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VOLUME 12 NO. 49

710 Tunnel 
Option Dead

PCC Names 

A Noise Within Announces 
Two New Board Members

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 
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 

 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 

 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 

 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 

 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.



 A Noise Within (ANW), 
the acclaimed classical 
repertory theatre company, 
announced last week two 
new board members from 
Pasadena, who joined the 
Board of Directors this fall 
after being nominated for 
positions and voted on by 
the full Board last spring. 
This fall, LA Philharmonic 
Association Executive 
Director Gail Samuel and 
former Mayor of Pasadena 
William “Bill” Joseph 

 A Noise Within Producing 
Artistic Director, Julia 
Rodriguez-Elliott said, “We 
are thrilled to add these two 
new members to the A Noise 
Within board. Gail Samuel 
has an incredible depth of 
knowledge about nonprofit 
arts being at the helm one of 
the largest, most important, 
and influential performing 
arts companies in the world. 
No one knows Pasadena 
or our organization better 
than Bill Bogaard, who was 
instrumental in helping 
us find and realize our 
new home – which is now 
already seven years old. He 
has been an important part 
of the last decade of growth 
that we have experienced as 
an organization.”

 Gail Samuel currently 
serves as Executive 
Director of the Los Angeles 
Philharmonic Association. 
In this post, Samuel oversees 
operations at the Hollywood 
Bowl; programming of jazz, 
world music, orchestral pops 
and pop/rock presentations 
by the Association at both 
the Hollywood Bowl and 
Walt Disney Concert Hall; 
and management of the 
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, 
public relations, community 
affairs, marketing and 
human resources.

 Samuel’s tenure at the 
Los Angeles Philharmonic 
began 25 years ago when 
she joined the Orchestra 
Operations department. 
Over the course of her 
career she has held a variety 
of critical positions, most 
recently as Acting President 
and Chief Executive Officer 
during the search process 
for the new CEO. Previous 
positions include Chief 
Operating Officer, which 
included management of 
the Hollywood Bowl and 
the Philharmonic orchestra 
and concert production; and 
Vice President and General 
Manager, Philharmonic 
and Production, managing 
the orchestra as well as all 
concert production, touring, 
and media activities.

 Gail Samuel studied violin 
and earned undergraduate 
degrees in music and 
psychology and an MBA 
from the University of 
Southern California. She 
has served on the Board 
of Councilors for the USC 
Thornton School of Music 
since 2009. Gail is married 
to Bill Christian. They 
have two sons, Sam and 
Orlando. Sam has appeared 
in a number of ANW 
productions including Ah, 
Wilderness, A Christmas 
Carol and A Raisin in the 

 Bill Bogaard is the former 
mayor of the City of 
Pasadena. He was elected 
in 1999 and was the first 
directly elected mayor for 
Pasadena since the 1940’s. 
He was the longest serving 
mayor in Pasadena’s history. 
The Mayor is a graduate 
of Loyola Marymount 
University in Los Angeles. 
He graduated from the 
University of Michigan Law 
School after serving as a U.S. 
Air Force Captain in Los 
Angeles and Casablanca, 

In the private sector, Mayor 
Bogaard engaged in private 
law practice, handling 
financial transactions and 
mergers and acquisitions, 
and then served as Executive 
Vice President and General 
Counsel of First Interstate 
Bancorp, a financial services 
holding company. He has 
taught law at the University 
of Michigan and USC Law 
School. In 1997, the City of 
Pasadena granted him its 
highest civic recognition, the 
Arthur Noble Award. Mayor 
Bogaard has also received 
Loyola Marymount’s 
Distinguished Alumni 

 Mayor Bogaard was 
instrumental in helping 
ANW secure the site for 
its permanent home in 

Care Open 

Tournament Announces 
Opening Spectacular

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 Meet with a certified 
enrollment counselors 
at the Altadena Library.

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 

 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 Khan-Corley

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 Celebration.

 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 



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 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 paystubs

 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.


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