Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 4, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 4, 2019 

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 The Paseo, together with 
Light Bringer Project, a non-
profit Pasadena-based arts 
organization, announced they 
will again host the annual 
Pasadena Chalk Festival from 
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout 
Father’s Day weekend. 

 The event is free to attend and 
open to the public.

 More than a quarter of a century 
in the making, the Pasadena 
Chalk Festival has become a 
coveted family-friendly event 
attracting thousands of art-
appreciating fans to The Paseo 
to celebrate the history and 
centuries-old artistry of street 
painting. This year’s event will 
shine a spotlight on the talents 
of nearly 600 chalk artists who 
will work simultaneously, using 
more than 25,000 sticks of 
pastel chalk, to create hundreds 
of life-sized murals. Blick Art 
Materials will provide the chalk 
for the artists to use to create 
their murals at the festival as 
well as new, unpainted 12” x 
12” canvases for artists to use 
to create paintings for the art 
gallery and silent auction.

 “We’re incredibly grateful for 
the generosity shown to the 
Light Bringer Project and our 
mission each year during the 
Pasadena Chalk Festival,” says 
Thomas Coston, President, 
Light Bringer Project. “The 
festival is a worthy community 
event showcasing some truly 
inspirational pieces of art. 
It also provides a wonderful 
opportunity for the public 
to learn about the programs 
and services we deliver to 
underserved public school 
children throughout Los 
Angeles County.”

 During the 2019 Pasadena 
Chalk Festival, there will be 
music and entertainment with 
a number of must-attend events 
and attractions, including:

 Kids Make Art: Saturday and 
Sunday, June 15th and 16th, 
from noon to 5 p.m. near El 

18th Annual Pasadena Police 
Classic Car Show: Sunday, June 

Animation Alley: Animation 
art and animators in action in 
the Lower Theatre Court

Chalk of Fame: Movie-themed 
chalk art in the Upper Theatre 
near ArcLight Cinemas

Artist Gallery: Affordable small 
painted canvases and other 
merchandise for sale near the 
main stage

Silent Auction: Art auction near 
the main stage with proceeds 
benefitting the Light Bringer 

Artist Awards Ceremony: Takes 
place at the conclusion of the 
festival Sunday, June 16th, at 7 
p.m. Participating artists and 
shopping center visitors will 
select the most outstanding 
murals for a variety of awards 
including The Paseo People’s 
Choice Award; Best in Festival; 
and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place 
winners. New this year: Artists 
will compete for a total of $5,000 
in cash prizes.

 Sponsored by the Tillamook 
County Creamery Association, 
a farmer-owned dairy 
cooperative, the 2019 event 
will focus on fundraising with 
donations as well as proceeds 
from art gallery sales and a silent 
auction benefitting the Light 
Bringer Project’s arts education 
program for underserved youth.

 Tillamook Yum Bus: During 
the festival, ice cream-loving 
ambassadors will scoop up 
tasting flights of Tillamook’s 
premium ice cream at the 
Tillamook Yum Bus and ice 
cream tent. 

 2018 Chalk Festival. 

Photo by D. Lee/MVNews

Annual Pasadena Mayor’s 
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

Friends In Deed and 
Mayor Terry Tornek will 
host the annual Pasadena 
Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer 
Breakfast on Thursday, 
May 9. The event will 
take place at the Pasadena 
Convention Center from 
7:30 – 9 a.m. Doors open 
at 6:45, and the program 
will begin promptly at 7:30 
a.m. Guests will include 
leaders from Pasadena’s civic 
and business communities 
and representatives from 
numerous religious faiths 
and denominations. 
Participants will enjoy a 
delicious breakfast while 
listening to keynote speaker 
Thomas F. Rosenbaum, 
President of California 
Institute of Technology 
(Caltech), who will speak 
on the subject of “Faith and 

 Mayor Tornek is pleased to 
share this community event, 
stating: “I look forward 
to Pasadena’s 46th annual 
interfaith celebration of 
the National Day of Prayer, 
when we seek spiritual 
guidance and blessing for 
our city and its people.”

 Keynote speaker Thomas 
Rosenbaum is the ninth 
president of Caltech and 
Professor of Physics. 
Previously, he served as 
Provost and on the faculty 
of the University of Chicago, 
and was the Vice President 
for Research at Argonne 
National Laboratory. 
As President of Caltech, 
Rosenbaum represents 
the institution’s dedication 
to “intellectual integrity, 
arguments substantiated by 
data, knowledge forged from 
diverse perspectives, and 
open, honest and respectful 

 Friends In Deed, a social 
services agency in Pasadena 
currently celebrating 
its 125th anniversary, 
focuses on alleviating the 
effects of poverty among 
our community’s most 
vulnerable citizens. With 
their Food Pantry (open 
three days each week), 
The Women’s Room (a 
day shelter for homeless 
and at-risk women), Bad 
Weather Shelter (weather 
activated during the 
winter months), Street 
Outreach Team (combatting 
homelessness on the 
streets of Pasadena), and 
Homelessness Prevention 
Program (rental assistance 
for folks threatened with 
eviction), Friends In Deed 
works to provide a dignified 
experience on the road 
to long-term, sustainable 
housing for all.

 For more information visit:

 Council to Discuss 
PWP Rate Changes 

 The city council is set 
Monday night to discuss 
setting a public hearing 
in June, to possibly 
implement a new water 
and power monthly fixed 
“Grid Access Charge.” 
that would add a $4.50 to 
residential customer bill. 
The charge would also 
apply to small, medium 
and large commercial 
businesses with varying 
amounts, going as high as 
$1,500 a month. 

 “To remain viable in the 
evolving electric industry, 
rate designs must reflect 
changing customer needs, 
a city staff report reads. 
“While conservation-
minded consumers and 
efficient technology 
are encouraging less 
traditional dependence on 
the distribution system, 
the fixed costs associated 
with maintaining the 
system for all customers 
(whether for primary or 
backup services) remain.

 The fixed Grid Access 
Charge is expected to 
generate approximately 
$10.3 million.

 The PWP is also expected 
to increase the Power Cost 
Adjustment component of 
the Energy Services Charge 
by 0.75?i per kilowatt-hour 
(“kWh”) to generate an 
additional $7.8 million 
annually the report states.

 The report also states 
that PWP is proposing 
changes to the Electric 
Utility Assistance Program 
to increase the number 
of eligible low income 
customers and enhance the 
monthly rate benefits.

 “Staff is recommending a 
$2.50 increase in the City 
Council-approved $7.50 
per month, it reads.”

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


 Warmer weather means a 
lot more motorcycles will be 
cruising California roads. May 
is Motorcycle Safety Awareness 
Month, and Pasadena Police 
Department is taking the 
opportunity to remind drivers 
and motorcycle riders to share 
the road and look out for one 

 On May 10, and 17, Pasadena 
Police Department will 
conduct traffic safety details 
geared toward stopping drivers 
and motorcyclists for violations 
that increase the risk of crashes.

 There are nearly 900,000 
registered motorcycles in 
California. Motorcycle riders 
have a much higher risk of 
death or injury than car drivers 
in the event of a crash. 

 Pasadena Police Department 
offers these best safety practices 
for drivers and motorcycle 


Check your mirrors and blind 
spots. Make sure your vehicle’s 
rear and side-view mirrors are 
adjusted properly.

Use your signal when changing 
lanes. If you see a motorcycle 
with a signal on, make sure the 
motorcycle is turning before 

Slow down behind motorcycles 
and keep your distance.

Never share a lane with a 

Be aware of motorcycles lane 
splitting, which is legal. Give 
riders enough room to pass.

Always look twice at 
intersections and allow enough 
space for a motorcycle to clear 
the roadway before making a 


Always wear a helmet, bright 
colors and protective gear.

Use your turn signal at every 
lane change or turn.

Turn lights on even during the 

Keep your distance.

Consider the width of 
lanes, roadway and weather 
conditions when lane splitting.

Avoid lane splitting next to 
larger vehicles such as big rigs, 
buses and motorhomes.

It is more dangerous to split 
lanes at higher speeds. It is 
safer to split between the far 
left lanes.

 Pasadena Police Department 
encourages all motorcycle 
riders, new and experienced, to 
enroll in the California Highway 
Patrol’s motorcycle training 
course. For more information 
visit: californiamotorcyclist.

PCC to Begin Partnership 
with La Cañada Schools

Pasadena Playhouse Free 
Summer Block Party Returns

 Pasadena City College just got 
a little closer to students in La 

 Under an agreement 
approved last week between 
Pasadena City College and 
the La Cañada Unified School 
District, students attending 
a LCUSD school will be able 
to earn college credit while 
still in high school. The dual 
enrollment agreement mirrors 
similar arrangements PCC has 
established with the school 
districts in Pasadena and 
Temple City.

 “This partnership between 
PCC and LCUSD will be a 
wonderful opportunity for 
local students and parents to 
have more options for college,” 
said PCC Trustee Sandra Chen 
Lau, whose district includes La 
Cañada. “I appreciate the vision 
and commitment of LCUSD 
and PCC to student success at 
all levels.” 

 Known formally as a College 
and Career Access Pathways 
arrangement, the agreement 
spells out the terms under 
which PCC will offer college-
level courses at La Cañada 
High School. The classes will 
be taught by members of 
PCC’s world-class faculty or La 
Cañada teachers who are also 
PCC part-time faculty. Credits 
earned by LCUSD students 
will remain on their college 
transcript, enabling students 
to begin work on their college 
degrees and plan their transfer 
to a four-year university. 

 “As a school board, we are 
thrilled with the opportunities 
this new partnership with 
Pasadena City College will 
provide for our students at 
La Canada High School,” said 
Brent Kuszyk, president of 
the La Cañada Unified School 
District governing board. “It’s 
a win-win all around for both 
PCC and LCHS. We thank 
our partners at PCC and look 
forward to working with them 
moving forward.”

 Courses will begin being 
offered this fall.

 Pasadena Playhouse – 
State Theatre of California is 
announcing entertainment and 
participants for the return of 
the Playhouse Block Party, in 
partnership with the Playhouse 
District Association, after last 
year’s blockbuster inaugural 
event. This all-day event, free to 
the public, is from 12-noon to 
10:00pm on Saturday, June 8 on 
El Molino Ave. at Colorado Blvd. 
There will be more than twenty 
–five performances on two 
different stages – a Main Stage 
and a Family Stage -- during the 
course of the day, in addition to 
activity booths hosted by some 
of Pasadena’s most celebrated 
arts organizations, theatre tours, 
a silent disco, and more. 

 The Main Stage will 
offer performances from 
Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, 
Debatable Productions, The 
NoteAbles Children’s Choir 
from the Professional Child 
Development Associates, 
Rhythms of The Village, School 
of Rock Pasadena, and SiZa, 
among others. The Family 
Stage will feature Bob Baker 
Marionette Theater, Jimmy H. 
Comedy Magician, Pasadena 
Civic Ballet Musical Theater, 
Tutu School Pasadena, Vroman’s 
Bookstore, and more!

 Throughout the day, guests 
can experience interactive and 
immersive activity booths and 
games created by community 
partners and local art 
organizations. These include 
Greater Los Angeles Zoo 
Association, Aquarium of the 
Pacific, Petersen Automotive 
Museum, The Huntington 
Gardens, Shumei Arts Council, 
Rogue Artists Ensemble, Sierra 
Madre Playhouse, Professional 
Child Development Associates 
(PCDA), USC Pacific Asia 
Museum, Pasadena Museum 
of History, Akabeko Project, 
Kidspace Children’s Museum, 
Pasadena Public Library, 
Southern California Children’s 
Museum, Tournament of Roses, 
Boston Court Pasadena, Friends 
of The Pasadena Playhouse, 
Complete Streets Coalition, and 
more. In addition, backstage 
tours of the Pasadena Playhouse 
will be available, including 
production departments rarely 
seen by the public, and other 
one of a kind experiences 
from Mr. Pasadena’s Playland 
and Pasadena Chalk Festival 
presented by Light Bringer 

 The Playhouse Block Party will 
also feature a mouth-watering 
array of food trucks, including: 
Vchos, Kona Ice, Wise BBQ, 
Coolhaus, Belly Bombz, Lobsta 
Truck, Dinas Dumpling, and 
India Jones.

 Danny Feldman, Producing 
Artistic Director of Pasadena 
Playhouse said, “Over 12,000 
people joined us last year from 
all over Southern California to 
help us celebrate the theatre’s 
Centennial anniversary. We saw 
people arrive in the morning 
and stay all day enjoying the 
Playhouse campus and the 
Playhouse District. This Block 
Party fulfills a core tenant of our 
mission to serve as a gathering 
place for the community. It also 
allows us to celebrate all of the 
rich culture that Pasadena has 
to offer, and provide it free of 
charge to everyone.”

 For more information, please 
visit www.playhouseblockparty.

 Celebrate Cinco de 
Mayo Responsibly

 For many people across 
the country, Cinco de 
Mayo (May 5) is a time for 
fun and celebrations that 
may involve drinking. 

 Pasadena Police will be on 
the lookout for impaired 
drivers who pose a danger 
to the public. Please 
celebrate responsibly and 
do not drive impaired.

 “We understand 
the importance and 
significance of this day to 
many people; however, 
we want to make sure that 
everyone who chooses to 
celebrate does so safely,” 
said Pasadena Police 
Department Lieutenant 
Mark Goodman. Pasadena 
Police Department 
encourages everyone 
to plan ahead and use a 
designated sober driver, 
ride-share service or public 

 Pasadena Police also 
wants to remind everyone 
that “DUI Doesn’t Just 
Mean Booze.” Prescription 
drugs, over-the-counter 
medications and marijuana 
can also be impairing.


 On Monday night, President 
Trump issued a memo calling 
for changes to the legal asylum 
system. These changes include 
charging migrants a fee to 
apply for asylum and denying 
work authorization to asylum 
seekers in the US while they 
wait for their day in court. Rep. 
Judy Chu issued the following 

 “This policy won’t impact the 
flow of refugees or migrants 
to our Southern border. What 
it will do is ensure their lives 
are harder when they get 
here. This is just the latest 
hateful policy from the Trump 
administration. By putting a 
price on freedom, Trump is 
saying that America is only a 
home for those who are worth 
a certain amount of money. 
He may judge people solely 
on their financial wealth, but 
we do not. That’s a heartless 
reaction to somebody at 
your doorstep who just fled 
violence and persecution. And 
preventing those who are here 
from being able to work just 
makes life unbearably difficult 
for them, even as our need for 
labor grows. This new policy 
will obviously be challenged in 
court, since the legality of all 
of this is suspect, but Trump 
never cared about what’s 
legal. He’s solely interested 
in encouraging bigotry and 
enacting xenophobic policies 
that leave immigrants more 
vulnerable. “

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