Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 19, 2019

MVNews this week:  Page B:1







New for 2019, three $25,000 grant awards

By Joan Schmidt

 First of all, I spoke with our 
beloved and much-missed Santa 
Anita Trumpeter, Jay Cohen, this 
morning. He was in good spirits, 
but fighting a cold. By now, you 
must know he has Bell’s palsy, 
which has caused paralysis of the 
right side of his face. It happened 
at the beginning of this year. He 
told me for about three days, he 
was having trouble playing the 
trumpet, then woke up with the 
paralysis and knew something was 
wrong. He went to the hospital and 
all sorts of MRIs, CAT SCANS and 
tests were done. There had been 
no stroke, so it was Bell’s palsy. 
Currently, he has about 11% back, 
but when he’s 80%, he’ll begin to 
play again. He thinks he caught the 
cold, while at the hospital.

 Jay was born in Camden, N.J.; 
at age 10, he knew he wanted 
to become a musician and the 
instrument had to be a trumpet. 
One day, Jay was in his father’s 
store, and heard a man, an 
electrician, making the sounds of 
a trumpet, and fell in love with it. 
So Jay’s lessons began. Jay went 
on to college-graduated from Mansfield University in PA, with a teaching degree. He revealed to me 
that he had a tremendous professor with whom Jay credits his great playing skills. Jay also studied 
with a couple guys from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Jay had taught for eight years before he became a 
professional musician and playing the trumpet is what he loves.

 How did Jay come to 
California? His first wife had a 
great job opportunity at a studio 
in Burbank, CA. The studio 
took care of their relocation 
to CA moving expenses and 
their first months’ housing. Jay 
began playing gigs all around 
Burbank, and within a few 
weeks, someone told him of an 
opening at Santa Anita Park. 
The rest is history-Jay has been 
at the Great Race Place 31+ 

 Jay also revealed to me that 
he and Doc Severinsen are 
friends and have played music 
together. Doc also has had 
Bell’s palsy and has been giving 
Jay advice. One day, Doc asked 
Jay, “What do you enjoy doing 
if you have time off?” Jay loves 
hiking and that is what Doc 
told him to do. Jay told me that 
musicians NEVER really have a 
vacation, because they always 
practice when they are on 
vacation. So he looks forward 
to more hiking when he gets 
over the cold! Speedy recovery 
to Jay, a real “People’s Person” 
who walks among spectators, granting requests and having us all in stitches! He’s one in a million, 
whom we all love!

 Congrats to Jockey Ruben Fuentes. At 20 years old, he has 93 wins in 900+ mounts. This past week, 
Ruben was voted “Jockey of the Week” by Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox. This award is voted on 
by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockey Guild organization that 
represents more than 950 riders in North America. Ruben had two “Stakes” wins at Turf Paradise: 
Impasse in the 5th race and Ohio in the 7th race. Both are trained by Michael McCarthy. Ruben’s 
younger brother Luis has moved his tack to Oaklawn and we all wish Luis success.

 Lastly “Happy 98th Birthday” to Santa Anita worker, John Shear who still has NO intention of retiring. 
See you all at the track!

PASADENA, Calif. (January 14, 2019) – The 
Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation is 
now accepting applications for its 2019 grant 
assistance program. Since its inception in 1983, 
the Foundation has invested over $3 million in 
more than 200 Pasadena-area organizations. The 
grant awards in 2018 totaled $200,000, which 
funded 33 organizations. The Foundation has 
historically funded grantees up to $10,000 per 
year. This practice will continue for the upcoming 
grant cycle, and the Foundation is now accepting 
applications for three $25,000 grant awards as 
a part of the annual grants process. One of 
these new awards will be a two-year 
grant, which will be $25,000 each 
year. The other two awards will 
be single-year grants.

 Eligible applicants are 
organizations with 501(c)
(3) status, as of the 2019 
submission deadline, that 
serve one or more of the 
following communities: 
Alhambra, Altadena, 
Arcadia, La Cañada 
Flintridge, Monrovia, 
Pasadena, San Gabriel, San 
Marino, Sierra Madre, South 
Pasadena, and Temple City. 
Grants will be given in the categories 
of Performing and Visual Arts, Sports 
and Recreation, and Education (Early Childhood 
Education, Literacy and Science, Technology, 
Engineering and Math) programs. 

 To apply and for additional details, eligible 
organizations should visit the Tournament of 
Roses Foundation page; www.tournamentofroses.

 New applicants will need to enter “apply” for 
both the “username” and “password.” Returning 
applicants will use their previously approved 
username and password. Returning applicants 
should contact the Foundation directly at for questions 
on their approved username and/or password. The 
website will then direct users to a welcome page 
with instructions on how to begin the application 

 Applications will be accepted from January 14, 
2019 through February 22, 2019 at 5:00PM. The 
Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the 
final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, 
and applicants will be notified of their funding 
status via email in May 2019.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 

 The Tournament of Roses Foundation is a tax 
exempt, non-profit public benefit corporation 
established to receive and manage contributions 
from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses 
Association, its supporters and the 
general public. The 13-member 
board of directors is comprised 
of community leaders and 
Tournament members, 
appointed by the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses 
Association. Organizations 
or individuals interested in 
making a contribution or 
inquiring about the grants 
process should contact 
the Foundation by calling 
(626) 449-4100 or visiting the 
Tournament of Roses website 
foundation. Like us on Facebook.

About the Pasadena Tournament of Roses®

 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 and 106th Rose Bowl Game on Wednesday, 
January 1, 2020. For more information, visit www. Like us on Facebook and 
follow us on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

For more information, please contact LaWayne 
Williams at 626-449-4100 or foundation@


Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger directing county agencies to develop 
a regulatory framework for the safe commercial 
operation of e-scooters in the communities of 
unincorporated Los Angeles County. 

 In November 2018, the arrival of e-scooters 
in unincorporated Altadena and East Pasadena 
created a serious concern about the potential public 
safety and nuisance issues that e-scooters have 
caused in other jurisdictions. 

 Supervisor Barger’s motion directs the CEO, 
in collaboration with county departments and 
agencies, to develop a pilot program in 45 days 
with regulations allowing for the safe operation and 
storage of shared e-scooters and bikes on County 

 “We want a collaborative plan that allows 
operators to provide a viable transit option for our 
residents while minimizing the potential for public 
nuisances, safety issues, and lawsuits ultimately 
paid by taxpayers,” Barger said. 

 The program will also include a consumer-focused 
website regarding safety and other information to 
set the stage for a safe, sustainable, and innovative 
approach to incorporating e-scooters and bicycles 
as a service to residents looking to bridge gaps in 
transit access. 


(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. 
Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following 
statement after President Donald Trump signed 
into law the bipartisan Water Infrastructure 
Improvement Act: 

 “This law delivers much needed federal 
assistance to cities in our San Gabriel Valley 
who have been working hard to meet the 
challenges of the Los Angeles County MS4 
Stormwater permit,” Napolitano said. “They 
and communities nationwide will benefit from 
greater flexibility in addressing these permits, 
while ensuring the protection of our precious 
rivers, lakes, and streams. We look forward to the 
law being implemented and continuing to work 
in a bipartisan manner to provide clean, safe, 
and affordable water to all American families.” 
The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act 
codifies a concept from the Obama administration 
known as “Integrated Planning,” which can assist 
communities with meeting their requirements 
under the Clean Water Act while maintaining 
their obligation to achieve improvements in 
local water quality. EPA’s Integrated Planning 
framework pro-vides communities with a 
voluntary opportunity to prioritize local clean 
water investments with the greatest benefit to 
human health and the environment. It builds on 
a provision Napolitano included in the America’s 
Water Infrastructure Act that authorized $450 
million in stormwater municipal grants to plan, 
design, and construct stormwater, water recycling, 
and sewer overflow projects. 

 Napolitano is the top Democrat on the House 
Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee 
on Water Resources and Environment.


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