Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 6, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 6, 2022 


By Kevin McGuire 

The Planning Commission approved a modification of a Conditional Use Permit 
(CUP) on Thursday night to allow the sale of wine, beer, and distilled spirits at Taylor’s 
Ol’ Fashioned Market. 

According to the applicant, Kevin Taylor, the underutilized floor area of the Market 
located at 14 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., would be used to expand services so patrons 
could have a sandwich, a glass of wine, or another adult beverage on-site. 

Mr. Taylor is also looking to hold special events in the adjacent property parking 
lot. He plans an expansion of the property to include a patio area where patrons 
can sit, eat and drink alfresco style. There would be some renovations to the inside 
of Taylor’s, which has been in business since 1966, but no more than a 500-square 
foot area, and minor alterations to the outside façade. The actual property won’t be 
expanded, and renovations won’t affect parking conditions. 

Before receiving a modified CUP, the applicant had to prove several criteria, such as 
the site for the proposed use is adequate in size, shape, topography, and location; and 
that the area has sufficient access to streets that are adequate in width and pavement 
type to carry the quantity of traffic generated by the proposed use. In addition, the 
proposed use wouldn’t be detrimental to public health, safety, and general welfare. 
The Planning Commission was satisfied that Taylor’s met these criteria and others. 

Some of the special events at Taylor’s could include wine tasting. Taylor’s Market 
has a 12,623 square-foot lot, which has been primarily used as a grocery store and 
would need to be classified as an eatery to sell alcohol for in-store consumption and 
at the outdoor seating. 

It's unclear when Taylor’s will be done with its renovations or obtain its license to sell 
alcohol, which could be a lengthy process. Still, the Planning Commission unanimously 
approved Resolution No. 22-19 and CUP 22-02. 


The Sierra Madre Community Foundation recently awarded the following 
grants to local organizations: 

• The City of Sierra Madre received a grant to support its Halloween 
Happenings program. The funds will be used for Band Shell decorations at 
Memorial Park, logistics support for Alegria Avenue and other operational 
• The Creative Arts Group’s ImaginArt program received a grant for its 
“Cubist Self-Portraits,” introducing 5th graders from Sierra Madre Elementary 
to the fundamentals of ceramics. The students will learn creative interpretation 
and self-representation as they emphasize the elements of their face 
to tell their unique story. 
Combined with earlier grants, the Community Foundation has awarded 
$17,400 in grants this year to support local civic and community organizations, 
including the City of Sierra Madre’s Mt. Wilson Trail Kids Fun Run, 
Sierra Madre Search & Rescue and the Sierra Madre Public Library. 

In addition to soliciting donations to support and enhance the community, 
the Sierra Madre Community Foundation 
assists other local community groups in the 
collection and distribution of their funds 
that enable ongoing program support and 
continued operations. Learn more at sierramadrefoundation.


Tickets are now on sale for the Friends of 
Sierra Madre Library Wine and Cuisine Tasting Benefit to be held Friday, 
September 23rd at the Paddock at Santa Anita Racetrack. Tickets can be 
purchased at the Sierra Madre Library; and for your convenience, tickets 
can also be purchased at You will find tickets on Eventbrite.
com when you search: 50th Annual Wine & Cuisine Tasting Benefit. 

The Premier Event from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. is limited to 100 guests. The 
Premier Event offers premium wines, specialty foods, door prizes and 
early access to the Main Event. The Main Event is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 
and is limited to 400 guests. The Main Event will have domestic and international 
wines and beers, food from fine local restaurants, live music, and 
a Silent Auction. Tickets for the Premier Event are $100 each and tickets 
for the Main Event are $75. 

Plan to come and enjoy the food from our many restaurants that participate, 
along with the many wineries that will be represented. Join us for 
our tasting, auction, music, and just plain fun! 

There are opportunities to volunteer or be an event sponsor. If you are interested 
in helping with this event you may contact Leslie Ziff at lbziffer@ or 626-321-7735. 

The proceeds of this event help support the programs for children and 
adults at Sierra Madre Library throughout the year. For more information 
about the event or Friends of the Sierra Madre Library visit our website at 

Don’t miss this event! 


by Deanne Davis 

“This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realize 
that it is August: Summer’s last stand.” 
Sara Baume 
“Hello August! The first week of August hangs at 
the very top of summer, the top of the live-long 
year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when 
it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before 
are only a climb from balmy spring, and those 
that follow are a drop to the chill of autumn. But 
the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is 
curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and 
glaring noons and sunsets smeared with too much 
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting 

“August in sub-Saharan Los Angeles is one of the 
great and awful tests of one’s endurance, sanity and 
stamina.” Henry Rollins 

We’ve been seeing way too many of those hot and miserable days when we could honestly say, “These are the 
times that try men’s (and women’s and children’s and dogs and cat’s) souls.” Of course, when Thomas Paine 
said that in 1776, he wasn’t talking about the weather. Now, start of August, we’re ready to think about a 
cooler fall. I, personally, can’t wait for September to decorate for fall – get out all my pumpkins, start setting 
them around and wishing I’d bought that beautiful blown-glass pumpkin I saw at the Art Fair. Can there 
really be too many pumpkins? I actually bought Pumpkin Spice creamer at the market today! 

I’m writing Walking Sierra Madre on Tuesday, August 2nd, as school starts tomorrow. You know it’s time to 
go back to school when you hear parents singing, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And, to quote 
George Washington Carver, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” 

‘Twas The Night Before School Started 

‘Twas the night before school started and all through the town,

Parents were cheering, it was a riotous sound.

By eight the kids were washed and dried and tucked into their bed,

While memories of homework filled their little hearts with dread. 

New pencils, new folders, new notebooks too,

New teachers, new friends, their anxiety grew.

The parents just giggled when they heard of this fright,

And shouted upstairs...Go to Bed, darling children! It’s Finally a School Night!” 

Author Unknown 

That’s pretty much what’s happening all over the place this week and next. Up the street where granddaughters, 
Jessie and Emily, live, clothes have been assessed, haircuts have happened, the bus schedules have been 
checked and rechecked and now two schools are involved as Emily is still in Middle School, 7th grade, and, 
unbelievably, Jessie is starting high school in 9th grade. Where did the time go!! 

We’ve bought new backpacks, incredibly expensive tennis shoes, shirts and shorts. Positive statements are 
emblazoned across the shirts: Be Brave, Be Kind. We’ve made sure there are plenty of socks and underwear, 
and will be ready to invade Target when the teachers pass out lists of more school supplies than they will 
ever need or use. 

It seems somewhat unbelievable to me, school starting in early August, as I went to school in that prehistoric 
era, just shortly after the Jurassic age, when school got out in June and started up again the day after Labor 
Day. These girls have been out on the town since early May and go back tomorrow, August 3rd. While I’m 
reminiscing, and maybe you remember it this way, too, school started at 9:00 and went till 3:00. These girls 
are yanked rudely from sleep at 6:30 a.m., given a fast, nutritious breakfast and are out the door by 7:15 a.m. 
They’re on their way home shortly after 2:00. 

Yes, school is starting again tomorrow. It’s been very pleasant to start the mornings around 8:00 when people 
really wanted to get up, pleasant to send the girls off to various camps, go to the movies, and out to lunch. 
You know, just hang out and not feel any pressure. 


Dear Lord, help them find where they need to go,

And go only where Your will leads.

To lead boldly, even where few will follow, and follow only the path You reveal.

Show kindness to those who yearn for a kind word.

Yearn for excellence in all they accomplish.

Accomplish in themselves the promise of all You’ve given.

Give them a desire for truth and passion for real learning.

Have them learn to give, to love, to forgive and encourage.

Stay by their sides and light up their souls,

Fill them, guide them, protect them and enliven them.

And by all this have them become the masterful creations You formed

And longed for them to be, even in their mother’s womb.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, 

“Plans to prosper you and not to harm you., plans to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 

Yes, school starts tomorrow and our hope above all else is that everyone they encounter will be kind. God 
bless them, every one, and guard their hearts and minds. 

“Sunrises & Sunflowers Speak Hope” 
Supplies a little hope on every page. 
Look for it on my book page: Deanne Davis 
Star of Wonder the CD is now on TuneCore! Take a look! 
"A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter"
is also available on my book page and there’s an incredible apple cake recipe in there! 

Catch breaking news at:
Sunday - August 7, 2022 6-8 pm Memorial ParkCome out and join the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club as it celebrates its' 95th Birthday, along with the Friends of the Library and the Civic Club! 
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