Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 19, 2018 

to be 
Under New 

Bridge Party is Back

By Dean Lee 

 Pasadena city officials, 
including Mayor Terry 
Tornek, are urging that a 
new earthquake retrofitting 
mandate for some 500 at 
risk buildings throughout 
the city be done quickly. 
The issue was discussed at 
a Public Safety Committee 
meeting Wednesday night. 

 Pasadena City Manager 
Steve Mermell said these 
are apartment buildings 
or condominiums, “soft 
story,” build prior to the late 
70s with open air parking 

 “We’re going to look a 
process to require them 
to be brought up to newer 
standards,” he said Thursday 
morning. “The big issue is 
how long will they have to 
get into compliance and 
what the cost will be.”

 He said many were build 
the standards of the day.

 Tornek said, Wednesday 
night, they needed to have 
an ordinance in less than a 

 City staff said that an 
advisory group, made up 
of stakeholders, would be 
formed. There will also be 
two community meetings 
to get comment from the 
public and that they also 
plan to use non-technical 
language in the draft 
ordinance for review. 

 Mermell said they were just 
now starting the process, 
“we hope to have something 
in front of the council 
within nine months, the big 
issue will be how long the 
property owners have to 

 City staff told the Safety 
Committee that there are 
a number of government 
grants that help pay for 
seismic retrofits. Mermell 
said that, without them, 
it could also mean higher 

 “Usually it’s the property 
owner that bears the cost, 
and they tend to pass that 
cost on to tenants.”


 Event organizers announced 
that the biannual Colorado 
Street Bridge Party is set for this 

 Join Pasadena Heritage 
for their celebration at the 
Colorado Street Bridge Party 
Saturday, July 14th from 6:00 
p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Stroll along 
one of the most beautiful 
bridges as you enjoy an evening 
of music, dancing, vintage cars, 
free kids activities, and festive 
foods and beverages.

 The Colorado Street Bridge 
has been threatened numerous 
times in its one hundred 
and five year history, and for 
the last 41 years, Pasadena 
Heritage has been its leading 
champion. To save and restore 
this iconic structure, the 
organization conducted letter-
writing campaigns, constant 
lobbying and national publicity 
efforts. Pasadena Heritage’s 
famous summer event on 
the spectacular span first 
highlighted the need to repair 
it. After many years of effort, the 
Bridge was saved, seismically 
upgraded and restored to its 
original grandeur – a feat that is 
celebrated biennially and what 
has become a much anticipated 
community event. 

 Pasadena Heritage works to 
identify, preserve, and protect 
the historic, architectural, and 
cultural resources of the City 
of Pasadena through advocacy 
and education.

 Tickets: Early: Member $18 
Non-member, $20. The day of 
the event ticket: Everyone- $25

Tickets will be available in early 
June at

For more information about the 
event visit: pasadenaheritage.

City Holds Police and Fire Memorial

 Mayor Terry Tornek, 
Interim Police Chief John 
Perez and Fire Chief Bertral 
Washington all took part 
Thursday morning in the 
Pasadena Police and Fire 
Memorial in front of city hall. 
This is the event’s7th year. 

 “I think its important that 
we take time every year to 
honor these people and all of 
our first responders,” Tornek 
siad. “We own them a debt of 
gratitude on a daily basis and 
I think its important that we 
take time out to express that 

 “Today is a somber reminder 
of the daily sacrifices of our 
police and fire heroes,”Perez 
said. “Last year across the 
United States we lost 135 
police officers, 95 firefighters 
in the line of duty. This 
year, so far, we have lost 53 
police officers and 37 brave 

 “Out of the utmost respect for 
these firefighters, represented 
by the empty helmets behind 
me, we are dedicated to 
given the upmost respect to 
their families each and every 
year,” Washington said. 
The event include 
the Presentation of Colors, 
the National Anthem, the 
ceremonial law enforcement 
21-gun salute, fire service 
ringing of the bell, and Taps 
by the United States Marine 
Corp. Family members of the 
fallen heroes were honored 
with a reading of their family 
member’s name. 

 To date, seven Pasadena 
police officers and 10 
firefighters have lost their 
lives serving the Pasadena 

 The event was in association 
with National Police Week.

Workshops to 
Discuss Area 
Specific Plans

Happy Birthday Pasadena

 The city of Pasadena is set 
to host a series of community 
workshops as part of “Our 
Pasadena – Putting the Plan 
in Motion,” the citywide 
program to implement 
Pasadena’s General Plan. The 
theme of the workshops is 
“Getting Specific,” with a focus 
on individual Specific Plan 
Areas—the workshops will be 
tailored to each Specific Plan, 
providing opportunities for 
community members to share 
ideas for each area. The next 
meeting Thursday is night.

 “These community workshops 
are at the heart of what “Our 
Pasadena” is all about—
creating Specific Plans that 
reflect the unique qualities of 
our distinct neighborhoods,” 
said David Reyes, Director 
of Planning and Community 

 The City encourages 
residents, business owners 
and community members of 
all ages to attend a workshop 
in their neighborhood and 
share their ideas to help shape 
the future of the areas that 
are most important to them, 
where they live, work and play.

 The “Getting Specific” 
workshop series begins on 
May 17 in East Pasadena and 
runs through the summer in 
the following neighborhoods:

East Pasadena: Thursday 
night from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
at the Armenian General 
Benevolent Union

South Fair Oaks: Thursday, 
May 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 
p.m. at the Los Angeles 
College of Music

Lincoln Avenue: Thursday, 
June 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 
p.m. at Lincoln Avenue 
Baptist Church

North Lake: Thursday, June 
21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 
Lake Avenue Church

Central District: Tuesday, 
June 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 
p.m. at the Holly Street Senior 

Fair Oaks/Orange Grove: 
Thursday, July 12th from 
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Fair Oaks 
Renaissance Plaza

East Colorado: Tuesday, July 
17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 
Pasadena City College

Lamanda Park: Thursday, July 
26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 
Pasadena Christian Church

 For more details about the 
program and a full workshop 
schedule, visit the “Our 
Pasadena” project website,

Museums of the Arroyo Day

Pasadena is set to celebrates 
its 132nd year with robots and 
Stormtroopers, music by Gypsy 
Jambo, makeup and monsters, 
face painting, balloon art, 
activities stations galore, and – 
of course – birthday cake. The 
free, family-friendly party for 
the community takes its cue 
from the Museum’s popular 
exhibition, Dreaming the 
Universe: The Intersection of 
Science, Fiction, & Pasadena. 
Party-goers are welcome to 
dress as their favorite science 
fiction characters, or come as 
you are.

 Festivities begin at 1:00 
pm. The official cake cutting 
ceremony with Mayor Terry 
Tornek, City Council members, 
and other VIPs is scheduled for 
2:00 pm.

Reasons to go:

Eat cake. 

Visit the Dreaming the Universe 
exhibition & the Finnish Folk 
Art Museum.

Hobnob with the Mayor and 
other City dignitaries.

Watch science fiction monsters 
come to life in the Makeup 
Demo studio.

Enjoy performances by Gypsy 

Create your own robot in Art 2 
Go’s crafts workshop.

Enhance your “look” at our 
Face Painting station.

Marvel at the wizardry of 
Mind-Blowing Balloons while 
they make something special 
just for you.

Get to know some 
Stormtroopers – don’t miss this 
photo op.

 Happy Birthday Pasadena: 
Wish Upon a Star is presented 
by Pasadena Museum of History 
and the City of Pasadena, 
and supported through the 
generosity of numerous 
Event Sponsors, Partners, and 

For more information visit:

 The Pasadena Museum of 
History is one of six local 
Museums opening their doors 
this Sunday as part of Museums 
of the Arroyo Day MOTA Day 
features unique history-based 
museums that preserve and 
perpetuate early Los Angeles 
life. The public can visit one or 
all of the museums during the 
day at no charge.

 MOTA museum include The 
Autry’s Historic Southwest 
Museum Mt. Washington 
Campus, the Gamble House, 
Heritage Square Museum, the 
Los Angeles Police Museum, 
the Lummis Home and Garden, 
as well as, the Pasadena 
Museum of History. In addition 
to its ongoing regular displays 
and exhibits, each museum 
will feature a distinctive slice of 
Southern California history.

 The Pasadena Museum of 
History current exhibition 
“Dreaming the Universe: The 
Intersection of Science, Fiction, 
& Southern California” explores 
the history of science fiction in 
Southern California from the 
1930s to the 1980s, and how it 
interacted with the advances 
of science, the changes in 
technology, and shifts in 
American society. Curated by 
Nick Smith, former president 
of Los Angeles Science Fantasy 
Society, the exhibition brings 
together an unusual range 
of artifacts, fine and graphic 
arts, books, ephemera, and 

 “A lot of science fiction came 
out of Pasadena and I don’t 
think people realize that,” Smith 
said. “You had a lot of people 
coming to Los Angeles because 
of television, movies and radio 
coming out of here. Some of 
those wanted to write for those, 
some just kind of tagged along. 
Over the years they came here 
to work.” 

 For more information on the 
twenty-ninth annual MOTA 
visit: mota.dreamhosters.
com. For more about the 
Pasadena Museum of History 
visit: or 
call 626-577-1660. 
Pasadena Museum 
of History Photo By D. Lee/

 Pasadena Museum 
of History: Dreaming 
the Universe: The 
Intersection of 
Science, Fiction, & 
Southern California

Pet of the 

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center


 There is something for everyone 
in May 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 

 A Toast to the Joys of Music – 
Tuesdays to May 29, from 9:30 
to 11:30 a.m. Tom Campbell 
returns to play his guitar and 
sing covers of traditional 
country, country rock, blues, 
folk, gospel and classic rock 
music made famous by The 
Grateful Dead, Vince Gill, 
Merle Haggard, B.B. King, 
Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, The 
Rolling Stones and others.

Taxi Vouchers – Tuesday, May 
1, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Qualified 
low-income adults who are 
50 and older and live in the 
Pasadena area will receive two 
vouchers for taxi rides. Proof of 
income and a California ID are 
required. Quantities are limited.

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays to May 30, at 
10 a.m. Join members of the 
Pasadena Senior Center’s 
Scenic Walkers Club for walks 
to scenic local places to enjoy 
the great outdoors and get some 
exercise. For more information, 
including where to meet up 
each week, contact Scenic 
Walkers Club coordinator Alan 
Colville at alancolville@charter.

 Domino Club – Thursdays 
to May 24, at 1 p.m. Rollicking 
games of chicken foot dominoes 
will have you laughing as the 
tiles cascade! This game is 
easy enough for beginners 
yet challenging enough for 
seasoned players. For more 
information call Vicki Leigh at 
(928) 478-4654.

 LA Opera Talk: In Love 
with Mozart – Monday, May 
21, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera 
community educator will 
explore the reasons Wolfgang 
Amadeus Mozart has been 
beloved by people from all 
walks of life for more than 200 

 Estate Planning Basics, Part 1 
– Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m. 
Learn the basic facts everyone 
should know about trusts, wills 
and probate issues. Presented 
by the Law Offices of Geoffrey 

 Estate Planning Basics, Part 2 
– Thursday, May 31, at 10 a.m. 
Learn the basic facts everyone 
should know about estate taxes, 
conservatorships and durable 
powers of attorney. Presented 
by the Law Offices of Geoffrey 

 For more information visit 
or call (626) 795-4331.

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center is 
an independent nonprofit 
agency that offers recreational, 
educational, wellness and 
social services to people ages 
50 and older in a welcoming 
environment. Services are also 
provided for frail, low-income 
and homebound seniors. 

 Paloma (A451821) is a 
2-year-old playful cat who 
knows how to fetch! Yes, 
you read that right; if you 
throw toys for her she will 
bring them back to you 
over and over again. She 
is also a very talkative cat 
who loves to have long 
conversations. She is a 
friendly cat who likes to 
greet you with a kiss on 
the nose and would enjoy 
sitting next to you on the 
couch while you read a 
book or watch TV. Check 
out more about Paloma 

 The adoption fee for cats is 
$75. All cats are spayed or 
neutered, microchipped, 
and vaccinated before 
being adopted. 

 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. Saturday.

 Pets may not be available 
for adoption and cannot 
be held for potential 
adopters by phone calls or 

Parson's Nose Theater: 
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night


 Parson’s Nose Theater, the 
acclaimed classical comedy 
theater company, opens 
“Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s 
Twelfth Night” this weekend. 
“Clearly Classic” is a new 
PNT series which includes a 
brief introduction to a classic 
play’s characters, language, 
and themes, enhancing its 
enjoyment for today’s audience. 
This is an original 90-minute 
adaptation by Artistic Director 
Lance Davis.

 “O, had I but studied the arts!” 
–Sir Andrew Aguecheek

 “The classics are classics 
because they continue to show 
us ourselves,” says Davis. 
“Welcome to Twelfth Night, a 
400-year-old play about people 
seeing what they want to see, 
instead of what is. We all see 
ourselves in Twelfth Night: Wise 
fools, foolish sages, true lovers, 
false lovers, brave women, and 
cowardly men. All ruled by 
Fortune, or Chance, or Karma 
– a whirligig of Time, which, 
as it turns, eventually brings 
all things ‘round. Sit back and 
enjoy some of the most beautiful 
language ever written, in one of 
the most charming stories ever 

 “Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s 
Twelfth Night” is partly 
sponsored by the City of 
Pasadena Cultural Affairs 
Commission of LACAC.

 Parson’s Nose Theater presents 
“Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s 
Twelfth Night”.

Runs: Tonight through June 10. 
Friday and Saturdays at 8pm, 
Sundays at 3pm.

Post-show Q&A’s will be held 
with the cast after performances 
on May 25th & June 2nd.

 Parson’s Nose Theater is located 
at 95 N. Marengo Ave. 

 Parson’s Nose Theater presents 
“Clearly Classic: Shakespeare’s 
Twelfth Night” as part of their 
Full Production Series. Ticket 
prices are $30 for Adults, $20 for 
Seniors, and $15 for Students. 
Reservations online at www. or by calling 

 Preview Performances are Pay 
What You Will. Ages 12 and up.

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