Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 1, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 1, 2022 


Once again, Foothill Unity Center has outdone themselves serving local communities. This time it was 
1500 San Gabriel Valley families who were recipients of Holiday Gift food boxes and toy/gift bags to 
make Christmas 2021 their best one ever! 

On Monday, Dec. 20 and Wed. Dec 22, there was a drive through distribution at both the 
Monrovia and Pasadena sites with volunteers and community partners working together to help local 
families. It was amazing and so well organized. The A.M. event targeted pre-registered families. Their 
car stopped at the first “station”, turning in their pre-registration. There were specially chosen toys for 
these families! Not one or two toys, but several items packed into large trash bags! At the first pick-up 
point, they received their bag.

The car proceeded forward and stopped. A volunteer brought a box of food items-nonperishable; 
then someone came out with a shopping cart full of fresh food items. Lastly another wonderful 
non-profit, Simply Help Foundation brought a bag. It contained many awesome items including a 
blanket, two packages of multiple face masks. (One was for small children) and a portable charger for 
phones and more!

I walked into the warehouse and saw a few volunteers, loading the shopping carts. One would 
bring the cart to a car, and load the recipient’s trunk.

I met Angie, the warehouse manager, who was making nutritious lunches, which included 
sandwiches, two fruit and healthy snack items.

There are SO MANY WONDERFUL PEOPLE I want to give a “Shout Out” to! Tashera Taylor, 
CEO of the Center; Mike Antenesse; Raina Martinez; Helen, the Office Manager, who gave me the 
tour and showed how the distribution was carried out; Angie, Warehouse Manager and the MANY 
volunteers who made this awesome event possible. Duarte City Council members Jody Schulz and Cesar 
Garcia even came to help. I cannot imagine how grateful all the families were! Thank you Foothill 
Unity Center! I also need to point out that MANY VOLUNTEERS help the Foothill Unity Center on 
a daily, even weekly basis. PLEASE visit their website. The Center does SO MUCH FOR OUR COMMUNITIES 
serving seven local cities and surrounding unincorporated areas. To learn more about this 
wonderful non-profit and the MANY services it provides, please visit their website: www.foothillunity . 

USC Trojan Affiliates, a women’s organization 
located in the San Gabriel Valley, supports the Univer-


sity of Southern California and welcomes all interested 
women to attend its meetings and events. All women 
parents, alumni, and friends of USC are encouraged to 



attend. Gentleman, are of course, welcome to attend 
the meeting as well. The group usually meets five times 

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic 

a year at various homes and locations within the San 

Surgery, USC Verdugo Hospital, Dr. Paul Gilbert, M.D. 

Gabriel Valley and hosts additional social and cultural 

will speak on “Computers & Technology in Orthopae

events while raising needed scholarship funds for USC 

dic Surgery” to the USC Trojan Affiliates on Thursday, 

students. It currently supports fourteen students who 

January 13, 2022 at a private home in San Marino. The 

attended local San Gabriel Valley high schools. The ap

meeting will begin with social time at 6:30 p.m. fol-

plication deadline is February 1, 2022 and additional 

lowed by the program at 7:00 p.m. 

information is available via email at scholarships@ 

Dr. Gilbert is an assistant professor in the De 

partment of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck Medical 
School of USC. He specializes in hip and knee replace-

USC Trojan Affiliates is in its sixth year of con

ment and preservation. He has performed thousands 

tributing money to its first scholarship endowment fund 

of joint replacements over the past twenty years. Dr. 

of $100,000, (now well over the initial funded amount) 

Gilbert has pioneered computer navigation, minimally 

using these dollars to support its scholars. Money is also 

invasive techniques and advanced pain management 

raised from selling unique USC products --- jewelry, 

programs. His fascination with the application of com-

scarves, clothing, tablecloths, towels, handmade signs, 

puter technology in surgery and the benefit of sophis

and more. Their newest product item is a custom de

ticated instruments for procedural accuracy has led Dr. 

signed scarf by USC Alumna and famed artist, Gayle 

Gilbert to adopt robotics for his partial knee replace-

Garner Roski . Members also volunteer at the Pasadena 

ments. Recent advances in orthorobotics allows for the 

Showcase House to earn funds and participate in the 

successful implantation of single compartment knee 

USC SCupper, USC Day of SCervice, USC Homecom

replacements in appropriate cases. Dr. Gilbert has used 

ing, and Swim With Mike, and other programs to sup-

computer navigation in over five hundred joint replace-

port the University and its students. 

ment procedures. Areas of current research capturing 

If a community member has an interest in be-

his attention are the use of tourniquets in knee replace

ing a speaker at an upcoming Trojan Affiliates meeting, 

ment surgery and the success of partial knee replace-

please contact Program Chairman, Jacqueline Good

ments. Dr. Gilbert is board certified by the American 

man, at 

Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the 

First year Trojan Affiliates President Ann 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He com-

Palmer of Sierra Madre, looks forward to welcoming 

pleted undergraduate work at the University of Califor

prospective members to this meeting. 

nia San Diego and received his BA in 1977. He earned 

For information, reservations, and the loca

his medical degree from the USC School of Medicine 

tion information for the meeting, please contact Trojan 

and went on to complete his internship and residency in 

Affiliates Reservations Chairman Sarah Sismondo by 

orthopedic surgery at Los Angeles County+USC Medi-

January 10th at or (626) 303-7284 

cal Center 

The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 

The List that you’ve been waiting for 

1. I resolve to drink more water when I drink. 
- Translation – add more ice to my drinks
2. I resolve to send back cold food, even if I’m 
Translation – No Mr. Nice Guy 
3 I resolve to ask to be moved if there are screaming kids next to me.
Translation – “Two things I can’t stand crying women and crying babies.” 

4. I resolve to send back my meat if its not cooked to my liking.
Translation – I want more perfection in 2022
5. I resolve to order a Grande at Starbucks instead of a Venti to save 
Translation – Watch out Starbucks a big dip in the stock in 2022
6. I resolve to smoke more cigars this year.
Translation – I always smoke with my friends.
7. I resolve to ask the dumb question, is it really a Champagne Brunchor a Sparkling Wine Brunch?
Translation – It is always a Sparkling Wine Brunch
8. I resolve to ask, is it really World Famous?
Translation – Never World Famous, often people in the neighborhooddon’t know the place.
9. I resolve to tip 10% if the service warrants it.
Translation - Yeah right - I know I am a coward when it comes tostiffing these waiters, even when they deserve it.
10. I resolve to cook one meal a week at home. 
Translation – One more than I am now! 

Bonus When ordering to-go food I will have my order ready before getting on the phone! 




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With Delta and Omicron transmissions surging, L.A. County today reported more than 16,000 
new cases in one of the highest daily case counts of the pandemic. 

Over the past week, Public Health reported cases have increased 91% (from 8,633 to 16,510), 
test positivity rates have more than doubled from 8.7% to 17.6%, and daily hospitalizations have 
jumped over 30% (from 770 to 1,069). 

As of December 25th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised estimates on 
variant prevalence, with Omicron now estimated to account for 59% of all U.S. infections and 
Delta for 41% of infections. In the week ending December 18th, 54% of L.A. County sequenced 
positive cases were Omicron variants. 

Keeping family members, the community, and those most vulnerable safe from the quickly 
spreading Omicron and Delta variants is of paramount importance. Public Health urges residents 
to scale down New Year’s plans by limiting gatherings to a very small number of people 
where everyone is fully vac-cinated and boosted if eligible. Large, crowded events are just too 
risky this holiday. Individuals who are sick should remain isolated from others, and everyone 
should wear a mask, even when indoors, if gathering with people not in your household. Vaccinations 
and boosters remain the best protection against severe illness and disease from COVID. 

“I send my heartfelt condolences to everyone mourning the loss of a loved one to COVID-19,” 
said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “As cases continue to rise, 
it is im-portant that we all use the tools available to help us curb the spread. As we get ready to 
welcome the new year, this includes re-thinking party plans, limiting time indoors with non-
household members, and isolating from others if feeling sick. And always wear a medical grade 
mask when in close contact with others outside your household. With increasing evidence that 
vaccinated, and where eligible, boosted individuals have significant protection against severe 
COVID illness, the best way to limit heartache during one of the worst COVID surges, is to get 
vaccinated and boosted as quickly as possible.” 

Thursday’s positivity rate is 17.6%. 

There are 1,069 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available for 
more than 9,988,700 individuals, with 15% of people testing positive. 

Public Health would like to remind residents that getting vaccinated or boosted remains critical 
as holiday traveling and gatherings begin. Additionally, all residents across LA County should 

• Getting tested to help reduce the spread, especially if you traveled for the holidays, 
have had a possible exposure, or have symptoms, or are gathering with people not in your 
• Adhering to masking requirements when indoors or at large outdoor mega events, regardless 
of vaccination statusResidents are also reminded that they are legally required to be isolated if they have a positive 
COVID test result and that vaccinated close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close 
contacts need to be quarantined.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and are recommended for everyone 5 years old and 
older to help protect against COVID-19. Vaccinations are always free and open to eligible residents 
and work-ers regardless of immigration status. Appointments are not needed at all Public 
Health vaccination sites and many community sites where first, second, and third doses are 

 To find a vaccination site near you, or to make an appointment, please visit: (English) or (Spanish). 
If you need assistance, you can also call 1-833-540-0473 for help: 
Finding an appointmentConnect to free transportation to and from a vaccination site, or 
Schedule a home visit if you are homebound. 
For more information regarding COVID-19 in LA County you can also visit the Public Health 
website at here you will find information on: 
COVID-19 sector protocols & best practices, 
COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboards, and 
COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive and, Recovery Dashboards 


WHERE WE ARE NOW 12/30/21 VERSUS (THEN-12/25/20) 
Cases/Deaths are still occuring especially among the unvaccinated. 

Cases 2021 (2020) Deaths 2021 (2020)
LA County 1,649,376 (677,299) 27,601 (9,299) 


Adults 12+ 84.5% Seniors 97.4% 
Cases Deaths Fully VaccinatedArcadia 3,926 (2360) 149 ( 46) 85.4% 
Altadena 4,729 (1799) 82 (26) 81.2% 
Bradbury 44 ( 32) 0 ( 0) 67.4% 
Duarte 3,046 (1234) 103 (42) 79.3% 
Monrovia 4,530 (1745) 87 (41) 76.7% 
Pasadena 15,236 (5892) 370 (150) 80.9% 
Sierra Madre 793 ( 266) 14 ( 5) 85.5% 
So.Pasadena 2124 (708) 49 ( 28) 89.8%