Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 30, 2022 

Mountain View News Saturday, July 30, 2022 




 Hampton Cantrell, who has spent more than 35 years 
working in higher-education public safety and security as 
well as in sworn law enforcement has been named Caltech’s 
chief of campus security and parking services. He will 
begin his tenure at the Institute on August 22.

 Cantrell is currently the executive director of public 
safety at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, where he 
oversees security services, safety compliance, emergency 
management, and parking and transportation services.

 Prior to his appointment at Saint Mary’s, Cantrell was 
the associate vice president of public safety at Loyola 
Marymount University from 2008 to 2019. He joined LMU 
after a 26-year career in sworn law enforcement, 24 years of 
which he served in the Inglewood Police Department in Southern California. During his 
time in Inglewood, Cantrell rose to the rank of senior police captain and oversaw all three 
major bureaus: patrol operations, detectives, and administration. He also spent two years 
serving the Compton Police Department as a patrol officer.

 “Hampton has spent many years in Los Angeles, has partnerships here, and considers this 
his home,” said David Kang, associate vice president of facilities, in a memo announcing 
Cantrell’s appointment. He later added: “His work in higher education has taught him the 
importance of building community, engaging with students, faculty, and staff, and serving 
as a mentor, a vision and philosophy that are exactly in line with Caltech’s needs. All of this 
came across clearly in our conversations with Hampton.”

 A native of the Bay Area, Cantrell received his BA in political science from UC Irvine and his 
JD from Southwestern University School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in California and 
provides consulting on public safety issues in the state. Cantrell is also the immediate past 
president of the California College and University Police Chiefs Association (CCUPCA), 
a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators 
(IACLEA), and a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives 

 “I am honored and humbled to be selected as the chief of campus security at Caltech,” 
Cantrell says. “I believe strongly in collaboration and consultation with campus stakeholders 
on a variety of safety and security issues. I look forward to meeting with students, faculty, 
staff, and others, including my security team, to ensure our department is delivering excellent 
service to the Caltech community.”

On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, the Arcadia City 
Council voted to place three local measures on 
the November 8, 2022, ballot. Voters will be considering 
an amendment to the City Charter, an 
increase to the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax 
rate similar to nearby cities, and a new local tax 
that would be implemented if Sports Wagering is 
approved statewide this fall. 

Proposed City Charter Amendment Measure 

The City Charter was last amended in 1998. 
Therefore, the City Council created a citizen-led 
Charter Review Committee last year to review 
the document and propose recommended updates 
to mirror changes in State law since 1998 
and to reflect current local government standards 
and conventions. The Committee’s proposed 
updates include:

• Mirroring changes in State law to increase 
voter turnout by moving the date of regularly 
scheduled City Council elections from April 
in even-numbered years to the November Statewide 
General Election in even-numbered years

• Recognizing the City’s change to by-district 
elections as required by the California Voting 
Rights Act

• Creating a rotation of the Mayor and 
Mayor Pro Tem positions every 9.5 months to 
allow all Councilmembers to serve during their 

• Changing the position of City Clerk from 
elected to appointed

• Other amendments to streamline government, 
utilize technology, and increase 

“These changes to Arcadia’s City Charter were 
recommended by our Charter Review Committee 
after reviewing best practices adopted by 
other cities and models provided by the National 
League of Cities,” said City Manager Dominic 
Lazzaretto. “These recommended changes aim 
to increase participation in Arcadia city government 
and allow the city to operate efficiently.” 

The City Council also added a proposed change 
to the Charter that would authorize the City 
Council to appoint a City Prosecutor to prosecute 
local crimes in lieu of the District Attorney. 

The City Council voted unanimously to place all 
of these proposed changes before voters for consideration 
as a charter amendment measure. 

“As each of our Councilmembers expressed at 
the meeting last Tuesday, we are very appreciative 
of the time and effort devoted to this issue by 
our citizen volunteer Charter Review Committee 
and we are in agreement that these updates 
to our Charter will be good for our city,” Mayor 
Tom Beck added. 

Measures to Increase Locally Controlled Funding 

The City Council also voted to place two local 
revenue measures on the ballot for voters to 

One measure would increase Arcadia’s local tax 
on stays at hotels and motels from 10% to 12% -a 
similar rate to many neighboring cities.

The other measure would enact a local tax on 
sports wagers if sports betting becomes legal in 
California. State Proposition 26, also on the November 
ballot, would allow in-person betting at 
casinos and horseracing facilities such as Arcadia’s 
Santa Anita Park. 

“While Prop 26, the statewide initiative to legalize 
sports wagering, includes a state tax, it doesn’t 
include any revenue source for cities like Arcadia 
to help offset the local impact of sports betting,” 
City Manager Lazzaretto said. “This measure 
would address that.” 

Arcadia’s measure would allow the City to collect 
a tax of up to 5% of sports wagering gross revenue 
from all sports bets placed at a business in 
Arcadia. The tax would not apply to horse racing 
but would apply to all other sports wagers placed 

Mayor Tom Beck noted, “The hotel tax would be 
paid mostly by visitors to Arcadia. The gambling 
tax would only be paid by those who gamble on 

Funds from the measures may be used for general 
City services and infrastructure improvements. 

Each of the three measures must be approved by 
a majority of local voters. For full descriptions of 
all the proposed Charter amendments and more 
information on the measures, please visit ArcadiaCA.

Information on Voting 

Ballots will be mailed to all voters in early October 
and must be postmarked by November 8, 
2022, or be returned to a local Vote Center. Vote 
Center locations will be published approximately 
40 days before the election. If you need to register 
to vote, please visit 
For more information, please email CityClerk@ or call (626) 574-5455.

South Pas Nomination Period for City 
Council & Treasurer

 The filing period for residents interested in 
running in the 2022 South Pasadena General 
Municipal Election is open now and close 
Friday, August 12, 2022. Two City Council 
seats, one in District 4, and one in District 5, 
and an At-Large City Treasurer seat, are open 
for election. If an incumbent whose term 
expires in 2022 does not file in this period, 
the filing period is extended to 6 p.m. on 
Wednesday, August 17, 2022, for all potential 
candidates other than the incumbent(s) who 
declined to file.

 Prospective City Council candidates must 
secure the signatures of 20 to 30 registered 
voters that reside in the geographical area 
making up the district from which the 
candidate is to be elected. Prospective 
City Treasurer candidates must secure the 
signature of 20 to 30 registered voters that 
reside in the City of South Pasadena. Each 
candidate is required to file a Statement of 
Economic Interests, disclosing investments 
and interests in real property at the time 
the nomination paper is returned for filing. 
A filing fee of $25.00 will be assessed at the 
same time of submitting nomination papers. 

 Nomination papers and candidate 
handbooks will be available by appointment 
only beginning July 18 in the City Clerk’s 
Division, at City Hall, 1414 Mission Street, 
South Pasadena, CA 91030. Election office 
hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday 
through Thursday, and on Friday, August 12.

For more information visit: southpasadenaca.


The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water 
District has relocated their offices to 248 E. Foothill 
Blvd. They have been under construction for 
some time, renovating the interior of the building 
and updating the public sidewalk along their 
Canyon Blvd. frontage. As an aside, the City and 
USGVMWD are discussing a collaborative project 
to install EV charging stations in the future.

As they prepare to begin their landscaping plan, 
there are 3 camphor trees which will be removed 
from the private property. The trees' root systems 
have caused substantial damage to the concrete 
drainage channel. Understanding the importance 
of mature trees in the neighborhood, the 
owners have already made plans to replace the 
trees with trees that are as mature as available. 
These trees will be planted in the fall when temperatures 
are cooler. 

Water Saving Rebate: 

Drought Tolerant 

Replacing your grass with organic, drought tolerant 
landscaping is the best way to conserve 
water and reduce your usage and costs! The City 
of Monrovia is offering a $3 rebate per Ft2 when 
you replace your turf. Every turf replacement 
project will need to go through the application 
process in order to receive a rebate and you must 
apply to reserve your funds prior to starting your 

Public Input Needed

We ask you to review these plans and share your 
thoughts, feedback and considerations.

Pedestrian Safety Improvement Study 

A draft of the Pedestrian Safety Study is now 
available for public comment and review, which 
includes a review of traffic and pedestrian data to 
identify critical and high traffic pedestrian crossings 
in the street network, prepares improvement 
options to address specific contributing factors 
to pedestrian safety concerns, provides recommendations 
to enhance the assessment process 
for future resident requests regarding pedestrian 
safety, and more. 

Tree Planting Plan Draft

A draft of the Tree Planting Plan is now available 
for public comment and review. The Plan 
includes the following goals/objectives: plant native 
trees first, then trees that thrive in Southern 
California climate; increase shade canopy where 
possible, and plant large trees where possible 
without creating maintenance or hazardous conditions; 
avoid tree planting in areas where parkway, 
utility or rights-of-way conflicts exist; and, 
avoid planting fruit, palm trees or non-native 
tree species.

SCAG's Updated Transportation Plans

SCAG has prepared the Draft Amendment 2 
to the 2020 Connect SoCal to reflect additions 
and/or changes to several critical transportation 
projects that are ready to move forward to 
the implementation phase. The purpose of the 
amendment is to allow for the project sponsors 
to update regionally significant transportation 
projects currently in the Connect SoCal – 2020 
RTP/SCS Project List. Since the Plan’s adoption, 
some of these projects have experienced technical 
changes that are time-sensitive. In addition, 
County Transportation Commissions (CTCs) 
have also identified new project priorities. The 
30-day public review and comment period for 
the Draft Amendment 2 to the 2020 Connect SoCal 
begins on July 8, 2022 and ends on August 8, 
2022, at 5 p.m.

Upper San Gabriel 

Valley Municipal 

Water District Renovation 

Re-Imagining, Re-Connecting & 
Re-Building The 710 Corridor

By Mayor Victor Gordo & Councilmember Steve Madison


 On behalf of our entire community, our City Council colleagues and City staff, we have 
many reasons to celebrate the significant milestone of the relinquishment of the 710 freeway 
corridor. On June 29, 2022, the California Transportation Commission returned over 50 
acres of property to its rightful owners – the people of Pasadena as part of the relinquishment 
agreement. After decades of uncertainty we can now focus on re-envisioning the 710 stub and 
re-stitching our City.

 We want to thank the California Transportation Commission, its Chair Emeritus Hilary 
Norton, CalTrans and its Director Tony Tavares, Senator Anthony Portantino, the Pasadena 
Department of Transportation, former Mayor Bill Bogaard and Claire Bogaard, Mic Hansen 
and the thousands of Pasadena residents who have fought for many years to make this dream 
a reality.

 Many have always thought of the 710 stub as a gateway to the beautiful neighborhoods 
in West Pasadena – and that it is! Having said that, let’s keep in mind the stub is also an 
important access corridor to Huntington Hospital and a transit corridor and gateway to our 
historic business district, Old Pasadena. And, importantly, the stub previously was home to 
diverse residents, businesses, and churches, and relinquishment offers an opportunity for 
repatriation. All of these interests will need to be balanced as we look towards the future and 
relevant future uses.

 Our next steps will include forming a multi-disciplinary, community-driven visioning process 
to layout the future transportation network, land use, and utility infrastructure network 
needed to reconnect Pasadena. This will also involve virtually all city of Pasadena departments 
who will have a part moving forward with the maintenance, ownership, responsibility and 
liability including meeting the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards.

 We are deeply grateful to Senator Anthony Portantino who authored Bill SB7 and opened the 
door for our successful negotiations with Caltrans over the past year. The model set forth by 
Pasadena and Caltrans built upon the spirit of SB7 and can serve as a model for reconnecting 
communities throughout California.

 Our City has always taken pride in our great coordination and collaboration with our 
community and partner agencies. Our commitment to all Pasadena residents is to keep you 
updated and ensure a vigorous public process that allows all residents to actively participate 
as we re-imagine this part of Pasadena.




Following the passing of Mayor Pro Tem Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, Duarte City Council discussed options 
for filling the vacant Council seat in District 1. At the July 12 City Council meeting, Council considered 
two options for filling the vacancy: by appointment or by special election. 

After deliberation, Council determined that the District 1 seat will be filled by election through the 
regular election proceedings on November 8, 2022. Considering the next regular election coincides 
with the timing allocated for a special election, the next seat will be filled in accordance with the results 
of the regular election on November 8, 2022 under the new District 1 map adopted in 2022. Therefore, 
the seat will remain vacant until a new Councilmember is elected at the November 8 General Election. 

Councilmember Paras-Caracci was first elected to City Council in 2001 and served as Duarte’s Mayor 
three times throughout her career in public service. During the transition to district elections in 2018, 
Paras-Carracci won the four year-term to represent District 1. She served honorably until her passing 
on June 25, 2022. 

The City of Duarte has deeply benefitted from the heartfelt and diligent work of Councilmember Tzeitel 
Paras-Caracci. Community members gathered together and paid their respects during a memorial 
service on July 16 at Duarte City Hall.

To learn more about the City’s 2022 Elections which will be conducted in Districts 1, 4, 5 
and 6, please visit:





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