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

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 29, 2022 

The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 
Cases 2022 (2021) Deaths 2022 (2021)
LA County 2,586,739 (1,091,712) 28,715 (15897) 


Seeking justice for the Monrovia community, Supervisor Kathryn Barger introduced a motion 
at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting to offer a $10,000 reward in exchange for information 
leading to the arrest of whomever is responsible for the murder of Terry Alford. 

The reward comes nearly a year after the incident occurred on January 29, 2021, when 46-yearold 
Alford was shot multiple times in front of a residence in Monrovia while visiting his family. 
He was on the front porch when four male suspects snuck up behind him. Law enforcement 
investigators believe the shooting was gang related and intentional, but presume Alford was not 
the intended target. 

“Terry Alford and his family deserve justice and answers,” Supervisor Barger said. “While the 
Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department and Monrovia Police Department have been dedicated 
to solving this crime, we need the community’s help to reach a conclusion. My thoughts 
are with Terry’s wife, children, and siblings as they grapple with this senseless tragedy.” 

The City of Monrovia is closely partnering with Los Angeles County in this effort. “The Alford 
Family deserves justice for the tragic death of Terry,” City Manager Dylan Feik said. “Four suspects 
remain in our community, somewhere, and we ask for the community’s help in finding 

If anyone has information about this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Sheriff ’s Department 
Homicide Bureau at (323)-890-5617 or the Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers 
Hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or 


The recall effort to remove Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon from office was 
officially approved by the Los Angeles County Registrar on Thursday. 

Gascon has faced mounting criticism over his policies that are said to put criminals first and 
have led to high crime rates. 

With the approval of the petition, organizers have to get 566,857 signatures – about 10% of 
registered voters in the county by July 6. If the petition gets the required number of signatures 
Gascon will face a recall election in the county later this year. 

The proponents who signed the notice of intention to recall Gascon have been personally 
impacted by one or multiple of Gascon’s special directives, including the directive to not 
charge special enhancements, parole and resentencing policies, and blanket rules for the 
prosecution of juveniles. 

"We are sick and tired of living in the pro-criminal paradise Gascon has created," Desiree 
Andrade and Tania Owen, co-chairs of the Recall DA George Gascon campaign, said in a 
release. "Gascon turned his back on us, and now his policies are destroying Los Angeles 
County right before our eyes and needlessly creating more innocent victims." 

They continued, "This is our chance to put an end to all of it, but it is massive undertaking 
that will require an all-in approach from the entire community. We need all Angelenos to 
join us in this effort to restore public safety and end the chaos in our streets. We all deserve 
to live without fear of criminals running amok, and to have a District Attorney who actually 
does his job." 

Some of his orders include the elimination of sentence enhancement charges, zero-bail policies 
and not prosecuting juveniles as adults for many crimes. 

The impact of his policies hit even small towns like Sierra Madre where his office refuses to 
prosecute more than a third of the cases before them. As previously reported in this paper, 
(, his policies allowed for the release of a 
convicted violent felon who went on a few weeks later to shoot a Highway Patrol officer. 

This is the second attempt to gather signatures to remove Gascon from


S. Henderson, MVNews 


Along with several other COVID-19 metrics, hospitalizations are also declining with 4,323 
people currently hospitalized, representing a decline from the peak of 4,800 patients last 
week. The seven-day average of new admissions of people with COVID-19 also decreased 
by 10%, from 614 patients one week ago to 552 admissions today. Further, only a portion of 
COVID cases are requiring critical care. As of Thursday, 17% of COVID positive hospitalized 
patients are currently in the ICU, and 12% of COVID positive hospitalized patients are 
currently on ventilators. 

Data is also showing the spread of Omicron has had a disproportionate effect among certain 
residents over the past two months, with the risk of hospitalization significantly lower for 
people who are fully vaccinated and boosted. Through January 15th, fully vaccinated and 
boosted individuals were 28 times less likely to be admitted to the ICU for COVID-19 than 
those unvaccinated, showing that vaccines continue to provide the best protection against 
severe illness. 

Nonetheless, the county’s healthcare system remains under strain due to more healthcare 
workers testing positive, which is contributing to the shortage of healthcare workers across 
the county. For the week of January 14th, there were 1,559 new healthcare worker positive 
cases, representing a nearly 18% increase compared to the 1,326 cases from the week prior. 

“I send my heartfelt condolences to those families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19,” 
said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “While these declines 
give us cause for much welcomed hope, we should not take them as a sign to forgo the commonsense 
protective measures that helped to slow COVID-19 transmission in our county. 
Continuing these safety measures will drive down cases, which will ultimately end staffing 
shortages, reduce workplace and school outbreaks, and most importantly, keep residents 
from becoming seriously ill and dying.” 

Thursday, Public Health confirmed 85 additional deaths and 26,010 new cases of COVID-
19. Of the 85 new deaths reported today, seven of the people who died were between the 
ages of 30 and 49, eight people were between the ages of 50 and 64, 25 were between the ages 
of 65-79, and 42 were over the age of 80 years old. Of the 85 newly reported deaths, 72 had 
underlying conditions. Information on the two deaths reported by the City of Long Beach 
and the one death reported by the City of Pasadena is available at and To date, the total number of deaths in L.A. County is 28,715. 

Public Health has identified a total 2,586,739 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of 

L.A. County. Thursday’s positivity rate is 12.7%. 
There are 4,323 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized. Testing results are available 
for more than 10,979,500 individuals, with 21% of people testing positive. 

To keep workplaces and schools open, residents and workers are asked to: 

Adhere to masking requirements when indoors or at crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of 
vaccination status. 

Remain home when sick, isolate if positive and quarantine when in close contact. 

Residents are legally required to be isolated if they have a positive COVID test result and 
are vaccinated. Close contacts with symptoms and unvaccinated close contacts need to be 

For updated isolation and quarantine guidance, please visit 


WHERE WE ARE NOW 1/29/22 VERSUS (THEN-1/23/21) 
Cases/Deaths are still occuring especially among the unvaccinated. 



Sometimes I think my job title should include 
“detective”, as in “Peter Dills: Wine 
Detective”. I guess, for that matter, most of 
us who carry a pen could fall into that category. 
Something that I assume is common 
knowledge might be unknown to those of 
you who just have a glass or two of wine now 
and then. 

Think about this: where does your wine come from? Where does the label say it is from? 
There is a simple way to know by looking at the label if the wine is estate grown and, generally 
speaking, the label will tell you the percentage of that grape. 
For example: “Estate grown” means that 100% the grapes come from the winery even if that 
winery owned vineyards in different regions, i.e. Paso Robles and Lodi. On the other hand, 
do the grapes come from a small section of Sonoma or Napa, AVA* , or can they be pinpointed 
to the Alexander Valley, a region on the edge of Sonoma? If the latter case, then it has to 
be at least 85% wine from Alexander Valley. 

Many larger wineries produce grapes for themselves and for other wineries in a very common 
practice called “sourcing”. If a winery doesn’t have a vineyard of their own can they 
still be called a winery? Yes and no. I have heard terms such as “virtual”, and even though I’d 
call them more of a marketing company, don’t discount their ability to produce great wines. 
This is how many new wineries make a name for themselves. They get the luxury of picking 
and choosing what grapes/juice they want to buy. If there was a bad crop or a bad year, said 
winery can wait until better grapes are available. 

San Antonio Winery in Downtown LA produces their award-winning wines in Los Angeles, 
and they do have the luxury of owning their own vineyards. Winemaker Anthony Riboli 
explains it this way: “We own estate Chardonnay vineyards in Monterey, but we ferment the 
juice from those vineyards in downtown LA. It’s a tradition of many decades. However, it 
shows that very high quality wines can be made in many places, even downtown LA. The 
urban winery trend is also very strong throughout the US.” 
So don’t be swayed by the “where “ so much - stay focused on the taste and the value.
AVA : An American Viticultural Area (AVA) is a designated wine grape-growing regionJoin me this Sunday afternoon on AM 830 KLAA home of the Angels at 5 PM 


Adults 12+ 86.2% Seniors 98.4% 
Cases Deaths Fully VaccinatedArcadia 7,104 (2330) 152 ( 88) 89.3% 
Altadena 7,589 (2863) 84 (48) 81.6% 
Bradbury 54 ( 33) 0 ( 0) 71.3% 
Duarte 4,733 (2064) 110 (60) 82.6% 
Monrovia 7,460 (2795) 89 (53) 79.9% 
Pasadena 25,426 (9944) 379 (237) 84.1% 
Sierra Madre 1,364 ( 405) 15 ( 8) 88.5% 
So.Pasadena 3,585 (1161) 51 ( 35) 93.5% 


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