Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, June 2, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 2, 2018 

Local Area 
News Briefs



Deadly Hit-and-run 
Driver Arrested

 Students, families, and 
guests attending the 2018 
Commencement Ceremony 
will hear a guest address 
from a leading expert on 
diversity and inclusion in 
America’s education system.

 Dr. Shaun R. Harper, noted 
as one of the best scholars 
on race, racism, equity, and 
gender studies in the United 
States, will serve as the guest 
Commencement speaker on 
June 15, 2018.

 Dr. Harper’s groundbreaking 
research on campus climate 
and racial equity has made 
him a leader in the field 
of education. He spent a 
decade on the University of 
Pennsylvania faculty, where 
he founded the Center for 
the Study of Race & Equity 
in Education.

 In July 2017, Harper was 
named the Clifford & Betty 
Allen Professor in Urban 
Leadership at the USC 
Rossier School of Education, 
where he leads the USC 
Center on Race and Equity. 
He is the immediate past 
president of the Association 
for the Study of Higher 
Education and an elected 
member of the American 
Educational Research 

 His voluminous scholarly 
output includes 12 books 
and more than 100 peer-
reviewed journal articles, 
fueled in part by more than 
$13 million in research 
grants. His 13th book, 
Race Matters in College, is 
currently in press at Johns 
Hopkins University. Dr. 
Harper’s research has been 
cited in more than 8,000 
published studies, and he has 
been interviewed by The New 
York Times, Los Angeles 
Times, and Chronicle of 
Higher Education, among 
many others. He has been 
recognized by Education 
Week as one of the 10 most 
influential professors in the 
field of education.

 PCC’s 93rd Commencement 
exercises will take place at 
7 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 
in Robinson Stadium. For 
information on tickets and 
more goto: /

Police arrested a 34-year-
old Alhambra man after he 
walked away from a major 
car crash in Pasadena early 
last Sunday morning that 
killed the other driver.

 According to police, at 
around 2 a.m. a white SUV 
crashed into a black Honda 
at the intersection of Sierra 
Madre and Colorado 
Boulevards. Police said 
the impact left the Honda 
hundreds of feet away on 
the other side of the center 

 Police later arrested 
Robert Michael Ybarra, 
around 1 p.m. at his home 
in Alhambra. He was taken 
to a nearby hospital with 
injuries before be booked 
into jail. Police believe 
Ybarra was under the 
influence at the time of the 
crash. He was also unaware 
the other diver had died 
officers said. 

 Anyone with information 
is asked to call police at 

Photo By D. Lee/MVNews

Chalk Artists 
to Descend 
on Paseo 
Father’s Day


 The Paseo, will again be filled 
with Madonnari (Italian for 
street painter) laboring to create 
hundreds of murals as part 
of the 26th annual Pasadena 
Chalk Festival on Father’s Day 
weekend, June 16th and 17th. 

 Organizers said the event 
celebrating the history and 
impact of the centuries-old 
artistry of street painting will 
feature the spectacular work 
of nearly 600 dedicated and 
talented chalk artists. Holding 
the 2010 Guinness World 
Record as the largest public 
art event of its kind, this year’s 
festival is expected to attract 
tens of thousands of visitors as 
artists use more than 25,000 
sticks of pastel chalk to create 
hundreds of life-sized murals. 
Proceeds from art gallery sales 
and a silent auction held during 
the free-to-the-public event will 
benefit Light Bringer Project’s 
art and educational programs for 
underserved youth in the greater 
Pasadena and Los Angeles areas. 
Blick Art Materials will provide 
pastel chalk for the artists to 
use to create their murals at the 
festival as well as new, unpainted 
12” x 12” canvases artists can 
use to create paintings for the 
art gallery and silent auction. A 
brand-new attraction this year 
includes a solar system mural 
to be created by scientists from 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) 
and the California Institute of 
Technology (Caltech).

 “It’s amazingly gratifying to 
realize just how popular and 
important the Pasadena Chalk 
Festival has become, garnering 
the interest and support of so 
many thousands of visitors 
annually while generating much-
needed funds to support the 
arts and cultural opportunities 
Light Bringer Project delivers 
to young people on an ongoing 
basis,” says Tom Coston, 
President, Light Bringer Project. 
“We’d like to thank The Paseo 
for hosting the event, Otter Pops 
for sponsoring the festival, and 
community partners like Blick 
Art Materials for providing 
chalk and canvases to show their 
support for the event and for 
Light Bringer Project’s mission.”

 Organizers also said this 
year, in addition to recurring 
favorites, the Pasadena Chalk 
Festival has added some new 
attractions including the Otter 
Pops Beach Bungalow provided 
by the event’s sponsor.

 The Otter Pops Beach Bungalow, 
a unique take on the popular 
“tiny house” phenomenon that 
will offer visitors a one-of-a-
kind experience as they immerse 
themselves in all things Otter. 
The Beach Bungalow will feature 
an Otter Pops tasting bar where 
a “pop tender” will serve Chalk 
Festival attendees their choice 
of six zippy ice pop flavors. 
Fully equipped with a deck and 
beach chairs for lounging, flat 
screen TVs with custom content 
and entertainment, music and 

 At the conclusion of the 
festival, participating artists and 
shopping center visitors select 
the most outstanding murals 
for a variety of awards including 
The Paseo People’s Choice 

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 Dangerous Carjacking 
Ends in Burbank 

 A suspect driving a stolen 
vehicle led CHP officers on 
wild chase Wednesday from 
East Pasadena to Burbank that 
included a carjacking, several 
other attempted carjackings 
and attempting to steal a 
Metro Freeway Service Patrol 

 According to police a man 
driving a stolen car, rear-
ended a white SUV on the 
210 Freeway near San Gabriel 
Boulevard around 9 a.m. The 
suspect ran past the other 
driver, jumped in her SUV 
and fled. According CHP 
officers, the driver became 
erratic intentionally ramming 
the SUV into several vehicles 
and driving into oncoming 
traffic down Riverside Drive. 
The driver, thought to be 
on drugs, was arrested after 
police tackled him to the 
ground as he tried to run from 
the vehicle .

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 

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, June 1, 8, 15 and 22, 
at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys the 
experience of watching movies 
and the pleasures they bring. 
June 1: “Phantom Thread” 
(2017, R) starring Daniel Day-
Lewis and Vicky Krieps. The 
life of an aging, renowned dress 
designer at the center of 1950s 
British society is disrupted by 
a young, strong-willed woman 
who soon becomes a fixture in 
his life as his muse and lover. 
June 8: “Film Stars Don’t Die 
in Liverpool” (2017, R) starring 
Annette Benning and Jamie Bell. 
A young actor starts up an affair 
with a famous, older Hollywood 
actress in 1978 Liverpool where 
their passion and lust for life 
is tested to the limits by events 
beyond their control. The film 
is based on true events. June 
15: “The Post” (2017, PG) 
starring Meryl Streep and Tom 
Hanks. Katherine Graham, 
the first female publisher of 
The Washington Post, and the 
newspaper’s editor, Ben Bradlee, 
race to catch up with The New 
York Times to expose a massive 
cover-up of government secrets 
that spanned three decades 
and four U.S. presidents. The 
film is based on true events. 
June 22: “The Awful Truth” 
(1937, NR) starring Irene 
Dunne and Cary Grant. 
Unfounded suspicions lead a 
married couple to begin divorce 
proceedings, whereupon they 
start undermining each other’s 
attempts to find new romances. 

 Disaster Preparedness – 
Thursday, June 7, at 10 a.m. 
Are you prepared for the next 
major earthquake and other 
potential disasters? Learn how 
to create a disaster kit, make 
disaster plans and how to get 
the special training you need 
before the next disaster occurs. 
Presented by Lisa Derderian, 
emergency coordinator for the 
Pasadena Fire Department.

 Braille Class – Thursday, 
June 7, at noon. One in five 
adults experiences vision 
loss. This class, which meets 
weekly, combines educational 
programming, information 
and speakers with a support 
group for older adults with low 
vision and uplifting solutions 
for life with less vision. Build 
friendships, learn tools and 
techniques for living with 
low vision and incorporate 
technology and new ways of 
doing things. Presented by 
Braille Institute of America.

 Olympian to Olympian: In 
Conversation with Lauren 
Gibbs and John Naber – 
Friday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 
noon. Lauren Gibbs, a member 
of the USA Women’s Bobsled 
Team that won the Silver Medal 
at the 2018 Winter Olympics 
in PyeongChang, South Korea, 
will be joined in conversation 
by John Naber, the swimming 
champion who won four gold 
medals and one silver medal at 
the 1976 Summer Olympics in 
Montreal, Canada. A reception 
will follow.

 Safety Awareness – Thursday, 
June 14, at 10 a.m. At a time 
when so many crimes are 
being directed at older adults, 
safety awareness is vital to help 
you minimize your chances 
of becoming a victim. Learn 
how to protect yourself and 
stay safe at home, on the street 
and in your car. Presented by 
Sgt. Glenn Thompson of the 
Pasadena Police Department. 

 Dementia Friends – Tuesday, 
June 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Learn five key messages about 
dementia and develop action 
steps to help your community, 
from telling friends, family 
members and coworkers 
about Dementia Friends to 
visiting someone you know 
who is living with dementia. 
Each participant will receive 
a Dementia Friend pin and 
become a member of this global 
movement developed in the 
United Kingdom. Presented by 
Alzheimer’s Association.

 Healthy Summer Snacks – 
Thursday, June 21, at 10 a.m. 
Summer is almost here! Learn 
about healthy snacks you can 
make at home as alternatives 
to store-bought snacks that 
are high in fat, sodium and 
bad carbs. Presented by Regal 
Medical Group.

 Mail Fraud – Thursday, June 
28, at 10 a.m. Older adults 
should be vigilant about a 
number of scams intended to 
deplete their life savings. Learn 
how to protect yourself from 
mail fraud. Presented by the 
U.S. Postal Service.

June 29, at 3:30 p.m. Guest 
artists from MUSE/IQUE will 
explore the music of Leonard 
Bernstein and his enormous 
impact on the American 
sound. A limited number of 
complimentary tickets will be 
available to the LIMITLESS/
LENNY concert Saturday, June 
30, led by MUSE/IQUE musical 
director Rachael Worby. 
Register at the Welcome Desk 
or by calling (626) 795-4331.

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

Founded in 1960, the Pasadena 
Senior Center is an independent, 
nonprofit organization 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. 


 Residents can safely 
dispose of electronic waste and 
have personal and business 
documents shredded at the 
City’s popular free e-waste 
event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 
Saturday, June 16, 2018. The 
event will be held in Parking 
Lot I outside the Rose Bowl 
Stadium near Brookside Park, 
360 North Arroyo Boulevard. 

 Shredding trucks and e-waste 
collection sites will be arranged 
at different stations in Parking 
Lot I. Look for signs directing 
you to the event. Motorists 
and bicyclists are advised to 
use caution while traveling 
through the area.

 E-waste items include 
computers, keyboards, 
printers, monitors, laptops, 
docking stations, scanners, 
shredders, fax machines, 
computer mice, telephones, 
televisions, flat screens, VCRs, 
DVD players, PDAs, cassette 
players, tape drives, stereos 
and household batteries. 
Many of these products have 
parts that can be recycled.

 Public Works is also helping 
residents prevent identity 
theft by providing free 
paper shredding during the 
event. The public can bring a 
maximum of three (3) legal-
size boxes for shredding. 
Sensitive documents such as 
receipts, checks, pre-approved 
credit applications, credit 
card statements, outdated 
tax returns, pre-printed 
envelopes, return address 
labels and business cards are 
items that can be shredded.

 Event participants will be 
required to show proof of 
Pasadena residency and the 
duration of the event is subject 
to truck capacity. The event 
is sponsored by the City’s 
Department of Public Works. 
For more information about 
the free e-waste collection and 
document shredding event, 
PublicWorks or call (626) 744-


 Donna Shepard, a special 
education teacher at Focus 
Point Academy, has been named 
the 2018 Pasadena Unified 
School District (PUSD) Teacher 
of the Year and is the district’s 
nominee for the annual 2018 
Los Angeles County Teacher of 
the Year honors competition.

 Ms. Shepard was one of five 
Rotary Teachers of Excellence 
awardees honored earlier this 

 “Honoring the exemplary 
educators in our district is one 
of the highlights of the year. Ms. 
Shepard’s remarkable dedication 
to the students she serves 
represents the excellence of our 
teachers,” said Superintendent 
Brian McDonald. 

 Ms. Shepard is a Special 
Education teacher at Focus 
Point Academy, the structured 
program that incorporates 
daily supportive counseling and 
specially designed academic 
instruction for students 
diagnosed with emotional 
disturbances and specific 
learning disabilities. A native of 
Pasadena, she worked in PUSD 
for 25 years, with the last six 
working as a special education 

 Ms. Shepard said, “My goal is 
to get each student reading and 
writing at or above grade level. 
I’m inspired every day by their 
growth and academic progress.”

 Ms. Shepard will represent 
PUSD in the annual Los Angeles 
County Office of Education 
(LACOE) Teacher of the Year 

Pet of the 

Teddy (A456663) is a 
2-month-old cutie pie. He is 
a very playful, affectionate 
cat who reaches his tiny 
paw out of the kennel for 
attention. He loves being 
petted all over his body, 
especially behind his 
ears, and starts purring 
and head bumping for 
more. He would be a 
great companion for 
someone who is looking 
for a long-term best friend. 
Come by and visit him at 
the Pasadena Humane 
Society today.

 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 email.

PCC Students Give Award 
to Creator of the XBOX

By Dean Lee

 After a discussion with 
Seamus Blackley, the co-creator 
of the XBOX, several weeks 
ago, students at Pasadena City 
College presented him with 
an award horning the game 
designer widely known as the 
“Father of the Xbox.”

 At the April 24 event Seamus 
talked about everything he 
has done from early days of 
experimental aircraft design 
to his new startup in which he 
said “in the future everyone will 
be watching 3D Hologram TV.” 
He was hired at Microsoft in 
the 90s at part of Entertainment 
graphics for Windows. Out 
of that came a dedicated 
PC for gaming based on the 
application programming 
interfaces DirectX. 

 “During a presentation , I said 
we need a simple box, a direct 
x box,” he said about the name. 

 When asked what he would 
look for hiring interns, he said. 
“We want to see that they did 
okay in school but we want to 
see someone who is interested 
in doing ‘stuff’ because there 
might be a chance we are 
interested in what you are 
doing? Almost everything we 
try and do... is stuff that hasn’t 
been done before. That means 
there are no rules, nowhere to 
look, no YouTube videos, so 
you need to find a way to let 
everyone know that you’re cool 
with that. You’re going to get 
out there not go insane. You’re 
going to know what to do. 
That’s most important.” 

 Blackley is currently the CEO 
of a venture-backed startup, 
Pacific Light & Hologram 
based in Pasadena. “This is the 
best place to build stuff,” he said 
about Pasadena.

Victory Park 

 A community meeting 
will be held to present the 
restroom replacement 
project to those who are 
interested in learning more. 
Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

In front of the existing 
Victory Park restroom 
building facing Paloma St.

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