Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 5, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 5, 2022 


Pasadena Community Orchestra is pleased to announce its next in-person concert, happening Friday 
March 11th at 8pm. The concert will be located at the Pasadena High School Auditorium -2925 East 
Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107. This concert is free to the public and will feature the following 
works for small ensembles: 

Canzon Duodecimi Toni 
by Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612) 

First Suite in E Flat for Military Bandby Gustav Holst (1874-1934) arr. Armstrong 

Suite for Woodwind Sextet 
by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) arr. Micklich 

Octoot for Wind Instruments 
by P.D.Q Bach (1807-1742)? edited by Peter Schickele 

The Bass with the Delicate Air 

by Otto Luening (1900-1996) 

Sonata Para Cordas, “O Burrico de Pau”

by Antonio Carlos Gomes (1836-1896) 

Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination and wear masks inside the auditorium. 
Hope to see you there! 

The Chef Knows By Peter Dills 

My friend, Nials Dalton, says "top shelf " or "third floor" when he wants a good brand-name 
drink when he is at a bar. Reader Bob Carlson might think I have lost my mind, but friends 
and readers, we are moving to the high rent district today. It took me a few years to figure out 
(and maybe just in time now) that when you 
are at a supermarket looking for your favorite 
wine and frustration sets in, you should 
search by price - the most expensive wines 
are on the “top shelf ” and the bottom shelf 
is usually where you’ll find lowest prices. 
You’ll find me somewhere in the middle. 
Please let me, just for this one week, introduce 
you to the top shelf at your local wine 
department because that is where I found 
the Oracle by Miner. Yes indeed, the technology 
of blends and business is all a part of the Miner story. Miner is a family-run business 
in the heart of Napa Valley and was founded by Dave and Emily Miner. Dave’s uncle is Robert 
Miner, co-founder of (you guessed it) Oracle Technology. 

As we have learned over the last couple of years, I do believe in “blends”, and this Oracle is 
“top shelf ”. The grapes are sourced from vineyards in the area including cabernet from Stage 
Coach Vineyard in Napa Valley. I am told that Black Bart used to rob the stagecoach that ran 
from St. Helena to Monticello. If Bart could have gotten his hands on some Oracle wines, he 
would have appreciated the fruitiness of the first taste. The tannins are very smooth, and like 
many blends that include petit verdot (regardless of the price) has a touch of boldness and a 
bit of spice. This blend is perfectly balanced, and I recommend a pairing it with spare ribs, 
chicken or steak. No BBQ sauce, though, as that will take away some of the natural flavors 
from your wine. Price is $75 - top shelf, indeed, but when it’s time to treat yourself, Oracle is 
a great option. 

Dills Score 90 
Retail Around $90 on sale $75 limited distribution throughout So Cal 

Each week I will give you my Dills Score. I have added points for value. I’m starting with a base 
of 50 points; I added 8 points for color, 7 points for aroma or “nose”, 8 points for taste, 8 points 
for finish, and 9 points for my overall impression, which includes my value rating.

 Email Peter at and follow me on Twitter @KINGOFCUISINE, 

Due to COVID-19 in Los Angeles County 
Given that the County is now at the Low Community Risk Level, Public Health has modified the 
Health Officer Order to update the County’s masking guidance. Under the modified order, indoor 
masking is now strongly recommended, but not required, for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals 
in public settings and businesses, except in high-risk settings where federal or state regulations 
continue to require masking. Masks will be required while indoors at all schools until March 12 
when masking indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students, staff, teachers, and visitors, is 
strongly recommended. 
The settings where masking continues to be required also include public transit, transportation hubs, 
all health care settings (including long term care and adult and senior care facilities), correctional 
and detention facilities, homeless shelters, heating and cooling centers, and emergency shelters. 
At all sites where masking indoors is no longer mandatory, employers will be required to offer, for 
voluntary use, medical grade masks and respirators to employees working indoors in close contact 
with other workers, customers and/or members of the public. 
Furthermore, residents are encouraged to assess their personal and family risks and may decide that 
wearing a mask is the right decision for them. In deciding, individuals should consider: 
Are there individuals in the household who have underlying health conditions that create elevated 
risk for severe illness from COVID? 
Are there unvaccinated family members in the household including young children not yet eligible 
for vaccines? 
Does anyone in the household work in a setting with vulnerable individuals at elevated risk of severe 
illness from COVID? 
The modified Health Officer Order also updates requirements for pre-entry vaccination or negative 
test verifications. Vaccine verification in health care and congregate care settings is still required. 
Pre-entry vaccine verification also remains required for entry to indoor mega events, with a negative 
test result as a substitute for those not fully vaccinated. Pre-entry vaccine verification, or verification 
of a negative COVID-19 viral test, is now strongly recommended, but no longer required, at outdoor 
mega events and indoor portions of bars, nightclubs, and lounges. 
Public Health notes that as mandated safety measures decrease at many sites and public spaces, individuals 
are encouraged to take advantage of the powerful protections offered by the FDA approved 
COVID vaccines and boosters. 
When looking at case rates for residents five years of age and older from February 13-19, unvaccinated 
residents were almost two and a half times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 when 
compared to those fully vaccinated, but not boosted, and more than three times more likely to be 
infected than people who were vaccinated and boosted. 
Unvaccinated people were also four times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 when compared 
to those fully vaccinated, but not boosted, and nine times more likely to be hospitalized than 
people who were vaccinated and boosted. 
The difference is most stark with deaths. For the period of February 6-12, fully vaccinated individuals 
were 18 times less likely to die from COVID-19 than unvaccinated individuals. 
“Our hearts remain with those families experiencing the sorrow of losing those they love to COVID-
19,” said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. “With fewer people 
becoming infected and becoming severely ill with COVID-19, and safety requirements relaxed, it is 
very tempting to think the pandemic is over and we can return to the way things were before March 
2020. And while transmission has slowed and we have powerful tools that help many avoid the 
worst effects of the virus, there continue to be thousands of people whose lives, families, and work 
are disrupted each day because they or someone close to them is newly infected, and, for some, 
their infection will lead to severe illness. With fewer required safety measures, getting vaccinated 
and boosted provides both individual and community protection that can help safeguard those who 
remain vulnerable. If you are one of the 1.7 million eligible residents who haven’t yet received their 
first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, or one of the 2.7 million residents eligible for, but not yet boosted, 
this is a very good time to make an appointment or walk in to one of the hundreds of convenient sites 
across the County where you can get your vaccine or booster for free.” 
A wide range of data and dashboards on COVID-19 from the Los Angeles County Department of 
Public Health are available on the Public Health website at 
COVID 19 Cases - It's Not Over Yet! 
WHERE WE ARE W/E 3/05/22 VERSUS LAST WEEK (2/26/22) 
Cases/Deaths are still occuring especially among the unvaccinated. 
Cases This Week ( 02/23/22) Deaths This Week (02/18/22) 
LA County 2,800,741 (2,789,292) 30,911 (30,519) 
Adults 12+ 87.4% Seniors 99.0% 
(Last Week) Cases Deaths Fully Vaccinated 
Arcadia 7,839 (7,753) 162 (161) 90.3% 
Altadena 8184 (8145) 94 (91) 82.5% 
Bradbury 64 ( 63) 0 ( 0) 71.4% 
Duarte 5,088 (5,065) 118 (116) 83.8% 
Monrovia 8,120 (8,093) 99 (99) 80.8% 
Pasadena 27,730 (27,554 ) 398 (397) 85.2% 
Sierra Madre 1,489 (1483) 19 ( 18) 89.2% 
So.Pasadena 3,907 (3878) 58 ( 57) 94.2% 


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