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Altadena Police Blotter
Pet of the Week

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Walking SM … The Social Side

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Education & Youth:

Best Friends and More:
The Missing Page
Happy Tails
The Joy of Yoga
Katnip News!
SGV Humane Society

Food & Drink:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two

The Good Life:
Senior Happenings

The World Around Us:
Looking Up
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor

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VOLUME 12 NO. 03 
VOLUME 12 NO. 03 
Lookingfor BurglarySuspect 

Pasadena police are 
asking for the public’s 
help locating a hot prowl 
burglary suspect who 
entered a home earlier this 

 According to police, on 
Wednesday, January 10, 
at approximately 7:45 
a.m., a resident returned 
home and interrupted the 
depicted suspect during a 
burglary in the 200 block 
of South Catalina Avenue. 
The resident heard 
additional voices upstairs, 
which led him to believe 
there was more than one 

The suspect appears to 
have entered the residence 
through an unlocked 
window. The resident was 
not injured during the 
burglary. The investigation 
is ongoing and no 
additional information is 
being released at this time. 

 The suspect is described 
as Black male, 6’-1”/
athletic build, short 
black “buzz” cut hair and 
brown eyes. The suspect 
had a clean appearance. 
Approximately 20 to 30 
years old.

 Anyone with information 
should call Detective 
Chris Burchett at (626)
744-7088 or Pasadena 
Police at (626) 744-4241. 
To provide information 
anonymously, you may call 
“Crime Stoppers” at (800) 
222-TIPS (8477). 

Parade Theme, New President Revealed

 Celebrating music new president picks 
‘The Melody of Life,’ as parade theme. 

 The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Board 
of Directors announced Friday Gerald Freeny 
as President for the 2018-2019 Tournament 

 According to officials, Freeny will provide 
leadership for the 130th Rose Parade and the 
Rose Bowl Game on Tuesday, January 1.

 Annually, the parade is presented by Honda 
and the football game by Northwestern 

 Also announced was “The Melody of Life” 
as the Pasadena Tournament of Roses theme 
to encourage creativity in float entries, 
marching bands and equestrian participants. 

 “The 2019 theme, ‘The Melody of Life,’ 
celebrates music, the universal language,” TOR President Gerald Freeny 
shared Freeny. “Music has the power to not Black Support Group at Cal State LA, Urban 
only bring us together but take us back to League Board of Governors, United Way 
memories and moments as nothing else can. Fundraising Committee, Toast Masters and 

Rhythm, melody, harmony and color all the Pasadena NAACP. Freeny has been on 
come together to create the soundtrack that the Advisory Board of the Rose Bowl Legacy 

defines our lives.”Foundation since 2016, and is also a member 
In an announcement, officials said, of Legacy’s Museum Committee.

Freeny has been a volunteer member of He attended Pasadena Christian School 
the Tournament of Roses Association since and John Muir High School in Pasadena, 
1988. In addition to his many years of service and received a bachelor's degree in business 

in the Tournament of Roses, his community administration and finance from California 
involvement has included; president of the State University, Los Angeles. Freeny is 
San Gabriel chapter of NOBLE (National a member of both the Kappa Alpha Psi 
Organization of Black Law Enforcement and Gamma Zeta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi 

Executives), the Pasadena Police Foundation fraternities. Gerald resides in Altadena with 
Board, Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, his wife, Trina, and their daughter, Erica.
Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Board, For more information about the game and 

University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board, parade visit:

Pasadena Man Charged withConspiring to Illegally ObtainTechnology Sent to China

 Federal authorities this 

morning arrested two 

men, one from Pasadena 

on federal charges that 

allege a scheme to illegally 

obtain technology and 

integrated circuits with 

military applications that 

were exported to a Chinese 

company without the 

required export license. 
Kiet Ahn Mai, 63, of 

Pasadena, and Yi-Chi Shih, 

62, an electrical engineer 

who is a part-time Los 

Angeles resident, were 

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arrested this morning 
without incident by 
federal agents.

Shih and Mai, who 
previously worked 
together at two 
different companies, 
are named in a 
criminal complaint 
unsealed this morning 
that charges them with 

 The complaint alleges 
that the men conspired 
to illegally provide Shih 
with unauthorized 
access to a protected 
computer of a United 
States company 
that manufactured 
specialized, high-
speed computer chips 
known as monolithic 
microwave integrated 
circuits (MMICs). The 
conspiracy count also 
alleges that the two 
men engaged in mail 
fraud, wire fraud and 
international money 
laundering to further 
the scheme.

 “This case outlines 
a scheme to 
secure proprietary 
technology, some of 
which was allegedly 
sent to China, where 
it could be used to 
provide companies 
there with significant 
advantages that would 
compromise U.S. 
business interests,” 

said United States Attorney 
Nicola T. Hanna. “The 
very sensitive information 
would also benefit foreign 
adversaries who could 
use the technology to 
further or develop military 
applications that would be 
detrimental to our national 

 The victim company’s 
proprietary semiconductor 
technology has a number 
of commercial and 
military applications, and 
its customers include the 
Air Force, Navy and the 
Defense Advanced Research 
Projects Agency. MMICs 
are used in electronic 
warfare, electronic warfare 
countermeasures and radar 

 “The FBI, working jointly 
with our law enforcement 
partners, remains committed 
to bringing to justice those 
who seek to illegally export 
some of our nation’s most 
sensitive technologies to the 
detriment of our national 
security and hard-working 
United States companies,” 
said Paul Delacourt, 
Assistant Director in Charge 
of the FBI’s Los Angeles 
Field Office. “Rest assured, 
the FBI will continue to 
diligently pursue any and 
all leads that involve the 
illegal exportation of U.S. 
technology which will cause 
harm to our long-term 
national security interests.”

 If convicted of the charges 
in the criminal complaint, 
Mai would face a statutory 
maximum sentence of five 
years in federal prison, and 
Shih could be sentenced 
to as much as 25 years in 

 This case is being 
investigated by the Federal 
Bureau of Investigation; 
the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, Bureau of 
Industry and Security, Office 
of Export Enforcement; and 
IRS Criminal Investigation. 

Recent Thefts 
of GardeningEquipment

The Pasadena Police 

Department is alerting residents 

of recent thefts of gardening 

equipment from the back of 

pick-up trucks. While you and 

your workers are maintaining 

the yards of our community, 

some of your equipment is left 


 This creates the opportunity for 

thieves to steal your tools from 

the unattended work trucks. In 

some isolated cases the thieves 

are stealing the entire work 

truck with the equipment. 

Safety tips to deter thieves from 

stealing your equipment

1. Secure your equipment inthe back of your work trucks 
through some kind of locking 
device and or heavy duty cables 
which are not easily cut. 
2. Have a person with yourwork truck at all times. 
3. Carry a list of serialnumbers for large items such 
as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, 
4. Take a picture of yourequipment, if it is stolen you may 
be able to identify equipment 
through photographs.
5. Etch your name and anidentifying symbol on your 
Free Concert

 The Tuesday Musicale of 
Pasadena will present a free 
concert on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 
12:30pm in the Pasadena Central 
Library, 285 E. Walnut. 

 On the program will be a trio 
by Menotti played by Linda 
Tajima, violin, Emily Denney, 
Clarinet, and Louise Earhart, 
piano; Diana Briscoe, soprano, 
will sing arias by Richard Rogers 
and Richard Warner; Joyce Pan, 
violinist, will play violin solos for 
unaccompanied violin by Bach, 
Paganini, and Ysaye; and then 
Nancy Sensenbach and Nancy 
Chen will play Preludes by 
Gershwin and Randall Compton 
for piano Four-Hands. 

 The concert is handicapped 
accessible. For more information 

Embattled Board to Discuss 
Bylaws, Brown Act Training

By Dean Lee

 After numerous open 
meeting violation allegations 
and the issue being discussed 
at their last meeting, the 
Altadena Library Board of 
Trustees is set Monday night 
to again discuss Brown Act 
board training as it applies 
to their meetings. The board 
last met Nov. 27.

 At issue, was a previous 
Oct. 28 board meeting 
where Trustees publicly said 
that Altadena residency was 
required to speak during 
public comment, going so 
far as to put, “Citizens of 
Altadena may address the 
Board regarding any item of 
Library business on or not 
on the agenda.” 

 The Brown Act states that 
any member of the “public” 
can address the legislative 
body and to deny comment 
is unconstitutional. The 
privilege is protected by law. 

 “I’m glad to see I didn’t 
need to provide my passport, 
prove my citizenship, nor was 
a required to demonstrate 
that I live in Altadena,” said 
local activist Rene Amy at 
the Nov. 27 meeting. “I think 
that’s good, and I’m glad to 
see that foolishness, is gone.” 

 Members of the public 
have also expressed concern 
over secretive and serial 
meetings, as the entire board 
has been witnessed, and 
recorded, openly discussing 
library business before 
and after public meetings. 
People also familiar with 
the situation have said, and 
received, emails circulated 
between all board members, 
a violation of the Brown 
Act known as “daisy-chain” 

 Monaca Hubbard a 
founding member of 
Neighbors Building a Better 
Altadena said, at the Nov. 
27 meeting, their group 
(NBBA) was appalled at the 
rude and disrespectful tone 
exhibited, at the Oct.28 and 
Oct. 23 meetings, towards 
the public and library staff, 
she also alleged they tried 
to change previous meeting 
minutes,” without the 
legislative process.”

 Hubbard also complained 

about restricted public 
comment and the 
requirement of stating a 
current address of residency 
in Altadena to speak.
Former trustee Mark 
Mariscal along with Amy, 
also expressed concern over 
the lack of documentation 
at meetings associated with 
action items, including 
the hire of an independent 
auditor focused on forensic 
accounting and fraud 
investigation. When asked, 
current board President 
John McDonald, said he 
had a few “unanswered 
questions” about the 
library’s finances. Although 
McDonald said they would 
further discuss the issue, it 
had not been included in 
Monday’s agenda. The board 
is set to discuss Final Draft 
of the Annual Financial 

 On Tuesday, less than 
a week before the next 
meeting, board members 
also requested that they 
evaluate, in closed session, 
the performance of District 
Director Mindy Kittay 
something Kittay said she 
was unaware they planned. 

 Trustee Armando 
Zambrano had criticized 
Kittay and library staff for 
the rundown condition 
of the Bob Lucas Branch 
library. He said all the 
attention, through recent 
renovations, was being given 
to the Main Library. He 
expressed concern over not 
painting the outside of the 
Bob Lucas Branch.

 Kittay said Friday that 
she was going to request 
any evaluation of her job 
performance be done open 
to the public, “I don’t know 
what they are going to do?”

 The Board of Library 
Trustees regular meeting 
will be held Monday at 5 

p.m. starting with closed 
session. Kittay said she 
expects the board to recess 
back into open session 
around 5:45 p.m. advising 
members of the public, 
wishing to addend, to show 
up then. The meetings are 
held in the community room 
of the main library, 600 East 
Mariposa Street. 
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