Mountain Views News, Pasadena Edition [Sierra Madre] Saturday, February 9, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 9, 2019 

Annual Chamber Music 
Gala and Fundraiser

Pasadena Traffic Detail 
Yields 195 Citations

Chu Statement President's 
on State of the Union

On Friday, February 1, officers 
assigned to the Pasadena 
Police Department Traffic 
Section conducted a traffic 
enforcement detail throughout 
the city. Officers were on the 
lookout for dangerous driving 
behaviors, including speeding, 
red light violations, right-
of-way violations, and other 
violations that lead to traffic 

 Officers conducted 
enforcement at various 
locations from 6 a.m. to 3 
p.m. “Many of the locations 
we visit are suggested to us by 
members of the community 
who see dangerous driving 
behaviors on a regular basis,” 
said Traffic Section Lieutenant 
Mark Goodman. “We use 
this information to assist in 
placing our resources wisely 
and to encourage community 
interaction with the police 
department.” Lieutenant 
Goodman reports that citizens 
frequently stop to thank 
officers monitoring driving at 
problem locations reported 
by community members. 
“Keep the suggestions coming. 
They are appreciated,” said 

 Last Friday’s detail netted 
a total of 195 citations, 74 of 
which were for speeding. Four 
people were cited for running 
a red light, and the remaining 
117 citations were issued 
for other dangerous driving 
behaviors, including right-of-
way violations and failing to 
stop for posted stop signs.

 Funding for this traffic 
enforcement program was 
provided by a grant from the 
California Office of Traffic 
Safety, through the National 
Highway Traffic Safety 

 Rep. Judy Chu (CA-
27) issued the following 
statement Wednesday on 
Donald Trump’s State of 
the Union address Tuesday 

 “President Trump’s calls 
for unity tonight must be 
matched by his actions. In 
reality, there is no unity 
for families torn apart by 
his hateful Muslim ban or 
family separation policy. 
Dreamers are still being 
held hostage while Trump 
continues to wage war on 
immigrants by deporting 
TPS recipients, further 
separating families. And his 
latest plan to use the military 
to spread xenophobia at our 
border is already further 
dividing communities.

 “The divide between the 
haves and the have-nots is 
growing under Trump as 
well, thanks to his continued 
attacks on the Affordable 
Care Act and women’s 
health, and his tax scam that 
was just a handout to the 
richest 1%. He has divided 
our national lands in order 
to enrich oil companies who 
profit from the destruction 
of our planet. And he has 
divided America from 
our allies by cozying up to 
countries like Russia.

 “Trump intentionally 
governs by division and 
misdirection. Tonight’s 
speech was an example of 
both. But Democrats will not 
lose focus on what matters: 
helping more families 
achieve the American 
Dream – a dream which 
must remain open to all, 
no matter where they were 
born. That means continuing 
our work to make healthcare 
affordable and accessible, 
creating more and better 
paying jobs, and protecting 
our environment for future 

 “We must also push back 
on his tactics of fear and 
division, like his border wall. 
He is ignoring the problems 
he claims to care about, like 
the opioid crisis. The fact is, 
the majority of drugs come 
through legal ports of entry 
and building a wall will do 
nothing to address the actual 
causes of the epidemic. That 
is why I was proud to invite 
as my guest tonight Ryan 
Hampton, an advocate 
for people struggling with 
addiction. Ryan, currently 
in recovery himself, worked 
with me to write legislation 
that was ultimately signed 
into law by President Trump 
that will improve resources 
and training for people in 
recovery. And in an op-
ed he published in today’s 
USA Today, he is calling out 
the President for his ‘false 
narrative about the opioid 

 “We will need unity to solve 
our country’s problems. But 
Trump must cease his attacks 
on immigrant communities 
and women, and focus on 
working for all Americans.”


 Pasadena Community 
Orchestra is hosting its 8th 
Annual Chamber Music 
Gala and Fundraiser, 
returning to a historic 
residence in Altadena, CA 
on Sunday, March 3rd, 
from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. 
The cost of admission is $60 
and all proceeds will benefit 
the Pasadena Community 
Orchestra, a nonprofit 
organization that provides 
fine music free of charge 
to the public as well as a 
setting where amateur & 
professional musicians alike 
can perform classical music.

 This year, 20-year old 
American violinist, Aubree 
Oliverson will be performing 
on PCO’s behalf. Aubree is a 
charismatic performer and 
communicator who loves 
sharing the joys of music 
with people of all ages. Since 
her solo debut with the Utah 
Symphony at age 11, she has 
performed at Carnegie Hall 
and the Kennedy Center 
in Washington, DC, been 
a featured performer on 
NPR’s hit radio show From 
The Top, and is a 2016 Young 
Arts National Award Winner 
and U.S. Presidential Scholar 
in the Arts. Aubree currently 
studies with Robert Lipsett 
at the Colburn Conservatory 
of Music in Los Angeles. 
She plays on a Stefano 
Scarampella violin dated 
1920, on generous loan from 
the Mandell Collection of 
Southern California.

 PCO Board President, 
Bette Solomon said “We are 
delighted that Aubree has 
agreed to perform at our 
Gala. Aubree has performed 
with PCO twice in the past 
and she is always a joy to work 
with. Her performances are 

 Last year, tickets for this 
popular event sold-out. 
Limited seating is available 
for this rare opportunity to 
enjoy chamber music in a 
small, private setting. The 
fundraiser is open to the 
public. Tickets are $60 and 
can be purchased at: 

 Featuring American 
Violinist Aubree Oliverson

Pet of the 

Jynx (A471061) is one 
beautiful cat! He’s a 5-year-
old who was surrendered 
to the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA in mid-
January and was pretty shy. 
We thought he might come 
out of his shell if he was in 
one of our cat communal 
rooms, and be able to 
interact with other cats. 
Jynx is now doing so much 
better. He even has a best 
friend, Ralphie (A471298), 
a 2-year-old red tabby. They 
get along great except when 
Ralphie tries to eat Jynx’s 
treats. Jynx is also very sweet 
to people, and likes to be 
petted around his ears. He’ll 
even head bump and purr 
for more human affection. 
Because Jynx seems to like 
other cats, just as much as 
people, we recommend Jynx 
going to a home that already 
has a cat so he will have a 
guaranteed play mate. 

 The adoption fee for cats 
is $90. 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.

 View photos of adoptable 
pets at pasadenahumane.
org. 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.

Free Monthly Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center


 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 


 Friday Movie Matinees 
– Fridays, Feb 15, at 1 
p.m. Everyone enjoys the 
experience of watching 
movies and the pleasures 
they bring. Feb. 15: Tea with 
the Dames (2018, NR). In 
this documentary film, four 
legends of the British stage 
and screen – Dame Maggie 
Smith, Dame Judi Dench, 
Dame Aileen Atkins and 
Dame Joan Plowwright 
– spend a weekend in the 
country as they reminisce 
and discuss everything from 
art to aging to love. 

 Screening Mimis Film 
Discussion Group – 
Tuesdays, Feb. 19, 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. Feb. 19: 
Touching the Void (2003, 
R). This documentary film 
recreates the adventures of 
two young mountaineers 
who set off in 1985 to climb 
the treacherous west face 
of the Siula Grande in the 
Peruvian Andes. 

 Rediscovering Hope – 
Thursdays, to Feb. 28, at 3 
p.m. Rediscovering Hope is 
a support group for anyone 
grieving the death of a loved 
one. For more information 
call licensed clinical social 
worker Jody Casserly at 626-
918-2273, ext. 7455.

 Home Share Workshop: 
Room to Rent – Tuesday, 
Feb. 12, at 11 a.m. For any 
homeowner thinking about 
renting out a room, this 
workshop will explain how 
to list your space and find 
a good renter to share your 
home. Topics will include 
finding an online site that 
suits your needs, what type 
of home partners you are 
seeking, safe practices, how 
to spot a scam, how to set up 
your rental agreement and 
more. There will be optional 
follow-up sessions. RSVP 
at the Welcome Desk or by 
calling 626-795-4331. 

 Home Share Workshop: 
Seeking a Room– Tuesday, 
Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. For anyone 
trying to find a good room to 
rent but can’t seem to connect 
with a good landlord, this 
workshop will explain how 
to locate and get to know 
prospective property owners 
who have rooms and other 
spaces to rent out, how to 
set up an online listing 
and more. RSVP at the 
Welcome Desk or by calling 

 Chocolate on Your Heart 
– Thursday, Feb. 14, at 10 
a.m. Studies show eating 
moderate amounts of 
chocolate may lower the risk 
of certain heart diseases. 
Learn how to maintain a 
healthy heart, including the 
consumption of chocolate!

 Great American Songwriters 
– Thursday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. 
Join pianist Bob Lipson and 
Saul H. Jacobs for a fun and 
interactive musical journey 
that will highlight Harold 
Arlen, who composed 
the music for such iconic 
American songs as Over the 
Rainbow, Stormy Weather, 
It’s Only a Paper Moon, That 
Old Black Magic, Ac-Cen-
Tchu-Ate the Positive, One 
for My Baby (and One More 
for the Road) and many 

 Metro Pilot Mobile 
Customer Center – Friday, 
Feb. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. 
Adults 62 and older who need 
a TAP Card are invited to 
stop by the mobile customer 
center for a reduced fare 
application, photograph for 
the card, temporary reduced 
fare card and loading of the 
reduced fare onto the card. A 
photo ID is required.

 Chair Yoga – Wednesday, 
Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. Improve 
your balance and confidence 
through gentle yoga exercises 
while sitting in a chair or 
standing and using a chair 
for support.

 Heart Healthy Eating – 
Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. 
Preventing heart disease 
isn’t just about avoiding 
unhealthy food. You should 
also eat foods rich in 
nutrients, fiber and healthy 
fats. Learn what foods are 
healthy for your heart and 
what are not. Presented by 
Regal Medical Group.

 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.

InSight’s Seismometer Now 
Has a Cozy Shelter on Mars


 For the past several weeks, 
NASA’s InSight lander has 
been making adjustments 
to the seismometer it set 
on the Martian surface on 
Dec. 19. Now it’s reached 
another milestone by 
placing a domed shield over 
the seismometer to help the 
instrument collect accurate 
data. The seismometer will 
give scientists their first look 
at the deep interior of the 
Red Planet, helping them 
understand how it and other 
rocky planets are formed.

 The Wind and Thermal 
Shield helps protect the 
supersensitive instrument 
from being shaken by 
passing winds, which can 
add “noise” to its data. The 
dome’s aerodynamic shape 
causes the wind to press it 
toward the planet’s surface, 
ensuring it won’t flip over. A 
skirt made of chain mail and 
thermal blankets rings the 
bottom, allowing it to settle 
easily over any rocks, though 
there are few at InSight’s 

 An even bigger concern 
for InSight’s seismometer 
— called the Seismic 
Experiment for Interior 
Structure (SEIS) — is 
temperature change, which 
can expand and contract 
metal springs and other 
parts inside the seismometer. 
Where InSight landed, 
temperatures fluctuate 
by about 170 degrees 
Fahrenheit (94 degrees 
Celsius) over the course of a 
Martian day, or sol.

 “Temperature is one of 
our biggest bugaboos,” 
said InSight Principal 
Investigator Bruce Banerdt 
of NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, 
California. JPL leads the 
InSight mission and built 
the Wind and Thermal 
Shield. “Think of the shield 
as putting a cozy over your 
food on a table. It keeps SEIS 
from warming up too much 
during the day or cooling 
off too much at night. In 
general, we want to keep 
the temperature as steady as 

 On Earth, seismometers are 
often buried about four feet 
(1.2 meters) underground in 
vaults, which helps keep the 
temperature stable. InSight 
can’t build a vault on Mars, 
so the mission relies on 
several measures to protect 
its seismometer. The shield 
is the first line of defense.

 A second line of defense is 
SEIS itself, which is specially 
engineered to correct for 
wild temperature swings 
on the Martian surface. The 
seismometer was built so 
that as some parts expand 
and contract, others do so 
in the opposite direction to 
partially cancel those effects. 
Additionally, the instrument 
is vacuum-sealed in a 
titanium sphere that 
insulates its sensitive insides 
and reduces the influence of 

 But even that isn’t quite 
enough. The sphere is 
enclosed within yet another 
insulating container — a 
copper-colored hexagonal 
box visible during SEIS’s 
deployment. The walls of 
this box are honeycombed 
with cells that trap air and 
keep it from moving. Mars 
provides an excellent gas 
for this insulation: Its thin 
atmosphere is primarily 
composed of carbon dioxide, 
which at low pressure is 
especially slow to conduct 

 With these three insulating 
barriers, SEIS is well-
protected from thermal 
“noise” seeping into the data 
and masking the seismic 
waves that InSight’s team 
wants to study. Finally, most 
additional interference from 
the Martian environment 
can be detected by InSight’s 
weather sensors, then filtered 
out by mission scientists.

 With the seismometer on 
the ground and covered, 
InSight’s team is readying 
for its next step: deploying 
the heat flow probe, called 
the Heat Flow and Physical 
Properties Package (HP3), 
onto the Martian surface. 
That’s expected to happen 
next week.

For more information about 
InSight, visit:


Sunday, January 27th 

3:30 PM – A petty theft 
from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 3200 block 
of N. Lake Avenue. Stolen: 
gold and black Shisheido 
tote bag, black Coach wallet 
and personal documents. 

Monday, January 28th 

7:35 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the 
800 block of Alameda Street. 
Vehicle described as a silver 
2003 Toyota 4 Runner. 
*Vehicle recovered by LASD 

10:30 PM – A commercial 
burglary occurred in the 
2300 block of Lake Avenue. 
Suspect entered the location 
by cutting the lock. No items 
reported stolen. Suspect has 
been identified as a juvenile. 

Wednesday, January 30th 

12:30 PM – A domestic 
violence incident occurred 
in the 100 block of W. Manor 
Street. Suspect was taken 
into custody. 

Thursday, January 31st 

6:36 AM – A vehicle was 
reported stolen from the area 
of Crosby Street and Lincoln 
Avenue. Vehicle described 
as a beige 2004 GMC Sierra. 
*Vehicle recovered by CHP 
Baldwin Park. 

10:42 AM – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 
3400 block of McNally 
Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the vehicle by punching 
the door lock. Stolen: (3) 
Husqvarna chainsaws. 

7:20 PM – A vehicle 
vandalism occurred in the 
2000 block of N. Fair Oaks 
Avenue. Vehicle damage: 
shattered lights and side 
view mirror. 

Friday, February 1st 

3:05 PM – Jessica Radovicz, 
33 years old of Lake Forest 
was arrested in the 2100 
block of N. Hill Avenue for 
possession of a controlled 

Pasadena Symphony’s Red-
Hot Tchaikovsky Spectacular

 Music Director David 
Lockington returns to the 
podium next month to conduct 
the Pasadena Symphony’s 
Tchaikovsky Spectacular at 
Ambassador Auditorium on 
Saturday, February 16 with 
performances at 2pm and 8pm. 
This all-Tchaikovsky program 
features Van Cliburn winner 
Olga Kern, a direct descendant 
to Tchaikovsky himself, 
performing his wildly popular 
Piano Concerto No. 1, plus his 
exhilarating Fifth Symphony, 
exploring a romantic world 
of destiny, fate and shocking 
climaxes. The Pasadena 
Symphony’s ode to romance 
arrives just in time to celebrate 
with your Valentine.

 Joining the orchestra for 
this exclusive performance, 
Russian-American pianist Olga 
Kern will take center stage for 
Tchaikovsky’s dazzling First 
Piano Concerto. To learn more 
about Olga and her ancestral 
connection to Tchaikovsky, 
come early for Insights – a 
free pre-concert dialogue 
with Music Director David 
Lockington that begins one 
hour prior to each concert.

 Treat your Valentine to a 
one-of-a-kind experience with 
lunch or dinner in the luxurious 
Symphony Lounge, yet another 
addition to the delightful and 
elegant concert experience the 
Pasadena Symphony offers. A 
posh setting along Ambassador 
Auditorium’s beautiful outdoor 
plaza, the lounge will offer 
specialized Valentine’s themed 
menus at each concert from 
Claud &Co, fine wines by 
Michero Wines serving Riboli 
Family Wines, plus music 
before the concert and during 

 Concerts are held at 
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 
South St. John Ave. Subscription 
packages starting as low as $99 
are still available. Single tickets 
start at $35 and purchased 
online at pasadenasymphony- or by calling (626) 

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