Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 7, 2018 


“Pluviophile – A lover of rain, someone who finds 
joy and peace of mind during rainy days.”

“When life gives you rain days, wear cute boots and 
jump in the puddles.”

Still being thankful for all the rain we had a couple 
of weeks ago. Clever planning made it possible for 
me to stay in my jammies all day, never go outside 
at all, and watch the rain slide down the windows, 
which is exactly how rain should be enjoyed. Don’t 
you love the sound rain makes as it trickles down 
the rain gutters.

 “Crafting is the answer. Who cares what the 
question is!”

 “I’m in a good place right now. No, not 
emotionally, I’m at the craft store!”

 Have you been in to Craft yet? It’s at 49 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd and it’s full of inspiration and all the 
ingredients you need to start something new in 
your life. For instance: Calligraphy – have you 
ever wished you could create your own awesome 
style of modern calligraphy? There’s a class on 
April 15th to teach you all you need to know to 
get started. Three hours will teach you how to use 
that strange pen to create beautiful letters. You’ll 
get an introduction to the tools, the basic practice 
strokes and next thing you know you’ll be putting 
it all together to form letters and then develop your 
own personal style. Think of the exquisite cards 
you could create!

 Craft opened their doors during the Wistaria 
Festival just a couple of weeks ago and owner, 
Arianna Reel, could not be happier. With her 
art background and years of being a restaurant 
consultant, she was ready to jump back into the 
world of crafts, creating and teaching others how 
to make the things which feed the soul. Arianna 
has been hosting pop-ups, many specializing in 
skin care, participating in street fairs throughout 
the Los Angeles area, and she was here for our 
Christmas Winter Village Festival; all of which 
helped her to realize the time was right to set her 
dream in motion. Craft is Arianna’s 40th birthday 
present to herself. She and husband, Mike Cook – 
he’s involved in TV and film – live here in Sierra 
Madre with their son, Ian, who is a student at 
Sierra Madre Elementary. Their desire with Craft is 
to bring something to the community to share and 
if you haven’t stopped in, do it today!

 In the front window are colorful skeins of 
oversized merino wool. With the right sized 
knitting needles or crochet hook, you could create 
a king-sized afghan in no time at all! Arianna is 
ready to help you in just about any craft you can 
imagine: yarn work, printing, embroidery. She also 
has a consignment area for local artists and artisans 
to display and sell their work. The day I stopped in 
there were some excellent pottery pieces, paintings, 
purses, baby products and some really charming 
little glass hanging terrariums for succulents and 
air ferns. Mother’s Day was mentioned, friends and 
neighbors, and these terrariums would be easy to 
do and be a lovely gift for any mothers or grandmas 
you happen to know. There’s a large space in the 
back for workshops and Arianna has a number 
of these planned; like the calligraphy mentioned 
above, or leather work, think hand-sewn sandals.

 Children’s products? Yes, indeed. Science Fair 
season is coming and there is poster board and 
supplies for all sorts of science experiments. 
Birthday parties will be available soon and if you’ve 
always liked macramé but thought it was totally 
outta style...good news.... it’s back, more fun and 
easier than ever. If you’d like to try candle making, 
everything you need to create soy candles is on 
hand. There are graphic art supplies, natural earth 
non-toxic oil paints, acrylic supplies. All these 
things are so much fun to do and you’ll be giving 
yourself a gift of time and creativity; something we 
all need.

 There’s a Friday Night Knit at 6:00 p.m. which is a 
drop-in, make something, talk to other craft lovers 
sort of social gathering and, as mentioned above, 
in addition to everything else she can do and teach 
you to do, Arianna has been involved in skincare 
for quite some time. 

 Check out the Craft Sierra Madre website to see 
what’s coming up. There just might be that secret 
skill you’ve always wanted to learn. Craft is Sierra 
Madre’s next big success story!

 Seen on a window downtown: Straightedge 
Coffee LLC... more to come!

 My book page: Deanne Davis 

 Kindle books of all sorts and hardcover 
Tablespoon of Love are on there!

 Star of Wonder the CD is now on TuneCore! 
Take a look!


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City of Sierra Madre


From: The City of Sierra Madre


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a General Municipal Election will be held in the City of Sierra Madre on Tuesday, April 10, 
2018 there shall be three (3) voting precincts.

The polling places for the respective precincts shall be the places designated below. The persons named have been appointed 
officers of election for their respective voting precincts as of 15 days prior to the election; and the persons named actually served 
as officers of election for their respective precincts.

Voting Precinct 640002A

Episcopal Church of Ascension

25 E. Laurel Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Accessible to Handicapped: Yes

Inspector Patricia Alcorn

Clerk Dorothy Jerneycic

Clerk Barry Ziff

Clerk Leslie Ziff


Voting Precinct 6400006A

Sierra Madre United Methodist Church

Hartzell Hall

695 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 

Accessible to Handicapped: Yes

Inspector Mary Lou Caldwell

Clerk Darlene Crook

Clerk Julianna "Julie" Jenkins

Clerk Valerie "Simmie" Salembier


Voting Precinct 640010A

Sierra Madre Congregational Church

160 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 

Accessible to Handicapped: Yes

Inspector Richard Mays

Clerk Caroline Brown

Clerk Alexandra Potter-Watts

Clerk Debora "Debbie" Sheridan

The polls will be open between 7:00 am and 
8:00 pm on April 10, 2018.

Laura Aguilar

Election Official / Assistant City Clerk

(626) 836-6756



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Election Official / Assistant City 
Clerk of the City of Sierra Madre has designated Sierra Madre City Hall, 
Council Chambers, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 
as the place to manual tally the ballots for 1 percent of the precincts of the 
General Municipal Election to be held in the City of Sierra Madre on April 
10, 2018. This manual tally will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 
10:30 am.

 Prior to the conduct of the manual tally, the election official will randomly 
select one (1) precinct to be tallied.



NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Election Official / Assistant City Clerk 
of the City of Sierra Madre has authorized that Sierra Madre City Hall, Council 
Chambers, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024 is designated as 
the central place to count ballots for the General Municipal Election to be held in 
the City of Sierra Madre on April 10, 2018.

 Vote-by-mail ballots will begin to be counted once the voting polls close at 8:00 


By Kevin McGuire

Read. Discover. Connect. This is the motto of 
the Sierra Madre Library, which has served the 
community since 1887, making it the fourth 
oldest city library in Los Angeles County and the 
10th oldest in Southern California. Jill Schofield, 
Acting Library Services Manager, met before the 
City Council on March 27 to showcase the latest 
services of this library and reiterate what many in 
this great, little town already know. This library is 
more than just a building full of books.

 Schofield calls them “very lofty goals,” but strives 
to reach the objectives as described in the State 
Education Code: “A public library is a supplement 
to the formal system of free public education, and 
a source of information and inspiration to persons 
of all ages, and a resource for continuing education 
and re-education beyond the years of formal 
education…” With Baby Rhyme Time, Teen 
Advisory Boards, and Adult Reading Programs, 
there is certainly something for all ages at Sierra 
Madre Library. 

 The library staffs 11 part-time and four full-
time persons and is blessed with many volunteers 
including Friends of the Library, which raises 
money through art fairs, wine tastings and 
book sales, and of course, the Library Board of 
Trustees, responsible for establishing policies and 
maintaining the budget, among other tasks. 

There have been more visitors and rentals recorded 
at the library in 2017 compared to 2016, with 
circulation numbers reaching 104,800 (93,320 in 
2016) and 84, 255 visits last year (79,981 in 2016). 
Though over 6,000 items (books and videos) have 
been added to the collection, but Schofield noted that 
over 7,700 items have been part of a “weeding” out 
process. “This is part of a plan to remove older items 
and to get the collection more modern and to get rid 
of…shelf sitters,” said Schofield, who will retire this 
year. You can also access a growing amount of titles 
through the libraries online service.

New Programs and Tech

The 2017 Master Plan was presented before the 
City Council in March of last year, and included 
discussions of major upgrades needed for the aging 
library, and whether the facility should be relocated 
to a new building. In July 2017, Council approved 
use of funds, raised by Friends of the Library, to be 
used for repairs and the additional of much needed 
upgrades to meet the standards of the American with 
Disabilities Act. Also in July, to the delight of patrons 
and staff, there was an elimination of late fees and 
DVD rental fees. 

Some of the items added include a Mandarin 
collection of books in Chinese; Launch Pad tablets 
loaded with educational programs for kids, and an 
increased “classics” collection, including Shakespeare. 
“People still read the classics and don’t want to read 
them on Gutenberg,” Schofield said referring to the 
program featuring a collection of e-books. “They 
want a physical item,” she said. 

Some of the new participation programs available 
this year included a Bookmark Contest, where 
kids created their own bookmarks; a Reading 
Buddies program where high school seniors assisted 
elementary school students with their reading, 
keeping them fresh during the summer; Lego Play 
Day, encouraging kids to think outside the box, and 
Teen Scene, bringing teens together for board games 
and other fun activities. Other popular programs 
include: Stuffed Animal Sleepover, Miniature Golf, 
and Teen Candyland Party.

Sierra Madre Library has been fortunate enough 
to be able to keep up with the latest technology 
trends. In 2018, you’ll be able to access virtual reality 
headsets, use the new book scanning center, enjoy 
the upgraded CalRen 1 Gigabit per second Internet 
access, and coming soon you’ll be able to experience 
3-D printing! The library has also been awarded a 
grant for STEAM for Adults program, bringing the 
latest in science and technology education including 
collecting DNA, coding, fractals and building robots. 

But, History Matters Too

One of the important tasks that the Sierra Madre 
Library staff is responsible for is maintaining the city’s 
archives. This year they have joined the Pasadena 
Digital History Collaboration which is part of the 
Digital Public Library of America and a great way for 
Sierra Madre Library to share its historic photograph 
collection with the world. 


 In addition to all the great things the Sierra Madre 
Library offers, you can also expect new library card 
designs featuring the artwork of Kazu Kibuishi, Bill 
Peet and images from the Sierra Madre Historical 
Archives. For more information about Sierra Madre 
Library services, call 626-355-7186.


March 25 to March 31, 2018 

During this period, the Sierra Madre Police 
Department responded to approximately 327 day 
and night time calls for service. 



Tuesday, March 26 

At about 5:54 p.m. officers responded to a 
call in the 300 block of W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 
regarding an unknown male loitering in front 
of the apartment. Officers contacted the subject, 
who gave a false name and date of birth. The 
subject was arrested, transported and booked at 
Pasadena Police Jail. 

Case to Pasadena DA’s office 


Thursday, March 29 

Officers responded to a suspicious person call in 
the 400 block of Acacia St, at about 11:30 a.m., 
the person reporting the call stated that she 
witnessed two suspects run out of her back yard 
into the front yard then leave in an older black 

12:00 p.m. 

Adult Protective Services (APS) sent a report 
disclosing that an elderly female was possibly a 
victim of financial abuse. Per the report, there 
was large amounts of money being withdrawn 
from the victims account in a short period of 
time, which is unusual for the victim’s account 

2:30 p.m. 

Officers responded to the 400 block of W. 
Highland Ave regarding a theft of three 
chainsaws. An unknown suspect(s) stole the 
chainsaws from the sidewalk where the victim 
had placed them. The theft occurred between 
2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

The total loss was estimated to be about $2,800.00. 

3:30 p.m. 

A report was taken of a non-injury, hit and run 
traffic collision that occurred in the 00 block of 
W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 


Friday March 30 

At about 9:17 a.m., a person came into the lobby 
to report his vehicle was stolen from his assigned 
carport at his apartment complex located in the 
500 block of W. Sierra Madre Bl. The victim 
stated his vehicle was stolen on March 24, 2018 
between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The 
vehicle was taken without the reporting parties’ 
permission. Further investigation revealed 
that the vehicle was towed by CHP West Valley 
around the area of Sherman Way in the City of 
Van Nuys. The vehicle was later released to the 
reporting party. 

Case to Detectives 


Friday, March 30 

Officers conducted an extra patrol in the 
rear parking lot in the 400 block of W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd., regarding a report of a transient 
setting up camp in the area. A male subject was 
contacted and found to be in possession of drug 
paraphernalia and burglary tools. He was arrested 
and transported to Pasadena jail for booking. 


Saturday, March 31 

At approximately 2:30 p.m. officers responded 
to the 00 block of Rancho Rd. for a burglary 
investigation. Suspect(s) entered the residence 
through a rear door and attempted to pry open 
a steel safe located in the residence. There was 
no force entry or signs of tampering on the 
residence windows and doors. 

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