Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 14, 2018 

NASA Cassini Coverage 
Lands Emmy Nomination

Local Area 
News Briefs

Bails on 

Bike Share

Police Look 
for Laundromat 

 The Academy of Television 
Arts & Sciences nominated 
NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, 
California, for Outstanding 
Original Interactive Program 
for its coverage of the Cassini 
mission’s Grand Finale at 
Saturn, including news, web, 
education, television and 
social media efforts.

 In 2017, after nearly 20 
years in space and 13 years 
revealing the wonders of 
Saturn, NASA’s Cassini 
orbiter was running out 
of fuel. As a final act, 
Cassini began a whole 
new mission -- its Grand 
Finale. This journey into the 
unknown would end with a 
spectacular plunge into the 
planet. JPL created a multi-
month digital campaign 
to celebrate the mission’s 
science and engineering 
accomplishments and 
communicate why the 
spacecraft must meet its end 
in the skies of Saturn.

 Cassini’s first, daring dive 
into the unexplored space 
between the giant planet 
and its rings kicked off the 
campaign on April 26, 2017. 
It culminated on Sept. 15, 
2017, with live coverage 
of Cassini’s plunge into 
Saturn’s atmosphere, with 
the spacecraft sending back 
science to the very last 

 The multi-faceted campaign 
included regular updates 
on Twitter, Facebook, 
Snapchat, Instagram 
and the Cassini mission 
website; multiple live social, 
web and TV broadcasts 
during which reporter 
and public questions were 
answered; a dramatic short 
film to communicate the 
mission’s story and preview 
its endgame; multiple 
360-degree videos, including 
NASA’s first 360-degree 
livestream of a mission event 
from inside JPL mission 
control; an interactive press 
kit; a steady drumbeat of 
articles to keep fans updated 
with news and features 
about the people behind 
the mission; state-standards 
aligned educational 
materials; a celebration 
of art by amateur space 
enthusiasts; and software to 
provide real-time tracking 
of the spacecraft, down to its 
final transmission to Earth.

 The Primetime Emmys will 
be awarded by the Academy 
of Television Arts & Sciences 
in Los Angeles on Sept. 17. 
The Creative Arts Emmys, 
which includes interactive 
awards, will be presented 
during a separate ceremony 
on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the 
Microsoft Theatre in Los 

 The Cassini-Huygens 
mission is a cooperative 
project of NASA, ESA 
(European Space Agency) 
and the Italian Space Agency. 
JPL, a division of Caltech 
in Pasadena, manages the 
mission for NASA’s Science 
Mission Directorate, 
Washington. JPL designed, 
developed and assembled 
the Cassini orbiter.

 More information about 
Cassini visit:

 Pasadena police this week 
released new information, 
asking for the public’s help 
finding two suspects that 
robbed a Coin Laundry on 
North Lake Ave in June.

 According to police on 
June 8 shortly before 6 a.m., 
two suspects, described as a 
Hispanic man and Hispanic 
Woman both in there 30s, 
forced open the front door 
of Coin Laundry in the 1300 
block of North Lake Ave, 
and stole money. Police said 
most of the money was in 

 The suspects were driving 
a silver Nissan Maxima with 
paper licence plates.

 Anyone with information 
should call Det. Blanchard 
at (626)744-4663 or 
anonymously at (800) 222-
TIPS (8477).

By Dean Lee 

 Pasadena Transportation 
Director Fred Dock told the 
city’s Municipal Services 
Committee, Tuesday, the city’s 
intent to end Metro’s Bike Share 
program just a day before Metro 
plans to sharply reduce ride 
cost, and will also later add 
new features that include free 
30 minute ride transfers and an 
electric bikes fleet.

 In a letter to Metro officials 
Wednesday, the city said they 
will terminate the program 
within 60 days. Dock said this 
will prevent the $1.7 million 
project from operating at a 
deficit. At issue was a lack of 
sponsorship for the program and 
an unforseen cost of $468,411 
by Metro for preplanning, 
logistics and installation of the 
bike share stations. Dock said, 
because of this, they only had 
funding to operate through the 
end of July.

 “We have a contract with 
Metro that allows Metro to 
operate the bike share in the city 
of Pasadena, That’s what we are 
terminating,” Dock said. “Metro 
will continue to operate bike 
sharing outside the city.”

 Dock and Municipal Services 
Committee member Margaret 
McAustin both said there are 
no immediate plans to replace 
Metro’s bike sharing program. 

 I think there will be a period 
of evaluation where the city 
will look at different models, 
what works for our city, what 
is appropriate for our city... 
public safety issues, sidewalk 
litter issues, there’s scooters 
other bikes, things are moving 
very quickly,” McAustin said. 
“Although I think there will be 
nothing for awhile.”

 Dock acknowledged that 
recent ridership had gone up 
and that Metro was changing its 
fee structure, “given the timing 
of the contract and the notice 
period, any further delay simply 
means we will be going further 
into a negative situation in 
overall cost,” he said.

 The program, comprising 375 
bicycles at around 30 bike share 
stations, launched in July 14, 
2017. Since then, 37,181 rides 
have been completed.

 Pasadena Mayor Terry 
Tornek said that although 
he thought the program too 
expensive and possibly not a 
good fit for Pasadena, “It’s a 
first rate program, in terms for 
management of it, I think the 
aesthetics of it, the installation, 
operations, all of that business 
has operated as we expected,” 
he said.

 Metro representative Frank 
Ching said that as of Thursday 
all single rides are now $1.75 for 
30 minutes, a day pass is $5 and 
monthly passes are now $17 for 
unlimited 30 minute rides. 

 Ching said they are also 
working on technology to allow 
a free 30 minute ride when 
transferring from a bus or 
train. “We hope to have that by 
October,” he said.

 Ching also said he just tested 
their new electric smart bikes. 
They are working on the 
infrastructure but said they will 
have the same pricing. For more 
information visit: bikeshare.

 Man crashes 
into parked cars, 
cuts himself with 

 According to police and news 
reports, a 38-year-old man, 
thought to be on drugs, cashed 
into three separate parked 
cars Wednesday morning, 
including a Pasadena police 
car. The man then ran into 
AAA office on Union Street 
grabbed scissors from a desk 
and began cutting his arm. 

 Police said they first got a 
report around 9:25 a.m. of a 
possible hit and run car crash 
on Colorado Blvd. near St. 
John Ave. Minutes later they 
received another call of a 
second hit and run at Colorado 
Boulevard near De Lacey Ave. 
Another call within minutes of 
that reported a crash involving 
a parked police car. 

 Police said the man, driving 
a silver Acura then pulled into 
the AAA Auto Club office. 
Police evacuated the building 
while they arrested the man 
and while Pasadena fire treated 
him for injuries. 

‘Utopia’ Art Exhibition 
Arrives in Pasadena

Ficus Tree 

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

 Experience “Utopia” at this 
year’s Adaptive Art Exhibition! 
The artwork in this exhibit 
reflects each artist’s vision 
of a perfect place or time 
and features dynamic and 
colorful scenes of theme parks, 
nature, relaxation, and more. 
Artwork in the exhibition is 
by participants of the City’s 
popular Adaptive Art program 
and will be displayed through 
August 18th in the Community 
Room at the Armory Center for 
the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave..

 A special opening reception 
will be held today from 3:00pm-
5:00pm at the Armory. Light 
refreshments will be served. 
Admission is free and several 
of the artists will be present 
with their artwork. Booklets 
of the exhibit will be available 
for a suggested $10 minimum 
tax-deductible donation to the 
Pasadena Recreation and Parks 

 This year’s cover art is by artist 
Brian Brazil of Pasadena. His 
vibrant piece, entitled “City 
Walk,” depicts people with 
smiling faces holding hands 
while enjoying the sights of City 
Walk at Universal Studios. The 
artwork reflects Utopia as the 
joy felt when sharing an exciting 
and fun experience with family 
and friends. 

 For the duration of the exhibit, 
the Armory’s Community 
Room will be open free of 
charge to the public Tuesdays 
through Sundays, 12-5 p.m. 
utopia for more information, or 
call (626) 792-5101. 

 The City’s Human Services 
and Recreation Department 
provides the Adaptive Art 
program for artists with 
disabilities who live in 
the greater Pasadena area. 
humanservices for more 

Pet of the 

 The City of Pasadena 
will be conducting a Ficus 
Tree Community Meeting 
on Wednesday, July 25 at 
6:00 PM at the Central 
Library Donald R. Wright 
Auditorium., 285 E. 
Walnut. There is parking 
behind the Library.

According to officials the 
Department of Public 
Works is gathering feedback 
from the community to 
decide whether or not 
Ficus, Ficus microcarpa, 
trees are an appropriate tree 
species for its respective 
location along Green Street, 
and should continue to be 
planted by the City. Ficus 
trees provide a multitude 
of benefits for the City, but 
also pose unique challenges 
and maintenance costs that 
will be discussed at this 

Public input may also 
be submitted through 
a survey available at:

 Officials said the feedback 
gathered through the 
community meeting and 
survey will not result in the 
removal of any live, healthy 

 For more information, 
please contact the Citizen 
Service Center at 626-744-

 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 

 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. Email for more 

 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) 478-4654.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Friday, July 20, at 1 p.m. 
Everyone enjoys the experience 
of watching movies and the 
pleasures they bring. 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. 

 Managing Arthritis – 
Thursday, July 19, at 10 
a.m. Learn about arthritis, a 
condition that takes more than 
100 different forms and affects 
people of all ages. Explore 
diagnosis, basic facts, pain relief 
and common types such as 
osteoarthritis and rheumatoid 
arthritis. Presented by the 
Arthritis Foundation.

 Health Fair – Friday, 
July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. 
Services include glucose, 
blood pressure and hearing 
screenings, counseling, health 
and community resources. 
Call (626) 685-6732 for more 

 Protect Yourself from Fraud 
– Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m. 
Older adults can be vulnerable 
to simple and complex scams 
that happen in person, by 
traditional mail, email and 
telephone. Learn about the 
latest scams and how you can 
avoid becoming a victim of this 
growing problem. Presented by 
the California Department of 
Business Oversight.

Friday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. 
Guest performing artists from 
MUSE/IQUE will explore 
how innovative music from 
composers ranging from Irving 
Berlin to Lin-Manuel Miranda 
and dance groups including 
Ballet Hispánico make America 
a musical Home Sweet Home for 
everybody. The first 16 people 
who register to attend this 
event at the Welcome Desk will 
receive complimentary tickets 
to the July 28 MOVEMENT/
ALOUD! concert led by MUSE-
IQUE musical director Rachael 
Worby at The Huntington 
Library, Art Collections and 
Botanical Gardens.

 Live Music at the Scott – 
Monday, July 30, at 6 p.m. The 
popular summer concert series 
for all ages is moving indoors 
from Memorial Park to the 
air-conditioned comfort of the 
Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, with seating for 
up to 250 people and plenty of 
room for kicking up your heels. 
The series will debut July 30 
with the Susie Hansen Latin 
Band performing Latin and 
salsa music. The concert series 
will continue every Monday 
through Sept. 3. Feel free to 
bring a picnic dinner.

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

Timothy (A460760) is a 
3-year-old pit bull, found 
as a stray in Arcadia. We 
perfectly captured his 
personality in this photo. 
He is always smiling, 
greeting visitors at the door 
and wanting to be pet. 
Volunteers who have taken 
him to the training yard 
say he likes to play fetch, 
likes treats, and knows his 
“sit,” and “shake.” Come 
meet Timothy today at 
the Pasadena Humane 

 The adoption fee for dogs 
is $130. All dogs are spayed 
or neutered, microchipped, 
and vaccinated before 
going to their new home. 

 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 

 *** The Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA 
is having a Free Cat 
Adoption weekend! Cats 
and kittens will have their 
adoption fees waived 
through July 15. View cats 

Free Talk: Fire Control in the 
Foothills, 1920 through Today

 Focusing on fire protection in 
the Altadena and Pasadena 
area, retired Los Angeles Fire 
Department Captain David 
Boucher will tell the story of the 
formation and development 
of the department including 
its complex evolution, its 
leadership, its people, 
machines, traditions and 

 The lecture will take place 
at 7:30 on Monday, July 23 
at the Altadena Community 
Center, 730 E. Altadena 
Drive, (next to the Sheriff’s 

 Altadena was there at the 
beginning when Fire Station 
11 (now located at 2521 El 
Molino Avenue) was built in 
1925. It was one of the first 
three stations built in the 
county, the other two in La 
Canada and La Crescenta. 

 Dave began his fire service 
in 1953 as an auxiliary fireman 
with the Altadena branch of 
the Crescenta-Canada Civil 
Defense Corps, serving for 
two years out of Altadena’s 
fire station #12 at 2760 Lincoln 
Avenue. He retired 41 years 
later in 1994 as a Captain in 
the Los Angeles County Fire 

 Not long after retirement, 
Dave returned to the 
department as the official 
historian and since then has 
scanned and indexed more 
than 11,000 images from 
the department’s archives. 
In this role he’s provided his 
expertise as the historian 
and a director for the Los 
Angeles County Fire Museum 
that recently opened in 

 Captain Boucher has 
written three books on 
firefighting: “Ride the Devil 
Wind” is the history of the 
Department; “Devil Wind Fire 
Wagons” is about firefighting 
apparatus; and his recently 
published autobiography, 
“Climbing the Ladder,” 
combines stories of his fire 
service with historical facts 
about California.

 The lecture will be illustrated 
with photographs from his 
books, which will be available 
for sale at the event. 

 The program is free for 
Altadena Historical Society 
members and firefighters; 
otherwise a $5 donation is 

 “We expect a standing 
room only crowd” said AHS 
president Kathy Hoskins, “so 
come early.”


Block Party

 Join Assemblymember 
Chris Holden at his 19th 
Annual Block Party and 
Community Resource Fair 
on Saturday, August 4 from 
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the 500 
block of East Jackson Street 
in Pasadena. Come discuss 
legislative and community 
issues while enjoying live 
performances, a classic 
car show, game trucks and 
much more! Information 
on local and state resources 
will also be available.

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