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

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 7, 2018 

City Employee Uses Vehicle 
to Intimidate, Block, Driver

to Discuss 

Beat the 

Now is the time to prepare for 
what weather officials predict 
to be record breaking, triple-
digit heat for parts of Southern 
California. The City wishes 
to remind everyone to take 
precautions against the heat 
and stay connected to the City 
for any alerts and updates.

 Pasadena Fire Department 
Officials urge extra care when 
using landscaping equipment 
as sparks from such 
equipment or vehicles can 
ignite brush fires. Remember 
to discard cigars, cigarettes 
and other smoking devices 
properly; use extra caution 
with barbecues—always have 
someone watching both the 
barbecue and the swimming 
pool when in use.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with any power 
emergencies should call 
Pasadena Water and Power 
Department at (626) 744-
4673. For water-related 
emergencies, call (626) 744-
4138. Sign up for PWP’s 
Outage Management System 
to get up-to-date alerts on your 
phone and by email regarding 
any power outages by visiting

 Pasadena Public Safety and 
Health Officials also offer 
the following reminders 
and precautions during hot 

 If possible, stay indoors in an 
air conditioned environment, 
especially the young and 
the elderly. If your home 
or apartment is not air 
conditioned, consider going to 
an enclosed shopping mall, a 
public library or a designated 
cooling center.

Remember to check on 
your neighbors, family and 
friends—especially the 
elderly—to make sure they are 
OK. Take them extra water or 
a cool beverage.

Never leave anyone unattended 
in closed vehicles, including 
pets! For more pet care tips 
Remember, if you do leave 
pets unattended in your 
vehicles, it is now lawful for 
persons to forcibly open your 
car to rescue them!

 Make sure your pets also have 
easy access to water and a cool 
place to stay.


 Under mounting opposition, 
the Pasadena city council is 
set Monday night to hold a 
public hearing to move forward 
with demolishing 29 existing 
structures along 3200 East 
Foothill Blvd., currently Space 
Bank mini-storage.

 According to the city staff 
report, Pasadena Gateway, 
LLC, has proposed a planned 
“8.53 acre project site... and 
construction of eight separate 
residential and mixed-use 
buildings, subterranean 
and above-ground parking 
structures, and landscaping. 
The proposed buildings would 
include a total of 550 apartment 
units and 9,800 square feet of 
retail and restaurant space.” 

 Three of the buildings would 
be four stories, five of the 
buildings would be five stories, 
and all buildings would have a 
maximum height of 60 feet. The 
proposed project would include 
approximately two acres of 
combined on-site recreational 
and open space amenities 
consisting of a public park in the 
center portion of the site, two 
courtyards, a dog park, a paseo, 
a fitness center, two clubhouses, 
and a retail court. Housing units 
would be intermixed on each 
level and would consist of 165 
studio units, 165 one-bedroom 
units, 192 two-bedroom units, 
and 28 three-bedroom units, the 
staff report reads. 

 According to city staff, the site 
has been occupied by the Space 
Bank Mini Storage Facility 
since 1978 and, prior to that, 
was a U.S. Naval Ordnance Test 
Station (NOTS). All buildings 
were constructed between 1930 
and 1950. 

 The site is highly contaminated 
having been used for research, 
testing, and assembly of 
torpedoes and other weapon 
systems. The project includes 
remediation required by, and at 
the direction of, the California 
Department of Toxic Substance 
Control (DTSC). 

 City staff is also recommencing 
the site be re-zoned to Planned 
Development mixed use.

 Opponents to the project 
argue that it will create more 
“pollution, greater traffic 
congestion, living beyond the 
means to produce water and 
electricity, waste management, 
and infrastructure erosion.”

 They also argue that the 
current site has an important 
historic role, including that 
under CalTech, the nation’s jet 
propulsion industry was partly 
born there. Under the Navy, 
the property played a significant 
role in winning World War II.

 The council meets Monday 
at 6:30 in Council Chamber, 
Pasadena City Hall

100 North Garfield Avenue, 
Room S249. 


 City officials said 
Friday that they are now 
investigating a situation in 
which a Pasadena Building 
and Safety employee used a 
department vehicle Tuesday 
to block drivers in a Target 
parking lot, not allowing 
them to leave after a driving 
dispute on Hudson Ave. 

 In a video uploaded to 
YouTube, the unidentified 
city employee can be heard 
using intimidating language 
and changing his tone a 
number of times. He first 
asks the other driver why she 
slammed on her breaks and 
then later says, “I’m stressed 
too because you’re almost 
running me down.” 

 The video starts with a 
male city employee yelling 
forcefully at the other driver, 
a woman with a child in the 
car “You’re in violation and 
I’m sick and tired of people 
doing what you’re doing... 
You need to learn how to 
drive,” he said but later tried 
to reason with her. 

 The city employee could 
also be heard arguing with 
bystanders, while on a 
cellphone with police, as 
witnesses continued to ask 
him to move the vehicle 
clearly marked “Pasadena 
Building and Safety.” 

 Another driver, not 
involved, can be seen 
standing by his car, unable to 
leave. The employee moved 
the city car, while still on his 
cellphone, after two Target 
security show up. 

 At one point he calls a 
bystander “stupid.”

 The employee also yells at 
Target security, “Who are 
you?” as they tell him to 
step away from the lady's 
window. Target security can 
be heard saying, You got to 
stop harassing her... for your 
own safety, step away.” 

 The two security stand firm 
between him and the lady's 

 The video ends with the city 
employee driving away. 

 Pasadena police confirmed 
they received a call from 
the employee during the 
incident but both he and the 
other lady were gone when 
officers arrived.

City 'Parks 
After Dark'

 The City’s popular Parks 
After Dark Program is in 
full swing and continues 
with many more fun 
activities for youth and 
families on Thursday, 
Friday and Saturday 
evenings from 5 p.m. – 10 
p.m. through August 18.


-Armory Center for the 
Arts Activity from 6:30 
p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Villa-

-Men’s Basketball from 
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in 
the Washington School 

-Recreational Swimming 
from 7:00 p.m.– 10:00 p.m. 
at Villa-Parke


-Adult Soccer from 5:00 
p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Villa-

-Women’s Indoor Soccer 
from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 
p.m. in the Washington 
School Gym

-Zumba from 6:00 p.m. – 
7:00 p.m. in the Washington 
School Gym

-Friday Night Boxing 
Sparring – Youth from 
6:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. at 

-Recreational Swimming 
from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
at Villa-Parke

-Friday Night Boxing 
Sparring – Adult from 7:00 
p.m.– 9:00 p.m. at Villa-

-Ice Cream Social from 
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at 


-Adult Soccer from 5:00 
p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at Villa-

-Aztec Dance Celebration 
Saturday, July 28 from 7:00 
p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Villa-

Movies in the Park

-Despicable Me 3, 
Thursday, July 12 at 7:30 
p.m. at Villa-Parke

-Princess and the Frog, 
Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
at Victory Park

 Coco, Thursday, July 19 at 
7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke

- My Little Pony, Thursday, 
July 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Villa-

-Moana, Friday, July 27 at 
7:30 p.m. at Victory Park

Thursday, August 2 at 7:30 
p.m. at Villa-Parke

-Early Man, Thursday, 
August 9 at 7:30 p.m. at 

Concerts in the Park

-Jazz it Up! Saturday, July 7 
from 5:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. 
at Washington Park

-80’s Vibes Saturday, July 
21from 5:30 p.m.– 7:30 
p.m. in Central Park

- Latin Fiesta! Saturday, 
August 11 from 5:30 p.m.– 
7:30 p.m. at Villa-Parke

 For more information 


South Pasadena Library 
Summer Arts Crawl Event

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 noted.

 Screening Mimis Film 
Club – Tuesdays, July 17, 
at 3 p.m. What used to 
require a monthly fee is now 
free! Classics, film noir, cult 
films, documentaries, shorts, 
foreign films, animated 
films and more are selected 
democratically by club 
members. Each screening 
is researched and its hidden 
history presented prior 
to each viewing. Lively 
discussions and Q&A follow 
each screening. Popcorn 
and other refreshments are 
provided. The film club is 
scheduled the first and third 
Tuesdays of every month. 
for more information.

 A Toast to the Joys of Music 
– Tuesdays, to July 31, 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.

 Domino Club – Thursdays 
to July 26, 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-

 Friday Movie Matinees 
– Fridays, July 13 and 20, 
at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys 
the experience of watching 
movies and the pleasures 
they bring. July 13: “An 
Ordinary Man” (2017, R) 
starring Ben Kingsley and 
Hera Hilmar. An infamous 
Bosnian Serb war criminal 
who has spent years on the 
run, blending in to one new 
surrounding after another, 
discovers his new maid in 
a new location is a secret 
agent hired to protect him. 
July 20: “Chicago” (2002, 
PG) starring Richard Gere 
and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 
Two female murderers, one 
a small-time chorus girl and 
the other a major Vaudeville 
star, find themselves on death 
row together and fight for 
the fame inside that will keep 
them from the gallows in 
1920s Chicago with the help 
of a hotshot attorney and a 
scheming prison matron.

 Sample Classes for 
Summer – Monday and 
Tuesday, July 9 and 10, 
from 8:30 a.m. to noon. 
Whether you’re interested 
in taking a fitness course, 
learning a new language or 
pursuing a new hobby, come 
to Class Tasting events, meet 
the instructors and sit in on 
free mini-versions of fee-
based summer courses. Each 
sample class lasts 30 minutes; 
regular classes begin July 16.

 Case Management – 
Wednesday, July 11, from 
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Get 
assistance from YWCA 
Intervale with referrals for 
advocacy, counseling, food 
banks, home-delivered 
meals, homemaking and 
personal care, medical 
equipment, Social Security, 
supplemental income, 
Medi-Cal, CalFresh, 
transportation, and utility 
payments. Appoints are 
required: call (626) 795-
4331. This service is offered 
in English and Spanish.

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays, July 11 to 25, 
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

 Hypertension: The Silent 
Killer – Thursday, July 12, 
at 10 a.m. Kathy Eastwood 
RN, a Huntington Hospital 
community outreach nurse, 
will explain the many ways 
to prevent or manage high 
blood pressure.

 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.

Virtuoso Goh Kurosawa

LA Watercolorist Pete Morris

 A live concert performance by 
Goh Kurosawa and an exhibit of 
drawings and paintings by Pete 
Morris will be showcased in the 
Library Community Room on 
Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. 
to 10 p.m. as part of the South 
Pasadena Summer Arts Crawl. 
The popular thrice yearly event 
is a fun “Night on the Town,” 
not only for South Pasadena 
residents, but also for the art 
and music lovers it attracts from 
all around the surrounding 
area. The Arts Crawl presents 
a wide variety of live music 
performances, art galleries, and 
other arts events in multiple 
venues, all within short walking 
distance of each other. 

 The free event will open at 
6:00 p.m. when more than 40 
of Morris’s stunning artworks 
of LA people and scenes will 
be on display. At 7:00 p.m. a 
documentary about Pete’s life 
and artwork will be screened 
and Goh Kurosawa will present 
a dynamic solo guitar set at 7:30 

 Pete Morris is a local 
watercolorist who draws 
and paints almost every day. 
He teaches art at Creative 
Arts Group in Sierra Madre, 
Arlington Gardens in Pasadena, 
Storrier Stearns Japanese 
Garden in Pasadena, and for the 
City of Monterey Park. Two of 
Pete’s books, “Riding the Metro: 
Sketches of My Commute” and 
“Curbside L.A.: Street Level 
Watercolor Sketches of Los 
Angeles Neighborhoods” are 
available to be checked out 
from the Library collection.

 Kurosawa and Morris recently 
returned from a tour of Japan 
where they performed onstage 
together and are looking 
forward to sharing the spotlight 
again. Morris was last seen 
on the Library Carnegie Stage 
during the 2017 Eclectic Music 
Festival when he painted Calvin 
Joe and the Orange Grove 
Rangers while they played live 
onstage. During Kurosawa’s 
Arts Crawl performance Pete 
will do a live painting for the 
audience of Kurosawa’s virtuoso 
musical performance.

 In Los Angeles, Kurosawa 
produces “Brilliant Strings, 
a long-running live music 
and watercolor show. He also 
regularly conducts workshops 
and seminars at universities 
and schools and frequently 
travels throughout the Pacific 
Northwest doing shows, 
particularly in the Seattle 
and Portland areas. Having 
performed in a wide range 
of settings and festivals since 
2005, Goh has also performed 
in Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, France, 
Canada, Myanmar, and Mexico. 
Later this year, Kurosawa is 
going to perform in Havana, 
Cuba for an event supported by 
the Japanese Embassy.

 The Library Community 
Room exhibit and concert 
venue at 1115 El Centro Street 
will be open on July 21 from 
6 pm to 8:30 pm for the Arts 
Crawl event. The free event is 
sponsored by South Pasadena 
Public Library and the Friends 
of the South Pasadena Public 
Library. Refreshments will be 
served and autographed CDs 
and books will be available for 

 Free parking is available in the 
South Pasadena Unified School 
District lot at 1020 El Centro 
Street (entrance from Fairview 
Avenue between El Centro 
and Mission) and after noon at 
the Mission Meridian Parking 
Garage located at 805 Meridian 
Avenue adjacent to the Metro 
Gold Line Station, only one 
block from the Library.

Pet of the 

Ollie (A460442) is a 
2-month-old black and 
white domestic shorthair 
looking for a new home. 
He is a very curious kitten 
who comes right up to 
the kennel door when 
someone enters the 
room. He was transferred 
from the ASPCA and has 
enjoyed his time here, 
cuddling and playing 
with his kennelmates. 
If you’re looking for a 
sweetheart, come meet 

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

 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 
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.

Repair Café at the 
Pasadena Senior Center

Throw It Away? No Way! 
Saturday, July 14, from 10 
a.m. to 1 p.m. Come to 
the Repair Café where 
tinkers, tailors and blade 
sharpeners will be on 
hand to repair your 
appliances, electronics, 
clothing, toys, tools, knives, 
jewelry and other items for 
free. There also will be a 
seed and seedling swap, 
gardening advisor, music 
for your enjoyment and 
the Really Free Market 
with 100 percent off 
everything – take away 
items and/or donate 
items. All are welcome! 
For more information or 
to volunteer as a repairer, 
email contact@repair- This is 
a Zero Waste event hosted 
by Transition Pasadena 

Pasadena Senior Center, 
is located 85 E. Holly St.

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