Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, September 23, 2023

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Mountain View News Saturday, September 23, 2023 

Four Arrested 
in Theft Ring

Pasadena Man Charged with Son's Murder

Rose Bowl Game Tickets 
are Now Available Online

Pasadena police released 
more information recently, 
including the names of a 
Pasadena father, and his son, 
who investigators said he 
shot during a fight earlier this 

 According to investigators 
on September 9, at around 
1:15 p.m., officers from the 
Pasadena Police responded 
to a shooting at an apartment 
complex located in the 1100 
block of Summit Avenue. 
Upon arrival, officers 
discovered 35-year-old 
Hakim Wright, a Pasadena 
resident, who had been shot 
inside an apartment. Hakim 
Wright had sustained a fatal 
shooting injury and was 
pronounced deceased at the 

 Police said the suspect was 
identified as 65-year-old 
Marvin Wright of Pasadena. 
Marvin Wright was located 
outside of the apartment 
complex and was detained 
without incident. Detectives 
from the Pasadena Police 
Department’s Robbery/
Homicide Unit responded to 
the crime scene to commence 
immediate follow-up 
investigation. Detectives 
executed a search warrant 
and recovered a total of three 
firearms they said.

 On September 12, the Los 
Angeles County District 
Attorney’s Office filed a felony 
complaint against Marvin 
Wright for the murder of 
his son. Marvin Wright was 
charged with one count of 
murder and one count of 
a felon in possession of a 
firearm. Marvin Wright’s bail 
was set at $3,000,000. 

 He is due to appear in 
Pasadena Superior Court on 
Nov. 2.

 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).


The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses announced that tickets 
for the College Football Playoff 
Semifinal at the Rose Bowl 
Game presented by Prudential 
went on sale Friday.

 Tickets are available online via 
Ticketmaster, giving fans the 
opportunity to secure tickets 
for The Granddaddy of Them 
All. The Playoff Semifinal at 
the Rose Bowl Game presented 
by Prudential will take place 
Monday, January 1, 2024, at 
1 p.m. PT at the Rose Bowl 

 This year’s Rose Bowl Game 
presented by Prudential will 
serve as a CFP Semifinal and 
will host two of the top teams 
in the country. The game will 
feature the No. 1 CFP-ranked 
team vs. the No. 4 CFP-ranked 
team or the No. 2 CFP-ranked 
team vs. the No. 3 CFP-ranked 
team. The official team selection 
will be announced on ESPN on 
Sunday, December 3.

 A maximum of four tickets 
per person are available during 
the Rose Bowl Game ticket pre-
sale. Individual ticket prices 
start at $225 plus Ticketmaster 
handling fees. 

 In addition to the Ticketmaster 
pre-sale, official ticket and 
hospitality packages are now 
available through On Location, 
the Hospitality and Corporate 
Travel Package Provider for the 
Rose Bowl Game presented by 
Prudential. All package offerings 
through On Location include 
official Rose Bowl Game tickets 
and can be catered to include 
reserved Rose Parade tickets, 
pre-game hospitality at the 
Official Rose Bowl Touchdown 
Village, meet and greets with 
NCAA Legends, and more. For 
full details on package options 
and to secure your experience 
today, visit:

 For more information about 
the Playoff Semifinal at the 
Rose Bowl Game presented 
by Prudential visit www. 

 Pasadena police arrested 
four suspects caught in the 
act of steeling high value 
items earlier this month at 
Macy’s in what investigators 
believe to be an organized 
retail theft ring.

 According to police, on 
September 8, members 
of the Pasadena Police 
Department Detective 
Section conducted an 
operation aimed at 
combating organized retail 
theft and vehicle burglaries. 
The primary focus of 
the program included 
businesses within the South 
Lake Shopping District.

 As the program neared 
its conclusion, detectives 
directed their attention 
towards Macy’s, located 
at 401 S. Lake Avenue. 
Inside the store, Detectives 
closely monitored four 
individuals who were 
methodically choosing 
high value clothing items. 
The individuals then 
proceeded to conceal the 
items while hiding behind 
their associates. Ultimately, 
the individuals left the 
store without making any 
attempt to pay for the stolen 

 Detectives made an initial 
effort to apprehend the 
suspects, but they managed 
to evade capture on foot. 
Following a short chase, law 
enforcement successfully 
apprehended three of 
the suspects. However, a 
fourth suspect attempted 
to escape by using a vehicle 
and drove directly toward 
an officer who was in a 
black-and-white police 
unit. The suspect narrowly 
avoided colliding with the 
officer’s vehicle. To stop the 
suspect’s attempt to flee, 
one of the officers employed 
an intervention technique. 
Despite the suspect’s efforts 
to accelerate away, another 
officer successfully disabled 
the suspect’s vehicle, 
leading to the apprehension 
of the fourth suspect. 

 No officers or suspects 
sustained any injuries 
during this incident.

 On September 11, the Los 
Angeles County District 
Attorney’s Office filed a 
felony complaint against 
each suspect involved. Each 
was charged with one count 
of Grand Theft. Detectives 
are actively investigating 
the suspects’ involvement 
in other thefts within the 
vicinity. Detectives have 
been able to connect the 
suspects with thefts that 
have occurred across 
Los Angeles and Orange 
counties, as well as Clark 

 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).

Día De Los 
Muertos Art 

Pasadena Playhouse Family 
Play Day and Street Party

Tournament Celebrates 

Extra Yard for Teachers

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses announced Friday 
the fourth annual Día de los 
Muertos art competition, a 
celebration of art, in partnership 
with the Consulate General 
of Mexico in Los Angeles, 
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 
Pasadena Police Foundation 
and Rose Hills Memorial Park 
& Mortuary.

 Winners of this year’s regional 
competition will be awarded 
scholarships and gift cards in 
three age categories: 4-8, 9-13 
and 14-18.

 A tradition in Mexico and 
Central America that goes back 
more than 3,000 years, Día 
de los Muertos is an annual 
holiday that is now celebrated 
around the world. A celebration 
of life and death, the holiday 
spans two-days, during which it 
is believed that the spirit world 
and the real world become 
one, even if only for a moment. 
When it comes to traditions, 
festivities and flowers – we get 
the appeal. As an organization 
that’s all about a rose, the 
Pasadena Tournament of Roses 
can appreciate that the marigold 
holds such a prestigious place in 
this celebration.

 To enter, students must be 
between the ages of 4 and 
18. Masterpieces can take 
any shape or form, as long 
as it celebrates, reflects and 
honors the traditions of Día 
de los Muertos. We encourage 
students to consider the 
following art categories:

 Paintings & Drawings - Create 
an art piece featuring marigolds, 
monarch butterflies or other 
representations of the holiday.

Calavera – Make and decorate a 
sugar skull.

Ofrendas – Build or construct 
an altar.

Catrina – Paint a face with 
traditional Día de los Muertos 

Digital Art/Graphic Design – 
Use technology and graphic 
design to bring your art to life.

Other visual arts – Get 
creative in some other form, 
including sculptures or making 
a traditional Día de Muertos 

 To view examples of 
submissions from the 2022 Día 
de los Muertos art competition 
or for submission details visit:


 Following in the tradition 
of their highly successful 
Playhouse Block Parties in 
2018 and 2019, Pasadena 
Playhouse announce their 
first ever Playhouse Family 
Play Day on Saturday, October 
21. Playhouse Family Play 
Day is a street party full of 
free entertainment and fun 
events tailored to people of all 
ages in the community and 
will include arts and crafts 
stations, face painters, balloon 
animal artists, food trucks, 
and more up and down El 
Molino! Pasadena Playhouse 
will also be featuring 
children’s musicians, dance, 
and circus acts for a day 
that is sure to entertain the 
young (and young at heart). 
Featured activities and 
performers at Playhouse 
Family Play Daywill include 
headliner Rachel Bloom 
(Trolls, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, 
Reboot) with performances 
by Books and Cookies, 
Pasadena Conservatory’s 
Young Musicians, Dallys 
Newton Circus Performer, 
DrumatiX Dance and 
Creative Percussion, and 
more. Additional community 
partners include The Family 
Room and Bümo. For a 
full list of programming 
and schedule, visit

 Danny Feldman, Producing 
Artistic Director of Pasadena 
Playhouse says, “After one 
of our biggest seasons ever, 
we’re delighted to begin a 
new journey with a major 
expansion of our programs 
for youth and families. Our 
first ever Family Play Day will 
kick it all off in our signature 
Playhouse style.” 

 The Playhouse Family 
Play Day is the kickoff 
event for the Playhouse’s 
largest expansion to date: a 
commitment to providing 
access to productions, classes 
and workshops specifically 
created for youth and family 
audiences. The Playhouse 
was founded on community-
based work, education and 
professional training, and 
world-class productions for 
everyone. This return to youth 
and family programming 
will include fully produced, 
professional productions for 
families, classes, camps, and 
more. The specifics of the 
2023-2024 youth and family 
programming activities 
will be announced at the 
Playhouse Family Play Day 
on October 21 at 1 p.m.

 Pasadena Playhouse, the 
official State Theater of 
California and recipient of 
the 2023 Regional Theatre 
Tony Award, is one of the 
most prolific theaters in 
the country. The Playhouse 
has staged thousands of 
original productions since its 
founding in 1917 including 
premieres of works by 
Tennessee Williams, Eugene 
O’Neill, Suzan Lori Parks 
and hundreds more. For 
decades, its pioneering 
School for Theater Arts 
was a training ground for 
actors and theatermakers 
who went on to make 
significant contributions to 
the entertainment industry. 
Under the leadership of 
Producing Artistic Director 
Danny Feldman since 
2016, Pasadena Playhouse’s 
productions and community 
programs are centered on 
its founding idea of being a 
living force in its community, 
making theater for everyone.

 For more information on these 
events and all productions 
at Pasadena Playhouse visit

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses, along with the 
College Football Playoff (CFP) 
Foundation, celebrated the Big 
Day for Teachers on Tuesday, 
September 19, by honoring John 
Muir High School librarian and 
aquatics director Micol Issa with 
a $1,000 DonorsChoose gift card 
to use toward student resources. 
The Big Day for Teachers is a 
part of the CFP Foundation’s 
Extra Yard for Teachers Week, 
which celebrates educators 
across the country.

 Issa serves as the librarian, 
aquatics director and boys’ and 
girls’ water polo head coach 
at John Muir High School in 
Pasadena, Calif. Muir won its 
first-ever Boys’ CIF Water Polo 
Championship in its first year 
back as a varsity sport, earning 
Issa CIF Division 6 Coach of the 

 A graduate of Oberlin College, 
Issa has lived in Ohio, France, 
and began her teaching career 
in 2010 in Haiti. She is fluent in 
three languages and is trained 
in Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian 
martial art and dance. Issa 
began teaching in the Pasadena 
Unified School District in 2016 
and joined the staff at John Muir 
in the fall of 2020. 

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses President Alex 
Aghajanian presented Issa with 
the DonorsChoose gift card in a 
surprise visit to John Muir High 

 “We couldn’t be more thrilled 
to celebrate Ms. Issa as a part 
of CFP Extra Yard for Teachers 
Week and the Big Day for 
Teachers,” said Aghajanian. 
“It’s great to see an educator 
so passionate about literacy 
and athletics. We are proud to 
support amazing teachers like 
Ms. Issa through our work with 
the CFP Foundation.”

 The CFP Foundation’s Extra 
Yard for Teachers Week is a 
nine-day nationwide celebration 
from September 15-23 that 
honors and recognizes great 
teachers. Throughout the week, 
the college football community, 
including universities, 
conferences, bowl games and 
ESPN, goes out of its way to let 
teachers know they are valued 
and respected. 

 The College Football Playoff 
(CFP) Foundation is the 501(c)3 
non-profit organization serving 
as the community engagement 
arm of the College Football 
Playoff and works in partnership 
with institutions of higher 
education, sports organizations, 
corporations and non-profits to 
support educators and improve 
student outcomes. The purpose 
of the CFP Foundation lies in 
supporting PK-12 education 
by elevating the teaching 
profession. To learn more, visit and follow 
Extra Yard for Teachers (@
CFPExtraYard) on social media.

 Recognizes John Muir 
High School Librarian 
Micol Issa in Big Day for 
Teachers Celebration, 
Issa will receive a $1,000 
DonorsChoose gift card

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