Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 10, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 10, 2022 


Pasadena Fire 
announced Monday the 
implementation of the 
Pasadena Paramedic 
Subscription Program. 
For just $85 per year 
(less than $7 per month), 
this voluntary program 
provides coverage for 
fees associated with any 
paramedic services or 
emergency transportation 
provided. The fee covers 
the subscriber and all 
other members of their 
household related by blood, 
marriage or adoption.

 The charge for an 
ambulance transport can 
be as high as $3,000. Even 
with medical insurance, 
copays and deductibles 
can range between $50 to 
$500 for transport. When 
paramedics are needed, 
cost should not be a 

 “We’re thrilled to be able 
to offer this cost-savings 
program to community 
members,” EMS Battalion 
Chief Jason Hansen said. 
"With the rising cost of 
everything these days, 
this is an amazing deal for 
participants—especiallysince it covers all members 
of your household.”

 Membership in the 
Paramedic Subscription 
Program provides 
unlimited use of Pasadena 
Fire Department’s 
emergency medical 
system. Every dollar 
received through the 
program is used to enhance 
emergency medical 
services to the community 
and to improve the local 
paramedic system.

Visit the Pasadena Fire 
Department website 
for more information 
about the Paramedic 
Subscription Program, 
including how to enroll 
and answers to frequently 
asked questions. 


 Enjoy an array of 
Christmas carols from 
Christmas Matters Holiday 
Carolers on Saturday, Dec. 
17 at 4 p.m. Adorned 
in stunningly detailed 
Dickens costumes, the 
quartet will ring in the 
season with their melodic 
The event will take place 
in Pasadena at the Linda 
Vista Branch Library, 1281 
Bryant St.

For more information 

Enjoy Holiday Concert 
and Tree Lighting Tonight 

City Hall 
Named in 
Honor of Bill 
and Claire 

 For their exemplary 
leadership and public service 
to the residents of Pasadena, for 
decades, and their commitment 
to the historic preservation 
of the city, on Sunday, the 
City Hall Courtyard was 
dedicated in honor of former 
Mayor Bill Bogaard and Claire 
Bogaard. A bronze plaque was 
installed within the courtyard 
commemorating the occasion.

 “Bill and Claire Bogaard are in 
a league of their own,” Mayor 
Victor Gordo said. “Their 
dedication and service to their 
community is singular and 
inspirational. Mayor Bogaard, 
in particular, has served as a 
role model and mentor to many, 
including myself. I am proud to 
call Mayor Bogaard and Claire 
friends and privileged to have 
the opportunity to dedicate 
this historic courtyard in their 

 According to city officials, 
the Bogaards’ work in support 
of improving the quality of 
life and ensuring the historic 
preservation of Pasadena have 
helped to define Pasadena as 
it is known today. For over 40 
years, the Bogaards have helped 
to shape Pasadena as one of the 
nation’s leading cities, a city that 
is internationally recognized 
for its culture, arts, education, 
science, jobs and economic 

 Bill and Claire Bogaard moved 
to Pasadena in the early 1970s. 
Shortly after their arrival to 
the city, Bill Bogaard launched 
a successful bid to represent 
District 6 on the Pasadena 
Board of Directors. Bill Bogaard 
served on the Pasadena Board 
of Directors from 1978-86,
during which time he served as 

Pictured: Pasadena City Council Members and the Mayor honor 
Bill Bogaard and Claire Bogaard (right) with a bronze plaque.
Photo courtesy of the City of Pasadena 

rotating mayor from 1984-86. 
In 1999, Bill Bogaard became 
the city’s first directly elected 
mayor and served in that role 
until 2015. During his tenure, 
the city ushered in the arrival 
of the Metro Gold Line light rail 
transit system, made significant 
new investment in housing, 
completed the construction 
of the new convention center, 
and invested hundreds of 
millions of dollars into the city’s 
neighborhoods to create better 
roads, bridges, schools, parks 
and city services which enriched 
the lives of Pasadenans. Bill 
Bogaard’s official public service 
spanned a total of 24 years, 
18 of which were served as 
mayor. Since leaving office, 
he has continued to support 
the community through a 
number of appointments to 
advisory boards, task forces and 

 Claire Bogaard, the former 
First Lady of Pasadena, equally 
made her mark on the city. 
Given her passion for historic 
preservation, Ms. Bogaard 
helped to shape and preserve 
the Pasadena that exists today. A 
founding member of Pasadena 
Heritage, a community-
based historic preservation 
association, Claire and her 
colleagues were instrumental in 
preserving Pasadena’s historic 
downtown at a time when it 
was contemplated that it be 
raised and replaced with high-
rise development. In addition 
to her work with Pasadena 
Heritage, Claire Bogaard 
has served on the board of 
West Pasadena Residents 
Association—the City’s oldest 
and largest neighborhood 
association—and as an advisor 
to the National Trust of Historic 
Preservation, California State 
Historic Commission, and other 
City commissions and advisory 
committees, including the 
Committee for the Restoration 
of Pasadena City Hall.

“Bill and Claire Bogaard 
are exemplary civic leaders. 
Bill’s long-running service 
as an elected—including 

 Come one, come all to the 
Tunes, Toys and Trees holiday 
concert and tree lighting 
ceremony oTonight from 4 

p.m. to 7 p.m., at La Pintoresca 
Enjoy a variety of festive 
activities at this fun-filled, 
family-friendly event, 
including a “lil elves” play zone 
for toddlers, a toy giveaway 
and free photos with Santa, 
arts & crafts provided by 
Amory Center of the Arts, 
and the tree lighting ceremony 
with Councilmember Tyron 
Hampton. The concert will 
feature Beyond Sound Band, 
Atoya Turrentine, Covered 
Future, Outspoken Dance 

Company, City of Pasadena’s 
After School Adventure 
Program cheer squad, and 
special guest KJLH Radio Free 
Voices, also known as “Stevie 
Wonder’s choir.” Free tamales 
and champurrado will be 
served while supplies last.

 This event is hosted by the 
Pasadena Parks, Recreation 
and Community Services 
Department and Pasadena 
Public Library.

 La Pintoresca Park is located 
45 E. Washington Blvd.

 For more information, call the 
La Pintoresca Teen Education 
Center at (626) 345-0708 or the 
La Pintoresca Branch Library at 
(626) 744-7268. 

an unprecedented 18 years 
as mayor—and Claire’s 
contributions to historic 
preservation and planning have 
helped make Pasadena a world-
class city for all,” said current 
District 6 Councilmember 
Steve Madison, who for several 
years led the effort to honor 
the Bogaards and moved the 
council’s renaming action 
earlier this year. “So much of 
Bill’s work occurred inside City 
Hall, and so much of Claire’s 
work preserved sacred icons like 
City Hall. The council’s decision 
to rename the courtyard at 
Pasadena’s historic City Hall 
for this remarkable couple 
is a fitting and appropriate 
tribute given their monumental 
contributions to this great City.”

 At their May 2, 2022, meeting, 
the Pasadena City Council 
approved the renaming of the 
Pasadena City Hall Courtyard 
in honor of Bill and Claire 

 Bill and Claire have been 
married for 61 years and 
have four children and eight 

Eve Brunch at 
Senior Center 

 Have yourself a merry little 
Christmas Eve brunch and 
party Saturday, Dec. 24, at 11 

a.m. at the Pasadena Senior 
Center, 85 E. Holly St. 
The holiday has not been 
celebrated onsite at the center 
for the last two years due to 
the COVID pandemic. Now 
the center is open again as a 
gathering place for holiday 
celebrations as well as many 
other events and activities. 

 Weather and temperature 
permitting, the Christmas 
Eve brunch and party will 
take place on the spacious 
outdoor patio; in the event 
of inclement weather, it will 
take place indoors in the Scott 
Pavilion. Whatever location is 
selected, it will be decorated 
beautifully and will overflow 
with holiday spirit as guests 
enjoy the feast with all the 

Pianist Steve Ormond 
will provide entertainment, 
and Santa will stop by with 
Christmas cheer and gifts for 

 The cost is only $15 for 
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and $20 for 
nonmembers of all ages. 
Prepaid reservations must 
be made no later than 
Wednesday, Dec. 21, at www. on Activities & Events, 
then Special Events) or the 
Welcome Desk at the center. 

 For more information, visit 
the website or call (626) 7954331. 

Supervisor Barger Dedicates 
$1M to Deter Holiday Crime 

Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
announced Tuesday that she 
will provide up to $1 million 
in discretionary funding to 
boost law enforcement services 
in unincorporated areas, 
including Altadena, in her 

 Her announcement comes 
as the busy holiday shopping 
season approaches – and, along 
with it, an increased threat of 

 “This month’s busiest holiday 
shopping days are quickly 
approaching and the threat of 
increased criminal activity is 
real,” said Supervisor Kathryn 
Barger. “Last year’s smash-andgrab 
crime wave taught us we 
need to be ready to prevent theft 
before it happens. The funds 
I’m allocating to Sheriff stations 
in the Fifth District will help 
provide more law enforcement 
patrols and increase their 
presence in the communities I 
represent. Everyone deserves 
to feel safe during the holidays, 
whether they work in retail, are 
out shopping for loved ones, 
or simply enjoying time off at 

 Sheriff Robert Luna reacted 
to Supervisor Barger’s 
announcement, stating 
“With Supervisor Kathryn 
Barger’s significant financial 
support, we will be increasing 
high visibility patrols in the 
unincorporated areas in the 
Fifth District, in an effort to 
deter crime and provide for 
a safer shopping experience. 
As always, we encourage the 
public to be aware of their 
surroundings, keep valuables 
hidden out of sight when 
parking their vehicle, and 
report any suspicious activity 
to their local Sheriff ’s station.”

 Dr. Sandra Thomas, President 
of the Altadena Chamber of 
Commerce, commented on 

Supervisor Barger’s action. 
“Retail shop owners need to 
feel protected and families need 
to feel safe while strolling and 
shopping during this holiday 
season,” Dr. Thomas said. 
“Neighborhood shops and small 
businesses in particular will 
greatly benefit from Supervisor 
Barger’s commitment of funds 
for more law enforcement 
presence in the communities 
she represents. We are thankful 
for her support.” 

 The following L.A. County 
Sheriff Department patrol 
stations will receive funding 
from Supervisor Barger: 
Altadena, Crescenta Valley, 
Lancaster, Palmdale, and San 

 Collectively, these five stations 
serve over 40 communities. 

 Earlier this year, Supervisor 
Barger worked with local 
Sheriff ’s stations and chambers 
of commerce in the East San 
Gabriel Valley and Antelope 
Valley on their “No Cash In 
Store” campaign. Through the 
initiative, Supervisor Barger’s 
office created signage to 
distribute to local businesses to 
place on their doors to dissuade 
robbers from break-ins. 

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Chris Holden Praises Inaugural 
Seismic Resilience Partnerships 

Assemblymember Chris 
Holden commended the 
USRC and the U.S. Small 
Business Administration on 
their Partnership for Seismic 
Resiliency during a press 
conference in Pasadena last 

 “Now and through the last 
few years, more and more 
independent contractors and 
other hybrid workers are 
working from home,” Holden 
said. “With this inaugural 
partnership for seismic 
retrofitting of soft story 
buildings, we are not only 
helping with safety at home 
but safety of small business 

 The U.S. Resiliency Council 
hosted the press event alongside 
Biden Administration (SBA) 
Administrator Isabella Casillas 
Guzman to highlight their 
Partnership Agreement for 
the inaugural launch of the 
Resilience Advantage webinar 
and seminar of educational 
programs to help businesses 

increase seismic resiliency.

 “Congratulations to the U.S. 
Resiliency Council and the U.S. 
Small Business Administration 
on this essential partnership. 
When working with the 

U.S.R.C. to obtain funding to 
retrofit soft story multifamily 
housing in California, their 
commitment to protecting our 
communities was apparent. I 
am excited to see them continue 
making strides through 
this partnership,” stated 
Assemblymember Rodriguez. 
During the 2021-22 legislative 
session, Assemblymember 
Freddie Rodriguez and 
Assemblymember Holden 
partnered with the USRC 
to allocate $250 million to 
establish and implement the 
Seismic Retrofitting Program 
for Soft Story Multifamily 

 This funding was allocated in 
the 2023-24 General Fund of 
the Budget Act and will ensure 
the safety of our communities 
most vulnerable to disaster in 
an earthquake. 

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