Mountain Views News, Combined edition

Combined Edition

Inside this Week:

Sierra Madre Highlights and Honors:

Political Ad:

Measure M
Letters to the Editor

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side

Sierra Madre:

SM Community Calendar:
SM Calendar of Events

Pasadena – Altadena:

Altadena · So. Pasadena · San Marino:
San Marino Events & Programming

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte · Bradbury:

Shop Sierra Madre:

Around The San Gabriel Valley:

Best Friends / Education:
Christopher Nyerges
Katnip News!
Pet of the Week

The Good Life:
Family Matters
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Now That's Rich
Tom Purcell
Stuart Tolchin On …
The Funnies

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

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Support Your Local Businesses:

Support Your Local Businesses:

Deanne Davis
Marc Garlett
Rich Johnson
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James L. Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

Recent Issues:
Issue 15
Issue 14
Issue 13
Issue 12
Issue 11
Issue 10
Issue 9
Issue 8
Issue 7
Issue 6
Issue 5

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MVNews this week:  Page 1


VOLUME 17 NO. 16VOLUME 17 NO. 16

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The Senior Community Commission, 
City of Sierra Madre, met on 
April 13, 2023, at their regular meeting 
and was tasked with selecting 
the 2023 Older American of the Year 
Award. There were six nominations 
submitted and the Commission discussed 
each application in detail. 
All nominations submitted were all 
deserving of the Award. After the 
discussions were concluded the Senior 
Community Commission voted 
unanimously in selecting Clem and 
Nina Bartolai as the Older Americans 
of the Year for 2023.

Clem and Nina have been married 
for 63 years and Nina has lived in Sierra 
Madre for 82 years and Clem has 
lived in Sierra Madre for 63 years. 
They have two daughters, Lisa and 
husband David Brandley, and Renee 
and husband Jim Smith. They also 
have two granddaughters, Madison 
and Taylor and a great grandson. 

In her career, Nina was a registered 
nurse, worked at Arnold's hardware 
and delivered flowers for Leanora 
Moss. Clem's career was at JPL as a 
technical illustrator for 9 years and 
an office administrator for an office 
furniture company for 34 years. Clem 
was a renown cyclist and won numerous 
awards in competition. He participated 
in 62 races of 200 miles or more and is in 
the Triple Crown of cycling in the State 
of California. He would cycle over 200 
miles within a 24 hour period and everyone 
in the cycle world knew Clem or 
knew of him. 

Clem was extremely active in Sierra 
Madre's city council, commissions, Rose 
Float, Lion's Club, 4th of July Parade, 
Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning 
Commission, Kiwanis Club, Community 
Foundation, Friends of the Library, 
Historical Society, SMEAC, and 
was Mayor for three terms and on City 
Council for 12 years.

Nina was also very active in Sierra Madre 
Rose Float Association, Historical Society, 
Friends of the Library, Senior Community 
Commission and Chair of the 
Commission and most noteworthy was 
her participation in the oldest civic club 
in Sierra Madre, the Priscilla's. The Priscilla's 
was founded in the 1800's and is 
still active today. The Priscilla's, as a 
civic club, raised funds that eventually 
contributed to the first City Hall and the 
Episcopal Chruch being built in Sierra 
Madre. In order to be a member of the 
Priscilla's Club, you have to be voted in, 
not just join.

We are very proud that the Bartolai's have 
been honored as the 2023 Older Americans 
of the Year.

Sierra Madre Older Americans 2023

By Former Mayor Glenn 

For Sierra Madre’s City 
Council and other legislators, 
creating legislation 
should ALWAYS strive 
to seek the absolute best 
case scenario. Legislation 
should be the result of 
critical thought that never 
is satisfied with a “second 
best” or a “good enough” 
outcome. Laws, Resolutions, 
and Ordinances 
should always place public 
health and safety above 
all other concerns using 
every available resource. 
While it’s not uncommon 
to observe legislators falling 
prey to public outcry 
and squeaky wheels, public 
safety, without exception, 
should always be a 
higher priority than public 

Sierra Madre has a growing 
public safety threat 
from the increasing urbanized 
bear population, 
resulting in increased 
bear home intrusions, injurious 
human/bear contacts, 
increasingly aggressive 
bears, and elementary 
school intrusions during 
school hours. 

Through years of documented 
wildlife mismanagement 
and failures, 
the California Department 
of Fish and Wildlife 
(CDFW) has lost control 
of the bear population in 
the natural habitat allowing 
the bear population in 

(continued on page 6)

For your Earth Day Consideration:


By Robert Parkhurst

Whether we like it or not, the land owned by the Mater 
Dolorosa Monastery, a landmark in our community, 
will be developed. On Tuesday, May 9, we are 
empowered to vote on two development options for 
the site. As a Sierra Madre City Council member and 
lifelong environmental advocate, I am voting YES for 
Measure M.

 Here’s why. 

The Monastery and the developer it hired negotiated 
for more than three years with the City of Sierra 
Madre—incorporating extensive public input from 
more than 15 public meetings—to develop the most 
environmentally friendly plan for the Mater Dolorosa 
site. In contrast, an alternative application submitted 
under the state law SB 330 would significantly 
limit public input (continued on page 4)

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