Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 21, 2019 

Boston Court Pasadena 
presents Alexander Miller: 

Float to Honor Centennial 
of Women’s Right to Vote

A Women’s Suffrage 
Float, In the 2020 Rose 
Parade, is set to launch 
the 100th Anniversary 
Commemoration of 
the Passage of the 19th 
Amendment, securing for 
women, their right to vote. 

 Offered by a wide 
representation of women 
and women’s groups to 
the 2020 Rose Parade, the 
float, Years of Hope. Years 
of Courage. announces this 
expansion of democracy. 
The float’s grass-roots 
organizer, Pasadena 
Celebrates 2020, is under 
the umbrella of the National 
Women’s History Alliance, 
a charitable organization, 
committed to the goals of 
education, empowerment, 
equality and inclusion.

 Hope and Courage, 
women campaigned for 72 
years to have a voice in their 
government. Even with this 
voting victory on August 
26, 1920, minority women 
still faced challenges to their 
voting rights.

 The 2020 parade themed 
“Power of Hope” is a great 
opportunity to illuminate 
this historical event. The 
float will feature a 30-foot 
Statue of Liberty, a symbol 
of enlightenment, holding 
the tablet of the 19th 
amendment and dressed 
in a suffrage sash. The 
Float honors those upon 
whose shoulders the vote 
was won. And banners in 
front of the Statue of Liberty 
encourage the right to vote 
for all Americans. Riders 
on the float will include 
a “Bouquet of Suffrage 
Descendants” – those in 
direct line to Elizabeth 
Cady Stanton, Susan B. 
Anthony, Ida B. Wells, and 
Frederick Douglass. Other 
distinguished advocates for 
equality will be announced 
soon. The float is designed 
as a symbol of inspiration 
and a reminder for all 
Americans to recognize 
the responsibility and the 
power to Vote.

 In honor of the 100th 
Anniversary, the PC2020 
Group is launching two 
opportunities for the public 
to be part of this exciting 
and historic celebration. 
The first is a chance for only 
100 people to walk the 5 
miles down Colorado Blvd, 
behind the float during 
the 131st Rose Parade 
on January 1, 2020 in 
Pasadena, California. These 
out-walkers, dressed in 
white with historic sashes, 
memorialize the Suffrage 
Campaigns. For more 
information on becoming 
an “out-walker” please click 

 The second opportunity to 
be a part of this celebratory 
float is the purchase of 
floral vials. The float will 
be covered with vials of 
yellow roses, the flower 
which indicated support 
for Women’s Right to Vote. 
The names of the donors 
are written on the vials 
and will be placed on the 
float. Anyone can purchase 
and name a vial to honor 
this suffrage victory. Learn 
more about volunteering, 
donating, or participating 
at: pasadenacelebrates2020.

 Boston Court Pasadena presents 
Alexander Miller: TO…OBLIVION 
– Historic Landmarks Around Los 
Angeles on Friday, October 25 at 8pm. 
This multi-media project, conceived 
and performed by Miller, uses electric 
guitar, sound effects and visuals to 
describe six seminal landmarks in 
the Los Angeles area that have been 
either indelibly altered or destroyed. 
This will be the first time his album, 
TO…OBLIVION is performed live in 
a concert setting, in its entirety.

 The landmarks include places such 
as the Dunbar Hotel, the Zanja Madre 
and the Belmont Tunnel, among 
others. These locations are symbols 
of larger issues that have shaped the 
city, such as race, water access, or 
public transportation’s impact on the 
development of the city. The suite of 
songs is named for a banner from the 
last of the Red Car subway cars to 
carry passengers, moving through the 
Belmont Tunnel.

 In an interview with New Classic 
LA Miller expands on the multi-
media aspect of the performance, 
“To….Oblivion is a solo electric 
guitar, with electronics and a video 
slideshow. The electronics include 
both live processing of the guitar as 
well as recorded sounds which aim to 
capture an impression of the acoustic 
environment of each site.”

 Miller explained the process of 
exploring the landmarks for his 
album to LAist, “I needed to hear the 
sounds before fully committing to 
each of these locations, to make sure 
that they would really resonate and 
speak to me. You’re often just working 
in isolation in a room, and just 
imagining sounds, and hoping that 
they’ll reach someone outside of that 
room one day. [It] was an adventure.

 For tickets and more information, 
please visit: 
or call 626.683.6801.

 Alexander Elliott Miller is a 
composer and guitarist whose music 
has been described as “deceptively 
laid back in an LA way…inventive….
unconventional” (Mark Swed, LA 
Times), and “wild…unearthly…
lyrical…a voice worth listening to” 
(San Francisco Classical Voice).

 His compositions have been 
performed at Carnegie Hall and 
London’s Mile End Art Pavilion; 
he has collaborated with Grammy 
nominated musicians including 
pianists Vicki Ray, Aron Kallay 
and soprano Tony Arnold, and had 
works performed by ensembles and 
organizations such as HOCKET, 
Juventas New Music Ensemble, 
Earplay New Chamber Music, the 
Boston New Music Initiative, the Los 
Angeles Percussion Quartet, Panic 
Duo and Duo Montagnard among 
others. His compositions have been 
presented on the programs of many 
California based venues and series 
including San Francisco’s Center for 
New Music, Hot Air Festival and 
ODC Theatre, and Los Angeles’ Piano 
Spheres, Tuesdays at Monk Space, 
Hear Now Festival, Synchromy, 
People Inside Electronics, Carlsbad 
Music Festival, Microfest and the 
LA Conservancy. He has received 
honors including a MacDowell 
Colony Fellowship, Earplay Donald 
Aird Composers Award, a Definiens 
C3 Commission and the CAPMT 
Commissioned Composer Award. 

 His album TO….OBLIVION: 
Historic Landmarks Around Los 
Angeles was released in the fall of 2018, 
receiving local profiles in the LAist 
and Long Beach Press Telegram; the 
work is a collection of pieces inspired 
by six lost landmarks in LA, each of 
some social significance, performed 
by Miller on electric guitar, with 
sound effects and a slideshow video. 

 Miller is on the faculty of California 
State University Long Beach, where 
he teaches music theory, composition 
and musicianship at the Bob Cole 
Conservatory of Music. 

 The 2019 Fall Music Series is 
sponsored by Elaine Kramer & Al 
Latham. Additional sponsors include 
Sandy Greenstein, Diane Henderson, 
Tom Jacobson & Ramone Muñoz, 
Eileen T’Kaye & David Bischoff, Liza 
Beres, Bill Kennedy, Robert Leventer 
& Jenna Blaustein, Sarah Lyding 
and Michael Welsh. Additional 
generous support provided by The 
Colburn Foundation, The City of 
Pasadena, Pasadena Showcase House 
for the Arts and the Peter Glenville 



During the past few weeks, staff has been monitoring Assembly Bill 5 (“AB 5”) in the California State Leg-islature, which 
aims to transform the gig economy by reclassifying “independent contractors” as employ-ees. AB 5 seeks to radically 
alter the environment and context in which certain companies operate, which would have the impact of creating significant 
new operating cost increases. Among the companies that would be impacted include Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and 
DoorDash, along with any other industries that rely on the use of independent contractors to operate.

On September 10, 2019, California State Legislature formally passed AB 5. The measure was adopted by the State Senate 
by a vote of 29-11, and the State Assembly voted to ratify the legislation by a 56-15 margin. Also of note, Governor 
Newsom has stated that he will sign the bill into law, and the new regula-tions will take effect January 1, 2020.

From a Monrovia-centric perspective, this new bill will have an impact on our GoMonrovia operation. By forcing companies 
like Lyft and Uber to transition drivers (who are currently classified as independent contractors) into employees, 
experts have indicated that labor costs for both companies could increase by $800 million annually. This will almost 
undoubtedly translate into increased costs for passengers, and given the current transit model we have deployed in Monrovia, 
approval of AB 5 means that we are likely going to see higher program costs in 2020.

Currently, based on the pricing model that we’ve developed for GoMonrovia ($0.50 – Old Town & Station Square & 
Hospitals // $2.50 – Shared Ride Anywhere in Monrovia // $5.00 – Classic Ride Anywhere in Monrovia), the overall 
program is fiscally sustainable, with projected Lyft costs falling right in line with our identified transportation revenues 
of $1.2 million / year. 

However, given the approval of AB 5, staff believes that the City should consider instituting a relatively minor GoMonrovia 
rider fare cost increase at this time. Given that AB 5 introduces significant uncertainty for the gig economy, and by 
extension Lyft, staff believes that the best way to address that uncertainty would be to create financial breathing room for 
the overall program. In that way, if Lyft is impacted in the future by AB 5, the financial flexibility that we create now will 
give us more options for assessing future challenges that we will no doubt have to address.

Based on analysis conducted by staff, we are recommending that the following program fare modifica-tions be implemented, 
as outlined below:

$1.00 / Shared ride for any ride to / from Old Town and the Gold Line Station

• This constitutes a $0.50 fare increase.

$3.00 / Shared ride anywhere else in the service area

• This constitutes a $0.50 fare increase.

$5.00 / Classic ride anywhere in the service area

• This constitutes no change in rider fare

Based on our analysis to date, staff is recommending that the new pricing take effect November 1, 2019. Furthermore, 
by implementing this pricing shift, staff has identified that overall program costs will decrease by around $180,000 / year, 
which will help create some financial breathing room to offset the anticipated future cost increase that will result as a 
result of the approval of AB 5.

This matter will be reviewed and considered by the City Council this coming Tuesday

For the period of Sunday, September 8th, through Saturday, September 14th, the 
Police Department responded to 1,034 calls for service, of which 110 required 
formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, September 8:

1. Shortly before 3:51 p.m., an officer responded to JCPenney, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. The Loss Prevention Officer witnessed 
three Hispanic females steal a total of $272.62 worth of merchandise. The females 
fled in white Nissan Sentra. The investigation is ongoing. 
2. At approximately 6:26 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection of 
South Santa Anita Avenue and El Dorado Street regarding an animal bite. The 
officer discovered a small dog bit a man on his leg causing minor breaks to the 
skin and bruising. The victim refused medical attention. 

Monday, September 9:

3. Just after 7:58 a.m., an officer responded to 7-Eleven, 102 East 
Huntington Drive, regarding a theft report. An investigation revealed the 
suspect stole the victim’s unattended backpack from Springhill Suites on 99 
North Second Avenue before leaving the stolen backpack at 7-Eleven. The 
victim recovered all of his stolen items. The suspect is described as a white male, 
between 30 and 40-years-old, with a blonde ponytail and crooked teeth. The 
investigation is ongoing. 
4. At approximately 1:20 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 
1100 block of Panorama Drive regarding an attempted residential burglary 
report. A witnessed saw two suspicious males walking onto the lawn of a 
neighboring residence. As the witnessed then took a photo of their vehicle, the 
suspicious males returned to their vehicle and fled. The subjects are described as 
black males wearing hooded sweatshirts. They fled in a silver Chevrolet Impala. 
The investigation is ongoing. 

Tuesday, September 10:

5. Around 8:45 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 2400 block 
of South Baldwin Avenue regarding a theft from vehicle report. The victim 
discovered her gym bag had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle sometime 
during the previous night. No suspects were seen and no witnesses were 
6. Just before 12:49 p.m., an officer responded to the 24 Hour Fitness parking 
lot, 125 North First Avenue, regarding a vehicle burglary report. An investigation 
revealed an unknown suspect smashed the victim’s car window and fled with 
miscellaneous paperwork. No suspects were seen and no witnesses were located. 

Wednesday, September 11:

7. At about 9:58 a.m., an officer responded to an apartment complex in the 
400 block of Fairview Avenue regarding a vandalism report. A residence reported 
an unknown male suspect damaged landscape lighting and threw patio furniture 
into the pool. The suspect is described as an Asian male in his mid-30’s with thick 
dark hair. The investigation is ongoing. 
8. Shortly after 11:14 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 
700 block of West Naomi Avenue regarding a vandalism report. The officer 
determined an unknown suspect damaged the community mailbox by prying it 
open. Two of the mail slots were empty. No suspects were seen and no witnesses 
were located. 

Thursday, September 12:

9. Before 7:33 a.m., an officer responded to Arco Gas Station, 625 Las 
Tunas Drive, regarding a theft report. Surveillance footage revealed two male 
suspects cut the lock to the propane tank locker and stole six propane tanks. 
They fled in an older model, sedan, brown or tan in color. The investigation is 
10. Around 5:25 p.m., an officer responded to Extended Stay, 401 East 
Santa Clara Street, regarding a stolen vehicle report. The suspect, who had just 
met the victim the night prior, was left alone in the victim’s vehicle with the keys 
while the victim returned to the hotel room to get something. When the victim 
returned to her vehicle, the suspect had fled. The suspect is described as a white 
female with black hair and green eyes. The investigation is ongoing. 

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