Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 30, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 30, 2021 

Police to 
hold Reverse 

 The Pasadena Police 
Department encourages 
everyone to celebrate safely 
thisHalloween. Pasadena 
PD officers will be 
spreading Halloween cheer 
by searching for colored 
pages posted on front 
doors and windows as they 
patrol the neighborhoods. 

 To participate: download 
the coloring page or pick 
one up at your local library 
or community center, be 
creative and color as you 
wish, contact the Pasadena 
Police Department 
Community Relations 
Section at (626)744-4551 
to get on the participant 
list, and be on the lookout 
for one of our friendly 
officers dropping off some 

 Pick up a coloring sheet 
at your local library or 
community center or 
download and print at: 

South Pas 
Forum on 

The City of South 
Pasadena, in partnership 
with Senator Anthony 
Portantino, will host a 
community discussion of 
Senate Bill 381 on Tuesday, 
beginning at 6:00 p.m. The 
community forum is an 
opportunity for the public 
to learn more about the 
legislation and next steps 
in the process.

 Senator Anthony 
Portantino worked closely 
with the City of South 
Pasadena to draft SB 381 
to accelerate the sale of 
Caltrans owned properties 
and restore neighborhoods 
suffering the numerous 
adverse consequences of 
decades-long neglect of 
many of the residential 
properties located within 
the corridor. SB 381 
provides protections for 
existing tenants, includes a 
strategy to protect historic 
homes, and gives flexibility 
to the City of South 
Pasadena to create more 
affordable housing. SB 
381 gives current tenants 
of single-family and multifamily 
residences new 
opportunities to purchase 
properties while at the 
same time allow the City 
and their housing partners 
to acquire and renovate the 
unoccupied properties. 

 There will be a presentation 
covering key elements of 
the bill and addressing 
common questions and 

The virtual meeting will 
be conducted over ZOOM. 
No registration is required 
to participate. There will be 
opportunity for questions 
and comments during the 
live meeting. Questions 
and comments may also 
be submitted in advance 
to SB381comment@ 

 For more information 
then search “senate-bill381-

Tournament Announces 2022 Rose Queen 

The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses announced Tuesday that 
they have named La Cañada 
High School senior Nadia 
Chung as the 103rd Rose Queen 
at a ceremony held on the front 
steps of Tournament House.

 The announcement was made 
by 2022 Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses President Bob 
Miller and followed a month-
long selection process with 
students from 24 Pasadena 
area schools participating in 
interviews. The Rose Queen 
and Royal Court were selected 
based upon a combination 
of qualities, including public 
speaking ability, academic 
achievement, youth leadership, 
and community and school 

 The event was hosted by Lynette 
Romero, anchor/reporter of the 
KTLA5 Morning News.

 Nadia is a senior at La Cañada 
High School and lives in La 
Cañada. She is currently a 
journalist for the Los Angeles 
Times in the High School Insider 
division, a company member of 
California Contemporary Youth 
Ballet, an intern at the Outlook 
Newsgroup, President of the 
LCHS Speech and Debate team, 
coordinator for accessibility in 
debate education with Beyond 
Resolved, President of the 
Mock Trial Team, Managing 
Editor of the Outspoken Oppa, 
President of the Mini Mission, 
President of Concert Choir, Girl 
Scout Member, Vice President 

of the Los Angeles MD Junior 
Chapter, publicity chair for 
LCHS UNICEF, Secretary for 
the National English Honor 
Society and member of the 2020 
Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal 
Court. Nadia enjoys training 
and performing classical ballet, 
advocating for social justice, 
reading, writing, hiking with 
her brother, and spending 
time with family and friends. 
In college, she plans to study 
political science and journalism. 
She is interested in attending 
Georgetown, UC Berkeley, 
UCLA, USC, Northwestern, 
American University or Brown. 
Ultimately, Nadia aspires to 
attend law school and become a 
civil rights attorney.

 During the coronation 
ceremony, President Miller 
presented Rose Queen Nadia 
Chung with a Mikimoto 
crown featuring more than 600 
cultured pearls and six carats of 

 Rose Queen Nadia Chung 
and the 2022 Royal Court will 
attend numerous community 
and media functions, serving as 
ambassadors of the Tournament 
of Roses, the Pasadena 
community, and the greater Los 
Angeles area. Each Royal Court 
member will receive a $7,500 
educational scholarship from 
the Pasadena Tournament of 

 The 133rd Rose Parade, themed 
“Dream. Believe. Achieve.,” 
will be held on Saturday, 

Gershwin and Dvorák 
Lead Symphony’s Tributeto the American Sound 

 The Pasadena Symphony 
continues its 2021-22 season 
with Rhapsody in Blue on 
Saturday, November 13th at 
Ambassador Auditorium with 
both matinee and evening 
performances at 2:00pm and 
8:00pm. Concertgoers will 
experience the music that 
defined the American sound 
with iconic works by Gershwin 
and Dvorák. The effervescence 
of Gilmore Young Artist 
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner will 
delight on Gershwin’s Jazz Age 
masterpiece, and audiences 
will get lost in one of the most 
popular symphonies of all time, 
Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9,
“New World”— a tribute to the 
American spirit.

The Pasadena Symphony’s 
second annual Composer’s 
Showcase returns with Nkeiru 
Okoye’s Voices Shouting Out 
to open the show. Written as 
an artistic response to 9/11, 
Okoye’s piece honors our 
determined unity as a nation, 
a voice of affirmation for those 
fighting for our safety, and a 
sparkling celebration of life. 
Artistic Partner Anna Rakitina, 
Assistant Conductor of the 
Boston Symphony Orchestra, 
and only the second female 
to hold this position, will 

lead the orchestra for this 
colorful program exploring the 
American sound.

 In order to provide the 
safest possible experience 
for all concertgoers, entry 
to all Pasadena Symphony 
concerts will require proof 
of full Covid-19 vaccination. 
For a list of accepted forms of 
proof and the most up to date 
venue safety protocols, please

 The Pasadena Symphony 
provides a vibrant experience 
specially designed for the music 
lover, the social butterfly or a 
date night out and the inner 
epicurean in us all. Make 
your time at the symphony a 
special occasion by dining at 
the outdoor Rusnak Symphony 
Lounge. In order to provide the 
safest possible experience, all 
food must be pre-ordered. For 
more information, visit: https://

 All concerts are held at 
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 
South St. John Ave, Pasadena, 
CA. Subscription packages 
start at as low as $99. Single 
tickets start at $35 and may 
be purchased online at www. 
pasadenasymphony-pops.orgor by calling (626) 793-7172. 

January 1, 2022, followed by 
the 108th Rose Bowl Game. 
For more information, visit: 

Photo: Tournament of Roses 
President Bob Miller and 2022 
Rose Queen Nadia Chung,
Courtesy of the Tournament ofRoses 

CommunityOrchestra to 
Perform Live 

The Pasadena Community 
Orchestra is set to hold 
their first live concert 
since January 2020. The 
concert will be held in the 
Auditorium of Pasadena 
High School. As with all 
our concerts, it will be 
free of charge – no tickets 
required. We will perform 
as four separate groups 
of instruments: brass, 
woodwinds, percussion and 
strings. There will be a brief 
intermission between each 

R. Strauss Fanfare for the 
Vienna Philharmonic 
McCarter Prelude and 
Excursions for brass 
Rondeau Little Brass 
SymphonyGounod Petite Symphonie 
for woodwinds 
Kraft Trio for 
percussionRhuling Primness from 
Britten Simple Symphony 
for strings 
As a way to have the concert 
experience to be enjoyable 
and safe for all attendees, 
along with many other arts 
organizations, organizers 
are requiring proof of full 
vaccination for entry, and 
wearing of a face mask while 
in the auditorium.

 Free parking is available 
on the north side of Sierra 
Madre Blvd, just west of the 
junction with Washington 
Blvd. The Auditorium faces 
south, and is immediately 
adjacent to the parking lot.

 Pasadena High School 
Auditorium is located 2925 
E Sierra Madre Blvd. For 
more information visit: or call (626) 

AbilityFirst Opens 'Flagship'Lawrence L. Frank Center 

Following its historic merger 
with FVO Solutions, Inc. Last 
year, AbilityFirst marked 
another milestone with the 
grand opening of its Pasadena 
“flagship” location, the 
AbilityFirst Lawrence L. Frank 
Center, on Thursday. 

 The nonprofit, which provides 
programs and services to 
help children and adults with 
disabilities reach their full 
potential, recently raised $6 
million for its capital campaign– 
“Building Independence, 
Celebrating Community” 
during a time when many 
fundraising efforts were on hold 
for nonprofit organizations 
across the country due to the 
pandemic. The funds have been 
used to complete the planned 
renovations of AbilityFirst’s 
aging mid-century modern 
center in Pasadena and the 
AbilityFirst Long Beach 
Center, which is still under 

 “It is an exciting day for 
AbilityFirst as we have just 
completed the planned 
renovations on the Lawrence 

L. Frank Center in Pasadena, 
which is one of the two 
buildings that are part of the 
$6 million capital campaign, 
‘Building Independence, 
Celebrating Community.’” 
said Keri Castañeda, Chief 
Operations Officer of 
AbilityFirst. The second 
building is the AbilityFirst 
Long Beach Center. “The 
Lawrence L. Frank Center is 
the central hub for AbilityFirst’s 
expanding ExploreAbility, 
College to Career and After-
school programs for children 
and adults with developmental 
disabilities, so we are thrilled 
with the opportunity to 
upgrade our facilities.”

 A formal presentation 
featuring welcome remarks was 
given, along with resolutions 
from legislators.

 “It’s good encouraging the 
community to get involved 
with AbilityFirst, but also 
educating my colleagues about 
the amazing work being done 
here,” said Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 
“And, as long as I am in office, 
AbilityFirst will always have 
a champion working to help 
them in any way that I can!”

 The grandson of Lawrence L. 
Frank and AbilityFirst board 
member and co-chair of the 
capital campaign, Richard 

R. Frank, was in attendance 
and shared his remarks at the 
podium. “We just look around 
and know that it’s Calvin Straub 
and our dad’s fingerprints all 
over the architecture here. It’s 
particularly gratifying and 
rewarding that we’ve been able 
to bring this building forward 
and get it ready for the next 50 
years. It’s a real delight to see it 
today and to have the project 
Legislators in attendance 
included: Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 
Pasadena Councilmember 
Gene Masuda (District 
4), Susana Porras of 
Pasadena Councilmember 
John J. Kennedy (District 
3), Field Representative 
Ann Hickanbottom from 
Assemblymember’s Chris 
Holden’s office, and Field 
Representative Dominick 
Correy from Senator Anthony 
Portantino’s office, who were 
also given tours of the updated 
center in Pasadena. 

Pasadena Installs Second 
Public Fast Charging Station

 Gurcharan Bawa, General is located near the Arroyo 
Manager of Pasadena Water Parkway exit on the 110 
and Power announce Thursday Freeway, at 64 E Glenarm Street 
that the Arroyo Electric Vehicle in Pasadena. 
Charging Depot is now open Since the launch ofthe “Power 
to the public. The Depot is the Up Pasadena” campaign more 
second largest fast charging site than 100 chargers are available 
co-developed with Pasadena for public use throughout 
Water and Power (“PWP”) the city. Additionally, the 
and Tesla. The station hosts 20 Commercial EV Rebate 
Tesla V3 Superchargers and six Program has helped to bring 3 
“Power Up Pasadena”-branded 72 chargers to local businesses. 
chargers, four of which are In an effort to encourage the 
the newest and fastest electric adoption of electric vehicles, 
vehicle (“EV”) chargers owned the City has made all “Power 
by the city Bawa said. Up Pasadena” -branded fast 

 “Drivers will be able to charge chargers free for public use for 
their vehicles and add up to 100 a limited time. To learn more 
miles in less than 15 minutes.” visit:

 The Arroyo Charging Depot 

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