Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 14, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 14, 2022 


 A Pasadena man was 
found dead last week after 
the ShotSpotter detection 
system alerted policeof gunfire in NorthwestPasadena. 

According to police, on 
May 2 at about 8:42 p.m.,
officers from the Pasadena 
Police Department 
responded to the 1700 
block of N. Fair Oaks Ave 
after receiving 9-1-1 calls 
and an alert of “Shots 
Fired” from the recentlyactivated “ShotSpotter”
gunfire detection system.
Officers located an adult 
man down in the common 
area of an apartment 
complex suffering from 
multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim, 28-year oldPasadena resident Eric LynnThomas, was unresponsiveand pronounced deceasedat the scene.

 The suspect(s) and motiveare unknown at this time.

 Anyone with informationis asked to call Pasadena 
Police at (626)- 744-4241anonymously by calling“Crime Stoppers” by dialing(800) 222-TIPS (8477) 

Bike Week 
Starts Tonight

 Rediscover the joy andexcitement of riding a bike!
Leave the car at home and see 
the City of Pasadena on twowheels during Bike MonthPasadena, through May 29. Ajoint effort between the City

and community partners 

Day One and Pasadena 
Complete Streets Coalition,
this fun annual event returns 
after a two year hiatus tocelebrate bicycling as a safeand sustainable way to getaround town.

 Organizers have plannedfree activities all month for 
riders of all ages and abilities.
Helmets, bikes in goodworking order, and bike lights(for night events) are stronglyencouraged.

 Highlights of Bike Monthevents include but are not 
limited to: 
Night Ride Tonight- Enjoya 12 mile guided eveningbike tour to well-known and 
maybe not-so-well-known 
Pasadena landmarks! The ride 
starts at Central Park at 275 S 
Raymond Avenue at 7:00 p.m.
Bike to Work Day on 
Thursday, May 19th – Leavethe car at home and schedule 
in a pit stop at City Hall from

6:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for 
snacks and socializing. Metrobuses, trains, Metrolink trains,
Foothill Transit buses, andPasadena Transit buses are 
free to bicyclists on Bike to 
Work Day.
Public Art Tour on Sunday,
May 22nd – Enjoy a 10 mileguided tour of public artinstallations all over the City!
The ride starts at City Hall at100 Garfield Avenue at 9:30 
Bike Brunch to La Pintoresca 
Park on Sunday, May 28th – 
A bike ride to the Grand Reopening 
of La Pintoresca Parkand Pasadena’s 26th Annual 
Family Fun Day. The ridestarts at Victory Park at 2575Paloma Street at 10:00 a.m. 
For a full list of events 
and details, visit: 


The Pasadena City Councilvoted Monday to amend 
the city’s municipal code,
incorporating and cementingexisting protections and 
exemptions of historic 
landmark districts from SB 9. 
The move came after AttorneyGeneral Rob Bonta sent cityofficials a letter in March 
claiming that a city urgencyordinance that exemptedlandmark districts from SB 9 
violated state law. 
“The clarifications to our 
municipal code cement 
existing protections of ourlandmark districts and 
neighborhoods as we strike thedelicate balance of addressinghousing affordability and 
the protection of landmarkneighborhoods,” Pasadena 
Mayor Victor Gordo said.
“The attorney general simplygot it wrong and unfairlytargeted Pasadena. Pasadenawas a pioneer in creatingaffordable housing, and wewill continue to prioritizethe creation and retention 
of desperately needed 
affordable housing—while 
at the same time continuingour strong protection of thecity’s landmark districts and 

According to a press 
statement, consistent with 
its original action on the 
urgency ordinance, the citymaintained its position andamended its municipal code.
Pasadena continues to be in 
full compliance with statelaw. Bonta applauded thecity council action furthersaying it was the result ofcollaboration between the 
California Department of 
Justice’s Housing Strike Forceand the City of Pasadena.
“Our Housing Strike Force iscommitted to working withlocal governments as partners 
to address California’s 
housing shortage and 
affordability crisis,” Bonta 
said. “Pasadena’s proposedordinance, first considered 
by the City Council last night[Monday], is a reflection of 
our successful collaboration 
with the city and an importantstep forward. We appreciatethe city for working with us 
on this issue, and we hope theCity Council will move swiftlyto approve the ordinance inthe days ahead.” 
Bonta said that by codifyingthe city’s ordinance 

City Looking To Fill Seats onPolice Oversight Commission 

Three seats on the Pasadena 
Community Police OversightCommission will be open, andthe City is asking community-
based organizations to 
nominate individuals to serve 
as commissioners. View the 
In October 2020, the City Councilestablished a CommunityPolice Oversight Commission(CPOC) by ordinance. The 
purpose of the commission 
is to enhance, develop and 
strengthen community-police 
relations and review and make 
recommendations regarding 
the ongoing operations of the 
Pasadena Police Department tothe chief of police, city managerand/or City Council.

 The CPOC, which held itsfirst meeting in October 2021,
is composed of 11 members,
with each City Council membernominating one (for a totalof eight) and three membersnominated from community-
based organizations. The initialterm for the three community-
based organization members 
expires on June 30 at whichpoint the City Council will 
appoint three members 
nominated by community-
based organizations. The Cityencourages interested membersof the public to apply for the threecommunity-based organizationseats, with those appointed (orre-appointed) receiving three-
year terms set to expire on June30, 2025.

 Those interested in serving as acommunity-based organization 

commission member should 
submit an application.
Applications received by 5:30

p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2022,
will be forwarded to the CityCouncil for consideration. Please 
note that individuals applyingfor these community-basedorganization seats must have theendorsement of a community-
based organization and submitthe supplemental applicationwith this information by theMay 23 deadline.
No later than 90 days after 
appointment to the commission, 
new commissioners must 
participate in a ride-along with 
the Pasadena Police Department,
and receive 30 hours of trainingin relevant subject matter areas. 
Further information about 
the qualifications, training 
requirements and duties of 
commissioners can be found in 
the Pasadena Municipal Code,
Chapter 2.60.

 For questions or additionalinformation, please contact theCity Attorney’s Office OversightCommission Support Divisionat (626) 744-7888 or CPOC@ 

addresses their concerns byincorporating the higherstate and federal standard for 
“historic districts”, thereby 
preventing neighborhoodsin Pasadena from arbitrarilydeclaring themselves 
“landmark districts” and 
exempting themselves fromSB 9 compliance. 


 The South Pasadena Public 
Library’s Summer ReadingProgram (SRP) – Read Beyondthe Beaten Path! - will take placeWednesday, June 1 throughSaturday, July 30. Participantsof all ages are invited to readand track time spent readingthis summer, attend a variety ofin-person programming, andhave the opportunity to earn 
prizes. SRP will kick-off with aLibrary Open House event onJune 1, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to

4:00 p.m. 
Programming for all ages is

planned for the summer. Adults

may join a virtual workshop

on creating autobiographical

comics led by graphic novelist

Hazel Newlevant, participate in

a Community Read and book

discussion, or attend a film

screening. Teens may share their

thoughts at Everybody Talks:

a Thematic Book Discussion. 

Children can participate in

storytimes, Origami Club, 

Newbery Book Club, and 

Wonderful Wednesday

events. Pre-registration begins

Monday, May 23. For complete

SRP programming details, visit

the Summer Reading Program

landing page on the Library’s


 Summer reading is not just

fun, it is important. Research

has shown that students who 

read at least 20 minutes daily

have a clear literacy advantage 

over children and teens that 

read less or those who do 

not read at all. The Summer 

Reading Program addresses 

the ‘summer learning slide’

and strengthens children’s and

teens’ literacy advantage. This

program is presented by the

South Pasadena Public Library

with generous support from the

Friends of the South Pasadena 

Public Library, Inc.

 The South Pasadena Public 
Library is located at 1100 OxleyStreet in South Pasadena. Visit 
the Library website at www. information about services 
and programs. The Libraryis open Monday, Friday, andSaturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Tuesday through Thursday

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. andSunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Senior Librarian Jane Gov 
Honored as 2022 LibraryJournal Mover and Shaker 

Library Journal announcedlast week their Movers 
and Shakers for 2022, thepeople shaping the future oflibraries. Pasadena Public 
Library’s Senior Librarian 
Jane Gov (pictured) was 
honored as a 2022 LibraryJournal Mover and Shaker 
in the Community Builderscategory. Gov is the BranchManager at La PintorescaBranch Library and Senior 
Librarian for Teen Services.

 Jane Gov believes that 
“to really understand whatteens want, they must beinvolved in the planning.” 
This is the foundation for 
the Teen Volunteer and 
Teen Advisory Board (TAB) 
programs, which enhance 
opportunities for teens todevelop their leadershipskills and gain autonomy 
over aspects of their 
community. The programs’goal is to be strategic in howthe library utilizes the skillsof volunteers, and to supporta team that doesn’t only giveadvice and assist with libraryactivities, but creates ideasand makes them happen.
The TAB vision overlaps withthat of the levelUP Youth 
Conference, first held in 
2017, where topics coveredwere based on feedback from 
the teens. These initiallyincluded college readiness,
workforce development,
and life skills workshops—
financial literacy, cooking,
and health. In recent yearsthe focus has been on mental 

health and trauma-informed 
care, community activism,
social justice, sustainability,
and how to advocate usingmedia.

 This year TAB received agrant for $74,500, which willsupport goals that includeestablishing a citywidenarrative on mental health, 
sustaining well-beingeducation into the future,
distributing Well-beingEducation Kits for educators 
and youth leaders for classesand youth groups, and 
developing an online coursefor the city’s youth internshipprograms. Gov is passionateabout how these measures 
allow teens to “see publicpolicy in action, how their 
ideas are being interpreted,
and how the communityresponds to their needs. Theycan also see all the creative 
possibilities of achieving avision.” 

PWP Water is Life Art Contest

 Officials at the Pasadena entries are also selected by PWP 
Department of Water and and submitted to MWD for 
Power announced Monday that a final round of competition, 
they are accepting submissions and additional prizes and 
from Pasadena K-12th grade recognition. 
students for the 2022 Water is Students must live within 
Life Art Contest. Entries must Pasadena Water and Power 
be submitted by June 30. Digital, service territory. 
hand-drawn, and painted Sponsored by Pasadena Water 
artworks are welcome. and Power and the Metropolitan

 From the entries received, Water District (MWD). 
PWP selects one winner who Full details, including contest 
receives a prize valued at $100 guidelines visit: 
for their talents. A total of 10 ArtContest. 

Memorial Day Swing BandConcert at the Senior Center 

studio adjacent to the patio will 
Memorial Day is a time to honor be open for anyone who wants a 
our nation’s fallen military dance floor. 
heroes. A Memorial Day swing The concert is free for members 
band concert Monday, May 30, of the Pasadena Senior Center 
on the spacious patio at the and only $5 for nonmembers of 
Pasadena Senior Center will all ages. Register online at www. 
take place at 2 p.m. (click

 The Great American Swing on Activities & Events, then 
Band will perform popular Special Events) or by calling 
patriotic songs and music of 626-795-4331. 
days gone by while guests kick The center, at 85 E. Holly St., is an 
up their heels and dance or independent, donor-supported 
simply tap their toes and sing nonprofit organization that has 
along. Light snacks will be served older adults for more 
available. Doors to the dance than 60 years. 

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