Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 26, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, September 26, 2020 

City of Sierra Madre


From: The City of Sierra Madre

Subject: MUNICIPAL CODE TEXT AMENDMENT – Design Review Findings for Residential Projects

Applicant: City of Sierra Madre

Project Location: Properties in the City of Sierra Madre, County of Los Angeles, State of California

The City of Sierra Madre gives notice, pursuant to State of California law, that the Planning Commission will conduct a 
public hearing to consider recommending adoption of a Municipal Code Text Amendment, amending Chapter 17.20 (One-
Family Residential), Chapter 17.48 (Development Standards), and Chapter 17.60 (Variances and Discretionary Permits), of 
Title 17 (Zoning) of the Sierra Madre Municipal Code, and other applicable Zoning provisions of the Municipal Code.

The objective of the MCTA is to create design review findings, for projects requiring administrative development permits and 
design review permits that are objective and in compliance with State housing law, and to reduce design review regulations in 
the R-1 (One-Family Residential Zone).


City of Sierra Madre Planning Commission meeting; Thursday, October 15, 2020 (Hearing begins at 7:00 p.m.) 


This meeting will be conducted utilizing teleconference communications and will be recorded for live streaming. In accordance 
with the State of California Executive Order N-29-20 dated March 17, 2020, all City of Sierra Madre public meetings will be 
solely available via live streaming and made available on the City’s official website.

.Watch the meeting on Channel 3 (Government Access Channel) or live on the City’s website at
.Email public comments to: by 6:00 PM on the day of the meeting.
.Requests for verbal public comment must include name, phone number, and agenda item number and must be e-mailed to above email address by 6 PM on the day of the meeting. City staff will call the phone number provided at the appropriate public comment time.
.To participate in public comment please call: (669) 900-9128; Meeting I.D: 626-232-0232; Password: 232242

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The project qualifies for an exemption from the California Environmental Quality 
Act review pursuant to Title 14, Section 15061(b)(3) of the California Code of Regulations as it can be seen with certainty that 
there is no possibility the adoption of this Ordinance may have a significant effect on the environment, because the amendments 
are made to be consistent with the provisions of Government Code section 65915.

APPEAL: A decision by the Planning Commission is subject to a 10-day appeal period to the City Council. If in the future 
anyone wishes to challenge the decision of the Planning Commission in court, one may be limited to raising the issues that were 
raised or presented in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission at, or before, the scheduled public hearing. 
For further information on this subject, please contact the Planning and Community Preservation Department at (626) 355-7138.


by Deanne Davis

“I loved Autumn, the season of the year 
that God seemed to have put there

just for the beauty of it.” Lee Maynard

“If a year was tucked inside of a clock, 
then Autumn would be the magic hour.”

Victoria Erickson

“Winter is an etching, Spring a 
watercolor, Summer an oil painting, 

and Autumn a mosaic of them all.” 
Stanley Horowitz

 Today is September 22nd, the official 
beginning of Fall. We’ve survived the 
incredible heat of summer…and it’s 
still not all that cool. We’ve survived the 
fires, the earthquake, we’re adjusting to 
the best of our ability to the pandemic, 
political advertising is about to drive us insane and the election is still months away, but the nights 
are getting cooler, friends and neighbors. Fall colors are emerging on the trees and Autumn is 

 We can start thinking about hot spiced apple cider and everything pumpkin. I, personally, want 
a slice of pumpkin cheesecake. My friend Elaine and I discovered some years ago that a slice of 
pumpkin cheesecake and a split of champagne at the Cheesecake Factory was about as delightful 
an experience as one was going to get. 

 I came across a recipe for a crustless, low-carb, pumpkin cheesecake that is fast to put together, 
tastes really good and isn’t hideously calorie-laden. I’m sharing it with you:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch pie plate, line the bottom with a parchment 
paper circle then grease the parchment paper.

Blend in your mixer:

16 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened

. cup canned pumpkin

. cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 Tb. Flour

2 large eggs

Pour into your prepared pie plate. Bake until center of the cheesecake is almost set (soft but 
not liquid) about 40 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack and cool to room temperature then refrigerate.

The recipe suggests refrigerating it for at least four hours or overnight before slicing it but I 
discovered that it was utterly delicious when I had a piece shortly after it cooled off. I also felt 
somewhat self-righteous about it as it is less than 200 calories per slice. Of course, the recipe 
doesn’t specify the size of the slice so I say, go for it! It’s not anywhere near what the Cheesecake 
Factory makes, but it’s pretty good.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,

than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau, most famous for his book, Walden, which advocated simple living in natural surroundings, 
probably would have liked this pumpkin cheesecake as it takes the simpler route of not dealing 
with a graham cracker crust. Thoreau was born in 1817 and passed on in 1862, just 44 years old. 

The Mountain Views News own columnist, Christopher Nyerges, espouses many of Thoreau’s 
teachings, i.e., survival in the face of hostile elements, embracing environmentalism and living 
as simply as possible. Thoreau’s words from Walden resonate today with where we are and the 
changes in lifestyle we have all had to make:

“I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to 
put to rout all that was not life.”

We are living a little more ‘Spartan-like’ than we might want to, but we are all adapting! Our 
children are learning to do school – for good or for ill – from a distance. We’ve created an al fresco 
dining presence in town that is lovely to see and delightful to enjoy, and we’re masked at all public 
moments to keep infection to a minimum. Lipstick sales are in the negative column, but eye 
shadow and mascara sales are holding their own. 

Treat yourself to this cheesecake and look forward to all that Fall brings with it, including 
scarecrows all over town.

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September

 was crisp and golden as an apple.” J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

My book page: Deanne Davis

Where you’ll find “Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope”

And “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter”

Both of these books are stuffed with hope and a good recipe or two.

There’s a new Emma Gainsworth Kindle novelette available right this minute:

“Emma’s Intergalactic Institute” 

It’s on and here’s the link:

If you haven’t read “Emma’s Etouffee Café” you need to! It’s also on, 

You can follow me on Twitter: 


September 13, to September 19, 2020 
During this penod the Sierra Madre Pohce Department responded to 
206 for seIVJce.

Stolen Velncle

A resident in the 300 block of E. Sierra Madre Bl. was notified by a neighbor on 9/16/20 
at 5:00PM that his truck may have been stolen. The trucks owner stated that he last 
saw his truck earlier at 3:45PM and that the truck has a sign mounted on it advertising 
his business. On 9/17 /20 the investigating officer was contacted by the owner 
stating that he was contacted by a resident in the City of Los Angeles, that the 
truck was blocking his driveway. The owner is in the process of retrieving the truck. 
Case to Detectives

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


Remember when Facebook was full of puppy dogs and pictures of our kids graduating school? 
Well, I’ve been able to reconnect with dozens of past friends - how great is that! But now, the left 
and right are fighting, and if we disagree, we are 
threatened with an end of a friendship, including 
a Facebook friendship. I read a post just this 
week from a General Manager of a very popular 
and expensive eatery who simply stated, “If you 
can’t afford a good tip, stay at home.” At first read 
we all raised our fists and said “YES!” but I must 
disagree. When you go out to eat and support 
your favorite restaurant, the dollars spent have 
a trickle-down effect. This term originated as a 
joke from humorist Will 
Rogers; by going out to eat 
and spending $100 you 
are providing work for 
the cooks, host/hostess, 
dishwasher, purveyors, 
vendors, and yes, the 
owner of the restaurant. 
So, with all that being 
said, I can’t support this 
boycott, but I do agree to 
please tip your servers. 
I also like to leave a tip 
for the barista and a few 
dollars when I pick up a 
to-go order.

Here is my breakdown for 

•18% to 22 %
For great service
•$2 to $4 for a to go order
•$1 a drink at
bar (when they’re open) 
$2 for a mixed drink
•10% to 12% for
a bottle of wine as long as 
they come by and pour. Thoughts? Give me a call 
at (626) 765-7543 or just 
tune into my radio show 
Sunday Mornings at 8 
AM Go Country 105














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