Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 11, 2021

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If enacted, new law would allow four 
units to replace a single home 

Alhambra, CA – The mayors of 29 cities in the 
San Gabriel Valley have jointly signed a letter to 
Governor Gavin Newsom urging him to veto 
legislation sent to him last week that would require 
cities and counties to approve splitting existing 
single-family lots into two parcels and the 
construction of two full-sized family duplexes on 
each new lot. 

City officials are gravely concerned that being 
forced to grant unconditional approvals to proposed 
multifamily homes in neighborhoods 
not planned for higher density could overburden 
local public safety services, schools, parks, 
roads, drinking water supplies, sewers and the 
energy grid. Senate Bill 9 also requires rear yards 
to be no more than four feet deep and reduces 
off-street parking for duplexes – with parking 
waived altogether if the lot is within one-half 
mile to transit routes. 

“Senate Bill 9 will drive real-estate speculators to 
purchase homes in order to split parcels, build 
duplexes on each lot and secure rental income 
streams – at the expense of the quality of life 
of our residents. Quadrupling the number of 
units on a parcel will deprive children of backyards 
where they can play, devastate our urban 
tree canopy and reduce privacy, light and air for 
residents,” said Monrovia Councilwoman Becky 
Shevlin, President of the San Gabriel Valley 
Council of Governments, which submitted the 
veto request letter. 

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Below is a summary of the Special Directives issued by 
DA Gascon.

 • Special Directive 20-06: Pretrial Release Policy 
(Elimination of Cash Bail) Prohibits the DA’s Office 
from requesting cash bail for misdemeanor and nonviolent 
felony offenses.
• Special Directive 20-07: Misdemeanor Case 
Management Orders the DA’s Office to not prosecute 
13 misdemeanor charges: trespassing, disturbing 
the peace, driving without a valid license, driving 
on a suspended license, criminal threats, drug and 
paraphernalia possession, minor in possession of 
alco-hol, drinking in public, under the influence of 
a controlled substance, public intoxication, loitering, 
loitering to commit prostitution, and resisting 
arrest. There are exceptions to this order not 
to prosecute, including for repeat offenders. Special 
Directive 20-07 also directs the DA’s Office to 
grant pretrial di-version for other misdemeanor 
• Special Directive 20-08: Sentencing Enhance-
ment/Allegations Declares that sentencing enhancement 
are “a legacy of California ‘tough on 
crime’ era” and orders that they should not be filed 
in any cases, excepting hates crimes, elder and dependent 
abuse, child abuse, sex trafficking, and financial 
crimes. Sentencing enhancement lengthen 
In response to the shortage of affordable housing, 
SGVCOG supports legislation to provide 
incentives to rezone vacant and nonviable commercial 
properties across California so affordable 
housing developments can be built. Last 
year, San Gabriel Valley cities established the San 
Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust which is 
financing rent-subsidized housing developments 
for low-income residents in multiple communities. 
“California certainly has a severe shortage of 
affordable housing but SB 9 will not provide the 
subsidies needed to develop affordable housing, 
and instead will incentivize market-rate housing, 
further inflating already high land costs,” said 

The 29 San Gabriel Valley cities which signed 
on to the veto request letter include the Cities of 
Alhambra, Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, 
Claremont, Diamond Bar, Duarte, Glendora, 
Industry, Irwindale, La Canada Flintridge, La 
Verne, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, 
Pasadena, Pomona, San Dimas, San Gabriel, San 
Marino, Sierra Madre, South El Monte, South 
Pasadena, Temple City, Walnut and West Covina. 

The cities urge those concerned about SB 9 to 
contact Governor Newsom via phone at (916) 
445-2841, fax (916) 558-3160 or webpage form 
at to ask 
him to veto Senate Bill 9. 
The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments 
(SGVCOG) is a sub-regional government representing 
31 member cities, three Los Angeles 
County supervisorial districts and regional water 
districts in advocating for resources and regional 
interests to improve the quality of life in 
the San Gabriel Valley. 

a prison sentence for conduct such as gang membership 
and having a prior conviction.

• Special Directive 20-09: Youth JusticeDirects the DA’s Office not to prosecute minors 
charged with misdemeanor offenses and crimes 
in-volving property damage. The Directive also 
orders prosecutors to only file charges against minors 
in the juvenile court system. 
• Special Directive 20-10: Habeas Corpus Litigation 
Unit Special Directive 20-10 sets new policies 
for the Habeas Corpus Litigation Team to address 
wrongful convictions.
• Special Directive 20-11: Death Penalty Policy 
Special Directive 20-11 orders the DA’s Office to stop 
seeking the death penalty. 
• Special Directive 20-12: Victim Services Sets new 
policies for providing support services to victims of 
crimes, such as contacting all victims of violent crime 
within 24 hours and establishing a Victim Emer-gency 
Fund to provide financial resources to victims and 
family members impacted by violent crime. 
• Special Directive 20-13: Conviction Integrity Unit 
Establishes new policies for the Conviction Integrity 
Unit, to ensure that the DA’s office has not obtained 
wrongful convictions. 
• Special Directive 20-14: Resentencing Orders the 
DA’s Office to consider resentencing for persons who 
have already served 15 years in prison, as well as 
reconsider the length of prison sentences sought in 
pending cases. 

Remember when Facebook was full of puppy dogs and pictures of our kids 
graduating school? I’ve been able to reconnect with dozens of past friends 
and that’s been great! But now, the left and right are fighting, and if we disagree, 
we are threatened with an end of a friendship, including a Facebook 
friendship. I read a post this week by the general manager of a very popular 
and expensive eatery who simply stated, “If you can’t afford a good tip, stay 
at home.” Sure, at first read we all raised our fists and said “YES!”, but I must 
also disagree. When you go out to eat and support your favorite restaurant, 
the dollars spent have a trickle-down effect (the term originating from humorist 
Will Rogers). By going out to eat and spending $100 you are providing 
work for the cooks, host/hostess, dishwasher, purveyors, vendors, and 
yes, the owner of the restaurant. So, with all that being said, I can’t support 
this boycott, but I do agree to please tip your servers. I also like to leave a tip 
for the barista and a few dollars when I pick up a to-go order.
Here is my breakdown for tipping:

• 18% to 22% for great service when dining-in 
• $2 to $4 for a to-go order 
• $1 a drink at bar $2 for a mixed drink 
• 10% to 12% for a bottle of wine as long as they come by and pour 
Check out my YouTube channel for great tips, recipes, and reviews. 


While case rates increased among children in all age groups between mid-July and mid-
August, cases have declined by about 30% in all age groups among children (0-4, 5-11, and 
12-17 years old) over the past two weeks. The decrease is similar to the decreases we areseeing in cases among adult residents and occurred as many schools reopened with testing, 
masking, infection control and outbreak management protocols in place. Over the 
past week, children under 18 comprised, on average, 27% of all cases seen in L.A. County. 

Among L.A. County teens 12 to 17 years old, more than half of whom are vaccinated, wesee just how powerfully protective the vaccines really are. As of August 28, the case rateamong unvaccinated 12 to 17-year-olds was 424 cases among every 100,000 unvaccinated 
children in this age group compared with 51 cases among 100,000 of those vaccinated.
Among groups ineligible for vaccination, the case rate was 130 per 100,000 children aged0 to 4, and 230 per 100,000 children aged 5 to 11. 

As of September 5, 62% of L.A. County residents 12 to 15 years old received at least onedose of vaccine, while 51% were fully vaccinated. Sixty-nine percent of residents 16 to 17years old received at least one dose, and 59% were fully vaccinated. 

In K-12 school settings countywide, between August 15 and September 7, 7,784 studentcases and 1,250 staff cases were reported, with the vast majority occurring at LAUSD,
which tests everyone weekly. The second highest number of cases came from other K-12schools in L.A. County. With more than 1.5 million students and 175,000 staff countywide(by last year’s counts), 0.5% of the student body and 0.7% of staff have become infectedsince school districts reopened. This is slightly higher than the 0.4% rate of infection experienced 
overall in the County. 

Many school sites (1,032 schools) are now reporting three or more cases. Five hundred 
and seventy school sites reported one case and 260 school sites reported two cases. As thesenumbers are cumulative, it is not surprising to see cases accumulate in schools. Every caseidentified at a school needs to isolate at home away from others for 10 days from theirsymptom onset or test date. Their close contacts are identified and, if unvaccinated, theyare required to quarantine. 

Public Health investigated eight outbreaks during the week of August 22 and six last week,
with most outbreaks now taking place in elementary schools. The small number of confirmed 
outbreaks is very low and a positive sign that mitigation efforts may be very effective 
at reducing transmission. Nonetheless, we anticipate an upward trend in outbreaks asmore schools are open. 

Public Health is encouraging students and parents eager to have more information about 
COVID-19 and to help educate others in their communities about COVID-19 on how to 
create safety at school and at home, to join the Parent and Student Ambassador Programs.
Parents and students who sign up will receive free training from L.A. County educators on 
COVID-19, support for school-based activities, and a certificate of completion at the endof the program. Orientation for the parent program will take place on September 15, 2021from 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., and Public Health is accepting registrations on a rolling basis.
So far, 120 parents have signed up, representing roughly 98 different schools ranging frompreschool to high school. Public Health is also enrolling students for an upcoming studentambassador program orientation. More information including how to sign up for parentsand students is available online or you can email 

LOCAL STATISTICS 09/03/2021 vs. 09/10/2021 

Cases: 1,412,240 
Deaths: 25,364 


Altadena 43,260 3,887 79 
Arcadia 57,754 3,202 142 
Bradbury 1,069 41 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,646 98 
Monrovia 38,800 3,712 80 
Pasadena 141,371 12,772 354 
Sierra Madre 10,989 576 13 

Cases: 1,425,806 
Deaths: 25,563 


Altadena 43,260 3,920 80 
Arcadia 57,754 3,221 143 
Bradbury 1,069 41 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,667 98 
Monrovia 38,800 3,759 80 
Pasadena 141,371 12,891 356 
Sierra Madre 10,989 580 13 

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