Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 26, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, November 26, 2022 

New Video 
Suspect in 
Boy’s Murder 

Pasadena police have 
renewed their request 
for the public’s help after 
releasing a new video of 
a shooting that killed a 
13-year-old Pasadena boy 
playing video games in his 
bedroom last year.

 Iran Moreno was shot and 
killed by a stray bullet at 
around 6:12 p.m. on Nov. 
20, 2021 in the 900 block 
of Raymond Avenue.

According to police the 
new security video shows 
a male suspect wearing 
gray colored clothing 
getting out of a gray 2017 
to 2020 Ford Fusion across 
from Moreno’s home. The 
suspect is seen firing a gun 
and then driving away. 

 According to the family, 
Moreno collapsed in their 
living room. He was taken 
to a nearby hospital where 
he was pronounced dead. 

 There is an $85,000 
reward being offered for 
information leading to 
the suspect’s arrest and 

 Anyone with information 
is asked to call Pasadena 
Police Violent Crimes 
Section at 626-744-4517 
or anonymously at “Crime 
Stoppers” 800-222-8477. 

Tree Events 

La Pintoresca Christmas 
Tree Lighting Ceremony

 Gather with neighbors, 
family and friends to 
celebrate the holiday season 
Saturday Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. 
Enjoy holiday music, arts 
and crafts, storytime, face 
painting and a ride around 
the beautiful La Pintoresca 
Park on a trackless train while 
awaiting the arrival of Santa 
Claus! For more information 
call (626) 744-7268.

 La Pintoresca Branch 
Library and Park is located 
1355 N Raymond Ave. 
Lamanda Park Tree 

 Help Lamanda Park Branch 
Library staff Tuesday, Dec. 
13 and Saturday, Dec. 17 
decorate their Christmas tree 
with an ornament you create 
and hang. For ages 2 - 12.

 Both events take place at10 

a.m. Lamanda Park Branch 
Library is located 140 S 
Altadena Dr. 
Hastings Branch 10th 
Annual Holiday Celebration 
& Tree Lighting 

 Join the city of Pasadena 
Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. for Hastings’ 
annual Tree Lighting 
Ceremony. Enjoy festive 
songs, carolers, stories, 
refreshments and crafts! 
Presented in partnership 
with the Hastings Branch 
Associates and Pasadena 
Public Works Department.

 Hastings Branch Library 
3325 E Orange Grove Blvd. 
For more information call 
(626) 744-4066. 

City Taps Eugene Harris as Police Chief 

Pasadena City Manager 
Miguel Márquez (pictured 
left) made the announcement 
Monday that he has appointed 
Eugene Harris (pictured center) 
as the city’s next chief of police 

— Harris is currently the Police 
Chief for the City of San Gabriel. 
He is set to start January 3. 
“Chief Harris is a well-known 
leader in law enforcement,” 
Márquez said. “His interpersonal 
and communication skills 
and his proven approach to 
proactive and community 
policing will bring about the 
effective implementation of 
ever-evolving best practices 
to keep our community safe. I 
am confident he will lead our 
peace officers with distinction 
and will become an invaluable 
member of the greater Pasadena 

 Márquez himself is just three 
months into his tenure as 
Pasadena’s city manager. He 
said his appointed of Harris 
came after a robust and 
inclusive selection process that 
started long before he became 

city manager. Former Pasadena 
Police Chief John Perez had 
retired January 5 of this year.

 According to Márquez, Harris 
has served as the police chief 
for the City of San Gabriel since 
2016. He also serves as president 
of the Los Angeles County 
Police Chiefs’ Association, 
actively engaging in advancing 
the science and art of police 
administration and crime 
prevention. In this role, he is 
also involved in developing, 
teaching and disseminating 
best practices across numerous 

 Chief Harris brings nearly 
30 years of law enforcement 
and leadership experience 
to Pasadena, with a proven 
track record of community 
engagement and personnel 
development, strategic budget 
management, and the use of new 
law enforcement technology he 

 After receiving an honorable 
discharge from the United 
States Marine Corps, Chief 
Harris began his career in law 

Senator Portantino Receives 
Housing Champion Award 

Senator Anthony Portantino 
last week received the 2022 
Housing Champion Award 
from the San Gabriel Valley 
Economic Partnership, San 
Gabriel Valley Council of 
Governments and National 
CORE. The Senator was 
honored for championing 
policies that promote affordable 
housing, specifically SB 1177, 
which established the Regional 
Housing Trust between the 
cities of Burbank, Glendale, and 
Pasadena, and for garnering 
$23 million from the 20212022 
State Budget to fund the 
housing trust projects.

 “I am humbled to receive 
this honor,” stated Senator 
Portantino. “Affordable housing 
is a critical issue in California 
and in my district. The high cost 
of housing has had a devastating 
effect on Californians, especially 
on lower income and workforce 
households in the Burbank, 
Glendale, and Pasadena area. 
These three great cities initiated 
a creative solution and I look 
forward to its success and the 
expansion of affordable housing 
projects throughout the 25th 
Senate District.”

 SB 1177 creates a regional 
affordable housing trust, 
which would be administered 
by a joint powers authority 
(JPA) comprised of the cities 
of Burbank, Glendale, and 
Pasadena. Under the bill, the 
JPA would be allowed to request 
and receive private and state 
funding allocations, as well 
as authorize and issue bonds, 
to help finance affordable 
housing projects for persons 
and families of extremely low-, 
very low-, low-, and moderate-
income households.

 Governor Newsom signed SB 
1177 earlier this year. In June, 
the Senator’s budget request to 

create and fund the regional 
affordable housing trust was 
approved in the 2022-2023 State 
Budget, allocating $23 million 
to help finance affordable 
housing projects created by SB 

“The San Gabriel Valley is 
grateful to have an advocate like 
Senator Anthony Portantino 
in Sacramento,” stated Nayiri 
Baghdassarian, Director of 
Public Policy for San Gabriel 
Valley Economic Partnership. 
“The establishment of the 
Regional Housing Trust by 
SB 1177 and the $23 million 
in funding for it will allow for 
affordable housing projects to 
begin right away. It is pivotal 
for the expansion and growth 
of affordable housing in our 
region. Senator Portantino’s 
record of bringing back 
resources to help our cities 
address critical issues left no 
question that the San Gabriel 
Valley Economic Partnership, 
along with the San Gabriel 
Valley Council of Governments 
and National CORE, would 
recognize Senator Portantino 
with our 2022 Housing 
Champion award.” 

enforcement as a Los Angeles 
County deputy sheriff. He 
also served for 23 years in 
the Monterey Park Police 
Department, where he was 
promoted through the ranks to 

 “I am honored to be entrusted 
with this amazing opportunity 
and am humbled by the 
responsibility to our residents, 
visitors, and the men and 
women of our department,” 
Harris said. “Together, we 
will continue to enhance the 
culture of proactive community 
policing and exceptional 
service to our stakeholders. 
I look forward to joining 
the Pasadena community 
and serving alongside the 
professionals of the Pasadena 
Police Department.” 

 After Perez’ retirement both 
Commander Jason Clawson 
and Deputy Chief Cheryl 
Moody rotated into the position 
as Interim Chief. Moody later 
retired May 23. 

South Pas 
Book Sale

 The Friends of the Library 
Annual Holiday Book Sale 
will take place in the South 
Pasadena Library Community 
Room Friday, December 9 
through Sunday, December 11. 
The sale features high quality 
gently used books collected 
throughout the year, a special 
silent auction on Friday night, 
five local artisans selling 
their wares on Sunday, and 
complimentary gift wrapping 
while supplies last. Proceeds 
benefit the non-profit Friends 
of the South Pasadena Public 
Library whose mission is 
to raise money and public 
awareness in the community 
to support the services and 
programs of the library.
Friday, December 95:00-6:00 p.m. – early access 
for Friends of the Library 
members. Memberships can be 
purchased online or at the door.
6:00-8:00 p.m. – open to the 
general publicSaturday, December 1010:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 111:00-4:00 p.m.
Cyndi Bemel - Art CardsLeslie Rosario -Wrapped 
Jeannie Joe -Upcycled 
David Silverman - Ceramics 
Vanora Savig - Recycled Fabric 
Community Garden - Indigo 
Tie DyeThe Library Community Room 
is located 1115 El Centro St. 
For more information visit: 

Pasadena Announces New 
GM of Water and Power 

City Manager Miguel 
Márquez announced 
Monday the appointment 
of Sidney Jackson (pictured) 
as general manager of 
Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP). Jackson will join the 
City’s executive team in early 
January. Until then, Jeffrey 
Kightlinger will continue 
to serve as PWP’s interim 
general manager.

 Jackson has a long tenure 
in both the water and power 
industries. He currently 
serves as the chief operations 
officer and deputy general 
manager at Austin Energy, 
which serves more than 
500,000 electric customers. 
He previously served as the 
chief operations officer at 
Rochester Public Utility, 
where he led operations of 
both the electric and water 

“After an extensive 
nationwide search, I am 
excited to appoint Sidney 
Jackson as the next general 
manager of Pasadena 
Water and Power,” said 
Márquez. “Sidney has a 
proven track record of 
leadership, technical and 
organizational skills in the 
water and power industries 
that will strategically 
position Pasadena to meet 
the challenges ahead. We are 
thrilled to have Sidney join 
our team.”

 Jackson’s experience 
includes leadership roles 
in building and operating 
regional independent 
system operator (ISO)
markets and transmission 
organizations across large 
geographic multistate 
regions, functioning with 
similar authority and scope 
as that of the California ISO 
(CAISO). He has served as an 
elected member of the board 
of directors for the Midwest 
Reliability Organization 
(MRO), a regional entity of 
North American Electric 
Reliability Corporation 
(NERC); and on NERC 
committees in support of the 
nation’s bulk electric system, 

with a focus upon power 
system reliability.

 “I am honored to join the 
City of Pasadena and lead 
one of its most important 
departments whose work 
directly impacts our 
residents each and every 
day,” said Jackson. “We will 
be committed to excellent 
customer service, to 
making sound financial and 
technical decisions, and to 
contributing to the greater 
good of our city and its 

 Jackson earned a 
bachelor’s degree in 
electrical engineering from 
Kansas State University 
and a master’s in business 
administration from the 
University of Missouri. 
He prioritizes continuous 
learning and professional 
growth and development as 
core organizational values. 
Jackson and his family 
enjoy traveling and outdoor 

 Pasadena Water and Power 
(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-forprofit 
public service owned 
and operated by the City 
of Pasadena for the benefit 
of its customers and the 

Free Mental Health Resources

 The Pasadena Hastings Branch Library will be holding free 
mental health resources from Pacific Clinics Thursday, December 
8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

 Pacific Clinics has a Prevention & Early Intervention (PEI) 
program for older adults (60+) that provides behavioral health 
and case management to those in need. The following are 2 
requirements for individuals to be eligible for this service: 

1. Medi-Cal Insurance 
2. Ages 60 & older. 
If you know anyone that may benefit from these services, please 
visit: to get further information. 
The Hastings Branch Library is located 3325 E Orange Grove 
Blvd. The event will be held outside. 
For accessibility information and requests, contact the library 
site hosting the program. Providing at least 72 hours advance 
notice will help ensure availability. 

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