Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 8, 2021 

May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Departments, 
including Altadena and unincorporated Pasadena, are encouraging drivers to slow down 
when passing bicyclists, and asks bicyclists to be visible, predictable, and safe on the road.

 “Bicyclists are safest when they act like and are treated the same as drivers,” Sergeant Robert 
Hill said. “Please share the road with bicyclists and think of them as your closest friends or 
family. We all want to get where we need to go safely, whether that is in the car or on a bike.”

 The Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department suggests the following safety tips for bicyclists 
and drivers: 


Slow down. Give at least three to five feet of space when passing a bike. 

Wait for a safe place to pass when driving behind a bike, especially on narrow roads. California 
law requires drivers to provide at least three feet of space between a vehicle and bicycle. 
If making a right turn, assume a bicyclist is traveling through the intersection unless they

signal otherwise. 
When making a left turn, yield to oncoming bicyclists just as you would for other drivers. 
Look for cyclists before opening a car door. 
Never drive distracted or impaired. 

Bike Riders 

Be predictable, safe, and seen: obey traffic laws, use hand signals, use lights at night (front 

white light and rear red reflector), and wear a helmet. 
Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any 
slow-moving vehicle. 

Avoid the door zone: do not ride too closely to parked cars. 

If there’s a bike lane, use it, unless making a left turn, passing, or approaching a place where 
a right turn is allowed. 
Yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked 

crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections. 
For more information visit: 


City Facilities Reopening to the Public 
The City of Monrovia is excited to welcome 
the public back into city facilities 
beginning on Monday, May 10. 

In accordance with guidelines from public 
health officials, all city facilities are implementing 
a variety of precautions to make 
the environment as safe as possible for staff 
and the public upon reopening. Plexiglass 
barriers have been installed at public service 
desks, hand sanitizer will be available 
for use, and reminders are placed throughout 
facilities to keep a safe distance. Additionally, 
face masks com-pletely covering 
both nose and mouth are required for 
both staff and the public entering all cityfacilities. 

For the health and safety of our community, 
selected city services are available 
online or by telephone for those who are 
unable to come inside city facilities. 

Tax Exemptions Available to Some 
Low-Income Residents 

In July 2000, the voters of Monrovia 
passed a special property tax to fund the 
purchase and maintenance of the hillside 
open spaces (wilderness preserve), and in 

March 2007, the voters passed a measure 
approving a special tax related to building 
a new Monrovia Public Library. 

Eligible low-income Monrovia seniors and 
low-income disabled residents may be exempted 
from the community’s special parcel 
taxes for the Library and Wilderness 
Preserve by filing a simple form by June 
30, 2021. 

Exemptions are available to property 
owners who meet all of the following 

At least one property owner of record (the 
owners listed on a deed or tax bill) must 
be age 62 or older; or, at least one must be 
eligible for the federal SSI program for the 
aged, blind or disabled. 

The property must be the qualified resident’s 
primary residence. 

The household occupying the property 
must be “very low income.” Call the CityClerk’s office at (626) 932-5550 for this 
year’s qualifying income numbers and for 
other information. 

To receive an exemption, a qualified resident 
must file a form with the City each 
year. Forms have been mailed to those 
who have filed previously. 

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021 FROM 8 AM – 2 PM 

 Burrtec will be collecting bulky items, construction/demolition waste, electronic waste, 
and old documents for shredding. For compost materials, residents should bring the 
proper vehicle or storage container to accommodate the load. Burrtec will provide shovels. 
The City will also be distributing used oil containers for residents that would like to 
recycle their old motor oil safely. Please note, household hazardous waste will not be accepted. 
Learn more about how to dispose of household hazardous waste at pw.lacounty. 

 Must be a Duarte 
resident; IDs will be 

 For more information, 
please contact 
Burrtec at (626)
932-1558 or the CityManager’s Office at 
City Hall at (626)


 Genevieve Laguna (pictured), a licensed vocational 
nurse, works tirelessly to keep people safe, healthy, and 
recover from surgeries. Overworked and exhausted,
Laguna still finds time to help others outside of the 

 Six years ago, her friend who lives down the street 
from Five Acres, a foster care and mental health 
charity in Altadena, was interested in volunteering 
and reached out to Laguna to support a Christmas 
collection drive for the charity. Since then, Laguna, aMontclair resident, has committed to having a pajama 
clothes drive for the children living at Five Acres in 
time for Christmas Eve. Each year Five Acres children 
open their pajama gift, have hot cocoa, and enjoy aholiday movie.

 “Like most people, I’ve gone through some very 
personal things in my life where I’ve been down and 
out, but instead of giving up, I’ve learned what it 
means to live in gratitude,” said Laguna. “I am trulyblessed and grateful for all that I have, what I have 
accomplished so far, and all that I have been able to 
overcome. But at the end of the day what truly matters 
is who I have lifted up, helped, and made better. It’s about what I have given back. If I can make a difference 
in one life, it matters.”

She asked doctors, nurses, other co-workers, family, and friends to contribute towards the Amazon wish 
list, pajama drive, and other seasonal drives for Five Acres. Despite the pandemic, they pulled their energy 
and resources to help children in need throughout the year. Feeling blessed, Laguna feels it in her heart 
to continue helping Five Acres children, ensuring each one has their gifts and knows they are cared for.

 Raised by a mother who has volunteered many years at church and still continues to volunteer now,
Laguna said, “by her example, she taught me to care for those around me, look past our differences, and 
give in any way I can of whatever I possess. To give is to love but to withhold is to wither. If I care less for 
what I have and more for how it is shared, my life will have meaning and my heart will have peace.”

 Laguna’s parochial education, both as a graduate of St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora and Loyola 
Marymount University in Los Angeles, shaped her life of service. Besides volunteering at Five Acres, she 
raises money for the Fontana Police K-9 Pals and donates blood to the American Red Cross.

 Laguna’s blood type makes her a donor for both plasma and platelets, which she donated for COVID-19 
and cancer patients weekly when needed during the pandemic. As an incentive from the American Red 
Cross, they gave Amazon gift cards, which she collected for an entire year to purchase two bikes for Five 

 With a heart of gold, Laguna’s compassion, kindness, and love extends beyond her bedside manners as 
a licensed vocational nurse.

 To learn how you can donate or volunteer at Five Acres, visit or to donate blood, visit redcross. 

 Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving 
more than 9,000 children and family members annually across six counties, Five Acres now strives for 
permanency—a permanent, loving home—for all children in their care. The three pillars of safety, wellbeing 
and permanency provide the framework for its programs and guide the steps as the agency develops 
even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. 


 The City of South Pasadena Youth Commission, in partnership with American 
Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will host two online webinars for residents of South 
Pasadena on Friday, May 21.

The first informative webinar will run from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It will address risk 
factors, warning signs for suicide, and strategies that can help save lives. This webinar 
will be geared towards youth to help provide information and skills to help their 

 To register for the Talk Saves Lives webinar please visit:

 The second webinar will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This webinar is designed for 
parents to learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems,
initiate a conversation with their child, and help them get help.

 To registers for More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents webinar please visit:

 The webinars will be led by Louisa Rocque, director of American Foundation for 
Suicide Prevention for the Greater Los Angeles and Central Coast area. 


 The Pasadena Senior Games has teamed became the first four-time All-American 
up with the California Senior Games women’s basketball player. 
Association to produce a monthly Zoom As a girl growing up on the streets of 
series of sports-related panel discussions Detroit, Laurie Byrd developed a love 
by seasoned current and former of basketball. As a college student, she 
professional athletes followed by questions played on the Eastern Michigan Universityfrom viewers of the live events. Hurons (now the Eagles) women’s 

Five former stars in women’s professional basketball team from 1978 to 1982 and 
basketball will be featured at 4 p.m. scored 1,899 points, a record that was not 
Monday, May 10: Laurie Byrd, Kirsten surpassed by women or men players until 
Cummings, Ann Meyers, Sue Wicks and 2011. 
Anne Warner Cribbs. Anyone 50 or older may register by

Sue Wicks played women’s basketball visiting and 
from 1984 to 1988 for Rutgers University clicking on Events, Clubs and Lectures, 
in New Jersey where she was a three-time then Online Events or calling 626-795All-
American and remains the record-4331. Everyone who registers will receive 
holder as lead scorer with 2,655 points and a link via email for joining the Zoom 
lead rebounder with 1,357 rebounds. discussion. Membership in the Pasadena 

A trailblazer all her life, Ann Meyers Senior Center and residency in Pasadena 
(pictured) was the first woman accepted are not required. Anyone who does not 
by an American university on a four-year have Internet access may call 626-795athletic 
scholarship. She led the UCLA 4331 to receive a number to call to listen to 
Bruins to a national championship and the live event by phone. 




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