Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 15, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 15, 2022 

Martin Luther 
King Jr. Day


 Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and manyCity services will be closedMonday, in observance ofMartin Luther King Jr. Day.

 City Council will notmeet on Martin Luther 
King Jr. Day. City Councilis scheduled to meet the 
following Monday, Jan. 24.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with power 
emergencies should call 
Pasadena Water and 
Power (PWP) at (626) 7444673. 
For water-related 
emergencies, call (626)
744-4138. PWP’s Customer 
Service Call Center will be 
closed, but customers can 
access their accounts and 
make payments by phoneat (626) 744-4005 or onlineat:

 The Municipal ServicesPayment Center, CitizenService Center, and ParkingOffice will be closed. The 
City of Pasadena will NOTcollect trash, recycling or 
yard waste on Monday.
Collection will occur one 
day after your regular 
pickup day.

 All parking meters willbe free, and parking timelimits will not be enforced; 
however, violations for 
overnight parking, red 
curb parking, “No Parking”
zones, and blocking firehydrants will be enforced.
All regular enforcement 
resumes Tuesday.
The Permit Center will 
also be closed; however, 
some services will be 
available via Permit 
Center Online, where 
you can obtain subtrade 
permits and submit plansfor commercial tenant 
improvements (new) andaccessory dwelling units.
In-person operations willresume Tuesday.

Pasadena Transit and 
Dial-A-Ride buses will 
operate on regular weekdayschedules on Monday.
Pasadena Public Librarysites will be closed Sunday,
and Monday, Jan. 17, andwill reopen Tuesday.

 Pasadena Fire and Police 
Departments will continue 
to provide patrol, jail, 
fire, paramedic and all 
other emergency services.
Residents are advised to 
always call 9-1-1 for life-
threatening emergencies. 
For all other non-
emergencies, call (626)
744-4241. As always, “IfYou See Something, SaySomething.” 

Pasadena continues to 
experience a surge in 
COVID-19 infections. 
Pasadena employers willsoon be required to provideupgraded face masks— 
such as N95 or KN95—to 
their on-site employees, 
contracted workers and 
volunteers to wear at all 
times while indoors at 
their worksite. The new 
health order is expectedto be issued this week and 
will take effect on Monday.
Employers are encouragedto procure and upgrademasks for their employeesprior to Jan. 17. 

For more information visit: 


By Dean Lee

 In an abundance of caution, the City 
of Pasadena Parks, Recreation and 
Community Services Department andthe Black History Planning Committeeannounced Wednesday the cancellation ofthe 2022 Black History Parade and Festivaldue to COVID-19 concerns. This year'sparade would have been held Feb. 19.

 The announcement came less than two 
weeks after city officials, along with theTournament of Roses held the Rose 
Parade, an event that invited hundreds ofthousands of people to Pasadena.

 By contrast, the Black History Paradeusually has around 80 entries with parade 
goers numbering in the thousands 
according to event organizers.

 The event is usually held on the thirdSaturday of February with the last paradeand festival last taking place on Feb.15,2020. 
“Fortunately, the City and Black HistoryPlanning Committee will host a widevariety of free family-friendly events 
this year in celebration of Black HistoryMonth,” they said. All events will complywith Pasadena Public Health DepartmentCOVID-19 protocols. 


Support Black-Owned Businesses Feb. 1-28 

Community members are encouragedto support local Black-owned businessesduring the month of February and always. 

Take and Make Craft Inspired by ArtistJean-Michael Basquiat 
Registration begins Tuesday, Feb. 1Let the inspiration of Jean-Michel 
Basquiat’s graffiti street art inspire you topaint a self-portrait in similar style. Sign upfor your kit while supplies last. Kits can bepicked up at San Rafael Branch Library. 

Partners to History: Martin Luther King Jr.,
Ralph David Abernathy, and the Civil RightsMovement by Donzaleigh Abernathy

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. on ZoomRalph David Abernathy and Martin 
Luther King, Jr. were inseparable andtogether helped to establish what wouldbecome the modern American Civil RightsMovement. They preached, marched andwere frequently jailed together. DonzaleighAbernathy, Ralph’s youngest daughter, haswritten Partners to History as a testamentto the courage, strength and enduranceof these men who stirred a nation with 
their moral fortitude. She also pays tributeto the thousands of unsung heroes— 

the other partners to this history—whowere foot soldiers in the endless strugglefor freedom, justice and equality. Thisdocument captures in words and pictureshow the dream of two visionaries changedthe course of American history.
Register now to attend the Zoom session. 

Out of the Pantry: Cooking Class for Teens

Monday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. on ZoomCook up a tasty dish with ingredientsfrom the pantry. Learn about Creole ricefritters, also known as calas, and how tomake them. Cooking supplies are availablefor pickup from Hastings Library. Pleaserefer to the equipment, ingredients list andconfirmation email for further instructions 
to ensure you’re prepared for the lesson.
For teens only. Register now to attend. 

Pasadena People, Places, and Events Shapedby African Americans

Monday, Feb. 14 - Saturday, Feb. 19Take a virtual tour with local communitymembers as they provide information onlandmarks, educational institutions, sports,
businesses and other areas impacted byBlack Pasadenans. View more details,
including how to register. 

More Than the Peanut 

Thursday, Feb. 24, 4:30 p.m., Lamanda ParkBranch LibraryJoin us as we learn about GeorgeWashington Carver and complete nature-
focused STEAM activities inspired by hislife. For ages 6 and up. Register now to 

Kidpreneur Showcase Expo

Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., RobinsonPark Recreation Center 
Held in partnership with NeighborhoodSurvants, join the first annual “kidpreneur”
event which will celebrate and showcase 
youth ages 6-17 for their creativity andachievement in small business and other 
entrepreneurial ventures. Youth will 
have an opportunity to display, pitch andpromote their products and services. Viewmore information. 

Drive-In Movie 

Saturday, Feb. 26, 5-10 p.m., BrooksidePark Area H, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Free family-friendly drive-in movie in 
celebration of Black History Month. 
Live music begins at 5 p.m., and free,
individually-wrapped snacks will be 
provided to the first 100 cars in attendance.
Pre-registration recommended.

 For more information on these and other 
upcoming events, visit 


In assessing our upcoming co-production ofMike Lew’s Teenage Dick, originally planned tobe performed February 1-27, Playhouse staffhave proactively made the decision to moveit to digital streaming, which will be madeavailable exclusively at pasadenaplayhouse.orgthis February. Streaming dates and details areto be announced. 
The Playhouse has joined with WoollyMammoth Theatre Company and HuntingtonTheatre Company to create this extraordinaryand powerful production and are fortunate tohave professionally recorded the show a fewweeks ago during the in-person run in Boston.
By streaming the production, they are stillhonoring our commitments to pay the artistsand crew who have worked so hard to make 
this show happen during these challengingtimes. They will be able to bring this show to 
audiences beyond Pasadena, making TeenageDick more accessible to more people.
They currently plan to return to in-personperformances with our much-anticipated runof Ann (March 22 to April 24) written by andstarring Holland Taylor. Tickets will be on 

sale in the coming weeks for this production,
freestyle love supreme July 12 to August 7, andone more production to be announced.
When they moved forward with thier 2021 –
2022 Season, organizers all understood that 
while getting back to the stage was vitallyimportant for our artists, crew, staff, and 
audiences, we would need to be flexible in 
response to the ebb and flow of COVID-19cases in our community.
The Playhouse approach has been to take eachshow individually and assess the environmentin the weeks prior to opening to see if theycould safely proceed. they said they werefortunate that during the run of Head OverHeels, their first Mainstage production in 20+
months, they did not have a single case ofCOVID-19 in the company.
Pasadena Playhouse Members and those 
who have already purchased tickets willbe contacted in the coming weeks with 
information regarding access to the streamingproduction. For more information visit: 


California State Assembly Speaker 
Anthony Rendon appointed 
Assemblymember Chis Holden 
Monday as Chair of the California 
State Assembly Committee on 

 “I appreciate his confidence in 
my ability to chair this important 
committee," Holden said.

 The Assembly Committee 
on Appropriations primaryjurisdiction includes all fiscal bills 
including bonds and alternative 
public financing.

“After serving nearly 24 years 
on the Pasadena City Council, 
and nine years in the California 
State Assembly, I have learned the 
important balance of maintaining 
fiscal responsibility and advancing 
effective public policy. I look forward 
to working with my colleagues as 
we endeavor for another impactful 
legislative session,” said Holden.

 Holden formally chaired the 
Assembly Committee on Utilities 
and Energy for five years where 
its primary jurisdictions included 
public utilities, the California Public 

Utilities Commission, energy 
companies, telecommunications 
and international trade, among 
others. He will continue as a 
member of this committee as 
well as the Assembly Committee 
on Judiciary, the Assembly 
Committee on Communications 
and Conveyance and the Assembly 
Committee on Environmental 
Science and Toxic Materials. 

 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratoryhas been named one of the Best Places to 
Work in 2022 among large employers in 
the U.S., ranking No. 12 on Glassdoor’sEmployees’ Choice Awards list honoring100 employers. This marks JPL’s debut 
on the awards list, which is based solely 
on anonymous and voluntary reviews 
posted by current and former employeeson Glassdoor’s website between Oct. 20,2020, and Oct. 18.

 Managed for NASA by Caltech inPasadena, California, JPL is a world leaderfor robotic exploration of the universe.
The laboratory employs a workforceof about 7,000 Caltech employees and 

 This year’s award – based on reviewswritten during the COVID-19 pandemic,
when most employees have been workingremotely – marks the first time that 
diversity and inclusion ratings were partof the algorithm Glassdoor uses to makethe list. 
“ JPL achieves the great things it doesbecause of the great people who workhere,” said JPL Interim Director LarryJames. “We’re an employer of choice.
Innovation drives so much of what we 
do at JPL, and our inclusiveness helpsdrive that innovation. And to see the 

JPL Among ‘Best Places to Work’ in 2022 

N95 mask. 

All hygiene kits distributed during theunsheltered count will contain N95 
masks and surgical masks (previouslyonly surgical masks).
All volunteers will be required to takea rapid antigen test within 24 hours ofthe count, which will be provided bythe City. 

Any volunteer who has begun a periodof quarantine or isolation within the10 days prior to the count will not bepermitted to participate.
Those interested in volunteering forthe Pasadena Homeless Count, nowtaking place on the evening of Feb. 22from 8 - 10 p.m. and the morning ofFeb. 23 from 6 - 8 a.m., can register forthe reserve volunteer list. Please visit
count by Feb. 4 to sign up. 
Questions should be directed to Dan 
Davidson at 

Homeless Count Postponed

City officials announced Thursdaythat after careful consideration and 
consultation with Pasadena Public 
Health Department and local homelessservices providers, the Department ofHousing has requested an exceptionfrom the U.S. Department of Housingand Urban Development (HUD)
in order to postpone the annualhomeless count to the night of Feb. 22.
The City typically collects data frompeople experiencing homelessness inunsheltered and sheltered locations 
during the annual Point-in-Time 
Count within the last 10 days of Januaryas mandated by HUD they said. 

While ensuring the safety of volunteersand participants had been at the cruxof planning efforts well before theomicron surge, the department willimplement heightened safety measureswhen the count takes place in Februarybased on recommendations from 
Pasadena Public Health Department:
All volunteers will be provided with an 

overwhelmingly positive feedback at 
a time when so many employees are 
away from JPL’s campus is all the more 

 The Lab was recognized in the categoryof U.S. large companies that have atleast 1,000 employees. To be eligible,
employees must have submitted at least 75ratings across nine workplace attributes, 
which include career opportunities, 
compensation and benefits, and 
culture and values. (To see the sorts ofemployment opportunities available, goto

 JPL has also been named a best place towork in California by Forbes and – forthe ninth consecutive year – a best placeto work in IT by IDG Insider Pro andComputerworld.

The federally funded research and 
development center’s location at the baseof the San Gabriel Mountains dates back to 
1936, when a group of rocket enthusiasts,
working under Caltech graduate studentFrank Malina, conducted rocket firingtests at the site. The lab grew throughoutthe 1940s and 1950s and ultimately builtand helped launch America’s first satellite,
Explorer 1, in 1958. By the end of thatyear, Congress established NASA and JPLbecame part of the agency. 

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