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

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 9, 2019 

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Bands Selected to Join 
the 2020 Rose Parade


 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.

Council to 
New Park 

 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 Mexico.

 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 December.

 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:

 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:

 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 

 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 (8477).

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 

 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 


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 visit:

Pasadena Man Arrested 
in Marijuana Scheme


 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 $80,000.

 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.

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 


 Tax Time – Wednesdays 
and Fridays through April 
12 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. 
Representatives from the AARP 
Foundation’s Tax-Aide program 
will assist low- to middle-income 
filers in preparing their federal 
income tax returns. There is 
no age limit. Appointments are 
required: 626-795-4331.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, 15 and 22, at 1 p.m. 
Everyone enjoys movies and 
the pleasures they bring. 
March 15: “The Wife” (2018, 
R) starring Glenn Close and 
Jonathan Pryce. A man with 
an acclaimed and prolific body 
of work is about to be awarded 
the Nobel Prize for Literature 
when he must confront the fact 
that he and his wife, after 40 
years of marriage, have shared 
compromises, secrets and 
betrayals. March 22: “Sinbad 
the Sailor” (1947, NR) starring 
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and 
Maureen O’Hara. An ocean of 
adventure awaits Sinbad as he 
sets out in search of the fabled 
lost treasure of Alexander the 

 Mimis Film Discussion 
Group – Tuesdays 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. Popcorn will be 
provided. March 19: “The Italian 
Job” (1969, G) starring Michael 
Caine and Noël Coward. A 
team of some of England’s most 
notorious criminals devises 
an intricate plan to hijack gold 
bullion from Italy.

 Sages and Seekers – Tuesdays 
to April 30, from 3 to 4:15 
p.m. In tribal cultures, elders 
have a vital role as keepers of 
memories and wisdom, and 
younger members learn from 
them. Sages and Seekers is an 
intergenerational program that 
brings together teens and older 
adults to share experiences. 
On a one-on-one basis, sages 
describe highlights of their lives 
and what they have learned 
from their experiences, and 
seekers weave that knowledge 
into essays honoring the sages.

 Diabetes Workshop – 
Mondays, March 11 to April 
15, from 1 to 3 p.m. If you or 
someone you care about is 
diabetic or pre-diabetic, this 
series encourage you to make 
lifestyle changes while learning 
more about your diabetes and 
how it affects your health. 
Registration is required: 

 Health Insurance Counseling 
and Advocacy – Wednesdays, 
March 13 and 20, at 10 a.m. 
Trained professionals will 
provide counseling and 
advocacy on issues related to 
Medicare, Medicare Advantage, 
Medicare Part D, Medigap 
and Cal MediConnect. 
Appointments are required: 
626-795-4331. Presented by 

 Prescription Drug Abuse 
Prevention – Thursday, March 
14, at 10 a.m. The opioid 
epidemic has become a very 
real issue across the nation, 
including in local communities. 
Learn more about it, how to 
keep track of your prescription 
drugs and where to dispose 
of them safely. Presented by 
Catalina Gonzalez of Day One.

 Cultural Thursday: Great 
American Songwriters – 
Thursday, March 14, at 2 p.m. 
The six-part Great American 
Songwriters series continues 
with a focus on Cole Porter, 
composer of iconic American 
standards such as “Anything 
Goes,” “Begin the Beguine,” 
“Don’t Fence Me In,” “I Get 
a Kick Out of You,” I Love 
Paris,” “I’ve Got You Under 
My Skin,” “Just One of Those 
Things,” “Night and Day,” 
“You’re the Top” and many 
more. Join pianist Bob Lipson 
and commentator/performer 
Saul H. Jacobs for this fun, 
interactive program.

 Health Fair – Friday, March 
15, from 9 to 11 a.m. Services 
include glucose, blood pressure, 
hearing, stroke and thyroid 
screenings as well as health and 
community resources. Call 626-
685-6732 for more information. 


 For more information visit: or 
call 626-795-4331.

 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.

Pet of the 

Cookie (A472816) is a 
4-year-old brown tabby 
who is a little shy at first, 
as you can see, but is very 
affectionate. Volunteers 
say once they approach 
slowly and she gains trust, 
she comes up to you and 
allows you to pet her. 
She was unfortunately 
turned in with a sister, 
Ginger (A472817). They 
would prefer to be adopted 
together so they are a little 
bit more confident upon 
entering their new home. 
Visit Cookie and Ginger 
at the Pasadena Humane 
Society & SPCA. 

 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. Saturday.

 Pets may not be available 
for adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
by phone calls or email.

Rose Queen Louise Siskel 
Honored at State Capitol

 Senator Anthony Portantino 
honored Rose Queen Louise 
Deser Siskel of San Marino 
Monday as the 25th State Senate 
District 2019 Women of the 

 “I am very honored and 
excited that Louise has to come 
to Sacramento to represent our 
district. She has distinguished 
herself as an amazing leader, 
not just displaying poise while 
the entire world watched her 
in the Rose Parade but through 
her trailblazing leadership. She 
embraced the responsibility of 
being selected Rose Queen with 
a bold civic agenda, impressed 
everyone who has encountered 
her during this past year 
and exemplified intelligence, 
confidence and maturity,” 
commented Senator Portantino.

 The California State Legislature 
first recognized March as 
Women is History Month in 
1987 and has continued the 
tradition. Each year, members of 
the State Legislature recognize 
the exceptional women in 
their district with a celebration 
commemorating their 
accomplishments and positive 
impact on our communities. 
This year, Senator Portantino 
is honored that Ms. Siskel has 
agreed to proudly represent the 
25th Senate District.

 “I am grateful to Senator 
Anthony Portantino for 
nominating me for the 
California Legislative Women’s 
Caucus Woman of the Year 
award. I feel lucky to be 
honored among a group of 
truly dedicated women who 
make the world a more kind 
and welcoming place. This year, 
as the 101st Rose Queen, I had 
the opportunity to promote 
scientific research, education, 
and inclusion. This recognition 
encourages me, and I hope will 
encourage others, to advocate 
for these values,” added Louise 
Deser Siskel.

 Through Louise’s leadership, 
young women in the LGBTQ 
and Jewish communities 
have a new and dynamic role 
model. The California State 
Senate LGBTQ Caucus and the 
California State Senate Jewish 
Caucus also recognized Louise 
for her accomplishments as 

St. Patrick’s 
and Dance

 Shamrocks, leprechauns 
and pots of gold will be in 
abundance Saturday, March 
16, from noon to 2 p.m. in the 
Scott Pavilion at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St.

 Food will be served by 
National Charity League San 
Marino Chapter mothers and 

 The Great American Swing 
Band will perform musical 
favorites for listening pleasure 
and dancing.

 The cost is only $10 for 
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and $12 for 
non-members of all ages. 
Reservations may be made at 
the Welcome Desk no later 
than Thursday, March 14.

 For more information about 
the programs and services of 
the Pasadena Senior Center 
visit: pasadenaseniorcenter.
org or call 626-795-4331. 

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