Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 7, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 7, 2020 


 by Deanne Davis



In the early morning hours of November 5, 2020, a Sierra Madre Police Officer stopped to 
check an individual in the 100 block W. Sierra Madre Boulevard. The individual was seen 
loitering near several closed businesses in the area and also appeared under the influence of a 
stimulant drug.

When contacted, the investigating officer determined the individual was in possession of a 
10-speed bicycle and several duffle bags. One of the duffle bags contained a loaded pump-
action shotgun. The officer also discovered drug paraphernalia in one of the duffle bags. Further 
investigation by assisting officers revealed that the individual had taken the shotgun from 
a residence located on the 100 block S. Baldwin Avenue during a burglary. The burglary was 
believed to occur just moments before the investigating officer had made contact with the 

The individual was identified as John Perales, 30 years old. Perales was arrested for residential 
burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felon in possession of a firearm, after it was 
discovered he had several prior arrest and felony convictions. Perales is a transient with a last 
known address in the City of Whittier.

There is reason to believe the 10-speed bicycle that was in the possession of Perales was also 
stolen. The Sierra Madre Police Department is seeking further assistance from the public to 
help identify the owner of the bike.

Any inquires can be made to Detective Raymond So at (626)355-1414 ext. 505. The 10-speed 
bicycle is a Schwinn Continental and has several unique and distinct features. The owner of the 
bicycle should be prepared to describe the bicycle and provide identifying features associated 
with it. 

“I remember 
when Halloween 
was the scariest 
night of the year. 
Now it’s Election 

“You call my 
candidate a horse 
thief, and I call 
yours a lunatic, 
and we both of us 
know that it’s just 
till election day. 
It’s an American 
custom, like 
eating corn on 
the cob. And 
afterwards we 
settle down quite 
peaceably and 
agree we’ve got 
a pretty good 
country – until 
next election.” 
Stephen Vincent 

Well, the 2020 election – like everything else about 2020 – has been interesting to say 
the least. Here it is Thursday, two days later, and we still aren’t exactly sure who won 
and, according to the news people, it may be several days yet before we know who our 
next President is going to be. Meanwhile, Susan Henderson, Editor of the Mountain 
Views News, is tapping her toe and checking her watch as I, and probably others who 
write for the News, are still dawdling over what to say.

Here’s what I have to say…mercifully, there won’t be any more political advertising. 
There won’t be any more things hanging on my door advising…exhorting…pleading 
to vote for this person or that issue. There won’t be any more TV ads extolling the 
virtues of or casting shame on this candidate or that one. My phone won’t ring with a 
recorded message on the other end telling me the world will end if I don’t vote YES on 
this or NO on that. No more stuffing my mailbox with shiny cardboard junk that goes 
immediately into the recycle bin, self-promoting of one candidate and assassinating the 
character of another. 

No, we don’t know for sure who it’s going to be, but gratitude abounds that we don’t 
have to endure any more campaign anything. Now we can get back to the important 
issues ahead like what are we going to do about Thanksgiving. Can we have the whole 
family over for turkey and cranberry sauce, or just some of the family. How will we 
manage the dining table where we have put in extra chairs, the piano bench, the stool 
from the kitchen and borrowed folding chairs in order to seat everybody. Do we all have 
to sit six feet apart? Do we need to wear masks? I don’t know if you’ve seen that thing 
on Facebook where there’s a picture of a glorious turkey, golden brown and delicious, 
and a statement that says: “You can invite 30 people to a funeral and six people to a 
social gathering. Therefore, I am inviting everybody in the family to a celebration of 
the life of our turkey on Thanksgiving Day.”

And, speaking of Thanksgiving Day, I’m going to share my mashed potato recipe. Well, 
actually, it’s Jackie Olden’s mashed potato recipe that I clipped out of the Los Angeles 
Times about thirty years ago and adjusted over time to this current version. This is so 
incredibly good that I’ve made it every year and there are seldom any leftovers.

 8-10 good sized russet potatoes, peeled and cooked in salted water just till 
tender. Don’t overcook as then your potatoes will be watery and pathetic. 

 1 to 2 cups sour cream

 6 TB butter

 8 oz cream cheese

 1/3 cup finely chopped chives

 Salt and pepper

 Grated Cheddar Cheese 

OK, drain your potatoes well and immediately add the butter and the cream cheese as 
the hot potatoes will melt these. Gently stir in the rest of the ingredients and when you 
get to the cheddar cheese, put in as much as will make you happy. In this glorious age 
where you can get grated cheese in a bag in a variety of flavors, just put in as much as 
you like. If necessary, add a little milk to get the consistency you want. Grease a large 
casserole dish and put in your mashed potatoes and cover. You can make these potatoes 
a couple days ahead and then reheat them in a 350-degree oven. Trust me, these are 
no-fail potatoes!

Just one more word on the election…if you find you’d like to celebrate, or if you want 
to drown your sorrows, have I got a champagne punch for you!

 2 bottles reasonable decent champagne

 1 28 oz. bottle club soda

 1 28 oz. bottle ginger ale

 1 bottle white wine

 1 12 oz. bottle apricot brandy

If you start with all your ingredients already chilled, you won’t need too much ice. Put 
all this in your punch bowl, throw in a few ice cubes, stir and serve. These sizes of 
bottles may not exist anymore, but approximate, dear friends and neighbors. Serve in 
small punch cups. It’s delightful and pretty strong. Perfect for celebrating or drowning.

How nice to see the lovely celebration of Bud Switzer’s life and family put on by 
the Parkers, Cardellas, Blakeslees, Bielys, and all Bud’s friends on Alegria this past 
Halloween. Thank you for doing that. He would have loved it.

The picture this week is of a Great Horned Owl, photograph by Sierra Madre’s own 
Ken Fong. It’s a totally non-political statement.

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.

All five of the Emma Gainsworth adventures are available on

They’re guaranteed to make you laugh and want to see what Emma does next.

You can follow me on Twitter:


 October 25, to October 31, 2020

 During this period the Sierra Madre Police Department 
responded to 296 calls for service.

Arrest for possession

On 10-27-20 at 1:22AM, officers conducted a stop on a vehicle for a violation on Sierra Madre Bl. and 
Sunnyside Ave. Following the interview process, the driver was found to have a warrant for his arrest, 
driving on a suspended license and he was in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. 
The driver was arrested and taken to the Pasadena Police Jail for booking. Case to DA’s office


On 10-27-20 at 2:47PM a resident in the in the 600 block of Mariposa Ave. reported that her political 
campaign signs had been vandalized by an unknown person(s) that used black spray paint to deface 
the signs.

Package theft

A resident in the 00 block of S. Sunnyside Ave. reported that sometime between 10-23-20 and 10-26-
20, contents of packages were removed and on one occasion the entire package was apparently taken 
from her front porch.

Traffic collision

On 10-28-20 at 10:12AM officers responded to E. Sierra Madre Bl. and Holdman Ave. for a two car 
collision. No injuries were reported.

Thefts from Vehicles

Sometime between 10-26-20 at 9:00PM and 10-28-20 at 2:15PM, thefts from vehicles parked in a carport 
were reported in the 200 block of E. Sierra Madre Bl. Vehicles were ransacked and in some cases 
personal items were taken from the vehicles. Case to Detectives


This year the Sierra Madre Fire Department is partnering with Sierra Madre Elementary 
School (SME) to assist with their annual food drive. Donations will be accepted now through 
November 20th. All food donated goes to families in need and food pantries in our community. 
Join us in making a difference!

Below is a list of donation suggestions provided by SME:

-No glass jars or items requiring refrigeration

-Canned Meat (Chicken, Tuna, Ham, Salmon)

-Canola & Olive Oil

-Soups, Stews, Chili, Chowders & Broth

-Mixes that only require water (pancake, muffin, etc.)

-100% juice, milk (only powdered or evaporated, instant coffee, tea)

-Canned & Dried Fruits

-Dried Pasta & Sauce, Macaroni & Cheese, Rice

-Canned Vegetables (potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas)

-Beans (black, red, pinto, lentils, chick peas, etc.)

-Peanut Butter & Jelly

-Cereal & Oatmeal

-Snacks (granola bars, popcorn, pretzels, crackers, nuts, etc.)

-Baking Supplies (flour, sugar, baking soda, etc.)

-Seasonings (salt, pepper, cinnamon, oregano)

Bins for donation’s have been placed outside of Station 41. When dropping off any donations, 
please be sure to not block any emergency fire exits or park in any red zones. Thank you.

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