Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 15, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 15, 2020 

2020CENSUS.GOVConnect with us 
@uscensusbureauFor more information:
D-FS-GP-EN-023 May 4, 20202020 Census Operational 
Adjustments Due to COVID-19The 2020 Census is underway, and more than 
half of the households across America have 
responded and more are responding every day. 
Online, phone, and mailed self-responses will 
continue throughout the data collection pro-
cess. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. 
Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census opera-
tions in order to:
• Protect the health and safety of the American 
public and Census Bureau employees.
• Implement guidance from federal, state, and 
local authorities regarding COVID-19.
• Ensure a complete and accurate count of all 
The Office of Management and Budget and the 
Office of Personnel Management have provided 
federal agencies with guidelines for resum-
ing operations on an epidemiologically sound, 
data-driven basis, adhering to the latest federal, 
state, and local guidance. The Census Bureau 
continues to monitor the changing conditions at 
the state and local level, and in consultation with 
the appropriate officials, update its planned start 
dates for selected operations in selected states. 
The information the Census Bureau receives 
daily from FEMA and state and local authorities 
guides Census Bureau decisions on timing. As a 
result, selected field operations will resume on a 
phased schedule on a geographic basis.
Under the adjusted 2020 Census operational 
plan, the Census Bureau is conducting a series 
of preparatory activities so we are fully ready to 
resume field activities as we continue to advance 
the mission of the 2020 Census to ensure a 
complete and accurate count. In-person activ-
ities, including enumeration, office work, and 
processing activities, will always incorporate the 
most current guidance from authorities to ensure 
the health and safety of the public and Census 
Bureau employees.
Activity/OperationOriginal ScheduleNew ScheduleSelf-Response Phase (online, phone, mail)March 12–July 31March 12–October 31Group Quarters (e-Response and Paper 
April 2–June 5April 2–September 3Update Leave—StatesideMarch 15–April 17Selected Area Census 
Offices starting May 4Update Leave—Puerto RicoMarch 15–April 17Needs further review and 
coordination with outside 
partners and stakeholders. 
Update EnumerateMarch 16–April 30June 14–July 29In-Person Group Quarters EnumerationApril 2–June 5July 1–September 3Mobile Questionnaire AssistanceMarch 30–July 31Needs further review and 
coordination with outside 
partners and stakeholders. 

Duarte, CA - Councilmember John Fasana announced 
that after 33 years of serving on the Duarte City Council, 
he will not seek reelection in November.

Friday, August 7th was the last day he could have filed 
papers for re-election. Fasana shared the news with his 
colleagues and residents at the June 23rd virtual City 
Council meeting that he would not be seeking reelection.

"I wanted to take that moment to focus on encouraging 
residents living in District 2 to come forward as candidates," 
stated Fasana. "Serving one's community is an 
honor and privilege, but it takes preparation and a substantial 
time commitment. Running for office is a big 

After moving to Duarte with his wife Kris in 1985, Fasana was first elected to the Duarte City 
Council in November 1987 and was re-elected in subsequent elections. Since Duarte adopted 
council districts in 2018, Fasana has represented District 2. Serving as Mayor first in 1990 and 
five other times during his tenure, Fasana worked to promote transportation, community services, 
and environmental protection issues in Duarte.

"Duarte has advanced enormously from Councilmember Fasana's outstanding leadership, especially 
in the area of transportation which has not only benefited our residents, but improved 
Los Angeles County as a whole," said Mayor Samuel Kang. "I know I speak for the entire City 
Council in thanking him for his exemplary public service. His expertise and professionalism 
have been transformative to Duarte and the San Gabriel Valley."

Fasana has represented the San Gabriel Valley on the Los Angeles County Metro Board since 
Metro's inception in 1993 and served as the Metro Board Chair in 2001-2002 and 2016-2017. 
During his tenure on the Metro Board, Fasana worked with colleagues in Sacramento and 
Washington, D.C. to obtain several billion dollars for critically needed multimodal congestion 
relief projects, including establishment of Metro Express Lanes. Fasana's policy direction led to 
the establishment of the Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board that built the Gold 
Line light-rail station in Duarte and extension to Azusa that began serving customers in March 
2016. He also secured funds to build soundwalls that help mitigate noise for Duarte residents 
and students adjacent to Interstate 210.

Notably, Fasana has advocated for youth programs, serving on the Duarte Education Foundation 
and local YMCA boards. Over the years, he and his colleagues worked together to open the 
Duarte Teen Center, build new parks, and develop a new middle school and performing arts 

"Stepping aside as City Councilmember for this community was a hard decision," said Fasana. 
"However, it is time. I am grateful for the leadership of my colleagues, the professionalism of city 
staff, and the trust of our residents. I will always cherish my time on the City Council but look 
forward to being a resident on the other side of the dais. I thank Duarte voters for their support 
through the years. Duarte has a bright future and will benefit from a fresh perspective on the 
City Council."

In 2015, Fasana retired from his Regulatory Project Manager position with Southern California 
Edison after 35 years of service. He is a graduate of Whittier College. Fasana and his wife have 
three adult children and two sons-in-law.

The deadline to file election papers for residents interested in running for the District 2 seat is 
tomorrow, Wednesday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m. Nomination papers may be obtained from the Office 
of the City Clerk by the candidate. Due to the restrictions pertaining to the pandemic, City 


Donate Blood at the 
South Pasadena Library

Plastic Bag Ban Still in 
Effect in South Pasadena

Pet of the 

 Friendly reminder to all – the 
plastic bag ban is still in effect! As 
a cautionary measure to protect 
front-line workers, Governor 
Newsom signed an executive 
order in April 2020 to put a 
60-day pause on California’s 
single-use plastic bag ban. 
Although the suspension did 
not apply to municipalities 
with their own local bag ban 
like South Pasadena, many 
South Pasadena stores followed 
state procedures and halted the 
use of reusable bags and started 
using single-use plastic bags 
instead. This suspension has 
since expired and the plastic 
bag ban is in full force. Here’s 
what you can do to protect 
yourself from the virus and 
protect the planet from the 
avalanche of plastic being used:

 Ask for paper bags instead 
of plastic. Covid-19 has been 
found to last longer on plastic 
than paper.

 Bring your own reusable bag, 
but be prepared to bag your 
own groceries. Make sure to be 
courteous of the people around 
you and bag your groceries 
quickly, outside of the line, or 
leave your groceries in your 
cart and bag them by your car.

 By working together, we can 
ensure that essential front-line 
workers are safe and that we are 
continuing to live as sustainably 
as possible. We are all in this 

 The South Pasadena 
Library will partner with 
the American Red Cross 
on a blood drive Tuesday, 
August 25. Appointments 
will be available between 
1:00 and 7:00 p.m. Visit and 
search for SOPASLIB to 
book an appointment today. 
This will be the Library’s 
third blood drive during the 
COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to 
the generosity of donors we 
have already collected 196 

Nine-year-old Barney 
probably spent his entire life 
up until now on the streets, 
and now he's ready to live 
that cozy indoor life. Even 
though Barney isn't used to 
being around humans, he'll 
still meow and approach 
people briefly. We can't say 
for sure whether he'll ever be 
a lap cat, but with patience 
and love, Barney still has 
so much potential to be a 
wonderful pet. His fur may 
be a bit ragged, but his eyes 
are as bright as his future!

 The adoption fee for cats is 
$90. All cat adoptions include 
spay or neuter, microchip, 
and age-appropriate 

 New adopters will receive a 
complimentary health-and-
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information about how to 
care for your pet.

 View photos of adoptable 
pets at 
and fill out an online adoption 
application. Adoptions are 
by appointment only.

 Pets may not be available 
for adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
by phone calls or email. 



Legislation to Require 
Diversity on Corporate 
Boards Passes Committee

 On Thursday, a bill that 
requires diversity on corporate 
boards in California passed the 
Senate Committee on Banking 
and Financial Institutions. The 
legislation, AB 979, is joint 
authored by Assemblymembers 
Chris Holden, Cristina Garcia, 
and David Chiu, with Eloise 
Gomez Reyes as principal 
co-author. The bill requires 
publicly held corporations 
headquartered in California to 
have at least one director from an 
underrepresented community 
by the close of 2021.

 “Corporations have money, 
power, and influence,” said 
Assemblymember Chris 
Holden. “If we are going to 
address racial injustice and 
inequity in our society, it’s 
imperative that corporate 
boards reflect the diversity of 
our State. One great benefit of 
this action – corporations with 
ethnically diverse boards have 
shown to outperform those that 
lack diversity.”

 Soon after the social unrest 
following the killing of George 
Floyd, many corporations 
publicly stated their support 
for diversity and Black lives. 
Critics, however, have pointed 
out that this public support for 
social justice movements often 
does not lead to long-term 
structural change in hiring and 
retention policies of a diverse 
staff and leadership. The current 
statistics are quite stark. The 
Harvard Law School Missing 
Pieces Report: The 2018 Board 
Diversity Census of Women 
and Minorities on Fortune 500 
Boards found that out of 1,222 
new board members of Fortune 
100 companies, 77% were white.

 “The lack of diversity on 
California’s boards and upper 
level corporate positions is a 
challenge we urged corporations 
to address on their own during 
our time in the Legislature. 
However, it is clear we can no 
longer wait for corporations 
to figure it out on their own. 
By ensuring diversity on 
their boards, we know the 
corporations are more likely 
to both create opportunities 
for people of color and give 
them the support to thrive 
within that corporation,” said 
Assemblymember Cristina 

 In addition to the 2021 
benchmark, AB 979 also 
requires corporate boards to 
include two members from 
underrepresented communities 
for corporations with more 
than four members, while 
corporations with more than 
nine must have a minimum 
of three by 2022. The bill 
defines a director from an 
underrepresented community 
as an individual who self-
identifies as Black, African 
American, Hispanic, Latino, 
Asian, Pacific Islander, Native 
American, Native Hawaiian, or 
Alaska Native.

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