Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 10, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, November 10, 2018 

High Tea with 2019 Rose 
Queen and Royal Court

Local Area 
News Briefs

 Voters Pass 
Pasadena Tax 

 Voters in Pasadena 
overwhelmingly passed 
two ballot measures during 
Tuesday’s election, Measure 
I enacting a new three-
quarter cent sales tax and 
Measure J which gives part 
of the revenue generated to 
the school system.

 Measure I, passed with 
68 percent of the vote, is 
projected to generate $21 
million annually, of that, 
Measure J allows $7 million 
to go to the PUSD. Measure 
J passed with over 70 
percent of the vote.

 On Thursday, the school 
board was told, by the 
county, they are not allowed 
to calculate the Measure J 
revenue into the current 
budget shortfall. PUSD 
officials have until Nov. 
15 to cut $10 million 
from the next two years, a 
decision that includes the 
closing of schools. Any 
new Measure J founds 
will be used to stabilized 
their budget in the long-
term, including innovation 
and enhancements to 
academic programs. PUSD 
Superintendent Brian 
McDonald said (see “Thank 
You Letter” page 3). 

 The PUSD has a mandated 
Dec. 17 deadline by the L.A. 
County Office of Education 
to make the cuts or face a 
takeover of the district by 

 Pasadena Mayor Terry 
Tornek had said the city 
could have faced a $3 
million shortfall had 
Measure I not passed.

 In related news, both 
State Assemblyman 
Chris Holden and 
Congresswoman Judy Chu 
won during the election. 
Chu received 78 percent 
of the vote and Holden 
receiving 64 percent of the 
vote. Congressman Adam 
Schiff also won getting 76 
percent of the votes, wining 
his district that includes a 
small part of Pasadena that 
includes JPL. 

Pasadena Senior 
Center November 19


 The Scott Pavilion at 
Pasadena Senior Center 
will be transformed into 
an elegant, beautifully 
decorated tea room Monday, 
Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. 
when members of the 
Pasadena Senior Center 
enjoy high tea with newly 
crowned 2019 Rose Queen 
Louise Siskel and her Royal 
Court consisting of Laura 
Baydaline, Ashley Hackett, 
Rucha Kadam, Sherry Ma, 
Michaela McElrath and 
Helen Rossi. 

 Seating is limited. Prepaid 
$15 reservations must be 
received at the Welcome Desk 
or at pasadenaseniorcenter.
org no later than Tuesday, 
Nov. 13. 

 The event is sponsored by 
Chado Tea Room, Right at 
Home and The Kensington. 
For more information call 

Property Owners Pack Retrofit Meeting

By Dean Lee

City officials were caught 
off guard Thursday night as 
residents, mostly longtime 
property owners jam-packed 
the city hall council chambers 
during a meeting to provide 
general information about a 
proposed ordinance requiring 
retrofitting of wood soft-story 
apartments and condominium 

 “We never expected this 
outcome,” Pasadena Building 
Official Sarkis Nazerian said. 
“I think I would have gotten a 
bigger room.” 

 Many of those that attended 
stood outside a hallway watching 
the meeting on a televison 
provided by city staff. Inside 
people stood along every wall 
and cramped doorways trying 
to see. The meeting was led by 
Nazerian and Daniel Zepeda 
of Degenkolb Engineers, a 
city consultant helping draft 
the proposed ordinance. With 
the exception of a few city 
employees, no other officials 
were at the meeting

 “It’s a simple process, we have 
a gentleman here to take all the 
notes, compile it all together and 
percent that to the city manager 
and public safety committee 
members,” Nazerian said about 
a lack of officials at the meeting. 

 He simply said the goal of the 
meeting was “ to communication 
with property owners.” 

 Most of the questions asked 
during the two hour meeting 
dealt with what exactly a wood 
soft-story building is? Many of 
the property owners held copies 
of a letter from the city saying 
their property had been placed 
on a list as “soft-story” 

 According to city staff, wood 
soft-story buildings are wood-
framed buildings with more 
than one story that typically 
have extensive ground story 
windows, garage doors, or open-
air spaces (such as parking) with 
little or no solid walls. 

 Zepeda said a survey was done 
in 2007. They estimated around 
500 soft-story buildings citywide 
with approximately 4,500 units. 
Many owners asked about cost. 
Nazerian said Pasadena did not 
have a cost estimates although 
Zepeda and Nazerian both said 
in Los Angeles retrofit cost 
ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 
per unit. 

 Nazerian said city officials had 
also looked into a “404 hazard 
Mitigation Grant Program” 
through the Governer’s Office 
that covers 75 percent though 
FEMA and 25 percent shared by 
the city. He said the funds were 
not a guaranteed. 

 Some asked about making the 
ordinance voluntary something 
Nazerian said they could look 
into. Any voluntary retrofitting 
program would not qualify 
for grant funding they both 

 Nazerian said, if the ordinance 
passed, the only way for a 
property owner to be removed 
from the list is having an 
engineer writeoff that the 
retrofitting had been done. He 
did say that if someone though 
they are on the list by mistake, to 
call city hall and a city building 
inspector would look at the 

 Nazerian said the proposed 
ordinance would be discussed 
by the Public Safety Committee 
in December and then finalized 
in January. The ordinance 
would then go the city council 
sometime in January or 

 “If adopted, it is estimated to go 
into effect in the spring of 2019,” 
he said. 

Holiday Look In Home 
Tour and Boutique

The Women’s Committee 
of the Pasadena Symphony 
Association will present the 
Fifty-First Annual Holiday 
Look In Home Tour and free 
Boutique on December 1 and 
2. The self-guided Home 
Tour will include four historic 
and architecturally significant 
homes and gardens in Pasadena 
and will be open from 9:30 
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Boutique 
will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 
5:00 p.m. at the Scottish Rite 
Cathedral, 150 N. Madison 
Avenue, Pasadena. 

 This highly anticipated 
Pasadena tradition offers an 
opportunity to view the artistry 
of four of the City’s most 
prominent floral designers; 
this year including Seasonal 
Décor by Margit Holakoui, 
Contemporary Creations 
by Jacob Maarse, Yuletide 
Creations by Ixora Floral Studio 
and Festive Floral Designs 
by Drew Domenghini with 
Patterson’s Topiaries, Pots and 
Teas. As you tour the homes 
and gardens, you will enjoy 
the elegant music of talented 
Pasadena-area musicians. 

 The Holiday Boutique 
showcases seasonal and year-
round home décor items, 
delicious gourmet foods, unique 
jewelry, and other personal and 
gift items. No ticket is required 
for the Boutique and ample 
parking is available in the lots 
on either side of the Scottish 
Rite Cathedral.

 Since 1957, the volunteers 
of the Women’s Committee 
of the Pasadena Symphony 
Association have worked 
tirelessly to present the 
Holiday Look In Home Tour 
and Boutique in support and 
celebration of the world-class 
Pasadena Symphony and POPS. 
And, through the years, this 
event has evolved into one 
of Pasadena’s most cherished 
and highly anticipated holiday 

 Tickets for the Home Tour 
can be purchased online at: 
or at French Hand Laundry, 
606 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena 
for $35 each. They can also be 
purchased during the event at 
the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 150 
N. Madison Ave., Pasadena, 
for $40 each. If you have 
questions, please call 626-793-
7272. All proceeds benefit the 
Pasadena Symphony and POPS 
and music education programs 
throughout the San Gabriel 

Celebrating Fifty-
One Years of 
Elegant Homes

Rose Bowl 

Sales for 

 Ticket Sale for Pasadena 

 Residents of Pasadena are 
given an opportunity to 
purchase tickets in advance by 
lottery system on December 
1, 2018 at the Pasadena Civic 
Auditorium’s Box Office 
located at 300 E. Green Street. 
There is a maximum limit of 
two tickets per person, the 
person buying the tickets must 
be 18 or older, and show proof 
of Pasadena residency with a 
valid California driver’s license 
or California identification 

Cost: $173.00 per ticket ($160 
face value + $13 box office 

Methods of Payment: Cash and 
credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, 
and American Express) are 
accepted, but checks are not.

Sale Timeline: 7:00 AM: Line-
up will be allowed. No line-
ups will be allowed prior to 
7:00 AM

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Random 
numbered wristbands will be 
distributed to all in attendance.

9:00 AM: Wristbands will no 
longer be issued and random 
starting number will be called.

9:30 AM: Line-up for purchase 
may begin.

10:00 AM: Residents may 

Venue: Pasadena Civic 

Assistance League's 
Featured Artist Program


 Assistance League of Pasadena 
has operated its Craft Fair Gift 
Shop featuring senior artists 
and crafters for over 64 years. 
Assistance League (through 
its Craft Fair Gift Shop) assists 
over 150 senior exhibitors who 
excel in many artistic mediums, 
and this year Craft Fair Gift 
Shop has initiated a “Featured 
Artists of the Month” program 
to highlight local talents. 

 November’s two featured 
artists are Mary Holley and 
Soly Diaz. Mary’s critically 
acclaimed bead weaving and 
ethnically inspired jewelry 
has won her fans through the 
United States. A local resident 
for over 25 years, Ms. Holley has 
dabbled in many art mediums 
but loves the fluidity of the 
bead weaving and creating art 
that can be worn. Soly Diaz 
specializes in fused glass work. 
A Pasadena resident for over 
20 years, Ms. Diaz is a retired 
research chemist who started 
exploring the properties of 
glass and light just five years 
ago. Her colorful glass pieces 
are not only beautiful, but often 
practical as well. 

 Come support Craft Fair’s 
Featured Artists and browse 
through the work of so many 
other talented craftsmen and 
artists. Gifts and personal 
treasures abound at reasonable 
prices that support senior 
citizens in the arts. Open 
Wednesday through Saturday 
11 am-4 pm, Craft Fair is 
located at 820 E California 
Blvd in Pasadena. Sales support 
this Assistance League of 
Pasadena program. For more 
information on Assistance 
League of Pasadena visit;

Pet of the 

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

 Are you looking for a 
loving, attentive cat? 
Look no further than 
Chester (A467514). This 
3-year-old loves to 
have company and will 
greet you at the kennel 
door to lick your hands 
and head bump you. 
He loves attention and 
with a few pets will start 
purring. Chester is not 
laying around all day; 
he’s actively looking for 
a home. 

 Come walk in to the 
Pasadena Humane 
Society’s Neely Cat 
Center and we’re sure 
he’ll grab your attention. 

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

 New adopters will 
receive a complimentary 
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.

 There is something for 
everyone in September 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 Matter of Balance – 
Tuesdays, to Nov. 20, from 1 
to 3 p.m. Are you concerned 
about falling? Learn how 
to reduce the fear of falling 
and increase balance, 
activity levels, confidence 
and independence during 
this eight-week, interactive 
workshop that combines 
discussion, video and 
exercise. Reservations are 
required: 626-685-6732. 

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays at 1 p.m. Everyone 
enjoys watching movies 
and the pleasures they 
bring. Nov. 16: On Golden 
Pond (1981, PG-13) starring 
Henry Fonda and Katharine 
Hepburn. On summer 
vacation at their cabin on 
a lake in New England, a 
cranky retired professor with 
memory problems and his 
understanding wife agree 
to look after the 13-year-old 
son of their daughter’s (Jane 
Fonda) fiancé. 

 Health Insurance 
Counseling and Advocacy 
– Wednesdays, Nov. 28, at 
10 a.m. Receive counseling 
and advocacy on issues 
related to Medicare, 
Medigap, Medicare Part 
D and Cal MediConnect. 
Appointments are required 
by calling 626-795-4331. 
Presented by HICAP. 

 One Knot at a Time: Blankets 
for a Purpose – Friday, Nov. 
16, at 11 a.m. Calling all 
creative hands and hearts! 
Help create no-sew fleece 
blankets for young residents 
of an orphanage in Mexico. 
Making the blankets is 
simple, and each step is 
suited to different levels of 
motor skills: cutting, tying 
a single knot and folding. 
Prior experience is not 
required; all materials will 
be provided. Sign up at the 
Welcome Desk or by calling 
626-795-4331. Instructor 
Tracy Weirick, director of a 
local in-home care agency, 
has been making no-sew 
fleece blankets for years and 
sending them to Rancho de 
Sus Niños, an orphanage in 
Tecate, Mexico. 

 Veterans Day Treats at the 
Coffee Bar – Monday, Nov. 
12, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. In 
honor of military veterans, 
come to the Pasadena 
Senior Center coffee bar for 
free coffee and patriotic-
themed treats. DJ Joe will 
entertain in the lounge area 
with patriotic melodies, 
nostalgic tunes and requests. 
All are welcome. For more 
information visit www. 
or call 626-795-4331.

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center 
is an independent, donor-
supported 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.


Monday, October 29th 

6:41 AM – A battery 
occurred in the 600 block of 
W. Woodbury Road. Suspect 
has been identified. 

9:00 PM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 400 block 
of W. Mendocino Street. 
Stolen: parking pass, black 
sunglasses, black leather 
jacket and cologne. 

Tuesday, October 30th 

2:34 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
2400 block of N. Lincoln 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the residence via unknown 
means. Stolen: (2) pairs 
of Nike Air Jordan’s and 

Wednesday, October 31st 

9:10 PM – Javier Conrado, 
35 years old of Lancaster was 
arrested in the area of Fair 
Oaks Avenue and Montana 
Street for being under the 
influence of a controlled 

Thursday, November 1st 

9:00 PM – A domestic 
violence incident occurred 
in the 400 block of Athens 
Street. Suspect was taken 
into custody. 

Friday, November 2nd 

7:02 PM – An assault with 
deadly weapon occurred 
in the 2200 block of N. 
Glenrose Avenue. Suspect 
has been identified. 

Saturday, November 3rd 

12:30 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 300 
block of Ventura St. *Vehicle 
was recovered by LASD 

7:30 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 
1700 block of E. Mendocino 
Street. Vehicle described as a 
red 2011 Honda Civic. 

6:39 PM – An assault with 
a deadly weapon occurred 
in the 2100 block of N. 
Raymond Avenue. Suspect 
was taken into custody. 

9:30 PM – A grand theft 
from a motorcycle occurred 
in the 2200 block of Navarro 
Avenue. Stolen: blue Electra 
saddlebag, black Corbin 
saddle, and blue Harley 
Davidson tail bag.

Pet CPR & First 
Aid Workshop

 You might be able to save 
your pet’s life in an emergency 
with the right training. The 
Pasadena Humane Society 
invite you to take our 
5-hour Pet CPR & First-Aid 
certification course, co-led by 
certified Pet CPR, First Aid & 
Care Instructor, Learn how 
to identify and treat a variety 
of possible emergencies and 
illnesses, including rescue 
breathing, CPR, how to 
manage choking, bleeding, 
and shock incidents, and how 
to prepare a first aid kit. Upon 
completion, participants will 
be given a 2 year certificate, 
Pet Tech web emblem, and 
will be placed on the Pet Tech 
International database. Cost: 
$85 - Proceeds of ticket sales 
will be donated to PHS. PHS 
is located 361 S. Raymond 
Ave. For more call 626-792-

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