Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 24, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, October 24, 2020 


October 22, 2020 – Arcadia City 
Manager Dominic Lazzaretto has 
appointed Captain Roy Nakamura 
to the position of Arcadia 
Police Chief. A 28-year veteran of 
the Arcadia Police Department, 
Captain Nakamura is the current 
Operations Captain. He will 
succeed Chief Robert T. Guthrie, 
who is retiring from the Arcadia 
Police Department after a distinguished 
career of over 31 years.

“We appreciate all those who 
have risen to the call of service as 
Arcadia Police Chief,” said Mayor 
Roger Chandler. “Captain Nakamura 
continues in the long line 
of excellence in law enforcement 
leadership that this community 
has come to expect and enjoy 
from its Police Department.” 

Captain Nakamura began his 
career with the Arcadia Police 
Department in 1992 as a Police 
Officer. As an Officer, he was assigned 
to Patrol and worked as a 
Field Training Officer, as well as 
being assigned to the Detective 
Bureau. As Detective, he was assigned 
to the Forgery and Fraud 
Unit and completed his Detective 
Bureau assignment in the Crimes Against Persons Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 
and worked as a Field Supervisor until he was transferred to Personnel and Training. In 2009, 
Captain Nakamura was promoted to Lieutenant, working various assignments under the Operations 
and Administration Divisions within the Department, including Watch Commander, 
Detective Bureau Commander, Field Training Officers Program Commander, and Force Training 
Unit Commander. In 2019, he was promoted to Captain. He holds a Bachelor of Science 
degree from Cal Poly Pomona, and is married with four grown children and a grandson. 

“Roy is exceptionally qualified to lead the Arcadia Police Department,” said City Manager 
Domnic Lazzaretto. “Over the years I have known him, I have seen that Roy is conscientious, 
progressive, and dedicated to keeping Arcadia safe,” he added. 

“I am honored to be named the next Police Chief for the City of Arcadia,” said Captain Nakamura. 
“The Arcadia Police Department is one of the finest law enforcement organizations in 
the country. I appreciate the support and confidence of the City Manager, City Council, the 
men and 

women of the Arcadia Police Department, and the entire Arcadia community.” 

With his appointment, Captain Nakamura will become Arcadia’s 30th Police Chief and its first 

Asian-American descent. He will assume command on January 9, 2021. For more information 

about the Arcadia Police Department, please visit 


Kaye Biggs is one of those 
“Community Champions” – one 
who supports many organizations; 
The Carmelite Sisters at Santa 
Teresita, St. Vincent DePaul, 
Friends of the Duarte Library and, 
of course, the Duarte Kiwanis 

Kaye has been a member of 
Duarte Kiwanis since 2017 and 
was the President of the Club in 
the 2019/2020 year. Through all 
of those years, Kaye has been the 
club’s representative to the Duarte 
High School Key Club, California 
School of the Arts Key Club and 
the Mountain View Key Club as 

In recognition of her continuing 
service, the club has awarded Kaye 
with a Youth Service Award.

If you are interested in joining the 
Duarte Kiwanis or presenting at a 
future meeting, please contact Tina 
Carey at The 
club is currently meeting virtually 
through Zoom.


There is still plenty of safe fun to be had this 
fall, starting with Duarte's Howl-O-Ween Pet 
Costume Contest and Halloween Howl Drive 
Thru event.

Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest 

Parks & Rec. is putting on a virtual Howl-o-
Ween Pet Costume Contest. From now until 
Wednesday, Oct. 28, residents can submit a 
photo of their furry friends in their best Halloween 
costume to DuarteParksActive@AccessDuarte.
com. Participants should also 
include their name, home address, phone number 
and pet's name in their submission. 

Winners will receive a $50 gift card for Chewy 
and be announced on the City's website and social 
media on Friday, Oct. 30.

Pumpkin Carving & decorating Contest 

Carve out some time for some Halloween fun 
with your Duarte Parks & Rec. Department! 
The Department is hosting a virtual pumpkin 
carving and decorating contest this month 
from now through Oct. 28th. To enter, carve 
or decorate a pumpkin, snap a photo of it and 
email it to duarteparksactive@accessduarte.
com. All entries must be received by Wednesday, 
Oct. 28th. Be sure to include your name, 
address and phone number with your photo. 
Winners will be announced on the City's website 
and social media accounts on Halloween. 
Thrilling prizes will be awarded by age group-
best overall. 

Halloween Howl Drive-Thru Event

Hosted by the Duarte Parks & Recreation Department 
(Parks & Rec.), this year's Halloween 
Howl will feature various health and safety 
modifications. This free event has been converted 
into a drive-thru format that, for now, 
replaces Duarte's traditional festival which included 
games, jumpers, crafts and treats. 

Residents are encouraged to decorate their cars 
and dress in their costumes before coming to 
parade through the Duarte Civic Center (1600 
Huntington Dr.) on Oct. 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 

The drive-thru event will include trick-or-
treat stations, spooky decorations and monster 
dancers to add to the ghoulish time. In the 
spirit of community competition, those with 
the best-decorated cars of the night will win a 
killer prize.

"We're excited to continue hosting events for 
the Duarte community this Halloween," said 
Parks and Recreation Director Manuel Enriquez. 
"Things are undeniably different this 
year, but we're adapting and carrying on. I am 
confident that, thanks to our residents and creative 
city staff, our events will be just as fun."


Fire Chief 

Arts and Culture 
Relief One-time Grant 

Free, Fun South Pasadena 
Halloween Costume Contest

In an effort to get 
people excited about the 
holidays, the City of South 
Pasadena will be hosting 
an online costume contest. 
To participate, submit a 
photo of yourself, your 
pet or your group in full 
costume to recreation@ 
by Monday, October 26, 
2020. Please make sure all 
costumes are family friendly. 
For contest rules or for 
more information, please 
or contact the Recreation 
Division at (626) 403-7380.

 Fire Chief Recruitment 
Process Also Announced

 The City of Pasadena 
Cultural Affairs 
Division announced 
Monday the Arts 
& Culture Relief 
Grant Program. This 
program is a one-time 
grant opportunity for 
eligible Pasadena-based arts and cultural organizations 
that have been financially impacted by Covid-19 and 
the Safer At Home public health orders. 

 The program allows for a maximum request of $20,000 
and has an available budget of $550,000. The City 
acknowledges the generous $50,000 contribution by 
the Pasadena Community Foundation to supplement 
to the City Council budget of $500,000.

 Officials advised to refer to the Program Guidelines to 
determine eligibility and participate in the Technical 
Assistance Workshop scheduled for October 13th at 
2:30 pm. The Guidelines and Application document 
is attached here and available on the website:

 This Relief Grant Program is intended to provide 
operating funds to offset Covid-19 losses.

 The City of Pasadena announced 
the retirement of Fire Department 
Interim Chief Bryan Frieders 
effective November 30. Frieders 
joined the Pasadena Fire 
Department as deputy chief in 
2016 after making his way through the ranks with the San Gabriel 
Fire Department.

 Bryan began his career in 1990 as an emergency medical 
technician in Glendale. Throughout his career he has served in 
a variety of assignments including training, emergency medical 
services, fire prevention and emergency management.

 One of his greatest accomplishment is serving as the president 
of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, where he is a well-
respected speaker on the topics of firefighter health and safety, 
leadership and cancer risk reduction. Additionally, he serves on 
various committees.

 “Bryan assumed the interim fire chief position during a worldwide 
pandemic, global civil unrest and devastating wildfires, and his 
leadership, professionalism and teamwork is a testament to the 
commitment and dedication of the entire fire department during 
the most challenging times in their careers. We have begun a 
nationwide recruitment for fire chief and Bryan will be an integral 
part of that process,” said City Manager Steve Mermell.

 Bryan holds a master’s degree in public administration, a 
bachelor’s degree in vocational education and an associate’s 
degree in fire technology. He has also been designated as a fire 
chief officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

 “This is a difficult decision for me, but the right one for the 
department and my family. I have been so fortunate to work with 
such a passionate, high-performing group of men and women 
who have an incredible sense of pride and professionalism, each 
of whom put their heart and soul into every call to treat the 
community as their own family,” says Frieders.

 Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell also announced the 
recruitment process for the next Fire Chief. 

 “Public input is crucial to selecting the best individual to lead 
the Department. I encourage all community stakeholders to share 
their thoughts on the characteristics and professional background 
they feel are most important when selecting a new Chief,” Mermell 

 Applications for the position are being accepted now with an 
anticipated timeframe for screenings and interviews taking 
place in November. The rigorous interview process will include 
a community panel in addition to industry professionals and 
municipal agency administrators.

Pasadena combines world class events, science and technology, arts 
and culture, history and architecture with great neighborhoods 
and opportunities for all. The City is dedicated to delivering 
exemplary municipal services responsive to our entire community 
and consistent with our history, culture and unique character.

 The public is encouraged to provide input about the most 
important qualities, Mermell said, and that potential candidates 
should have by completing a brief survey online: cityofpasadena.

Pasadena Guidance for 
Small Private Gatherings

 This week, the state updated its guidance to allow private gatherings 
of three or fewer households, as long as the private gathering is 
outdoors, everyone wears a cloth face covering and keeps at least 
six feet of physical distance, food is in single-serve disposable 
containers, and the duration of the gathering is short (two hours 
or less).

 City of Pasadena officials, Friday, updated its Health officer Order 
to align with the change in the state guidance.

 Private gatherings with people from different households increases 
the risk of COVID-19 transmission, with the risk increasing the 
longer the gathering. If you do gather, do so with no more than two 
other households and the same households each time, creating a 
stable cohort.

 A single household or living unit does not include institutional 
group living situations, such as dormitories, fraternities, sororities 
or residential care facilities. Nor does it include commercial group 
living arrangements, such as boarding houses, hotels or motels.

 “You should avoid gatherings of any kind if you are experiencing 
symptoms of illness, have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you 
have been exposed or likely have been exposed to someone who 
tested positive,” says Pasadena Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying 
Goh. “People who are 65 or older or who have underlying medical 
conditions are strongly discouraged to gather with anyone they do 
not live with.”

 As a reminder, large public events and gatherings in general remain 
prohibited by the Health Officer Order, even when held outdoors, 
and all industry sector guidance still applies to those sectors.

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