Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 25, 2021

MVNews this week:  Page 5

New Year’s 
Closures and 

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and mostCity services will be closedon New Year’s Eve, Friday,
Dec. 31. Specific closures, 
exceptions and remindersare noted below.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with any poweremergencies should call 
Pasadena’s Water and 
Power (PWP) Department 
at (626) 744-4673. For 
water-related emergencies,
call (626) 744-4138. 
Customers can access 
their accounts and make 
payments through the 
automated phone systemat (626) 744-4005 or onlineat:

 The City’s Citizen ServiceCenter (CSC) will also beclosed Friday, Dec. 31. Youcan contact the CSC via the 
web or by calling (626) 7447311. 
City trash collection 
will occur as normal.

 Residents can drop offtheir Christmas trees 
Sunday, Dec. 26, throughSunday, Jan. 2, for recycling 
at Eaton Blanche Park 
(3100 E. Del Mar Blvd.) orRobinson Park (1081 N.
Fair Oaks Ave.) between thehours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Please remove all stands, 
ornaments and lights prior 
to drop-off. Curbside 
Christmas tree pickup will 
take place Jan. 3 throughJan. 14 on residents’ regularpickup day.

Pasadena Transit and Dial-
A-Ride transportation willnot operate on New Year’sDay, Jan. 1. Overnight 
parking restrictions will 
not be enforced from 
now through Jan. 3. All

parking meters will befree and parking time 
limits will not be enforced 
on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. All 
other parking violations,
including red curb parkingand blocking fire hydrants,
will be enforced.

 All Pasadena Public 
Library branch sites 
will be closed today andSunday. Libraries will 
reopen Monday, Dec. 27,
and remain open throughThursday, Dec. 30. Librarieswill reopen Monday, Jan. 3.

 The City’s Permit Centerwill also be closed Dec. 30 
– 31. 

All parks will be openfor picnics, fun and 
play; however, no site 
reservations are beingaccepted for the holidays.

 Follow public healthguidance to ensure the 
safest holiday possible.

Pasadena Fire and Police 
Departments will continueto be staffed for all patrol,
jail, fire, paramedic andother emergency services.
Always call 9-1-1 for life-
threatening emergencies. 
For non-emergencies, 
call (626) 744-4241. If 
you “See Something, 
Say Something.” Report 
suspicious activity 
to Pasadena Police 
Department at (626) 7444241.

 For more information 
visit: cityofpasadena.netor call the Citizen Service 
Center during business 
hours at (626) 744-7311. 

In Spite of Covid Surge Parade to March On 

partner and presenting sponsorof the Rose Parade, Honda. Thedesign concepts dramatized 
on supersized storytelling 
canvases range from whimsical 
and futuristic to heartfelt and 

 A total of 43 floats will join 20marching bands, 18 equestrianunits, and dignitaries—includingGrand Marshal LeVar Burton— 
down the historical five-and-a-
half-mile route on New Year’s 

As of this newspaper’s 
deadline Thursday afternoon,
Tournament of Roses officials 
have stated that they fullyexpect the Rose Parade and theRose Bowl Game to be held in 
Pasadena as scheduled January1 at 8 a.m. for the parade and 2

p.m. for the game.
“We are aware of the risingCOVID-19 infection rates, and 
are monitoring the situation 
very closely,” they said. “As 
we continue to work with 
the Pasadena Public Health 
Department in regards to theirhealth order, we are confidentin our ability to host both theparade and game successfully,
and in compliance with all theapplicable government protocolsneeded to keep everyone safe.
We are prepared to adjust our 
plans as necessary.”

 As for health safety protocols,
the Rose Parade, at TV-Corner,
the Rose Bowl football gameand post parade viewing, proofof vaccination or negative test,
valid ID and mask wearing arerequired by all attendees andparticipants.

As of now, vaccination and 
mask wearing are not requiredfor all of hundreds of thousands 
of spectators expected to linethe Rose Parade route alongColorado Blvd. outside of TV-
Corner. Pasadena city officials 

are encouraging vaccination 
and mask wearing for everyone.
Extra Covid testing centers willbe set up around the city daysbefore the events.

 “The health and well-beingof our parade participants andguests, as well as that of ourvolunteer members, professionalstaff and partners, remains 
our number one priority,” 
Tournament officials said.

 In a separate statement,
Tournament of Roses officials 
offered the last of five sneak 
previews of floral float entriesthat reveal the colorful and 
creative spectacle that awaitsstreetside and worldwide 
broadcast audiences New Year’s 

 This year’s float entries willbring bright florals, dramaticstorytelling, inspired designs,
and spirited riders and out-
walkers that have been Rose 
Parade hallmarks for more 
than 130 years. The theme 
of the 133rd Rose Parade — 
“Dream. Believe. Achieve.” 

— is reflected in float designsfrom longstanding participantsincluding (pictured above)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation,
City of South Pasadena, KiwanisInternational, Trader Joe’s andWestern Asset; newcomers 
AMC Theatres and ABC’s The 
Bachelor; as well as longtime 
Pasadena Appoints ActingGeneral Manager of PWP 

Interim City Manager CynthiaKurtz announced Thursday that 
Jeffrey Kightlinger will be actinggeneral manager of PasadenaWater and Power. Gurcharan 
Bawa retires from the role next 
week after serving the City of 
Pasadena for nearly 30 years.
Kightlinger was the chief 
executive officer of The 
Metropolitan Water District ofSouthern California (MWD)
from 2006 to 2021. MWD is the 
largest municipal water providerin the nation, deliveringan average of over 2 billiongallons of water a day to 19million residents in Southern 
California. MWD also funds 
local conservation and recycled 
water projects to ensure the 
region’s water reliability.
Kightlinger was the longest-
serving CEO in the history ofMWD. As CEO, he oversaw 
MWD’s $1.8 billion annual 
budget and 1,800 employees.
He was also responsible forMWD’s daily water and power 
operations, and negotiated 
strategic agreements on the 
Colorado River, the 50-year 
renewal of Hoover Dam 
hydroelectric power, and on theoperations of the State WaterProject. Prior to becoming CEO,
Kightlinger was MWD’s chief 

legal officer and a known experton water law and the law of the 
Colorado River. 
“We are fortunate to have 
Jeffrey assist us as we look atthe recruitment process for a 
permanent general manager 
for Pasadena Water and 
Power. We are experiencing 
challenging times with the 
drought, water shortages, andthe need for infrastructure 
investment. Jeffrey’s leadershipand experience will be verybeneficial, especially for ourimmediate priorities,” says 
Kightlinger has an 
undergraduate degree from 
the University of California atBerkeley and a law degree fromSanta Clara University. He has 
served on a number of boards,
including the Coro Foundation,
the USC Price School of Public 
Policy, the UCLA SustainabilityAdvisory Board, the ClimateAction Reserve among others.
Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) provides electricity tomore than 65,000 customerswithin Pasadena. PWP 
delivers water to almost 38,000households and businesses 
in Pasadena and adjacentcommunities in the San Gabriel 

Free ‘Creative 

Regular participation in thearts by older adults can helpminimize effects of age-relatedchallenges to cognitive motorskills and contribute to physical,
intellectual and emotional 
A free, eight-week series of“Creative Aging” workshopsThursdays, Jan. 13 to March3, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. onsite 
at the Pasadena Senior 
Center is designed to igniteeach participant’s distinctive 
“This workshop series is 
a perfect opportunity for 
everyone to get in touch withthe right side, also known as thecreative side, of our brains,” saidAkila Gibbs, executive directorof the Pasadena Senior Center. 
“Flexing our creative musclescan help us thrive as we age.” 
The workshops are free to 
members and nonmembers 
of the center who are 50 and 
older, whether they have artexperience or not. Residency inPasadena is not required. Eachsession will explore a differentmedium, and all materials willbe provided at no cost at thebeginning of each class.
The “Creative Aging” series 
is just one of the many freeprograms at the center that 
connects arts and healthyaging. These include the ArtExploration Club that meets thefirst and second Friday of everymonth so everyone can expresstheir creativity; and CulturalThursday events, including aJan. 13 multimedia presentationabout the life and career of 
three-time Academy Award-
winning film-score composerMax Steiner. 
The “Creative Aging” workshopsare presented by the UCLAVisual and Performing ArtsEducation Program. To register 
or for more information, visit: and 
click on Lectures & Classes,
then Workshops or call 626795-

Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 25, 2021 

Library Announces 2022 OneCity, One Story Selections 

 Pasadena Public Libraryannounced their two book 
selections for Pasadena’s 
2022 One City, One Story 
community readingcelebration. In the Countryof Women by author SusanStraight (pictured) is the 
2022 One City, One Storyselection and Stealing Home,
Los Angeles, the Dodgers andthe Lives Caught in Betweenby author Eric Nusbaum is 
the 2022 One City, One StorySummer Edition.

 Now in its 20th year, OneCity, One Story is designedto broaden and deepen anappreciation of reading andliterature and to promotetolerance and understandingof differing points of view byrecommending a compellingbook that engages the 
community in conversation.

 In the Country of Womenis set in the inland Southern 
California city of Riverside, 
near the desert and the 
Mexican border. In the 
Country of Women is avaluable social history and a 
personal narrative that readslike a love song to Americaand indomitable women.

 Straight was born in 
Riverside and still lives 
there with her family. She’spassionate about home,
California, the Santa Ana 
River, the foothills and the 
deserts, and has been writingabout Southern California 
and the inland area for 40 
years. In addition to In the 
Country of Women, she’s 
published eight novels and 
two books for children. Her 
short stories and essays havebeen published everywherefrom The New Yorker,
The New York Times, The 
Los Angeles Times, and 
The Guardian to Alta, TheBeliever, McSweeneys,
Zoetrope, Reader’s Digest,
Real Simple, and FamilyCircle. She’s been awarded 
a Guggenheim Fellowship,
the Lannan Prize for 
Fiction, a California Gold 
Medal for Fiction, and the 
Kirsch Award for Lifetime 
Achievement from the Los 
Angeles Times Book Prizes.

 One City, One Story 
community programs 
will be held throughoutMarch, with an in-personconversation with the author 
held Thursday, March 
10, at 7 p.m., at All SaintsChurch, 132 N. Euclid Ave. 
in Pasadena.

 The One City, One StorySummer Edition, Stealing 
Home, Los Angeles, the 
Dodgers and the Lives 
Caught in Between is a storyabout baseball, family, theAmerican Dream, and thefight to turn Los Angeles into 

a big league city.

 Dodger Stadium is anAmerican icon. But the storyof how it came to be goesfar beyond baseball. The 
hills that cradle the stadium 
were once home to three 
vibrant Mexican American 
communities. In the early1950s, those communities 
were condemned to make 
way for a “utopian” publichousing project. Then, ina remarkable turn, publichousing in the city was 
defeated amidst a Red Scare 

 Instead of getting theirhomes back, the remainingresidents saw the city selltheir land to Walter O’Malley,
the owner of the BrooklynDodgers. Now Los Angeleswould be getting a different 
sort of utopian fantasy -- aglittering, ultra-modern 

 But before Dodger 
Stadium could be built, 
the city would have to facedown the neighborhood’sfamilies -- including one, theAréchigas, who refused toyield their home. The ensuingconfrontation captivatedthe nation - and the divisive 
outcome still echoes throughLos Angeles today.

 Nusbaum is a writer and 
former editor at VICE. 
His work has appeared inSports Illustrated, ESPN theMagazine, among others. 
Born and raised in Los 
Angeles, he now lives inTacoma, Washington withhis family.

 Copies of the books areavailable for checkout in 
eBook, eAudio or print 
format. For more visit: 

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