Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 16, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 16, 2023 

Antigen Tests

Dr. Parveen Kaur Named 
City’s Interim Health Officer

Tim McDonald, Director 
of Libraries and Information 
Services, announced the 
Pasadena Public Library is 
now distributing free at home 
COVID-19 antigen tests. The 
iHealth COVID-19 antigen 
tests are available at all open 
branch libraries while supplies 
last. Each test kit holds two 
tests per box, including 
instructions and all necessary 
testing elements. Tests are 
available on a first-come, 
first-served basis, one test kit 
per person. Supplying the 
community with COVID-19 
antigen tests allows residents 
the oppo11unity to self-test 
and stay better informed. Tests 
kits available at Pasadena’s 
public libraries are provided 
by the Los Angeles County 
Department of Public Health, 
making at home testing more 
convenient and accessible to 
all community members.

 Pasadena Public Library 
is committed to supporting 
our community. For library 
locations and hours visit: 

 Officials announced Tuesday 
that Dr. Parveen Kaur 
(pictured) has been selected to 
serve as backup Health Officer 
and Tuberculosis Physician for 
the City of Pasadena. In the 
role, she will serve as Interim 
Health Officer while Pasadena 
Public Health Director and 
Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying 
Goh extends her participation 
in the Robert Wood Johnson 
Foundation Health Policy 
Fellows Program through 

 Dr. Kaur has served as the 
Tuberculosis Physician for 
the Pasadena Public Health 
Department Tuberculosis 
Chest Clinic since 2021 and is 
currently the backup Health 
Officer for the Department. 
In her role as Interim Health 
Officer, Dr. Kaur will provide 
clinical direction to staff 
working in clinical programs, 
develop and issue public health 
policy and guidance, and 
represent the Department in 
meetings with regional and 
statewide public health officials.

 “Pasadena Public Health 
Department is excited to 
have Dr. Kaur as our Interim 
Health Officer,” said Acting 
Public Health Director Manuel 
Carmona. “Her familiarity 
with Department operations 
and expertise in the field of 
infectious disease prevention 
and control will be valuable as 
we contend with yet another 
COVID-19 uptick in cases and 
other emerging public health 

 Dr. Kaur is an Infectious 
Disease Specialist and possesses 
over 20 years of medical 
experience in infectious disease 
prevention and treatment with 
significant roles in public health, 
notably with the Los Angeles 
County Department of Public 
Health. In her time supporting 
Department operations, Dr. 
Kaur worked closely with Public 
Health Director and Health 
Officer Dr. Goh.

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City Settles Lawsuit with Jerry’s Billiards

 Pasadena city officials 
confirmed this week that a 
settlement had been reached 
with the owner of Crown City 
Billiards (Jerry’s Billiards), that 
includes the business agreeing 
to reduced hours of operation 
and additional commitments 
to address adjacent residential 
neighborhood concerns.

 According to court documents, 
the owner of Jerry’s Billiards 
located at 1312 N. Lake Ave., 
had filed a lawsuit challenging 
the city council’s March 2023 
determination that Jerry’s 
Billiards was required to close at 
10:00 p.m. every day. 

 Last week, in closed session, the 
city council agreed to a settlement 
in which Jerry’s Billiards has 
agreed to implement changes 
including their hours. 

 “The city has obtained 
important protections for 
the community with this 
settlement,” said Pasadena City 
Manager Miguel Márquez. “In 
light of the unique circumstance 
of the city being part-owner of 
the parking lot at Block 5, the 
city will take additional steps to 
enhance security at the premises 
to address the concerns raised by 
neighbors while keeping the area 
welcoming to businesses.”

 Jerry’s Billiards has agreed 
to hours of operation of 11:00 
a.m. to 12:15 a.m. (of the next 
day) on Sundays through 
Thursdays, and from 11:00 a.m. 
to 1:00 a.m. (of the next day) on 
Fridays and Saturdays. As part 
of the settlement, Jerry’s has 
agreed to give up any claimed 
right to operate until 1:00 a.m. 
on weekdays and 1:30 a.m. on 
weekends, or to open earlier 
than 11:00 a.m. on any day. In 
addition, in an effort to help 
address community concerns 
regarding safety and noise, Jerry’s 
has agreed to post a policy on its 
back door prohibiting patrons 
from loitering or making loud 
noise in the parking lot after 
10:00 p.m. on any day. Jerry’s 
has also agreed to keep its back 
door to the parking lot closed 
after 10:00 p.m. on all days of 
the week and to ensure that its 
patrons do not congregate in the 
parking lot area after 10:00 p.m. 
on any day of the week.

 During the September 6 closed 
session, the Council considered 
a motion to rescind approval of 
the settlement, and renegotiate 
settlement terms; that motion 
failed, with three votes in favor 
(Mayor Gordo, Vice Mayor 
Williams, and Councilmember 
Hampton), four votes against 
(Councilmembers Jones, Lyon, 
Madison, and Masuda), and 
Councilmember Rivas absent. 
Following the September 6 
closed session meeting, the City 
signed the settlement agreement. 
This morning, lawyers for Jerry’s 
Billiards notified the court that 
the case has settled.

 “I was disappointed with the 
decision so today I met with 
affected neighbors and I have 
asked Mayor Gordo to work 
with us on solutions that address 
key safety and quality of life 
measures that were not included 
in the settlement. We plan to 
bring these community-driven 
recommendations forward 
and I’m confident that working 
together we can improve 
neighborhood conditions,” said 
Pasadena Vice Mayor Felicia 

Day is 

Sept. 30

South Pas Pet 
Adoption Day

 The South Pasadena 
Community Services 
Department, in partnership 
with Pasadena Humane 
Society, will host a Pet 
Adoption Day.

 The Pet Adoption Day 
event will take place on 
Saturday, October 7, from 
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
at Garfield Park, 1000 
Park Avenue. The Wiggle 
Waggle Wagon is Pasadena 
Humane Society’s 35-foot 
shelter on wheels that 
brings adoptable pets, 
services, and information 
to the community. 
Adoption fees apply based 
on breed and age:

$150 for dogs over 6 

$300 for dogs under 6 

$100 for cats over 6 months;

$150 for cats under 6 
months; and

$5 for critters.

 This event will provide an 
opportunity for our furry 
friends to find their forever 
homes. For additional 
information, please contact 
Lucy Hakobian, Deputy 
Community Services 
Director at (626) 403-7392 
or visit: southpasadenaca.

 The Pasadena Senior Center 
will be hopping with activities 
Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. 
to 2 p.m. during the free, fun 
and informative #AgeWell Day 
for members and nonmembers. 

 There will be something for 
everyone 50 and older at this 
annual event, including latest 
updates on medical marijuana 
and CBD oil, arts and culture 
activities, blood pressure and 
glucose screenings, wellness 
information and resources, 
how to make the most of 
smartphones, movement 
activities such as yoga, chair 
Pilates and low-impact 
line dancing, fitness center 
orientation, brain games to 
improve cognitive health, 
prevention of scams against 
older adults including fraud 
and identity theft, writing 
workshop, live entertainment, 
refreshments and much more. 

 Dr. Laura Mosqueda, 
professor of family medicine 
and geriatrics at USC’s Keck 
School of Medicine, will 
present a keynote address titled 
“How to Age Well.” 

 Studies by the National 
Institutes of Health have shown 
that taking it easy in retirement 
can be quite risky. Often, 
inactivity of the brain and body 
is more to blame than age when 
older adults lose the ability to 
perform normal activities of 
daily living. This can lead to 
diminishing independence, 
more doctor visits, more 
hospitalizations and more 
dependence on prescription 

 “For older adults, this is the 
time of life when new doors 
open and new experiences 
beckon. Staying active as you 
age can work wonders for your 
physical and mental health and 
lead to a longer, more fulfilling 
life with greater independence,” 
said Akila Gibbs, executive 
director at the Pasadena Senior 
Center. “If you’re not as active 
as you’d like to be, it’s never 
too late to begin, and if you’re 
already active and want to add 
some additional variety, now is 
the time.” 

 To register for #AgeWell Day 
or for more information, visit 
org and click on Activities & 
Events, then Special Events 
or call (626) 795-4331. 
Membership with the Pasadena 
Senior Center and residence in 
Pasadena are not required to 

Tournament of Roses 
Selects 2024 Float Judges

The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses officials announced 
the selection of Heather de 
Kok, Judith K. Nakamura and 
Richard Schulhof as judges 
for the 2024 Float Awards 
sponsored by FTD.

 This year’s judges bring unique 
perspectives on parades and 
floral presentations they said. 
An inductee of the American 
Institute of Floral Design, 
Heather is a proud Canadian 
businesswoman and founder 
of the Annual Maple Leaf Cup 
Floral Design Competition 
and has worked as a technical 
advisor at the Interflora World 
Cup of Flowers in 2019 and 
2023. Judith is a retired Chief 
Justice of the New Mexico 
Supreme Court and is current 
President of the Albuquerque 
International Balloon Fiesta, the 
world’s largest hot air balloon 
festival. Richard comes from a 
50-year career in horticulture, 
working as deputy director of 
Harvard University’s Arnold 
Arboretum and recently retired 
as CEO of the Los Angeles 
County Arboretum.

 Each year, three judges grant 
24 float awards based on three 
categories: Float Design, Floral 
Presentation and Entertainment 
Value. The judges are looking for 
creative design and outstanding 
presentation of the theme 
matched with floral artistry and 
artistic excellence.

 The top award is the coveted 
Sweepstakes trophy, which is 
awarded for the most beautiful 
entry, encompassing float 
design, floral presentation and 

 As the award-winning floats 
venture down the parade route, 
they are preceded by banners 
showcasing their award. The 
banners are carried by members 
of the Tournament of Roses, 
Eagle Scout Troops and Gold 
Award Girl Scout Troops.

 On the morning of January 
1, the award-winning floats 
will be announced on the front 
steps of Tournament House by 
the 2024 Tournament of Roses 
President Alex Aghajanian. The 
135th Rose Parade presented by 
Honda will begin at 8:00 AM/
PST and will be broadcast in the 
United States and around the 
world to kick off America’s New 
Year Celebration®.

 FTD is the official floral partner 
of the Tournament of Roses. 

 For complete biographies of the 
Judges visit: tournamentofroses.

PWP Announces The New 
Assistant General Manager 

 Pasadena Water and 
Power announced Monday 
the appointment of Lynne 
Chaimowitz (pictured) as 
the new Assistant General 
Manager (AGM) of Finance and 
Administration. As the AGM 
of finance and administration, 
she will oversee budgeting 
and financial planning, rates, 
risk management, and utility 
accounting and settlements 
related to energy and fuel 

 AGM Chaimowitz was most 
recently with the Mojave Water 
Agency where she served as 
the Chief Financial Officer 
(CFO). Prior to becoming 
CFO, Ms. Chaimowitz served 
as the Budget and Finance 
Supervisor for the City of Ann 
Arbor, Public Services where she 
managed a comprehensive rate 
study and provided leadership 
in financial modeling, financing 
reporting and capital planning. 
Additionally, she is a Certified 
Public Finance Officer 
(CPFO) and has dedicated 
her professional career to 
organizational financial 
excellence with extensive 
experience in water utilities. 
She earned an Environmental 
Program undergraduate 
degree from the University of 
Michigan, and a graduate degree 
in Accounting from Eastern 
Michigan University.

 “Lynne Chaimowitz is the 
experienced leader that 
Pasadena needs. She brings 
strong knowledge and valuable 
experience that will help carry 
out PWP’s critically important 
work,” said PWP General 
Manager Sidney Jackson. “We’re 
excited to have her as part of our 
PWP leadership team.”

 “I look forward to joining PWP 
and continuing the successful 
history of providing reliable 
services to our customers 
at reasonable rates,” said 

 Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) provides electricity to 
more than 65,000 customers 
within Pasadena. PWP 
delivers water to almost 38,000 
households and businesses 
in Pasadena and adjacent 
communities. To learn more 
about AGM Chaimowitz 
and other PWP leaders, visit

Change 101

Implications for Southern 

Saturday, Oct. 14 • 11 a.m. • 
Linda Vista Branch Library

 Our weather is changing 
from last winter’s 
atmospheric rivers to hot 
temperatures and wildfires. 
What is happening and what 
can be done about it? Join 
Daniel Limonadi, Senior 
Flight Systems Engineer at 
JPL as he shares the basic 
theory and observations 
behind climate change. He 
will also delve into the latest 
predictions of what climate 
change may have in store 
for Southern California. 
For more information visit:

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