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

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 12, 2020 



At its December 8 City Council Meeting, the Duarte City Council 
appointed Bryan Urias from District 6 as Mayor and Margaret Finlay 
from District 4 as Mayor Pro Tem for the upcoming year. The Council 
also welcomed back Toney Lewis as well as new Councilmembers 
Jody Schulz and Vinh Truong.

Mayor Urias was first elected to the Duarte City Council in November 
of 2018. During his first term, Urias served as the council representative 
on the Duarte Community Coordinating Council and 
an alternate for both the Gold Line Joint Powers Authority and the 
Duarte Community Ser-vices Council. For eight years prior to joining 
the Council, Urias represented Duarte residents as District 5 
Director on the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District 
Board and also worked with the City as a staff member for then Congresswoman 
Hilda L. Solis and later Con-gresswoman Judy Chu. "It 
is an honor and a privilege to serve Duarte in this new capacity," said 
Mayor Urias. "The Council has challenging work ahead, and we're 
committed to building an even stronger future for our City."

Mayor Pro Tem Finlay formerly served as mayor for six terms. 
Her accomplishments include the installation of the soundwall on 
the south side of the 210 freeway, expanding programs for senior 
citizens, serving as chairperson for the successful 1998 Measure B 
School Bond effort that improves aging Duarte Schools and developing 
many local services and infrastructure. Mayor Pro Tem Finlay 
and her husband raised five children in Duarte, one of which, 
James Fin-lay, currently serves as a Board of Education Member for 
the Duarte Unified School District. "I look forward to working with 
this Council to achieve our goals, which include updating the City's 
website to make information more accessible to residents and supporting 
our local businesses through recovery from the COVID-19 
pandemic," said Mayor Pro Tem Finlay.

Toney Lewis, a lifelong member of the Duarte community and proud 
Duarte High School Fal-con, will continue to represent Duarte's 7th 
District. He served for more than 27 years in multiple capacities as 
a member of the fire service. Additionally, he served as a longtime 
volunteer of the non-profit, Habitat for Humanity. Councilmember 
Lewis is proud of Duarte's diversity and looks forward to embracing 
it throughout his service. Some of his initial goals include increasing 
voter registration and community engagement.

Jody Schulz, a first-generation college graduate who holds a Master of 
Science degree, will now represent District 3. Councilmember Schulz 
has served the Duarte community as public safety commissioner. She 
will leverage her skills of tracking issues, analyzing data, increasing 
efficien-cy and advancing strategic thinking in her role. Councilmember 
Schulz is an active member of the community and belongs 
to several community organizations that represent Duarte's diverse 
population, including the Duarte Rotary Club, Duarte Chamber of 
Commerce and Duarte Women's Club.

Vinh Truong, serving Duarte's 2nd District, is the child of Chinese 
immigrants who came to the United States in the 1970s and settled 
in Duarte in 1985. Councilmember Truong attended Du-arte schools 
through high school and went on to become a licensed life and 
health agent. He has held a seat on the Duarte Economic Development 
Commission and served as a board member of the Santa Anita 
Family YMCA. In 2019, Councilmember Truong was appointed to 
Duarte's Financial Advisory Task Force, which allowed him to learn 
about the City's financial condition and engrain in him the value of 
economic growth.

For the period of Sunday, November 29th, through Saturday, 
December 5th, the Police Department responded to 
822 calls for service, of which 83 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of some of the 
major incidents handled by the Department during this 

Sunday, November 29:

1. At 8:40 a.m., an officer responded to Hall of Fame
Baseball Cards, located at 319 East Foothill Boulevard,
regarding an attempted commercial burglary report. The
officer discovered an unidentified suspect had shattered a
front window that was located next to the handle of the
door. It appears the suspect did not enter the business and
no loss was reported. There are no investigative leads as of
the date of this report.

2. At 9:47 a.m., an officer responded to Pets Grooming, 
located at 40 East Live Oak Avenue, regarding a commercial 
burglary report. An investigation revealed the
suspect(s) accessed a key storage box, then used the key
to enter the business. The suspects ransacked the location
and fled with cash from the register and the video surveillance 
system. The investigation is pending a review of the
surveillance footage.

Monday, November 30:

3. At 10:21 a.m., an officer took a telephonic report
of an incident of fraud. The victim stated her wallet was
stolen while shopping at various grocery stores located in
Pasadena and Arcadia. Sometime during her outing, the
suspect attempted to make fraudulent purchases with the
victim’s credit card in Montebello and Glendale. The investigation 
is ongoing.

4. At 1:45 p.m., an officer responded to 316 South
First Avenue regarding a vandalism report. The victim
discovered someone had fired a bb gun at one of the rear
windows, causing the window to shatter. The investigation
is pending a review of the surveillance footage.

5. At 1:59 p.m., an officer responded to a public parking 
lot at 41 Wheeler Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary
report. The victim stated sometime between 1:50 p.m. and
1:59 p.m., someone smashed the front passenger window
and fled with her bag containing cash and credit cards. The
investigation is awaiting the submission of surveillance

Tuesday, December 1:

6. At 12:26 p.m., an officer responded to a residence
in the 600 block of West Lemon Avenue regarding a fraud
report. The victim stated she purchased a new iPhone, valued 
at $1,322.98, on eBay only to become a victim of fraud
when the seller mailed her a different item, valued at less
than $100.00. The investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, December 2:

7. At 10:02 a.m., an officer responded to a residence
in the 100 block of Diamond Street regarding a burglary
report. Surveillance footage revealed a male suspect entered 
the victim’s unlocked vehicle that was parked in front
of her residence. The suspect stole a garage door opener,
a purse, and other miscellaneous items. With the garage
door opener, the suspect entered the attached garage and
may have fled with additional items. The suspect is described 
as a male wearing a hooded sweatshirt, pants, and 
a mask. The investigation is ongoing. 

8. At 4:18 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in
the 400 block of Sharon Road regarding a burglary report.
An investigation revealed the suspect(s) smashed a rear
sliding glass door, and once inside, it appeared the suspect
only opened a liquor cabinet. There is no suspect information 
and the loss is unknown at this time.

Thursday, December 3:

9. At 2:15 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block
of East Huntington Drive regarding a stolen vehicle report.
Sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. on December
3rd, the victim’s 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup was stolen
from the location. The victim left his keys and wallet in the
unlocked vehicle. No suspects were seen and no witnessed
were located.

10. At 4:37 p.m., an officer responded to the 2400 block
of Albert Way regarding a grand theft from person report.
Two suspects contacted the victim, who was wearing a gold 
necklace, and placed costume jewelry on him as if it was a
gift. When the victim asked for the costume jewelry to be
removed, the suspects then removed the victim’s real gold
necklace and left the victim with the costume jewelry. The
suspects are described as a male and female with Middle
Eastern accents. They were driving a small white SUV, possibly 
a Toyota or Mazda. The investigation is ongoing.

Friday, December 4:

11. At 8:48 a.m., an officer responded to the 300 block of 
South Third Avenue regarding a theft from vehicle report.
Sometime during the previous night, a suspect entered the
victim’s unlocked vehicle and stole her vehicle registration
and proof of insurance. There are no investigative leads as
of the date of this report.

12. At 6:23 p.m., an officer responded to the FedEx
parking lot, located at 12369 Lower Azusa Road, regarding
a theft of vehicle parts report. The victim discovered the
catalytic converter for his vehicle had been removed. The
investigation is pending a review of surveillance footage.

13. At 6:46 p.m., an officer took a telephonic fraud
report for a victim who resides in the 500 block of West
Duarte Road. The victim stated she was contacted by the
suspect who claimed to be calling from the Social Security 
Administration. The suspect indicated that the victim’s
social security number had been compromised. After the
victim provided the suspect with her personal information
and transferred nearly $3,000.00 in Bitcoin in order to resolve 
the issue, the victim became suspicious. The investigation 
is ongoing.

Saturday, December 5:

14. At 3:05 p.m., an officer took a telephonic report of
a petty theft report that occurred in the 900 block of Coronado 
Drive. Surveillance footage revealed two suspects approached 
the victim’s front porch and stole two unsecured
bicycles. The suspects are described as a male wearing a
blue hooded sweatshirt, a white face mask, and a light blue
backpack and a second suspect who is described as a male
or female and was seen wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt 
and a white face mask. The investigation is ongoing.


53rd Annual Holiday Look in 
Home Tour Goes Virtual

Emergency Rental Assistance Program 
Deadline Extended

 The Annual Holiday Look-In Home Tour 
presented by the Women’s Committee of the 
Pasadena Symphony goes virtual this year. 
The 2020 tour showcases the architecture 
and gardens of four magnificent Pasadena 
homes decorated for the holidays in festive 
floral regalia. Embellished with the talent 
of Pasadena’s finest floral designers these 
homes are a true holiday delight. The 
virtual experience will be narrated by the 
Pasadena Symphony’s Music Director, 
David Lockington, with music provided 
by the talented musicians of the Pasadena 
Symphony Youth Orchestras. 

 The 2020 Holiday Look In Virtual Home 
Tour, chaired by Lisa Ashworth and Gail 
Crotty, will run from though December 
31.The tour is presented free of charge
by registering. Donations to support 
programs of the Pasadena Symphony 
Youth Orchestras and the Pasadena 
Symphony will be graciously accepted.
To add to the holiday spirit, the Holiday
Look-In Boutique will provide an online
opportunity to shop to your heart’s content.

Magnolia House

 This regal Federal style home pays tribute 
to its history while residing gracefully in 
the present. The home was built in 1912 
by architect Reginald Johnson. The stately 
two-story residence welcomes visitors 
with its large colonnaded veranda and 
is sheltered by a large magnolia tree and 
a towering pine tree. It is appropriately 
located on Magnolia Street and artistic 
embellishments throughout the home pay 
tribute to the stately Magnolia tree. The 
present owners have lovingly updated this 
home, with an appreciation of the richness 
of the past, but with a desire to have it reflect 
modern living for their active family. This 
home represents true Southern California 
living at its best.

House of a Thousand Dreams

 This magnificent Basque country villa was 
designed in 1929 by Edward M. Fowler 
with exquisite, detailed attention to the 
beautiful Basque estates in the Pyrenees. 
The house is located in the Linda Vista 
neighborhood of the Upper Arroyo in 
Pasadena with a spectacular view of the 
Pioneers and the Colorado Street Bridges. 
This 7500 square foot home features low-
pitched red tile roofs, half-timbered walls, 
heavy wooden beams and stonework, 
rustic interior striated walls, barrel-vaulted 
ceilings and large fireplaces. The home 
was designed around a central courtyard 
providing a view of the lovely garden 
from almost every room of the house and 
includes the original stone tiles that carry 
over into the loggia.

F.W. Griffith House

 This sublime Mediterranean-style home 
was designed in 1925 by Roland E. Coate, 
one of the most distinguished designers 
of Spanish architecture in the 1920’s. 
Originally built for F.W. Griffith, it is an 
outstanding example of Spanish Colonial 
Revival architecture, featuring textured 
white-washed adobe exteriors, mission-
style arches and batten shutters. The 
house is centrally located in Pasadena’s 
Landmark Oak Knoll District, adjacent 
to the celebrated Langham Hotel. The 
3800 square foot home faces inward 
to a beautiful courtyard, arched loggia, 
Spanish-tiled fountain, refreshing pool, 
and spa. A magnificent crepe myrtle tree 
provides shade and beautiful flowers when 
in bloom. This gorgeous outdoor living 
space provides a peaceful sanctuary for 
relaxing and entertaining.

Villa Verde

 Elegant iron scroll gates open to a winding 
drive which leads up to this magnificent 
Mediterranean estate known as “Villa 
Verde.” Created in 1927 by architect 
Sylvanus Marston of the firm Marston, 
Van Pelt & Maybury, the property was 
built for E. A. Hardy, who was the past 
chairman of B. F. Goodrich. In 1984 the 
house was placed in the National Register 
of Historic Places as the best representative 
of his Mediterranean architectural style. 
The 22-room, 8500 sq. foot home sits on 
beautifully landscaped grounds atop a 
knoll overlooking the Arroyo Seco and 
affords 40-mile views over Pasadena, 
Altadena, Mt. Wilson, and Old Baldy. 
Many of the original garden plantings 
remain and are historically significant.

 As the volunteer fundraising arm of 
the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, the 
Women’s Committee of the Pasadena 
Symphony Association has been together 
with the PSA since 1967. For over 50 years, 
the volunteers of the Women’s Committee 
have put their talent, organizational know-
how and sheer determination to the 
service of the Pasadena Symphony and 
POPS by conceiving and producing the 
annual Holiday Look In Home Tour. For 
more information and registration visit

The application period for the 
Emergency Rental Assistance 
Program (ERAP) has been extended 
to February 1, 2021, to allow 
tenants additional time to apply for 
assistance after the holidays. The 
ERAP will provide rental assistance 
to qualified South Pasadena tenants 
affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 
and who meet federal low-income 
requirements with a one-time grant.

The Emergency Rental Assistance 
Program (EARP) will provide 
residents who have lost income 
due to COVID-19 and meet federal 
low-income requirements with a one-time grant of $1,000. The monthly assistance payments will 
be provided directly to property owners or landlords on behalf of qualifying residents and will be 
applicable to rent due during the eligible period from March 19, 2020, until the end of the Los Angeles 
County Health Officer’s Safer at Home Order.

To be considered for the grant, applicants must first submit the eligibility form included in the 
application packet before the application deadline. The City will review these forms to determine 
eligibility. A lottery drawing may be conducted to select qualified applications to move to the next 

These applicants will be required to submit additional documentation confirming substantive income 
losses caused by job layoffs, furloughs or reduction in hours or pay during the COVID-19 pandemic 
period beginning March 19. All documentation, including rental lease agreements, will be subject to 

Application packets are available on the City’s website Eligibility 
requirements are outlined in the application packet, along with answers to frequently asked questions. 
Applicants may pick up application packets at the Senior Center (1102 Oxley St) by appointment. 
Please call (626) 491-3869 during business hours or email to set-up an 
appointment. Alternatively, application packets are available at the South Pasadena Police Department’s 
front counter (1422 Mission St.) between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For more information visit:,


 For residents that plan on attending peaceful demonstrations, be aware of the elevated risks that 
come when people of different households gather during this pandemic, even when they are outdoors. 
Demonstrations can inadvertently result in transmission of COVID-19, including from people who 
are asymptomatic and have no idea that they are positive for the virus. If you unknowingly become 
infected, you may infect other people in your life, including people who are older or who have 
underlying health conditions that put them at far greater risk of becoming seriously ill and dying 
from COVID-19. 

 If you plan to attend a demonstration, please follow these guidelines: 

Stay home if you are feeling sick. Seek medical attention as needed if you have symptoms for 
COVID-19, and be tested for the virus – testing is widely available across LA County. 

 If you are not sick and plan to attend a peaceful demonstration, wear a face covering over both 
your nose and mouth at all times and keep your physical distance, staying more than 3 steps away 
from anyone who is not from your household. Consider wearing eye protection. Encourage other 
attendees to do the same. 

 Keep your hands clean before, during, and after the demonstrations. Bring hand sanitizer or 
frequently wash your hands. 

 If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 during a demonstration, it is very important that 
you quarantine for 14 days and stay away from all other people, especially those at greater risk of 
becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. 

 More guidance for attending demonstrations is available online at:

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