Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 8, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 8, 2023 

City Seeks 
Feedback on 
Parking Plan

Pasadena POPS Rusnak 
Summer Concert series

The City of Pasadena 
has been working with 
parking consultants to 
develop recommendations 
for the overall parking 
program in the City. 
The primary objectives 
of this comprehensive 
plan are to optimize 
program management, 
enhance a consistent user 
experience throughout 
the City, implement 
sustainable solutions, and 
adapt policies to increase 
flexibility. Topics being 
reviewed include parking 
permit programs, merchant 
validation, paid parking 
rates, technology updates, 
garage improvements, and 
transportation alternatives. 
The City is soliciting 
feedback on the final draft 
of the plan.

 Residents are asked to 
complete a neighborhood 
parking survey at:

 All residents and business 
owners are invited to 
review the final draft of the 
Citywide Parking Strategic 

 Questions or feedback 
regarding the final draft 
of the Citywide Parking 
Strategic Plan should 
be directed to the City’s 
Parking Manager, Jon 
Hamblen at jhamblen@

 The Pasadena POPS Rusnak 
Summer Concert series 
continues on Saturday, July 15 
with Kings of Soul. Resident 
Pops Conductor Larry Blank 
will lead the orchestra with 
special guests Kings of Soul, 
who will shine a spotlight on the 
hit songs of Marvin Gaye, Jackie 
Wilson, James Brown, Otis 
Redding, The Temptations, Al 
Green, Barry White and Smokey 
Robinson in an evening of 
soulful rhythms and melodies. 
Highlights include Soul Man, 
Shop Around, Get Ready, Try a 
Little Tenderness, Stand By Me, 
Move On Up, Your Love Keeps 
Lifting Me Higher and more to 
get the audience dancin’ in the 

 Kings of Soul is comprised of 
three vocalists touting a breadth 
of stage and screen experience. 
Chester Gregory’s Broadway 
credits include Motown the 
Musical, Dreamgirls and Sister 
Act, and Darren Lorenzo 
has been seen on Broadway 
and touring productions 
of After Midnight, Legally 
Blonde, Saturday Night Fever, 
Madagascar, Fosse, Hair and 
Once on This Island, among 
others. You may remember 
Michael Lynche or “Big Mike” 
from his turn as a finalist on 
American Idol season 9, where 
he wowed millions of fans with 
his comforting and powerful 
voice. Lynche has since toured 
as an opening act for Boyz II 
Men, Lalah Hathaway and Faith 

 All concerts are held at the Los 
Angeles County Arboretum 
and Botanic Gardens. Grounds 
open for picnicking and dining 
at 5:30pm and performances 
begin at 7:30pm. Don’t miss 
the best outdoor dinner party 
in town with spacious circular 
table seating with fine linens, 
or lawn seating for those who 
want to bring a blanket – each 
option carries on the tradition 
of picnic-dining with your 
family and friends with Michael 
Feinstein and the San Gabriel 
Valley’s premier orchestra! 
Among many venue amenities, 
concert goers can enjoy pre-
ordered gourmet box dinners 
for on-site pickup just steps 
from their table, two full-service 
beverage centers and a variety of 
food truck options.

 The Arboretum is located 
at 301 North Baldwin Ave., 
Arcadia, CA. Subscribers have 
the opportunity to purchase 
onsite Arboretum parking. 
Single ticket holders may 
purchase guaranteed and 
convenient parking at Santa 
Anita Park Lot 6, located just 
across Baldwin Ave., with 
complimentary non-stop shuttle 
service to the Arboretum’s main 
entrance. Lot 6 parking may 
be purchased in advanced at 
or onsite (cash only) for $15.

 Single tickets start at $30. 
Season subscriptions and single 
tickets are now on sale, and 
are available by calling the box 
office at (626) 793-7172, online 
or at the Arboretum on concert 

 Kings of Soul Brings the 
Hits of Motown and more 
with American Idol Finalist 
Michael Lynche

Dozens of Cats Rescued In Hoarding Situation 

 In what Pasadena Humane 
officials think was a hoarding 
situation, they rescued 38 cats, 
last week, from a cramped 
trailer of an overwhelmed 
caregiver. Many of the cats, 
including multiple young 
kittens, were stressed, 
confused, and in desperate 
need of immediate help.

 According to an update 
Wednesday, the Pasadena 
Humane veterinary team said 
many of the youngest kittens 
are severely emaciated. Despite 
medical intervention, one very 
sick kitten did not make it 
through the night. Five of the 
remaining most fragile kittens 
were placed in a foster home to 
help with their care. A few of 
the other kittens were terrified, 
having experienced so much 

 “One of them wants to be 
petted so badly, but you feel 
like you’ll break him, the foster 
mom said.

 Over the weekend, one of 
the kittens tested positive 
for panleukopenia, a highly 
contagious viral disease that is 
often deadly for young cats.

 The medical team provided 
him with the necessary fluids 
and medications that he needs 
to fight the virus, all while 
taking precautions not to 
infect the other animals at the 
shelter. All of the cats from the 
trailer have now been placed in 
quarantine to ensure that they 
stay healthy before moving on 
to their new homes.

 All of the cats are expected to 
available for adoption, with the 
healthy cats looking for new 
homes immediately.

 They will be spayed, neutered, 
vaccinated and microchipped 
before being adopted.

 For more information visit: 


Holy Frit Film 
Event Tonight

Officials announced 
‘Holy Frit’ is back in South 
Pasadena for another 
hometown screening 
tonight at 7:30 pm at ReNew 
United Methodist Church.

 The film winds its way 
through South Pasadena as 
it follows local artist Tim 
Carey and Judson Studios’ 
race to create a stained 
glass window the size of 
a basketball court for a 
$90 million mega-church 
in Kansas. ReNew has 
graciously opened its chapel 
featuring a large Judson 
stained glass window for the 

 “In this visceral three-year 
race against time, Tim Carey, 
a talented, yet unknown LA 
artist bluffs his way into 
winning the commission to 
create the largest stained-
glass window of its kind. 
The problem is, he doesn’t 
know how to make it. 
After a desperate search, 
he finds someone who 
might have the answer…a 
world famous glass 
maestro, named, Narcissus 
Quagliata. As the fates of 
three communities hang 
in the balance, Narcissus 
arrives like a storm, and 
everything changes.”

 Don’t miss this chance to 
see the award-winning, 
dramatic and comedic 
collision of art, business, 
religion, and human 
ambition, meet the South 
Pasadenans behind it, and 
learn what’s next for the 

 Limited seating is available. 

 To watch the trailer, visit 
Holy Frit’s website: holyfrit.

 Screening tickets are $20 

Bill to Increase Cyclist 
Safety Passes Committee

Music = Power

 MUSE/IQUE continues 
its yearlong concert series, 
Music = Power with Central 
Avenue: Open House -- The 
Extraordinary Story of the 
South LA Music Legends 
Who Changed the World, 
conducted by Artistic and 
Music Director Rachael 
Worby, on Wednesday, July 
12 at The Beehive, 1000 E 
60th Street, Los Angeles 
and on Saturday, July 15 
and Sunday, July 16 at 
Memorial Park, 85 E Holly 
Street in Pasadena. At all 
three performances, doors 
open at 6:30pm and the 
music begins at 7:30pm.

 The program – one of the 
most popular, acclaimed 
performances from the 
2022 season – is back by 
popular demand. If you 
missed it the first time, now 
is your chance to celebrate 
the legacy of jazz that 
began on Central Avenue, 
the west coast’s answer to 
the Harlem Renaissance. 
It pays tribute to some of 
the many brilliant artists 
and visionaries who made 
an impact on Central Ave., 
such as Alvin Ailey in 
dance and choreography, 
Merry Clayton in gospel, 
and Duke Ellington, Dexter 
Gordon and Count Basie in 
jazz, and more.

 These special open house 
performances are free to 
the public; RSVPs required 

Child Camp Safety Bill 
Passes Senate Committee 


 This week, Assemblymember 
Chris Holden’s legislation 
Assembly Bill 262, which 
would direct 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 Senate Committee 
on Human Services.

 “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.


 Senate Bill 538, authored by 
Senator Anthony Portantino 
passed the Assembly 
Transportation Committee. 
The measure would support 
safer transportation 
options for Californians by 
requiring the Department of 
Transportation to appoint an 
advisor on issues specifically 
related to bicycle issues and 

 “When we plan and 
implement transportation 
policies, it’s important that we 
are safeguarding cyclist and 
pedestrian safety,” commented 
Senator Portantino. “Having 
someone at Caltrans solely 
focus on the needs of cycling 
communities and tasked with 
implementing safe street 
policies just makes sense.”

 The California Department 
of Transportation includes 
the Bicycle Facilities 
Unit (BFU). This unit is 
responsible for coordinating 
all aspects of Caltrans bicycle 
programs, promoting well 
designed bicycle facilities, 
and cultivating the funding, 
regulations, and education 
that makes these facilities 
possible. Currently, there is 
no specialized department 
chair who can advise the 
California Department of 
Transportation (Caltrans) 
on issues related to bicycle 

 SB 538 would require 
the director of the 
California Department of 
Transportation to appoint 
a Chief Advisor on Cycling 
and Active Transportation, 
who shall serve as the 
department’s chief advisor 
on all issues related to bicycle 
transportation, safety, and 

 “Our goal with this bill 
is to shape Caltrans to be 
inclusive and representative 
of all mobility options,” stated 
Marc Vukcevich, State Policy 
Advocate for Streets for All. 
“By having a Chief Advisor 
on Bicycling and Active 
Transportation, there would 
be a position that can have a 
voice at the table to improve 
bike and pedestrian safety 
across the state. This person 
will have the authority, 
expertise, purview, and staff 
needed to protect vulnerable 
road users at a time when 
we are at a 40-year high of 
pedestrian fatalities. We look 
forward to getting SB 538 on 
the Governor’s desk.”

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