Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 3, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 3, 2022 

South Pas Library Receives 
Bequest for Children’s Room

Pasadena Labor Day 
Closures & Reminders

Statement from Interim 
City Manager Kurtz & PUSD 
Superintendent McDonald

Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and many 
City services will be 
closed on Monday, Sept. 
5, in observance of Labor 
Day. Specific closures and 
exceptions are noted below.

 Trash and recycling services 
will be postponed by one 
day. Monday pickup will 
occur on Tuesday; Tuesday 
pickup on Wednesday; 
Wednesday pickup on 
Thursday; Thursday pickup 
on Friday; and Friday pickup 
on Saturday. There will be 
no bulky item pickups on 
Saturday or Monday.

 The Citizen Service Center 
will be closed Monday, Sept. 
5, and will resume regular 
hours on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses experiencing 
power emergencies should 
call Pasadena Water and 
Power (PWP) at (626) 744-
4673. For water-related 
emergencies, call (626) 
744-4138. PWP’s regular 
Customer Call Center will 
be closed for the holiday, but 
customers can access their 
accounts and pay bills online 
at or by 
calling (626) 744-4005.

 The City’s Municipal 
Services Payment Center 
and Parking Office will be 
closed on Labor Day. All 
parking meters not posted 
as “No Parking” will be free 
and time limits will not be 
enforced. Violations for 
overnight parking, red curb 
parking, “No Parking” zones, 
and blocking fire hydrants 
will continue to be enforced. 
Regular enforcement 
resumes Tuesday, Sept. 6. 
The Permit Center will be 
closed on Labor Day but will 
reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 
at 8 a.m. Online permitting 
services are available 24/7 

 Pasadena Transit bus 
service and Dial-A-Ride 
transportation will not 
operate on Labor Day. 
Normal service will resume 
on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

 All Pasadena Public 
Libraries will be closed 
on Sunday and Monday, 
Sept. 4 and 5, and will 
return to regular schedules 
on Tuesday, Sept. 6. All 
recreation and community 
centers operated by the 
City’s Parks, Recreation 
and Community Services 
Department will be closed 
on Labor Day, but all parks 
will be open for picnics, fun 
and play. No site reservations 
are accepted for the holiday.

 Pasadena Police and Fire 
Departments will continue 
to be staffed for all patrol, jail, 
fire, paramedic and other 
emergency services. For life-
threatening emergencies, 
always dial 9-1-1. If you see 
something, say something. 
Report suspicious activity to 
Pasadena Police Department 
at (626) 744-4241.

 Much has transpired after the incident at San Rafael Elementary 
School. There have been many difficult conversations in the city 
and in the district that have surfaced pain points and areas where 
we can and must grow. It’s now time to look to the future and to put 
to work what we have all learned together.

 In the last week, we, as superintendent of the Pasadena Unified 
School District and interim city manager, have met and held long 
and candid conversations to discuss the interests of the people we 
serve. Foremost in our minds is that we must work together every 
day to serve the children, youth, families, employees and residents 
of our great community. We rely on each other both as institutions 
and as leaders.

 Our focus is on affirming the strong relationships between the 
City and its first responders and the school district, its schools, 
students, employees and families. We will work jointly to improve 
interagency communication and collaboration and build better 
mechanisms to prevent and quickly resolve any issues in the future.

 One of our shared goals is to make certain that the entire 
community knows that the children, educators and staff are safe and 
secure at school. In that regard, the Pasadena Police Department 
will continue to meet its obligation to respond to all calls for 
service. Officers often approach these calls with many unknown 
circumstances, and it is critical that the police department and the 
district integrate communications to minimize any uncertainties.

 Our mutual goal is civility. We will continue to foster a climate 
of civility, collegiality, tolerance and reasoned debate, embracing 
our diversity as a strength that adds vibrancy and creativity to our 
perspectives, deliberations and decisions.

 The district and the City often have to navigate sensitive situations 
that impact the lives of our students, employees and residents. We 
affirm our commitment to respecting the personal dignity of all 
students, employees, community members and residents. Each of 
us and those we serve are deserving of respect and courtesy, and 
this must underlie every interaction and communication.

 We are privileged to serve a vibrant and diverse community rich 
in its perspectives.

 We know that it is imperative to maintain a consistent line of 
communication on a day-to-day basis that will continue to work 
even in times of crisis.

 We commit to our entire community that we will continue to 
move forward and work together.

Cynthia Kurtz

Interim City Manager

City of Pasadena

Brian McDonald, Ed.D.


Pasadena Unified School District


 Officials announced 
Wednesday that Lifelong 
South Pasadena resident Bert 
Edward Carlyle (1940-2022) 
left a bequest to the South 
Pasadena Public Library for 
the express purpose of adding 
a “Story Room” to the Library’s 
Children’s Room. At a special 
meeting at 7:00 p.m. on August 
31, 2022, the Library Board of 
Trustees will consider adopting 
a resolution to formally accept 
the bequest. The donation will 
also be considered by the City 
Council at its September 7, 2022 

 Mr. Carlyle’s generous gift is 
conditioned on the Library 
Board only using the proceeds 
for a capital improvement 
to the Children’s wing of the 
Library, in the form of a “Story 
Room” with tiered seating. 
The bequest includes $100,000 
in cash and two residential 
properties in South Pasadena, 
located at 704 and 712 Mound 
Avenue. A formal valuation 
of the properties has not been 
completed. If the bequest is 
accepted, the properties would 
be sold through the probate 
process and the funds remitted 
to the Library, to be used for the 
purpose described in the will.

 Library Director Cathy 
Billings said that the gift was 
a surprise. “This bequest was 
totally unexpected. We are 
so touched by Mr. Carlyle’s 
generosity. We like to think 
that his fond memories of 
attending Storytimes as a child 
were his inspiration. Whatever 
his motivation may have been, 
the fact is that the Children’s 
Room desperately needs more 
space to accommodate our large 
Storytime audience. This gift 
is a legacy that will profoundly 
benefit the families and children 
in our community.”

 Library Board of Trustees 
president Dean Serwin 
expressed excitement about this 
unique opportunity to expand 
the Library’s footprint and make 
more room for the outstanding 
services the Library offers 
youth. “This generous donation, 
which can only be used to build 
a new children’s story room, 
and nothing else, perfectly 
complements other restricted 
funds for the Library which can 
only be used for operations like 
programs, staff and books: one 
to build, one to fill!”.

San Marino Upcoming 
Events & Programming


 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Foundation 
announced Thursday the 
inaugural Golf Classic 
presented by J.P. Morgan 
Private Bank. Golfers will tee 
off on Monday, September 
12, and raise funds to 
support a diverse range of 
local organizations.

 “Since our founding, the 
Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses has given more 
than $4 million to support 
the greater Pasadena 
community. All the 
proceeds from our inaugural 
Foundation Golf Classic will 
allow us to provide even 
more support to exceptional 
non-profit groups serving 
the community. We are 
extraordinarily grateful to 
our Golf Classic sponsors 
and participants. Their 
philanthropic generosity will 
benefit many organizations 
ranging from youth sports to 
senior wellness programs,” 
said Mark S. Harmsen, 
President of the Pasadena 
Tournament of Roses 

 Golfers will enjoy the 
Brookside Golf Club in 
Pasadena, designed by 
famed golf architect William 
P. Bell, nestled in the 
beautiful Arroyo Seco. The 
Golf Classic offers a unique 
opportunity, a chance to 
hit a golf ball onto the field 
where the Rose Bowl Game® 
has been played for the past 
100 years.

 The Tournament of Roses 
Foundation is a tax-exempt, 
non-profit public benefit 
corporation established 
to receive and manage 
contributions from the 
Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Association, its 
supporters and the general 
public. Organizations or 
individuals interested in 
making a contribution or 
inquiring about the grants 
process should contact the 
Foundation by visiting:

To Host 

Golf Classic

 Puppy Love Dog PAW-ty

Saturday, September 17 at 9 
AM, Lacy Park

 Get ready to PAW-ty with 
our 4-legged friends! Join 
us at Lacy Park to enjoy 
the morning with our furry 
pals. Two dog runs will be 
installed and there will be 
obstacle courses, doggy 
snacks, goodie bags (limited 
supplies), music, dog 
contests, and more!


Design Review Committee

Wednesday, September 7 at 
6 PM; Teleconference

Recreation Commission 

Monday, September 12 at 6 
PM; Teleconference

City Council Meeting

Wednesday, September 14 at 
6 PM; Teleconference or San 
Marino Center

Parks & Public Works

 The City’s tree maintenance 
contractor, Mariposa 
Landscaping, recently 
completed a one-time 
cleanup of City medians 
along Huntington Drive, 
Sierra Madre Boulevard, 
and Old Mill Road. This 
involved mowing, edging, 
weeding, spraying, removal 
of tree suckers, and pruning 
of shrubs on the medians 
to ensure they remain safe 
and aesthetically pleasing. 
Earlier this week, Mariposa 
began work to raise prune 
additional street trees to 
ensure Fire Department 
vehicles have sufficient 
clearance when driving on 
City streets.

 This past week, Public 
Works maintenance staff 
completed the trimming of 
existing and removal of dead 
oleander shrubs along the 
Huntington Drive between 
Granada Avenue and Los 
Robles Avenue. When 
overgrown, these shrubs 
can encroach into the traffic 
lane, which presents a traffic 
and public safety hazard. The 
trimming and removal of 
these shrubs helped improve 
both public safety as well as 
the aesthetic appearance of 
the City’s streets and right-
of-way. The Parks and Public 
Works Department wishes 
to recognize the hard work 
of the maintenance staff to 
efficiently address this issue.

For more information visit:

South Pasadena Library Opens 
Voting for One City One Story

This fall the South Pasadena 
Public Library is celebrating 
art, culture, and reading with 
its One City One Story (OCOS) 
citywide reading program. This 
year’s OCOS theme is “Life in 
Art.” Beginning on September 
1st, the South Pasadena Public 
Library encourages residents 
to vote online or in the Library 
to decide which of two arts 
and culture-themed books 
will be the chosen OCOS 2022 
title. Nominee titles are The 
Final Revival of Opal and Nev 
by Dawnie Walton and The 
Queens of Animation: The 
Untold Story of the Women 
Who Transformed the World 
of Disney and Made Cinematic 
History by Nathalia Holt. 
Voting will close at midnight 
on September 10th and the 
winning title will be announced 
on September 26th.

 The Final Revival of Opal 
and Nev by Dawnie Walton 
is kaleidoscopic fictional oral 
history of the beloved rock ‘n’ 
roll duo who shot to fame in 
1970s New York, and the dark, 
fraught secret that lies at the 
peak of their stardom. In The 
Queens of Animation, Nathalia 
Holt tells the true story of how 
an influential group of women 
infiltrated the boys’ club of 
Disney’s story and animation 
departments and used early 
technologies to create the rich 
artwork and unforgettable 
narratives that have become 
part of the American canon.

 Residents are encouraged to 
read the OCOS choice and 
participate in our themed 
programming throughout 
October! Take part in Library 
events like author talks, natural 
indigo dyeing, and a virtual 
book discussion. Visit www. for 
more information.

 The South Pasadena Public 
Library is located at 1100 Oxley 
Street in South Pasadena. 
Visit the Library website at: 
for 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 Sunday 1:00 
p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 Upon request made no later than 
four (4) business days before 
the event, the City will provide 
a reasonable accommodation 
for a qualified person with a 
disability to have equal access 
to the event. Please call (626) 
403-7312 or fill out the City’s 
request form available at www. and email 
the form to Human Resources 

South Pasadena Library 
Scary Story Contest for Kids


 In celebration of Halloween, 
the South Pasadena Public 
Library will hold the Second 
Annual Scary Story Contest. 
Children and teens in grades 
Kindergarten through 12th 
grade are invited to submit 
entries to the South Pasadena 
Public Library from now 
through Saturday, September 
10. Submissions should be 
delivered to the South Pasadena 
Public Library Children’s 
Services desk. The winners will 
be announced in mid-October.

 Submissions must include 
an official entry form, which 
are available on the Children’s 
Services web page at www. 
and in the library, starting on 
Monday, August 15. Submitted 
stories can be up to 300 words, 
or 1 page typed. One entry per 
person. No weapons may be 
used in the story. All entries 
must be the original work of the 
student. Parents may transcribe 
a young child’s story. Entries 
will be judged for creativity 
and originality. The winning 
compositions will be featured 
on the library’s website and 
social media.

 The entries will be judged 
by the Children’s Services 
librarians and by special 
judge, Xanthe Pajarillo, a 
director-writer, podcaster 
and Air Force veteran from 
Germany and Virginia. She 
directed the 2021 Fangoria 
Chainsaw Awards on Shudder, 
has written for Fangoria and 
Bloody Disgusting and with 
her 13-year old niece, co-hosts 
a kids horror podcast titled 
Kindergeist which explores 
horror through fun, inspiring 
and meaningful dialogue. 
She received her MFA from 
USC’s School of Cinematic 
Arts, her BFA from CalArts, 
and is an intern alumni of 
HBO, Will and Jada Smith’s 
Overbrook Entertainment 
and Michel Gondry’s Partizan 

 The Scary Story Contest is 
sponsored by the Friends of the 
South Pasadena Public Library, 

 The South Pasadena Public 
Library is located at 1100 Oxley 
Street in South Pasadena. 
Visit the Library website at: 
for information about services 
and programs.

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