Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, February 19, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 19, 2022 

Presidents’ DayClosures and 

In observance of 
Presidents’ Day, PasadenaCity Hall and many cityservices will be closed 
Monday. A list of closuresand reminders is providedbelow. 

The city’s Citizen Service 
Center will be closed and 
will reopen Tuesday at 8 

a.m. Trash, recycling and 
yard waste collection willoccur on Monday. Therewill be no delay in pickupfor residents. 
Pasadena residents and 
businesses experiencing 
any power emergenciesshould call Pasadena Water 
and Power (PWP) at (626)
744-4673. For water-related 
emergencies, call (626)
744-4138. PWP’s Customer 
Service Call Center will be 
closed Monday, Feb. 21; 
however, customers can 
access their accounts and 
make payments throughthe automated phonesystem at (626) 744-4005 oronline at:

 The City’s MunicipalServices Payment Centerand Parking Office will alsobe closed on Presidents’ 
Day. All parking meters willbe free and parking timelimits will not be enforced. 
Violations for overnight 
parking restrictions, red 
curb parking and blocking 

fire hydrants will be 

issued. Parking meter 
enforcement resumes 
Tuesday. Pasadena Transit 
and Dial-A-Ride buses will 
operate on their regularschedules.

 The Permit Center will 
be closed on Presidents’ 
Day; however, some 
services will be available 
via Permit Center Online, 
where subtrade permitscan be obtained and plansfor commercial tenant 
improvements (newsubmittals) and accessorydwelling units can be 
submitted. In-person 
operations will resume 

 All Pasadena Public 
Libraries will be closed 
Sunday and Monday. Theywill reopen to the publicTuesday.

 Pasadena Fire and Police 
Departments will continue 
to provide patrol, jail,
fire, paramedic and otheremergency services duringthe holiday. For life-
threatening emergencies, 
remember to always 
call 9-1-1. For non-
emergencies, call PasadenaPolice Department at 

(626) 744-4241. If you 
“See Something, Say 
Something.” Report 
suspicious activity to the 
police department at (626)
Pasadena City Council willnot meet on Presidents’ Day.
The next council meeting isscheduled for Monday, Feb.

28. For more information 
Fire Rips Through Pasadena Motel Room 

Ace Motel 

By Dean Lee

 Fire and heavy smoke poured 
out of a East Pasadena Motel 
early Tuesday morning gutting 
one of the units and damaging After firefighters conducted a 
a storage room. Noone was primary search of the unit for 
injured in the blaze that broke victims and adjacent units for 
out shortly after 1 a.m. fire, and after it was determined 

 According to Pasadena to be safe, all of the occupants 
Battalion Chief Wendell Eaton were allowed back into the 
when firefighters arrived at the non-affected portions of the 

Ace Motel 2870 E. Colorado building. Eaton said none of 

Blvd. they found heavy fire the occupants were displaced 
coming from the windows for more than a few hours. 
and door of a single unit, 104, The San Marino Fire 
on the east side of the single-Department assisted as the 
story complex. The fire was incident safety officer. 
first reported at 1:15 a.m. The The fire is currently under 

fire was knocked down in 5 investigation. A Pasadena Fire 
minutes he said in the incident Arson Investigator was on 
report. scene Eaton said. 

The Huntington to PresentOpera ‘On Gold Mountain’ 

From left: Portrait of the See family, including Fong See (third from

left) and Letticie “Ticie” Pruett (second from right) and their five

children, 1914. The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and BotanicalGardens; Lisa See (photo by Patricia Williams); and Nathan Wang(photo by Derek Wang). 

The Huntington Library, Art 
Museum, and Botanical Gardens 
and LA Opera Connects will 
present an outdoor, site-specific 
staging of On Gold Mountain, 
an opera based on author Lisa 
See’s bestselling book about 
her Chinese American family’s 
immigrant experience in 
California. The opera features a 
colorful musical score by Nathan 
Wang, The Huntington’s newly 
inaugurated 2022–23 Cheng 
Family Foundation Visiting 
Artist in the Chinese Garden. 
Eight performances will be 
held Thursday, May 5, through 
Sunday, May 15. Tickets are on 
sale now at

 On Gold Mountain, which 
premiered in 2000 at the Aratani 
Theater in Los Angeles, tells the 
story of See’s great-grandfather, 
Fong See, who emigrated from 
China to California in the 
19th century. Arriving in the 
United States alone at age 14 
in search of his father, Fong 
See faced discrimination and 
challenges, but with hard work, 
determination, and ambition, he 
eventually became a successful 
businessman. Despite laws 
against interracial marriage at 
the time, he married a white 
American woman, Lettice 
“Ticie” Pruett, and they had 
five children. Fong See’s journey 
takes the audience from China 

to Los Angeles’ Chinatown, 
where he became a prominent 
community member and 
opened an antique shop that is 
still owned by the family today.

 Archives from the See family 
are held at The Huntington in 
the Lisa See Collection and the 
Gilbert, Florence, and Leslee See 
Leong Collection. Photographs 
and documents from these 
archives will be incorporated 
into the new production, which 
will be brought to life in The 
Huntington’s renowned Chinese 
Garden, Liu Fang Yuan, or the 
Garden of Flowing Fragrance. 
On Gold Mountain will be 
the first theatrical production 
staged in The Huntington’s new 
Terrace of Shared Delights, 
which opened in late 2020 as 
part of the final phase of the 
garden’s construction.

 Blending Western and 
traditional Chinese music, 
Wang’s musical score will be 
performed by an orchestra 
composed of members of the LA 
Opera Orchestra and student 
musicians from the greater Los 
Angeles community. Casting for 
the production is underway. On 
Gold Mountain will be directed 
by Jennifer Chang with a libretto 
by See.

 For more information, visit: 

Library BlackHistory MonthFree Events 

African American FirefightersMuseum Tour 

Tuesday, Feb. 22 • 5 p.m. • 
Join museum historian Brent 
Burton for a virtual tour of 
the Los Angeles FirefightersMuseum, the first and only freestanding 
museum dedicated 
to the African American 
firefighter experience in theUnited States. To attend the 
program on Zoom sign up at:

Jasmine Elizabeth Smith: 
South Flight

Thursday, Feb. 24 • 5 p.m. •
Poet Jasmine Elizabeth Smith 
presents her poetry collectionSouth Flight, a eulogy andunabashed love letter to the 
history of Black sovereignty,
community and resistance inOklahoma. South Flight is set inBoley, Oklahoma in the wake ofthe Tulsa Race Riots of May 31,1921, the worst race riot in U.S.
history, and escalating violencetoward African Americans 
across the South in what 
historians would later call the 
Red Summer. South Flight wasnamed a finalist for the 2020 
National Poetry Series and theJake Adam York Prize, and isa winner of the 2021 GeorgiaPoetry Prize. To attend the 
program on Zoom sign up at:

Conversation about Passing

Saturday, Feb. 26 • 2 p.m. •
Join us for a discussion of 
Nella Larsen’s book, Passing,
led by Denise McIver, researchlibrarian from the California 
African American Museum,
and Pasadena Public Librarylibrarians Diane Walker and 
Christine Reeder. Passing isthe story of Irene Redfield, 
a Black woman living an 
affluent, comfortable life withher husband and children in 
the thriving neighborhood ofHarlem in the 1920s. When she 
reconnects with her childhood 
friend Clare Kendry, who issimilarly light-skinned, Irenediscovers that Clare has been 
passing for a white womanafter severing ties to her past—
even hiding the truth from herracist husband. To attend the 
program on Zoom sign up at:

Supervisors UnanimouslyApprove Crossing Guardsat Two Altadena Schools 

In an effort to ensure the 
safety of students before 
and after school, SupervisorKathryn Barger proposed amotion Tuesday directingcrossing guards to serve thebusiest intersections outside 
Altadena Arts Magnet 
and Eliot Arts MagnetAcademy. Barger’s motionwas unanimously approvedduring the Los AngelesCounty Board of Supervisorsmeeting the same day.

“As students navigate busy 
streets when they arrive 
and leave from school, theirprotection and safety arethe absolute top priority,” 
Supervisor Barger said. 
“I thank the leadershipfrom both schools and the 
Altadena Town Council 
for speaking up about thisurgent need. Advocacy andcollaboration are key to 
resolving community safety 
Barger’s motion ensures 
there will be professional 
traffic supervision duringarrival and dismissal times to 

prevent students from beingstruck by vehicles when 
children are being droppedoff and picked up fromschool. 

As a result, the crossingguard currently stationed atthe intersection of Calaveras 
Street and Catherine Road 
will be reassigned to theintersection of Calaveras 
Street and El Molino Avenue 
adjacent to Altadena ArtsMagnet. Additionally, the 
motion reassigns the crossingguard at the intersection ofLake Avenue and Calaveras 
Street to the intersection of 
Lake Avenue and Boston 
Street adjacent from EliotArts Magnet Academy.
The Los Angeles CountyDepartment of Public Works,
in coordination with the 
County Office of Education, 
will report back to the Boardof Supervisors in 30 days witha comprehensive traffic safetyanalysis, recommendations 
for improvements, and 
projected timelines for 

Pasadena Heritage In-PersonTour - South Lake Ave. Macy’s 

 Macy’s (formerlyBullock’s Pasadena),
is the Nation’s First 
Post-war Suburban 
Department Store

 As part of Pasadena 
Heritage’s Spring Tours 
organizers are set to have 
an in-person tour of Macy’son South Lake Ave. Sunday,
February 27. The tour will gofrom 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Groups are limited.

 Pasadena Heritage haswatched over this store 
since 1978 and nominated 
Bullock’s, now Macy’s to theNational Register of HistoricPlaces in 1996. The landmark 
building received several 
awards, including an Awardof Merit in 1950, and in 
1952 the Pasadena Chapterof the American Institute of 
Architects declared it as one 
of the “outstanding examples 

of architecture constructed 
over the last half century.” 
Designed to be a plushdepartment store with theatmosphere of a home oran exclusive country club,
the Late Modern buildingincludes murals, fireplaces,
art tile, and many rare woods.

 Knowledgeable docents willguide the tours. The staff atMacy’s will be available tomeet and greet guests andpresent gift bags to all tourattendees. 
For more information 
or to signup visit: 

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