Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 21, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 21, 2018 

Local Area 
News Briefs

ArtCenter Expansion Moves Forward

City Calls Lawsuit Against 
Police Officers ‘Baseless’

By Dean Lee

 The Pasadena city council 
approved a major development 
plan for the ArtCenter College 
of Design Monday night 
that includes three 100-foot 
tall, eight-story buildings for 
academic programs and student 
housing –at issue is a proposed 
8,000 square foot digital display 
facing the 110 Freeway at 
Glenarm Street. 

 The project will take place over 
the next 15 years in two phases 
starting this year through 2033 
according the officials. Most of 
the plan focuses on a new South 
Campus along South Arroyo 

 “ArtCenter is a cherished part 
of Pasadena contributing to the 
economic and cultural fabric of 
the city,” said Robert Davidson 
ArtCenter Chairman of the 
Board. “With new housing and 
academic spaces, ArtCenter can 
attract a more diverse, deserving 
group of artists, designers, 
strong leaders and promblem 
solvers. ArtCenter is graduating 
some of the most talented and 
gifted artists in the world.”

 The council approved all the 
city recommendations for the 
project with the exception of 
digital billboard after numerous 
people spoke out against it.

 “It is aesthetically and 
practically not appropriate for 
our community and does not 
meet the current requirements 
for a waver from the clear 
prohibition for such signs.” West 
Pasadena Residents’ Association 
Director Mic Hansen said. 
“WPRA stringently opposes any 
zoning code text amendment 
that would facilitate or allow 
the installation of any digital 
video display, at this time or the 
future... Do we want this all over 
our city?” 

 According to statements by 
ArtCenter President Lorne 
Buchman, ArtCenter would 
follow any guidelines for the 
digital gallery including having 
no video or animation with 
images rotating once every 10 
minutes and only displaying 
student artwork, not advertising.

 Council members agreed to 
further discuses the display at 
a later date. Councilwoman 
Margaret McAustin asked that 
they take digital gallery “off the 
table” if not, she said she could 
not support the project.

 The project would also include, 
an elevated open quad area 
over the Metro Gold Line; a 
mobility hub below the quad; 
renovation and internal floor 
area addition to an existing 
two-story building; renovation 
of an existing six-story building 
for academic purposes; and a 
compressed natural gas (CNG) 
fueling facility within the 
mobility hub area.

 The complete plan can be 
found at:

Sixteen year old arrested 
in beating death of son 

 Police last week arrested 
a 16-year-old after 
investigators say he 
confessed to beating his 
2 year-old son with his 
fists several times. The 
teenager was being held in a 
detention center. His name 
was not released.

 According to police and 
news reports, Pasadena 
police were called, February 
4, to a home in north-west 
Pasadena after a report of a 
child not breathing. 

 According to medical 
examiners, Brandon 
Blackburn, died from 
“blunt force trauma to his 
abdomen area.” Blackburn 
was prononced dead at the 

 The father was arrested 
after a followup interview 
July 10. The teen was 
charged with homicide and 
assault of a person under 8 
years old.

 Two women, a mother and 
daughter, last week, filed a 
$25 million lawsuit against 
the city of Pasadena claiming 
two Pasadena police officers 
sexually assaulted them during 
a traffic stop in May 2016, 
something the city has refuted.

 According to the lawsuit 
announced July 16 by attorney 
Dakar Diourbel representing 
the women –Sharell Thompson 
and daughter, Sharaya Brown – 
they accuse two male officers, 
one of them forcing Thompson 
to lift her top exposing breasts 
in public and the other officer of 
sexually fondling Brown.

 City officials Teusday released 
dash-camera footage and audio 
of the traffic stop.

 “The lawsuit filed against the 
City of Pasadena accusing 
two officers of inappropriate 
conduct during a traffic stop 
two years ago is baseless and, 
in fact, the claims on which the 
lawsuit rests are easily proven 

 Diourbel said the video posted 
on the city’s website is edited 
and does not show the full 
extent of the search. He said 
they wanted to see the original 
video from the stop.

 The statement from the city 
reads, “On Monday May 2, 2016, 
Pasadena Police Department 
patrol officers initiated a traffic 
stop based upon a detective 
investigation and traffic 
violation witnessed by police. 
As per Department policies 
and procedures, the officers 
remained professional the entire 
time, assessed the situation, 
speaking with the individuals 
and conducting appropriate 
and necessary searches of the 
individuals (a waistband check 
for weapons) and of the vehicle. 
After the vehicle and individuals 
were searched and questioned, 
they were free to leave the scene. 
When the Police Department 
received a personnel complaint, 
a thorough review of the 
incident was undertaken per 
Department policy. The in-car 
camera footage from the patrol 
car clearly shows that the officers 
acted appropriately.”

 Local sales tax measure to 
be on November ballot

 The Pasadena city council 
voted July 16 to place a tax 
ballot measure on the ballot. 

 Voters will decide on 
Tuesday, November 6, on 
a proposed three-quarter 
cent sales tax aimed at 
maintaining essential “City 
of Pasadena services such 
as fire, police, paramedics, 
emergency service/response 
times; keep fire stations 
open; improve neighborhood 
and school safety; repair 
streets/sidewalks; address 
homelessness; maintain 
after-school programs/senior 
services, and other general 
fund services,” the proposed 
ballot measure language 

 Other uses for the sales tax 

• Upgrading Fire Stations 
• Replacing obsolete 911 
emergency response 

• Repair of 670,000 square 
feet of damaged sidewalk

• Upgrading aging libraries, 
community centers, bridges 
and emergency shelters 

Related News: 
Opens at 

Free Summer Concert Series

Zero Waste 

The City of Pasadena 
recently developed the 
Pasadena Zero Waste 
Partner Program, a 
free program that 
assists businesses with 
incorporating waste 
reduction practices into 
their daily operations.

 Businesses involved in the 
Program receive technical 
assistance, guidance on 
achieving waste reduction 
goals, and city-wide 
recognition. The Program 
is part of the City’s larger 
commitment to achieving 
zero waste by 2040 and 
increasing environmental 
sustainability within the 

 Sage Vegan Bistro’s 
Pasadena location has 
joined the Program, 
becoming the City’s first 
Zero Waste Partner. The 
restaurant’s current zero 
waste practices involve 
utilizing paper straws, 
paper to-go products, and 
transporting pre-consumer 
food waste to Sow A Heart 
Farm in Fillmore, CA for 
compost and animal feed. 
The Zero Waste Partner 
Program will be a great way 
to enhance and build on 
the practices Sage Vegan 
Bistro has implemented to 
instill a zero waste culture 
within its restaurants.

 Businesses in Pasadena 
are encouraged to join the 
program by completing 
an online application at:
waste-partner-program or 
by contacting the Citizen 
Service Center at (626) 744-
7311 for more information.

 The Program is sponsored 
by the City of Pasadena’s 
Public Works Recycling 

 MOONS , an exhibition at the 
intersection of art and science 
for Southern California fans of 
the celestial, opened Friday at 
ArtCenter College of Design’s 
Alyce de Roulet Williamson 
Gallery and continues through 
December 16. 

 The MOONS opening takes 
place during AstroWeek, a 
series of free family friendly 
events about the fascinating 
science of space through July 
22. AstroWeek is the result of 
Pasadena’s City of Astronomy 
partnership, an initiative to 
raise public awareness about 
space discoveries in exploration 
of Earth’s solar system and 

 “We’re pleased to have 
ArtCenter and the Williamson 
Gallery join the City of 
Astronomy partnership, 
particularly this year, when 
the occasion of COSPAR 
provides an opportunity for 
us to share the wonders of the 
universe with the public during 
AstroWeek,” said Janice Lee, an 
astronomer at Caltech’s science 
and data center for astronomy, 
IPAC, and a lead organizer of 
the events.

 “The gallery’s exhibitions 
fusing astronomy with 
contemporary art present new 
perspectives on how science 
inspires curiosity, imagination, 
and unorthodox thinking,” said 
Sabrina Stierwalt, a Caltech/
IPAC astronomer and co-

 Artists and sources 
contributing to the MOONS 
exhibition include Alternative 
Moons (Nadine Schlieper 
& Robert Pufleb), Carnegie 
Observatories, Caltech 
Archives, Kevin Gill, James 
Griffith, Tim Hawkinson, The 
Huntington Library, Melanie 
King, Sarah Perry, Steve Roden, 
Karley Sullivan, Penelope 
Umbrico, Mount Wilson 
Observatory and Jacqueline 

 “Celestial bodies tethered 
by orbital physics to our solar 
system’s planets, commonly 
known as moons, comprise a 
consortium of enticing worlds 
that are rocky, wet, icy, cratered, 
hot, cold, and puzzling, some of 
whose veneers are textured with 
mountains, lakes, concealed 
oceans, valleys, volcanoes, 
geysers, canyons and plains, 
and have both water and heat 
to fuel tantalizing speculations,” 
said Nowlin. “Such objects 
lead us to both the poetics and 
the disruptions ignited by an 
age-old urge to ponder reality 
beyond the single planet in 
which we are cradled.”

 More information about 
AstroFest can be found at:

 In addition to ArtCenter and 
the Williamson Gallery, the 
City of Astronomy partnership 
includes Caltech, Carnegie 
Observatories, Giant Magellan 
Telescope project, IPAC at 
Caltech, NASA’s JPL, Kidspace 
Children’s Museum, Mount 
Wilson Observatory, Pasadena 
City College, The Planetary 
Society and the Thirty Meter 
Telescope project.

 The Alyce de Roulet 
Williamson Gallery is located 
at 1700 Lida Street in Pasadena.

Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys

 The Pasadena Senior Center’s popular free summer concert 
series for all ages will be relocated from Memorial Park to the air-
conditioned comfort of the Scott Pavilion at the center, 85 E. Holly 
St., every Monday at 6 p.m. from July 30 to Sept. 3.

 Showcasing the talents of a variety of professional musical groups 
that range from jazz to big band to blues and more, the one-hour 
concerts will have people tapping their feet and dancing in the 
aisles. Bring a picnic dinner for the perfect summer experience 
with family and friends.

July 30 – The Susie Hansen Latin Band will perform fiery jazz and 
salsa that will have the audience on their feet and dancing in the 

Aug. 6 – Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys will perform jazz, ragtime, 
blues and novelty songs popular from 1900 to 1930.

Aug. 13 – Pam Kay and the Tap Chicks will entertain with energetic 
dance routines, Vaudeville-style comedy and clever costumes.

Aug. 20 – Grammy-winning Lisa Haley and the Zydekats will play 
lively Cajun Zydeco music with plenty of Louisiana spice.

Aug. 27 – Leah Zeger will perform spirited Gypsy jazz and beloved 

Sept. 3 – The Great American Swing Band will feature the sounds 
of Big Band, rhythm and blues, jazz and Dixieland.

 The concerts are hosted by the Pasadena Senior Center and 
sponsored by the Cynthia P. Rosedale Fund for Seniors, Los 
Angeles County Arts Commission, Pasadena Rotary and Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses Foundation.

 For more information visit: or call 626-

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 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.

 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.

 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.

 Lila (A461846) is a 2-year-
old sweet, friendly pit 
bull. She is waiting at 
the Pasadena Humane 
Society for her new best 
friend. Our volunteers say 
she approaches them right 
away, licks their hands, 
takes treats gently and 
doesn’t leave their sides. 
She likes the attention and 
is a very calm, happy dog, 
that doesn’t stop wagging 
her tail. Anyone want dog 
kisses? Visit Lila today! 

 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 
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.


Sunday, July 8th

12:35 AM – A vehicle 
was reported stolen from 
the 2100 block of Lincoln 
Avenue. Vehicle described 
as a red 2014 Toyota Rav4. 
Vehicle outstanding.

8:30 PM – A domestic 
violence incident occurred 
in the 2000 block of Lovila 

11:45 PM – A vehicle 
vandalism occurred in 
the 2900 block of El Nido 
Drive. Vehicle damage: side 

Monday, July 9th

8:00 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 70 
block of W. Manor Street. 
Suspect(s) entered the 
residence via the unsecured 
window. Stolen: keys.

10:25 AM – An assault 
occurred in the 2000 block of 
N. Marengo Avenue. Suspect 
was taken into custody.

Tuesday, July 10th

3:39 PM – A package theft 
occurred in the 500 block 
of W. Harriet Street. Stolen: 
white A/C window unit.

Thursday, July 12th

6:59 PM – Terrence Bonds, 
28 years old of Altadena was 
arrested in the 2500 block of 
Glenrose Avenue for driving 
a vehicle without the owner’s 

Friday, July 13th

5:00 AM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 300 block of 
W. Las Flores Drive. Stolen: 
black wallet and credit cards.

4:23 PM – Kenneth Reddix, 
25 years old of Pasadena 
was arrested in the area 
of Marengo Avenue and 
Montana Street for 
possession of a controlled 


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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