Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 14, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 14, 2021 

Arrest Made 
In Pasadena 

Pasadena police arrested asuspect Monday in connectingwith a shooting last month thatleft a victim with a gunshot inthe neck. The situation may 
have been an accident. 
According to Pasadena 
police, on July 29, at around

10:35 p.m., officers were 
dispatched to the area of St.
John Ave. and California Blvd. 
regarding a male heard yellinghe had been shot. While 
officers were searching thearea, Huntington Memorial 
Hospital contacted the policedepartment regarding an adultmale victim who had arrived 
at the emergency room, 
suffering from a gunshot 
wound to the neck. 
Medical staff rushed the 
victim into surgery in criticalcondition. 
Pasadena Violent Crimes 
Detectives responded to thecrime scene to investigate thisshooting. Detectives were ableto identify the location of theshooting as having occurredin the 1900 block of Mentone 
Ave. in Pasadena. The victim 
had been shot just minutesbefore he was dropped off 
at the hospital and through 
their investigative efforts,
Detectives were able to pinpoint exactly where the crime 
had occurred. Additionally,
they located and recoveredballistic evidence from the 
Mentone Ave. address. 
On Monday, the PasadenaCriminal InvestigationsDivision executed a search 
warrant in the 15000 block of 
Little Beaver St. in Victorville. 
At this location, Detectivesrecovered a handgun and 
arrested 20-year old RobertMurray Jones III for the 
shooting. Jones is a Victorvilleresident and an acquaintanceof the victim. Jones admitted 
to shooting the victim,
claiming it was an accident.
The Los Angeles CountyDistrict Attorney’s office filedfelony charges against Jonesfor Assault With a Deadly 
Weapon and Discharge 
of a Firearm with Gross 
Negligence. Jones is beingheld on $235,000 bail.
Anyone with information 
about this case is encouraged 
to call Pasadena Police at 
(626)-744-4241 or you 
may report information 
anonymously by dialing (800)
222-TIPS (8477). 
Free Concert 
in the Park 

Past Action Heroes 

Saturday, August 21 5:
30pmMemorial Park Bandshell, 
85 E. Holly Street

The Memorial Park 
Bandshell comes back to 
life with a free summer 
concert courtesy of the 
City of Pasadena and theParks and Recreation 
Local favorites Past Action 
Heroes perform live 
featuring your favorite 80sand 90s songs. There will 
even be an 80s outfit contest 
so arrive early to join in thefun.

 Seserve your FREE 
seating in Memorial Park

 To help prevent the spreadof COVID-19, face masks 
are recommended. Groupswill be seated 6 feet apart.
Please stay home if you aresick, even if your symptomsare mild.

 Call (626) 744-7500 formore information. 

Second In-N-Out Burger Location Proposed 

By Dean Lee

 The Pasadena city council gota first look at a proposed secondIn-N-Out Burger location inPasadena after a PredevelopmentPlan Review was submitted for a 
new drive-through restaurantbuilding at the shuttered 
Cameron’s Seafood on Colorado 

 Lawyer Scott Jenkins, onbehalf of In-N-Out, said thecurrent 2114 E. Foothill Blvd 
location would remain and that 
the proposed location at 1978East Colorado Blvd. could ease 
traffic problems inherent to theFoothill site.

 “We contemplate having 45onsite parking spaces and 
queuing for 29 cars, which weunderstand is very important,” 
Jenkins said. “There will be 84 
indoor seats and 36 outdoor 
seats. We are mindful of the 
residents to the south with no 
vehicular traffic access off of 
Berkeley Ave and the exiting offGreenwood Ave. would require a 

‘right turn only.’ Our projectionsare that the new restaurant 
would reduce the demand at our 
foothill site.”

 Before moving forward, InN-
Out would need to submit 
a Conditional Use Permit to 
establish a Drive-throughBusiness including a varianceto deviate from the requirementthat a fast food drive-through beseparated from another fast fooddrive-through by 500 feet. A TacoBell drive-through is located100 feet south. They would alsoneed a Conditional Use Permit 
for proposed extended hours of 
operation beyond 10:00 p.m. fora property located within 150feet from a residential zoningdistrict. The conditions could be 
challenging city staff said duringthe presentation.

 “We think this site is uniquein many respects… it is a largesite for a drive-through, it hasgood access off Colorado Blvd.,
which is a wide street, there is 
not as much traffic on this part of 

Pasadena Cannabis Retailer 
Essence Donates to Chamber 

Pasadena cannabis retailer 
Essence and parent companyGreen Thumb recently donated$50,000 to the Pasadena 
Chamber of Commerce 
Foundation. The funds were 
given with specific uses 

 “Essence has a strong 
commitment to equity 
and offsetting impacts of 
previous law enforcement 
policies that may have moreseverely impact minority 
communities,” said Essence 
SVP of Government Affairs,
Dina Rollman. “This donation 
to the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce Foundation will 
help emancipated foster youthsucceed in college and providea new level of support forminority and women-owned 
small businesses through theChamber of Commerce.”

 $5,000 of the donation will 
be devoted to scholarshipsfor emancipated foster youthwho are matriculating from 
community college to a four-
year college or university.
$3,500 is intended to supportfinancial literacy programs forlocal public school students.
$40,000 of the donation willprovide for support for smallbusinesses owned or operated byminorities and women throughthe Pasadena Chamber of 

 “Essence wants to be a 
meaningful contributing 
member of the business 
community here in Pasadenaby supporting charities and 

initiatives that give back to ourimpacted communities and 
provide a means to help offsetinequities previous policies mayhave created,” Ms. Rollman 
added. “This donation and the 
four others we made recentlydirectly provide for those in ourcommunity who are most inneed of assistance and support.” 
Essence and Green Thumb has 
committed to their Million 
Dollar Pledge in Pasadena, 
a donation commitment of 
$200,000 to five nonprofits overfour years.

“We are very grateful Essence 
and Green Thumb chose 
the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce Foundation for 
their generous support,” saidFoundation Executive Director 
Paul Little. These funds will be 
used to help local students andprovide an enhanced level ofsupport through the PasadenaChamber of Commerce for 
women and minority-ownedbusinesses in our community.” 
Details of the programs beingsupported by the donation 
will be forthcoming from thePasadena Chamber. 

The Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce Foundation was 
created to support educationalinitiatives in local schools and 
the local economy through 
the Pasadena Chamber of 
Commerce. Prior to 2019, theFoundation administered funds 
to support student internshipswith Pasadena Unified 
School District and providedscholarships to deserving localstudents. 

Colorado, it’s kind of a ‘no man’sland’ and we have room for on-
site parking, he said among otherthings.
The site would also need an 
environmental review and traffic 
studies along with other studiessuch as noise and air quality. Thenext steps are public hearingswith the Hearing Officer 
serving as the review authority,
according to the staff report.

 “There is going to eventually besomething at this site, we think 
it’s a good effort to consider an 
In-N-out Burger…,” he said. “A 
lot of us our fans of In-N-out and 
we think it would be nice to have 
another one in Pasadena.”

 Jenkins also said that In-N-
Out only opens four or five 
restaurants in the Western 
United States per year. 

Police Askingfor HelpFinding Missing24-year-old 

Los Angeles County 
Sheriff ’s Department 
Missing Persons Unit 
investigators are asking forthe public’s help locatingMissing Person Maryam 
She is a 24 year-old female 
who was last seen on 
Thursday at 3:00a.m, on the 
3400 block of E. Colorado 
Blvd in the city of Pasadena.
Maryam is 5’05” tall, 110 lbs,
hazel eyes, and long brownhair with blonde highlights.
She has a tattoo of a flower 
on her right foot. She waslast seen wearing black 
shorts and a burgundy tank.

Ms. Sohi suffers from 
depression and bipolar 
Her family is concernedfor her well-being and isasking for the public’s help 
in locating her.
Anyone with informationabout this incident is 
encouraged to contact theLos Angeles County Sheriff ’s 
Department’s Missing 
Persons Unit at (323)
890-5500. Or to provideinformation anonymously, 
you may call “Crime 
Stoppers” by dialing (800)
222-TIPS (8477). 

JPL Director Michael 
Watkins Steps Downto Return to Academia 

After having served five yearsas director of the Jet PropulsionLaboratory, Michael Watkins 
(pictured) will move to the 
Caltech campus as professor of 
aerospace and geophysics theinstitution announced Monday.
Larry James will become interimdirector of JPL.

 According to a statement,
JPL Director Michael Watkins 
announced he will step downfrom his position as the directorof the Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
to resume his academic and 
research career at Caltech as 
professor of aerospace and 
geophysics. His last day as JPLdirector will be Aug. 20. JPL isa federally funded research anddevelopment center managedby Caltech for NASA.

“There is no place in the worldlike JPL. It has truly been the 
great joy of my life to dedicate 
almost three decades to JPL,
and to spend the last five yearsleading the Lab is the highesthonor,” Watkins said in hisannouncement Monday to JPL’s 
6,000 employees. “I treasureabove all my interactions with 
the incredible people who makeJPL what it is and who dedicate 
lifetimes to mission success after 
mission success.”

 Caltech President Thomas 

F. Rosenbaum joined in the 
announcement and thanked 
Watkins for his leadership asdirector. “Since 2015, Mike hasled JPL with consummate skill 
and determined dedication,
working closely with NASA 
to ensure continuation of 
JPL’s tradition of setting new 
scientific and engineering 
milestones and captivatingthe world with pathbreakingmissions,” Rosenbaum wrote 
to faculty and staff. “Mike hashelped to shepherd a new age ofexploration that has deepenedunderstanding of the universeand our place within it.” 
Under Watkins’ tenure as 
director, JPL has launched 
and operated several new 
missions for NASA, includingEarth missions ECOSTRESS,
Orbiting Carbon Observatory3, GRACE Follow-On, and 
Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich. 
Planetary missions include theongoing operations of Juno atJupiter, as well as the launchesand landings of the InSightmission and Perseverance 

rover on Mars. Watkins has 
also guided futures missionsin development, including theEuropa Clipper mission to 
Jupiter’s icy moon Europa, theMars Sample Return campaign,
and the VERITAS mission to 

 Watkins, an engineer andscientist, worked at JPL for22 years before becoming itsdirector. He has served as chief 
scientist for the Laboratory’sEngineering and Science 
Directorate, manager of JPL’s 
Science Division, and managerof its Navigation and MissionDesign Section. He was mission 
manager from developmentthrough landed operations forthe Mars Science Laboratorymission, which sent the 
Curiosity rover to Mars. He alsooriginated the concept for the 
GRACE and GRACE Follow-
On missions, which use a pairof Earth-orbiting satellites tomake detailed measurements of 
Earth’s gravity field.
L arry James, JPL’s deputydirector since 2013, will serve 
as interim JPL director and also 
vice president at Caltech until a 
successor for Watkins is selected. 
As deputy director, James hasacted as the Laboratory’s chiefoperating officer leading theday-to-day management of 
JPL’s resources and activities. 
Prior to his appointmentas deputy director, Lt. Gen.
James had a 35-year career inthe U.S. Air Force, where heheld multiple roles, includingcommander of the 14th Air 
Force at Vandenberg AFB and 
Air Force Deputy Chief of Stafffor Intelligence, Surveillance 
and Reconnaissance at the 

 Caltech President Thomas 
Rosenbaum has formed a search 
committee to find the next 
director of JPL. 

South Pasadena One CityOne Story to be Voted On

 This fall the South Pasadena Public Library is celebrating nature,
sustainability, and reading with its One City One Story (OCOS)
citywide reading program. The OCOS theme is “NavigatingNature”.

 In September, residents will vote online to decide which of the 5nature and environment themed books will be the chosen OCOS 
title. The winning title will be announced on September 27.

 Residents are encouraged to read the OCOS choice and participatein our themed programming throughout October and earlyNovember! Take part in virtual and live book discussions, a lectureon native gardening and sustainability in South Pasadena, a guidedtour of the South Pasadena Community Garden, and more.

 For the most up-to-date information on OCOS sign-up forLibrary emails 

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