Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 20, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 20, 2020 

The Huntington Library to 
Reopen Gardens July 1

Summer Day 
Camp Returns

The City of Pasadena Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department will 
offer summer day camp 
for Pasadena residents and 
Pasadena Unified School 
District students at seven 
parks throughout the city 
from Monday, July 6, through 
Friday, August 7.

 Camp will be offered 
Monday through Friday at 
Robinson Park, Victory Park, 
and Villa-Parke centers from 
8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for children 
ages 5 to 12. Half-day camps 
will be offered at Central, 
McDonald, and Washington 
Parks from noon until 5 p.m., 
and at La Pintoresca Park 
from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for 
children ages 7 to 12. The La 
Pintoresca Teen Education 
Center will offer teen-specific 
programming Monday 
through Friday from noon 
until 5 p.m. for children ages 
12 to 17.

 COVID-19 protocols 
based on guidance from 
the Pasadena Public Health 
Department will be in place. 
These include screening for 
symptoms, limited group 
sizes, physical distancing, and 
the use of face coverings. To 
the extent possible, siblings 
will be assigned to the same 
group. Programming will 
include sports and fitness 
activities, arts and crafts, 
dance, enrichment activities, 
and more.

 Fees for camp 2020 have 
been reduced to $25 per 
week for camps taking place 
at recreation centers, and a 
one-time $25 fee for outdoor 
camps at parks. Camps 
will enroll between 30 and 
40 children per week, and 
scholarships are available. 
Registration is being done 
through a lottery system, 
which opens on Thursday, 
June 18, and closes on 
Wednesday, June 23. Register 
on the Parks, Recreation 
and Community Services 
Department website to 
participate in the lottery, or 
call (626) 744-6500 Monday 
through Friday from 8 a.m. to 
5 p.m.

 “We’re thrilled to be able 
to offer summer day camp 
this summer,” says Brenda 
Harvey-Williams, director 
of the Parks, Recreation 
and Community Services 
Department. “After distance 
learning and the cancellation 
of sports and recreation 
programming, we know our 
local kids are ready to get 
back to play.”

 For more information visit:

The Huntington Library, 
Art Museum, and Botanical 
Gardens announced this week 
that after more than three 
months of closure as a result 
of the COVID-19 pandemic, it 
will reopen most of its 130 acres 
of gardens—with sweeping new 
safety measures in place—on 
July 1 to visitors with advance 
tickets (and now to Huntington 
members with advance tickets). 
During July and August, The 
Huntington will also be open 
on Tuesdays, historically a day 
it has been closed, and will 
offer special evening hours 
on certain dates during the 
summer months in order to 
expand its more restricted 
capacity due to COVID-19. In 
July, there will be two monthly 
free days, instead of only one, to 
facilitate broader public access 
to The Huntington’s popular 
outdoor spaces. 

 Such high-touch areas as the 
Children’s Garden and The Rose 
Hills Foundation Conservatory 
for Botanical Science, as well as 
the galleries and other indoor 
spaces, will remain closed 
during the summer months but 
are expected to reopen in the 
fall. The Huntington’s research 
library also remains closed.

 Those who wish to visit The 
Huntington beginning on July 
1 (or now if a member) will be 
required to secure an online 
ticket in advance at huntington.
org. Due to Los Angeles 
County guidelines for physical 
distancing as well as group 
gatherings, only 1,500 tickets 
for regular daytime visitors 
will be available each day, 
representing about a third of 
the average number visiting on 
a busy spring day. All visitors 
will be required to comply 
with such COVID-related 
safety measures as wearing face 
coverings and being screened 
for symptoms, including a 
temperature check.

 “The Huntington is a resilient 
institution, staffed with 
energetic and extraordinarily 
dedicated people who have 
worked nonstop to stay in touch 
with our diverse audiences and 
get us to the point of reopening 
in a safe way," said Huntington 
President Karen Lawrence. 
"We have spent considerable 
time developing our safety 
protocols to protect our staff, 
our members, and the public. 
We know our visitors can’t wait 
to walk our paths again, and 
we can’t wait to welcome them 

 Visitors coming to The 
Huntington will be able to 
experience a small portion 
of the expanded area in the 
Chinese Garden on the north 
side of the lake. Slated for 
completion in the fall, the 
total expansion project will 
constitute about nine acres 
featuring new landscape, paths, 
pavilions, two galleries, and a 

 For ticketing and visitor 
information visit: huntington.

Photos courtesy of Pasadena Fire

By Dean Lee

 Pasadena fire investigators 
were looking into possible arson 
after a Salvation Army Donation 
Center went up in frames 
Wednesday sending massive 
flames and smoke into the air 
seen for miles. Thousands of 
pounds of donated goods were 

 According to Battalion Chief Bill 
Cuskey firefighters responded 
to the donation center 56 W. 
Del Mar Blvd. shortly before 
12:30 p.m. Firefighters found 
smoke and fire 
from the rear 
of the building 
off the Waverly 
Dr. service 

Public Information Officer Lisa 
Derderian said about 20 people 
evacuated the Salvation Army 
Thrift Store next door to the 

 Derderian said donated goods 
had been piling outside since 
the thrift store shutdown in 
March over COVID-19. The 
store had reopened May 22. She 
said it was lucky the blaze did 
not spread to nearby buildings, 
including a school.

 “The aggressive firefighting 
stance contained the spread of 
fire and was isolated without 
extending to surrounding 
structures,” Cuskey said. 

 Due to the large amount of 
storage and overhaul needed, 
bulldozers and other heavy 
equipment were used, he said. 

 Assisting Agencies included 
San Marino Fire, Arcadia Fire, 
Glendale Fire Department Air 
Utility, South Pasadena Fire and 
Alhambra Fire. 

 One Firefighter fell ill and was 
transported to a nearby hospital. 
The fire was knocked down in 
just under an hour. 

 Officials also cautioned that 
donation centers should know 
their limitations when accepting 
physical goods. Cuskey said 
there were hundreds of large 
boxes of sorted and crated items 
at the center. 

Center Burns 

Raises Golf 
Course Fees

 The Pasadena city council 
approved Monday increasing 
fees at Brookside Golf Course 
citing a need to offset loses after 
the course closed March 19 
due to COVID-19. According 
to city staff and the Rose Bowl 
Operating Company standard 
golf fees will be flexible and 
could go up to $50 and increase 
as high as $90, including golf 
carts, for tournaments and 

 Officials said this is the first 
time fees have increased since 

 “Under this model green fee 
rates will have the flexibility to 
go up or down based on direct 
competition without delay.” 
City staff said. For example, if 
our competition raises their 
green fee by $1, we can act 
quickly (through the RBOC 
Golf Committee) and decide 
in real time if such an increase 
makes sense for Brookside.” 

 According to Darryl Dunn 
RBOC General Manager, 
“The initial goal is to achieve 
approximately a 3 percent 
increase to the green fees. 
This will bring us closer to 
market prices and help to 
offset Brookside’s estimated 
1.5 percent annual expense 
increase for water use, labor, 
etc. It should be noted that the 
initial rate increase will not be a 
uniform increase across all rate 
categories. Instead each rate 
will be evaluated, now and in 
the future, as it compares with 
the rates of the competition 
in the market and changed 
accordingly. This is especially 
true for protecting the youth 
development conducted 
at Brookside through the 
Southern California Golf 
Association and most notably 
being home of The First Tee of 

 The council also approved a 
$1 Capital fee to each green fee. 

 The new fees could bring in 
an additional $135,000 for 
improvements on the golf 
complex and clubhouse. The 
increased revenues would help 
off-set rising RBOC operation 
costs as well as much needed 
Capital Improvements to the 
Brookside facility they said. 

 The increased revenues would 
not include food and beverage 
revenues or merchandise sales. 

New Health Officer Order 
Lets More Sectors Reopen

Tournament of Roses Gives 
Foundation Grant Awards


 City of Pasadena Health 
Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh 
issued last week a revised Safer 
at Home Order in line with 
the next steps in California’s 
phased reopening plan. This 
new phase of reopening aligns 
with neighboring communities, 
moving Southern California 
towards a regional recovery and 
supporting our local businesses, 
many of which are small and 

 The Health Officer Order 
will allow for the following 
sectors to reopen once they 
implement the required 
protocols for infection control 
and distancing:

Gyms and fitness facilities

Pro-league arenas without live 

Day camps

Museums and galleries

Music, film and television 

 Hotels, motels and short-term 
rentals for leisure travel

As with all businesses that 
are permitted to reopen, the 
Health Officer Order contains 
protocols for reopening to 
ensure it is done with as little 
risk as possible for employees, 
customers and residents. 
Employees and visitors to 
these businesses will need 
to wear a cloth face covering 
when around other people and 
practice physical distancing 
of at least 6 feet at all times. It 
is important for everyone to 
follow the directives and to do 
their part every day to reduce 
the spread of COVID-19.

 This step forward does not 
mean the threat of COVID-19 
is gone. Residents must 
continue to practice physical 
distancing, wear cloth face 
coverings, and follow all other 
public health guidelines in 
place. If at any time the city’s 
rate of infection and other key 
metrics demonstrate a rapid 
acceleration of new cases 
that threatens to overwhelm 
the healthcare system, future 
reopenings may be limited or 
reopened sectors may be closed. 
Those with underlying medical 
conditions and those ages 65 
and older are still safer at home.

COVID-19 Testing

 With a growing number of 
COVID-19 community testing 
sites established across the 
state, Pasadena Public Health 
Department urges residents to 
get tested, especially if they have 
COVID-19 symptoms or are at a 
higher risk of either contracting 
the virus or becoming seriously 
ill from COVID-19.

 California has partnered 
with OptumServe and Verily 
to launch more than 100 
testing sites across the state. 
ChapCare’s Kathryn Barger 
Health Center, located at 1595 
N. Lake Ave. in Pasadena, 
is available by appointment 
only Monday through Friday, 
7 a.m. – 7 p.m. To register for 
a test, visit
covidtesting or call (888) 634-
1123. COVID testing is also 
available at other locations, 
including some urgent care 
centers and pharmacies in 
the community. Contact your 
healthcare provider for testing 

 For more information, 
including isolation and 
quarantine guidelines, visit:

 The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Foundation announced 
this week its 2020 grant 
awards totaling over $140,000 
presented to 16 organizations 
in the San Gabriel Valley. These 
grants will support new and 
ongoing programs benefiting 
children, teens, adults and 
seniors. Due to COVID-19, 
many of the grant recipients 
were able to adjust their 
service approach to comply 
with physical distancing, 
while others pivoted their 
programming to meet 
community needs related to the 

 Since its inception, the 
Tournament of Roses 
Foundation has funded 
over $3 million in charitable 
contributions on behalf of 
the Tournament of Roses 
Association. A goal of the 
Foundation is to invest in 
people through sustainable 
programs. This year, two 
$25,000 grants were awarded to 
such organizations: 

 Two-year, $25,000 grant - 
YWCA Pasadena- Foothill 
Valley supporting TechGyrls.

 Single-year, $25,000 grant, 
awarded to the Pasadena-Sierra 
Madre YMCA for their Sports 
and Recreation program.

 The other 14 community 
initiatives received grants in 
the categories of Performing 
and Visual Arts, Sports and 
Recreation, and Education 
(Early Childhood Education, 
Literacy and Science, 
Technology, Engineering 
and Math). In addition, 
the Pasadena Educational 
Foundation (PEF), a 2-year 
grant recipient, received the 
second half of their funds and 
has allocated the $25, 000 to 
provide COVID-19 relief. 

Men Who 
Helped Women 
Win the Vote

Wednesday, June 24 • 4 p.m. 
• Online

 Suffrage activists in the U.S. 
fought long and hard to win 
the vote for half of its citizens 
– women. Did you know that 
there were many men who 
walked shoulder-to-shoulder 
with their mothers, sisters, 
wives and daughters to secure 
the vote for them? We invite 
you to join women’s historians 
Martha Wheelock and Ellen 
Snortland of the National 
Women’s History Alliance,, as they showcase 
the rarely seen men who gave 
their support and votes to the 
women as a natural extension 
of “liberty and justice for all.” 

Sign up at: pasadena.
and you will be provided 
with the link to join in the 

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