Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, January 28, 2023

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Peter Dills Knows 
There was a wonderful eatery in Old Pasadena called “Pop”, 
and they’d specialize in (drum roll) sparkling wines and champagnes. 
They seemed to do quite well with “mouse*” crowd. 
The story here was: sometime back, under different ownership, 
they were open Wednesday through Sunday. I asked the then 
bartender/sommelier Raphael what they did with the opened 
bottles of sparkling wine after closing on Sunday? He said they 
poured it all out in the sink. Having grown up in a waste-notwant-
not household, I shook and quivered at such a thought. 
We made a deal on the spot that I could come in on any Sunday 
night and for $15 (friends included) drink what otherwise 
would be thrown away. 
As mentioned, Pop has long out of business, but it got me to 
think about the wine that is sitting in your favorite restaurant’s 
refrigerator: how long has it been sitting there? 
As far as sparkling wines go (remember, it can only be called champagne if the grapes were 
grown in the region of Champagne, France), there should still be a “pop” when your server 
takes off the stopper. If you aren’t sure, simply grab a utensil and see if you can stir up some 
bubbles. White wines and red will stay fresh a day or two longer, but here is my tried and true 
suggestion (and not once have I had a “no” or a roll of the eyes}. Simply ask the server when 
the bottle was opened, and if they aren’t sure, ask for a fresh bottle. The mark-up on wines by 
the glass is in the restaurants favor; all you are doing is evening the odds. There are a handful 
of restaurants that sell splits of sparkling wines which gives you about a glass and a half from 
a split. I don’t recommend splits of sparkling wine, though, as they come with screw tops instead 
of corks. Sparkling wine with a screw top? Dom Perignon would turn over in his grave. 
If you’re looking for wine by the glass, check out the Parkway Grill or Flemings in Pasadena. 
I promise that there will be no eye rolling and they do rotate their wines by the glass program 
Check out my latest video reel on Youtube I talk about the difference between corks and screw 
Peter Dills Youtube Channel. 
ALL THINGS By Jeff Brown 
From Mark Gimein-editor “The Week” 
Roughly two decades ago,,the Republican Party cemented the practice of never bringing any 
legislation to the floor of the House unless it was supported by a “Majority of the Majority”. The 
principle, known as the Hastert Rule,after House Speaker Dennis Hastert, essentially quashed 
any bi-partisan legislation that wasn’t endorsed by House leadership-a predictable, if unfortunate, 
step in the polarization of Congress. 
Now the 118th Congress is staring with a new twist that turns that old rule on it’s head. It’s the 
“minority of the majority” rule: nothing will happen in the House unless it gains the backing of 
the most extreme and frankly, unhinged faction of the majority party. 
Pundits used to decry the power of the House Speaker to strangle new ideas in the crib. Most 
likely , in the Congress that will feel like a nostalgic dream. Instead of an overly strict teacher 
running the class, it’s getting handed over to the bullies in the back row. You may ask, well, what 
do the knuckleheads (Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, want to accomplish with their power? 
That is the wrong question. It makes as much sense as asking what lesson plans the class knuckleheads 
want to introduce. They have no plans except to create chaos-that is the whole point. 
The problem is that we have already reached the outer edge of legislative impasse,so additional 
chaos is hard to create. With a divided Congress, there is no chance of passing any meaningful 
legislation aside from-hopefully the annual appropriations bill. 
So Republicans will settle for endless investigations of the President and his son. Plus of course 
an impasse over the debt ceiling that will be damaging and humiliating to the country. Beyond 
all that, for ordinary people it’s hard to conceive of how to create even more dysfunction. But 
don’t worry: This is the one mission for which the caucus of crazies has professional expertise, 
and no shortage of imagination. 


Applications will be accepted from January 23, 2023, through 
February 23, 2023. 

PASADENA, Calif. (January 23, 2023) – The Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation is now 
accepting applications for its 2023 grant program. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation 
has invested over $4 million in more than 700 Pasadena-area organizations. The grant awards in 
2022 totaled nearly $200,000, which funded 19 organizations in the San Gabriel Valley. 

The grants supported new and ongoing programs benefiting children, teens, adults and seniors. 
From nonprofits offering animal therapy to special needs children, to organizations providing 
technical skills to underserved students and dance therapy for seniors diagnosed with Parkinson’s 
and multiple sclerosis. 

The 2023 grant cycle will be structured as follows – Tier 1: a one-year grant for $35,000, Tier 2: a 
one-year grant for $15,000 and Tier 3: several one-year grants for up to $10,000. The Foundation 
will also require applicants to include information on how their program will be delivered. 

Eligible applicants are organizations with 501(c)(3) status, as of the submission deadline, February 
23, 2023, that serves one or more of the following communities: Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, 
La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre, South 
Pasadena, and Temple City. As in previous years, grants will be given in the categories of Performing 
and Visual Arts, Sports and Recreation, and Education (Early Childhood Education, 
Literacy and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs. 

To apply for the 2023 grant cycle, eligible organizations should visit the Tournament of Roses 
Foundation page: The website will direct users to a 
welcome page with instructions on how to begin the application process. 

Applications will be accepted from January 23, 2023, through February 23, 2023, at 5 p.m. The 
Foundation’s Board of Directors will make the final grant selections at its annual spring meeting, 
and applicants will be notified of their funding status via email in April 2023. 

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