Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 29, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 29, 2022 

PWP to Hold 
Hearing onWater Rate 

 The Pasadena City Councilannounced that they willhold a public hearing on,
March 14, to consider theadoption of proposed waterrate increases, adjustmentsto existing rate structures,
and a change in capitalimprovement charges.

 Council members said 
that they encourage the 
public to participate 
via videoconference/
teleconference and submit 
public comment.

 The meeting is set for 5

p.m. via videoconference/
According to a statementthe proposed increases willhelp cover rising costs forpurchasing and treating 
water, and provide fundingfor critical improvements 
to reservoirs, treatment 
facilities and other water 
infrastructure. Pending 
City Council approval, the 
water rates will increase byan average of 7.1 percent 
on April 1. A second 
adjustment of 7.2 percentwould take effect on Jan. 1, 

 While individual customer 
bill impacts will vary basedon water meter size and 
amount of water used, 
projected cost estimates 
show most residential 
customers will likely see a$3 increase in their monthlybill starting April 1, andan additional $4 monthlyincrease on Jan. 1. Based 
on similar modeling, PWPestimates that commercial 
customers are likely to seea $19 and $20 increase,


 “The proposed waterrate adjustments are theresult of a number of 
factors, including our 
aging infrastructure 
which is in need of critical 
and proactive updates. 
We’re also experiencingsevere statewide droughtconditions, and that’s 
impacting both water supplyand operational costs,” saysJeffrey Kightlinger, interimgeneral manager. “PWP 
is a community-owned,
not-for-profit utility, and 
invests revenue generatedin the provision of 
services and infrastructure 
improvements to serve our 
customers. This adjustmentis necessary to cover 
increasing costs so thatwe can continue to deliver 
water to the high standardsthat our customers expect 
and deserve.”

 Pasadena City Councilrecently approved a 
new Water System and 
Resources Plan that 
outlines the City’s longterm 
plans and prioritiesfor securing its water 
supply and investing in 
infrastructure, some of 
which is currently over100 years old. In addition,
California’s ongoing severedrought conditions may 
affect water supply and 
conservation efforts in the 
years to come.

 For more information 
on water rate adjustments 
and the upcoming publichearing, please visit thePWP website. 

Library Director set to Leave Pasadena 

Pictured (above) Central Library closed for seismic repairs.

Photo by D. Lee/MVNews

 In a surprise announcement seismic repairs she laid the 
Tuesday, Pasadena Public foundation for rebuilding this 
Library Director Michelle iconic building to serve the 
Perera told interim City residents of Pasadena for the 
Manager Cynthia Kurtz next century. We thank her 
that she is resigning to take for her leadership and service 
a position with the city of to the community and wish 
Sunnyvale. Kurtz sent a letter her well in her new position 
to the city council informing with the city of Sunnyvale.” 
them. Perera last day will be According to city 
Feb. 16, according to Kurtz. documents, Pasadena

 Perera’s resignation follows building officials ordered the 
about a dozen of Pasadena’s closure of Pasadena Central 
upper management, and Library May 3. The Central 
longtime employees, recently Library Building Systems 
leaving the city, including, and Structural Assessment 
Police Chief John Perez, City Capital Improvement 
Manager Steve Mermell and Project revealed that most 
Julie Gutierrez an Assistant of the building at 285 East 
City Manager. All three had Walnut Street, is comprised 
retired in the last few months. of unreinforced masonry

 “Michelle has been a vital part (URM) bearing walls that 
of the Library’s success over support concrete floors and 
the past five years, providing walls. Designed by Myron 
leadership, mentorship and Hunt in 1924, Central 
guidance to staff as the library Library was the first building 
weathered the pandemic, completed in Pasadena’s 
pivoting from in-person historic Civic Center Plan. 
library services to online, The library is listed on the 
curbside and finally in-person National Register of Historic 
as the libraries reopened.” Places. 
Pasadena library staff said The library director oversees 
on social media. “Upon more than 100 full-time 
discovering that Central employees and an annual 
Library needed extensive budget of about $14.5 million. 

Dine at Twohey’s February 16to Support the Senior Center 

 Print Out Flyer Frompasadenaseniorcenter.organd Give To Server

 Anyone who dines at 
Twohey’s Restaurant, 424 FairOaks Ave. in South Pasadena 
on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from9 a.m. to 9 p.m. will have anopportunity to help supportthe Pasadena Senior Center.

 The restaurant, which 
features traditional American 
fare, will donate 15 percentof that day’s profits to thePasadena Senior Center 
on behalf of everyone whoprints out a flyer from thePSC website and brings it toTwohey’s.

 To download the flyer,
visit: pasadenaseniorcenter.
org and click on Dine Outto Benefit PSC. Diners mayeat at the restaurant or order 
from the takeout menu. For 
more information about the 
restaurant, visit: twoheys. 

 Proceeds will benefit 
programs, activities and 
services of the Pasadena 
Senior Center.

 Anyone who cannot dine at 

the restaurant on Feb. 16 will 
still have an opportunity tosupport the center by visiting:

 pasadenaseniorcenter.organd clicking on Donation &

 In addition to online classes,
onsite events and other 
activities, members and 
nonmembers of the Pasadena 
Senior Center are encouragedto visit the website regularlyfor a monthly magazine,
COVID updates specificallyfor older adults and more.

 The center, at 85 E. HollySt., is an independent,
donor-supported nonprofitorganization for older adults.
During the pandemic, doorsare open Mondays throughFridays from 8:30 a.m. to

4:30 p.m. for social servicesand other critical services 
for older adults in need as 
well as limited occupancyfor the library, fitness center, 
computer lab and certain. 
Masks and social distancingare required. Rooms are 
sanitized after each use. 
Proof of COVID vaccination 
will be required for attendingonsite activities indoors. 

Director Michelle Perera 

The department includes 
the Central Library and ninebranch libraries, serving 1.3million people per year inperson, online or via socialmedia. It has more than 3,000on-site programs, free WiFiservices and an extensive 
collection of printed books,
periodicals, media and cloud-
based eBooks.

 Perera was appointed 
Director of Libraries and 
Information Services for the 
City of Pasadena in December2016.

 For more information about 
the library and services visit: 

South Pas 
CollectingFeedback on 

The City is conductingan analysis on all currentCommissions, which will 
be presented to the CityCouncil for discussion 
at the City Council 
meeting of February 23, 
2022. This analysis will 
help identify strengths aswell as challenges in ourCommissions and Board 
and our public meetingefforts, and help us to makeinformed adjustments andimprovements to better 
serve the community.
An online survey will belive on the City websitefrom Thursday, January 20through Friday, January28, and a live virtual inputsession will be held on 
Wednesday, January 26 
at 6:00 PM on Zoom- the 
link will be provided inthe online survey link, orcommunity members canRSVP for the listeningsession in advance. 
To participate in the surveyvisit:
Any questions related 
to this effort or to 
RSVP for the listening 
session, please contact 
Management Analyst MaryJerejian at MJerejian@ 

Holden Seeking Nominationsfor Woman of the Year Award

Chris Holden is seeking 
nominations for his annual 
41st Assembly District’s 
Woman of the Year and 
Women of Distinction 

 Every March, in celebrationof Women's History 
Month, the California State 
Assembly honors women 
from across the state for their 
remarkable contributions to 
the community.

 “For 30 years, in recognitionof Women's History Month, 
the Legislature has honored 
the achievements of women 
throughout California 
during the annual Womanof the Year celebration,” 
said AssemblymemberChris Holden. “It is yourchance to acknowledge thesuperwoman in your life andin our community.”

 Nominees must live, 
volunteer, or work in the41st Assembly District, 
which stretches from 

Tournament now Accepting2022 Grant Applications 

Pasadena in the West to 
Upland in the East andincludes the communities 
of Altadena, Claremont, La 
Verne, Monrovia, Rancho 
Cucamonga, San Dimas, 
Sierra Madre, and SouthPasadena.

 Deadline for Nominations: 
February, 4 at 5:00 pm

 Nomination forms are 
available at:

The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Foundation announced 
Wednesday that they are nowaccepting applications for 
their 2022 grant program. 
Since its inception in 1983,
the Foundation has invested 
upwards of $3 million in 
more than 200 Pasadena-area 
organizations. In 2021, the grantawards funded 27 organizationsin the San Gabriel Valley andcontributed more than $230,000to community projects.

 The grants supported new andongoing programs benefitingchildren, teens, adults and 
seniors. From nonprofits 
offering animal therapy to 
special needs children, to 
organizations providingtechnical skills to underserved 
students and dance therapy 
for seniors diagnosed with 
Parkinson’s and multiple 

 “This year, our grant recipientscontinued to be nimble and 
innovative as they delivered vitalprograms and services during atime of uncertainty and greatneed, and they did an incrediblejob,” said Carlos Illingworth,
Foundation Executive Director. 
“As we approach this new grantcycle and select recipients, weare refocused on their greatcommunity programs and 
services ahead.” 
The 2022 grant cycle will bestructured as follows: 
Tier 1: one-year grant for 
$35,000Tier 2: one-year grant for 
$15,000Tier 3: several one-year grants 
for up to $10,000

 The Foundation will also 
require applicants to include 

information on how their 
program will be delivered,
despite the continued challengesof the pandemic.
Eligible applicants are 
organizations with 501(c)(3)
status, as of the 2022 submissiondeadline, that serve one or moreof the following communities:
Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia,
La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia,
Pasadena, San Gabriel, San 
Marino, Sierra Madre, SouthPasadena and Temple City. Asin previous years, grants willbe given in the categories ofPerforming and Visual Arts,
Sports and Recreation, and 
Education (Early Childhood 
Education, Literacy and Science,
Technology, Engineering andMath) programs.
To apply and for additionaldetails on the 2022 grant 
cycle, eligible organizationsshould visit the Tournament 
of Roses Foundation page:

 The application system 
instructions and Foundation 
Grant guidelines can be found 
on the foundation page and willdirect users to a welcome pagewith instructions on how to 
begin the application process.

 Applications are being accepted 
now and must be completed byFebruary 26, 2022, at 5 p.m.

 The Foundation’s Board of 
Directors will make the final 
grant selections at its annual 
spring meeting, and applicantswill be notified of their fundingstatus via email in April 2022.
Applicants can contact 
the Foundation 
directly at foundation@ for 
further questions. 

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