Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, January 5, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 6, 2018 

Thousands Turnout for Rose Float Viewing 

VIDA Class is Open for 
Enrollment for February

Pictured top: People gather around the city of Alhambra float “Story 
Time.” Bottom left: city of Riverside float “25th Annual Festival of 
Lights.” The float won the Award Golden State the Most outstanding 
depiction of life in California. Top right: Cal Poly Universities float 
“Dreams Take Flight” the float won Past President; Most outstanding 
innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials. Bottom right: 
Singpoli American BD float “Rising Above” won Sweepstakes for Most 
beautiful entry: encompassing float design, floral presentation and 
entertainment. Bottom Middle: City of Burbank “Sand-Sational Helpers” 
the float won the Founder award for most outstanding float built and 
decorated by volunteers from a community or organization. 

Celebrate the Birth 

of the Cheeseburger

 The Los Angeles County 
Sheriff’s Department Vital 
Intervention & Directional 
Alternatives Academy 
(VIDA) is currently accepting 
applications for the spring 
class. The 16 week academy will 
start on February 14, 2018 and 
will graduate June 9, 2018. 

 The VIDA Academy is designed 
for “at-risk” youth between the 
ages of 11 and 17 to learn how 
to make better life choices and 
take responsibility for their 
future. VIDA is designed to 
redirect “at-risk” youth with 
issues such as defiance, anger, 
failing grades, truancy, family 
discord and substance abuse. 
VIDA incorporates physical 
fitness training, impulse 
control, life skill training, 
emotional management 
techniques, parent-teen and 
conflict resolution. Participants 
are referred to VIDA through 
the Juvenile Courts, schools or 
by their parents. VIDA is an 
opportunity for participants 
to work with law enforcement 
and other community-based 
organizations to create positive 
influences in their lives that will 
encourage them to succeed. 

 If you know a teen who can 
benefit from this program 
please visit or call 
the Altadena VIDA coordinator 
at (661) 753-6293 and ask for 
Deputy Soukup.

 During Cheeseburger Week 
from Sunday to January 12th, 
Pasadena honors Lionel 
Sternberger’s genius in being 
the first to put cheese to 
hamburger and serve it at the 
Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924.

 Legend has it that, in 1924, 
teenaged Lionel Sternberger 
burned a hamburger patty at 
his father’s roadside stand, 
The Rite Spot at 1500 West 
Colorado Street in Pasadena. 
Rather than throw out the 
burger, and risk the ire of his 
father, young Sternberger 
covered his mistake with a 
piece of cheese and served it to 
a customer, who was delighted. 
The Aristocratic Burger, a 
Hamburger with Cheese, 
appeared on the menu of the 
Rite Spot through the 1940s. 
This is the first verified instance 
of a cheeseburger being served 
to a customer.

 Forty of Pasadena’s favorite 
restaurants, lounges and burger 
joints offered their signature 
burgers, some special creations 
and deals during Pasadena 
Cheeseburger Week.

 Some, such as El Portal offer 
specially created burger for 
Cheeseburger Week. 

Pie ‘n Burger, The Counter, Dog 
Haus and Dog Haus Biergarten 
and others offer special deals 
for Cheeseburger Week.

 Again in 2018, patrons can 
vote for your favorites in the 
Cheeseburger Challenge. 
Who makes your favorite 
lunch counter burger? Who 
serves your favorite turkey 
burger? Who makes your 
favorite veggie burger? Who 
serves the best beverage with 
a burger? You decide during 
Cheeseburger Week, January 
7th through January 12th.

 Check out all the participants 
and see what everyone has on the 
menu for Cheeseburger Week 
at: pasadenarestaurantweek.

Voting for the best for 
Cheeseburger in Pasadena 
starts Sunday

Pet of the 


 Gabriela (A448817) is a 
darling 7-month-old kitten 
up for adoption. This all gray 
girl is quite affectionate. She 
enjoys being petted and will 
rub her head against your 
hand. After a few moments 
of getting to know you, 
Gabriela will begin to purr. 
She’s quite the playful girl, 
and she’s looking for a new 
home with lots of kitty toys. 
Stop by the Neely Cat Center 
to meet her today. 

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

 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.

 Call the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA at (626) 
792-7151 to ask about 
A448817, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
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. 

 Pets may not be available 
for adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
by phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of 
all pets can be found at

Free January Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center


 There is something for 
everyone in January 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 Toast to the Joys of Music – 
Tuesdays to Jan. 30, from 9:30 
to 11:30 a.m. Tom Campbell 
will play guitar and sing songs 
in the Senior Center Lounge. 
Stop by and enjoy his covers 
of traditional country, country 
rock, blues, folk, gospel and 
classic rock originally made 
famous by Willie Nelson, Merle 
Haggard, Vince Gill, Elvis 
Presley, B.B. King, Neil Young, 
The Grateful Dead, The Rolling 
Stones and many more.

 Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays to Jan. 31, at 10 
a.m. Join this new group for a 
series of leisurely walks to enjoy 
the great outdoors and get some 
exercise. Alan Colville will give 
you a list of items to bring, 
let you know what to expect, 
provide detailed itineraries 
and arrange transportation. 
Destinations this month will 
include Descanso Gardens, 
Lower Arroyo Seco, Los 
Angeles County Arboretum 
and Botanic Garden and Eaton 
Canyon Natural Area. For 
more information or to sign up, 

 Domino Club – Thursdays 
to Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. If you’ve 
never played Chicken Foot 
dominoes before, or even if 
you have, come join the fun as 
Vicki Leigh leads participants 
in a rollicking version of the 
game that is easy enough for 
beginners yet challenging 
enough for more seasoned 
players. Oh, and please excuse 
the laughter every Thursday…
it’s contagious! For more 
information call Vicki at 928-

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Jan. 12 and 19, at 1 
p.m. Movies provide a window 
to a wider world that broadens 
our perspectives. Jan. 12: “Lost 
in Paris” (2017, NR) starring 
Fiona Gordon and Dominique 
Abel. Fiona visits Paris for the 
first time to assist her myopic 
Aunt Martha. Catastrophes 
ensue, mainly involving Dom, 
a homeless man who has yet 
to have an emotion or thought 
he was afraid of expressing. 
Jan. 19: “Casablanca” (1942, 
PG) starring Humphrey 
Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. In 
Casablanca in December 1941, 
a cynical American expatriate 
encounters a former lover, with 
unforeseen complications. 

 Multiple Generations 
Sharing Life Experiences 
– Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 11:30 
a.m. Staff from the nonprofit 
Sages & Seekers will discuss 
an upcoming thirteen-week 
intergenerational program 
during which older adults 
will share life experiences 
and valuable knowledge with 
local high school students. 
Don’t miss this presentation 
and your chance to participate 
in the program! For more 
information email raulm@ or 
call 626-685-6706.

 Energy Efficient Tips – 
Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. 
Learn about energy efficiency 
tips, ways to save money on 
your electric bill, common 
energy misconceptions, and 
information about rebates 
for things such as new 
energy efficiency appliances, 
retrofitting homes, and many 
other items. Presented by San 
Gabriel Valley Council of 

 For more information visit 
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.


Monday, December 25th

6:00 AM – A grand theft 
from a vehicle occurred in 
the 4000 block of Chaney 
Trail. Stolen: black Thule 
cargo box, black sleeping 
bag, and gray headrests. 

8:15 PM – Michael 
Robertson, 32 years old of 
Altadena was arrested in 
the 2100 block of Fair Oaks 
Avenue for assault with a 
deadly weapon. 

10:00 PM – A battery 
occurred in the 1600 block 
of Homewood Drive. 
Suspect identified however, 
not in custody. 

Tuesday, December 26th

9:00 PM – A vehicle 
vandalism occurred in the 
2000 block of GalbrethRoad. 
Suspect(s) etched the 

10:19 PM – A vehicle 
vandalism occurred in the 
2000 block of GalbrethRoad. 
Suspect(s) scratched the 

Wednesday, December 

5:30 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
2200 block of MidwickRoad. 
Suspect(s) entered the 
residence by shattering 
the glass door. Stolen: 

11:28 AM – A domestic 
battery occurred in the 1200 
block of Sonoma Drive. 
Suspect was taken into 

2:29 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
1000 block of Alta Pine 
Drive. Suspect(s) entered 
the residence by shattering 
the glass door. Stolen: 

5:50 PM – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 
2200 block of Lincoln 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the vehicle via unknown 
means. Stolen: purple 
Longchamp tote bag, silver 
Macbook Air, medication, 
and green Giorgio Armani 
prescription glasses. 

Friday, December 29th

9:00 AM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 
2900 block of Casitas 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the residence via the 
unsecured door. Stolen: 
documents and currency. 

10:08 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 600 
block of Pine Street. Vehicle 
described as a silver 2001 
Lexus ES300. Vehicle was 
recovered by Hawthorne PD 
on 12/29/17. 

Saturday, December 30th

8:45 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 
2600 block of Boulder 
Road. Vehicle described 
as burgundy 2009 Jeep 
Wrangler. Vehicle 

4:40 PM – A petty theft 
occurred in the 3300 block 
of Lincoln Avenue. Stolen: 
gray and red Motorola 
Z-Droid cellphone. 

5:44 PM – Ray Ramirez, 31 
years old of Altadena was 
arrested in the 2200 block of 
Crary Street for possession 
of narcotics.

What You Need to Know 
‘Driving While High’

 Under the law, there are 
a variety of different DUI 
offenses with which a driver 
could potentially be charged. 
The courts have made it clear 
that driving under the influence 
of any drug (23152(f) VC) and 
driving under a combined 
influence of any alcoholic 
beverage and drug (23152(g) 
VC) are both illegal.

 In order for the defendant to 
be convicted of driving under 
the influence of drugs, the 
following elements must be 

 The defendant drove a vehicle, 
and When the defendant 
drove, he or she was under the 
influence of alcohol, a drug 
(prescription or illicit) and/
or both. A drug is defined as a 
substance that when introduced 
into your body causes changes 
to its physiological state and 
causes impairment. It is not a 
defense that the defendant was 
legally entitled to use the drug.

 To determine if the driver is 
under the influence, the deputy 
will make several observations 
looking for general indicators 
of being under the influence of 
drugs or alcohol. The deputy 
will then demonstrate and 
ask the driver to perform a 
series of Standardized Field 
Sobriety Tests. The tests 
employ the concept of divided 
attention to assess the driver’s 
impairment. The deputy will 
also conduct a series of tests 
on the eyes (horizontal and 
vertical nystagmus, lack of 
convergence). These tests are 
physiological in nature and are 
indicators of alcohol or drug 
use. The deputy may then use 
a preliminary alcohol screening 
device to take a preliminary 
breath test to either confirm or 
rule out alcohol. 

 The Sheriff’s Department has 
been preparing for the potential 
legalization of marijuana for the 
last ten years when medicinal 
marijuana was legalized. 
During those ten years, DUI 
marijuana cases have been 
steadily on the rise. Equipped 
with the expertise gained 
through specialized training 
in Standardized Field Sobriety 
Tests, Advance Roadside 
Impaired Driving Enforcement 
and Drug Recognition Expert 
training, the Los Angeles 
County Sheriff’s Department is 
prepared to identify impaired 
drivers whether it is alcohol, 
drug or a combination of both, 
and arrest them.

 The Los Angeles County 
District Attorney’s office has 
received much of the same 
training and is prepared to 
prosecute the potential increase 
in related arrests.

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