Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 24, 2022

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 24, 2022 

Christmas & 
New Year’s 
Closures & 

Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and most Cityservices will be closed for the 
Christmas and New Year’s 
holidays, Monday, Dec. 26,
and Monday, Jan. 2. Specificclosures, exceptions and 
reminders are noted below.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with any poweremergencies on Dec. 26 andJan. 2 should call Pasadena’s 
Water and Power (PWP)
Department at (626) 7444673. 
For water-related 
emergencies, call (626)

The City’s Citizen ServiceCenter (CSC) will also beclosed Monday, Dec. 26,
and Monday, Jan. 2. You cancontact the CSC via the web 
or mobile app, or by calling 
(626) 744-7311. Requestssubmitted over the weekends 
will be monitored. Citytrash collection will occur 
as normal during Christmasweek. There will be a one-
day delay of trash collectionduring New Year’s week.

Residents can drop off theirChristmas trees Monday,
Dec. 26, through Tuesday,
Jan. 3, for recycling at EatonBlanche Park (3100 E. DelMar Blvd.) or Robinson Park(1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.)
between the hours of 7 a.m. 
and 2 p.m. Please remove all 
stands, ornaments and lightsprior to drop-off. CurbsideChristmas tree pickup willtake place Jan. 3 throughJan. 13 on residents’ regularpickup day.

Pasadena Transit and 
Pasadena Dial-A-Ride will 
not operate on ChristmasDay or New Year’s Day,
Jan. 1. On Monday, Jan. 2,
Pasadena Transit will gointo service around 1 p.m.,
after Rose Parade impactshave cleared. Please check for 
more information. 

All Pasadena Public Librarybranch sites will close todayat 5 p.m. and will reopenTuesday, Dec. 27. Librarybranches will again close 
Saturday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m.,
and will reopen Tuesday, Jan.

 The City’s Permit Center 
will be closed Monday, Dec.
26, and Monday, Jan. 2.

All parks will be openfor picnics, fun and play;
however, no site reservationsare being accepted for theholidays.

Pasadena Fire and Police 
Departments will continue 
to be staffed for all patrol,
jail, fire, paramedic and 
other emergency services. 
Always call 9-1-1 for life-
threatening emergencies.
For non-emergencies, call 

(626) 744-4241. If you “SeeSomething, Say Something.” 
Report suspicious activity toPasadena Police Departmentat (626) 744-4241.
Follow public healthguidance to ensure the 
safest holiday possible,
including wearing a mask inworkplaces, public indoor 
setting, public transit andtransportation hubs, staying 
home when sick, and being 
up to date with COVID-19 
vaccine and boosters. 

Huntington Gets Visit from the North Pole 

Pasadena Police Air 
Operations and HuntingtonHealth had a special missionthis year teaming up last weekto handout toys to the hospital’spediatrics department as part of“Operation Polar Wind.”

“We are so grateful forthe generosity of all who 
donated toys to our pediatricsdepartment as part of OperationPolar Wind,” Huntingtonofficials said. “And a specialthank you to Santa and Mrs. 
Claus for delivering holidayjoy to our tiniest patients and 
their families. Their smiles trulybrightened our spirits.”

On December 14, Santa alongwith interim Pasadena Police 

Chief Jason Clawson landed 
on the hospital’s rooftop inone of the police department’shelicopters meeting Mrs. Claus,
and an infant patient, wrappedin a blanket, from the pediatricsward. 

Now in it’s 18th year, officers as 
part of Operation Polar Wind,
also handed out toys to familiesin the city through Peace OverViolence. 

Huntington officials also saidthat The donation of toys theyreceived was so large, that they 
will give them to pediatricpatients throughout the entirecoming year.

The annual visit was funded 
through contributions from 

Reward Increase For Unsolved 
Ernesto Jimenez' 2020 Murder 

Los Angeles CountySupervisor Kathryn Bargerannounced Tuesday an 
increased reward of $25,000for information leading to 
the arrest and conviction of 
the persons responsible forthe murder of 27-year-oldErnesto Jimenez (pictured) inPasadena.

 Affectionately known as 
“Big Ernesto” throughoutthe community, Jimenez wasshot while walking to VillaPark on November 13, 2020. 
He often played music at thepark and was known for hiscaring nature. He was not agang member and had no gangaffiliations.

 “It’s been more than two yearssince Ernesto’s life violentlyended while he was walkingto his neighborhood park,”
said Supervisor KathrynBarger. “I’m hopeful that thisreward increase will encourageanyone with information to 
come forward. Every bit of 
information helps. Ernesto’sfamily and the community atlarge deserve answers, justice,
and closure.” 

“We are not going to let a 

coward violate the safety andsecurity of our city,” Pasadena 
Mayor Victor Gordo said. “We 
owe it to the family to find the 
person(s) responsible. I thankSupervisor Barger for neverforgetting our local familieswho deserve closure.” 

Anyone with informationabout this case can 
anonymously contact the 
Los Angeles Regional CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1(800) 222TIPS 
(8477) or submit a tiponline at
Tips can also be reported to the 
Pasadena Police Departmentby dialing (626) 744-4081 andspeaking with Detective JordanLing. 

Pasadena Rotary AcceptingGrant Applications for 2023 

The Rotary Club of PasadenaFoundation is acceptingapplications for 2023 grantsfrom nonprofit organizationsthat serve Pasadena-area 

 Each grant, which will range 
from $2,000 to $6,000, will beawarded for programs and 
services that enrich the lives 
of older adults, such as thosethat address food insecurity,
encourage exercise, offer foodplanning and preparation,
educate about health practicesand provide direct services suchas flu shots, oral examinations,
physical examinations, bloodpressure checks and hearing 

 For a printable 2023 grantapplication, official guidelines 
and other information about 

the application process,

The application and allattachments must be converted 
to PDF files and emailed to 

pasadenarotarygrants23@ no later than 5 

p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Late 
submissions will not be 
With the motto Service Above 
Self, Rotary Club of Pasadenais an association of business 
and community leaders. InPasadena and worldwide,
members and volunteers 
build goodwill and peace,
provide humanitarian serviceand encourage high ethicalstandards in all vocations. 
For more information visit: 

department employees andofficer associations participatingin the FAST programthroughout the San Gabriel 
Valley, including: Alhambra,
Arcadia, Covina, Glendora,
Irwindale, Monrovia, Pasadena,
Pomona, San Marino, SierraMadre and South Pasadena,
according to Clawson. 

Photo courtesy of Huntington


South Pas 
Lookingfor Assault 

 South Pasadena police, as of

Friday, were still looking for

a driver, possibly a member

of Elon Musk’s security team,

involved in an altercation that 

ended with a 29-year-old male

from Connecticut getting hit

by the suspect’s vehicle.

According to South Pasadena

police, on Tuesday, December

13, at 9:51 p.m. officers 

responded to the 700 block 

of Mission Street for a report

of an assault with a deadly

weapon involving a vehicle.

An officer arrived on the scene 

within minutes and located the 


The unidentified victim 

indicated he had just exited the

northbound 110 freeway and

stopped to use his telephone in 

a parking lot in the 700 block of 

Mission Street. While parked,

the victim stated another 

vehicle pulled directly in front

of him, blocking his path. The

driver of the vehicle exited 

and approached the victim,

accusing him of following

him on the freeway. It appears

that each party captured video 

during the dispute.

As the suspect was leaving

the parking lot, he struck the

victim with his vehicle. When 

the officer arrived on scene,

the suspect had already left the

area. At no time during the

incident did the victim identify

the suspect or indicate the 

altercation was anything more

than coincidental.

 On Thursday, December 15, 

South Pasadena Police learned 

the suspect involved in this

case is believed to be a member 

of Elon Musk’s security team.

Detectives do not believe 

Musk was present during the


 Detectives are reviewing

evidence and video footage

of the incident. Efforts to 

contact Mr. Musk and his 

security team for statements

are underway. Anyone with

additional information about 

this incident is urged to contact

Detective Catalina Valdez at 


Pasadena One City, OneStory Selections Announced 

Pasadena Public Libraryannounced Wednesdaytheir two book selections for 
Pasadena’s 2023 One City,
One Story community reading 
celebration. Sparks Like Starsby author Nadia Hashimi isthe 2023 One City, One Storyselection and L.A. Weather 
by author María AmparoEscandón is the 2023 One City,
One Story Summer Editionselection.

 Now in its 21st year, OneCity, One Story is designedto broaden and deepen anappreciation of reading andliterature and to promotetolerance and understandingof differing points of view byrecommending a compellingbook that engages the 
community in conversation.
Sparks Like Stars by Nadia 

 An Afghan American womanreturns to Kabul to learn the 
truth about her family andthe tragedy that destroyedtheir lives in this brilliant and 
compelling novel.

Kabul, 1978: The daughterof a prominent family, SitaraZamani lives a privilegedlife in Afghanistan’s thrivingcosmopolitan capital. The 
1970s are a time of remarkable 
promise under the leadershipof people like Sardar Daoud,
Afghanistan’s progressivepresident, and Sitara’s belovedfather, his right-hand man. But 
the 10-year-old Sitara’s worldis shattered when communists 
stage a coup, assassinating thepresident and Sitara’s entirefamily. Only she survives.

Novelist Nadia Hashimi 
is a pediatrician turned 
internationally bestsellingauthor with translations in 17 
languages. Her novels for adultsand children are inspired bythe people, culture and historyof Afghanistan but take on theglobal themes of displacement,
conflict, patriarchy and 
colonialism. She is a member 
of the US Afghan Women’sCouncil, Afghan American 
Foundation and Welcome. 
US, and serves on the boardsof non-profit organizations.
Originally from New York,
she lives with her husband,
four spirited children, and oneexceptionally hungry dog inPotomac, Maryland.

Her novel is available in print,
large type, eBook, eAudio andCD audiobook formats to 
checkout at Pasadena Public 
Library and for purchase atlocal bookstores.

 One City, One Storycommunity programs will beheld throughout March, withan in-person conversation withthe author held Friday, March 
24, 2023, at 7 p.m., at PasadenaPresbyterian Church, 585 E.
Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena.

 The One City, One StorySummer Edition, L. A. Weatherby María Amparo Escandón.

Storm clouds are on the 
horizon in L.A. Weather, a fun,
fast-paced novel of a Mexican-
American family. 

L.A. is parched, dry as a bone,
and all Oscar, the weather-
obsessed patriarch of the 
Alvarado family, desperatelywants is a little rain. He is 
harboring a costly secret thatdistracts him from everythingelse. His wife, Keila, desperatefor a life with a little more 
intimacy and a little less 
Weather Channel, feels shehas no choice but to end their 
marriage. Their three daughters 
-Claudia, a television chefwith a hard-hearted attitude;
Olivia, a successful architectwho suffers from gentrificationguilt; and Patricia, a social 
media wizard who has an 
uncanny knack for connectingwith audiences but not with 
her lovers - are blindsided and 
left questioning everythingthey know. Each will have totake a critical look at her own 
relationships and make sometough decisions along the way.
María Amparo Escandón is 
a Mexican born, U.S. resident, 
best-selling bilingual novelist, 
short story writer, screenwriterand film producer. Her award-
winning work is known foraddressing bicultural themes 
that deal with the immigration 
experience of Mexicans crossingover to the United States. Her 
stories concentrate on familyrelationships, loss, forgiveness,
faith and self-discovery. A 
linguist with a sharp ear fordialogue, Escandón exploresthe dynamics of language inborder sub-cultures and the 
evolution of Spanglish. Herinnovative style of multiplevoice narrations and her 
cleverly humorous, quirky,
and compassionate stories witha feminine angle capture themagical reality of everyday life 
and place her among the topLatin American female writers. 
Her work has been translated 
into over 21 languages and iscurrently read in more than 85countries.

 Copies of her books areavailable for checkout from 
the library in print (both inEnglish and Spanish), largetype, eBook, eAudio and CDaudiobook formats and for 
purchase at local bookstores.

 For more information on 
One City, One Story visit:

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