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Community Calendar:
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Pasadena – Altadena:
Pet of the Week

South Pasadena / San Marino:

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side
Sierra Madre Police Blotter

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter

The World Around Us:
Christopher Nyerges
Out to Pastor

Food & Drink:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two

Education / Good Life:
Senior Happenings

F. Y. I. :

Section B:

Arts and More:
Jeff's Book Pics
All Things
Family Matters

Opinion … Left/Right:
Hail Hamilton
John L. Micek
Tom Purcell
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F. Y. I. :

Jeff Brown
Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Hail Hamilton
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder

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for Murder

Bands Selected to Join 
the 2020 Rose Parade

 Pasadena police arrested 
a man last week after he 
stabbed and killed a manager 
of a local homeless housing 
project. Police now think the 
two men new each other and 
argued over a family conflict. 

 According to investigators 
on Friday, March 1, at 
approximately 9:05 a.m., 
Pasadena Police responded 
to the 100 block of South 
Euclid Avenue regarding 
reports of a stabbing victim. 
They found a man suffering 
from stab wounds, reported 
to his face and chest. Byron 
Young Nettles, male, 52 
years old, Pasadena resident, 
underwent surgery at a local 
hospital and later succumbed 
to his wounds.

 Officers set up a perimeter 
in the surrounding 
neighborhood for the 
suspect, who reportedly fled 
on foot. After an extensive 
search, the suspect was not 
immediately located.

 Detectives diligently 
continued their investigation 
and requested the U.S. 
Marshal’s Pacific Southwest 
Regional Fugitive Task Force 
to surveil a location in Los 
Angeles. At approximately 
9:26 p.m., the suspect, Telly 
Johnson, was apprehended 
without incident in the 1900 
block of Cordova Street in 
Los Angeles. Detectives also 
executed a search warrant at 
a residence and vehicle in the 
1900 block of Cordova Street 
in Los Angeles.

 Johnson was booked for 
murder at the Pasadena City 
Jail, and bail has been set at 
$2 million.

 Nettles managed the Euclid 
Villa Transition Housing.

 Anyone with information 
about this case is urged to call 
Pasadena Police Detective 
Todd McDonald at (626) 744-
6477. To report information 
anonymously, call Crime 
Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS 

 The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Announced Wednesday 
the selection 20 of the marching bands that will participate 
in the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda, themed “The 
Power of Hope.” The bands will travel to Pasadena from across 
the United States, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii, and around the 
world, including Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Japan, and 

 Thousands of performers will enjoy the experience of a lifetime 
when they march down Colorado Blvd. on January 1, 2020, each 
with their own unique story. Visit: to 
discover more about each band. 

 The bands selected are listed below, alphabetically.

 Alhambra Unified School District Marching Band, Alhambra, 

Baldwinsville Marching Bees, Baldwinsville, New York

Banda El Salvador: Grande Como Su Gente, El Salvador

Banda Municipal de Zarcero, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Centro Escolar Niños Heroes De Chapultepec, Puebla, Mexico

Centenaria Banda Colegial - University of Puerto Rico, 
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, Tennessee

Greendale High School Marching Band, Greendale, Wisconsin

Helsingør Pigegarde, Hornbaek, Denmark

Japan Honor Green Band, Kyoto, Japan

Kamehameha Performing Arts Ensemble, Honolulu, Hawaii

Los Angeles Unified School District All District Honor Band, 
Los Angeles, California

The PRIDE of Owasso, Owasso, Oklahoma

The Pride of Pearland Marching Band, Pearland, Texas

Pasadena City College Tournament of Roses Honor Band, 

Rancho Verde Crimson Regiment, Moreno Valley, California

Southern University “Human Jukebox’ Marching Band, Baton 
Rouge, Louisiana

Tournament of Roses Salvation Army Band, Pasadena

United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band, San 
Diego, California

West Harrison Hurricane Band, The Pride of South Mississippi, 
Gulfport, Mississippi

 Bands are selected by volunteer members of the Tournament 
of Roses based on a variety of criteria including musicianship, 
marching ability and entertainment or special interest value. In 
addition to marching in the five-and-a-half-mile Rose Parade 
on New Year’s Day, bands also perform in one of three Bandfest 
events scheduled for December 29 and 30, 2019 at Pasadena 
City College. There are two bands that will be added to the line-
up when the universities participating in the 106th Rose Bowl 
Game presented by Northwestern Mutual are determined in 

 Bands who would like to participate in the 2021 Rose Parade 
are encouraged to apply through an online application, available 
now on the Tournament of Roses website: tournamentofroses.

 The Tournament of Roses is a volunteer organization that 
hosts America’s New Year Celebration® with the Rose Parade® 
presented by Honda, the Rose Bowl Game® presented by 
Northwestern Mutual and a variety of accompanying events. 935 
volunteer members of the association will drive the success of 
131st Rose Parade themed “The Power of Hope,” on Wednesday, 
January 1, 2020, followed by the 106th Rose Bowl Game. For 
more information, visit:

Council to Discuses New Proposed Park 

 The Pasadena city council is 
set Monday night to look at 
options moving forward with 
the planning phase to turn city 
owned parking into park space 
at El Molino Ave and Union 

 According the city staff, after 
the purchase of Banner Bank 
site, in January, located at 717 
East Union Street for $3.15 
million, a proposed plan would 
take, “An adjacent City-owned 
parcel located at the northwest 
corner of Union Street and Oak 
Knoll Avenue, approximately 
2,730 square feet (0.063 acre) 
and combined it to provide 
approximately 0.29 acres of 
potential park space.”

 Staff said, residents at a meeting 
last year discussed the possible 
conversion of a portion of the 
City-owned Union/EI Molino 
or nearby Madison parking lots 
to park space. The residents 
along with The Playhouse 
District Association (PDA) 
favored a park on a portion of 
the El Molino site, they said. 
The association was concerned 
with parking.

 According to the city council 
staff report, “the PDA has 
indicated its desire to retain a 
minimum of 48 parking spaces, 
roughly half, and would like 
the remaining parking to be 
improved by integrating with 
the design of the new park, 
conducive to programming 
of events. They have also 
expressed desire to replace any 
lost parking nearby, including 
through on-street parking and 
pedestrian enhancements or 
other approaches outlined in 
its more comprehensive vision 
.and parking management 
strategy. Those potential 
strategies include the following:

1.Establishing valet parking 
and employee parking programs 
to address parking needs in 
the core Colorado/EI Molino 
area and encourage additional 
investment in restaurants and 
evening activity;

2.Amending the Zoning code
to reduce the required number 
of parking spaces for new 

3.Leveraging additional unused
spaces in nearby private parking 
garages for public parking

4. Implementing angled parking 
within the District that could 
add additional spaces

5.Exploring the option of
retaining the surface parking 
on the Union/EI Molino lot in a 
footprint to allow for a potential 
future linear garage (to be 
determined if feasible through 
consultant input and other 
stakeholders); and

6.Analyzing installation of on-
street parking meters within 
the District. Excess meter fund 
could be used to help off-set the 
costs of some of the proposed 
parking solutions.

 Upon city council approval, 
the park planning phase will 
continue with a robust

community engagement 
proces·s in developing an 
integrated design for both the

proposed park and the 
remaining parking site,” it reads.

 The city council meets at 6:30 
p.m. in the Council Chamber, 
Pasadena City Hall 100 North 
Garfield Avenue, Room S249.

2019 Small 
Business of 
the Year

 Small businesses serve as 
vital contributors to a strong 
local, state and national 
economy. Their owners often 
act as volunteers, leaders, 
and positive influencers 
within their communities. 
This June, Chris Holden will 
be showing my appreciation 
for the positive changes 
made by our small business 
community as he honors a 
business as the 2019 Small 
Business of the Year.

 The district’s Small 
Business of the Year will be 
invited to the State Capitol 
for a recognition ceremony 
in June.

 If you have a business 
in mind from the 41st 
Assembly District that 
deserves this recognition, 
please take the time to fill out 
the nomination form below, 
or email/fax this completed 
nomination form.

Nomination Deadline: 
March 14.


The business must have 
been in business for at least 
two years, privately held, 
and with a physical location 
within the 41st Assembly 
District, which includes: 
Altadena, Claremont, La 
Verne, Monrovia, Pasadena, 
San Dimas, Sierra Madre, 
South Pasadena, Upland, 
and portions of Mt. Baldy 
and Rancho Cucamonga.

The business must meet the 
SBA Small Business Size 

Self-nominations are not 

 For more information, 
contact Matthew Lyons at 
or call (909) 624-7876.

 To nominate a business 

Pasadena Man Arrested 
in Marijuana Scheme



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 Three men, including 
one from Pasadena, 
were arrested Thursday 
morning on federal 
charges alleging they took 
part in a scheme that used 
millions of dollars wired 
from China to purchase 
seven residential homes 
in San Bernardino County 
that were converted into 
illegal marijuana grow 

 Jimmy Yu, 44, of 
Pasadena, a second 
alleged grow house 
caretaker was arrested. 
Other defendants arrested 
pursuant to a federal 
criminal complaint 

 Lin Li, a.k.a. Aaron Li, 
37, of Chino, the U.S.-
based coordinator of the 
alleged scheme and Ben 
Chen, 42, of Alhambra, 
who allegedly took care of 
the marijuana grows.

 The complaint charges the 
three defendants with one 
count of manufacturing, 
distributing, and 
possessing with the intent 
to distribute marijuana.

 In conjunction with the 
arrests, law enforcement 
executed search warrants 
at Li’s home and seven 
marijuana grow houses 
in Chino, Ontario and 
Chino Hills. As a result of 
the searches, authorities 
seized approximately 
1,650 marijuana plants 
from several grow houses, 
as well as cash at Li’s house 
currently estimated to be at least 

 According to a 120-page 
affidavit in support of the 
criminal complaint, Li, a real 
estate agent, orchestrated 
a scheme that purchased 
residential properties through 
transactions designed to 
conceal the homes’ true 
owners, converted the houses to 
marijuana grow operations, and 
trafficked marijuana, with most 
of the processed marijuana 
being sold to customers in 
California and Nevada.

 Investigators believe Li 
attempted to distance himself 
from the conspiracy by using 
Chen and Yu to manage day-
to-day operations at the grow 
houses, to help with out-of-state 
distribution of the marijuana, 
and to return marijuana sale 
proceeds. Li also used bypasses 
to physically divert electricity 
directly from power lines, thus 
stealing power from the electric 
companies, hiding the grow 
houses’ high power usage from 
law enforcement, and creating 
fire risks in neighborhoods. 
According to the affidavit, Li’s 
attempts to insulate himself 
from culpability went as far as 
creating fake leases for some of 
the properties, documents that 
included fake tenants, forged 
electronic signatures, and 
special clauses that purported 
to prohibit the fake tenants 
from cultivating marijuana at 
the homes.


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