Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, October 6, 2018 

Portantino Targets Plastic 
Pollution in Drinking Water

 Pasadena Symphony 
Opens Classics Season 
with Mozart’s Requiem

Fall Term of the Masters 
Series at Senior Center

Governor Jerry Brown last week 
signed SB 1422 and SB 1263 
authored by Senator Anthony 
Portantino, D–La Cañada 
Flintridge. These bills will help 
increase the knowledge of the 
risks of micro plastic materials 
and microfibers on the marine 
environment and in drinking 
water. Micro plastics pose a 
potential threat to the public’s 
health as the levels of micro 
plastics in drinking water are 
not currently monitored and 
they are increasingly present in 
our ocean water.

 SB 1422 requires the State 
Water Resources Control Board 
to adopt requirements for the 
annual testing and reporting of 
the amount of micro-plastics in 
drinking water. SB 1263 takes 
the initial step of addressing 
the micro plastic problem in 
the ocean and requires the 
Ocean Protection Council to 
implement a statewide micro-
plastics strategy and authorizes 
marine research institutes that 
would contribute directly to the 
development of the statewide 
micro plastics Strategy.


 The fall term of the popular 
Masters Series at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., is 
scheduled Tuesdays, Sept. 25 to 
Nov. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. There 
will be no session on Oct. 2.

 The Masters Series, which 
embraces and promotes lifelong 
learning, is open to members 
of the Pasadena Senior Center. 
Non-members can try the 
series by attending their first 
talk free of charge.

 Individual talks are $15 each, 
or register for the full six-week 
term for $105.

· Oct. 9 – Mike Genovese, 
political science professor at 
Loyola Marymount University, 
will discuss historical U.S. 
presidential scandals in 
previous administrations.

· Oct. 16 – Representatives 
from the League of Women 
Voters Pasadena Area will 
provide an unbiased, balanced 
explanation of upcoming bond 
issues on the November ballot.

· Oct. 23 – Learn about the 
culture and politics of the 
Korean Peninsula from Tom 
Plate, clinical professor and 
distinguished scholar of Asian 
and Pacific studies at Loyola 
Marymount University.

· Oct. 30 – Pasadena architect 
Jan Munz will lead participants 
on a virtual tour of the elegant 
and functional creations of 
iconic local architect Myron 

· Nov. 6 – A representative from 
the American Civil Liberties 
Union (ACLU) will discuss 
what’s really happening along 
the U.S./Mexico border.

· Nov. 13 – George Lewis, 
a former NBC News 
correspondent, and Judy 
Muller, a former ABC News 
correspondent, will shed some 
light on what election results 
tell us about voter trends, the 
future of gerrymandering 
and the importance of voter 

 To register, visit www. or 
call 626-795-4331. 

Tender melodies, powerful 
choruses, exquisite arias 
— Mozart’s hauntingly 
beautiful Requiem gets the 
Pasadena Symphony’s 2018-
19 season off to a grand 
start on Saturday, October 
20, 2018 at Ambassador 
Auditorium with both 
matinee and evening 
performances at 2:00pm 
and 8:00pm. Mendelssohn’s 
String Symphony No. 3 
and Elgar’s Introduction 
& Allegro round out this 
deeply-emotive program, 
culminating in Robert Levin’s 
20th century completion of 
Mozart’s contentious final 
masterpiece. Audiences 
will be blown away by the 
power of this beautiful 
and dramatic program 
that Music Director David 
Lockington (pictured) and 
the Pasadena Symphony 
have planned to open its 
91st season.

 Pasadena’s most-
anticipated opening night 
of the concert season will 
envelop audiences with 
voices from the Donald 
Brinegar Singers and the 
JPL Chorus, conducted by 
Donald Brinegar, alongside 
four stellar vocalists: soprano 
Amanda Keenan, mezzo-
soprano Tracy Van Fleet, 
tenor James Onstad and 
baritone Lee Poulis, twice 
named Best Young Singer 
by Die Welt. Audiences 
may know Onstad from his 
work with LA’s experimental 
opera company, The 
Industry, where he recently 
brought to life the role of 
Orfeo in their monumental 
production of Hopscotch 
– a mobile, immersive 
operatic experience, which 
the New Yorker called “awe 
inspiring.” To learn more 
about the music or the 
soloists for this performance, 
join us for Insights – a free 
pre-concert dialogue with 
David Lockington, which 
begins one hour prior to 
each concert.

 The Pasadena Symphony 
provides a socially vibrant 
experience specially 
designed for the music lover, 
the social butterfly or a date 
night out, and the inner 
epicurean in us all. Patrons 
can plan to arrive early 
for Insights, a pre-concert 
discussion with Music 
Director David Lockington 
that begins one hour prior 
to curtain. The luxurious 
Symphony Lounge provides 
yet another addition to 
the delightful and elegant 
concert experience the 
Pasadena Symphony 
offers. A posh setting at 
Ambassador Auditorium’s 
beautiful outdoor plaza, 
audiences enjoy uniquely 
prepared menus for both 
lunch and dinner at each 
concert from Claud &Co, 
fine wines by Michero 
Family Wines, plus music 
before the concert and 
during intermission.

 All concerts are held at 
Ambassador Auditorium, 
131 South St. John Ave, 
Pasadena, CA with both 
matinee and evening 
performances at 2pm 
and 8pm. Single tickets 
start at $35 and may be 
purchased online at www.
org or by calling (626) 793-
7172. A limited number of 
tickets will be available at 
the box office on the day of 
the concert.

Finding Open Water in 
Greenland’s Icy Seas

 Researchers in NASA’s 
Oceans Melting Greenland 
campaign heard that phrase 
239 times this fall. Each time, 
it triggered a team member to 
release a scientific probe from 
an airplane into the seawater 
along the coast of Greenland. 
The probes are part of a five-
year effort to improve our 
understanding of the ocean’s 
role in Greenland’s rapid ice 

 Since 2016, OMG has been 
collecting measurements 
around the huge island on 
three separate trips a year. 
Each spring, a research aircraft 
measures the height of the 
ice sheet after the winter 
snows. In the summer, boat-
borne instruments map the 
seafloor around Greenland. 
In September or October, 
OMG principal investigator 
Josh Willis of NASA’s Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, California, and a 
team of researchers, pilots and 
engineers fly to Greenland and 
drop up to 250 biodegradable 
probes in the ocean, circling 
the entire coast to measure 
the temperature of the water 
touching Greenland’s glaciers.

 If you’ve ever dropped a 
water balloon from a height, 
you may be imagining the 
probe-dropping process to be 
just as simple. In reality, it’s far 
more challenging. Each target 
drop site is selected in advance 
to offer the greatest scientific 
payoff for understanding ocean 
temperatures and currents. 
Flying 200 mph at a height 
of 500 feet, the researchers 
must time each drop so the 
probe will hit open water -- 
sometimes the only patch of 
open water in an ice-clogged 
fjord. And all of this happens in 
Greenland, where weather can 
make just reaching the target 
site the biggest challenge of all.

 Over three years of operations, 
the researchers have learned 
to recognize patterns of 
questionable weather and 
avoid dicey regions as much 
as possible -- swapping a set 
of targets to the south for a set 
to the north, for example. But 
local weather conditions at 
a drop site are impossible to 
know in advance. “If fog is low 
and we can’t see that the water 
is clear of icebergs and people 
and whales, we can’t drop,” 
Willis said. In these cases, 
he may look for a similar site 
nearby to get comparable data, 
or simply move on to the next 

 The other major problem is 
sea ice. The probes weigh 14 
pounds -- not enough to punch 
through thick ice to the water 
below. If a drop site is totally 
ice-covered, there’s nothing to 
do but move on. But a lot of 
potential targets are in areas 
where the sea ice has broken up 
or pulled away from the shore, 
or where large icebergs have 
cut channels in the ice cover. In 
those cases, Willis must weigh 
the value of data from that 
particular location against the 
chance that the probe will miss 
the open water.

 “There’s always one or two 
spots where it seems impossible 
that we’ll get a probe to fall 
between the icebergs and 
report data. And then we do,” 
Willis said. “Those Mission 
Impossible moments are pretty 

 The campaign is also 
deliberately designed to avoid 
impacts to the environment 
and marine life, such as by 
using biodegradable materials 
and limiting noise. The probes 
are similar to ones dropped by 
hurricane hunters to measure 
water temperatures. They 
look like large mailing tubes. 
When the instruments land on 
the ocean surface, the probe 
is released and sinks silently, 
measuring temperature and 
salinity, while a floating part 
transmits data by radio waves 
to the plane above. After about 
ten minutes, the transmission 
stops, and the probe’s life is 
over. The entire instrument 
sinks to the ocean floor, where 
it is covered by sediment and 
decomposes over time.

The data that the probes 
have collected has yielded 
significant scientific results 
and is of interest to local 
populations. “We’ve had such 
spectacular success so far, I 
can hardly believe we get to 
do this for two more years,” 
said Willis. “I’m like a kid in a 
candy store.”

Pet of the 


 Milton (A466445) has such 
a contagious smile! This 
5-year-old sweetheart was 
found as a stray in Pasadena 
about 2 weeks ago. He is 
now here at the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA 
looking for a new owner. 
He’s an energetic boy who 
loves his visits to the social 
yard where he can play 
and run around. Are you 
looking for a new running 
partner? Hiking buddy? We 
think Milton would love an 
athletic new friend. Come 
visit him today. 

 The adoption fee for dogs 
is $130. All dogs are spayed 
or neutered, microchipped, 
and vaccinated before going 
to their new home. 

 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.

 View photos of adoptable 
pets at pasadenahumane.
org. 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.


Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

Sunday, Sept. 23rd 

1:10 AM – A vehicle 
vandalism occurred in the 
500 block of Ventura Street. 
Suspects were arrested and 
investigation is on-going. 

4:00 PM – A battery 
occurred in the 300 block 
of E. Woodbury Road. 
Suspects were identified as 
two juveniles. 

4:45 PM – A domestic 
incident occurred in the area 
of Fair Oaks Avenue and 
Calaveras Street. Suspect has 
been identified. 

11:00 PM – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 
1800 block of Grand Oaks 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the vehicle via unknown 
means. Stolen: currency. 

Monday, Sept. 24th 

11:43 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
1500 block of Coolidge 
Avenue. Suspects(s) entered 
the residence by shattering 
the rear sliding glass door. 
Stolen: unknown. 

Tuesday, Sept. 25th 

10:50 PM – A domestic 
incident occurred in the 2500 
block of Lincoln Avenue. 
Suspect was arrested. 

Wednesday, Sept. 26th 

4:58 AM – A commercial 
burglary occurred in the 
2500 block of N. Fair Oaks 
Avenue. Suspects entered 
the location by shattering 
the front glass door. No 
items were taken. 

12:00 PM – A battery 
occurred in the 2200 block 
of Pinecrest Drive. Suspect 
has not been identified. 

4:00 PM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 2100 block 
of E. Washington Boulevard. 
Stolen: multicolor purse. 

Friday, Sept. 28th 

12:01 AM – A commercial 
burglary occurred in the 
3100 block of Glenrose 
Avenue. Damage: graffiti on 
exterior wall. 

2:10 AM – Jeffrey 
Weathersby, 54 years old of 
Los Angeles was arrested 
in the 2600 block of N. Fair 
Oaks Avenue for under the 
influence of a controlled 

 There is something for 
everyone in September 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.

 Screening Mimis 
Film Discussion Club – 
Tuesdays, Oct. 16, at 3 
p.m. Diehard film fans are 
invited to watch a movie the 
first and third Tuesday of 
every month, preceded by a 
presentation about the film’s 
hidden history and followed 
by lively discussion. Oct. 16: 
Once Were Warriors (1994 
R) starring Rena Owen and 
Temuera Morrison. In New 
Zealand, a family descended 
from Maoris lives in a slum 
where the father’s alcoholism 
has affected his relationship 
with his wife and scarred 
their teenaged children 

 Caregiver Support Group 
– Wednesdays, Oct. 17, 
from 1 to 2:30 p.m. If you 
are a caregiver for a loved 
one, you may be neglecting 
your own well-being due 
the stress of day-to-day 
tasks that ensure your loved 
one is comfortable, safe and 
provided for. This support 
group is intended to provide 
a meaningful time for 
caregivers to focus on their 
own feelings and needs.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26, 
at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys 
watching movies and the 
pleasures they bring. Oct. 
12: I Feel Pretty (2018, PG-
13) starring Amy Schumer 
and Michelle Williams. A 
woman who struggles with 
deep feelings of insecurity 
believes she is a confident 
and fearless supermodel 
after awaking from an 
accident. Oct. 19 – Won’t 
You Be My Neighbor? (2018, 
PG-13). This documentary 
takes an intimate look at 
the life, lessons and legacy 
of America’s favorite 
neighbor, Mr. Rogers. Oct. 
26: Overboard (2018, PG-
13) starring Anna Faris and 
Eugenio Derbez. In this 
remake of the 1987 original, 
a rich, spoiled playboy from 
Mexico’s wealthiest family 
mistreats a single mom 
he has hired to clean his 
yacht, then falls overboard, 
wakes up with amnesia on 
the Oregon coast and is 
unwittingly subjected to 
payback from the woman. 

 Stress and Chronic 
Conditions – Thursday, 
Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. Stress 
can affect people of all ages, 
genders and circumstances 
and can lead to physical 
and psychological health 
issues. Learn how stress can 
harm your health, and what 
to do about it. Presented by 
Anthem Blue Cross.

 LA Opera Talk: Hansel 
and Gretel – Monday, Oct. 
15, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera 
community educator will 
lead guests through the 
enchanting opera Hansel 
and Gretel composed by 
Engelbert Humperdinck 
with libretto by his sister. 
Based on the beloved tale 
by the Brothers Grimm, 
the opera follows a young 
brother and sister who get 
lost in the woods where 
they discover a full-sized 
gingerbread house festooned 
with candy and other sweets, 
but soon meet the owner 
of the house – a witch who 
proceeds to turn Gretel into 
a servant and begins to fatten 
up Hansel for the oven.

 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.

Earthquake Drill to Rumble 
Across Pasadena College

 On October 18, at 10:18 a.m., 
Pasadena City College will 
join colleges, K-12 schools, 
and other civic institutions 
around California to take 
part in the Great California 

 This emergency safety 
drill is designed to help the 
college community better 
prepare for an earthquake. 
The drill will consist of 
recognizing how you would 
best protect yourself in your 
immediate environment by 
following the recommended 
steps of Drop! Cover!, and 
Hold On! These steps should 
be practiced during the 
drill at PCC, CEC/Foothill 
Campus, Rosemead, and the 
Child Development Center.

 The drill will be followed 
by a complete evacuation of 
all rooms and buildings at 
each of the campuses. Once 
the all clear signal is given, 
everyone will be allowed 
back into the buildings.

 More information on the 
procedure to follow in the 
event of an earthquake 
is available on a video 
produced by the ShakeOut 
organization. Interested 
parties may also contact Sgt. 
Bill Abernathie, Campus 
Police at (626) 585-7484.

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