Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 12, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 12, 2020 

Local Area 
News Brief

New Years TV Celebration 
Celebrity Guests Announced

 Pasadena Man 
Charged with 
CARES Fraud, 
Buys Maserati

Get ready to welcome the 
New Year with stars of the 
screen, stage and sports as the 
Pasadena Tournament of Roses 
announced Tuesday special 
performances and celebrity 
guests for “The Rose Parade’s 
New Year Celebration presented 
by Honda,” airing with six 
broadcast partners on New 
Year’s Day.

 The reimagined celebration 
of the New Year will feature 
stellar musical entertainment 
and exciting celebrity guest 
appearances. For fans of country 
music, television, Broadway and 
sports - there’s something for 
everyone in the family to enjoy.

Musical performances by:

Sheryl Crow (pictured) – nine-
time GRAMMY Award winner 
with more than 50 million 
albums sold

Mickey Guyton – country 
singer-songwriter and historic 
GRAMMY Award nominee

Tori Kelly – multi-GRAMMY 
Award winner, singer-

Lady A – multi-Platinum, 
seven-time GRAMMY Award-
winning country trio

Rascal Flatts – the most awarded 
country group of the last decade

The War and Treaty – eclectic, 
soulful, husband-and-wife duo, 
one of Nashville’s breakout acts

Celebrity Guest appearances:

Daddy Yankee – multi award-
winning singer, songwriter, 
actor and producer

Shanola Hampton – star of 
“Shameless” on Showtime

Laurie Hernandez – Olympic 
Gold and Silver medalist, 
2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s 
Gymnastics Team

Emeril Lagasse – chef, 
restaurateur, TV personality 
and author

Matt Leinart – 2019 Rose Bowl 
Hall of Fame inductee, former 
NFL player and Heisman 
Trophy winner

Rita Moreno – Emmy, 
GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony 
(EGOT) award winner

Dascha Polanco – star of Netflix 
hit, “Orange is the New Black”

Vin Scully – voice of the Los 
Angeles Dodgers for more than 
65 years

Gary Sinise – actor, 
philanthropist and 2018 Rose 
Parade Grand Marshal

Past Rose Parade Grand 
Marshals, Emeril Lagasse 
and Gary Sinise, will both be 
featured in the special. Gary will 
open the show and Emeril will 
shake us up with his favorite 
New Year’s Day cocktail.

The TV entertainment special 
–“The Rose Parade’s New
Year Celebration presented
by Honda,” – will also feature
marching band performances,
heartwarming segments related
to the Rose Parade, special Rose
Bowl Game football highlights,
equestrians, spectacular floats
from years past, a behind-the-
scenes look into the making of
a float and New Year’s wishes
from fans around the world.

 The special will air on ABC, 
Hallmark Channel, KTLA, NBC 
and RFD-TV at 8 a.m. PST and 
on Univision at 7 a.m. PST on 
January 1, 2021. In order to 
limit travel and ensure the safety 
of our talent, these performance 
segments were filmed at iconic 
locations around the country; 
Grand Ole Opry and the 
Rose Bowl Stadium. To keep 
everyone safe, all new footage 
for the special was filmed using 
the strictest COVID safety 

 For more information 
about “The Rose Parade’s 
New Year Celebration,” visit:

 A Pasadena man was 
scheduled to be arraigned 
Friday on federal charges 
alleging he used stolen 
identities to fraudulently 
obtain unemployment 
insurance benefits, which 
he later used to purchase a 

 During a traffic stop 
October 1, Pasadena Police 
officers arrested Robert 
Sloan Mateer, 30 and found 
inside his Maserati, 17 
unemployment benefits 
debit cards, several other 
credit and debit cards, 
approximately $197,711 in 
cash, more than 85 grams 
of methamphetamine and 
a loaded firearm with no 
serial number.

 Evidence gathered 
during the investigation 
determined that at least 
14 of the 17 debit cards 
were loaded with at least 
$133,000 in unemployment 
insurance benefits, later 
determined to have 
been issued under the 
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, 
and Economic Security 
(CARES) Act passed by 
Congress in March, and had 
been issued in the names 
of third-parties, including 
identity theft victims. 

 Mateer also admitted 
that he withdrew the 
approximately $197,711 in 
cash found in his Maserati 
from ATMs across Los 
Angeles. Mateer was 
taken into federal custody 
on October 21 and was 
ordered detained pending 

 If convicted of all 
charges, Mateer would 
face a statutory mandatory 
minimum sentence of 
17 years and a statutory 
maximum sentence of life 
in prison.

Victor Gordo Sworn in as New Mayor 

By Dean Lee

 Newly elected Pasadena Mayor 
Victor Gordo took the oath of 
office Monday during a drive-in 
style ceremony that looked and 
sounded more like something 
out of the movie Cars.

“I was elected to standup for 
Pasadena and to bring our 
community together,” Gordo 
said. “I humbled by trust and 
confidence, that you the voters, 
have placed in me… Pasadena is 
in fact the center of the universe. 
You should get used to hearing 
that… how many cities our size 
can you go to and visit and you 
want to explore or learn about 
the universe, you go to Caltech. 
If you want to explore the 
universe you go to JPL. We don’t 
have a football game; we have 
the ‘granddaddy of them all.’ We 
don’t have a stadium, we have 
America’s stadium. You want a 
parade, we have the parade… 
I feel fortunate to land here in 
Pasadena; my parents brought 
me here when I was almost five.”

Gordo went on to say every 
child in Pasadena should have 
the save opportunity as he did, 
including to be a successful and 
contributing member of the 
community, in safe and thriving 

Gordo also led a moment of 
silence for those who died from 
COVID-19 and to recognize 
Pearl Harbor Day, “2020 has 
been a difficult year for the entire 
world,” he said. 

Newly elected councilmember 
Felicia Williams also took the 
Oath of Office

“Thank you to some of my friends 
and family, some of who you 
hear honking,” Williams said. “I 
look forward to working with a 
great team of councilmembers, 
to create the policy of the people 
and talented staff to implement 
that policy.”

She said her first priority is to 
safely reopen the city, “with 
practical rules that apply to 
everyone, whether you are a 
small business or a big business, 
house of worship, school or 
fitness studio.” 

The city council also elected 
District 7 Councilmember Andy 
Wilson as Vice Mayor. 

Operation Polar Wind brings 
Cheer to Huntington Hospital

Be Safe, Be 
Sober This 

 Santa took a polar express 
ride earlier this week in Police 
Helicopter “PD1” to deliver gifts 
from our Air Operations 15th 
annual “Polar Winds” Toy Drive

 The toys were delivered 
Wednesday to the Huntington 
pediatric unit and will be given 
to pediatric patients for the 
holidays. Santa and Mrs. Claus 
were joined by Pasadena Chief 
of Police John Perez.

 During this year’s annual 
Operation Polar Wind, the 
children were not able to meet 
Santa as he landed on the roof, 
instead, the hospital’s staff 
delivered the toys in a safe 
manner due to COVID-19. 

 Many of the children that 
participate in Operation Polar 
Wind suffer from life threatening 
illnesses that do not allow them 
to spend Christmas outside the 

 According to Pasadena police 
staff, all the toys were donated or 
purchased with money donated 
by employees of the police 
department and other agencies. 

 Photo is courtesy Pasadena 
Police Department. 

National Drive Sober or Get 
Pulled Over Campaign Begins 

 This holiday season, Pasadena 
Police Department wants to 
remind the public about the 
importance of being safe and 
sober when driving.

 Gatherings with members of 
other households are currently 
prohibited to help stop the 
surge in COVID-19 cases. And 
while holiday celebrations may 
look different this year, the 
police department is dedicated 
to keeping the public safe, 
urging people to stay at home 
or use a designated sober driver 
if planning to drink.

 Starting Monday through New 
Year’s Day, Pasadena Police 
Department will have officers 
on patrol looking for drivers 
suspected of being under the 
influence of alcohol and/or 
drugs. The enforcement effort is 
part of the national Drive Sober 
or Get Pulled Over campaign, 
which is intended to show zero 
tolerance for drunk driving and 
keep roads safe.

 “This year has been challenging 
and difficult on all of us,” 
Lieutenant Anthony Russo said. 
“The last thing we need is more 
heartbreak and tragedy. Make 
the right choice by not driving 
impaired so everyone can have 
a safe holiday.”

 Impaired driving doesn’t 
just mean driving under 
the influence of alcohol: 
prescription medications, 
over-the-counter drugs, and 
marijuana may also impair 
your driving ability, especially 
in combination with alcohol or 
other drugs. Do your research 
and understand how certain 
drugs you are taking may affect 
your driving ability.

 Funding for this traffic 
enforcement program is 
provided by a grant from the 
California Office of Traffic 
Safety, through the National 
Highway Traffic Safety 

Holden Introduces Bill to 
Limit Lead in Drinking Water

Assemblymember Chris 
Holden announced Friday 
that he introduced legislation, 
AB 100 that would set a 
limit on the amount of lead 
leaching from drinking water 
faucets and fixtures.

“We all expect the water 
we drink will keep us and 
our children healthy, and 
not make us sick,” said 
Assemblymember Chris 
Holden. “This legislation 
ensures that faucets and 
plumbing fixtures sold in 
California leach as little lead 
as possible.”

Lead is a severe neurotoxin 
that damages the brains and 
central nervous systems 
of young children. Lead 
is also a carcinogen and 
harms organs. Low levels 
of lead in children cause IQ 
loss, learning disabilities, 
behavioral problems, and 
impaired hearing.

Currently, consumers have 
no idea when they go to a 
hardware store if the faucet 
they buy is safe or not. 
Faucets can leach lead when 
they are used. Holden’s bill 
would restrict the amount 
of lead leaching from faucets 
and fixtures to no more than 
1 microgram, which is five 
times lower than the current 
industry standard.

“We want to ensure 
that Californians can 
feel comfortable when 
purchasing new faucets, and 
are not ingesting lead that we 
know to be dangerous to our 
health,” said Holden

 New South 
Pasadena Water 
and Sewer Rates 
For 2021

Suspects Wanted in Attempted 
Murder of Deputy in Altadena

The South Pasadena City 
Council approved establishing 
new water rates with 
additional increase from the 
Metropolitan Water District 
(MWD) and new sewer rates. 
The new rates were approved 
on November 18.The MWD’s 
change of the wholesale water 
rate for 2021 is considered as 
pass-through charge. Here are 
a few important key notes of 
the new rates:

New rates will be effective 
January 1, 2021.

Residents will see the new 
rates for January 2021 service 
on their bills around March or 
April 2021.

Water Rates for 2021 will 
increase by approximately 6.2 
percent for the bi-monthly 
fixed charge and 8.8% for the 
volume charge.

Most single-family residences 
are served by a 3/4” meters, 
which are the least expensive 
sized meters available.

Sewer rates for 2021 will 
increase by approximately 4 
percent from current sewer 

 For more information visit: (search 
for water rates).

Suspect 1

Suspect 2

 Altadena Sheriffs are asking 
for the public’s help identifying 
two suspects wanted for the 
attempted murder of a deputy 
sheriff Dec. 4. The two suspects 
are pictured above.

 According to Investigators, a 
deputy was patrolling the 2500 
block of Fair Oaks Avenue, 
in Altadena at approximately 
12:33 p.m. when she came upon 
a crime in progress. As she 
approached the group in her 
vehicle, two males, believed to 
be Hispanic, targeted her. The 
first suspect produced a firearm, 
and fired several gunshots in 
the deputy’s direction. The 
Deputy was not injured. Both 
suspects fled on foot and are still 
outstanding. It is still unclear 
what type of crime was being 
committed at the time of the 
shooting, they said.

One of the suspects’ black jacket 
and shoes were located nearby. 
He was pictured running in 
socks. A white jacket, thought 
to be the other the suspects’, 
was also located nearby. Any 
information regarding this 
incident or suspects pictured 
above, please contact the 
Operation Safe Streets Detective 
C.Gutierrez at 626-798-1131.

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