs and services 
for children with disabilities, 
cross-departmental planning, 
working collaboratively with 
families to serve children, 
and delivering consistent and 
standardized procedures and 
training. She will also serve as 
director of the district’s SELPA 
and coordinate with schools 
and the Los Angeles County 
Office of Education to provide 
a continuum of programs and 
services for disabled individuals 
from birth through 22 years of 

 “It is truly an honor and privilege 
to return to PUSD and serve the 
Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra 
Madre communities,” said Dr. 
Blanco. “Inclusive education is 
a civil right, and I envision the 
Special Education Department 
as an integral part of an 
equitable, coherent system that 
creates opportunities for both 
general and special educators to 
proactively work together and 
provide services for students and 

As Chief of Special Education 
Services of San Francisco 
Unified, Dr. Blanco provided 
leadership and oversight of the 
redesign of Special Education 
Services (infant, preschool, 
K-12 and adult), including 
cross-departmental planning, 
negotiated agreements, parent 
and community advisory 
committees, and board 
relations. As a key leader in the 
superintendent’s cabinet, she led 
systemic change in the district 
to increase equity, access, and 
student achievement for all 

 During her previous time in 
PUSD, Dr. Blanco focused on 
strategic planning for the Special 
Education Department, the 
delivery of academic programs 
and services for students 
with special needs and the 
strengthening of collaborative 
partnerships with parents. Dr. 
Blanco holds a doctorate in 
education in Urban Educational 
Leadership from the University 
of Southern California, Master 
of Arts degrees in Educational 
Administration and in Special 
Education from California 
State University, Los Angeles 
(CSULA), and a Bachelor of 
Arts in Child Development, also 
from CSULA. 

 Superintendent McDonald 
announced in May that the 
Special Education Department 
would be restructured to better 
serve students and employees.

Free Events Roundup at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

 Gentle Ginger (A418537) 
is a 2-year-old orange tabby 
gal. This sweet momma cat 
was abandoned outside of 
the shelter with five young 
kittens. All her kittens have 
been adopted, but Ginger is 
still waiting for her forever 
home. Ginger is a super 
sweet and friendly girl. 

 She’s currently at our 
offsite adoption location 
at Pet Food Express, 320 S. 
Lake Ave., Pasadena.

 The adoption fee for cats 
is $75. All cats are spayed 
or neutered, microchipped, 
and vaccinated before being 

 Adoption fees for all pets 
will be waived on Thursday, 
June 22 from 9am to 5pm 
during the 3rd Annual Free 
Adoption Day sponsored by 
Carol Ann Kirby. 

 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 
A418537, 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 July at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. 
You do not have to be a member 
to attend. Some events require 
advance reservations as noted.

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays, July 5 to 26, 
at 10 a.m. Enjoy a series of 
leisurely walks to enjoy the 
great outdoors, make new 
friends and get some exercise. 
July 5: Monrovia Canyon Falls. 
July 12: Los Angeles County 
Arboretum. July 19: Descanso 
Gardens. July 26: Lower Arroyo 
Seco Trail. To sign up, email or call 
626-221-3741 for the meeting 
location for each walk, a list 
of items to bring and what to 

Free Taxi Vouchers – 
Thursday, July 6, at 9 a.m. 
Qualified low-income adults 
who are 50 and older and reside 
in the Pasadena area will receive 
two vouchers for taxi rides. 
Proof of income and photo ID 
are required. Quantities are 
limited. For more information 
call 626-685-6732.

 Know Your Numbers – 
Thursday, July 6, at 10 a.m. If 
you or someone you care for has 
been diagnosed with diabetes, 
high blood pressure or high 
cholesterol, learn what a BMI 
is, whether your numbers are 
too high, too low or just right, 
and more. Presented by Regal 
Medical Group.

 Diabetes Empowerment 
Education Program – 
Thursdays, July 6 to Aug. 24, 
from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. If you or 
someone you care for 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 overall health. 
Presented by Health Services 
Advisory Group.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays at 1 p.m. Everyone 
enjoys movies and the pleasures 
they bring. July 7: “Lion” (2016, 
PG-13) starring Dev Patel and 
Nicole Kidman. Twenty-five 
years after getting lost on the 
streets of Calcutta and adopted 
by an Australian couple, a 
young Indian man sets out to 
find his family. The Domino 
Effect – Thursdays, July 6 to 27, 
at 1 p.m. If you’ve never played 
Chicken Foot dominoes before, 
or even if you have, come join 
the fun as Vicki Leigh leads 
participants in a rollicking 
version of the game that is 
easy enough for beginners yet 
challenging enough for more 
seasoned players. Oh, and 
please excuse the laughter every 
Thursday…it’s contagious! For 
more information call Vicki at 

 A Toast to the Joys of Music 
– Tuesdays, July 11 to 25, from 
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Please note 
the event will be canceled on 
July 4.) 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 more.
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.

Book Talk 
and Signing 
'Joy Ride'

 Architect David Martin 
will discuss his book 
Joy Ride: An Architect’s 
Journey to Mexico’s Ancient 
and Colonial Places July 
13 (Thursday) 7:30 p.m. A 
journal of his travels filled 
with sketches, photographs, 
and observations, Joy Ride 
celebrates the timeless 
sophistication of Mexico’s 
architecture and offers fresh 
insights to the country’s 
history and culture. A 
book signing follows the 
talk. Free; no reservations 

The event will be in 
Rothenberg Hall.

 The Huntington is located 
at 1151 Oxford Rd. It is 
open every day except 
Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 
p.m. Closed major holidays.

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