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Community Calendar:
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Pasadena – Altadena:
Pet of the Week

South Pasadena / San Marino:

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side
Sierra Madre Police Blotter

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter

Education & Youth:
Golden Words: Dr. Dan's College Corner

Best Friends and More:
Happy Tails
The Joy of Yoga
Katnip News!

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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Tom Purcell
Michael Reagan
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Bob Eklund
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PIO BoyerSteps Down

City to Hold Meeting over Bridge Suicides

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 Pasadena Public Information 
Officer (PIO) William Boyer 
abruptly stepped down 
Thursday after nearly six years 
overseeing the city’s social 
media and communications 
with news media. In a 
statement Boyer said he was 
offered another job.

“After tomorrow…, I will 
no longer represent the 
city of Pasadena in order 
to pursue a new career 
opportunity as the Director of 
Communications for the Los 
Angeles Community College 
District,” he said.

 He directed all media 
inquires to Interim Public 
Information Officer Lisa 

 Derderian also serves as the 
Pasadena Fire Department 
City Manager Steve Mermell 
has not said if the city is 
looking to fill the position.

 As PIO, Boyer oversaw daily 
communications, marketing 
and crisis communications 
for all 16 city departments 
and over 2,000 employees. 
He also oversaw city media 
relations for events such as 
the Rose Parade and Rose 
Bowl game. Traditionally the 
PIO is also the speech writer 
for the mayor, which includes 
the state of the city.

 Most recently, Boyer dealt 
with the city’s controversial 
release of police video 
showing the violent beating, 
in November, of Christopher 
Ballew at an Altadena gas 
station. Police broke Ballew 
leg during the encounter.

 At the time, the Los Angeles 
Times quoted “Pasadena 
public information officer 
William Boyer said police 
officers Lerry Esparza and 
Zachary Lujan stopped 
Ballew, who is black, because 
of his car’s darkly tinted 
windows and missing front 
license plate.”

 According to the state of 
California Boyer's salary in 
2016 was $160,847.26 a year 
including benefits. 

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The city of Pasadena is set 
to hold a second community 
meeting of the Colorado 
Street Bridge Task Force to 
get public input on planned 
enhancements for the 
Colorado Street Bridge to 
stop suicides. 

 The meeting will be held 
from 6:30 to 8 p.m., February 
20, at the Maranatha High 

 According to officials, The 
Task Force held its first 
community meeting Nov. 
29 to gather ideas from the 
public on viable options for 
the bridge. At the Feb. 20 
meeting, the Task Force will 
present its evaluation of the 
recommendations made by 
the public at the first meeting 
and to receive additional 
feedback they said.

 In June, the City installed 
10-foot-high metal mesh 
fencing around the benched 
alcoves on both sides of 
the Colorado Street Bridge 
as a temporary deterrent 
measure. The City is now 
seeking responsibly designed 
permanent solutions that can 

be an effective deterrent 

while also being 
respectful of the bridge’s 
national historic status 
and architectural 

The Task Force 
includes experts in the 
fields of architecture, 
engineering, historic 
preservation, mental 
health, suicide 
prevention and public 
safety. The vision of 
the Task Force is to 
allow the community 
to experience and 
enjoy the Colorado 
Street Bridge and the 
Arroyo Seco area below 

Valentine’s Day Plans? 

 Old Pasadena’s 
businesses are gearing 
up for a “lovely” 
Valentine’s Day 
Week. Many Old 
Pas restaurants are 
offering special dining 
opportunities - now 
is the time to make 

your reservations! Other 
events include Pasadena 
Senior Center’s Valentine 
Luncheon, workshops at 
both We Olive and Duff ’s 
Cakemix, Comedy Night 
at iPic Theater, and some 
sweet Puppy Love at Color 
Me Mine. Visit our Events 
Calendar to plan your 

it as a safe and beautiful 

 In July, the city’s Public 
Safety Committee took up 
the issue.

 Both Sue Mossman 
Executive Director Pasadena 
Heritage and Claire 
Bogaard Pasadena Heritage 
Board Member suggested 
planting trees and working 
with Pasadena architects, 
“working on solutions that 
might not be investigated 
yet,” Mossman said. 
Non-structural interventions 
such as phones/intercoms 
Bridge patrols pedestrian 
exclusion, along with 
structural solutions like, wire 
strand installation, mesh 
barriers, netting and picket 
extensions were discussed.

 Pasadena Mayor Terry 
Tornek criticized the mesh 
fencing “It’s aesthetically 
offensive but I don’t see any 
alternative and I commend 
staff for moving aggressively,” 
he said, calling the whole 
discussion very upsetting. 

As part of this effort, the city 
reached out to prominent 
experts in the fields of 
architecture, engineering, 
mental health, suicide 
prevention and public safety 
to form a task force. The 
Task Force’s mission is to 
engage the community in 
developing solutions that will 
deter people from attempting 
suicide at the bridge while 
also preserving the structure’s 
national historic status and 
architectural significance.

 At the first meeting in 
November there was a lengthy 
discussion about the Habitat 
for Humanity Desiderio Park 
housing project. Pasadena 
Mayor Terry Tornek said 
that suicides from the bridge 
would not detour the project. 

Tornek said that the whole 
issue was tragic. 

 The Maranatha High School 
Student Center is located 
169 S. Saint John Ave. Free 
parking will be available 
in the visitor’s parking lot 
on campus or the school’s 
underground parking, both 
off of South St. John Avenue. 
For more information visit:5. or email 
ColoradoBridgeTaskForce @ 

Black HistoryParade 
and Festival

 Pasadena community is 
invited to the 36th Annual 
Black History Parade & 
Festival on Sat. February 17, 
2018 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. 
The parade begins at Charles 
White Park and the festival 
will take place at Robinson 
Park. See flyer on page 3 for 
more info. 

Safely PassBy Earth

 Two small asteroids recently 
discovered by astronomers at 
the NASA-funded Catalina 
Sky Survey (CSS) near Tucson, 
Arizona, are safely passing by 
Earth within one lunar distance 
this week.

 The first of this week’s close-
approaching asteroids --
discovered by CSS on Feb. 4 
-- is designated asteroid 2018 

CC. Its close approach to Earth 
came Tuesday (Feb. 6) at 12:10 
p.m. PST (3:10 p.m. EST) at 
a distance of about 114,000 
miles (184,000 kilometers). 
The asteroid is estimated to be 
between 50 and 100 feet (15 and 
30 meters) in size. 
Of potentially greater interest 
is asteroid 2018 CB, which will 
also pass closely by Earth on 
Friday, Feb. 9, at around 2:30 

p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST), at a 
distance of about 39,000 miles 
(64,000 kilometers), which is 
less than one-fifth the distance 
of Earth to the Moon). The 
asteroid, which is estimated to 
be between 50 and 130 feet (15 
and 40 meters) in size, was also 
discovered by CSS on Feb. 4.
“Although 2018 CB is quite 
small, it might well be larger 
than the asteroid that entered the 
atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, 
Russia, almost exactly five years 
ago, in 2013,” said Paul Chodas, 
manager of the Center for Near-
Earth Object Studies at NASA’s 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 
Pasadena, California. “Asteroids 
of this size do not often approach 
this close to our planet -- maybe 
only once or twice a year.” 

VOLUME 12 NO. 06 
Spring Home Tour andLecture –'Better 
Homes and Gardens'

Pasadena Heritage is set 
to show historic homes, as 
architectural and landscape 
design, spanning more than 
130 years as part of their 
Spring Home Tour and 

 Inspired by the legendary 
magazine that has 
epitomized American living 
since 1922 with articles 
such as, “Create the Perfect 
Front Yard” and “Backyard 
Landscapes with our 
Gardening Tips,”

 Better Homes and 
Gardens continues to be 
one of America’s favorite 
magazines. Pasadena 
Heritage’s Spring Home 
Tour, “Better Homes and 
Gardens”, allows guests 
to experience noteworthy 
architecture and landscape 
design that influence each 
other and combine to create 
perfect harmony. From “curb 
appeal” to private interiors, 
visitors will enjoy places 
that clearly demonstrate the 
beauty of indoor-outdoor 
living blended seamlessly 

 The famed McNally 
Mansion, designed by 
Frederick L. Roehrig in 
1887 for Andrew McNally 
of the Rand-McNally Map 
Company of Chicago, is 
a featured location on the 
tour. The 2 .-story Queen 
Anne-style home retains 
remarkable integrity both 
inside and out. Though the 
property and the gardens 
have changed over the years, 
it remains a remarkable 
showplace. Original photos 
and postcards of the house 
and grounds will remind 
guests of this great estate's 
prominence and grandeur 
as one of Altadena's earliest 

Also in Altadena, tour-goers 
can visit a charming 1922 
Spanish Colonial Revival 
bungalow with drought-
tolerant and drought-loving 
front and back gardens 
designed and cared for by the 
creative, design-conscious 
owner. The landscape was so 
well received by neighbors 
that they copied the design, 
giving the block cohesive 
curb appeal.

 Haynes Landscape Design’s 
home base will be part of the 
tour as well. See the gardens 
and nursery of their1902 
farmhouse as well as the 
interior and exterior living 
spaces of two delightful, 
one bedroom, one bath, 
miniature1930s Spanish 

 The W. Parker Lyon House, 
which was designed in 

1948 by noted architect 
Thornton Ladd, is an 
extraordinary example of 
mid-century architecture, 
with attention paid to every 
detail and strong emphasis 
on the connection between 
interior and exterior spaces. 
The current homeowners 
commissioned most of the 
current landscaping which 
beautifully frames the 
striking house and its many 

In neighboring Sierra Madre 
is the 1949 mid-century 
Mulvihill House designed 
by Harwell Hamilton Harris. 
Harris visited the home 
to make suggestions for 
restoration and to explain 
his original design to the 
current owners. Owner 
John Tidwell Lyle designed 
the current landscape and 
studio. Lyle was the principal 
architect for the Lyle Center 
for Regenerative Studies at 
Cal Poly Pomona and the 
principal landscape architect 
for the Adam Joseph Lewis 
center for Environmental 
Studies at Oberlin College. 
He is the author of such 
books as “Regenerative 
Design for Sustainable 
Development” and “Design 
for Human Ecosystems.”

 Prior to the tour on March 
8th at 7:00 p.m. Pasadena 
Heritage will present 
author Kelly Comras who 
will speak on the career 
and accomplishments of 
distinguished mid-century 
landscape architect Ruth 
Shellhorn. The evening 
also includes a screening 
of the documentary film 
about Ms. Shellhorn and 
a book-signing will follow 
the talk and film. Ruth 
Shellhorn, mid-century 
landscape architect who 
defined regional aesthetic 
of Southern California, 
is perhaps best known for 
her work on the Bullock’s 
department stores and 
her work with Walt 
Disney on the original 
design of Disneyland. 
Shellhorn also designed 
the landscape master plan 
for UC at Riverside and 
other campuses as well as a 
number of private gardens 
and estates for movie stars 
and business leaders in the 
Los Angeles region.

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