Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, March 31, 2018

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three-minute response time that our paramedics provide today. (C We’ll get the “obligatory” level of service - the County 
shoots for an eight-minute ambulance response time, and you may not even get that. And the irony is, if we disincorporate, 
we will pay the County 4.5% Utility Users Tax! I’ll bet the proponents of Measure D didn’t even know that.

 In the Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure D on your sample ballot, Mayor Arizmendi and I opined that Measure 
D is “a misleading and misguided stunt.” It certainly sounds like Mr. Alexander agreed when he said: “UUT repeals are 
designed not to take money away from government, but to highlight the fact that we’re not managing well.” He then said: 
“UUT repeals are an opportunity to point out various problems - a failure to come to grips with spending on pensions.” 
Really? Not meant to take money away from government?? And he said this with a straight face… you can watch it on the 
website. It’s actually comical.

 Mr. Alexander also bragged that in Glendale, the UUT repeal measure got 10,000 votes. That’s out of a city with a population 
of 200,000. The 10,000 represented 28.5% of the total votes. Batting .285 is mediocre in baseball but it’s absolutely horrible in 
a municipal election. Remember, Sierra Madre batted .723 in passing Measure UUT in 2016. For the record, Mr. Alexander 
attempted a repeal in Arcadia in 2016 and failed there too.

 Really Mr. Alexander, if you are sincere and hope to do a public service by advocating for pension reform, you should learn 
from your failures and try something new. I could get behind you on a march to Sacramento to fix the pension problem, but 
not until you abandon these foolish tactics. Utility Tax stunts won’t get it done, and you have no credibility when you preach 
that such stunts are the answer. 

 So the question boils down to whether Sierra Madreans think it’s a good idea to punish ourselves by decimating our Police, 
Fire, Paramedic, Library, Parks, Sidewalks, etc., just to make a statement to the California Legislature. 

 Maybe Measure D doesn’t spell Disaster, it spells Dopey and Dumb.

 Sierra Madreans: Once more, circle the wagons and ignore outsiders with ulterior motives - they are NOT advocating for 
your interests. They’re using you. 

 On April 10th, you know what needs to be done. Please do it.


Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 31, 2018 


MEASURE D... continued from page 1


Capping National Library Week is the gala Library 
Open House on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Sierra 
Madre Public Library. 

 Special open house programs include: The 
Science of Magic with California Joe for children 
at 10:00 am and an author panel and book signing 
at 11:00 am. 

 Authors on the panel are: Ira Baumgarten, Maricelle 
Brandler, Lisa Di Vita, Dianne Dixon, Jonathan 
Hennessey, Linda La Roche, Susan Lendroth, Susanna 
Lo, and Beth Navarro. Following the panel, authors 
will be available sign books. 

 Throughout the event, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 
enjoy demonstrations of 3D Printing, Virtual Reality 
(for 13 and older), Hands-on Robotics, Strawberry 
DNA Lab, Digital Storytelling Demos, Friends of the 
Library Mini Used Book Sale, Historical Preservation 
Society table, and light refreshments. 

 Read, Discover, Connect @ Sierra Madre Public 
Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 
91024, (626) 355-7186, Text (626) 662-1254, www. 


Easter is tomorrow! A time of celebration that 
has a lot to do with bunnies; chocolate ones – yes, 
most of us eat the ears first. The stores are filled 
with Peeps candies, now in all sorts of flavors 
and I’ve been trying to find a Cadbury caramel 
egg with no success at all. There are exhaustive 
hunts in various parks for tie-dyed eggs and, if 
you’re lucky and get invited somewhere good for 
lunch, there might be honey-baked ham. Easter 
might have something to do with new outfits, but 
extensive biblical research has not proven that, one 
way or the other. What Easter is really about is the 
fact that the stone was rolled away and there was 
an empty tomb. As the angel said, “He is not here, 
He is risen!” An amazing concept upon which 
many of us base our lives. It really is more exciting 
than chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs….unless, 
of course, they were dyed for you by some small 
person you absolutely love and adore.

This year Easter falls on what would have been our 
51st anniversary, John’s and mine, but he will be 
celebrating the Risen Lord right there in heaven 
with Jesus himself. 

Before Dawn….. Easter Sunday


The sky was gray, 

The world was hushed,

Before dawn… Sunday.

The women walked

Toward a tomb,

Jars of spices in their hands,

To tend the One,

The One Who died,

Crucified that Friday.

The women walked,

Toward the tomb,

Mary Magdalene and another.

They walked, and wondered,

Wondered who would roll away the stone.

The sky was gray, 

The world was hushed,

Before dawn, Sunday.

They stopped to rest,

Await the day,

Sad eyes filled with tears,

Sorrow for the One,

Who died,

Crucified that Friday.

Another dawn, 

Another day,

What did it matter, anyway?

The One who loved her as she was,

Who changed her life, was gone.

She raised her eyes to see the sky,

Streaks of pink and gold.

And then they saw,

The guards were gone,

The stone was rolled away!

The grief she’d felt since Friday,

Like the stone, was rolled away!

She grabbed that jar of spices,

And running like a child, 

Climbed the hill, 

To tend her Lord before dawn, Sunday. 

They looked inside that borrowed tomb,

Petrified with fright,

An angel sat there on the stone,

Clothed in brilliant white.

“I know the one you seek,” he said,

“Jesus, crucified.”

“He is not here, he’s risen!

He’s risen, as he said

He’s risen! He’s risen!

He’s risen, as he said!”

“Now go! And tell the others,

He’s risen, as he said!

Look not for the living,

Here among the dead!

He is not here, he’s risen!

He’s risen, as he said!”

And joy broke free...

Before dawn,

That first Easter Sunday. 


 Much thanks to Susan Blakeslee for the Easter 
lilies she puts out each year.

 My book page: Deanne Davis 

Check out “The Crown” now that we are heading 
for Easter...

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to that 
crown of thorns, 

“The Crown” is perfect for you!

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a look!


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March 18 to March 25, 2018 

During this period, the Sierra Madre Police Department 
responded to approximately 317 day and night time calls 
for service. 


Monday, March 19 

Officers responded to a report of vandalism in the 200 
block of N. Lima St. where unknown suspect(s) shot out 
the glass on the victim’s floodlights that are attached to the 
second story of his home. 

Case to Detectives 


Wednesday, March 21 

At about 12:01 p.m. officers were dispatched to a call of 
a subject consuming alcohol while parked in his vehicle. 
Officers attempted to contact the subject who fled in his 
vehicle upon seeing the officers. A short vehicle pursuit 
ensued before the subject came to a stop. Officers attempted 
to place the subject in handcuffs, but the subject resisted. 
Officers deployed a Taser and were able to handcuff the 
subject. The subject was transported by Sierra Madre Fire 
Paramedics to a local hospital where he was medically 
cleared to be booked. Officers then transported the subject 
to the Pasadena Police Jail for booking. 

Case to Detectives 


Thursday, March 23 

At about 7:30 a.m. an injury traffic collision involving a 
vehicle and a female pedestrian occurred at Lima St and W. 
Grandview Ave. The pedestrian was treated by the Sierra 
Madre Paramedics at the scene and later transported to a 
local hospital for further treatment. 



Thursday, March 23 

While following up on a call of a wrong way driver, officers 
located a vehicle nearby with front end damage at about 
10:32 p.m. During the investigation officers determined 
that the female passenger was intoxicated. The female 
was arrested for public intoxication and for possession of 
marijuana in the area of Santa Anita Ave and Oakwood 
Ave. The woman was transported to the Pasadena Police 
Jail for booking. 

Case to the DA’s office for filing 

City of Sierra Madre


From: The City of Sierra Madre


Applicant: City of Sierra Madre

Project Location: Properties in the City of Sierra Madre, County of Los Angeles, State of California

On March 27, 2018 the City Council of the City of Sierra Madre introduced for second reading Ordinance No. 1396 
recommending adoption of Municipal Code Text Amendment 17-07 (MCTA 17-07). 

This summary is published pursuant to Government Code Section 36933(c)(1) and a full and complete certified copy of the text 
of Ordinance 1396 is available at the Sierra Madre City Manager’s Office located at City of Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 W. 
Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA. Ordinance 1396 becomes effective on April 29, 2018. For further information on this 
subject, please contact the Planning and Community Preservation Department at (626) 355-7138.

The purpose of MCTA 17-07 is to amend Chapter 17.56 – Nonconforming Uses in its entirety, to update regulations for uses 
and structures that have become non-conforming over time due to changes in the City’s Zoning Code. The amended ordinance 
includes restrictions on nonconforming uses and structures, continuation and abatement of uses and structures, reconstruction 
after involuntary damage, limitations on alterations and/or additions to nonconforming uses and structures, exemptions from 
nonconforming determination, nonconformance with respect to conditional use permit requirements, and regulations regarding 
unlawful uses and structures as well as nuisance abatement, and exemptions for nonprofit organization/places of worship.

In addition to addressing nonconforming uses, amendments to Chapter 17.82 are included in MCTA 17-07 with a revision to 
the definition of “Bed and breakfast inn” which expands the “Adaptive reuse of historic structures” to allow “Bed and breakfast 
inns” with up to six units in single-family zones and up to 12 units in multi-family zones subject to a conditional use permit.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on December 14, 2017 recommending approval of the proposed text 
amendment to the City Council for their consideration.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The subject ordinance amendments qualify for an exemption from California 
Environmental Quality Act review pursuant to Title 14, Section 15061(b)(3) of the California Code of Regulations as it can be 
seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the adoption of this ordinance may have a significant effect on the environment 
because it will provide regulations to help retain existing structures and uses in place, and impose certain limitations on their 
expansion; the amendments also apply to conversion of historic residential structures and are exempt for numerous reasons: 
all historic landmarks in the city that are single- or multi-family residences are located in residentially zoned areas; given the 
limited number of such structures, the number of conversions should be extremely limited; such conversions should include 
few, if any, modifications to the exterior of such structures, and only if such changes would not be detrimental to the historic or 
architectural character of the historical landmark.

APPEAL: If in the future anyone wishes to challenge the decision of the City Council in court, one may be limited to raising 
the issues that were raised or presented in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or before, the scheduled 
public hearing. For further information on this subject, please contact the Planning and Community Preservation Department 
at (626) 355-7138.

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