Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 22, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 22, 2023 

Local Man 

in ‘Shots 
Fired’ Call

Tournament Announces 
Second Annual Golf Classic 

Pasadena police recently 
identified a Pasadena man who 
took his own life moments 
after shooting his roommate 
late last month near Fuller 
Theological Seminary.

 According to Pasadena 
police, officers responded June 
30 at 1:51 p.m. to a multi-unit 
residential complex located 
in the 200 block of North 
Madison Avenue regarding 
a “Shots Fired” call with a 
victim down. 

 At the scene officers located 
35-year-old Creighton Chun 
Ming Wong, a Pasadena

resident suffering from a 
gunshot wound outside the 
residential unit. The wound 
appeared self-inflicted, and he 
was pronounced deceased at 
the scene police said. 

 Officers located a second 
man in an adjacent residential 
unit suffering from a gunshot 
wound. The unidentified man 
was transported to a local 
hospital by paramedics in 
critical condition.

 Detectives said that the men 
were roommates. A firearm 
was recovered near Wong.

 The motive for the shooting-
suicide is still under 
investigation they said. 

 The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Foundation announced 
Monday the Second Annual 
Golf Classic presented by 
J.P. Morgan Private Bank 
on Friday, September 8. The 
event will raise funds that 
will enable the Foundation to 
continue its valuable work, 
including supporting non-profit 
organizations in the San Gabriel 

 Last year’s inaugural 
Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Foundation Golf Classic 
brought out 144 golfers and 
raised more than $140,000. 
Through generous sponsorships 
and community support, the 
Foundation will continue to 
award grants in the areas of 
sports and recreation activities, 
visual and performing arts and 

 The Foundation Golf Classic 
will be held at Brookside Golf 
Club in Pasadena, with the 19th 
Hole and Post-Golf Reception to 
follow at the historic Rose Bowl 
Stadium. The Golf Classic offers 
a unique opportunity, a chance 
to hit a golf ball onto the field 
where the Rose Bowl Game® 
has been played for the past 100 
years. Participants of all skill 
levels are welcome, from avid 
golfers to beginners looking for 
a fun-filled day of networking 
and friendly competition.

 The Tournament of Roses is 
actively seeking sponsors to 
partner with for the Foundation 
Golf Classic. Contributions will 
make a profound difference 
in the lives of individuals and 
families throughout the San 
Gabriel Valley.

 By becoming a sponsor of the 
Golf Classic, companies and 
individuals will have the chance 
to show their commitment 
to local organizations and 
those they serve through a 
diverse range of sponsorship 
opportunities. Benefits of 
sponsorship include brand 
exposure and recognition 
before, during and after the Golf 
Classic. Sponsors will be featured 
in all event-related materials, 
including press releases, social 
media promotions, signage 
and the Tournament of Roses 

 In addition to J.P. Morgan 
Private Bank, confirmed 
sponsors include Air-Tro 
Heating and Air Conditioning, 
Athens Services, BYD, 
Cerity Partners, Forest Lawn 
Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries, 
Four Roses Bourbon, Hahn and 
Hahn LLP, Lagerlof LLP, The 
Langham Huntington Pasadena, 
Los Angeles, Learfield, North 
Star Alliances, Certified Federal 
Credit Union, and Whittier 

 Other initial supporters 
include Honda, Pepsi, Baja Cali 
Fish & Tacos, Chick-fil-A, Fogo 
de Chão, Jones Coffee, NBC4/
Telemundo 52, San Antonio 
Winery, Uncle Nearest Whiskey 
and Xolo Tequila.

 Interested companies or 
individuals looking to support 
the Foundation Golf Classic 
can find details on sponsorship 
opportunities here. To confirm 
sponsorship, contact the 
Foundation at foundation@ or call 

 Golfers interested in playing in 
the Golf Classic, space is limited, 

City to Install Fixed License Plate Readers

By Dean Lee

 With little discussion the 
Pasadena city council voted 
unanimously Monday night 
to lease and install 17 fixed 
automated license plate reader 
cameras at intersections 
throughout the city. The exact 
locations were not given nor 
when they would be installed. 

 Although officials called the 
cameras part of a pilot program, 
the council voted to enter a two-
year contract, with Flock Group 
Inc., plus two additional one-
year lease options according to 
their staff report. The full four-
year contract has a total cost of 

 Pasadena Police Commander 
Javier Aguilar said, to the 
council, that if the camera 
program changed from a pilot, 
Pasadena Police Eugene Harris 
would report back to them and 
the Public Safety Committee.

 “When we make that shift 
from pilot to a full program, do 
or don’t, that is a decision that 
the council fully discusses and 
is very clear and not something 
we slide into in a consent item,” 
District 5 Councilmember Jess 
Rivas said. 

 Among privacy concerns 
Aguilar made clear that the 
system requires a specific reason, 
creating a traceable audit trail 
that can be reviewed. 

 “The only information that is 
shared is criminal investigations 
and we only have it for 30 days,” 
said Aguilar. “After 30 days it 
gets deleted. There is a tracing 
system as to why we look up 
any information, we can check 
to see which investigators are 
looking up license plates and 
what reason so it is not accessible 
to just anybody. It is for criminal 

 The priority of the license plate 
readers will be for real time alerts 
to law enforcement, such as, 
when a stolen vehicle or a vehicle 
associated to a wanted fugitive 
has been detected within a city. 
The cameras also send real-time 
alerts when vehicles associated 
to abducted/missing persons are 
detected according to Harris.

 Residents cautioned the council 
that the system could be used 
to harm people coming to 
California to seek reproductive 
and gender affirming care. They 
also apposed surveilling people 
taking there kids to parks and 
going to church. 

 “I do not believe we should be 
increasing surveillance systems 
or giving the police more 
surveillance tools,” District 5 
resident Margaret Starbuck 
said in a letter to the council. 
“The police in general, and the 
Pasadena Police Department 
specifically, have a history 
of abusing Black and Brown 
community members, and 
cannot be trusted with additional 
money and tools to surveil and 
criminalize our community.” 

 According to Flock Group Inc. 
automated license plate readers 
can collect vehicle make, type, 
and color, license plate (missing 
plate, covered plate, state of the 
license plate), as well as unique 
features of a vehicle such as a 
roof rack, bumper stickers, and 
window stickers. The system 
also time stamps and counts 
the number of times a vehicle 
has been seen in the last 30 
days. It can also cross reference 
associated vehicles. 

PWP to hold 
Free Native 
Night Series

Pasadena Water and Power, 
in partnership with the 
Arroyo Seco Foundation is 
set Wednesday to hold the 
free summer “Native Night 
Series” which will feature 
presentations and a panel 
discussion with award 
winning environmental 
professional, Wendy Katagi, 
leading environmental 
educator Angel Pinedo, 
and Principal Engineer 
of Water Resources and 
Planning, Roumiana 
Voutchkova. Presentations 
will feature the Arroyo 
Seco watershed, Pasadena’s 
water system and spreading 
grounds, and restoration of 
the biological and cultural 
heritage of migrating trout 
in Pasadena. The event will 
be held at the Hahamongna 
Watershed Park at 7 p.m.

 Wendy Katagi CEP, a 
Certified Environmental 
Professional, has over 
35 years experience in 
managing watershed 
programs and award-
winning projects.

 As the Education Director 
for the Arroyo Seco 
Foundation, Angel Pinedo 
conservation work has 
been featured by The Los 
Angeles Times and The 
Discovery Channel.

 Roumiana Voutchkova 
is the Principal Engineer 
of the Water Resources 
and Planning Section at 
Pasadena Water and Power.

 Hahamongna Watershed 
Park is located at 4550 Oak 
Grove Drive in Pasadena,

 For more information, 
email water@

Free Pacific 
Project (POP) 

Free August Movies at 
Pasadena Senior Center

Shakespeare in the Park

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Association presents 
a free Pacific Opera Project 
(POP) in concert on the lawn 
of the Tournament House 
Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 p.m., 
gates will open at 5 p.m. . 

 Los Angeles’s Pacific Opera 
Project (POP) is dedicated 
to providing energetic, 
high-quality opera that is 
accessible, affordable and 
entertaining. The 2024 
Tournament of Roses theme, 
“Celebrating a World of 
Music,” harmoniously aligns 
with the captivating essence of 
POP opera, blending diverse 
musical genres and styles to 
create a perfect partnership.

 This free 90-minute concert 
features music sung by POP 
favorites Arnold Livingston 
(tenor), Ben Lowe (baritone), 
Oriana Falla (soprano), and 
Emily Geller (contralto), 
with musical direction by 
Brian Holman. Performing 
operatic and musical theater 
hits from Rigoletto, Carmen, 
La Traviata, West Side Story, 
POP’s upcoming production 
of The Barber of Seville at The 
Ford, and many more as the 
sun sets over the San Gabriel 

 Tournament House is located 
at 391 S. Orange Grove Blvd.

 Limited parking in the lot, 
street parking on Arbor St. 
and Lockhaven.

 Link to information about 
POP opera can be found at:

The South Pasadena 
Community Services 
Department, in partnership 
with Shakespeare by the 
Sea, will host two dates of 
Shakespeare in the Park this 
summer. Admission is free 
and patrons are encouraged 
to bring their picnics, 
blankets, and lawn chairs 
with family and friends 
to enjoy a night of classic 
entertainment under the 

 Shakespeare in the Park 
is held at Garfield Park, 
located at 1000 Park Avenue, 
South Pasadena. The current 
schedule of performances 
includes Twelfth Night on 
Sunday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. 
followed by Hamlet on 
Friday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.

 For more information, 
please contact the Recreation 
Division at (626) 403-7380 
or by email at recreation@

 Friday movie matinees 
will be shown Aug. 4, 11, 18 
and 25 at 1 p.m. in the Scott 
Pavilion at the Pasadena 
Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. 

 Seating will be limited and 
registration will be accepted 
on a first-come, first-served 
basis. Each member of the 
Pasadena Senior Center may 
reserve one additional seat 
for a nonmember guest 50 or 

 “Manchester by the Sea” 
(2016, R) starring Casey 
Affleck and Michelle 
Williams– Friday, Aug. 4, at 
1 p.m. After the death of his 
brother, a depressed and grief-
stricken Boston janitor moves 
back to the coastal fishing 
village where his family has 
lived for decades and is asked 
to take guardianship of his 
teenage nephew. Through 
this upheaval in his life he 
is forced to deal with a past, 
including the deaths of his 
own three children, that 
separated him from his wife 
and this community where 
he was born and raised. 

 “Where the Crawdads Sing” 
(2020, PG-13) starring Daisy 
Edgar-Jones and Harris 
Dickinson – Friday, Aug. 11, 
at 1 p.m. A woman who had 
to raise herself in the marshes 
of the Deep South becomes 
a suspect in the murder of a 
man with whom she was once 
involved. The film is based on 
the novel of the same name 
by Delia Owen. 

 “A Man Called Otto” (2022, 
PG-13) starring Tom Hanks 
and Mariana Treviño – Friday, 
Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. When a 
young family moves in near 
an old, suicidal grump who 
has given up on life following 
the death of his wife, they 
develop a friendship that will 
turn his world around. The 
movie is based on the 2015 
Swedish film “A Man Called 
Ove” that was based on the 
novel of the same name by 
Fredrick Bachman. 

 “Sin La Habana (Without 
Havana)” (2020, NR) starring 
Yonah Acosta and Aki 
Yaghoube – Friday, Aug. 25, 
at 1 p.m. At the urging of his 
girlfriend, a frustrated Afro 
Cuban ballet dancer seduces 
a lonely Iranian Canadian 
divorcee to secure passage 
from Cuba to Canada where 
he plans to reunite with his 
girlfriend. Spanish, Persian 
and English with English 

 To register or more 
information, visit:

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