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Inside this Week:

Community Calendar:
Local City Meetings

Pasadena – Altadena:
Altadena Crime Blotter
Pet of the Week

South Pasadena / San Marino:

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter

Best Friends / The World:
Happy Tails
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor
Katnip News!
SGV Humane Society

Food, Drink & More:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
Looking Up

Education / Good Life:
Senior Happenings

F. Y. I. :

Section B:

Arts and More:
Jeff's Book Pics
All Things
Family Matters
The Missing Piece
The Joy of Yoga

John L. Micek
Tom Purcell
Letter to the Editor
The Funnies

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

Legal Notices (3):

Legal Notices (4):

F. Y. I. :

Jeff Brown
Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Bob Eklund
Marc Garlett
Lori A. Harris
Chris Leclerc
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
Keely Totten

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VOLUME 12 NO. 41


Doo Dah Parade Set 
to Pick its New Queen

At a special meeting 
Thursday night, Pasadena 
Unified School District 
Superintendent Brian 
McDonald gave the Board 
of Education members 
until November 25 to 
make decisions on severe 
cuts to the district budget 
that could include closing 
or consolidating a number 
of schools. 

 The move came during a 
packed eight hour meeting 
with over 20 people 
wanting to speak during 
public comment.

 At issue was an unexpected 
attendance drop of almost 
500 students and the 
district’s sudden depleting 
reserves. According to a 
staff report, to achieve a 
three percent reduction 
goal by 2020 -21school 
year and meet the state’s 
reserves requirement, $4.1 
million to $4.7 million 
would need to be cut from 
the budget. As part of a 
fiscal stability plan, the 
district needs $10.1 million 
total in cuts by 2020 -21.

 The three school 
affected are Wilson 
Middle School, Cleveland 
Elementary School and 
Franklin Elementary 
School. Closures could 
occur after this school 
year and students would 
be transferred to other 
schools in the district. 

 “If you just shut down the 
[Wilson] middle school, 
then there would be a lot 
of destroyed dreams...“ 
Said PUSD student Andrea 
Santana. “Would you cut a 
young birds wings, I know 
I wouldn’t?”

 Vincent Ton Senior Class 
President at Pasadena 

 Individuals of all genders, 
shapes, ages, and persuasions, 
will be testing their fate 
October 28 to become Doo 
Dah Queen. Contestants and 
equally-costumed judges, 
include many former queens, 
and veteran parade entrants, 
tryout supporters and the 
curious public. The town-hall 
setting with long tables in 
beer-fest style, hot food, and 
Doo Dah House Band, New 
Astroturf, will set the mood for 
the lively caucus, along with 
other guest performers.

 Each Queen Hopeful will have 
three minutes to WOW the 
Judges. Microphone provided.

 Be ready to show and tell us 
why YOU should be Queen, 
feel free to bring a ring of loyal 

 Buy a few beers for parade 
organizers and you can become 
a judge and vote.

Tryouts are Sunday, October 

2:00 - Queen Hopefuls arrival 
& Check-in Doors Open to the 
Public, Bands

3:15 Judges Take their Seats! At 
3:30 Tryouts Begin... and a new 
Doo Dah Queen is Crowned 
entering a new era.

 On Doo Dah day, dozens of 
inventive, if zany, art cars and 
floats will accompany a legion 
of revelers past the mom-n-pop 
shops along East Pasadena’s 
shady tree-lined streets with 
a memorable cast of local 
eccentrics, disruptors, pundits, 
mutant art cars, lone wolves, 
steam punks, makers and 

 Entries are open to everyone. 
This year’s lineups includes the 
Nut Camp, Trashion Show, 
The Pony Baloney Express, 
Bildge Rat, Code Blue DeFibs, 
Black Sabbitch, Flying Baby 
Homerun Border Crossing, 
Nordic Men, Murrugun the 
Sword Swallower, Kilt Brigade, 
Radioactive Chickenheads, 
D.J. Sparlkle Pony, Toaster 
Car, The Army of Toy Soldiers, 
The Eye, The Billionaires, 
Saucers from Bakersfield, 
Danse Macabre, Free Thought 
Society, Unich Band, Aloha 
Oy Vey Marching Ukelele 
Band, Cyclops, Bearded Ladies, 
Count Smokula, Partying 
Parrotheads, Murrugun the 
Mystic, Unicorn Palace, Man as 
Giraffe, Heuristicus, The Butler, 
Recumbent Revolution, L.A. 
Derby Dolls, Let’s Paint and 
March TV, Zucchini Patrol, and 
Doo Dah’s 2018 Royals, among 
many others. Secret Santa, 
Doo Dah’s take on the North 
Pole icon, will close the conga 
line and ring in the holiday 
season. And… not a rose will 
be harmed in the making of 
this parade.

 The parade takes place on 
Colorado Boulevard (between 
Altadena Dr. and San Gabriel 
Blvd.) in East Pasadena (start 
location: 2627 E. Colorado 
Blvd.) Sunday, November 18th, 
Stepping off at 11:00 a.m. as 
always the parade is free-of-
charge ~ fun for all ages.

 Plenty of street parking is 
available ~ Parade route is 
also just west of the Sierra 
Madre Villa Gold Line Station 
(at Colorado Blvd. and Sierra 
Madre Villa). City busses go 
directly to the area and Uber or 
Lyft. Come early! Bring a lawn 
chair! Visit the local eateries, 
popular food trucks along the 
parade route, and buy a new 
Doo Dah t-shirt. Stick around 
for the after parties all within 
close walking distance.

 Official Doo Dah After-
Party: American Legion, 179 
N. Vinedo St. (2 blocks from 
Parade at Vinedo & Walnut) 
immediately following 
the event. Bands, dancing, 
cheap food and drinks!! $5 
cover (supports a Legion 
charity). Also host to QUEEN 
TRYOUTS Saturday, October 
21 beginning around 5:00pm, 
more info to come your way.

City Celebrates National Coming Out Day

Pasadena’s Public Health and 
Library Departments hosted 
the city’s 3rd annual Coming 
Out Day Celebration Thursday 
night with speakers sharing 
their coming out stories and 

 Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag 
Race Season 1 was the evening’s 
keynote speaker. Tia Wanna (Te 
Jay McGrath) served as the host.

 “All the major cities are 
doing this,” McGrath said. 
“Long Beach, West L.A. San 
Francisco... All the way to 
New York. I think the turnout 
was really great and all of our 
partners and organizations here 
really concreted our awesome 
community we have here in 

 Local organizations including: 
Pasadena Youth Move, 
Pasadena Teen Advisory 
Board, PMHAC, San Gabriel 
Valley Pride, Aids Healthcare 
Foundation, Strength United, 
PCC, Wesley Health Centers, 
Pasadena Fire, Pasadena Police, 
Planned Parenthood, Day 
One, Huntington Hospital (Pet 
Assistant Therapy), and more 

 Pasadena Public Health 
Department, Social and Mental 
Health Division Manager, 

Angelica Palmeros said “We 
house the LGBTQ services in 
our programs. We have a Safe 
Zone project, we train partners, 
businesses, libraries to have 
an inclusive environment to 
understand the terminology 
how to engage someone who 
maybe sad, depressed struggling 
with coming out.” 

 The event celebrated coming 
out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, 
transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or 
as an ally and marked the 30th 
anniversary of National Coming 
Out Day.

For more information, contact 
Te Jay McGrath, tmcgrath@ or (626) 744-

Levels of 

 The Pasadena Public Health 
Department (PPHD) is 
reporting epidemic levels of 
typhus fever this year. Typhus 
fever is a disease spread to 
humans by infected fleas. In 
2018, 20 Pasadena residents 
have been confirmed to have 
typhus fever, well above the 
expected one to five cases per 

 Flea-borne typhus, also 
known as murine or endemic 
typhus, is a disease carried by 
fleas infected with bacteria 
(Rickettsia typhi or Rickettsia 
felis). Flea-borne typhus is 
found regularly in Los Angeles 
County, especially Pasadena, 
with most cases occurring in 
the summer and fall months.

 Locally, the primary animals 
known to carry infected 
fleas include feral cats and 
opossums. People with 
significant exposure to these 
animals are at risk of acquiring 
flea-borne typhus. Pet dogs 
and cats that are allowed 
outside are more likely to come 
in contact with infected fleas 
and could spread the disease 
to humans. Although pets and 
animals do not get sick from 
typhus, the disease can cause 
high fever, chills, headache and 
rash in people. Typhus can be 
treated with antibiotics.

 “Typhus fever is a disease 
that can cause serious 
complications requiring 
lengthy hospitalization, and 
rarely, death,” said Dr. Ying-
Ying Goh, Pasadena Health 
Officer. “All residents should 
to take steps to prevent fleas in 
and around the home.”

 There are simple precautions 
to prevent the spread of typhus 
fever disease:

Maintain the yard free of debris 
and trim overgrown vegetation 
to prevent harborage of wild 
animals like feral cats and 

Do not leave pet food outdoors

Do not provide food or water 
for wild animals

Keep garbage containers 
tightly covered

Seal all openings and crawl 
spaces under the home

Routinely treat pet dogs 
and cats with flea control 

 For more information on 
preventing typhus, visit the 
San Gabriel Valley Mosquito 
and Vector Control District at:

Rep. Chu on 
of Judge 

Congresswoman Judy 
Chu released the 
following statement 
after the Senate voted 
last Saturday 50 to 
48 to confirm Brett 
Kavanaugh to the 
Supreme Court:

 “This confirmation is 
a body blow to women. 
Brett Kavanaugh 
was picked precisely 
because he has a judicial 
record hostile to a 
woman’s constitutional 
right to choice. And he 
was confirmed in spite 
of credible allegations 
that he had sexually 
assaulted women in 
the past. In short, this 
was a vote to silence 
women in law and in 
society by taking away 
our rights at the court 
and discouraging other 
survivors from naming 
their attackers.

 “This process was 
mishandled from 
the beginning. It was 
designed to shield 
Judge Kavanaugh’s 
record from the public 
and to rush him onto 
the Court. Even as 
the allegations were 
being looked into, 
Senate Majority Leader 
McConnell declared 
that he was intent on 
pushing forward with a 
vote. Any investigation 
or fact finding under 
that context is a sham. 
And the reports that 
the White House intervened 
to limit the scope of the FBI’s 
work is further proof. We 
need to see the White House 
guidance to understand 
what restrictions were put 
on the FBI’s work. For 
instance, it’s wrong that Dr. 
Ford wasn’t questioned by 
the FBI. Nor were many 
others who came forward to 
say they had information to 
corroborate accusations or 
prove that Kavanaugh had 
lied to the Senate Judiciary 
Committee. Those myriad 
mistruths he told, along with 
the unprecedently hostile 
and partisan tone he took in 
his hearing, are disqualifying 
on their own.

 “Lastly, I believe that 
Judge Kavanaugh should 
be disqualified by his 
comments on presidential 
power. Kavanaugh has 
publicly expressed his belief 
that the President cannot 
be criminally charged while 
in office. Surely Trump was 
aware of his position when 
nominating him, which 
is a conflict of interest 
as the Supreme Court is 
almost certain to hear a 
case involving the Mueller 
probe. At the absolute least, 
Kavanaugh must recuse 
himself from all cases 
having to do with Mueller’s 

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Pasadena Business 

and Economic Summit


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 The City of Pasadena and 
the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce invite leaders 
of business and industry 
in Pasadena to be part of 
a discussion on our local 
economy, their industries 
and the future of business in 
Pasadena at the sixth Pasadena 
Business and Economic 
Summit on Tuesday, October 
23, from 11:30am to 1:30pm 
at The University Club at 175 
North Oakland Avenue in 
Pasadena. Free valet parking is 
included along with lunch and 
the informative program.

 Cost to attend is $50 and 
includes the program, lunch 
and parking. A corporate 
table of eight, which includes 
signage and recognition on 
the program, costs $400. Valet 
parking, lunch are included in 
the cost. 

 Somjita Mitra, director of the 
Institute for Applied Economics 
at the Los Angeles County 
Economic Development 
Corporation will provide an 
economic overview and trends 
that impact our economy. 

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