Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 29, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 29, 2023 

Music Festival 
and Arts 
Crawl Tonight

Coffee Gallery Backstage Shuttered

City Buys Vacant Kaiser 
Permanente Building

The Eclectic Music Festival 
& Arts Crawl, a celebration 
of the arts, now in its 13th 
year, will take place today 
from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. This 
year’s festival boasts 15 
stages, over 75 musicians, 
more than 20 participating 
businesses and restaurants, 
50 artisans, 25 vintage 
vendors, three beer and 
wine gardens, multiples 
interactive experiences and 
a kids zone.

 “Started in a parking lot 
with a couple of local bands 
and a few dozen attendees, 
the Eclectic has grown into 
a signature event for the 
city of South Pasadena,” 
organizers said. 

 The Artisans’ Alley 
is a curated outdoor 
marketplace featuring 
unique, handmade, and 
vintage items, bringing 
together makers of 
handcrafted jewelry, 
clothing, accessories, art, 
home goods, and specialty 
items. Also in this area will 
be interactive art activities, 
food trucks, photo ops, 
music, and more. South Pas 
Vintage Village, 2023, will 
again bring an eclectic array 
of vintage sellers to South 
Pasadena. Over 20 local 
businesses are participating 
with special activities inside 
or out front of their stores.

 A free Artmobile Shuttle 
will make three stops, 
one at Meridian and El 
Centro, one at Mound and 
El Centro, and one at the 
Arroyo Seco Golf Course 
parking lot, where there 
is additional free parking. 
The shuttle will come by 
each stop in 20 minute 

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 Pasadena Mayor Victor. 
Gordo and Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
stood side by side Tuesday to 
announce a new partnership 
that will acquire a Kaiser 
Permanente building that has 
stood empty in north Pasadena 
and transform it into a housing 
and community services site. 

 Gordo shared his vision for the 
project, approved for purchase 
Monday by the Pasadena City 
Council for $12 million.

 “This partnership is a mutual 
commitment to meet the diverse 
needs of Pasadena’s residents 
and businesses,” Gordo said. 
“By collaborating with the 
county, we will foster improved 
housing conditions, recreation 
opportunities, and a healthy 
population through this mixed 
use project. Purchasing this 
property is a win-win on many 
fronts, including bringing more 
jobs to Pasadena and support to 

 Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
described her thoughts about 
the partnership, including the 
county’s role and the future 
services that will be anchored at 
the site. 

 “This is a wonderful 
opportunity to jointly build 
housing, mental health, and 
health service capacity that is 
tailored and responsive to local 
residents’ needs,” Barger said. “I 
am a proud partner in this effort 
that will harness Los Angeles 
County’s mental health and 
support services to bring the 
community the resources they 
deserve. Keeping this property 
in service to the community is 
the right thing to do.”

 John Yamamoto, Kaiser 
Permanente’s Vice President 
of Community Health and 
Government Relations for 
Southern and Hawaii Markets, 
shared his perspective on the 
transaction, which will take 
place in the coming weeks.

 “Kaiser Permanente is 
committed to the health and 
well-being of our members and 
the communities we serve,” 
said Kaiser Permanente Vice 
President Yamamoto. “We hope 
that through this real estate 
transaction, Pasadena Mayor 
Victor Gordo and L.A. County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger are 
able to achieve their innovative 
visions for the property. We 
applaud this collaboration 
between the City of Pasadena 
and the County of Los Angeles 
for its bold approach to 
addressing mental health access 
and affordable housing needs in 
our community.” 

 Next steps include the City of 
Pasadena and the County of Los 
Angeles developing agreements 
to formalize their partnership 
and the terms of the sale. 

 Development efforts will 
follow all applicable regulations, 
including environmental impact 
reviews, public community 
input meetings, and public 
hearings required by law.

 City of Pasadena and the 
County of Los Angeles will 
transform vacant Kaiser 
Permanente building into 
health and housing site

After almost 25 years of hosting 
a variety of musical acts in 
Altadena, The Coffee Gallery 
Backstage closed permanently 
Monday after owner, 86-year-
old Bob Stane, was unexpectedly 

 The Coffee Gallery made 
the official closing statement 
Monday “Dear Audience and 
Artists: We are pleased to tell you 
that Bob Stane will recover. Sadly, 
however, we are announcing the 
permanent closure of Coffee 
Gallery Backstage. Please 
continue to respect The Stane’s 
privacy at this time.”

 They also asked artists to post 
any tributes to Stane and Coffee 
Gallery on Facebook.

 “Wishing my good friend 
Bob Stane a speedy recovery,” 
wrote Jim Kimo West a frequent 
performer at the Coffee Gallery. 
“We are so sad to see Coffee 
Gallery Backstage close but we 
thank you with all our hearts 
for bringing us all together at 
your amazing venue for all these 

 The Coffee Gallery Backstage 
first opened in 1998. Before 
that, from 1961 to 1978, Stane 
supported and nurtured a 
generation of musicians and 
performers as co-owner of The 
Ice House in Pasadena, helping 
to launch the careers of The 
Dillards, The Association, The 
Smothers Brothers, Pat Paulsen, 
Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, Jay 
Leno, Gallagher, and David 
Letterman according to his 

 In 2009, a 18-foot-tall Fork in 
the Road at St. John Ave. and 
South Pasadena Ave., appeared 
overnight, a surprise 75th 
birthday present to Stane. The 
fork became a controversial 
work of guerrilla art in Pasadena, 
subsequently serving as a focal 
point for charitable activities, 
including food and toy drives.

 Although the Coffee Gallery 
was only a 49-seat show room it 
had seen hundreds of performers 
from, John York, Ben Harper, 
to The Salty Suites and most 
recently The Mighty Cash Cats.

One of the leaders of the singer-
songwriter scene in Southern 
California, Dave Morrison, 
was the last show at The Coffee 
Gallery Backstage. 

Bob Stane

Child Camp 
Safety Bill 

NASA Retires a Mapping 
Instrument on Mars Orbiter

 NASA switched off one of 
its oldest instruments studying 
Mars on April 3, a step that’s 
been planned since last year. 
Riding aboard NASA’s Mars 
Reconnaissance Orbiter, 
CRISM, or the Compact 
Reconnaissance Imaging 
Spectrometer for Mars, revealed 
minerals such as clays, hematite 
(otherwise known as iron 
oxide), and sulfates across the 
Red Planet’s surface for 17 years.

 Led by Johns Hopkins 
University’s Applied Physics 
Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, 
Maryland, CRISM produced 
high-resolution mineral maps 
crucial in helping scientists 
understand how lakes, streams, 
and groundwater shaped the 
planet billions of years ago. 
The instrument’s two detectors 
saw in visible and infrared 
light, spotting the chemical 
fingerprints, or spectra, of 
minerals that form in the 
presence of water.

 “Shutting down CRISM 
marks the end of an era for 
us,” said Rich Zurek, MRO’s 
project scientist at NASA’s Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory, which 
manages the mission. “It’s 
revealed where and how water 
transformed ancient Mars. The 
CRISM data products will be 
mined by scientists for years to 

 NASA has also relied on CRISM 
maps to figure out where the 
most scientifically interesting 
landing sites are, as with Gale 
Crater, which Curiosity has 
been exploring since 2012, and 
Jezero Crater, where NASA’s 
Perseverance rover recently 
collected its 19th sample.

 In order to study infrared 
light, which is radiated by 
warm objects and is invisible 
to the human eye, CRISM 
relied on cryocoolers to isolate 
one of its spectrometers from 
the warmth of the spacecraft. 
Three cryocoolers were used 
in succession, and the last 
completed its lifecycle in 2017.

 The CRISM team then 
looked for ways to continue 
producing data without the 
use of cryocoolers, deciding to 
create two new, nearly global 
maps. The first of these relied 
on data previously collected by 
the infrared spectrometer and 
by the second spectrometer on 
the instrument, which viewed a 
more limited range of minerals 
in visible and near-infrared 
light. This first map of water-
related minerals, containing 
5.6 gigapixels, has a spatial 
resolution of 600 feet (180 
meters) per pixel and covers 
86% of Mars. Scientists began 
releasing it in sections last year.

 For the second map, CRISM’s 
remaining spectrometer 
gathered data at an even higher 
spatial resolution (300 feet, or 
90 meters per pixel). This map is 
slated for release in September.

 “With these new maps, 
researchers can easily tie 
mineral deposits observed 
in high-resolution images to 
regional scale trends, landscape 
features, and geology,” said 
Kim Seelos, CRISM’s deputy 
principal investigator at APL. 
“Even though the CRISM 
investigation is formally coming 
to a close, I hope and expect to 
see many future scientists taking 
advantage of CRISM data for 
their research.”

 NASA’s JPL, a division of 
Caltech in Pasadena, California, 
manages MRO for NASA’s 
Science Mission Directorate in 

The South Pasadena 2023 
Bookmark Contest Winners


 Assemblymember Chris 
Holden’s legislation Assembly 
Bill 262, which directs 
the Department of Social 
Services (DSS) to lead a 
stakeholder group to develop 
recommendations through 
a report to the Legislature 
on future regulations that 
will protect children while 
attending day and overnight 
camps, passed the Assembly 
Committee on Human 
Services on Tuesday.

 “When parents take their 
children to day camps 
throughout the year, it is under 
the assumption that they will 
be protected, make friends, and 
return home safely afterwards,” 
said Assemblymember Chris 
Holden. “We want to give 
parents and guardians a peace 
of mind to ensure they know 
their child is cared for.”

 AB 262 would direct DSS 
to report to the Legislature 
with guidance on establishing 
an appropriate licensing 
program for camps, ensuring 
camp counselors and staff 
are appropriately qualified, 
and providing parents and 
caregivers with accessible and 
transparent information on 
camp safety.

 “While we do our best as 
parents to help guide and 
protect our children, it is not 
their responsibility to worry 
about their own safety, it is 
the responsibility of the adults 
providing supervision while 
their parent or guardians are at 
work,” said Holden.

 This year 130 children and teens participated in the South 
Pasadena Public Library’s Bookmark Contest. The theme for 
the Bookmark Contest was “Find Your Voice,” which is also 
the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. Using 
their imaginations, the children and teens created colorful, 
unique, and inspiring bookmarks. 

The winners of the Bookmark Contest: 

Jasmine, Grade 1, “I Am Me”

Elizabeth, Grade 2 “Books Change Life”

Pierrette, Grade 5, “Read and Find Your Voice”

Xin, Grade 9, “Journey to Discovery”

Claire, Grade 11, “Singing with Books”

 Each winner’s bookmark will be reproduced and will be 
distributed at the Library during the Summer Reading 
Program, which begins on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. 
The Library congratulates the winners and thanks all the 
participants and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public 
Library, Inc. for sponsoring the contest.

 The Library is located at 1100 Oxley Street in South 
Pasadena. For information about services and programs, 
visit the website at: 

Thursday, May 4

from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Pasadena Convention 
Center, 300 E. Green St.

Join Mayor Victor M. 
Gordo, Pasadena residents, 
local leaders, and members 
of the interfaith community 
for a morning of peace, 
prayer and reflection. This 
event is hosted by Friends 
In Deed.

 For additional details, 
including ticket 
information, visit:

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