Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 20, 2019 

Victim in 
Parking lot 
Found Dead 

Tournament Foundation 
Elects New Leadership

Although Pasadena police 
were still investigating 
Friday strange circumstances 
surrounding the body of 
a woman found dead in a 
parking lot near Fair Oaks 
and Alessandro Place shortly 
before 3 p.m. Sunday, they 
did say investigators had new 
information in the case. 

 A police detective said Friday 
the new details could not 
be made public at the time. 
She did however identify 
the woman as Pamela Kay 
Cross, a female Caucasian, 69 
years of age, and a Pasadena 

 “The investigation into the 
suspicious death by Pasadena 
police detectives is ongoing, 
“police said in a written 
statement. “The cause of 
death is yet to be determined 
as we await the autopsy results 
from the Los Angeles County 
Coroner’s office.”

 According to detectives, 
on Sunday, July 14, at about 
2:55 p.m., Pasadena Police 
Department personnel 
responded to 50 Alessandro 
Pl. on a report of a woman 
down, possibly deceased, in 
the southwest parking lot of 
the medical center. 
According to news reports 
Pasadena Police Department 
Lt. Mark Goodman said the 
injuries to the woman were 
consistent with an assault. He 
also said the body may have 
been in the parking area for 
hours before discovered. 

 Anyone with information is 
asked to call Police at (626)-
744-4241. Or anonymously, 
at Crime Stoppers at (800) 
222-TIPS (8477).

Photo: Second row: from left to right; Judy Gordon, Krysty 
Leckrone, Diana Peterson-More, Rob Woolley, Brian Birnie, 
Robin Flynn, Ed Morales, Kristin Yanish, Brandon Shamim, Mark 
Leavens. First row: from left to right; Glenn Bowie, Paige Parrish, 
Maxine Harris, Mark S. Harmsen, Shannon Boalt, Joan Madsen

City to Review Madison Mixed Use Project


 The Pasadena city council is 
set Monday night to exempt, 
a 72,000 square-foot, five-
story mixed-use project at 127 
and 141 N. Madison Avenue, 
from environmental review 
something a number of groups 
in Pasadena are opposed to 
including Pasadena Heritage, 
The Pasadena Women’s City 
Club and the Blinn House 
Foundation among others. 

 “Pasadena Heritage is 
requesting that the City Council 
not approve the requested 
permits and special concessions 
for this major mixed-use project 
until an Environmental Impact 
Report is done to adequately 
study the proposal, its potential 
impacts, alternatives, and 
mitigation measures,” they 
wrote in an email to their 
members and residents.

 At issue they say is “ The 
project site is located between 
two National Register Historic 
Districts, and any new building 
should be compatible with its 
historic setting per our General 
Plan and Design Guidelines 
for the district. The FAR 
(floor area ratio) requested far 
exceeds the allowable FAR in 
the Zoning Code that already 
includes a density bonus. 
Pasadena Heritage believes 
that a successful project could 
be developed here, but it must 
comply with our General Plan, 
Zoning Code, and Design 

 According to the city staff 
report, the applicant, Mike 
Balian, submitted an Affordable 
Housing Concession Permit 
application to facilitate the 
construction of a mixed-use 
project. An existing four-story 
building (Madison Professional 
Building) and surface parking 
lot would be demolished and 
replaced by the project. The 
mixed-use project would 
include: ·

• 49 dwelling units (45 market 
rate units for sale, 4 “very low-
income” units for rent)

• 5-stories (62 feet tall)

• 72,000 square feet

• 4,210 commercial square feet 

• 101 parking spaces (at grade 
and one level of subterranean 

 Balian also filed applications to 
remove four protected trees on 
private property:

• A 13” diameter-at-breast 
height (DBH) Brush Cherry 
tree (Syzigium paniculatum);

• A 21 “ DBH Silver Dollar Gum 
tree (Eucalyptus polyanthemos);

• A 27” DBH Ribbon Gum tree 
(Eucalyptus viminalis); and

• A 23” DBH Silver Dollar Gum 
tree (Eucalyptus polyanthemos). 

 The groups say the project will 
visually and aesthetically tower 
above the Ford Place National 
Register Historic District (Fuller 
campus). And could damage 
the National Register-listed 
Blinn House with its vulnerable 
foundation and fragile leaded 
art glass windows and fireplace.

 The city council meets Monday, 
Public Hearings 7:00 p.m., 
Council Chamber, Pasadena 
City Hall 100 North Garfield 
Avenue, Room S249. 


 The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Foundation announced 
Wednesday the 2019-2020 
Board of Directors and new 
officers. Since its inception 
in 1983, the Pasadena 
Tournament of Foundation 
has invested over $3 million in 
more than 200 Pasadena-area 
organizations. Community 
programs receive grants in 
the categories of Performing 
and Visual Arts, Sports and 
Recreation, and Education 
(Early Childhood Education, 
Literacy and Science, 
Technology, Engineering and 

 The Tournament of Roses 
Foundation elected Brian 
Birnie, Glenn Bowie, Judy 
Gordon, Krysty Leckrone, 
Leslie Lyons, Joan Madsen, 
Brandon Shamim, and Kristin 
Yanish to the 2019-2020 
Board of Directors. Below is 
information about each new 
board member. 

 The Foundation Board 
also elected officers: Maxine 
Harris, President; Shannon 
Boalt, Vice President; Paige 
Parrish, Treasurer; and 
Mark Harmsen, Secretary. 
The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Association Vice-
President Mark Leavens 
will be transitioning in 
to replace Association 
Secretary Alex Aghajanian. 
Below is information about 
the new members to the 
Foundation Board. Complete 
bios can be found at www.

 Brian Birnie is a lawyer and 
has been a member of the firm 
LaFollette & Johnson for over 40 
years practicing civil litigation. 
For over 20 years, he has been 
a member of the Huntington 
Memorial Hospital’s Fall Food 
and Wine Committee and 
currently co-chairs with his 
daughter Caroline Burke. Mr. 
Birnie has been a member of 
the Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Association since 1990, 
making the 2020 Rose Parade 
his 30th parade.

 Glenn Bowie currently 
serves as a Business Solutions 
Consultant for Sprint, is an LA 
Area Chamber Ambassador, 
and a new board member 
of Pasadena City College 
Foundation. Mr. Bowie is 
Founder and CEO of his own 
motivational and inspiration 
speaking company, Glenn 
Bowie Speaks, Inc.

 Judy Gordon is an attorney 
and trust officer with over 25 
years in private legal practice 
and the financial services 
industry. Ms. Gordon is a 
current or former member of 
the American Bar Association, 
the State Bar of California, 
Women’s Leadership Council, 
Broad’s Circle, Pro Visors, 
and San Gabriel Valley Estate 
Planning Council.

 Krysty Leckrone has been in 
education for the past 27 years 
either in a teacher role or as a 
teacher on special assignment. 
Ms. Leckrone is a member of 
the Glendale National Charity 
League, a mother-daughter 
organization promoting 

 Leslie Lyons is a senior member 
of the Fiduciary Banking 
Group of Manufacturers Bank 
and is Vice President and Area 
Manager of the Bank’s Glendale 
office. Ms. Lyons also serves 
on the Advisory Board of the 
Pasadena Salvation Army.

Joan Madsen spent many 
years in the financial services 
industry. She recently retired 
as Vice President from Bank of 
America to pursue her passion 
for corporate philanthropic 
ventures. Ms. Madsen also 
services as a member of the 
Salvation Army Advisory 
Board, the Assistance League 
and Altadena Guild.

 Brandon Shamim has over 
25 years of experience as a 
business advisor, leadership 
coach and university professor. 
Active in civic affairs and 
community service, Brandon 
has served on the board of 
advisors/directors of the 
LA Chamber of Commerce, 
Habitat for Humanity, KCET-
TV, Asian Pacific American 
Dispute Resolution Center 
and Pepperdine University’s 
Graduate School of Social 

 Kristin Yanish has spent the last 
19 years sharing her expertise 
in education while teaching at 
St. Philip the Apostle School 
in Pasadena. Ms. Yanish is 
an active volunteer at Mater 
Dolorosa Passionists Retreat 
Center in Sierra Madre for the 
last ten years, and has been 
a member of the Board of 
Directors for the last four years.

 For more information goto:

Block Party 

A Message 
from Police

Last of Summer Events 
with Pasadena Heritage

 Federal Immigration 

"Pasadena Police Department 
does not enforce criminal 
violations related to the 
immigration status of persons 
in our community. As guided 
by Police Department Policy 
428, it is the expectation that 
members of Pasadena Police 
Department will enforce 
the law equally and will not 
engage in law enforcement 
activities based solely on 
someone’s immigration 

 "Furthermore, Policy 428 
states requests by Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement 
(ICE) or other federal agency 
for assistance from Pasadena 
Police Department should be 
directed to a supervisor. The 
department may provide ICE 
or other federal agency with 
the same, available, ancillary 
support services, such as 
traffic control or peacekeeping 
efforts, to protect the general 
public as the Department 
would provide based upon 
an incident dispatch made 
on complaint or request of 
any member of the public 
or interagency assist. To the 
maximum extent permitted 
by law, the department 
shall not directly assist ICE 
in investigating, detaining 
or arresting individuals 
solely for violations of 
federal immigration law. 
The department shall 
cooperate with ICE to the 
extent required by law and 
in efforts to investigate and 
to apprehend individuals 
in the United States that 
present national security 
concerns involving terrorism 
or transnational criminal 
activity, such as human, drug 
or weapons trafficking."

 Assemblymember Chris 
Holden’s 20th Annual District 
Block Party and Resource 
Fair is right around the 
corner, August 3. Organizers 
invite everyone for an open 
discussion on legislative and 
community issues, while 
enjoying live music, a classic 
car show, and so much more.

 Below is a list of local and 
state resources participating 
to provide useful information 
about their programs and to 
help answer your questions:

The Governor’s Office of 
Business and Economic 
Development (GO-Biz),

Department of Motor Vehicles

Department of Consumer 

Department of Developmental 

California Office of 
Emergency Services

Department of Insurance

Covered California

Employment Development 

Franchise Tax Board

Governor’s Office Business 
and Economic Development

California Department of 
Forestry and Fire Protection 
(Cal Fire)

 Event organizers also said 
there will free hot dogs and 
lemonade and free school 

 The event is set for Saturday, 
August 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 
p.m. in the 500 Block of East 
Jackson Street in Pasadena. 
For more information visit: 


SEPTEMBER 7 & 21, 2019

Old Pasadena Historic District Walking Tour

9:00-11:15 am | $20 nonmember / $18 member

 Join Pasadena Heritage trained docents as they lead you through 
Pasadena’s original downtown. Old Pasadena dates back to the late 
19th century and first decades of the 20th century, when the city’s 
original commercial district rapidly expanded.

 The district thrived for several decades, but by the late 1960s, Old 
Pasadena was outdated and neglected and fell into disrepair.

 During the 1970s and 1980s, Pasadena Heritage, along with many 
concerned citizens, put Old Pasadena on the National Register of 
Historic Places and capitalized on the very best elements of the 
architectural history and longtime community use.

 Today, Old Pasadena is one of the finest examples of downtown 
revitalizations in the country, where old meets new and where our 
history is showcased. Come for the tour and stay for shopping, 
dining, and entertainment.


Old Pasadena Pub Crawl

2:00-5:00 pm | $45 nonmember / $40 member / $20 designated 

 This guided pub crawl of Pasadena’s original downtown includes 
stops at pubs distinctive for their history, architecture, and beer. 
Experience the history of some of Pasadena’s watering holes as 
you delight in beer tastings plus little-known facts and forgotten 
lore-a great way to get to know historic Old Pasadena! Your ticket 
entitles you to a flight of beer and tasty snacks at each spot


Madison Heights Neighborhood Walking Tour

9:00-11:15 am | $20 nonmember / $18 member

 Many of Pasadena’s famed designers are represented here in 
one of Pasadena’s most historically and architecturally significant 
neighborhoods. Greene & Greene, Frederick Louis Roehrig, 
Sylvanus Marston, Reginald Johnson, Heineman & Heineman, 
Hunt & Grey, and Louis B. Easton all designed homes in Madison 
Heights. Participants will see a variety of architectural styles and 
the details that define them while enjoying one of Pasadena’s most 
remarkable and best-loved neighborhoods.

 For more information or for tickets call 626-441-6333 or visit:


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 July 22 at 4:00 p.m., 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room S249 (City Hall Council Chamber, 2nd floor)

MUNICIPAL SERVICES COMMITTEE (Chair Margaret McAustin, Tyron Hampton, Terry Tornek, Andy Wilson)

Meets July 23 at 4:00 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room S249 (Council Chamber, 2nd Floor)'

LEGISLATIVE POLICY COMMITTEE (Chair Terry Tornek, Steve Madison, Gene Masuda)

Meets July 23 at 6:00 p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room S245/S246 (Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE (Chair Victor Gordo, Tyron Hampton, Steve Madison, Andy 

Meets August 20, at 5:30 p.m. Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room S245/S246 (Council Conference Room, 2nd Floor)

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

Meets August 21 at 6 p.m. Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Avenue, Room S249 (Council Chamber, 2nd Floor)

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