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

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 11, 2021 

GPS DogCollar Used 
to Catch 
Car Thief 

Quick thinking Pasadenapolice officers used a dog’sGPS collar, last week, to 
track down a suspectedthief who drove off, stealinga victim’s car with their 
pet named Kazoo inside.
Police were able to then find 
and stop the suspect nearLAX at the 105 Freewayand Imperial Highway.

 “What our suspect didn’tknow was that the victim’s 
canine companion had 
a special collar that wasable to provide us withthe GPS location of, notonly the dog, but also the 
suspect and the stolen 
vehicle,” officers posted on 

 Kazoo, (pictured above)
was later reunited with her 
owner unharmed.

 According to Pasadenapolice, after arriving at thescene, in the area of 1000 
East Union Street, where 
the dark colored Honda and 
Kazoo had been reported 
stolen, they found another 
stolen vehicle left behind bythe suspect.

 With the help of the LosAngeles Police Department,
the suspect was arrested

without incident, officers 
Anyone with informationis asked to call Police 
at (626)-744-4241 or 
anonymously at “Crime 
Stoppers” by dialing (800)
222-TIPS (8477). 

33rd Annual 

Friday, Dec. 28 • 11

a.m. • Zoom 
Heri za Kwanzaa! Happy 

All are welcome to 
celebrate the joyous andfestive occasion of Kwanzaa 
with the Pasadena Libraryvirtually through Zoom.
Learn about Kwanzaa, and 
enjoy music and stories. AKwanzaa kinara children’s 
craft will be available for 
pick-up at the La PintorescaBranch Library Dec. 27through Dec. 30. To attendthe virtual celebration, 
sign up at: pasadena. signup/EventDetails?EventId=5106. 

Outdoor Dining Removed Before the Parade 

Pasadena city officials made an 
announcement Thursday that 
all permitted outdoor dining 
restaurants along Colorado 
Blvd. must remove their outdoor 
dining amenities within their 
barrier enclosures by Tuesday 
to allow for the Rose Parade. 

 “The city of Pasadena 
appreciates the cooperation of 
its business community as the 
city prepares for the return of 
the 133rd Tournament of Roses 
Parade,” Public Information 
Officer Lisa Derderian said. 

 The city’s Department of Public 
Works will begin removing 
traffic control barriers along 
Colorado Boulevard beginning 
Wednesday in order to return 
public streets to normal 
operations for the staging of the 

 Following the removal of 
the traffic control barriers, 
city departments will begin 
restriping parking stalls, 
perform maintenance and then 
proceed with other regularly 
scheduled parade preparation 

work. The traffic control barriers 
will be reinstalled by January 6. 
Derderian said. 

 In addition to the removal 
of traffic control barriers, 
sidewalk dining along certain 
portions of the parade route 
will be suspended beginning 

8:00 a.m. on December 31 
through 8:00 a.m. on January 
2. The suspension of sidewalkdining applies to businesses thathave outdoor dining (withinsidewalks or parklets) along theparade route and adjacent cross 
streets, within one block of the 
route. The City of Pasadenaannually suspends sidewalk 
dining to accommodate theinflux of people in the city andspectators along the route. 
Pasadena’s fire and police 
departments are expecting 
thousands of overnight campers 
who will line the route on 
New Year’s Eve and even more 
spectators parade day.

 They also advised that Colorado 
Boulevard will close beginning 
at 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 

City of Pasadena to ImplementCommunity Mediation Program

 The City of Pasadena willbe implementing a City 
Prosecutor Community 
Mediation Program. This 
program is designed to helpin the early resolution ofcommunity disputes so thatthese disputes do not rise tothe level of police, criminaljustice or court involvement.
The program will help tackle community disputes that include 
landlord/tenant disputes, homelessness-related issues, school-
related issues, neighbor disputes, consumer/merchant disputes,
labor/employment disputes, business disputes, and family/domesticdisputes among others. 

The public can now go to the City Attorney/City Prosecutorwebpage and find a description of this program along with a link thatwill allow members of the public to document an ongoing dispute.
The information will then be relayed to the City Prosecutor’s Officeto begin steps toward mediating the dispute. The mediation processin this program is done through a member of the City Prosecutor’sOffice who will facilitate communication between the parties to worktoward resolving their dispute using specialized communicationand negotiation techniques. The City Prosecutor’s Office will helpguide the parties toward a mutually agreeable solution and assist inrestoring peace and harmony among the parties and help to rebuildrelationships within the community. 

“The goal is to seek alternative solutions to issues that do not involvethe traditional justice system. Each mediation will be tailored tothe parties’ specific needs and goals. This program is voluntary,
free and confidential, and it’s an important and necessary step inlowering crime, reducing the need for long-term police resources,
fostering better relations within the community and bringing abouta better quality of life for our residents,” says Chief Assistant CityProsecutor Michael Dowd, who is overseeing the implementation 
and coordination of this program.

 The mediation program was patterned after a similar programin the City of Los Angeles. The decision to start this program inPasadena was brought about due to a large increase in city disputesconcerning property usage, quality of life issues due to homelessactivities, eviction disputes, and family and domestic incidents. Themediation program in Pasadena is unique and somewhat differentfrom the one in Los Angeles due to the fact that attorneys from theCity Prosecutor’s Office will be the mediators who attempt to fashionout a remedy for the disputes that come into the program. “Webelieve that utilizing attorneys who are well versed in the law andhave a professional connection with what is happening in Pasadenaas opposed to mediators who have no connection to the city givesour program some advantages that others lack,” concludes Dowd.

 Stay connected to the City of Pasadena at: 

and will remain closed through 
the conclusion of the staging 
and clean-up following the 
parade. If you plan to host a New 
Year’s Eve event, viewing party, 
or anticipate vendor deliveries, 
and your property’s access is via 
Colorado Boulevard, please let 
your guests and vendors know 
that they must arrive before 10 

p.m. or park in areas without 
restricted parking and walk in.
The parade route will reopen by2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1. 
For more information about 
other important Rose Parade 
planning and public safety tips, 

Library NowOffering BookClub Kits for 

The South Pasadena 
Public Library is now 
offering Book Club Kits forcheckout. These handy setsprovide all the resources 
necessary to hold yourown successful book club 
meeting. Included in eachkit are: eight copies of abook title; an informationalcard containing an authorbiography, plot summary,
and discussion questions;
a librarian-curated list of 
additional resources related 
to the themes and topicsof each book title; and a 
convenient carrying bag. 

Book Club Kits are 
available for checkout with 
a valid Library card for aperiod of six weeks. Stopby the Library today to addpopular titles like Collapseby Jared Diamond, H is forHawk by Helen Macdonald,
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee,
and many more to yourbook club roster! 
This resource is made 
possible by the South 
Pasadena Public Librarywith generous support fromthe Friends of the South 
Pasadena Public Library. 


Tournament of Roses officials 
announced Monday that theOhio State Buckeyes and theUtah Utes, champions of thePac-12 Conference, will faceeach other in the 108th Rose 
Bowl Game New Year’s Day.
The game is set to start at1 p.m. in the Rose BowlStadium.

 According to a statement,
this year’s Rose Bowl Gamewill be Ohio State’s 16th 
appearance in the Rose BowlGame but will mark the first 
appearance by the Utes inThe Granddaddy of ThemAll.

 “We look forward to hostinga traditional Big Ten andPac-12 Rose Bowl Game 
on New Year’s Day withOhio State and Utah,” saidPasadena Tournament of 
Roses President Bob Miller. 
“The Buckeyes are a programwith a strong history inPasadena and we are thrilled 
to welcome the Utes for the 
first time in history at TheGranddaddy of Them All.”

 This year’s Rose Bowl Gamewill be the second meetingof Ohio State and Utah. The 
last time the two teams met 

on the gridiron was in 1986, 
when the Buckeyes beat the 
Utes, 64-6.

 Ohio State captured a 
share of the Big Ten EastChampionship when they 
defeated Michigan State, 
56-7, on November 20. TheBuckeyes finished the seasonwith a 10-2 record and were 
8-1 in conference play. OhioState, who has an 8-7 record 
in the Rose Bowl Game, 
last played in Pasadena in2019 when they defeatedWashington, 28-23.

 Utah won its first Pac-12 
Championship with a 3810 
victory over Oregon lastweek. The Utes finished the 
10-3 overall with an 8-1 mark 
in conference play. The Utes, 
who are 17-7 in bowl games,
will be making their thirdappearance in a New Year’sSix bowl game overall.

 Pre-game festivities on 
January 1, will begin at 1 p.m.
PT (4 p.m. ET). The game isset to be televised nationallyon ESPN. 
Tickets for the Rose Bowl 
Game sent on sale Tuesday.
For more information visit: 

South Pas Housing ElementComment Period Extended

 The City of South Pasadenaencourages the community toreview and comment on the 
Public Review Draft 2021-2029 
Housing Element as the cityawaits receipt of comments 
from the State Departmentof Housing and CommunityDevelopment. Accordingly,
the comment period has beenextended to December 22 
according to city staff.

 The Housing Element 
establishes how the city willguide housing unit development,
protection, maintenance and 
other issues related to quality oflife and fair housing for SouthPasadena residents. In this 
housing element cycle, the Stateis requiring policies that supportconstruction of a significantnumber of new units affordable 
to households at all income 
levels. Focusing on facilitatingthe provision of multi-familyand mixed-use housing andaccessory dwelling units, thePublic Review Draft HousingElement has been formulated 
to comply with State statutes 

and the Regional HousingNeeds Allocation of 2,067 unitsassigned to South Pasadena.

 The Public Review Draft is 
available to view and download 
at the South Pasadena HousingElement Update page at: Send 
comments to the CommunityDevelopment Department 
at: housingelement@ 

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