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VOLUME 11 NO. 31 
VOLUME 11 NO. 31 
PCC Superintendent/
President Set to Retire

Tournament Searching For 100th Rose Queen

 Officials announced 
Tuesday that applications 

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Local Area 
News Briefs

 Witness Thwarts off 


Police are asking for the 
public’s help in indentifying a 
man who violently attacked a 
woman last Saturday near the 
210 freeway —the attacker 
was frightened off when a 
witness stopped to help. 

 According to police at 
approximately 8:05 p.m., 
July 29, an adult female was 
walking home in the 100 block 
of West Maple Street. As she 
walked, she noticed a male 
standing on the sidewalk near 
the opened passenger door of 
his vehicle. Once the victim 
walked past the suspect, the 
suspect pulled her by the hair 
causing her to turn and fall 
to the ground. The suspect 
managed to drag the victim 
a short distance despite her 
physical efforts to resist. A 
witness who was driving by 
saw the struggle and decided 
to stop.
The suspect got into the 
driver’s side of a vehicle and 
drove away westbound on 
Maple Street and onto the 134 

 The suspect is described as a 
Hispanic male in his 20’s, light 
complexion, thin build, clean 
shaven, with light brown hair. 
A composite sketch of the 
suspect was completed. See 
composite sketch above.

 The suspect vehicle is 
described as a late 90’s – 
early 2000 pick-up truck, 
possibly an extended cab, 
white in color, missing the 
front bumper, and possibly 
a Dodge Ram. See the 
attached picture marked 

Anyone with information 
is asked to call Detective 
Anthony Russo at (626)
744-6412 or anonymously at 
“Crime Stoppers” by dialing 

(800) 222-TIPS (8477). 
for the 2018 Tournament of 
Roses Royal Court are nowavailable on the Tournament 
of Roses website This year’ssearch will mark the 100th 
Rose Queen and RoyalCourt.

 In a statement Tournament 
officials said that young 
women who meet the 
eligibility requirements can 
apply and participate in 
one of the initial interview 
sessions on September 9 and11 at Tournament House. 
Participants are selected 
based upon a combinationof qualities, including publicspeaking ability, poise,
academic achievement, 
youth leadership, and 
community and school 

All individuals who 
participate in the initial 
interview sessions will 
receive a ticket for two peopleto attend the Royal Ball, asemi-formal dance hosted 
by the Tournament of Roses 
at the Pasadena Convention 
Center on September 23.

SIP-tember Cocktail 
Bracket Challenge,
Taste of Pasadena

 Once again, the 
Chamber of Commerce 
will be hosting an 
informal citywide 
cocktail party to 
celebrate the 103nd 
anniversary of the 
birth of America’s first 
culinary celebrity — 
Pasadena’s own Julia 
Child. The Julia Child 
Pasadena Cocktail 
Party on August 
15th takes place in 
restaurants all over 
Pasadena, culminating 
in a citywide happy 
birthday toast at 
7:00pm. Patrons are 
encouraged to dress for 
a 1950s, 1960s or 1970s 
era cocktail party.
The SIP-tember cocktail 
bracket challenge is an 
annual six week long 
competition among 
Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce member 
restaurants and lounges. 
Competitors served 
drinks that were paired 
against each other in a 

In 2016, more than 
four hundred people 
were on hand for 
the finale of the SIPtember 
Bracket Challenge. In 

In 1905, Hallie Woods 
was selected as our first 
Rose Queen and togetherwith the 1905 Royal Court,
began a legacy of serviceto the community. Since 
then, hundreds of youngladies have followed in 
their footsteps serving 
as ambassadors of the 
Tournament of Roses. Each 
Royal Court has paved theway for the next, creatinglifelong friendships, exciting 
experiences and memoriesthat will last a lifetime.

 The Tournament of Roses 
is a volunteer organizationthat hosts America’s New 
Year Celebration with the 
Rose Parade presented byHonda, the Rose Bowl Game 
presented by NorthwesternMutual and a variety ofaccompanying events. 
935 volunteer members of 
the association will drive 
the success of 129th Rose 
Parade themed “Making aDifference,” on Monday,
January 1, 2018, followed by 
the College Football PlayoffSemifinal at the 104th Rose 
Bowl Game. 

addition to the four featured 
cocktail finalists, guests 
attendees at the SIP-tember 
Bracket Challenge Finale 
tasted culinary treats from 
The Raymond Restaurant, 
California Pizza Kitchen, 
CaterArt Catering, POP 
Champagne and Dessert Bar, 
Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi, 
Twohey’s and many more.

 The Sip-tember Cocktail 
Bracket Challenge Grand 
Finale is presented by the 
Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce, The City of 
Pasadena and others.

 The SIP-tember cocktail 
bracket challenge is an annual 
six week long competition 
among Pasadena Chamber 
of Commerce member 
restaurants and lounges. 
Competitors served drinks 
that were paired against each 
other in a competition.

 A complete list of venues 
offering cocktails for the 
2017 SIP-tember Cocktail 
Bracket Challenge will be 
announced in early August.

 Voting begins online 
August 15th. To vote, visit 

 For tickets to the Taste of 
Pasadena, go to pasadenachamber.

The Royal Court will rideon a float in the 129th Rose 
Parade presented by Hondaand attend the CollegeFootball Playoff Semifinal atthe 104th Rose Bowl Game.

 The Royal Court 
application, eligibilityrequirements, and additionalinformation can be found at:


 Residents and businesses 

can safely dispose of 

electronic waste and have 

personal and business 

documents shredded at the 

City’s popular FREE event 

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, 

August 19. The event 

will be held in Parking

Lot I near the Rose Bowl 

Stadium and Brookside 

Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.

Look for signs directing

you to the shredding trucks

and e-waste collection 

sites that will be arranged 

at different stations in 

Parking Lot I. All motorists 

and bicyclists are advised to

use caution while traveling

through the area as these

events are popular.

E-waste items include 

computers, keyboards,

printers, monitors, 

laptops, docking stations, 

scanners, shredders, fax 

machines, computer mice,

telephones, televisions, 

flat screens, VCRs, DVD 

players, PDAs, cassette 

players, tape drives, stereos

and household batteries. 

Many of these products

have parts that can be


Public Works is also 

helping residents and 

businesses prevent identity

theft by providing free 

paper shredding during the

event. The public can bring

a maximum of five legal-

size boxes for shredding. 

Sensitive documents 

such as receipts, checks,

pre-approved credit 

applications, credit card 

statements, outdated 

tax returns, pre-printed

envelopes, return address

labels and business cards 

are suggested items for 


The event is sponsored 

by the City’s Department 

of Public Works. For 

more information go 


PublicWorks or call (626)


 Pasadena City College, 15th 
superintendent-presidentRajen Vurdien, announced 
last week his intent to retire, 
his last day will be June 30, 

 According to a statement, 
Vurdien became PCC’s chief 
executive in July 2015, and 
has led the college through 
the affirmation of its full 
accreditation status, the 
launch of the PCC Promise 
free-tuition program, and its 
selection as an Aspen Prize 
Top 10 Community College.

 Vurdien made the 
announcement in an email 
to the college community:

 “In only the last two years, 
PCC has accomplished 
a number of remarkable 
achievements that stand 
out in the college’s history. 
Last year, our college came 
together to make a number 
of improvements that led 
to the reaffirmation of our 
accreditation. This fall, 
we are prepared to launch 
the PCC Promise, which 
will allow eligible students 
who graduate from high 
schools within our district 
to attend one year of college 
tuition-free. We have made 
serious progress in our 
common understanding of 
equity, student success, and 
achievement. And last fall 
we were recognized for these 
efforts by the prestigious 
Aspen Institute, which 
named us one of the top 10 
community colleges in the 

Tornek Elected AirportAuthority President

The Burbank-Glendale-
Pasadena Airport Authority, 
owner and operator of 
Hollywood Burbank Airport, 
elected new officers last month 
to head the Airport Authority 
Commission for a one-year 
term from July through June 
2018. The Commission elects 
officers each July.

 Pasadena Commissioner 
Terry Tornek, the Mayor for the 
City of Pasadena, was elected 
President. Commissioner 
Zareh Sinanyan of Glendale 
was elected Vice President and 
Commissioner Ray Adams of 
Burbank was chosen Secretary.

Pasadena Mayor Tornek, 
left, was first appointed to the 
Airport Authority in April 2012 
and served as Vice President 
this last term and Secretary the 
previous term.

 Sinanyan was first appointed 
to the Commission in May 
2015, and served as Secretary 
this last term. Adams was first 
appointed to the Commission 
in February 2015, and served as 
Auditor this previous term.

 In related actions, the 
Authority reappointedPasadena Commissioner Dr. 
Ross Selvidge as Treasurer, 

United States.”

 “It is in reflecting on these 
achievements that I must 
share the news that I will be 
departing PCC at the end 
of the 2017-18 academic 
year. I have tendered my 
resignation effective June 
30, 2018, and I look forward 
to spending my retirement 
with my family and loved 


 “I say without reservation 
that my time at PCC has 
been one of most satisfying 
periods of my service as a 
public educator. Thank you 
for all that you have done, 
and will continue to do, to 
make our college a success.” 
Vurdien came to Pasadena 
City College from Fullerton 
College where he was 
President for five years. Prior 
to that, he was at Saddleback 
College where he was Vice 
President for Instruction.

 PCC officials said they 
plan to have a replacement 
for Vurdien by the time he 
leaves office. 

appointed Burbank 
Commissioner Don Brown 
as Auditor and reappointed 
Executive Director Frank 
Miller as Assistant Secretary.

 The Burbank-Glendale-
Pasadena Airport Authority is 
a joint powers authority formed 
by the three cities to own and 
operate Hollywood Burbank 
Airport. The Airport Authority 
is governed by a nine-member 
Commission, and each of the 
three cities appoints three 

In addition to the officers, the 
other current Commissioners 
are: Bill Wiggins of Burbank; 
Paula Devine and Vartan 
Gharpetian of Glendale; and 
Steve Madison of Pasadena. 

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