Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 27, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 27, 2019 


Regular City Council Meeting




Public Meeting 6:30 P.M. 

Council Chamber, Pasadena City Hall

100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S249 

FINANCE COMMITTEE (Chair Mayor Terry Tornek, Victor Gordo, 
John J. Kennedy, Margaret McAustin)

Meets April 29 (Special meeting) at 4:00 p.m., 100 N. Garfield Avenue, 
Room S249 (City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor)

Tyron Hampton, Terry Tornek, Andy Wilson)

Meets April 30 (Special meeting) at 4:00 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. 
Garfield Avenue, Room S249 (Council Chamber, 2nd Floor)'

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (Chair John J. Kennedy, Tyron 
Hampton, Steve Madison, Gene Masuda) 

Meets May 6 at 4:15 p.m. Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, 
Room S249 (Council Chamber, 2nd Floor)

(Chair Victor Gordo, Tyron Hampton, Steve Madison, Andy Wilson)

Meets May 21, at 5:30 p.m. Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, 
Room S245/S246 (Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

Madison, Gene Masuda)

Meets May 28 at 6:00 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, 
Room S245/S246 (Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

 The 8th annual LitFest Pasadena features a host of special guest 
authors in panels, readings and other activities on May 18th and 
19th. From late afternoon into evening, LitFest Pasadena welcomes 
writers and poets from all walks of life and all cultural and ethnic 
backgrounds, discussing widely diverse topics, presenting their 
works, and offering interactive events, aimed to attract people of 
every interest. Amid the historic architecture of the Playhouse 
District, the plentiful courtyards, the varied restaurants, and the 
sidewalks leading from one venue to another, LitFest Pasadena 
seeks to offer viewpoints, experiences, and observations that will 
provide context and insight, expand understanding, embrace our 
diversity, and celebrate all things literary. As always, the Festival is 
offered free of charge.

 This year’s LitFest Pasadena is thrilled to welcome international 
bestselling author Lisa See, author of the instant New York Times 
bestseller The Island of Sea Women, Janet Fitch, author of the 
classic White Oleander and the upcoming Chimes of a Lost 
Cathedral, and Nina Revoyr, author of the LA Times bestseller 
Southland - three highly acclaimed Los Angeles novelists gathering 
on stage for a conversation about fiction, writing, characters, and 
creativity. Award- winning and critically acclaimed author Attica 
Locke (Bluebird, Bluebird, Pleasantville, and Black Water Rising) is 
also a writer for TV and she joins writers and show runners Gina 
Fattore and Jim Gavin to dissect the challenges of telling stories and 
developing characters for the page and for the screen in Book to 
TV: Is the Story Still a Story?

 As podcasting is an increasingly fashionable medium, writer 
and teacher Keenan Norris asks Badass Bookworm podcast 
host Cassandra Dallet, KPFK’s Bibliocracy Radio host Andrew 
Tonkovich, Los Angeles Review of Books editor Medaya Ocher, 
and co-hostof the LARB’s “Radio Hour” podcaster Eric Newman, 
“can literary podcasts do more than simply kill a few minutes 
while stuck in traffic on the 405?” Also, public radio legend Kitty 
Felde has turned to podcasting too - audiences of all ages will be 
engrossed by her live taping of her Kitty Felde Book Club for Kids.

 Speaking of kids, middle grade author Dana Middleton (The 
Infinity Year of Avalon James, Open if You Dare) shepherds a 
panel on the Modern Wave of Middle Grade books and authors, 
Christina Hoag addresses with her fellow panelists the challenge 
of writing Strong Female Teen Characters in Our Current #MeToo 
Era, and Be True to You: Owned Voices and Empathy in YA 
discusses the “owned voices” movement as a transformative voice 
in YA literature.

 Keeping it local, LitFest Pasadena presents the “spitfire poetry 
and short story showcase” of Community Lit LA with Hiram Sims, 
Literature for Life online publication and educational resource with 
Kevin Stricke, Hyped Up on Local: Why Local Journalism Matters 
with Sophia Kercher, and Pasadena Weekly contributor Justin 
Chapman moderating Alternative Newsweeklies Find a Niche with 
Pasadena Weekly editor Kevin Uhrich, publisher Dina Stegon, 
deputy editor Andrê Coleman, Arts Director Carl Kozlowski, and 
columnist Ellen Snortland.

 Local author, teacher, and LitFest Pasadena co-founder Jervey 
Tervalon discusses Memoirs of Black LA, takes on the provocative 
subject of Toxic Masculinity and will lead the celebration of his 
dear friend Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold who 
died last year. Thanks to the distributors and film director Laura 
Gabbert, LitFest Pasadena presents a screening of City of Gold, 
which has been described as “a love letter to Los Angeles,” followed 
by a panel discussion featuring the director, Laurie Ochoa-Gold 
and Tervalon.

 LitFest Pasadena is presented by Light Bringer Project, the 
Pasadena-based arts and education nonprofit, and Literature for 
Life, the literary journal and resource for educators. In partnership 
with Sci-Fest L.A. two annual short science fiction writing 
competitions are awarded at LitFest Pasadena. The competition’s 
mission is to identify and nurture up-and-coming science fiction 
writing talent of Los Angeles and worldwide. The Tomorrow Prize is 
awarded to the best original science fiction by Los Angeles County 
high school students. The “Green Feather Award” presented by L.A. 
Audubon recognizes an outstanding science fiction short story by 
a teen author that celebrates overcoming today’s environmental 
challenges. The Roswell Award is presented to outstanding short 
science fiction by adults. Over the years, submissions have come 
from dozens of countries. The “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” 
recognizes a science fiction story that embraces feminist themes 
and has a strong female protagonist. The winning story will be 
published both by Artemis Journal and Hollywood NOW. All prize 
winners’ works are read aloud on stage by guest celebrities.

 LitFest Pasadena is made possible by the support of the City of 
Pasadena and the Pasadena Playhouse District.

For more information about LitFest Pasadena 2019 Schedule or to a 
be LitFest Pasadena volunteer visit: 


Regular City Council Meeting

Next meeting May 1

Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesday of the 
month, at 7:30 p.m., in the Amedee O. “Dick” Richards, Jr., 
Council Chambers, located at 1424 Mission Street. 

Design Review Board

Thursday at 7 p.m.

City Council Chamber

1424 Mission Street

Staff Liaison: Edwar Sissi, Associate Planner

Phone: (626) 403-7227

Library Board of Trustees Meeting

Thursday May 9 at 7 p.m.

South Pasadena Public Library, Ray Bradbury Conference Rm. 

1100 Oxley Street

Staff Liaison: Steve Fjeldsted, Director of Library, Arts, and 

Phone: (626) 403-7330

On the Move: Intersection 
of Neighborhoods

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 


Scenic Walkers Club – 
Wednesdays, May 1 to 29, at 
9 a.m. Join members of the 
Pasadena Senior Center’s Scenic 
Walkers Club for walks to scenic 
local places to enjoy the great 
outdoors and get some exercise. 
For more information, including 
where to meet up each week, 
contact Scenic Walkers Club 
coordinator Alan Colville at 

 Treatments for Melanoma and 
Other Skin Cancers Lecture 
– Thursday, May 2 at 10 a.m. 
Learn about leading-edge 
immunotherapy treatments for 
melanoma and its potential in 
other skin cancers.

 Food Bank – Friday, May 
3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Low-
income individuals 60 and older 
will receive one box of food, and 
couples will receive two boxes. 
Proof of income and a California 
ID are required. Bags are heavy, so 
please bring a personal shopping 

 Friday Movie Matinees – Fridays, 
May 3, 10, 17, and 31 at 1 p.m. 
Everyone enjoys the experience 
of watching movies and the 
pleasures they bring. May 3: “Can 
You Ever Forgive Me” (2018, R) 
starring Melissa McCarthy and 
Richard E. Grant. When Lee 
Israel falls out of step with current 
tastes, she turns her art form to 
deception. May 10: “Mary Queen 
of Scots” (2018, R) starring Saoirse 
Ronan and Margot Robbie. Mary 
Stuart's attempt to overthrow 
her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of 
England, finds her condemned 
to years of imprisonment before 
facing execution. May 17: “Black 
KKKlansman” (2018, R) starring 
John David Washington and 
Adam Driver. Ron Stallworth, an 
African American police officer 
from Colorado Springs, CO, 
successfully manages to infiltrate 
the local Ku Klux Klan branch 
with the help of a Jewish surrogate 
who eventually becomes its leader. 
Based on actual events. May 31: 
“Mary Poppins Returns” (2018, 
PG) starring Emily Blunt and Lin-
Manuel Miranda. Decades after 
her original visit, the magical 
nanny returns to help the Banks 
siblings and Michael's children 
through a difficult time in their 

 Screening Mimis Film 
Discussion Club – Tuesdays, 
May 7 and 21, 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. 
May 7: Nightcrawler (2014, R) 
starring Jake Gyllenhaal and 
Rene Russo. When Louis Bloom, 
a con man desperate for work, 
muscles into the world of L.A. 
crime journalism, he blurs 
the line between observer and 
participant to become the star of 
his own story. May 21: The Roman 
Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961, R) 
starring Vivien Leigh and Warren 
Beatty. An aging actress travels to 
Rome with her husband; after he 
suddenly dies during the flight, 
she begins a passionate affair with 
a young gigolo.

 Local residents and writers 
Naomi Hirahara and Lynell 
George will discuss, at the 
La Pintoresca Branch library 
May 4 • 4-5:30 p.m, changing 
neighborhoods and how 
they play prominently in 
their novels, books, essays 
and research.

 Hirahara will present 
a section of her historic 
novel in progress, Clark & 
Division, and discuss how 
Japanese Americans in large 
numbers moved to Chicago 
after being released from 
World War II incarceration 
camps. The Edgar Award 
winner for the Mas Arai 
and Ellie Rush mystery 
series, Hirahara writes 
nonfiction, including co-
writing Life after Manzanar 
and Terminal Island: The 
Lost Communities of Los 
Angeles Harbor. 

 George will share her new 
book, Los Angeles Outside 
the Frame, a collection 
of essays, evocative 
photographs, profiles and 
reportage focused on Los 
Angeles beneath-the-surface 
– both the past and the here-
and-now. An essayist and 
journalist, George has also 
written No Crystal Stair: 
African Americans in the 
City of Angels, and won a 
Grammy for her liner notes 
for “Otis Redding Live at the 
Whisky A Go-Go.”


San Marino: Are you Ready 
for the Next Power Outage

San Marino Looking for 
Commission Recruitments

Safe Gun Storage Bill Passes 
Second Policy Committee

 The City of San Marino is seeking volunteers for the 
Design Review Committee and Library Board of Trustees. 
Please contact Deputy City Clerk Nia Hernandez at (626) 
300-0705 or email for 
further information or you may download the Commission 
Application from the City’s website at www.cityofsanmarino.
org. Deadline for submitting the applications is Friday, 
May 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. to San Marino City Hall 2200 
Huntington Drive San Marino, CA 91108.

 Recently, representatives 
from the San Marino Fire 
Department attended a “Power 
Talk Session” conducted by 
Southern California Edison 
(SCE). This presentation, and 
the weather that Southern 
California experienced this 
winter, provided a glimpse 
of the potential disruption 
to normal life that can be 
created by power outages. SCE 
discussed a number of public 
safety programs,


• SCE’s Wildfire Mitigation 

• Power Safety Power Shutdown 
(PSPS) Protocol

• PSPS Notification

• Outage Notifications

• An Outage Overview/ 

• SCE’s Grid Modernization 

 The Fire Department reminds 
residents that severe weather 
conditions can result in 
electrical service interruptions. 
Power outages occur as a 
result of wires being downed 
due to wind and falling trees. 
Residents should take steps 
now to be prepared in their 
homes and businesses.

 If you see a downed power 
line or dangling wire – even 
if it appears not to be live – 
don’t touch or approach it or 
anything that is in contact with 
it, and call 911 immediately.

 The Fire Department 
recommends getting ready for 
potential outages by taking the 
following measures:

• Place flashlights in handy 
locations, such as near 

• Install surge protectors to help 
safeguard valuable electronic 
equipment such as computers 
and home entertainment 

• Know where to find each 
utility box (electricity, water 
and gas) and how to turn them 
off. Keep the proper tools to do 
so handy.

• Always back up important 
work and files on your 

• If you have an automatic 
garage door or gate, learn how 
to open it manually (without 

• Consider keeping at least one 
car at least half full with fuel. 
Gas stations need electricity 
to pump gas and will be shut 
down during an outage. Please 
note that stockpiling gasoline 
is not recommended. Gasoline 
is a hazardous, combustible 
substance. Portable gasoline 
generators should never be 
used inside homes, garages, 
office buildings or other 
enclosed spaces.

• Make a safety preparedness 
plan for your family that 
includes a list and location of 
the above items. Be prepared 
to meet the special needs of 
infants and elderly or disabled 
family members. Also plan 
how you will care for any pets.

 For additional public safety 
information, please visit the 
San Marino Fire Department 


Portantino Continues 
Leadership on Gun 

Senator Anthony Portantino’s 
firearm storage bill passed 
the Senate Human Services 
Committee on Tuesday. SB 
172 proposes to resolve the 
problem of improper and 
dangerous firearm storage 
in residential homes and 
residential senior care 
facilities. Unsafe storage puts 
guns in the wrong hands and 
far too often leads to potentially deadly situations. The vast 
majority of accidental firearm deaths, suicides and senseless 
acts of violence among children are related to easy access of 
firearms. In addition, there are serious deficiencies in the 
law regarding firearms in residential senior care facilities.

 “Children are far too often put in jeopardy when they 
are in homes that practice unsafe gun storage. Residential 
storage needs stronger regulation and our senior facilities 
need formal guidance so both younger and older residents 
are safe from inadvertent gun violence. I am very pleased 
that this needed and common-sense effort is progressing 
through the legislative process,” said Senator Portantino.

 SB 172 seeks to strengthen Child Access Prevention laws 
to lower incidences of unintentional firearm deaths among 
our youth. It insures firearms 
are properly locked and 
stored. Specifically, this bill 
broadens the application of 
criminal storage crimes, adds 
criminal storage offenses 
to those offenses that can 
trigger a 10-year gun ban, 
creates an exemption to 
firearm loan requirements for 
the purposes of preventing 
suicide and mandates rules 
related to firearm storage and 
reporting for residential care 
facilities for the elderly. 

 SB 172 is supported by the 
Brady Campaign, Consumer 
Advocates for RCFE Reform 
(CARR), Bay Area Student 
Activists (BASA), Los Angeles 
County Board of Supervisors, 
and Drain the NRA.

Volunteer with the Parks and 
Public Works Department


 San Marino is seeking volunteers to assist with rose pruning, 
sidewalk inspection and identifying tree vacancies. This 
is a great opportunity for individuals to learn about their 
community and gain work experience. The City’s Volunteer 
Program helps the community and teaches participants 
more about our city projects.

Rose Pruning

 Support your local community and help the city keep the 
Lacy Park rose gardens blooming! If roses are pruned now 
during the cold season, they will blossom in the spring with 
vibrant colors. No experience is necessary. Volunteers will 
be taught easy pruning methods. Enjoy the outdoors while 
learning about roses and how to properly prune.

Sidewalk Inspection

 Work together to improve our streets and fix our sidewalks. 
Take pride in our streets and help volunteer to keep the city’s 
sidewalks hazard free. Volunteers will inspect sidewalks 
in preparation of the city’s street 
rehabilitation project. They will identify 
new sidewalk hazards and update the 
citywide sidewalk assessment.

Tree Vacancies

 Take pride in the city’s tree preservation 
plan and volunteer to help protect city 
trees. Enjoy the outdoors, learn about 
the tree preservation plan and volunteer 
to report locations where the city can 
plant or replant trees.

 The volunteer manual and application 
are located on the city’s website at: 

 Please contact the Parks and Public 
Works Department at (626) 300-0765 or 
email PublicWorks@CityofSanMarino.
org to learn how the City’s volunteers are 
helping the community and spending 
time outdoors. 

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