Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 21, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 21, 2023 

Black History 
Month Events 

Black History Paradeand Festival to honor 
Councilmember John 

The City of Pasadena 
is set to commemorate 
Black History Month by 
recognizing the achievements 
and contributions of African 
Americans and their central 
role in our nation’s history.

 Pasadena Parks, Recreation 
and Community Services 
Department, Pasadena Public 
Library, Pasadena Black 
History Committee, and 
The Friends of the Pasadena 
Public Library are offering 
a month-long series of in-
person and virtual programs, 
events, and activities for 
all ages in the month of 
February. All programs and 
events are free. 
Support Black-Owned 
Businesses in Pasadena and 
During February and all year 
long, please support local 
Black-owned businesses. 
parks-and-rec to view a list 
of businesses in the Pasadena 
and Altadena area with 
African American owners 
created in collaboration with 
Hood Liberation. If you 
wish to add your business to 
the list, please visit the same 
“Celebrating Diversity 
Through Photography” 
Feb. 1 – 28 • Hastings Branch 
Library, 3325 E. Orange 
Grove Blvd.

 Artist Alfred Haymond is 
a self-taught photographer 
whose approach is described 
simply as “The art of finding 
those mundane occurrences 
happening all around us and 
visually documenting them.” 
People, Places, and Events 
Shaped by African-
Feb. 1 – 28 • City Website

 Take a virtual tour beginning 
February 1 at: cityofpasadena.
net/parks-and-rec with local 
community members as 
they provide information 
on landmarks, educational 
institutions, sports, 
businesses, and other areas 
of interest impacted by Black 
Black History Parade and 
Festival - Celebrating Our 
Excellence “The Legacy of 
Councilmember John J. 

 Southern California’s largest 
and longest-running Black 
History Parade will take place 
Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
at Robinson Park, 1081 N. 
Fair Oaks Ave. 

 The parade begins at Fair 
Oaks Ave. and Mountain 
View St. and ends at Robinson 
Park. Enjoy the pomp and 
circumstance of bands, drill 
and drum teams, community 
organizations, dignitaries, 
celebrity Grand Marshal and 
award-winning sportscaster 
Jim Hill, and many other 
parade performers. The 
festival features live bands, 
dance performances, 
community booths, guest 
speakers, food for purchase.

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TofR 2024 President and Theme Announced 

us together through music,” 

Aghajanian said. “In a world of 

different cultures, beliefs, hopes, 

and dreams, one language unites 

us all — music. The sound, 

texture, rhythm, form, harmony, 

and expression meld together to 

move, soothe, excite and delight 

the world. From bossa nova to 

New incoming President and blues, classical to country, metal 
Chairman of the Board for the to mariachi and rock to rap, 
2024 Pasadena Tournament thousands of genres invite us 
of Roses Association, Alex to become one in celebrating a 
Aghajanian, announced world of music. Whether near 
Thursday, for the first time on or far, young or old, we invite 
the front steps of Tournament you to year-long festivities that 
House, the 2024 Tournament culminate on New Year’s Day at 
of Roses theme, “Celebrating a the Rose Parade. Let the music 
World of Music: The Universal begin.” 
Language,” With rain in the air, during 

 “We have 935 members in the event, from unexpected 
the association usually we are showers Aghajanian also passed 
announcing it [the theme] on a long Tournament tradition, 
inside to the board of directors “Mr. Ed Maralas, each year as 
and chairs first, but I wanted the Executive Vice President 
to share the excitement of the you are in charge of weather 
theme so we did it out here and so you’re handed the red 
tonight, and you can tell… it’s umbrella,” he said. “We do 
really a good thing.” not unwrap the red umbrella 

 The announcement was made therefore it does not rain [Jan. 
as the sounds of taiko drums 1, 2024].” 
filled the air. Morales is the Pasadena 

 Throughout his extensive Tournament of Roses Executive 
Tournament of Roses career, Vice President 
Aghajanian has served on and Aghajanian is a former member 
chaired various committees of the Board of Directors of the 
including Budget and Finance, Rose Bowl Operating 
Communications and Company, Habitat for Humanity 
Credentials, Formation, Music, Advisory Council, Alkebu-lan 
Parade Policy, and Queen and Cultural Center, and was an 
Court. elected member of the Pasadena 

“The 2024 theme brings Unified School District Board of 

New Rubberized Play Surfaces 
Installed at Park Playgrounds

 The Department of Public 
Works, in partnership with 
the Department of Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services, announced 
Thursday the completion 
of the installation of new 
rubberized play surfacing 
at Brookside Park Reese’s 
Retreat and Villa Parke 
playgrounds. Reese’s 
Retreat has become one 
of the City’s most popular 
playground destinations 
since opening eleven years 
ago. Its popularity stems 
from its unique pirate-
themed play equipment and 
its rubberized play surfacing 
that provides for universal 

 According to Pasadena City 
Manager Miguel Marquez 
the Villa Parke playground 
provides recreational 
opportunities for the 
recreation center’s Head 
Start Program as well as the 
surrounding community. 
Due to heavy usage at both 
locations, the rubberized 
playing surface deteriorated 
beyond repair and required 
complete replacement.

 He said a $195,000 capital 
improvement project, the 

replacement of the rubber 
surface at the Villa Parke 
playground was completed 
in November 2022 and at 
Reese’s Retreat in December 
2022. The construction 
schedule for each park was 
designed to accommodate 
residents, allowing them 
to be able to use the parks 
during each of the school 
holiday breaks.

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Education as well as a member 
of the Altadena Town Counsel. 
While managing and coaching 
baseball and AYSO soccer, 
Aghajanian served on the Board 
of Directors and Foundation 
Committee of the East Altadena 
Little League. 

 Aghajanian will serve as 
president providing leadership 
for the 135th Rose Parade and 
110th Rose Bowl Game on 
January 1, 2024. 

Photos by D.Lee/MVNews 

Free Legal 
Clinics Return

 Public Counsel and the 

City of Pasadena’s Parks, 

Recreation and Community 

Services Department to 

announce the reopening 

of the Community Legal 

Clinic and Homelessness 

Prevention Legal Clinic 

at the Jackie Robinson 

Community Center, 1020 N. 

Fair Oaks Ave. These clinics 

provide free legal services to 

low-income individuals and 


 The Community Legal 
Clinic, co-sponsored by 
All Saints Church, is open 
the second Saturday of 
every month from 9 a.m. 
to noon, and will be staffed 
by experienced attorneys 
assisting with a variety 
of legal issues, including 
housing, family law, 
bankruptcy/consumer debt, 
probate, civil matters, public 
benefits, expungements and 
more. Attendees are asked to 
bring all documents related 
to their case.

 The Homelessness 

Prevention Legal Clinic is 

open the third Tuesday of 

every month from 10 a.m. to 

2 p.m. and includes a Know 

Your Rights presentation on 

a housing or public benefits 

topic, followed by one-on

one consultations with an 

attorney for housing and 

public benefits matters 

only. These consultations 

are first come, first served. 

Attendees are asked to bring 

all documents related to 

their case.

 Both clinics are 

conveniently located in 

the heart of Pasadena and 

easily accessible by public 

transportation. Anyone 

in need of legal assistance 

is encouraged to visit the 

clinics and take advantage of 

these valuable resources. No 

appointments are necessary; 

however, all services are 

provided on a first-come, 

first-served basis. 

Supervisor Barger Honors 
Care First South Pasadena 
for Sundown Town Resolution 

Fifth District Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger and her 
fellow Los Angeles County 
Supervisors partnered 
with Los Angeles County’s 
Commission on Human 
Relations Wednesday to 
recognize organizations for 
their work on impactful 
projects and programs 
during the annual John 
Anson Ford Human 
Relations Awards.

 The Fifth District honored 
Care First South Pasadena, 
a coalition of residents 
committed to fighting 
racism and advocating for 
marginalized groups who 
were a driving force behind 
the city’s Sundown Town 

 During the awards 
ceremony, Supervisor Barger 
addressed the significance of 
Care First South Pasadena’s 

“Inequities from our past 

– no matter how long ago 
they occurred – must be 
addressed and corrected,” 
said Supervisor Barger. 
“Care First South Pasadena 
shone a light on local 
discriminatory practices and 
policies that excluded people 
of color from buying homes 
and barred their children’s 
access to community 
programs. City of South 
Pasadena leaders then took 
action, passing a resolution 
that brings equity training 
to city staff, removes racially 
restrictive language from 
existing deeds, and integrates 
diversity into its public 
programs. I applaud those 
efforts. The Sundown Town 
Resolution is a reminder to 
us all that it’s never too late 
to right a wrong.” 
Filing Period for Pasadena 
Rental Housing Board Opens

 The filing period for the 
Pasadena Rental Housing 
Board (PRHB) application 
process begins on Monday, 
Jan. 23. Application packets 
will be available at the Office 
of the City Clerk, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave., Room S228, 
starting on Monday. Packets 
include the application form; 
verifications/declarationsof qualifications, including 
residency and tenancy 
status; and a nominating 
petition to gather signatures 
of residents that support the 
applicant’s consideration for 
appointment by the City 

 The city clerk will conduct 
an applicant workshop at 
9 a.m. on Monday, in City 
Council chambers, 100 N. 
Garfield Ave., Room S249. 
At that time, the city clerk 
and staff will review the 
requirements for applicants 
seeking tenant member, at-
large, and alternate positions 
on the PRHB and issue the 
proper documentation to 
those seeking appointment. 

Individuals may also 
schedule an appointment 
with the city clerk during 
regular business hours at 

(626) 744-4124 to receive 
application materials. 
Visit: cityofpasadena. 
net/ pasadena-rental-
housing-board/ for more 
information. The webpage 
will be updated periodically 
with additional information 
on the Pasadena Rental 
Housing Board and City 
Charter, Chapter XVIII. 

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