Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, February 26, 2022

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, February 26, 2022 

Updates MaskRequirements

 New health order on 

masking takes effect


 Pasadena city officials 
released a statement 
Wednesday stating that the 
Pasadena Public Health 
Department plans to aline 
with the County of Los 
Angeles after they released a 
new health order that relaxes 
masking requirements for 
fully vaccinated people in 
certain settings.

 Because of steady 
improvement in COVID-19 
metrics, a high local 
vaccination rate, and 
anticipated adjustments to 
guidance by the Centers 
for Disease Control 
and Prevention (CDC), 
Pasadena—as a separate 
health jurisdiction—will 
issue an updated health order, 
effective today. This order will 
give fully vaccinated people 
the option to either wear or 
remove masks in many indoor 
settings in alignment with the 
state health officer order. This 
order will differ slightly from 
the county’s approach, and is 
less restrictive in allowing for 
additional options for vaccine 
verification, including self-
attestation, in most businesses 
and public areas.
The state health officer order 
requires anyone who is not 
fully vaccinated to mask in 
all indoor public settings and 
businesses (including, but not 
limited to retail, restaurants, 
theaters, family entertainment 
centers, workplaces, and 
state and local government 
offices serving the public). 
As such, Pasadena Public 
Health Department strongly 
recommends that businesses, 
worksites, venue operators or 
hosts follow CDPH guidance 
that provides options 
for reducing COVID-19 
transmission risk including:

 Require all patrons to wear 
masks; ORImplement vaccine 
verification to determine 
whether people are required 
to wear a mask; ORProvide information to all 
patrons, guests and attendees 
regarding vaccination 
requirements and allow 
vaccinated people to self-
attest that they are in 
compliance prior to entry.
Until COVID-19 cases reach 
the Moderate level of the 
CDC framework, which is 
expected by the end of March, 
businesses/operators are 
encouraged to take measures 
to protect employees and 
customers by implementing 
both vaccine verification 
and, for those who are not 
fully vaccinated, verification 
of a negative COVID-19 test 
(within 2 days if PCR and 1 
day if antigen). People who 
are not fully vaccinated, 
including employees and 
customers, are required 
to wear a mask indoors in 

 No person can be prevented 
from wearing a mask as a 
condition of participation 
in an activity or entry into a 

People who are ill with 
COVID-19 symptoms should 
wear a mask regardless 
of vaccination status, test 
and stay home. People 
are still required to mask, 
regardless of vaccination 
status, if they are within 10 
days of symptom onset of 
a COVID-19 infection (or 
positive test if asymptomatic) 
or quarantining after 
exposure to COVID-19.

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Mayor Gives In-person 'State of the City' 

By Dean Lee

 Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo 
give his annual State of the City 
address Thursday night to a 
very limited audience of less 
than 100 people, of which, most 
were city officials, dignitaries 
or community leaders. Gordo’s 
first State of the City, delivered 
in person, was held at Pasadena 
City College. The theme was 
“We Are Stronger Together.” 

 As he took the stage, Gordo 
regrettably said that they had 
to turn people away because of 
capacity issues. 

Before getting into his first 
topic of the night, the pandemic, 
Gordo asked to observe a brief 

moment of silence for all of working to protect our health 

those affected by the pandemic and that of our neighbors.

and the Ukraine crisis. As for the city’s finances he said 

“Our hearts go out to those who that although some industries 
have succumbed to COVID-19, were challenged by the 
those debilitated by it, and of pandemic, such as travel, hotel 

course, their loved ones and and retail, the overall financial 

friends,” he said. “And I”m going picture for Pasadena is trending 
to add, all of those who are in the right direction. He said 
suffering today at the hands of the city has a strong real estate 

the Russian government in the market and auto sales have 
Ukraine.” done very well. Both adding tax 

 Gordo touted that 99.3 percent revenue to the city. 
of all residents have received As for attracting investment, 
at least one vaccine dose, and he said in 2023 the city will see 

over 92 percent of all eligible everything from the arrival of 
residents are fully vaccinated. Lucid Motors to Pasadena to 

 “Congratulations to Dr. Goh Erewhon Market opening on 
[Ying-Ying Goh, Director and South Lake Ave. 
Health Officer] and the many Gordo also commented on 

partners, such as Huntington the city’s Housing Task Force, 
Hospital, Day One, NAACP, Affordable Housing, The Rose 
and the Pasadena Community Bowl, the city’s Libraries, 
Job Center, who assisted, Fire and Police Departments, 

and kudos to residents that Early Child Development and 
received the vaccine,” he said. Early Learning, Pasadena’s 
“While many throughout the Department of Water and 
country quarreled about the Power, among other topics. 
jab, we proved We Are Stronger As for “America’s Stadium” 

Together by collaboratively Gordo said, “The Rose Bowl has 

Senate Bill Aims to Combat 
Catalytic Converters Thefts 

 State Senator Anthony 
Portantino joined Senator Tom 
Umberg Tuesday to announce 
the introduction of Senate Bill 
986, a measure that combats 
catalytic converter theft by 
requiring dealers to apply a 
vehicle identification number 
(VIN) to the catalytic converter 
of each vehicle listed for sale. 
Los Angeles County District 
Attorney George Gascón and 
LAPD Chief Michel Moore 
joined Senators Portantino and 
Umberg today during a press 
conference to announce the bill.

 “It is a crime that is affecting an 
increasing number of families 
in the 25th State Senate District 
and across the state,” Portantino 
said. “ SB 986 offers a simple 
common sense solution to 
eliminating the legal challenges 
of prosecuting the theft of 
catalytic converters. The bill 
will also result in a reduction 
of thefts of used convertors. I 
am proud to be a joint author 
of this measure with Senator 
Umberg and I look forward to 
working with him to curb the 
rise of catalytic thefts in our 

 An imprinted serial number 
relating to the unique Vehicle 
Identification Number (VIN)
identifies most major parts 
of vehicles sold in the United 
States. It is these identification 
markings that allow law 
enforcement to establish that 
parts are stolen, even if the 
stolen vehicle has already 
been fully broken down. 
However, this serial number 
identification process does not 
currently apply to catalytic 
converters. As a result, law 
enforcement may make arrests 
of individuals in possession 
of dozens or even hundreds of 
suspect catalytic converters -- 
but be unable to prove a case 
in court because there is no 
way to identify the victims of 
crime to show that these parts 

are stolen. The application of 
a VIN to a catalytic converter 
is usually done by etching, in 
a process that is both easy and 

 “For whatever reason, car part 
thieves are perceived as emtpyheaded. 
The reality, however, 
is that catalytic converter theft 
can be quite lucrative. This bill 
is an important step forward 
in protecting California 
consumers, aiding our law 
enforcement agencies with 
enforcement, and continuing 
to crack down on illegal and 
environmentally-degradingcar-part and vehicle disposal. 
We owe it to our communities 
to be more responsible, as a 
state, in regulating these illegal 
activities,” stated Senator 

 Senate Bill 986 will require 
dealers to mark the catalytic 
converters of vehicles up for sale. 
The measure will also require 
core recyclers to record the 
unique identification number 
on each catalytic converter. 
Under SB 986, the core 
recycler’s obligation will only 
be relieved if the used catalytic 
converter, that was purchased 
or sold under a specified 
written agreement, is described 
with sufficient particularity. 
Upon request from local law 
enforcement, the burden will 
fall on the core recycler to prove 
that the catalytic converter was 
purchased under the specified 
written agreement.

 “Catalytic converters have 
become a popular target of theft 
because they contain valuable 
metals and are untraceable and 
easy to sell,” District Attorney 
Gascón said. “This bill will give 
law enforcement important 
tools that will reduce property 
crime and save consumers the 
money and hassle of replacing 
the stolen parts.”

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endured arduous times and we 
still need to tackle a structural 
deficit in the years ahead, 
but with Legacy Foundation 
leadership, support of donors 
and bestowing of federal 
grants, and by attracting more 
events, its financial position 
has improved by more than $25 
million in the past nine months. 
The Rose Bowl is just months 
shy of turning 100-years old, 
and our collective goal is to 
launch the Rose Bowl into its 
next 100 years.” 

PWP to Host 
Water Rate 

Pasadena Water and 
Power is hosting Public 
Outreach Meetings regarding 
recommended water rate 
adjustments; attendees will 
have an opportunity to ask 
questions and learn more 
information about the 
adjustments. The outreach 
meetings prior to a Public 
Hearing are set for Tuesday 
and March 9.

 The following Water rate 
adjustments are scheduled 
for a Public Hearing on 
Monday March 14 at 5:00 

p.m. Public participation for 
this hearing is only accessible 
via videoconference/
- Effective April 1, or as soon as 
practicable thereafter, increase 
the Commodity Charge to 
generate additional annual 
revenue of approximately $1.5 
to $2.0 million, and increase 
the Distribution and Customer 
Charge (“D&C”) to provide 
additional annual revenue of 
$1.0 million. 
-Effective January 1, 2023 
or as soon as practicable 
thereafter, increase the 
Commodity Charge to provide 
additional annual revenue of 
approximately $1.8 million, 
the D&C to provide additional 
annual revenue of $1.0 million, 
and the Capital Improvement 
Charge (“CIC”) to provide 
additional annual revenue of 
$1.0 million. 
- Amend the description of 
the CIC in the Water Rate 
Ordinance to eliminate 
reference to the “Water 
Distribution System” and 
include reference to the 
CIC rate to be applicable 
to all Water System capital 
Leading up to the Public 
Hearing, PWP is hosting 
Public Outreach Meetings 
regarding the recommended 
water rate adjustments. The 
first meeting will be held 
Tuesday at 6:30 in person at 
the Victory Park Community 
Center 2575 Paloma Street. 
The Second meeting will be 
held March 9 at 2 p.m. at the 
Robinson Recreation Center 
1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

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Community Leader RayEaly Recognized by theCalifornia State Legislature

 Pasadena resident, Raymond 
Ealy was recognized by 
Assemblymember Chris 
Holden and the California 
Legislative Black Caucus 
(CLBC) as the 41st Assembly 
District’s Unsung Heroes 
for his positive impact in 
the community. An Unsung 
Hero is defined as a person 
who makes a substantive yet 
unrecognized contribution 

— a person whose bravery is 
unknown or unacknowledged. 
The California Legislative Black 
Caucus established the Black preparation for academic and 
History Month Unsung Hero career opportunities. He has 
Award to recognize individuals over 28 years of management 
who have contributed selflessly experience in the nonprofit, 
to their respective districts. financial services and retail 
“Ray is an example of sectors with Bank of America, 
leadership -- by putting the Countrywide Financial 
work in today, for generations to Services, Security Pacific Bank, 
come,” said Assemblymember and Wells Fargo Bank. 
Chris Holden. “Through his “At STEAM:CODERS, our 
dedication to empowering goal is to provide underserved 
youth, he has worked with over and underrepresented K-12 
50,000 students – giving them students with the resources that 
toolkits for success and self-they need to be competitive,” 
confidence to enter and excel in said Ray Ealy. “We tell students 
their careers. I commend him that their competition is not 
and STEAM:Coders.” the student next to them in 

 Ealy is the Executive class, but students from across 
Director/Founder of the country and around the 
STEAM:CODERS, a nonprofit world. This is why we want to 
that inspires underserved and equip them with the essential 
underrepresented students and tools for future academic 
their families through Science, and career success – logic, 
Technology, Engineering, critical thinking, and problem-
Art, and Math (STEAM), in solving.” 

City Of Pasadena to hold‘Herstory 2022’ Virtual Event 

Raymond Ealy 

The City of Pasadena 
Commission on the Status 
of Women is pleased to host 
“Herstory 2022: Addressing 
Barriers for Women in the 
Workforce,” a virtual event on 
International Women’s Day, 
Tuesday, March 8 from 5:30

7:00 p.m. This free event will 
bring together community 
leaders from the public and 
private sector to discuss 
challenges experienced by 
working women, including 
those that intensified during 
the COVID-19 pandemic. 
The program will be hosted 
by Beverley Morgan-Sandoz, 
Chair of the Commission on 
the Status of Women, and will 
feature welcoming remarks by 
Lola Osborne, Acting Director 
of the City of Pasadena Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department, 
followed by a panel discussion 
facilitated by Pasadena City 
Councilmember Jessica Rivas.

 Panelists include Kimberly 
Kenny, Associate Vice-
President of Institutional 
Advancement at Mount Saint 
Mary’s University, Valerie 
Mendoza, Executive Director 
of Human Resources and 
Payroll at Rusnak Auto Group, 
and Dr. Kimlin Ashing, City of 
Hope Associate Cancer Center 
Director for Community 
Outreach and Beckman 
Research Institute Professor. 

 During the event, panelist 
will discuss key findings from 
the 2021 Report on the Status 
of Women in Pasadena, which 
was prepared by the Mount 
Saint Mary’s Center for the 
Advancement of Women. 
These findings include that 
more Pasadena women are 
participating in the workforce, 
there is a rise in Pasadena 
women who have obtained 
four-year college degrees, and 
an increased diversity of racial 
composition among Pasadena 

 Following the Herstory 
2022 panel discussion, the 
Commission on the Status of 
Women will host a Women’s 
Wellness event on Saturday, 
March 12, from 10:00 -11:00 
AM at Memorial Park. The 
event will feature yoga for all 
ages, children’s activities, and 
wellness information provided 
by the Pasadena Public Health 

 To kick off these exciting 
activities, the Pasadena 
City Council will issue a 
proclamation recognizing 
March as Women’s History 
Month during its meeting on 
Monday, February 28, at 4:00 
PM. Tune in to watch live 

 For more information and 
to register to attend Herstory 
2022, visit

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