Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 7, 2020 

Public Health 

Infant Found Dead in 
Memorial Park Bathroom

 Pasadena police are asking 
for the public’s help, with 
information, after an infant 
girl was discovered deceased 
Thursday night in a restroom 
stall at Memorial Park, 85 East 
Holly Street. 

 Police and paramedics 
responded to the park just after 
10 p.m. where the infant was 
pronounced dead according to 
police. Officers searched the 
area for any witnesses, evidence 
or the mother. 

 The city’s maintenance staff 
found the infant as they were 
getting ready to clean the 
restroom. Los Angeles County 
coroner officials removed the 
body. In a statement, police 
said the girl “appears to have 
been full-term.”

 The cause of death remained 
under investigation.

 Anyone with information 
about this incident is urged to 
call Pasadena Police at (626) 
744-4241. Or anonymously at 
“Crime Stoppers” by dialing 
(800) 222-TIPS (8477). 

City of Pasadena Public 
Health Officer Dr. Ying-
Ying Goh (pictured), on 
Wednesday, declared a Local 
Public Health Emergency to 
empower the City to more 
effectively respond to the 
novel coronavirus disease, 
COVID-19. This declaration 
coincides with actions taken 
by Los Angeles County 
and Long Beach Health 
Department. Currently, there 
are no confirmed cases of 
COVID-19 in Pasadena.

 The declaration of a Local 
Public Health Emergency 
will mobilize City resources, 
accelerate emergency 
planning, streamline staffing, 
coordinate agencies across 
the city, facilitate seeking and 
utilizing mutual aid, and allow 
for future reimbursement 
by the state and federal 

 This declaration does not 
signify an immediate increase 
in risk to the residents of 

 “The City of Pasadena has 
been preparing to address 
cases of COVID-19 and taking 
action to prevent spread,” 
said Dr. Goh. “The Pasadena 
Public Health Department 
has been proactively working 
in coordination with partner 
jurisdictions and state and 
federal agencies to provide 
guidance to health care 
providers, schools and 
businesses, and deliver key 
public health functions 
to mitigate the impact of 

 Steps that individuals can 
take to reduce the risk of 
getting sick with seasonal 
colds or flu can also help 
to prevent COVID-19 if it 
begins to circulate in the 

• Wash hands with soap and 
water for at least 20 seconds; 
if soap and water are not 
available, use an alcohol-
based hand sanitizer;

• Cover your cough or sneeze;

• Stay home if you are sick;

• Get your flu shot to protect 
against influenza; and

• If you have recently returned 
from a country with ongoing 
COVID-19 infections, follow 
public health guidance and 
monitor your health. Call 
your healthcare providers 
and inform them about your 
travel history if you need care.

 You can also prepare for 
possible disruptions to daily 
routines that could be caused 
by COVID-19:

• Make sure you have a supply 
of all essential medications 
for your family;

• Make a child care plan in 
case you or a care giver are 

• Understand your 
employer’s policies regarding 
leave and options for working 
from home;

• Make arrangements for 
how your family will manage 
a school closure; and

• Make a plan for how you 
can care for a sick family 
member without getting sick 

 Dr. Goh will provide a full 
update on local response to 
COVID-19 at the March 9 
Council meeting. For the 
latest information on the 
coronavirus, visit:

Mayoral Race Heads Toward Runoff

Marching Bands Selected 
for the 2021 Rose Parade


 Although mayoral candidate 
and District 5 Councilman 
Victor Gordo, received 1,131 
votes over incumbent Mayor 
Terry Tornek during Tuesday’s 
primary election, it was not 
enough for Gordo to win 
outright –getting 46.14 percent, 
just shy of 50 percent needed to 
avoid a runoff. 

 Gordo declared victory 
Thursday in this election. 

 As of press time, Tornek 
received 41.77 percent with 
10,804 votes. If the numbers 
stand, the two candidates are 
set for a runoff election in 
November. Some mail in and 
provisional ballots have not 
been counted officials said.

 At the last mayor’s candidates 
forum, Gordo said issues around 
immigration were personal.

 “I understand well the need 
to protect our families, I 
understand well this issue of 
not working with the federal 
government to enforce 
immigration laws because 
that’s the role of the federal 
government,” Gordo said 
adding that members of his 
own family, including his 
parents, came to the United 
States undocumented. “Police 
resources in Pasadena should be 
used to address local issues.” 

 During the same forum, 
Tornek took a strong stand on 
homelessness saying he supports 
more permanent housing in the 
civic center for the homeless as 
part of the YWCA restoration. 
He also agreed they should look 
at surplus school properties 
and churches for permanent 
housing. Tornek said he also 
led the way on Hotel/Motel 
conversions to housing. Tornek 
also supported opening up 
parking lots allowing people to 
sleep in cars. 

 The two other mayoral 
candidates, Major Williams and 
Jason Hardin, received single 
digits, with Williams taking 
8.28 percent, or 2,167 votes and 
Hardin getting 3.72 percent or 
962 votes. 

 In related news, City Council 
District 2 candidate Felicia 
Williams won the seat outright 
with 52.09 percent of the vote or 
1,890 votes. 

 “In addition to growing up in 
Pasadena, I have been deeply 
involved for the last 10 years 
and I am ready to put city hall to 
work for the people,” she wrote 
on her website. 

 Williams is currently on the 
city’s Planning Commission 
and has served on the Pasadena 
Center Operating Company 
as Treasurer, as well as, Rose 
Bowl Operating Company 
and Environmental and 
Transportation Advisory 
Commissions. She is also a 
current Pasadena Educational 
Foundation boardmember. 

 Williams will fill the seat 
vacated by Councilmember 
Margaret McAustin who chose 
not to run after serving three 

Felicia Williams

‘Jump Into 

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses® has selected 21 of 
the marching bands that will 
participate in the 132nd Rose 
Parade presented by Honda, 
themed “Dream. Believe. 
Achieve.” The announcement 
of the 2021 Marching Bands 
comes as we celebrate National 
Marching Band Day.

 The bands will travel to 
Pasadena from across the 
United States and around the 
world, including Italy, Japan, 
Panama, Sweden and Taiwan.

 Thousands of performers 
will enjoy the experience of a 
lifetime when they march down 
Colorado Blvd. on January 
1, 2021, each with their own 
unique story.

The bands selected are listed 
below, alphabetically.

 Arcadia Apache Marching 
Band and Color Guard, 
Arcadia, CA

Banda de Musica La Primavera, 
Santiago, Veraguas, Panama

Bands of America Honor Band, 
United States

The Pride of Broken Arrow, 
Broken Arrow, OK

Downingtown Blue and Gold 
Marching Band, Downingtown, 

Georgia State University 
Panther Band, Atlanta, GA

Gibson County Tennessee 
Mass Band, Dyer, TN

Hebron Marching Band, 
Carrollton, TX

Homewood Patriot Band, 
Homewood, AL

Los Angeles Unified School 
District – All District High 
School Honor Band ,Los 
Angeles, CA

Mira Mesa High School 
“Sapphire Sound” Marching 
Band and Color Guard, San 
Diego, CA

O’Fallon Township High 
School Marching Panthers, 
O’Fallon, IL

Pasadena City College 
Tournament of Roses Honor 
Band and Herald Trumpets, 
Pasadena, CA (pictured above).

Royal Swedish Cadet Band, 
Karlskrona, Sweden

The Salvation Army 
Tournament of Roses Band, 
Los Angeles, CA

St. Ursula Eichi Sendai Honor 
Band, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan

Marching Band, Honor Guards 
and Color Guards of Taipei 
First Girls High School, Taipei, 
Taiwan, Republic of China

Tennessee State University 
Aristocrat of Bands, Nashville, 

Triuggio Marching Band, 
Triuggio, Monza and Brianza, 

United States Marine Corps 
West Coast Composite Band, 
MCRD, San Diego and Camp 
Pendleton, CA

Waukee Warrior Regiment, 
Waukee, IA

 Bands are selected by 
volunteer members of the 
Tournament of Roses based on 
a variety of criteria including 
musicianship, marching ability 
and entertainment or special 
interest value. In addition to 
marching in the five-and-a-
half-mile Rose Parade on New 
Year’s Day, bands also perform 
in one of three Bandfest events 
scheduled for December 29 
and 30, 2020 at Pasadena City 
College. Two bands will be 
added to the line-up when the 
universities participating in the 
College Football Semifinal at 
the 107th Rose Bowl Game are 
determined in December.

 Bands who would like to 
participate in the 2022 Rose 
Parade are encouraged to 
apply through an online 
application, available now 
on the Tournament of Roses 
website: tournamentofroses.

 The City of Pasadena invites 
residents to “Jump Into Census” 
today, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Villa-
Parke Community Center, 363 
East Villa Street. Residents will 
be able to get answers to their 
questions about the upcoming 
census count while enjoying 
live entertainment, crafts, 
games, and giveaways. The 
first 150 visitors to the City’s 
census table will score a ticket 
to receive a free lunch from the 
on-site Pie‘n Burger food truck. 
Residents will also get a sneak 
peek at the City’s summer 
programming—including day 
camps, aquatics, and summer 
reading—at this free family 

 Pasadena residents—both 
citizens and non-citizens—
are required to respond to 
the 2020 census. Responses 
will be used to determine 
the annual distribution of 
over $675 billion in federal 
support for vital community 
services. Data collected from 
this year’s census count will 
also determine the number of 
representatives California gets 
in Congress.

 In mid-March, Pasadena 
households will begin receiving 
invitations in their mailboxes 
from the U.S. Census Bureau 
to respond to the 2020 census 
questionnaire. Responses can 
be submitted online, over the 
phone, or by mail. On average, it 
takes no more than 10 minutes 
to complete the questionnaire. 
Responses are confidential 
and protected by federal law; 
they cannot be shared with law 
enforcement, courts, or any 
other government agency. 

 In addition to Jump Into 
Census, the City is hosting 
the following family-friendly 
census events in March.

Community Census Fair | 
Saturday, March 14, noon-
3 p.m. | Community Arms 
Apartments, 151 E. Orange 
Grove Blvd.

Census Block Party | Saturday, 
March 21, 2-6 p.m. | Boys & 
Girls Club, 2020 N. Fair Oaks 

Community Census Fair | 
Saturday, March 28, noon-
3 p.m. | Kings Villages 
Apartments, 1141 N. Fair Oaks 

 For more information 
about the 2020 census visit: or 
call (626) 744-7311.

Middle School Student 
Names Next Mars Rover


 NASA chose seventh-grader 
from Virginia as winner of the 
agency’s “Name the Rover” essay 
contest. Alexander Mather’s 
(pictured middle) entry for 
“Perseverance” was voted tops 
among 28,000 entries---NASA’s 
next Mars rover has a new name 
— Perseverance.

 The name was announced 
Thursday by Thomas 
Zurbuchen, associate 
administrator of the Science 
Mission Directorate, during a 
celebration at Lake Braddock 
Secondary School in Burke, 
Virginia. Zurbuchen was at the 
school to congratulate seventh 
grader Alexander Mather, who 
submitted the winning entry to 
the agency’s “Name the Rover” 
essay contest, which received 
28,000 entries from K-12 
students from every U.S. state 
and territory.

 “Alex’s entry captured the spirit 
of exploration,” said Zurbuchen. 
“Like every exploration mission 
before, our rover is going to 
face challenges, and it’s going 
to make amazing discoveries. 
It’s already surmounted many 
obstacles to get us to the 
point where we are today — 
processing for launch. Alex and 
his classmates are the Artemis 
Generation, and they’re going 
to be taking the next steps into 
space that lead to Mars. That 
inspiring work will always 
require perseverance. We can’t 
wait to see that nameplate on 

 Perseverance is the latest 
in a long line of Red Planet 
rovers to be named by school-
age children, from Sojourner 
in 1997 to the Spirit and 
Opportunity rovers, which 
landed on Mars in 2004, to 
Curiosity, which has been 
exploring Mars since 2012. 
In each case, the name was 
selected following a nationwide 

 “This was a chance to help 
the agency that put humans 
on the Moon and will soon do 
it again,” said Mather. “This 
Mars rover will help pave the 
way for human presence there, 
and I wanted to try and help in 
any way I could. Refusal of the 
challenge was not an option.”

 The rover naming contest 
partnership was part of a Space 
Act Agreement in educational 
and public outreach efforts 
between NASA, Battelle 
of Columbus, Ohio, and 
Future Engineers of Burbank, 
California. Amazon Web 
Services is an additional prize 
provider for the Mars 2020 
naming contest and will provide 
Alex and his family a trip to see 
the launch.

 Mars 2020 is part of a larger 
program that includes missions 
to the Moon as a way to prepare 
for human exploration of the 
Red Planet. Charged with 
landing the first woman and the 
next man on the Moon by 2024, 
NASA will establish a sustained 
human presence on and around 
the Moon by 2028 through 
NASA’s Artemis program.

 For more information about 
the mission, go to: mars.nasa.

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