Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 30, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 30, 2020 


L.A. County Road to Recovery Moves Forward With State Approval

Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in 
restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards as Los Angeles 
County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

The State of California today approved the County’s request for a variance 
to state guidelines because the County has met the necessary 
public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy 
and community to begin serving residents.

The County has demonstrated that it has controlled the spread of the 
virus, and is protecting residents and essential workers. Hospital testing 
and contact tracing capacity are appropriate in response to the outbreak. 
Los Angeles County is now in the advanced stages of Phase 2 of 
the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

This new phase of Los Angeles County’s reopening better aligns the 
County with neighboring counties, moving Southern California towards 
a regional recovery and supporting our service-oriented businesses, 
many of which are small and locally owned It’s a testament 
to the efforts of residents who adhered to the Safer At Home order, 
practiced physical distancing and wore cloth face coverings.

“This is an important milestone for Los Angeles County as we transition 
to being Safer at Work and Safer in our Communities and move 
forward in our path of reopening and recovery,” said Supervisor Kathryn 
Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. “I 
am grateful to our state and local leaders for their partnership and collaboration 
in supporting the residents and businesses of Los Angeles 

However, this step forward doesn’t mean the threat of COVID-19 is 
gone. Residents must continue to practice physical distancing, wear 
cloth face coverings and follow public health guidelines in place.

If at any time, the County’s rate of infection and other key metrics 
return to unsafe numbers, the Department of Public Health can limit 
or close reopened sectors.

“We are only able to take this important step forward because everyone 
did their part. As we move along in our progress to reopen, let’s 
continue to keep our guard up. This highly contagious virus hasn’t disappeared; 
it is still out there, imposing a real threat to our communities. 
We cannot go back to business as usual,” said Supervisor Hilda 
L. Solis. “I urge everyone to continue doing their part by abiding by 
physical distancing and face covering requirements and by adhering 
to our new public health directives for reopened businesses. While our 
measure to reopen will provide economic relief to our workers and 
small businesses, extreme caution must be taken to prevent another 
spike in confirmed cases and fatalities. We must remember that our 
communities of color have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-
19, and they will likely continue to bear the brunt if the coronavirus 
comes back with a vengeance.”

“This is a fine line that we’re walking in the County of Los Angeles, 
“said Supervisor Janice Hahn. “We are threading the needle between 
keeping the public safe and allowing our economy to reopen.”

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and we all should 
do our part to help them stay open safely,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-
Thomas said. “But we are absolutely not out of the woods yet, so we 
must continue to protect our health and those of everyone around us. 
Following public health directives is critical as we go back to work, 
dine in at our favorite restaurants, and make that long-awaited trip to 
the barber or salon.”

“Like my colleagues I am happy that so many will return to work and 
familiar activities. Still, I cannot overemphasize the importance of the 
public’s role in making these next steps a success,” said Supervisor 
Sheila Kuehl. “People must continue to physically distance, wear face 
covers, and wash their hands often. If not, our cases and hospitalizations 
are likely to rise dramatically, forcing us to consider reducing 
access in order to protect public health.”

Dining in restaurants and getting a haircut will be a different experience 
than we’re used to. Just as is required for all out-of-home activities, 
clients and staff will have to practice physical distancing and 
wear cloth face coverings. There will be limited capacity and enhanced 
cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

Key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and 
in-person restaurant dining are below:

Barbershops and hair salons

• Physical distancing measures will be in place.

• Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including 
cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their 

• Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings 
while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear 
face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere 
with the hair service.

• Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.

• Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment 
systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers 
should come with exact cash payment or check, if available.

• Stylists may only serve one client at a time.

For the detailed protocols visit:

Personal grooming that is still closed, or prohibited, at this time:

• Nail salons

• Spa services, including massage, facials and waxing

In-person dining in restaurants

• Physical distancing measures will be in place.

• Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including 
cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a 

• Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.

• Reservations will be encouraged.

• Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or 
outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.

• Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.

• Bar areas will be closed.

• Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three 

For the detailed protocol visit:

Los Angeles County is under a Safer At Work And In The Community 
order and public and private gatherings of people outside of a single 
household unit are not permitted except for public protests and faith-
based services, which are permitted to operate with limits on the number 
of participants.

Everyone must continue to follow physical distancing and infection 
control protocols and wear a cloth face covering when in contact with 
others not in your household.

Still closed are:

• Gyms and fitness centers

• Beach piers

• Indoor entertainment venues including arcades, bowling alleys, 
movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, 
arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals

• Indoor museums, galleries and zoos

• Click here for a detailed list of what’s open and closed in L.A. 

The new openings are part of a phased progression guiding the safe 
resumption of public life in Los Angeles County, including the resumption 
and reopenings that include: in-person faith-based services, in-
store shopping at retail stores, bike paths, drive-in movies and other 
recreational pursuits. The Los Angeles County Department of Public 
Health will amend its Health Officer Order accordingly.

Enrollment for Creative Arts Group Online June Session is open!

Classes begin next week (the week of June 1st).


Visit to browse our current offerings of classes for adults and teens. The Online June Session classes start 
the week of June 1st and are filling quickly!

We look forward to a time when we can be together in person. Until LA County opens up again, we are grateful to still be able 
to offer the art classes you know and look forward to online. No longer in the area? No problem! All of our Online June Session 
courses are offered through Zoom so you are welcome where ever you are.

Have a question? Don't hesitate to reach out to us. We have still have limited time in the office, but if you leave a message, we 
will get back to you as soon as we can.

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


It was a cold and rainy night but I set my mind to patio dining. So just this past week I visited an old friend, Celestino’s 
on South Lake. It’s right there for the entire world to see, but for some reason I continue to pass by on a daily basis. 
Thankfully my assignment for the week was to find the best of the best of the Italian restaurant family in the Pasadena 
area. Well, I found it in Celestino’s. Truly a gem in Pasadena. Where do I start, food or service. 

Let’s start with the service. I was just a bit early for my dinner companion, I thought I was in a day spa, not sure 
who the servers were or the busboys but the attention was superb, 
water? Ice tea? Glass of wine? I wasn’t like I was the only one in the 
restaurant. The restaurant has a front patio that is covered, a main 
dining room and two areas that can be used for private parties and 
any overflow, plus the covered patio area in the back. For dinner, this 
place was busy; I think my trend of fancy dinners instead of lunch 
is catching on. Right off the bat I will tell you that Calestino’s looks , 
and you know I was looking around to be a business type of dinner 
spot, not to say I didn’t notice two local Real Estate Agents having a 
Martini, I imagine either celebrating or drowning their sorrows. The 
restaurant itself is pure Italian , there is a service bar, big enough to 
have a drink at while you are waiting for the table and through out the restaurant the walls are covered in paintings all 
representing the Italian Coast, yes of course white linen tables cloth and flowers.

Chef and partner Calogero Dragohas set up the menu for that Italian Countryside feeling. Yes, we got some very 
warm and crusty sourdough bread with Oil. Keep in mind this lunch, but Chef Drago did sneak in a few dinner 
specials. For starters Insalata Frutti Di Mare, for you only English speaking readers that is a mixed seafood salad 
with plenty of mussels, clams, calamari rings andshrimp. Next up, a dish that if you have been following my column I 
have to order everytime, Calamari Fritti, Celestino’s has the rings and the tentacles, yummy !!Okay now that we have 
committed ourselves to dinner let me share with you the great food that I had. When I see Gnocchi on the menu I 
order it, and if the first twenty minutes were any indication on how the meal was going to be, I knew the Gnocchi was 
going to be great, it was, layered with a lobster sauce and peppers this ws the beginning of a beautiful relationship, but 
wait there is more food on its way. I asked the Chef for half portions, and I was beginning to think he didn’t believe me 
next up was the Pappardelle con Mezzenzane e Scamorza Affumicate, translation. Fettuccini w/eggplant and smoked 
Mozzarella. For those of you who are calling Celestino’s right now for a reservation, I don’t blame you, but there is 
more, our server , brought us a out from the menu a Mushroom Soufflé with Fontana cheese and black truffles, I have 
just returned from heaven in time to try the Rack of Lamb on fresh mint. My head spun around as my server forced 
us to try the dessert, Canola that was terrific. Don’t let the menu translation scare you, Celestino’s with the service and 
the food is arguably the best that I have had in some time. 

Dinner prices I feel are reasonable, if you have a little extra dough to spend, there are over 200 wines by the bottle, 
many of them familiar names. For business or catching up with a friend I recommend lunch, for a night on the town 
or a romantic dinner I recommend dinner.

Join me this Sunday afternoon on AM 830 KLAA my guest is Gregg Smith owner of Parkway Grille

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