Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, November 21, 2020 

Giving to Fellow Duarte Families and 
Youth this Holiday Season

The Duarte community continues a treasured tradition this year: the 
Duarte Holiday of Promise Project, which gifts toys and goods to 
hundreds of Duarte families and youth.

Duarte Parks and Recreation AmeriCorps VIP Fellows and the Public 
Safety Department are partnering with the Neighborhood Watch, 
the Duarte Community Services Council, the Duarte Emblem Club, 
and the Duarte Elks Club to ensure a joyous 2020 holiday season 
during this challenging year. 

"Children need joy more than ever this holiday season," said Duarte 
AmeriCorps Lead Daisy Perez. "With the abrupt changes children 
have had to endure this past year, we are proud to be able to give 
them a sense of normalcy and cheer through the Duarte Holiday of 
Promise Project." 

The Project is accepting new toys, new clothes, personal items, electronics, 
dry goods, canned and boxed food, beverages, dry ingredients, 
desserts/sweets, baby formula, and diapers. If you're planning 
to donate toys, ensure that:

All toy donations are new and store packaged, but not gift-wrapped

Toys do not contain small parts that could present a choking hazard 
to small children

Donated toys enrich Duarte youth's development

If you're interested in donating to the Duarte Holiday of Promise 
Project, you can drop off your gifts at the Duarte Public Safety Office 
(1042 Huntington Drive) until Saturday, December 5 by 4:00 p.m.

Another option is to donate during one of the scheduled drive-thru 
drop-off events from 2-4 p.m. at the Duarte Civic Center (1600 Huntington 
Drive) on any of the following dates:

Thursday, December 3

Wednesday, December 9

Wednesday, December 16

You may also make donations in other ways, such as by writing a 
check, made payable to "Duarte Community SC," or donating gift 
cards and other similar items.

All donations will be delivered to and distributed by the Duarte 
Community Services Council. 

"The toy drive brings joy to me every year. The Lord has blessed me 
with the ability to give," said Duarte Neighborhood Watch Block 
Captain Olivia Brys. "No child should be without a toy on Christmas."

For more information about the Duarte Holiday of Promise Project, 
please contact Daisy Perez at (626) 357-7931, ext. 206 or Aida Torres 
at (626) 359-5671 ext. 316.



The Arcadia Police Department is joining the California 
Office of Traffic Safety as it launches a new "Anti-Speeding 
Campaign." This campagin is geared to encourage drivers 
to slow down. The holiday season is here, and we are all 
in a rush. In the words of the OTS, "Slow the Fast Down!"

Elk Grove, Calif. – The California Office of Traffic Safety 
(OTS) is launching a new education campaign encouraging 
drivers to drive at a safe, legal speed.

Starting today through Nov. 29, the “Slow the Fast Down” 
campaign will feature a series of safety messages on digital 
platforms, including social media, streaming and gaming 
services, and outdoor billboards. In addition, video public 
service announcements will run on broadcast and social 
media, as well as audio versions on radio.

The OTS hopes to raise awareness about the dangers 
of speeding, which has been a top traffic safety issue 
throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s clear that there have been immediate changes in driver 
behavior with more drivers speeding, some at excessive 
and extremely dangerous speeds,” OTS Director Barbara 
Rooney said. “This trend is alarming. We should be 
focused on protecting lives and the simple action of following 
speed limits helps keep ourselves and others safe.”

Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 of this year, California 
Highway Patrol (CHP) officers issued 4,851 citations for 
speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour, a 93% increase 
when compared to the same period last year.

In federal fiscal year 2017-18, speed was a factor in 
approximately 31% of all fatal and injury crashes in 

According to a 2020 survey conducted by the OTS and 
California State University, Fresno, nearly half of respondents 
believed it is acceptable to speed as long as it is not 
more than 10 miles per hour, but 78% believed it to be 
unacceptable to drive 20 miles per hour or more over the 
speed limit.

“Speeding is a choice,” Director Rooney said. “We hope to 
shift social norms for speeding and encourage people to 
slow down on the road.”

To learn more about the campaign and ways to stay safe 
on the go, visit

The OTS administers traffic safety grants 
that deliver innovative programs with the 
goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and 
injuries on California roads. The OTS is 
a department under the California State 
Transportation Agency.

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Holiday 
Home Decorating Contest. What better way to celebrate 
the spirit of the holidays then by decorating your home! 

• Contest registration will close on Monday, December 
7 at 5:00 p.m.

• Judging will take place on December 10 - 13

• Addresses of all entered homes will be included on
the Holiday Home Decorating Contest Map

• Awards will be given out to the following categories:

• Best Still Display

• Best Outdoor Display

• Mot Effective Use of Lighting

• Best Neighborhood Effort

• Santa's Workshop Award

• Holiday Spirit Award

• Judges Award

• Children's Choice Award

Come join in on the fun by decorating your home for the
community to see!


San Marino Fire Helps 
Toys for Tots Program

Apply for Young Legislators 
Program by December 15

South Pas Library Hosts 
Blood Drive On Nov. 23

 This holiday season, the San 
Marino Fire Department is 
proud to support the U.S. 
Marine Corps Reserve Toys 
for Tots Program. Now 
through Friday, December 
11, the San Marino Fire 
Department is collecting 
new, unwrapped toys and 
books for children ages 
0-12 years. Last year, the 
Los Angeles County North-
Pasadena Toys for Tots 
Program distributed 125,204 
toys to 60,000 children.

 To ensure the safety of 
residents and personnel, 
and to minimize potential 
health risks, a Toys for Tots 
collection box will be located 
outside the Fire Station 
lobby entrance Monday 
through Thursday, 8:00 am 
to 4:00 pm, and Friday, 8:00 
am to 11:00 am. Residents 
wishing to make a monetary 
donation, or select a toy to 
donate from the Toys for 
Tots virtual toy box, may do 
so online at los-angeles-ca. or contact 
the Los Angeles County 
North – Pasadena campaign 
directly at or by phone 
at (626) 398-0295.

 COVID-19 has affected 
many families this year and 
has drastically changed 
the way many families are 
celebrating the upcoming 
holidays. Thank you for 
your generosity and help to 
deliver a little holiday cheer 
this season.

 Toys for Tots, a 70-year 
national charitable program 
run by the U.S. Marine 
Corps Reserve, provides 
happiness and hope to less 
fortunate children during 
each Christmas holiday 
season. The toys, books 
and other gifts collected 
and distributed by Marines 
and volunteers offer these 
children recognition, 
confidence and a positive 
memory for a lifetime. We 
believe it is such experiences 
that help disadvantaged 
children become responsible 
citizens and caring members 
of their community. For 
more information, visit:

 Marine Toys for Tots 
Foundation, an IRS 
recognized 501(c)(3) not-
for-profit public charity is 
the fund raising, funding and 
support organization for the 
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 
Toys for Tots Program. The 
Foundation was created 
at the behest of the U.S. 
Marine Corps and provides 
support in accordance 
with a Memorandum of 
Understanding with the 
Commander, Marine Forces 
Reserve, who directs the 
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve 
Toys for Tots Program. The 
Foundation has supported 
Toys for Tots since 1991.

 State Assemblymember Chris 
Holden announced Tuesday 
the availability of applications 
for the 2021 Young Legislators 
Program. Now in its sixth year, 
the Young Legislators Program 
offers high school seniors in the 
41st Assembly District a front 
row seat to the public policy and 
political arena.

 “I’m excited to launch the 
sixth annual Young Legislators 
Program for the 41st Assembly 
District,” said Assemblymember 
Chris Holden. “While we are 
meeting virtually this year, I 
have no doubt this program will 
again have a lasting impact on 
the students.”

 During the four month 
program, students will meet 
virtually once a month to 
become better advocates on 
issues they care about, gain 
valuable leadership skills, 
and learn about the legislative 

 “I loved learning about 
the role and importance of 
both local government and 
agencies that work to serve 
their communities,” said Bess 
Brandow who participated in 
the 2019 Young Legislators 

 “The entire program was 
phenomenal! It strengthened 
my passion for politics and has 
made me become more engaged 
to further follow what I believe 
in,” said Osvaldo Valdiviezo who 
participated in the 2018 Young 
Legislators Program. “Also the 
friendships and memories I 
made are something I treasure 
and am grateful for.”

 The 2021 Young Legislators 
Program is open to high 
school seniors living in the 41st 
Assembly District. Applicants 
must commit to four monthly, 
two-hour Saturday meetings 
starting in February 2021 
and submit applications by 
December 15, 2020. Program 
details and application are 
available online at https://a41.

 The Library is pleased to 
partner once again with the 
Red Cross to facilitate the 
donation of much needed 
blood products. We have 
collected 243 pints of blood 
during the pandemic, 
benefitting 972 patients. Sign 
up today to donate during 
our blood drive that will 
take place in the Library 
Community Room (1115 El 
Centro Street) on Monday, 
November 23 by visiting: and 
searching for SOPASLIB. 
Appointments are available 
between 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. 
The Red Cross is encouraging 
young donors by offering 
those between the ages of 
16 and 24 a $10 gift card to 
selected restaurants. 

New Season of NASA’s 
‘On a Mission’ Podcast 
Focuses on Planet Earth

 Get ready to take an audio 
journey to an exotic planet: 
Earth. You may think you know 
all about our planet, but you’re 
in for some surprises as season 
three of NASA’s “On a Mission” 
podcast shares insights from 
researchers who explore the 
highest heights and the deepest 
depths, weaving together a saga 
of the strange yet familiar place 
we call home.

 Hosted by Leslie Mullen 
of NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory, the 10 episodes 
take us from deep space, where 
Earth looks like a pale blue dot, 
to below our home planet’s 
surface. The audio journeys 
show not just how the planet’s 
volcanoes, earthquakes, 
oceans, rivers, atmosphere, and 
climate work, but how they are 
all interconnected.

 “It’s a perfect year to look at 
Earth,” Mullen said, noting the 
pandemic, raging wildfires, and 
record-setting storms. “The 
different systems on Earth are 
tied together in an intricate 
pattern. What happens when 
you pull on one thread – how 
does it affect something else?”

 You can find “On a Mission” 
at NASA or Soundcloud. And 
don’t miss the first two award-
winning seasons, which focus 
on the Mars InSight mission 
and asteroids.

County to Provide Critical 
Funding for Hope Center

The L.A. County Board of 
Supervisors unanimously 
approved a motion by 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
Tuesday to provide critical 
funding for the Pasadena Hope 
Center, a new permanent 
supportive housing project 
that will be developed by The 
Salvation Army in Pasadena.

 The Pasadena Hope Center 
will feature a modern, four-
story building that will provide 
65 studio apartments for highly 
vulnerable single adults who 
are experiencing homelessness. 
The first floor will provide space 
for supportive services on-site, 
including The Salvation Army’s 
Pasadena social services offices, 
which serves low-income 
individuals and families with a 
large client choice food pantry 
and supportive service referrals. 
The Fifth Supervisorial District 
is allocating $378,000 in 
Homeless Services Center 
(HSC) funds to this much-
needed effort.

 “We know that housing alone 
does not solve the complex 
issue of homelessness,” Barger 
said. “It is essential to include 
robust supportive programs 
on-site, such as mental health 
services and employment 
support, to provide highly 
acute individuals with the tools 
needed to retain their housing 

 In the 2020 Homeless 
Count, there were a total 
of 527 people experiencing 
homelessness in Pasadena, a 
significant decline from the 
peak count in 2011 which 
identified 1,216 individuals. 
This 50 percent reduction 
in the population of people 
experiencing homelessness in 
Pasadena follows a system-wide 
implementation of Housing 
First best practices and a strong 
focus on targeted strategies 
to increase the availability of 
permanent housing according 
to Barger.





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