Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 28, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 28, 2018 

Local Area 
News Briefs

SIP-tember Cocktail 
Celebration Kick-off

Metro to 
210 Freeway 

 Pasadena Shooting 
Victim Identified 

 SIP-tember: A Celebration 
of the Cocktail kicks off with 
a mixology demonstration 
at White Horse Lounge in 
Old Pasadena on Tuesday, 
at 6:30pm. Mixologists from 
White Horse Lounge will 
demonstrate creation of three 
cocktails which will be tasted 
by the patrons at the event 
who will choose which drink 
is their favorite. The kick-off 
event is free, but RSVPs are 
required through EventBrite. 
Only 100 tickets are available 
for the event. White Horse 
Lounge is at 41 South De Lacey 
Avenue in Pasadena for this 
fun, educational and very tasty 
FREE event. Parking is available 
at the city structure just south of 
the restaurant.

 The SIP-tember Kick-
off hosted by White Horse 
Lounge begins the SIP-tember 
Cocktail Bracket Challenge. 
32 drinks enter the head-to-
head online competition. Only 
one will be named Pasadena’s 
Cocktail of the Year 2018. 
Drinks are randomly entered 
in a head-to-head bracket 
challenge. Voting in the first 
three rounds is online at www.
vote and is live August 1, 2018. 

 Drinks being offered for the 
SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket 
Challenge include special 
margaritas, new interpretations 
of traditional cocktails and 
some specially created drinks 
from some of Pasadena’s 
premiere mixologists. New 
participants this year include 
Mi Piace and Ichi Gyo Ichi Et in 
Old Pasadena, Roy’s Hawaiian, 
Trejo’s Cantina and The Mixx 
in the Playhouse District and 
Foothill in east Pasadena. We 
are very pleased to welcome the 
Otis Bar at La Grande Orange 
Cafe back to competition along 
with local favorites White Horse 
Lounge, Bistro 45, Fleming’s 
Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 
The Taproom at the Langham 
Huntington Hotel, El Cholo, 
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 
Vertical Wine Bistro, True 
Food Kitchen, Lucky Baldwin’s 
Trappiste Pub and Del Frisco’s 
Grille. For full information on 
participants and drinks, visit:

 Taking part in the SIP-tember 
Cocktail Bracket Challenge for 
2018 are:

Mi Piace

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 
and Wine Bar

Bistro 45


White Horse Lounge

The Mixx

Roy’s Hawaiian

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

True Food Kitchen

Vertical Wine Bistro

Lucky Baldwin’s Trappise Pub

Trejo’s Cantina

La Grande Orange - Otis Bar

Taproom at the Langham 
Huntington Hotel Pasadena

Fleming’s Prime Steak House 
and Wine Bar

El Cholo

Del Frisco’s Grille

 Pasadena Restaurant Week 
events are presented by 
the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce with our restaurant 
members. SIP-tember and the 
Taste of Pasadena are generously 
supported by Gold Sponsors 
the City of Pasadena, The Sierra 
Family of Dealerships and Wells 

 Police on Friday were still 
looking for the suspects 
who shot and killed 35-year-
old Luis Arita near the 300 
block of East Villa Street. 
Arita was found dead early 
Tuesday around 1:25 a.m. 
in a parked vehicle after 
being shot multiple times 
according to Pasadena 
police. He was pronounced 
dead at the scene. Arita, 
from Los Angeles, had ties 
to Pasadena. 

 There was no description 
of suspects or a motive. 
According to reports, Arita 
may have been sleeping in 
his mother’s car, after being 
given permission by her. 

 Anyone with information is 
being asked to call Pasadena 
police at (626) 744-4241. Or 
Anonymous through Crime 
Stoppers (800) 222-TIPS or 

 After a series of crashes on the 
210 freeway over the last two 
years, involving cars and trucks 
landing on the Gold Line tracks, 
Metro announced last week 
plans to install taller stronger 
barriers and a detection system 
on six miles of right-of-way 
down the middle of the 210 
Freeway in Pasadena and 

 According to Metro officials, 
the barrier replacement project 
is expected to cost $11 million 
to design. They gave no actual 
cost of the construction and 
installation of the barriers. The 
designs are expected to be ready 
in June, next year. The new 
barriers are expected to be two 
feet taller than the current 32 
inch K-rails. They will also have 
reinforced bar to keep vehicles 
from crashing onto the tracks. 

 “The design is very complex 
for this project, we are finding 
that there are very restricted 
areas... we’re working closely 
with Caltrans,” said Metro 
Chief Program Management 
Officer Richard Clarke. “Given 
the limited area some of this 
work to install the barriers may 
involve shutting down a lane or 
two on the 210.”

 Clarke said traffic simulations, 
involving shutting lanes, is 
currently underway.

 As part of the project, Caltrans 
has already installed new “speed 
limit 55” signage for tucks and 
signs that say truck drivers must 
stay in the right two lanes. 

 In April, two big rigs collided 
sending a FedEx truck onto the 
tracks and spilling packages on 
the tracks. In January, a car and 
pickup truck crashed flipping 
the car over onto the Gold Line 
tracks. In December of 2016 a 
big rig crashed onto the tracks 
blocking both tracks between 
Allen and Sierra Madre Station. 
And in March of 2016 a big 
rig overturned, caught on fire, 
and melted the tracks near the 
Madre 210 off-ramp. 

 Photo, Gold Line at Lake 
Station, by D. Lee /MVNews

The Japanese Blossom from 
Taproom at the Langham 
Huntington Hotel

 Pasadena Firefighter 
Suffers Heat Exposure 
During Apartment Fire 

League of 
Voters Ice 
Cream Social

NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, 
California, has long been a 
home to Mars exploration. 
But on Monday night, July 
30, several JPL scientists 
and engineers will bring the 
excitement of exploring Mars to 
the nearby Griffith Observatory 
in Los Angeles.

These “Martians” will interact 
with the public during a free 
observatory stargazing party 
for the Red Planet’s closest 
approach to Earth since 2003.

 The event will be held 
Monday, from 10 p.m. to 2 
a.m. PDT (Tuesday). Weather 
permitting, telescopes staffed 
by observatory employees 
and local volunteers will offer 
visitors viewing opportunities 
of Mars during its closest 

 On Monday night Earth and 
Mars will be 35.8 million miles 
(57.6 million kilometers) from 
each other, the closest they 
have been since the historic 
34.6-million-mile (55.6 million 
kilometers) close approach in 
August 2003. The moment of 
closest approach is 12:45 a.m. 
PDT, Tuesday, July 31. By a 
celestial coincidence, at the 
moment of closest approach, 
Mars will be at its very best 
position for viewing through 
a telescope from Los Angeles. 
It crosses the meridian and 
appears highest in the southern 
sky at that time. The next similar 
close approach won’t happen 
until September 11, 2035, when 
Mars will be 35.4 million miles 
(56.9 million kilometers) away. 
Unlike the Sun or Moon during 
an eclipse, Mars will not change 
appearance during the close 

 Details of the Griffith 
Observatory event, including 
parking and transportation 
information, can be found 

 For those who want to watch the 
Mars close approach event from 
home, Griffith Observatory will 
broadcast live from 10 p.m. PDT 
Monday, July 30, to 1:30 a.m. on 
Tuesday, July 31. JPL guests will 
join the Griffith Observatory 
programming team, led by 
observatory Curator Laura 
Danly, to provide commentary 
and the latest news about Mars. 
Griffith Observatory will stream 
the event live at:

 The live feed will also be carried 
by NASA and JPL at these sites: and

 More information on Mars 
close approach is at: mars.nasa.

 Griffith Observatory is owned 
and operated by the City of 
Los Angeles, Department of 
Recreation and Parks. The 
Observatory is located on 
the south slope of Mount 
Hollywood in Griffith Park.

JPL’s Martians 
Are Coming 
to Griffith 

 A Pasadena firefighter 
suffered heat exposure 
during an apartment fire 
Tuesday afternoon in 
Northwest Pasadena that 
claimed the lives of three 
small pets, two guinea pigs 
and a bird.

 According to reports, 
the fire, reported Tuesday 
afternoon, was contained 
to a single upstairs unit of a 
six unit dwelling in on West 
Montana Street. The fire 
was extinguished just after 
3:30 p.m. 

 According to Pasadena 
Fire officials, other pets, 
including a dog, were saved. 
All the other occupants of 
the building were also all 
accounted for although 
one person was evaluated 
by paramedics at the scene. 
Firefighters encountered 
overcrowded conditions in 
the apartment.

Join League of Women 
Voters for their annual 
friend-raiser fund-raiser 
Ice Cream Social.

 Enjoy delicious gourmet 
Fosselman’s ice cream and 
refreshing sorbet in waffle 
cones with chocolate sauce 
and fruit toppings. There 
will be a Dixieland Band, 
a Silent Auction (tickets 
to Pasadena Playhouse, a 
mountain home vacation, 
many more), $100 Money 
Hat Raffle, and best of 
all a chance to visit with 
amazing people and 
introduce your family to 
the League.

 Note the opportunity 
levels for sponsorship:

Banana Split : $250 and 
above (includes 6 tickets)

Chocolate Sundae with all 
the toppings: $100 -$249 
(includes 4 tickets)

Double Scoop Ice Cream 
Cone: $50 - $99 (includes 
2 tickets)

Gourmet Ice Cream Cone: 
$25 - $49 (includes 1 ticket)

The tickets you purchase 
will be available at the 
Welcome Table at the 

LWV-PA is a 501c3 
organization, so donations 
are tax deductible.

 Also, they are accepting 
contributions to the Silent 
Auction. If you would 
like to donate, please 
contact Karen Roberson 
at Roberson.Karen@ 

 For more information 

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

There is something for 
everyone in August 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.

 Legal Consultations – 
Thursday, Aug. 2, at 10 a.m. 
Legal advice will be provided 
about conservatorship, wills 
and trusts, estate planning 
and/or durable power of 
attorney. Appointments are 
required; call (626) 795-4331.

 Nutrition and Brain Health 
– Thursday Aug 2, at 10 a.m. 
It has long been suspected 
that the relative abundance 
of specific nutrients can 
affect cognitive processes 
and emotions. Learn about 
vital mechanisms that are 
responsible for the action 
of diet on brain health and 
mental function. Presented by 
Regal Medical.

 Food Bank – Friday, Aug. 
3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Low-
income individuals 60 and 
older will receive two boxes 
of food. Proof of income and 
a California ID are required. 
Bags are heavy, so bring a 
personal shopping cart.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 
24, at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys 
watching movies and the 
pleasures they bring. Aug. 
3: I, Tonya (2017, R) starring 
Margot Robbie and Allison 
Janney. Olympic figure skater 
Tonya Harding finds herself 
in the middle of one of the 
most sensational scandals in 
sports history. Aug. 10: I Can 
Only Imagine (2018, PG-13) 
starring J. Michael Finley and 
Madeline Carroll. The film 
tells the inspiring true story 
behind MercyMe’s beloved, 
chart-topping song that 
has brought hope and the 
power of forgiveness to so 
many. Aug. 17: The Pursuit 
of Happyness (2006, PG-13) 
starring Will Smith and Thandie 
Newton. A talented, often 
unemployed single father 
struggles to make ends meet 
while raising his young son 
after they are evicted from 
their San Francisco apartment 
with nowhere to go. Aug. 24: 
Downsizing (2017, R) starring 
Matt Damon and Kristin Wiig. 
When scientists discover how 
to shrink humans down to 
five inches tall as a solution to 
overpopulation, a man and 
his wife decide to get small 
and move to a downsized 
community, a choice 
that triggers life-changing 

 Screening Mimis Film Club 
– Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 21, 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 
is provided. The film club is 
scheduled the first and third 
Tuesdays of every month. 
for more information.

 Free Summer Concerts for 
All Ages – Mondays at 6 p.m. 
through Sept. 3. Summer 
concerts sponsored by the 
Pasadena Senior Center 
have moved from Memorial 
Park to the air-conditioned 
comfort of the center’s 
Scott Pavilion. 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: 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 standards. 
Sept. 3: The Great American 
Swing Band will feature the 
sounds of Big Band, rhythm 
and blues, jazz and Dixieland.

Health Insurance Counseling 
– Wednesdays, Aug. 8 and 15, 
at 10 a.m. Trained counselors 
will provide unbiased 
information about Medicare, 
Med-gap, Medicare 
Advantage, Medicare Part 
D and Cal Medi-Connect. 
Appointments are required; 
call (626) 795-4331.

 For more information visit 
org 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.

Pet of the 



 Duke (A380317) is not a 
puppy, but he rocks the 
"puppy dog" look. This 
5-year-old Catahoula 
is very friendly. He has 
gone out with our Wiggle 
Waggle Wagon crew a 
few times and has gotten 
along with people of all 
ages. He loves going for 
walks, and bonds quickly 
with new handlers and 
friends. He is a mellow dog 
looking for a laid-back 
owner. Visit him today at 
the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA.

 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 

Sunday, July 15th

8:00 AM – A commercial 
burglary occurred in the 600 
block of W. Woodbury Road. 
Suspect(s) entered the location 
by removing the window screen. 
Stolen: black Canon camera, 
black camera bag, 250mm 
camera lens, black Dell laptop, 
and black wireless headset.

9:37 AM - Five commercial 
vehicles containing landscaping 
equipment were reported stolen 
from the 2500 block of Fair 
Oaks Avenue. The vehicles 
were later recovered in the 
area of Altadena and Pasadena. 
Various landscaping tools are 
still outstanding. 

Monday, July 16th

3:45 AM – A domestic violence 
incident occurred in the 1000 
block of E. Mariposa Street. 
Suspect was subsequently 

6:15 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 2000 
block of Roosevelt Avenue. 
Suspect(s) entered the location 
by removing the window screen 
and shattering the window. 
Stolen: silver iPad, jewelry, and 
(2) white pillow cases.

Tuesday, July 17th

No significant incidents.

Wednesday, July 18th

12:10 PM – Two locker 
burglaries occurred in the 
2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. 
Suspect(s) broke the padlock 
to the lockers and removed the 
contents. Stolen: currency.

Thursday, July 19th

12:15 PM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 1900 
block of Garfias Street. Vehicle 
described as a blue 1988 Toyota 
Pick Up containing landscaping 
equipment. Vehicle was 
recovered by LAPD Northeast.

4:00 PM – A domestic violence 
incident occurred in the area of 
Archwood Place and Windsor 
Avenue. Suspect has been 

7:45 PM – Michael Martinez, 
30 years old of Altadena was 
arrested in the 70 block of 
W. Mountain View Street for 
being under the influence of a 
controlled substance.

11:27 PM – A battery occurred 
in the 1000 block of E. Altadena 
Drive. Suspects has not been 

11:54 PM – Robert Ramirez, 
53 years old of Altadena was 
arrested in the area of Allen 
Avenue and Washington 
Boulevard for being under 
the influence of a controlled 

Friday, July 20th 

No significant incidents.

Saturday, July 21st

2:29 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 1800 
block of E. Mendocino Street. 
Suspect entered the location 
via the unlocked garage door. 
Stolen: gray suitcase and 

Filing Period 
for Altadena 
Library Board 

 Four seats will be up for 
election on the Altadena 
Library Board of Trustees 
in the upcoming General 
Election on November 6, 
2018. The filing period for 
candidates began Monday 
and the last day to file is 
Friday, August 10. For 
more information on 
how to run, visit: LAVote.
net and click “Current & 
Upcoming Elections” under 
the dropdown menu titled 
“Voting & Elections.”

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