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Community Calendar:
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Pasadena – Altadena:
Pet of the Week

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Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side
The Joy of Yoga

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter
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Best Friends and More:
Happy Tails
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor
Katnip News!
SGV Humane Society

Food / The World:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
Looking Up

Education & Youth:
Senior Happenings

F. Y. I. :

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Blair Bess
Jase Graves
Joe Guzzardi
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Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Bob Eklund
Marc Garlett
Chris Leclerc
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
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 SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018 

VOLUME 12 NO. 23

Local Area

Sail to 

Bill Davis KPCC (SCPR )
President To Step Down

 The Board of Trustees of 
Southern California Public 
Radio announced Tuesday that 
Bill Davis, President and CEO, 
will step down and begin the 
leadership transition process 
for the organization. 

 According to officials Davis will 
continue through December 
2019 or until his successor is 
appointed,. He will also work 
closely with the SCPR Board 
to identify a new President and 
CEO for the organization. 

 The SCPR Board also 
announced that Davis will 
assume the newly-created role 
of President Emeritus of SCPR 
following the transition period. 

 “The pride I have in Southern 
California Public Radio’s 
success during my tenure 
as CEO will always pale in 
comparison with the many 
accomplishments of our team 
and the lasting value of my 
friendships with colleagues on 
the Board of Trustees and the 
staff,” Davis said. “Through 
the years, SCPR has benefited 
from an exceptionally engaged 
Board, which has supported 
me and our management team 
every step of the way.” 

 Ana Valdez, Chair of the 
SCPR Board of Trustees, said, 
“Southern California Public 
Radio is in the best shape 
in its history thanks to Bill’s 
initiatives and community-
first ethos. With a strong and 
diverse management team in 
place, a growing audience and 
expanding membership base, 
and the best financial results 
in its history, SCPR is poised 
not only for more growth and 
success, but also to continue its 
vitally important public service 

 “SCPR will continue to benefit 
from Bill’s vision and expertise, 
as we search for the best 
possible new leader to build on 
our accomplishments,” Valdez 
added. “The Board also looks 
forward to working with Bill on 
the completion of our strategic 
planning process during the 
transition period. Working 
together, we will further the 
diverse, inclusive and ethical 
culture that has thrived at 
SCPR for nearly two decades 
of rapid change in the industry 
and in the communities we 
serve. We are committed 
to ensuring a seamless and 
successful transition for SCPR 
and its audiences, members, 
employees, and partners.”

 A nationally known 
and respected broadcast 
professional, Davis led the 
production of a wide range 
of local news and public 
affairs programming and the 
development of compelling 
content across a range of 
broadcast, digital and live event 

 Davis joined SCPR in 2001 
as its Founding President and 
over his nearly 20-year tenure 
led its transformation from a 
struggling, underperforming 
public radio station into a 
powerful community voice 
serving a growing and diverse 
audience across Southern 
California. Davis significantly 
expanded SCPR’s audience, 
membership and financial 
performance and recruited and 
developed a top-notch staff 
at all levels—establishing an 
ethical and inclusive culture 
that attracts outstanding 
journalists and creative talent. 

 These initiatives and 
investments resulted in 
impressive audience growth 
and an equally impressive 
expansion in membership and 
funding. SCPR’s audience has 
grown from 200,000 in 2000 
to 800,000 in 2018, and it has 
added a digital audience that 
now totals 800,000. Current 
memberships at SCPR are also 
at an all-time high of 73,196 
members. SCPR’s revenues are 
projected to reach $32.5 million 
in 2019, also a record. 

Voters on Tuesday were 
overwhelmingly favored both 
Measure CC and Measure DD 
aimed at allowing a limited 
number of commercial 
cannabis businesses to 
operate in Pasadena and 
taxing marijuana businesses. 
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek 
said he was not surprised. 
He said they will begin to 
formalize a new ordinance 
to allow a limited number of 
dispensaries to open in the 
next eight to 12 months. 

 Measure CC repealed the 
City of Pasadena’s current 
ban on commercial cannabis 
businesses. effect unless 
voters approve a Cannabis 
Business Tax which they did 
with Measure DD getting 
5,449 yes votes to 1,611 
voters opposed. Measure CC 
saw 4,274 yes votes to 2,950 
saying no. 

 “Annual rates not to exceed 
$10.00 per canopy square foot 
for cultivation (adjustable for 
inflation), 6% of gross receipts 
for retail cannabis businesses, 
and 4% for all other 
cannabis businesses, to fund 
unrestricted general revenue 
purposes such as police, fire, 
roads and recreation; which 
is expected to generate an 
estimated $1.4 to $2.1 million 
annually and will be levied 
until repealed by the voters 
or City Council,” according to 
the text of the measure.

 Local representatives also all 
won easily. State Assembly, 
41st District Chris Holden 
got 13,501 over challenger 
Alan S. Reynolds with 
5,263 votes. United States 
Representative, 27th District 
Judy Chu got 30,033 votes. 
Her closest challenger, Bryan 
Witt got 6,274 votes. United 
States Representative, 28th 
District Adam Schiff also won 
with 33,777 votes.


At 132, The Force is Strong in Pasadena

By Dean Lee

Pop culture icons, from Darth 
Vader to Frankenstein’s Monster, 
helped Pasadena officials Saturday 
celebrate the city’s 132 birthday. 
The festivities, held at Pasadena 
Museum of History, were all part 
of “Wish Upon a Star!” The theme 
takes a cue from the Museum’s 
popular exhibition, “Dreaming 
the Universe: The Intersection of 
Science, Fiction, & Pasadena.”

“Pasadena is a place that has one 
foot in the past and one foot in 
the future,” Pasadena Mayor Terry 
Tornek said. “That makes us do a 
kind of balancing act sometimes, 
but the truth is this exhibit, really 
pays homage to the fact that 
we have this cultural history of 
science in Pasadena, both real 
and imaginative.”

The exhibit explores the history 
of science fiction in Southern 
California from the 1930s to 
the 1980s, and how it interacted 
with the advances of science, 
the changes in technology, and 
shifts in American society. It runs 
through September 2. 

For more information 


 At a Wednesday meeting 
of the Board of Supervisors, 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
questioned L.A. County 
Registrar Dean C. Logan after 
learning that 118,522 voters’ 
names were accidentally left off 
rosters due to a printing error 
during yesterday’s primary 

 Logan said he would look into 
the problem to determine the 
reason for the printing error, 
but Barger, who reported that 
a number of voters had called 
her office and used social media 
to report issues and concerns, 
questioned Logan as to why 
effective quality assurance 
processes were not in place 
around the printed rosters. 

 “It is imperative that we 
understand what happened and 
how to prevent it in the future,” 
Barger said. “Our elections 
represent the cornerstone of 
our democratic process, and it 
is unfortunate that this incident 
may erode public confidence 
in our system. A thorough and 
comprehensive investigation is 
only the first step we must take 
to begin rebuilding the public 

 Although voters whose names 
are missing were encouraged to 
file provisional ballots which 
would be verified later, the 
Registrar estimates about 2.3 
percent of the county’s 5.1 
million registered voters and 35 
percent of the county’s 4,357 
precincts were affected by the 

 In a press statement Tuesday 
Logan said, “Our office is 
committed to ensuring every 
voter has a positive voting 
experience on Election Day. We 
apologize for the inconvenience 
and concern this has caused. 
Voters should be assured their 
vote will be counted.”

He also said that their office was 
working to determine the root 
cause of the problem, which 
arose when some data was not 
included in the printed lists.

Logan also said poll workers, 
Tuesday at all locations were 
instructed to make sure that 
every voter whose name does 
not appear on the roster was 
issued a provisional ballot, and 
to inform the voters that their 
ballot will be counted.

 Tornek and the monster use a knife, a lightsaber being too 
dangerous, to cut the celebration cake. The Frankenstein novel 
is also celebrating a milestone this year, being 200 years since it 
was published Photos D.Lee/MVNews

NASA Finds Organic Material, 
Mysterious Methane on Mars

 Scientists announced Thursday that NASA’s Curiosity rover has 
found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the 
planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence 
in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current 
life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life 
itself, these findings are a good sign for future missions exploring 
the planet’s surface and subsurface.

 The new findings -- “tough” organic molecules in 
3-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks near the surface, as 
well as seasonal variations in the levels of methane in the 
atmosphere -- appear in the June 8 edition of the journal 

 Organic molecules contain carbon and hydrogen, and 
also may include oxygen, nitrogen and other elements. 
While commonly associated with life, organic molecules 
also can be created by non-biological processes and are not 
necessarily indicators of life.

 “With these new findings, Mars is telling us to stay the 
course and keep searching for evidence of life,” said 
Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the 
Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, in 
Washington. “I’m confident that our ongoing and planned 
missions will unlock even more breathtaking discoveries 
on the Red Planet.”

 “Curiosity has not determined the source of the organic 
molecules,” said Jen Eigenbrode of NASA’s Goddard Space 
Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, who is lead author 
of one of the two new Science papers. “Whether it holds a 
record of ancient life, was food for life, or has existed in the 
absence of life, organic matter in Martian materials holds 
chemical clues to planetary conditions and processes.”

 Data from Curiosity reveal that billions of years ago, a 
water lake inside Gale Crater held all the ingredients 
necessary for life, including chemical building blocks and 
energy sources. 

 “The Martian surface is exposed to radiation from 
space. Both radiation and harsh chemicals break down 
organic matter,” said Eigenbrode. “Finding ancient organic 
molecules in the top five centimeters of rock that was 
deposited when Mars may have been habitable, bodes well 
for us to learn the story of organic molecules on Mars with 
future missions that will drill deeper.”

 Water-rock chemistry might have generated the methane, 
but scientists cannot rule out the possibility of biological 
origins. This new result shows that low levels of methane 
within Gale Crater repeatedly peak in warm, summer 
months and drop in the winter every year.

 “This is the first time we’ve seen something repeatable in 
the methane story, so it offers us a handle in understanding 
it,” said Chris Webster of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

 “Are there signs of life on Mars?” said Michael Meyer, 
lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. “We 
don’t know, but these results tell us we are on the right 
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 NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, 
California, is holding its 
ticketed “Explore JPL” 
event today and Sunday, 
from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Free tickets were distributed 
via a public online system 
starting April 7. Tickets are 
no longer available. No one 
will be admitted without a 
ticket and proper ID. For 
more details, visit: jpl.nasa.

 At “Explore JPL,” visitors 
will have the opportunity to 
see, among other things, a 
life-sized model of InSight 
-- which is currently en 
route to Mars -- and other 
Mars rover models, plus 
JPL’s machine shop, where 
precise parts are made for 
spacecraft. About 13,000 
guests are expected each 

 This event coincides with 
the 60th anniversary of 
NASA. The agency was 
created in 1958.

 Follow @NASAJPL on 
Twitter and Instagram, 
and join the conversation 
by using the hashtag 





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