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

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 29, 2023 

PPD Officers 

for Drinking 


New L.A. County Landmark 
Designated in Altadena

Pasadena Police Chief 
Eugene Harris confirmed 
Wednesday the discipline 
of multiple officers after 
video surfaced Monday 
showing them drinking 
alcohol on-duty at a party. 

 According to Eugene 
Harris in late March, the 
Police Department received 
a complaint from former 
Pasadena Police Officer 
Omar Elhosseiny about 
on-duty PPD Officers 
consuming alcohol at a 
birthday party he hosted at 
his home back in January. 
The event was for his wife, 
a current PPD officer, and 
a teammate to the officers 

 An extensive internal affairs 
investigation was initiated, 
culminating in June. 
The outcome confirmed 
five on-duty personnel 
including a supervisor 
were present, three of 
which, the investigation 
confirmed, took a drink 
of alcohol in violation of 
Department Policy. Each 
has subsequently received 
discipline imposed by 

 “The policies are very 
clear as are the expectations 
of professional conduct, 
Harris said, “The 
imposition of discipline, 
in this case, is indicative 
of expected conduct 
and sound Department 
culture moving forward.” 
He continued, “I’m very 
disappointed in the officers’ 
conduct and have made 
expectations clear, as a 
matter of course.”

Officials Say Six Arrested in Killing Spree

 The Los Angeles County 
Board of Supervisors 
unanimously voted Teusday 
to designate the Pearson 
House, located at 931 New 
York Drive in Altadena, as a 
Los Angeles County Historic 
Landmark. The 116-year-old 
home is a two-story single-
family residence that was 
built in 1907.

 “The Pearson House is 
not just a house – it is a 
representation of the rich 
architectural heritage of 
Altadena,” stated Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger. “By 
designating it as a Los 
Angeles County Landmark, 
we will make sure this 
beautiful home remains 
protected and preserved for 
generations to come.” 

 The designation of the 
Pearson House as a County 
Landmark aligns with 
work underway at the 
County to preserve and 
celebrate the architectural 
and cultural heritage and 
identities of unincorporated 

 Examples of the Craftsman 
architectural style in Los 
Angeles County were 
constructed from 1905 to 
1930 and are distinguished 
by wood shingle siding; 
wide overhanging eaves; 
casement, fixed-pane, and 
sash windows; low-pitched, 
cross-gabled roof with 
exposed rafters; a prominent 
partial-width porch with 
detailed supports and 
triangular knee braces; and 
use of stone detailing. The 
style was born from the Arts 
and Crafts movement, which 
originated in England in the 
late 19th century as a counter 
to the mass production and 
materialism of the Industrial 
Revolution. Arts and Crafts 
ideals emphasize the use of 
natural materials, quality of 
craftsmanship, simplicity of 
form, and attention to detail.

 More information about the 
property, along with a copy 
of the resolution approved by 
the Board of Supervisors, is 
available at:

 Iconic 116-year-old 
Craftsman-style Pearson 
House to be preserved in 


 Pasadena police investigators 
announced the arrests of 
six suspects Wednesday in 
connection with a series of 
murders in Pasadena and 
Rancho Palos Verdes killing 
three people. 

 During a press conference at 
the steeps of Pasadena City Hall 
Police Lt. Keith Gomez said the 
victims were found in vehicles 
parked at scenic overlooks. He 
said the motive looked to be 
robbery. Although not named, 
Gomez said they believe those 
arrested are part of a criminal 
street gang. He said they were 
all being held in the Pasadena 
jail. The case was expected to be 
given to the District Attorney’s 
office Friday. 

 He said Jessie Munoz, 32, was 
shot around 3:30 a.m. Saturday 
morning along a part Angeles 
Crest Highway patrolled by 
Pasadena police. A female 
passenger was unharmed. 

 Just days earlier, Jorge Ramos 
and Taylor Raven Whittaker 
were found shot just before 7 
a.m. Monday along Palos Verdes 
Drive. Gomez believes the 
murders are connected. 

 According to Gomez Robbery 
/ Homicide Unit detectives 
coordinated an operation 
Tuesday involving multiple 
specialized law enforcement 
units. The operation spanned 
several hours and occurred at 
several locations throughout 
the County of Los Angeles. At 
10:15 p.m., the arrest aspect 
of the operation was initiated, 
and the vehicle involved in the 
murder was pinned in by law 
enforcement personnel in the 
7600 Block of Woodman Street 
in Panorama City. Five male 
adult suspects were taken into 
custody without incident. Two 
semi-automatic firearms were 
recovered from the interior 
portion of the vehicle.

 A female suspect was 
simultaneously taken into 
custody in the 900 Block of West 
85th Street in Los Angeles and a 
search warrant was executed at 
multiple locations.

 The suspects are members of a 
Los Angeles criminal street gang. 
Detectives believe the suspects 
taken into custody are connected 
to other crimes that have recently 
occurred in Los Angeles County.

 The U.S. Marshal’s Pacific 
Southwest Region Fugitive 
Apprehension Taskforce, the 
Pasadena Police Department’s 
Street Crime Unit, members 
of the Pasadena Police 
Department’s SWAT and 
K9 teams, LAPD RHD, and 
LAPD Air Support Division 
assisted with the arrest/warrant 

 Anyone with information about 
this case is encouraged to call 
the Pasadena Police at (626)- 
744-4241 or report information 
anonymously by contacting 
“Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222- 
TIPS (8477),

PWP Water 
is Life Art 

Pasadena Water and 
Power (PWP) announced 
Thursday that they selected 
first, second, and third-
place winners, as well as 
three honorable mentions, 
in the 2023 “Water is Life” 
Art Contest. Held every 
year in partnership with the 
Metropolitan Water District 
(MWD), the contest is open 
to all Pasadena students 
in grades K–12 who 
reside within PWP service 

 The first place winner was 
9th grade student Olivia H. 
Second Place went to 2nd 
grade student Avery Y. and 
3rd Place went to Nathan L. 
in Grade 6.

 Student artists submitted 
creative artwork with 
messaging encouraging the 
community to conserve 
and use water wisely. PWP 
received more than 20 
submissions. All six winning 
artworks were submitted 
to MWD for consideration 
in their annual Student Art 

 “As a community-owned 
utility, PWP takes pride in 
empowering local youth 
about water conservation 
and sustainability through 
educational programs 
like the ‘Water is Life’ 
Art Contest,“ said PWP 
General Manager Sidney 
Jackson. “We thank 
Pasadena’s talented student 
artists for their great 
entries, which help support 
PWP’s commitment 
to environmental 

 The winning students 
attended Hamilton 
Elementary School, 
Madison Elementary 
School, Sierra Madre Middle 
School, CIS Academy, 
Westridge School, and La 
Salle High School.

 For more information 
about the “Water is Life” 
Annual Art Contest, visit

Installation of the Rotating 
Public Art Program Series IV

New State 
Park Pass 

 Director of Planning and 
Community Development, 
Jennifer Paige and the Cultural 

Division announced the 
installation of new public 
artwork along North Lake A 
venue as

part of the fourth iteration of 
the City’s Rotating Public Art 
Program Titled “Individuality 

 This inaugural artwork is the 
first of six that will be installed 
throughout the city over the

next month, and will be 
on display for a 36-month 
exhibition period.

 Created by artist-duo and 
couple Dominic Panziera and 
Daniela Garofalo, the artwork 
is sited in District 5 at the 
intersection of North Lake 
A venue and Maple Street 
and is made of stone, glazed 
ceramic tile, concrete and 
stainless steel. Series IV of the 
Rotating Program will include 
eight sculptural artworks to be 
installed at existing city-owned 
sites in each City Council 

 Established in 2011, the 
Rotating Public Art Program 
is intended to complement 
the permanency of both the 
Private Development and 
Capital Public Art Programs by 
placing artworks throughout 
the City that activate unusual 
locations, transforming small, 
often unnoticed areas into 
exciting destinations for visitors 
and residents to discover. By 
presenting original artworks 
at established locations, the 
program encourages residents 
and visitors to circulate 
throughout the city and 
experience each exhibition. 
For more information visit:

Groundbreaking: Streets 
Improvement Program

 South Pasadena officials, 
Commissioners, staff, and 
residents gathered Tuesday 
to break ground on a series 
of transformative street 
improvement projects, 
marking the commencement 
of a new era for the city. 
The groundbreaking event 
marks a significant milestone 
in the City’s ongoing 
commitment to enhancing its 
infrastructure and ensuring 
a more vibrant, efficient, 
and pedestrian-friendly 

 At the groundbreaking event, 
Mayor Jon Primuth expressed 
immense enthusiasm for the 
upcoming projects, stating, 
“These street improvement 
projects will undoubtedly 
improve the connectivity 
throughout South Pasadena.” 
The Mayor also mentioned 
the City’s recent efforts 
in bringing together the 
community at the State of 
Streets Study Session meeting 
a few months ago that brought 
together the City Council, 
Commissioners, and the 
community to discuss the 
state of our streets and a path 

Some projects that the City 
has already initiated include:

Multiple street improvements, 
including reconstruction and 
resurfacing, the Slow Streets 

Slow Streets Program, which 
includes the installation of 
traffic calming devices on 
various residential streets 
throughout the City;

Fair Oaks Intelligent 
Transportation Systems 
(Rogan) Project, which 
improves American Disability 
Act (ADA) access along Fair 
Oaks Avenue, implements 
signal synchronization, bus 
prioritization, and advances 
traffic safety technology;

Fremont Avenue and 
Huntington Drive 
Improvement Project, 
which features traffic 
safety improvements as 
well as pedestrian and 
cycling amenities currently 
underway and there will 
be a design workshops for 
community input this Fall.

 The City’s Public 
Works Department 
is continuing current 
projects and commencing 
new improvements. 
For any questions on 
upcoming projects or 
street improvements, 
please contact the Public 
Works Department by 
emailing pwservicerequest@ or call 
(626) 403-7240.

 Tim McDonald, 
Director of Libraries and 
Information Services, 
announced this week that 
Pasadena Public Library 
card holders can now check 
out the new California 
State Library Park Pass 
Backpacks. The California 
State Library Park Pass 
program, which provides 
free state-park vehicle day-
use passes, has expanded 
its program to include 
California State Library 
Park Pass Backpacks.

 These backpacks contain 
binoculars, wildlife and 
nature pocket guides, a 
magnifying glass, compass, 
and more! The California 
State Park Pass Backpacks 
are available at all Pasadena 
Public Library branch 
locations to check out for a 
three-week period. 

 The Parks Pass program, 
a partnership between 
California State Parks and 
the California State Library 
as part of the Outdoor 
Access for All Initiative, 
supports all Californians 
in exploring the outdoors 
and gaining the benefits of 
our parks. To learn more 

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