Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 16, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 16, 2022 

Fire Station 31 
to Relocate 

 City officials announced 
that Pasadena Fire Station 
31, currently located at 
135 S. Fair Oaks Ave., will 
begin undergoing seismic 
retrofit construction and 
tenant improvements next 

 During construction, the 
10-member station crew 
will be temporarily housedat 95 Alessandro Pl., justsouth of Huntington 
Hospital. The fire engine, 
fire truck and rescue 
ambulance will remain in 
service at the temporarylocation. There will 
be no interruption of 
service to the community.
Construction work is 
expected to take six toeight months to complete.

 Officials said Fire Station 
31 was constructed in 1960 
and requires structural 
retrofit in accordance with 
building code revisions 
and updates adopted since 
the initial construction. As 
the most active of all eight 
Pasadena fire stations, 
it’s also in need of tenant 
improvements to maintain 
basic operational standards 
for the firefighters who 
live there during their 
shifts. The station houses 
firefighters 24/7, year-
round; therefore, the 
wear and tear of the 
facility exceeds a typical 

 The scope of work 
includes replacing the 
roof, ceiling tiles, lighting, 
furniture and appliances; 
removal of office partition 

walls; floor upgrades; 

new paint; new HVAC 
equipment; and minor 
electrical improvements.

 The various historical 
Pasadena Fire Department 
memorabilia, including 
the “Old Rig,” will be safely 
housed in a secure storage 

Annual Block 
Party July 23

 The event will also 
feature a community 
resource fair

 State Assemblymember 
Chris Holden Announced 
Thursday that this year 
will mark his 23rd 
Annual Block Party and 
Community Resource Fair, 
“I am excited to reconnect 
with you all.” 

The event Saturday, July 
23 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., brings 
local government agencies 
and non-profits together 
to provide residents with 
information to assist them 
in interfacing with the state 
and local government.

 Food and drinks will 
be provided at the event. 
There will be games, a car 
show, and more. “Come 
and support and get to 
know members of our 
community, and join in on 
all the fun,” Holden said.

 For more information 
about the event or the 41st 
District visit: a41.asmdc. 

New City Manager to Hire Police Chief 

By Dean Lee

It will be up to newly hired 
Pasadena City Manager Miguel 
Márquez (pictured right) to 
select and hire the city’s next 
police chief, Mayor Victor 
Gordo said Monday during a 
meet-and-greet at city hall for 

 Gordo (pictured middle) told 
this newspaper that the process 
for hiring a new police chief 
would not be completed in the 
time before Márquez is set to 
start August 29.

 According to Gordo, interim 
city manager Cynthia Kurtz 
had started the police chief 
recruitment process, just to get 
it moving, “ultimately Miguel 
will hire all of the [now vacant] 
permanent city positions 
[including police chief],” he 

 As to being new to Pasadena, 
Márquez simply said he is a 
“quick study.”

 “I will come up to speed 
quickly as I can,” he said. “I’m 

not going to rush things, we 
have to be thorough, listening 
to the community and all the 
different voices, then you get a 
sense you have heard enough, 
then move forward.”

 In his current role in Santa 
Clara, as the chief operating 
officer, Márquez said that 
having to deal with all issues, 
including hiring, within the 
Santa Clara County Sheriff ’s 
Office has given him experience 
and qualifications.

“Also from being on the court,” 
he said as it relates to police and 
courts. “I have had to adjudicate 
dozens, if not hundreds of 

 Márquez served as an associate 
justice of the California Sixth 
District Court of Appeal, as the 
county counsel for the County 
of Santa Clara, as the general 
counsel of the San Francisco 
Unified School District, and as 
a deputy city attorney in the 
San Francisco City Attorney’s 

 “I’m going to assume that the 

Pasadena Low-Income 
Residents Can Now ApplyWater Utility Bill Assistance 

 State’s local service 
provider accepting 
applications for theLow-Income Household 
Water Assistance 

 Pasadena Water and 
Power (PWP) low-income 
customers can now apply to 
receive financial assistance 
for delinquent residential 
water bills. The Low-Income 
Household Water Assistance 
Program (LIHWAP) is a 
federally funded program that 
offers low-income households 
a one-time payment to help pay 
outstanding bills for residential 
water or wastewater costs. In 
the wake of the COVID-19 
pandemic, the federal 
government allocated funding 
to California to help households 
struggling to afford the costs 
of water. To participate, PWP 
customers must apply directly 
to the Maravilla Foundation, 
the local service provider 
selected by the state to help the 
City of Pasadena implement the 

 The amount of assistance 
that customers may receive 
will depend on the balance 
of the household’s water bills. 
Households whose utility 
payments are included in their 
rent may also be eligible for 

 LIHWAP offers a one-time 
payment of up to $2,000 to help:
Pay residential water or 
wastewater utility bills; andPrevent other adverse effects 
such as debt collection or 
placement of liens.

 LIHWAP is a one-time 
program that is available for 

approximately one-year and will 
permanently close in August 
2023. Funding for eligible 
residents is offered on a first-
come, first-served basis. PWP 
encourages customers who are 
interested in applying to contact 
the Maravilla Foundation. 
Please note, PWP cannot 
accept any applications for this 
program; all applicants must 
go through the local service 
provider, Maravilla Foundation. 
Visit them online at: maravilla. 

 PWP provides electricity to 
more than 65,000 customers 
within Pasadena. PWP 
delivers water to almost 38,000 
households and businesses 
in Pasadena and adjacent 
communities in the San Gabriel 
Valley. As a community-owned 
utility, PWP is a not-for-profit 
public service owned and 
operated by the City of Pasadena 
for the benefit of its customers 
and the community. Its priorities 
are reliability, responsiveness to 
customers, reasonable rates and 
environmental stewardship.

 For program guidelines and 
additional information, visit 
the California Department 
of Community Services and 
Development website. For 
information on other PWP 
programs available to support 
low-income customers, visit: 

pool we get [for police chief] is 
going to be filled will talented 
applicants and it’s just a matter 
of finding the right fit,” he said. 
Márquez said he was not sure 
if Pasadena or the newly formed 
Community Police Oversight 
Commission had set guidelines 
for public input on the hiring. 

“Whatever it is, I will make sure 
we work with the community… 
at all levels,” he said. 

PUSD Board 
Filing PeriodOpens

 The official nomination 

period for the PUSD Board 

of Education election opens 

on Monday, and closes at 

5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. 

During this period, the 

Office of the City Clerk, 

located at 100 N. Garfield 

Ave., Room S228, will be 

issuing nomination papers 

to qualified candidates 

seeking local school board 

offices. Candidates may 

receive and circulate 

nomination petitions 

to gather signatures of 

registered voters in order 

to place their names 

on the Nov. 8 ballot for 

PUSD Board of Education 

geographic sub-districts 1, 

3, 5, and 7, each for a full 

four-year term.

 The city clerk will 

conduct two identical 

candidate workshops at 

City Hall, 100 N. Garfield 

Ave., on Monday, July 18, 

and Wednesday, July 20. 

Monday’s workshop will be 

held at 9 a.m. in the council 

chamber, Room S249, and 

Wednesday’s workshop will 

be held at 4:30 p.m. in the 

Rose Conference Room, 

Room S228. 

Election information 

is available online or by 

calling the Office of the City 

Clerk at (626) 744-4124 

during regular business 

hours, Monday through 

Friday. The Office of the 

City Clerk’s website will 

be updated periodically 

with candidate nomination 

information, as well as any 

local measures added to the 


 Are you registered to 

vote? Voter registration 

information is available at 

City Hall, public libraries, 

post offices, and online at: The 

deadline to register to vote 

for the November general 

election is Monday, Oct. 24. 

Tournament Names Parade 
Grand Finale Partnership 

The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses and Mansion 
Entertainment Group 
Announced Friday that they 
are bringing together two 
iconic entertainment legacies 
for the 2023 Rose Parade. 
Using the world-wide platform, 
Mansion Entertainment 
Group will be the presenting 
sponsor of the Grand Finale 
and showcase their landmark 
for exceptional entertainment, 
The Mansion Theatre for the 
Performing Arts in Branson, 
Missouri celebrating its 30th 

 Mansion Entertainment 
Group encompasses a well-
defined brand of creative 
production entities including 
Mansion Sound, Mansion 
Animation, Mansion Film 
& Television and Mansion 
Studios. As the presenting 
sponsor of the Grand Finale, 
their family entertainment 
venue, The Mansion Theatre 
For The Performing Arts, 
will be showcased on an 
unforgettable floral float. From 
the soaring circular ceiling and 
magnificent regal staircase in 
the grand lobby to the three 
iconic horses welcoming you to 
the venue.

 As the final float in the 
parade, it will provide a 
specially designed stage for an 
outstanding recording artist to 
be announced in the coming 


 “The collaboration with the 
Mansion Entertainment Group 
solidifies our commitment 
to bringing quality family 
entertainment to the Rose 
Parade.” said David Eads, 
Tournament of Roses 
Executive Director/CEO. “The 
relationship with their team 
has created an environment for 
creativity and the partnership 
will provide enjoyment of 
the Grand Finale for years to 

 With its theme, “Turning 
The Corner,” the 2023 Rose 
Parade celebrates turning a 
corner. Whether that corner 
is actual—like the one at the 
famous turn, signaling the 
parade’s start, or figurative like 
the unlimited potential that 
each new year brings—we all 
enjoy the opportunity of a fresh 
start. Turning a corner means 
rising above – alone, or with 
family, friends and community, 

– it means realizing dreams and 
pursuing possibility. This year,
as we turn the corner together,
we share in the hope, beautyand joy of what 2023 will bring.
For millions of viewers around 
the world, the Rose Paradeis an iconic tradition at the 
beginning of the new year. Joinus on Monday, January 2, 2023,
to experience the floats, bandsand equestrians as they paradedown Colorado Blvd. 

South Pas Library to ScreenFilm 'Far East Deep South' 

 In partnership with the 
Friends of the South Pasadena 
Public Library and the South 
Pasadena Chinese-American 
Club, the Library invites 
community members to a free 
screening of Far East Deep 
South at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 
July 29, 2022 in the Library 
Community Room (1115 El 
Centro Street). A Q&A with 
Producer/Director Larissa Lam 
and Producer Baldwin Chiu 
will follow the screening.

Far East Deep South is an 
award-winning documentary 
about a Chinese-American 
family’s search for their roots 
that leads them from California 
to Mississippi, where they 
stumble upon stunning family 
revelations and uncover the 
racially complex history of the 
Chinese in the segregated South 
during the Chinese Exclusion 
era. Director Larissa Lam 
explains that “it wasn’t until 
after learning about Baldwin 

Chiu’s family in Mississippi, 
that I learned more about the 
important contributions of 
Chinese immigrants in the 
American South. I became a 
filmmaker so I could educate 
audiences about the role of 
the early Asians in American 
history seldom discussed 
in classrooms and media.” 
The South Pasadena Public 
Library is pleased to further 
Lam’s purpose by sharing this 
important film with the South 
Pasadena Community. 

 The South Pasadena Public 
Library is located at 1100 Oxley 
Street in South Pasadena. Visit 
the Library website at www. information about services 
and programs. The Library is 
open Monday, Friday, Saturday 

10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 
a.m.–8:00 p.m. and Sunday1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 
For more information visit: 

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