Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 12, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 12, 2022 

PWP to Hold 
Meeting onEnergy Needs

 Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) is set to host a virtual 
community meeting on 
the Power Delivery Master 
Plan (PDMP) on Tuesday, 
at 5 p.m. via Zoom. The 
PDMP is a detailed strategic 
plan focused on addressing 
critical challenges, longterm 
strategies, and future 
guidance in order to 
maintain a safe, reliable and 
cost-effective power delivery 
system. The PDMP will serve 
as a guide over a 20-year 
period, and will be reviewed 
every five years to ensure 
renewed focus and analysis.

 In addition to other 
important goals, the PDMP 
will address: 
-Future growth of Pasadenaand the infrastructure 
necessary to support it; 
-Consideration of newer 
customer options, such as 
solar, energy storage and 
electric vehicles; 
-Newer utility technology, 
such as advanced metering 
and power system 
-Enhancements to the utility 
to provide continued reliable 
and quality power delivery; 
-Economic planning to 
ensure PWP’s future is cost-
effective and scalable; and 
-Repairs and modifications,
both immediate and over a 
long-term period of time.

For more information about 
the PDMP and the upcomingmeeting, visit
PDMP or call (626) 744-4005. 

JPL Pi DayChallenge

 To celebrate Pi Day, NASA’s 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
is serving up a series of 
science and engineering 
questions related to some of 
the agency’s Earth and space 

 It’s deliciously reliable, 
like cherry pie: Divide the 
circumference of any circle in 
the universe by its diameter, 
and you will always get the 
same number, pi, aka the 
Greek letter p. In fact, NASA 
relies on pi for all sorts of 

 Though it has an infinite 
number of decimals, the 
mathematical constant is 
usually abbreviated to 3.14, 
which is why Pi Day is 
celebrated on March 14. To 
mark the occasion this year, 
the STEM engagement office 
at NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Southern 
California has released a 
quartet of illustrated science 
and engineering questions 
related to NASA missions: the 
upcoming Lunar Flashlight 
and SWOT (Surface Water 
and Ocean Topography) 
missions, along with InSight 
and TESS (Transiting 
Exoplanet Survey Satellite).

 For example, one problem 
concerns Lunar Flashlight’s 
mission to look for water ice 
in permanently shadowed 
craters on the Moon – an 
important resource for future 
crewed missions to the lunar 
surface. The small spacecraft 
will send infrared laser pulses 
to the Moon’s surface and 
measure how much light is 
reflected back. For the NASA 
Pi Day Challenge, problem-
solvers can use pi to find out 
how much surface area will 
be measured in a single pulse 
of Lunar Flashlight’s lasers.

 Answers to all four challenge 
questions will be made public 
on March 15.

 More on the NASA Pi Day 
Challenge from JPL: jpl.nasa. 

Council to Finalize Union Street Bikeway 

The Pasadena city council 
is set to vote Monday 
afternoon to enter into a 
contract for project plans and 
specifications for the Union 
Street Two-Way Protected 
Bikeway at a cost of almost 
$9 million. California 
Professional Engineering, 
Inc. submitted the winning 

 According to the council’s 
staff report, “the project 
will provide for a 1.5 mile 
protected bicycle lane (cycle 
track) along Union Street 
from Hill Avenue to Arroyo 
Parkway as an alternative 
mode of travel connecting 
Metro Gold Line stations 
to major institutions and 
employment centers.”

 The project will eliminate 
a travel lane and install a 
protected two-way bicycle 
facility on the south side 
of Union Street, with 
raised islands, bollards and 

traffic signals that separate 
bicyclists from traffic. This 
includes, improvements at 
14 signalized intersections 
including six new traffic 
signals, traffic signal 
equipment, conduit, 
conductors, pull boxes, 
traffic signal controller and 
cabinet upgrades, fiber 
optic communications, 
Ethernet switches, and 
splice enclosures; tighter 
corner radii at intersections, 
ADA curb ramp upgrades, 
pavement resurfacing, curb 
and gutter repairs, striping 
and signage according to the 

The total cost of the contract 
including a contingency of 
$697,000, to provide for any 
necessary change orders, is 
$7,685,000 and the total cost 
is expected not-to-exceed 
$8,765,000 the reports reads.

 Construction is expected 
to begin in June and be 

Altadena Library Renovationmulti-year Project Underway 

Community Town 
Hall on Zoom from 6 
to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 
March 29

 The Altadena Library District 
announced Thursday that they 
are underway with planning and 
design for a multi-year project 
to modernize and improve the 
Altadena Main Library and 
Bob Lucas Memorial Library 

 The District is working 
with capital project manager 
Rachlin Partners and Anderson 
Brulé Architects (ABA), 
an architecture firm that 
specializes in the creation of 
thriving community resources, 
and libraries in particular, to 
lead these efforts.

 “Our libraries have served as 
a key resource for Altadena 
for almost 55 years,” Altadena 
Library District Trustee 
and Chair of the Facilities 
Committee Jason Capell. 
“Through these renovations, 
our library facilities will 
become more accessible, more 
sustainable and more flexible. 
We look forward to being able 
to address the future needs of 
the community for the next 55 

 ABA established its 
commitment to the Altadena 
libraries and community 
two years ago when Design 
Principal Mark Schoeman, AIA, 
and his team guided library 
staff in exploring improvement 
concepts during a 2020 design 
charrette for the Library 
Journal’s Design Institute. 
Building on that collaboration 
and extensive experience, 
ABA will play a vital role in 
preparing the libraries for the 
next generation of service and 
community engagement. 

 “We are so excited to be 

working with ABA to re-
imagine our libraries for future 
Altadenans,” Altadena Library 
District Director Nikki Winslow 
said. “We will be able to offer 
more public-facing spaces 
with study spaces and meeting 
rooms, making these facilities 
true community hubs.”

 ABA is nationally recognized 
for its leadership in planning 
and designing libraries and 
developing forward-looking 
library service and operational 

 “Throughout the design 
process, we’re paying attention 
to the collections, technology 
and all the essential elements 
that make a library work well,” 
Schoeman said, who brings 
30 plus years of experience. 
“But our most important task, 
based on feedback from the 
library staff and the Altadena 
community, is to transform 
these library buildings into 
truly inclusive and universally 
accessible resources for a wide 
variety of stakeholder groups.” 

 To help ensure that 
inclusiveness, the District and 
ABA want Altadena residents 
to provide their input on the 
libraries and invite them to 
participate in a community 
survey at: 
(in Spanish 

Altadena residents also 
are invited to join a virtual 
Community Town Hall on 
Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. on 
Tuesday, March 29 to see 
and provide feedback on 
preliminary schematic plans 
for the Bob Lucas Memorial 
Library. The District will hold 
a similar Community Town 
Hall on Zoom, from 6 to 8 p.m., 
Tuesday, May 10, regarding 
plans for the Main Library. For 
more information and to sign 
up, go to www.AltadenaLibrary.

completed in April 2023. 
The city council meets at 4 

p.m. by videoconference
A livestream with 
captioning is available 
Members of the public may 
provide live public comment. 
See the council’s agenda 
for for information at: 

ChangeYour Clocks, 
Change YourBatteries

 The Pasadena Fire 

Department is reminding 

residents of the long-standing 

“Change Your Clocks, Change 

Your Batteries” campaign 

that encourages the public to 

change smoke alarm batteries 

when turning back clocks 

in the fall and ahead in the 


 Early Sunday morning states 

throughout the US turned 

their clocks forward for 

Daylight Savings Time. Use 

this opportunity to change 

their home’s smoke alarm 

batteries as well.

 Because working smoke 

alarms are a critical element 

of home fire safety, we want 

to reinforce the importance 

of working batteries. Today’s 

smoke alarms are not all 

designed the same, making 

battery messaging more 


 Following is information 

to help make sure all smoke 

alarms have working batteries, 

accounting for the multiple 

types of smoke alarms on 

the market and their varying 

battery requirements:

 Smoke alarms with non-

replaceable 10-year batteries 

are designed to remain 

effective for up to 10 years. 

If the alarm chirps, warning 

that the battery is low, replace 

the entire smoke alarm right 


 Smoke alarms with any other 

type of battery need a new 

battery at least once a year. 

If that alarm chirps, warning 

the battery is low, replace the 

battery right away.

 When replacing a battery, 

follow manufacturer’s list of 

batteries on the back of the 

alarm or manufacturer’s 

 instructions. Manufacturer’s 

instructions are specific to the 

batteries (brand and model) 

that must be used. The smoke 

alarm may not work properly 

if a different kind of battery is 


 Also, take this opportunity 

to update your family disaster 

kit(s) and make sure the 

food, water, medications, 

prescription glasses, pet 

supplies, first aid kit, etc. are 


 For more information 

Five Acres Honors 2021 
Community Members 

Five Acres Welcomes 
New Board Members 
Carol Alexis Chen and 
Zoe Walrond

 Altadena based Five Acres 
announced Thursday new 
board members and recognized 
its community award recipients 
at its 134th Annual Meeting and 
Board Celebration Wednesday. 
Five Acres staff honored 
community members and 
volunteers who demonstrated 
an unwavering commitment to 
its mission during the previous 

 These individuals have 
supported the charity’s mission 
in serving more than 7,000 
children and families annually 
across five counties. The charity 
offers a full continuum of 
care for children and families 
in crisis, including foster 
care, adoption, deaf services, 
therapeutic residential care for 
foster youth, and community-
based mental/behavioral health 

 The individuals recognized 
In honor of their memory, 
Gene Gregg and Margaret 
Sedenquist, Dorothy Cook 
Lifetime Achievement Award 
Florence Nelson, Volunteer of 
the Year Award 
Rustin Mork, Person of the 
Year Award 
Carbon Health and Five Acres 
Nursing Staff, Special Service to 
Don Boline, Special 
Recognition AwardIn honor of her memory 
Melissa Kobe, The Children’s 
Paul Maurin, Commitment to 
Service Award 
Five Acres also bids farewell to 
Don Boline and Rustin Mork, 
who served their tenure this 
year. Board members who 
departed made a mark on 
the agency’s mission. Being a 
local builder, Boline started 
on the Building and Grounds 
Committee before he joined 
the Board in 2012. He served as 
the vice chair of administration 
and last year co-chaired the 
Gala Committee, galvanizing 
additional support for Five 
Acres. Mork started his 
involvement serving on the golf 
committee raising funds for the 
charity until he was recruited 
to join the Board in the same 
year as Boline. He chaired the 
Golf Committee and last served 
as the vice chair of nominating 
and audit committees.

 The charity also welcomed 

two new board members: Carol 
Alexis Chen and Zoe Walrond 
who join the class of 2022. 
Chen is a partner and trial 
lawyer in Winston & Strawn 
LLP’s Los Angeles office. She 
represents public and private 
companies, corporate officers, 
entrepreneurs, and other 
individuals in high-stakes 
white collar criminal and 
complex civil litigation. Carol is 
heavily involved in community, 
pro bono, and non-profit 
board service and various 
professional associations, and 
serves as a mentor for Yale Law 
Women, Asian Pacific Asian 
Women Lawyers Alliance, 
Southern California Chinese 
Lawyers Association, and The 
Mentorship Boardroom, the 
latter for which she mentors 
young lawyers in South Africa 
through virtual meetings.

 Walrond comes to the Five 
Acres board with a background 
in broadcast journalism. She 
was a television reporter and 
anchor for NBC affiliates 
in Denver and Kansas City, 
Missouri, and the CBS affiliate 
in Colorado Springs. She also 
served as news director of 
National Public Radio affiliate 
KCUR-FM in Kansas City, as 
Morning Edition anchor on 
NPR affiliate KPCC-FM in 
Pasadena, and as a contributing 
reporter for NPR. In addition, 
Zoe was a news anchor on all-
news radio station KFWB in 
Los Angeles. As an adjunct 
professor at Cal Poly Humboldt, 
formerly known as Humboldt 
State, she taught journalism 
and radio production and 
was faculty advisor to the 
university’s award-winning 
student radio station. 

The charity’s new executive 
committee are Susan McGuirl, 
chair; Shoshana Puccia, 
secretary; Jason Melillo, vice 
chair, finance/investment; Chris 
Selak, vice chair, advancement; 
Grace Russak, vice chair, 
nominating; Chris Kerns, vice 
chair, audit and past board 
chair; and Kirsten Hansen, vice 
chair, administration.

 “We honor, recognize, and 
appreciate all of our wonderful 
awardees, departing board 
members, new board members, 
and new executive committee, 
who have been an asset to the 
impact and growth of Five 
Acres,” said Chanel Boutakidis, 
Five Acres chief executive 

 To learn more, visit 

Photo caption: New Five Acres 
Board Members Carol Chen 
and Zoe Walrond | Photo 
courtesy of Five Acres 

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