Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 22, 2019 

Pink Patch 

Jakobshavn Glacier Grows 
for the Third Straight Year


 New NASA data shows 
that Jakobshavn Glacier — 
Greenland’s fastest-moving 
and fastest-thinning glacier 
for most of the 2000s — 
grew from 2018 into 2019, 
marking three consecutive 
years of growth.

 Images, produced using 
GLISTIN-A radar data 
as part of NASA’s Oceans 
Melting Greenland (OMG) 
mission, show how much 
mass the glacier gained from 
2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-
19. Areas with the most 
growth — about 33 yards (30 
meters) — are shown in dark 
blue. Red areas represent 
thinning. The glacier grew 
22-33 yards (20-30 meters) 
each year between 2016 and 
2019. OMG, led by Principal 
Investigator Josh Willis, is 
one of several NASA missions 
dedicated to furthering our 
understanding of global sea 
level rise.

 Jakobshavn’s growth did 
not come as a surprise to 
scientists. A recent study 
team from NASA’s Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory 
in Pasadena, California, 
determined that water 
transported to the area 
around the glacier by a key 
ocean current has been 
colder than it was prior 
to 2016, when the growth 
began. The colder water is 
not melting the ice from 
the front and underneath 
the glacier as quickly as the 
warmer water did.

 The temperature change 
of the current’s water is part 
of a known climate pattern, 
one that is expected to flip 
again, and cause more of the 
melting and ice thinning for 
which Jakobshavn is known. 
Although the melting rate 
has slowed, the glacier 
continues to contribute to 
sea level rise, ultimately 
losing more ice to the ocean 
than it gains from snow 
accumulation overall.

 For more, including images, 

 With Pasadena Police 
Chief John Perez serving as 
the emcee, the Los Angeles 
County Police Chiefs’ 
Association (LACPCA) 
and public safety agencies 
across the nation will 
kick-off their 2019 Pink 
Patch Project announcing 
this year’s campaign to 
the community Tuesday 

 The Pink Patch Project is 
an innovative campaign to 
increase public awareness 
about breast cancer and 
to raise funds for the fight 
against the disease. It 
is a collaborative effort 
between the LACPCA 
and over 390 public safety 
agencies throughout 
the United States. The 
program centers on 
vibrant pink versions 
of the agency’s uniform 
patches. Employees from 
the participating agencies 
will be wearing these 
pink patches on their 
uniforms during “Breast 
Cancer Awareness Month” 
this October. The pink 
patches are intended to 
stimulate conversation 
within the community 
and to encourage public 
awareness about the 
importance of early 
detection and treatment 
in the fight against breast 

 As part of this 
program, participating 
agencies are selling their 
commemorative pink 
patches to the community, 
along with T-shirts, 
challenge coins and other 
commemorative items. 
Proceeds from the sale of 
these items will be donated 
to breast cancer education, 
research, and treatment 
organizations across 
the nation. In 2018, the 
program raised in excess 
of $1,000,000.00 for cancer 
research organizations 
nationwide, including City 
of Hope, our founding 

 For more information 
on the Pink Patch Project, 
visit: pinkpatchproject.

Millions Allocated to PCC’s Science Building


 Pasadena City College 
officals anounced Wednesday 
that as California Governor 
Gavin Newsom prepares to 
sign the 2019-20 California 
state budget, students, 
faculty, and staff at Pasadena 
City College are already 
feeling the effects of the fiscal 

 Included in the $215 
billion proposal submitted 
by the Legislature is a $42 
million appropriation for 
PCC’s Armen Sarafian 
Building. The funds will 
go toward the demolition 
and reconstruction of the 
science building, which 
was determined to be an 
earthquake hazard in 2012 
and has sat empty since then.

 “No matter how you look at 
it, this is a win for PCC,” said 
Erika Endrijonas, Ph.D. 
“Our plans are in place, we’ve 
done our due diligence with 
the state and the Chancellor’s 
Office, and our community 
wants to get this building 
online. Our students, faculty, 
and staff deserve to have a 
building that meets their 
needs. We’re ready to get to 

 As a priority project on the 
Life and Safety category of 
the California Community 
Colleges Chancellor’s 
Office (CCCCO) facilities 
list, the Sarafian Building 
is set to receive 80% of its 
funding from proceeds 
from Proposition 51, which 
California voters approved 
in 2016. State dollars have 
already funded preliminary 
planning and engineering 
documents, and the college’s 
architect is completing 
working drawings this 

 The $42 million 
appropriation from the 
state will fund the majority 
of construction costs – an 
allocation that was necessary 
to the viability of the project.

 “We are so pleased that the 
state has stepped up for our 
college,” said Linda Wah, 
a member of PCC’s Board 
of Trustees and president 
of the statewide California 
Community College 
Trustees organiztion. “This 
would not have been possible 
without the support of our 
elected representatives in 
the California Legislature. 
Senator Anthony Portantino 
and Assemblymember Chris 
Holden were instrumental 
in securing this funding for 
PCC, and U.S. Rep. Adam 
Schiff spoke up for us as 
well. Assemblymember Ed 
Chau and former senator 
Carol Liu also stepped up 
for us. I particularly want 
to recognize the work done 
by Jack Scott, himself a 
former PCC president, 
California Community 
College chancellor, and state 
senator. We are so grateful 
for everyone’s support in this 

 With demolition expected 
to begin as early as this fall, 
the college is prepared to 
operate under an accelerated 
timeline on the facilities 
project. Students could enroll 
in classes in the new building 
as early as the Summer of 

 “PCC is an exciting place, 
and this building will build 
on that momentum,” said 
PCC Board President 
Anthony R. Fellow, Ph.D.. 
“Our region relies on a 
constant supply of smart, 
capable college graduates to 
meet its labor needs.

 “This investment in the 
college will pay off for 
everyone in our region,” he 

Free Summer Concert Series

 The Pasadena Senior 
Center’s popular free 
summer concert series for 
all ages will be located in 
the air-conditioned comfort 
of the Scott Pavilion at the 
center, 85 E. Holly St., every 
Monday at 6 p.m. from July 
22 to Sept. 2.

 Showcasing the talents of 
a variety of professional 
musical groups that range 
from jazz to big band to 
blues and more, the one-
hour concerts will have 
people tapping their feet and 
dancing in the aisles. Bring a 
picnic dinner for the perfect 
summer experience with 
family and friends.

· Tonight– The Pasadena 
Summer Youth Chamber 
Orchestra (pictured) features 
talented high school and 
college students performing 
classical music favorites.

· July 29 – Pam Kay and the 
Tap Chicks will entertain 
with energetic dance 
routines, musical comedy 
and clever costumes.

· Aug. 5 – Sligo Rags will 
perform Celtic Folk with a 
decidedly bluegrass attitude.

· Aug. 12 – The Michael 
Haggins Band will include 
smooth jazz, R & B and funk.

· Aug. 19 - Susie Hansen 
Latin Band performs fiery 
jazz and salsa that will have 
the audience on their feet 
and dancing in the aisles.

· Aug. 26 – Grammy-
winning Lisa Haley and the 
Zydekats play lively Cajun 
Zydeco music with lots of 
Louisiana spice.

· Sept. 2 – The Great 
American Swing Band will 
feature music and songs of 
the Big Band Era played by a 
fifteen-piece band.

 The concerts are hosted 
by the Pasadena Senior 
Center and sponsored by the 
Cynthia P. Rosedale Fund 
for Seniors and Los Angeles 
County Supervisor Kathryn 

Senior Center’s 
Fourth of July 

 Celebrate our nation’s 
independence with a 
Fourth of July luncheon 
Thursday, July 4, from noon 
to 2 p.m. at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly 
St. Doors will open at 11:45 

 The Scott Pavilion will be 
decorated colorfully for the 
occasion as everyone enjoys 
classis barbeque and all the 

 Entertainment and music 
for dancing will be provided 
by the Great American 
Swing Band, sponsored 
by the Pasadena Showcase 
House for the Arts.

 The cost is only $10 for 
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and $12 for 
non-members of all ages. 
Pre-paid reservations can 
be made at the Welcome 
Desk or online no later than 
Tuesday, July 2.

 For more information visit 
org or call (626) 795-4331.

 Founded in 1960, the 
Pasadena Senior Center 
is a donor-supported 
organization that offers 
recreational, educational, 
wellness and social 
services to people ages 50 
and older in a welcoming 
environment. Services are 
also provided for frail, low-
income and homebound 

Huntington Acquires Works 
by African American Artists

 The Art Collectors’ 
Council of The Huntington 
Library, Art Collections, 
and Botanical Gardens 
funded the purchase of 
several notable American 
works at its annual meeting 
last month, signaling a 
commitment to grow and 
diversify The Huntington’s 
holdings of works by modern 
and contemporary artists 
while continuing to build its 
collection of historical art. 
The Huntington acquired a 
group of 32 colorful etchings 
made between 2005 and 2014 
by four artists—Louisiana 
Bendolph, (pictured Going 
Home, 2005) Mary Lee 
Bendolph, Loretta Bennett, 
and Loretta Pettway—who 
are part of the Gee’s Bend 
group of quilters. Also 
acquired was a collage, Blue 
Monday (1969), made by 
celebrated African American 
artist Romare Bearden at the 
height of his career. Two 
paintings (1910-1916) from 
the seminal Weehawken 
Sequence by John Marin of 
Alfred Stieglitz’s circle, as 
well as a rare Tiffany chair 
(1891-93) rounded out the 

 “Any one of these 
artworks would have been a 
meaningful addition to the 
American art collection,” said 
Christina Nielsen, Hannah 
and Russel Kully Director 
of the Art Collections, “but 
the addition of the group of 
prints by the extraordinary 
Gee’s Bend group, along 
with the magnificent 
Bearden collage, allow us to 
incorporate more voices into 
the story of American art, 
and are therefore especially 
significant. This year, the 
Collectors’ Council really 
stepped forward to further 
fill a gap and expand the 

 The new acquisitions will 
go on view in the Virginia 
Steele Scott Galleries of 
American Art over the 
coming months.

Parks After Dark


Regular City Council Meeting

Next meeting July 17

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. 

The Fourth of July / Festival of Balloons Committee

Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Amedee O. "Dick" Richards, Jr. Council Chamber

1424 Mission Street

Staff Liaison: Anthony Kim, Community Services Coordinator

Phone: (626) 403-7382

The Planning Commission

July 9 Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Amedee O. "Dick" Richards, Jr. Council Chamber

1424 Mission Street

Staff Liaison: David Bergman, Interim Planning and Building 

Phone (626) 403-7223

 Pasadena’s popular Parks 
After Dark Program has 
planned free fun youth and 
family activities this summer 
on Thursday, Friday and 
Saturday evenings from 5 
p.m. – 10 p.m. July 10 through 
August 10, 2019.

Families will enjoy a variety 
of free activities at local 
area parks including sports 
leagues, fitness classes, arts 
and crafts, enrichment classes, 
recreational swimming, 
movies, and concerts in the 

 For a complete list of events 
go to: 
search “Parks After Dark.” 


In this image, taken on June 13, 2019, 
engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, California, 
install the starboard legs and wheels 
— otherwise known as the mobility 
suspension — on the Mars 2020 rover. 
They installed the port suspension later 
that day.

 “Now that’s a Mars rover,” said David 
Gruel, the Mars 2020 assembly, test, 
and launch operations manager at JPL. 
“With the suspension on, not only does 
it look like a rover, but we have almost 
all our big-ticket items for integration 
in our rearview mirror — if our rover 
had one.”

 Within the next few weeks, the team 
expects to install the vehicle’s robotic arm, the mast-mounted SuperCam instrument and the Sample 
Caching System, which includes 17 separate motors and will collect samples of Martian rock and soil 
that will be returned to Earth by a future mission.

 Both of the rover’s legs (the starboard leg’s black tubing can be seen above the wheels) are composed 
of titanium tubing formed with the same process used to make high-end bicycle frames. The wheels 
in this picture are engineering models and will not make the trip to 
Mars. They will be swapped out for flight models of the wheels sometime next year.

 Made of aluminum, each of the six wheels (each 20.7 inches, or 52.5 centimeters, in diameter) features 
48 grousers, or cleats, machined into its surface to provide excellent traction both in soft sand and on 
hard rocks. Every wheel has its own motor. The two front and two rear wheels also have individual 
steering motors that enable the vehicle to turn a full 360 degrees in place.

 When driving over uneven terrain, the suspension system — called a “rocker-bogie” system due to its 
multiple pivot points and struts — maintains a relatively constant weight on each wheel and minimizes 
rover tilt for stability. Rover drivers avoid terrain that would cause a tilt of more than 30 degrees, 
but even so, the rover can withstand a 45-degree tilt in any direction without tipping over. With its 
suspension, the rover can also roll over rocks and other obstacles as well as through depressions the 
size of its wheels.

 Mars 2020 will launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in July of 2020. It will land 
at Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021.

 Charged with returning astronauts to the Moon by 2024, NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration plan will 
establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028. We will use what we learn on 
the Moon to prepare to send astronauts to Mars.

 JPL is building and will manage operations of the Mars 2020 rover for the NASA Science Mission 
Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington.

 If you want to send your name to Mars with NASA’s 2020 mission, you can do so until Sept. 30, 2019. Add your 
name to the list and obtain a souvenir boarding pass to Mars here:

 For more information about the mission, go to:

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