Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 8, 2018 

710 Tunnel 
Option Dead

PCC Names 

Tournament Announces 
Opening Spectacular

The Pasadena Community 
College Board of Trustees 
announced Wednesday 
that they have chosen 
Erika Endrijonas, Ph.D. 
(pictured right) as the next 
succeeding Rajen Vurdien. 
She is currently president of 
Los Angeles Valley College. 

 Endrijonas is set to begin 
late January.

 “My entire career has been 
focused on finding new ways 
to ensure students succeed in 
their goals – no matter their 
background or their dreams.” 
Endrijonas said. “The team at 
PCC is firing on all cylinders 
and helping more and more 
students reach new heights. I 
can’t wait to get to work.”

 Endrijonas hire is subject 
to the parties reaching 
mutual agreement on an 
employment contract, with 
formal approval expected at 
the district’s Jan. 16, regular 
board meeting officials said.

 “Dr. Endrijonas is exactly 
the leader that PCC needs at 
this moment,” said Anthony 
Fellow, Ph.D., board 
president of the Pasadena 
Area Community College 
District. “Her exceptional 
record as an administrator 
and her service throughout 
her community have 
distinguished her as a stellar 
executive who will guide the 
college into the next chapter 
of its history.”

 Prior to her service at L.A. 
Valley College, Endrijonas 
was executive vice president 
and accreditation liaison 
officer at Oxnard College 
and dean of educational 
programs at Santa Barbara 
City College. Statewide, she 
has served on the California 
Community College boards 
of the Chief Instructional 
Officers and Chief Student 
Services Officers associations 
and the Association for 
Occupational Education. She 
is also a board member of 
the California Community 
College Athletic Association 
and co-chairs the board 
of the national association 
LGBTQ Presidents in Higher 

 She holds a bachelor’s degree 
in history from California 
State University, Northridge, 
and a master of arts and Ph.D. 
in history from the University 
of Southern California.

 In May 2018, the Aspen 
Institute named PCC one of 
ten finalists in a $1 million 
national competition to 
honor innovation in two-
year colleges, citing its 
achievement in graduating 
students who go on to succeed 
at four-year universities. The 
honor represents the second 
consecutive time PCC has 
been recognized by the Aspen 
Institute, placing it in a select 
set of institutions that are 
adapting to meet the needs 
of the next generation of 
community college students.

 In the 2017-18 academic 
year, it awarded more 
associate degrees (4,028) 
and associate degrees for 
transfer (1,393) than any 
other community college 
in California. It has been 
recognized for embedding 
equity and diversity in its 
hiring and retention of 
faculty and staff, and in 
Spring 2019 it will begin 
offering college classes in 
Northwest Pasadena on the 
campus of John Muir High 

 Endrijonas succeeds Rajen 
Vurdien, Ph.D., who is 
retiring after having served 
as the college’s chief executive 
since 2015.

 Assemblymember Chris 
Holden will introduce 
legislation Wednesday to 
remove the 710 North Project 
Area between Interstate 210 
and Interstate 10 from the 
California State Freeway 
and Expressway code. The 
legislation, also became 
public Monday, and came 
just days after the California 
Department of Transportation 
(Caltrans) did not identify 
the freeway tunnel as the 
preferred alternative in its 
Final Environmental Impact 
Report/Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIR/EIS) for the 
SR 710 North Project Area 
accoring to Holden.

 “Fixing our state’s highway 
code to reflect the new reality 
is the logical next step to bury 
the tunnel idea once and for 
all,” said Assemblymember 
Chris Holden who represents 
the cities of Pasadena and 
South Pasadena in the 
California State Assembly.

 The legislation aims to quell 
lingering concerns about 
Caltrans’ Final Environmental 
Impact Report and a 2017 
Los Angeles Metro motion to 
move away from the tunnel 
concept for largely financial 
reasons. The reasoning for 
both decisions may leave the 
tunnel solution open to future 
consideration he said.

 Holden’s legislation specifies 
that State Route 710 is from 
Route 1 to Route 10, essentially 
eliminating any future 
possibility of freeway tunnel.

 The bill is also the result of 
a two year legislative effort by 
Assemblymember Holden that 
began with the introduction of 
AB 287 in 2017. After many 
discussions with Caltrans, 
Metro and, most importantly, 
members of the community 
Assemblymember Holden’s 
AB 533 (last legislative session) 
came to be. The bill brought 
together the cities of South 
Pasadena, Alhambra, and 
Pasadena to create language 
they could all agree on. This 
historic collaboration will be 
memorialized in the bill being 
introduced today.

 “We couldn’t get to this point 
without the decades of hard 
work, passion, and leadership 
of community stakeholders, 
who have also made a direct 
impact on my views on this 
issue,” said Holden. 

 For more information visit:

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses announced 
Wednesday the Opening 
Spectacular presented by 
Honda, the Grand Finale 
presented by Wells Fargo. 
This year’s theme, “The 
Melody of Life,” celebrates 
music, the universal 
language. Music has the 
power to bring us together 
and create the soundtracks 
that define our lives.

 The 2019 Opening 
Spectacular presented by 
Honda exemplifies “The 
Melody of Life.” The musical 
celebration will be led by 
Dancing with the Stars 
Champion and a host of 
Dancing with the Stars Jr., 
Jordan Fisher. He will be 
joined by 2019 Tournament 
of Roses Grand Marshal 
and ten-time GRAMMY 
Award winner Chaka Khan, 
and a cast of over 400 as 
they welcome the first day 
of the year with musical 
performances, dancing and a 
few surprises in between.

 The Opening Spectacular 

Jordan Fisher, Multi-talented 
Actor, Musician and Dancer

HTEDance & Spirit Group 
(Irving, TX)

Kaiser Catamount Pride 
Band & Color Guard 
(Fontana, CA)

Chaka Khan, 2019 
Tournament of Roses Grand 
Marshal, joined by her 
nephew Tyler McCrary and 
grandsons, Jett and Josh 

The Boys of Temecula, 
Temecula Dance Company 
(Temecula, CA)

Wilson Middle School Drum 
Corps (Pasadena, CA)

 The 2019 Grand Finale 
Presented “Where Flowers 
and Football Meet” caps 
off this year’s stunning 
Rose Parade featuring 
multi-platinum pop artist 
Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie 
is welcomed to the parade 
route by Jordan Fisher as 
they bring parade fans, 
football fans, and music 
fans together in the Grand 
Finale of America’s New Year 

 The Grand Finale Features:

Anne-Marie, multi-platinum 
pop artist

 To punctuate the Grand 
Finale theme, a celebrity 
guest will throw a football 
from the parade route that 
will magically soar to the 
Rose Bowl Stadium and be 
caught by another notable 
personality. Who’s going 
to make the throw? Who’s 
going to make the catch? 
Stay tuned for the anticipated 
surprise reveal. 

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses also announced 
the 40 float entries that will 
participate. For a complete 
list visit: tournamentofroses.

Care Open 

Pasadena Tournament

of Roses New Sip & Savor

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

 Meet with a 
certified enrollment 
counselors at the 
Altadena Library.


 A new end-of-year celebration 
debuts with the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses SIP & 
SAVOR. On the event menu is 
an impressive array of offerings 
for all ages from many of 
Southern California’s favorite 
eateries and culinary brands, 
along with wines and craft brews 
from throughout the Golden 
State, plus an exciting line-up 
of entertainment and up-close 
viewing of Rose Parade® float 

 The event takes over the 
Rosemont Pavilion/Jackie 
Robinson Memorial Field near 
the Rose Bowl Stadium in 
Pasadena from December 28-
30 (Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 
p.m.). Various ticket prices and 
packages are available, ranging 
from general admission of $15 
to a deluxe VIP package of 
$150, and can be purchased in-
person at the event or online at

 As part of the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses SIP & 
SAVOR experience, guests can 
visit the Rosemont Pavilion, a 
workshop of color, imagination, 
and ingenuity. Inside guests 
will see hundreds of skilled 
volunteers painstakingly hand-
applying millions of florals 
to incredibly designed Rose 
Parade floats. With wide-eyed 
wonder, guests can personally 
witness the parade floats slowly 
taking shape.

 “Our entire team is immensely 
proud to partner with the 
Tournament of Roses to take 
the Rose Parade experience 
to a whole new level,” states 
Craig Bugajski, CEO of Artistic 
Entertainment Services 
(AES) “As the producers of 
SIP & SAVOR, it’s a terrific 
opportunity for us to take an 
iconic event like the Rose Parade 
and build upon the success of 
this historic brand with this 
new and exciting event.”

 One of the main attractions 
of the event is the Sports Bar 
hosted by Firestone-Walker 
Brewing Company from Paso 
Robles, CA. Here adult sports 
fans won’t miss any action via 
six large screen TV monitors, 
while they enjoy a great line-up 
of finely crafted beers from the 
Firestone-Walker Brewery.

 The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses SIP & SAVOR is also a 
destination for guests seeking 
great music and entertainment. 
The event boasts a great line-
up of entertainment options 
for the whole family. The 
main stage will play host to 
a variety of bands ranging 
from classic 80s, hip-swinging 
rockabilly, top hits of today, plus 
daytime performances by the 
GRAMMY® Award-winning, 
Mariachi Divas.

 “We’re very enthusiastic about 
this new way of extending 
the fun, excitement, and 
anticipation of the Rose Parade 
for locals and out-of-town 
guests alike,” states David Eads, 
Executive Director and CEO of 
the Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses. “Guests will get the best 
of both worlds as they get an 
up-close and intimate look at 
our beautiful Rose Parade floats 
and then enjoy the great food, 
family fun, and entertainment.”

 There is something for 
everyone in December 
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 


 Stay Connected with 
Social Media – Tuesdays 
and Thursdays to Dec. 
27, from 9 to 11 a.m. 
Learn how to keep in 
touch with family and 
friends via email, Skype, 
Facebook and other 
forms of social media 
during a 30-minute, 
one-on-one session with 
instructor Edison Samuel. 
You’ll choose which 
applications you want 
to learn. Bring a laptop 
or use one of the onsite 
computers. If you have 
an email address, bring it 
and your password. Sign 
up at the Welcome Desk 
or by calling 626-795-4331.

 Screening Mimis Film 
Discussion Club – Tuesday, 
Dec. 18, at 1:30 p.m. 
Diehard film fans are 
invited to watch a movie 
the first and third Tuesday 
of every month, preceded 
by a presentation about 
the film’s hidden history 
and followed by lively 
discussion. Dec. 18: The 
Red Violin (1998, R) starring 
Carlo Cecchi and Samuel 
L. Jackson. A perfect red-
colored violin inspires 
passion, making its way 
through three centuries, 
several owners and many 
countries, and eventually 
ending up at an auction 
where it may find a new 

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Dec. 14, 21 and 28, 
at 1 p.m. Everyone enjoys 
watching movies and 
the pleasures they bring. 
Dec. 14: The Preacher’s 
Wife (1996, PG) starring 
Whitney Houston and 
Denzel Washington. As a 
preacher’s struggles to 
keep his church afloat 
during hard economic 
times begins to take a toll 
on his marriage, an angel 
is sent to help him out. 
Dec. 21: The Night They 
Saved Christmas (1984, 
NR) starring Jaclyn Smith 
and Art Carney. A woman 
and her three children 
help Santa save his toy 
factory at the North Pole 
from being destroyed due 
to nearby oil drilling. Dec. 
28: Crazy Rich Asians (2018, 
PG-13) starring Constance 
Wu and Henry Golding. 
An Asian American New 
Yorker is apprehensive 
about meeting her 
longtime boyfriend’s family 
when she accompanies 
him to his best friend’s 
wedding in Singapore.

 Improvisation for Lifeskills 
PLAYshop – Fridays, Dec. 7 
and Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. 
to noon. Tap into your 
natural, creative talents 
while enhancing your 
health and well-being. This 
series will focus on improv 
techniques, theater 
games and creative 
drama to increase your 
spontaneity, memory, 
focus and interactive 
social and communication 
skills in a fun, playful and 
creative environment. 
Sign up at the Welcome 
Desk or by calling 626-
795-4331. Presented by 
Trisha Jauchler, founder 
and director of On Bright 
Wings and Theatre on the 

 Tree Trimming Party and 
Holiday Treats – Monday, 
Dec. 10, from 8:30 11 
a.m. Help decorate the 
Pasadena Senior Center’s 
Christmas tree while 
enjoying holiday music. 
There will be free coffee, 
hot cocoa and festive 
treats at the Coffee Bar.

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

 Healthy Holiday Snacks 
– Thursday, Dec. 13, at 10 
a.m. Get ready to entertain 
this holiday season with 
yummy, guilt-free snacks. A 
live demonstration will help 
you learn how to succeed. 
Presented by Anthem Blue 

 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.

 For this year’s Open 
Enrollment period, 
ChapCare will have a 
certified enrollment 
counselor at the Altadena 
Library to help community 
members renew and sign-
up for Covered California 

 In order to successfully 
enroll, you must bring the 
following documents:

 Identification: California 
State ID, Driver’s License, 
Passport, Utility Bill

Proof of Legal Residency: 
Social Security Card, Birth 
Certificate, Legal Resident 
Card, Naturalization 
Certificate, Certificate of 

Proof of Income: Recent 
tax return, W-2, recent 

 Information necessary for 
ALL household members.

The enrollment counselor 
will be at the Library from 
5:00pm to 9:00pm on: 
Mondays, December 10, 
and 17

 To make your 
appointment, call (626) 
486-9729. The Altadena 
Main Library is located 
600 E. Mariposa Street. 
Counselors will be in the 
small meeting room.

 Walk-ins are allowed 
but are not guaranteed, 
appointments depending 
on schedule and availability.

Pet of the 

Chipa (A469091) is a 
beautiful 7-year-old cat 
with soft green eyes. She 
is gentle and eager to 
meet new people. Chipa 
will let you know how 
she is feeling through her 
purring and appreciates 
human affection. She 
enjoys relaxing throughout 
the day and would be the 
purrfect pet to cuddle 
with. Come meet her at 
the Neely Cat Center at 
the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA. 

 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 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.


Tuesday, November 27th

8:29 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 2500 
block of N. Lake Avenue. 
Vehicle described as a white 
1999 Ford F250. 

9:00 PM – A commercial 
vandalism occurred in the 700 
block of E. Calaveras Street. 
Damage: shattered windows.

Thursday, November 29th

9:58 PM – Byron Hale, 54 years 
old of Altadena was arrested in 
the 300 block of E. Poppyfields 
Drive for being under the 
influence of a controlled 

Friday, November 30th

8:30 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 400 
block of W. Poppyfields Drive. 
Suspects entered the residence 
via unknown means. Stolen: 
blue leather purse, black multi 
colored wallet, credit cards, and 

Saturday, December 1st

11:00 AM – A grand theft 
of landscaping equipment 
occurred in the 2600 block of 
Vischer Place. Stolen: orange 
Echo leaf blower and orange 
Stihl hedge trimmer.

11:28 AM – A petty theft 
occurred in the 2300 block of N. 
Altadena Drive. Stolen: red air 
compressor, gray nail gun, and 
an orange cordless drill.

3:55 PM – A domestic violence 
incident occurred in the 1700 
block of Sinaloa Avenue. 
Suspect was taken into custody. 

 The 30th 

 Join The Pasadena Library 
for Kwanzaa: A Celebration 
of Family, Community & 
Culture. Enjoy music, stories 
and tasty dishes prepared by 
members of the Pasadena 
Alumnae Chapter of 
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. 
Thursday, Dec. 27 • 11 a.m.-1 
p.m. • La Pintoresca Branch 
located 1355 N Raymond 
Ave, Pasadena.

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