Mountain Views News, Combined edition

Combined Edition

Inside this Week:

Things to Do Places to Go:

Sierra Madre:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
Walking SM … The Social Side
Sierra Madre Police Blotter

SM Community Calendar:
SM Calendar of Events

Pasadena – Altadena:

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

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Newspaper Fun!

Education & Youth:

Best Friends and More:
Christopher Nyerges
Katnip News!
Pet of the Week

The Good Life:
Family Matters
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Now That's Rich
Stuart Tolchin On …
Dinah Chong Watkins
The Funnies

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

Shop Local:

Support Your Local Businesses:

F. Y. I. :

Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Harvey Hyde
Rich Johnson
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James L. Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

Recent Issues:
Issue 23
Issue 22
Issue 21
Issue 20
Issue 19
Issue 18
Issue 17
Issue 16
Issue 15
Issue 14
Issue 13

MVNews Archive:  Page 1

MVNews this week:  Page 1

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023 

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Renovation of new facility is nearly 

Cancer Support Community Greater San 
Gabriel Valley (CSC), formerly Cancer 
Support Community Pasadena, is nearing 
completion of the renovation of its new facility 
in Sierra Madre. 

 “It won’t be long now,” says Patricia Ostiller, 
JD, Executive Director. “Our beautiful 
new support group rooms and inviting 
community room with adjacent kitchen 
are just about complete. Floor-to-ceiling 
mirrors are going up in our exercise room, 
and our staff offices are freshly painted 
and carpeted.”

 “Our construction team at Reaume Richardson, 
led by Bryson Reaume, not only 
kept to our timeline but also kept costs 
in check. Everyone there appreciated our 
nonprofit status and did all they could – 
as did their subcontractors – to help us 
come in on budget,” remarked Brad Talt, 
CSC Board President. “It’s hard to find 
such a quality company with experienced 
personnel – glad we hired them.”

 CSC intends to move to its new location 
at the end of June. “We’ll get set up 
and then open our doors on Monday, July 
10th,” adds Alison Wong, Ph.D., LMFT, 
Program & Clinical Director. “During the 
interim, we’ll continue with all of our free 
programs virtually.”

 CSC served a record 1,045 people last 
year. The new location provides more 
space for the organization’s programs, 
and its new name also describes the vast 
region it serves.

 In 2022, CSC launched a capital campaign, 
Be the Key, to fund the purchase, 
renovation, and maintenance of its new 
facility. More than 230 individual donors 
and foundation funders have donated to 
the campaign. For more information, 
please visit or 
call Patricia Ostiller at 626-796-1083.


Cancer Support Community provides free 
support groups, educational workshops, and 
healthy lifestyle classes to cancer patients and 
their families, cancer survivors, and those 
bereaved in the greater San Gabriel Valley. 
In-person, virtual, and hybrid programs are 
available in English, Spanish, and Armenian. 
For more information, visit cancersupportsgv.


FY 2023-2024 BUDGET

At Tuesday's Sierra Madre's 
City Council meeting, the 
city's operating budget for the 
next 12 months was unanimously 
approved. There 
was only one resident who 
spoke against the budget during 
public comment with remarks 
that were discourteous 
to both the council and staff.

 The entire council recognized 
the challenges facing 
the city in terms of the escalating 
costs of providing Police 
and Fire services as well 
and other monetary demands 
necessary to maintain the 
city's infrastructure. There 
are a number of Public Works 
projects that will be started 
in the next fiscal year which 
begins July 1st, in addition to 
the renovation of the newly 
purchased Public Safety Center 
in the old Bank of America 

 It was noted during the meeting 
that preparation of the 
budget began in April of this 
year, with department heads 
and the Finance Director and 
City Manager, each reviewing 
their operations and adhering 
to the city's policy of using a 
zero-based budget process, 
reviewing each line item and 
expenditure proposed. The 
table below shows the City-
wide proposed FY 23-24 budget 
across all funds. 

According to the staff report 
presented, the FY 23-24 
General Fund proposed budget 
has a deficit projected of 
$79,750 projected due to an 
increase in operating costs 
and less available funding for 
capital needs. 

In order to fund the capital 
needs for the next Fiscal Year, 
the proposed budget asks 
for the use of General Fund 

 The proposed City-Wide 
budget includes a $100,000 
General Fund contingency, 
$17.1M capital asset expenditures, 
and a projected increase 
in payroll costs. 

 The City is currently reviewing 
Sierra Madre's Strategic 
goals that will be used to help 
prioritize budgeted programs 
and purchases. The City has 
held multiple town hall meetings 
as an opportunity for the 
public to provide input on 
strategic goals. 

The City is also currently reviewing 
its City-wide User 
Fees and Utility rates that will 
be soon brought to Council 
for review and adoption. 

 Despite the challenges, the 
city continues to maintain favorable 
standings compared 
to neighboring communities. 

(See Chart 2 Below)


As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to 
those who have given their lives in our nation’s wars.
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Sierra Madre News ................ ......Page 3

 Walking Sierra Madre

 Peter Dills Remembers His Dad

Community Calendar ..................Page 4

Pasadena News .............................Page 5

Altadena/So. Pas/San Marino.......Page 6

Around SGV .................................Page 7 Arcadia/Monrovia/Duarte

Education & Youth........................Page 8

 Sports with Harvey Hyde

Best Friends .................................Page 9

The Good Life ..............................Page 10

Opinion .......................................Page 11

Public Hearing Notices................Page 13 

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