Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 28, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, August 28, 2021 

Begins onNew Park

 City of Pasadena workers 
started construction last 
week on a new park and 
parking lot located at 701 

E. Union St. in PlayhouseVillage. City officials havealso turned to the public toofficially name the park. 
“It’s wonderful to 
finally see this project 
underway,” said Mayor 
Victor M. Gordo. “I’d like 
to congratulate all who 
have been involved in this 
project from beginning. 
This new park is a reminder 
that we in Pasadena value 
open space, and value the 
look and feel of our city.”

 Just over an acre in 
size, the park will cover 
approximately two-
thirds of the site, while 
the parking lot will cover 
the other third. The park 
itself will feature a shaded 
children’s play area, a dog 
run with separate areas 
for large and small dogs, 
a large central green grass 
area, and a restroom 
building that contains 
two all-gender restrooms. 
Designed with safety 
and security in mind, 
the park will also feature 
low shrubs, allowing 
greater visibility; benches 
and seating designed to 
discourage loitering; and 
ample lighting throughout.

 The park’s parking lot has 
been designed to integrate 
with the park’s design and 
will give way to pedestrian 
traffic from Union Street. 
The parking lot will 
have 48 parking spaces, 
including four electric 
vehicle-charging stations.

The grand opening of the 
new park is slated to take 
place in the summer of 

 The park does not have 
an official name yet. 
Over the last few weeks, 
officils are encouraging 
community members 
to visit their website 
and submit their own 
recommendations. From 
these recommendations, 
city staff will compile a list 
of names that meet at least 
one of the four criteria 
outlined in the city’s Public 
Park and Recreation 
Facility Naming Policy 
and will share a second 
survey on September 6 
asking the community 
members to vote for 
their preferred choice. 
After votes are tallied and 
reviewed by the Recreation 
and Parks Commission, 
a recommendation of the 
park’s official name will be 
presented to city council 
for consideration.

 Back in 2012, the 
city council approved 
the purchase of the 
Banner Bank property, 
and $3.15 million of 
Residential Impact Fees 
was appropriated for 
development of the park. 
The transfer of up to one-
half of the Union and El 
Molino parking lot parcel 
was approved by the city 
council for park use in 

 For more information 
about the new park, 
including design 
renderings, please visit: 

Equestrians Selected for 2022 Rose Parade 

The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses announced Thursday the 
18 equestrian groups to ride in 
the 133rd Rose Parade themed 
“Dream. Believe. Achieve.” 

 Equestrians participating in the 
Rose Parade showcase a variety 
of breeds, as well as unique tack 
and costumes. All riders must 
have previous parade riding 
experience. In addition to riding 
in the five and a half mile-long 
Rose Parade route on Saturday, 
these equestrian groups will 
also take part in Equestfest on 
Wednesday, December 29, at 
the Los Angeles Equestrian 
Center. During Equestfest, 
groups perform trick riding, 
drills, dancing and roping skills, 
and attendees can walk through 
the stables and speak with the 

 This lineup of units will 
complement the floats and 
bands that will journey down 
the five and a half mile route 
during the 2022 Rose Parade 
presented by Honda.

 The 2022 Rose Parade 
Equestrian units are (listed 

-1st Cavalry Division HorseCavalry Detachment (Fort 
Hood, Texas)
-Arabian Horse Association 
(Sierra Madre, California)

-Blue Shadows Mounted Drill 
Team (Castaic, California) 

-Budweiser Clydesdales (St. 
Louis, Missouri) (pictured 
-Hawaii Pa’u Riders 
(Waimanalo, Hawaii)
' -Horsewomen of Temecula 
Wine Country (Temecula, 
-Los Hermanos Banuelos 
(Altadena, California)
-Merced County Sheriff Posse(Hilmar, California)
-Mini Therapy Horses 
(Calabasas, California)
-The New Buffalo Soldiers 
(Shadow Hills, California)
-Norco Cowgirls Rodeo DrillTeam (Norco, California)
-Norwegian Fjord Horses 
(Berthoud, Colorado)
-Painted Ladies Rodeo 
Performers (Roseville, 
-Scripps Miramar Ranch – 
American Saddlebred Horses 
(San Diego, California)
-Spirit of the West Riders (Leona 
Valley, California)
-USMC Mounted Color Guard 
(Barstow, California)
-The Valley Hunt Club 
(Pasadena, California)
-Victorian Roses Ladies RidingSociety (Alpine, California)

 The Tournament of Roses is 
a volunteer organization that 
hosts America’s New Year 
Celebration with the Rose 
Parade, the Rose Bowl Game 
and a variety of accompanying 

Resolution Establishes Sister 
State with Syunik Armenia 

 Assemblymember Chris 
Holden introduced a resolution, 
ACR 105, that establishes 
a sister state relationship 
between California and the 
Armenian Province of Syunik 

– the southernmost province 
in Armenia. The resolution 
declares California’s solidaritywith Syunik and will encourageand facilitate mutually beneficial 
educational, economic, and 
cultural exchanges. The 
resolution is joint authored 
by Assemblymember Adrin 
Nazarian, and coauthored 
by Assemblymembers Lisa 
Calderon, Laura Friedman, 
Anthony Portantino and others. 
“For thousands of years, 
the state of Syunik has had 
profound historical and cultural 
significance for Armenia and the 
world,” said Assemblymember 
Chris Holden. “Strengthening 
our relationship with the Syunik 
comes at a critical time as 
regional powers like Azerbaijan 
and Turkey pose a threat to its 

 Consul General of Armenia 
in Los Angeles, Ambassador 
Armen Bairbourtian said, “The 
establishment of a California-
Syunik Sister State relationship 
will develop a multidimensional 
partnership between the U.S. 
State of California and the 

Armenian Province of Syunik. 
My gratitude also goes to all the 
state legislators supporting the 

 Syunik is one of the original 
provinces of the ancient 
Kingdom of Armenia and is 
currently bordered by Artsakh 
or Nagorno-Karabakh, 
Azerbaijan, and Iran. Syunik 
is home to the Armenian 
Stonehenge, Karahounj, that 
dates back to the bronze age; The 
Ughtasar Mountain petroglyphs 
that are 7,000 years old; the 9th 
Century Tatev Monastery that 
served as a center of scholastic 
and spiritual activity. The most 
populated town in the province 
is its capital, Kapan with 43,000 

 In the aftermath Azerbaijan’s 
renewed war against the 
Armenians of Nagorno 
Karabakh Republic, the 
Azerbaijani military crossed 
into the Republic of Armenia 
and moved 3.5 kilometers into 
Syunik Province, seizing the 
entirety of Sev Lake. The next 
day, the Azerbaijani military 
breached two other sections of 
the border and occupied more 
areas of Armenia. Azerbaijan’s 
illegal presence remains in 
Syunik, threatening Armenia’s 
sovereignty and the people who 
live there. 

events. The Association’s 935 
volunteer members supply more 
than 80,000 hours of manpower, 
which will drive the success 
of 133rd Rose Parade, themed 
“Dream. Believe. Achieve.,” on 
Saturday, January 1, followed by 
the 108th Rose Bowl Game. 

For a detailed description 
of each equestrian unit or 
for Equestfest please visit: 

Arrest Made 
in July 4Shooting

 Pasadena police announced 
Monday the arrests of two 
suspects wanted in connection 
with a shooting on July 4 into a 
occupied building just blocks 
from the Langham Hotel.

 According to police, on July 
4 at about 12:30 a.m., officers 
from the Pasadena Police 
Department responded to 
the 1300 block of Ridge Way 
regarding a “Shots Fired” 
call. Upon arrival, officers 
discovered evidence of a 
shooting and determined 
unknown suspects had fired 
into an inhabited dwelling. 
No persons were injured as a 
result of the shooting officers 

 Detectives from the Pasadena 

Police Department’s Robbery 

/ Homicide Unit immediately 

began an investigation into 

this shooting incident. As their 

comprehensive investigation 

progressed, detectives 

identified two suspects 

believed to be responsible for 

the gun violence.

 On August 19 personnel 
from Pasadena police officers 
executed a search warrant 
at a residence located in the 
City of San Dimas. During 
the operation, 34-year old 
Kimberly Ann Troncoso and 
26-year old Jay Aaron Castillowere arrested in relation to the 
shooting. Items of evidence,
including multiple firearms,
were located and recovered 
during the execution of thesearch warrant. On Mondaythe Los Angeles CountyDistrict Attorney’s office filed 
one felony charge againstTroncoso and Castillo for 
Penal Code 246 – Shooting 
at an Inhabited Dwelling.
Troncoso is being held on a 
$250,000 bail and Castillo isbeing held on a $260,000 bail.

 Anyone with information 
about this case is encouraged 
to call Pasadena Police at (626) 
744-4241 or you may reportinformation anonymouslyby calling “Crime Stoppers”
by dialing (800) 222-TIPS(8477). 

Religions of the World:
Theme for Masters Series 
at Pasadena Senior Center 

 The fall term of The Masters 
Series, with the theme Religions 
of the World, will be onsite at 
the Pasadena Senior Center 
Tuesdays, Sept. 14 to Oct. 19, 
from 2 to 4 p.m. 

 Religion has always played a 
role in human society, from 
nonverbal prehistory to the 
prominent place of religion 
in contemporary life. Living 
in a multicultural society, it is 
important to understand what 
is sacred in religions and the 
central myths, rituals, texts and 
scriptures that shape ancient 
and modern expressions of 
these traditions. 

 Dr. Phyllis Herman, professor 
of religious studies at California 
State University, Northridge, 
will introduce participants in 
The Masters Series to archaic 
and tribal religious practices, 
Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, 
Christianity and Islam. 
Sept. 14 – The religious life of 
archaic and tribal traditions: 
examples from the Ngaju 
Dayak and the Hopi. 

 Sept. 21 – Hinduism: from 
prehistoric finds to modern 
Sept. 28 – Buddhism: from 
its founder’s life to the many 
schools and countries that 
practice this religion. 
Oct. 5 – Judaism: the Hebrew 
Bible, the Talmud and the many 
forms of modern Judaism. 
Oct. 12 – Christianity: the life 
of Jesus and developments into 
and within this religion. 
Oct. 19 – Islam: from 
Muhammad to the world. 

 To register or for more 
information, visit: and 
click on Masters Series Lifelong 
Learning, call 626-795-4331 or 
email AnnieL@ 
Everyone who registers will 
receive email instructions for 
joining each week’s Zoom class 

 Herman, who earned her PhD 

Dr. Phyllis Herman 

in the history of religion at 
UCLA, has been a professor of 
religious studies at CSUN for 
many years and served a term 
as chair of the Department of 
Religious Studies. 

 Her areas of concentration 
include world religions, 
Islam in India, South Asian 
religious traditions and 
women and religion. She has 
contributed chapters to several 
notable books and articles 
on nationalist and feminine 
theories, women and religion, 
and Hindu ideas of kingship. 
She also co-edited a book titled 
“The Constant and Changing 
Face of the Goddess: Goddess 
Traditions in Asia” that features 
essays written by established 
The cost for the six-week series 
is only $75 for members of the 
Pasadena Senior Center and 
$90 for nonmembers. 

 Masks and social distancing 
are required for onsite activities. 
For more information about 
onsite as well as online 
activities and other programs 
and services of the Pasadena 
Senior Center, visit the website 
or call 626-795-4331. 

 The center, at 85 E. Holly 
St., is an independent, 
donor-supported nonprofit 
organization that has been 
serving older adults for more 
than 60 years. 

Altadena's Taste of ‘Dena 

distancing, last year’s Taste of 

 This year’s Taste of ‘Dena, the ‘Dena was presented as an online 
Altadena Library Foundation’s watch party in September 2020, 
annual fundraiser that preceded by a digital silent 
celebrates our libraries and auction and mystery wine pull. 
community with a night of Thanks to the generosity of our 
wine tasting, delicious bites community, this year’s Taste of 
from area restaurants, a silent ‘Dena raised over $20,000 to 
auction will be held September help purchase a mobile library 
25 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. unit. This unit will provide 
in the Altadena Main Library. roaming access to Wi-Fi, books, 

 Every year the Altadena technology, outreach programs, 
Library Foundation gathers our and whatever else our creative 
community for an evening of library staff can imagine. In an 
celebration. Hundreds gather amazing community like ours, 
in the Altadena Main Library, we’re truly all in this together. 
adorned with twinkling lights The Altadena Library 
and all abuzz from a variety of Foundation was incorporated 
local restauranteurs preparing as a non-profit organization 
delicious bites for guests, to on October 7, 2009, to focus 
honor the Altadena Library on developing a stronger sense 
District’s commitment to of philanthropy among our 
serving its community and to neighbors. 
raise critical funds to support For more information visit: 
library operations and offerings 
with The Main Library is located 600 

 In a unique period of social E. Mariposa Street in Altadena. 

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