Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 23, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 23, 2022 

Lookingfor Assault 

The Pasadena police are 
asking for the public’s help 
identify a suspect (pictured) 
wanted for assault. 

 According to officers, the 
suspect and the victim were in 
the 7-11 store at 690 N. Lake 
on March 23 when the two 
got into a verbal argument. 
The suspect then punched 
the victim in the face several 
times and threw hot coffee on 

 Anyone with information 
is being asked to call the 
Pasadena police department 
at (626) 744-4501 or report 
the information anonymously 
through @LACrimeStopper1. 

Police Arrest 
Sex Predator 

 Investigators are 
asking the public’s 
help seekingadditional victims

 Police detectives are looking 
for more victims after 
arresting a former high 
school basketball coach 

and referee earlier this month 
for lewd acts on a child after 
he preyed on a young girl 
through Snapchat. 

 According to police, an 
unidentified 13 year-old 
female victim told deputies 
in October and November 
of 2021 she was contacted on 
“Snapchat” by a person who 
offered to provide her alcohol 
and narcotics in exchange for 
explicit pictures and videos of 
the victim.

 On April 15, Miles 
Alexander of Pasadena was 
arrested and booked at the 
West Hollywood Sheriff ’s 
Station. They said, Alexander 
is believed to have been a 
high school basketball coach 
for several schools in the San 
Gabriel Valley and a high 
school basketball referee in 
the Los Angeles area.

 During the investigation, 
it became apparent 
that Alexander was 
communicating with 
many individuals, mostly 
female, via the social media 
application, “Snapchat.” 
Investigators believe there 
may be additional victims. 
Anyone with information 
about the suspect or believes 
they are a victim are 
encouraged to contact the 
Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s 
Department, Special Victims 

 Alexander was charged with 
three counts of lewd act on 
child under age 14, and one 
count of using a minor for sex 
acts. He remains in custody 
on $340,000 bail.

Anyone with information 
is asked to contact the Los 
Angeles County Sheriff ’s 
Department, Special Victims 
Bureau toll free tip line at (877) 
710-5273 or anonymouslyat (800) 222-TIPS (8477). 
information can also be email 
to specialvictimsbureau@ 

City to Enact Military Equipment Use Policy

 The Pasadena city council to “unmanned aerial or ground 

set Monday to discuss enacting 
an ordinance, to comply with a 
new state law, that will annually 
review the use of all police 
owned military equipment in 
order to continue use of the 
equipment past May 1.

 According to Assembly Bill 
(AB) 481 the city must:

• Draft a military equipment use 
policy that describes each piece 
of military equipment, including 
quantity, capabilities, purchase 
cost, purpose, authorized uses, 
and fiscal impact for each piece 
of equipment;
• Seek approval of the policyfrom their governing body byordinance; and,
• Make publicly available on theagency’s website any proposedor final military equipment usepolicy for as long as the militaryequipment is available for use. 
The city ordinance would also 
prepare an annual summary of, 
the prior year, any complaints 
or concerns received, the results 
of any internal audits, policy 
violations, total annual cost, 
quantities and new acquisitions 
planned in the next year. 

 “The City of Pasadena is 
an international destination 
with global events and large 

capacity venues, home to many 
company headquarters, major 
universities and institutions and 
attracts visitors from around 
the globe,” Police Commander 
Mark Goodman said in the staff 
report. “As a result, Pasadena 
could be seen as an ideal location 
for domestic terrorism or a 
high-level terrorist incident.”

 He continued, “The posting 
of the military equipment use 
policy and a future approval of 
the policy by ordinance ensures 
that law enforcement continues 
to have access to equipment 
that will provide police officers 
as many options as possible 
to safeguard lives and ensure 
public safety. It also ensures that 
there are safeguards, including 
transparency, oversight, and 
accountability measures in 
place, for the equipment used 
within the city.” 

The city attorney is expected to 
draft a military equipment use 
ordinance and presented to the 
council in the next 30 days.

 If the city council does 
not approve an ordnance 
to continue use of military 
equipment within 180 days, the 
police department would stop 
using any military equipment.

 Military equipment includes: 

VaccinatePasadena Video 
Contest Awards Ceremony 

Winners to Receive Up 
to $1,500 Gift Cards. 

The Pasadena Public Health 
Department (PPHD) is set to 
announce the winners of the 
#VaccinatePasadena Video 
Contest during a ceremony at 
Day One, 175 N. Euclid Ave., 
on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

 The #VaccinatePasadena 
Video Contest, launched this 
past February, gave Pasadena 
students ages 4-24 (grades 
TK-college) the opportunity 
to submit artwork or share 
a short video on TikTok or 
Instagram with a powerful 
and positive COVID-19 
vaccine message. PPHD used 
print and digital media ads 
in English and Spanish to 
promote the contest. Social 
media ads alone generated 
over 900,000 impressions.

 Thirty-seven students 
from 20 different schools 
across Pasadena entered 
the contest to educate their 
peers about the benefits 
of choosing vaccination. 
They also countered 
misinformation and myths 
that have prevented some 
from protecting themselves 
and their families with 

 Students competed in 
different grade categories— 

elementary school, middle 
school, high school and 
college—for a chance to win 
gift cards ranging from $75 
to $1,500 for their team and 
school. Awards were funded 
by a grant through L.A. Care 
Health Plan. 

“COVID-19 has dramatically 
impacted kids and young 
adults on a personal level. 
The #VaccinatePasadena 
Video Contest gave students 
a creative way to share with 
peers and others in the 
community how vaccination 
has renewed their sense of 
hope and optimism for the 
future,” says Dr. Ying-Ying 
Goh, Pasadena Public Health 
Department director and 
health officer. “We can’t wait 
to showcase the winners and 
share their entries.”

 After the awards ceremony, 
the winning entries will 
be posted to the City’s 
#VaccinatePasadena Video 
Contest webpage and 
shared on the City’s social 
media channels, including 
Facebook, Instagram and 

 The Centers for Disease 
Control recommends 
everyone age 5 and older get 
vaccinated and everyone age 
12 and older get a vaccine 

vehicles, armored vehicles, 
command and control vehicles, 
tear gas, pepper balls, less-lethal 
40mm projectile launchers, 
specialized firearms and 
ammunition, and light-sound 
distraction devices commonly 
known as “flash bangs.” With 
the exception of three Bell 
OH-58 helicopters, which were 
obtained from the military, 
all other equipment in PPD’s 
inventory has been sourced 
through direct purchases and 

 The Community Police 
Oversight Commission would 
also review the policy at their 
next meeting.

 For more information and/
or to comment on the policy 

South Pas 
Free Eclectic 
Music Festival 

The Free Eclectic Music 
Festival & Arts Crawl is 
back April 30. The festival 
is a celebration of the arts 
in South Pasadena. Started 
in a parking lot with a 
couple of local bands and 
a few dozen attendees, the 
Eclectic has grown into 
an attraction that brings 
residents and visitors from 
all over Southern California 
to enjoy an afternoon and 
evening of music, art, food, 
shopping, and activities. 
This free event returns after 
a Covid related 2-year pause 
. The musical line-up will 
include over 50 bands and 
performances. This year, the 
expanded Artisans’ Alley 
will showcase makers’ and 
crafters’ unique, handmade 
designs for purchase. South 
Pas Vintage, new in 2022, 
will bring an eclectic array 
of vintage sellers to South 

For more information and a 
complete list of participants 

Symphony to End Season withBeethoven’s Symphony No. 5 

The Pasadena Symphony will 
conclude its season April 30 
with the four most well-known 
notes in Classical music – 
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. 

 Relentless, emotional and 
triumphant all describe 
Beethoven’s most famous 
symphony, which will be led 
by internationally renowned 
conductor Keitaro Harada, 
who currently serves as Music 
Director of the Savannah 
Philharmonic and Associate 
Conductor of the Tokyo 
Symphony Orchestra, and who 
is making his debut with the 
Pasadena Symphony as part 
of its search for a new Music 
Director. The program opens 
with the world premiere of 
In Nomine by Composers 
Showcase artist Brett Banducci, 
performed by the orchestra’s 
Principal Horn James Thatcher. 
Technically dazzling and 
intellectually probing, pianist 
Ran Dank delivers passion and 
pyrotechnics with Prokofiev’s 
Piano Concerto No. 3. Dank 
replaces pianist Valentina 
Lisitsa who was previously 
scheduled to perform. 
Performances will be held 
at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at 
Ambassador Auditorium.

 Dank recently performed 
at the National Gallery in 
Washington, D.C., with the 
Portland Symphony, and in 
recitals at the San Francisco 
Performances Series, Gilmore, 
Ravinia, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel 
and Weill Halls, Steinway Hall, 
Gardner Museum, Kennedy 

Center and the Yale School of 
Music. His performances have 
garnered critical acclaim from 
The New York Times and the 
Washington Post.

 The Pasadena Symphony holds 
the safety of its audience, staff 
and musicians as its top priority. 
The Pasadena Symphony 
requires all concertgoers to 
be fully vaccinated, including 
a booster dose for those who 
are eligible, to attend concerts 
at Ambassador Auditorium. 
Masks are now optional inside 
the venue. Covid-19 protocols 
for concerts at Ambassador 
Auditorium are evolving with 

L.A. County Health Department 
guidelines and will be updatedhere: pasadenasymphony-pops.
To learn more about the 
music, come early for Insights – 
a free pre-concert dialogue with 
Conductor Keitaro Harada and 
Composer Brett Banducci, 
which begins one hour prior 
to each performance. Patrons 
who arrive early can also enjoy 
a drink or a bite in the outdoor, 
tented Rusnak Symphony 
Lounge. In order to provide the 
safest possible experience, all 
food must be pre-ordered. For 
more information, visit:

 All concerts are held at The 
Ambassador Auditorium, 131 
South St. John Ave. Tickets 
may be purchased online at,
by calling (626) 793-7172 or 
at the Ambassador Box Office 
starting at noon on concert 

San Marino Annual Striping,
Signing, and Marking Plan 

Thermoplastic Striping 
Installed at Intersections

 On April 15, Parks & 
Public Works staff and 
Superior Pavement installed 
thermoplastic striping in 
the form of a ladder-pattern 
crosswalk at the intersection of 
Lorain Road and West Drive, 
as part of the City’s Annual 
Striping, Signing, and Marking 
program. This installation 
of new striping is intended 
to improve the safety of 
pedestrians at the intersection 
by making the crosswalk more 
apparent to motorists.

 Additional striping was also 
installed at the intersection 
of Darby Road and Granada 
Avenue as well as Roxbury 
Road and Granada Avenue, 
including lane separators and 
raised pavement markers 
(RPM’s). By doing this, the City 
strives to improve both traffic 
and pedestrian safety at this 
busy intersection. 

The installation of 
thermoplastic (as opposed 
to painted) striping will 
ensure durability and makes 
the markings easier to see 
for drivers, bicyclists, and 
SMSF Street Pole Banners 

Earlier this week, Parks and 
Public Works staff also hung 
approximately 50 street pole 
banners along Huntington 
Drive. These banners are 
in recognition of donors 
to the San Marino Schools 
Foundation (SMSF) and 
their educational programs. 
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