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Mountain Views News, Combined edition

Combined Edition

Inside this Week:

F. Y. I. :

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side

SM Community Calendar:
SM Calendar of Events

Pasadena – Altadena:

Altadena · So. Pasadena · San Marino:
San Marino Events & Programming

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
All Things

Support Your Local Businesses:

Education & Youth:
Message From PUSD

Best Friends and More:
Christopher Nyerges
Katnip News!
Pet of the Week

The Good Life:
Fitness for Life
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Now That's Rich
Dick Polman
Stuart Tolchin On …
The Funnies

Legal Notices (1):

Legal Notices (2):

Legal Notices (3):

F. Y. I. :

F. Y. I. :

Jeff Brown
Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Rich Johnson
Christopher Nyerges
Michele Silence
Rev. James L. Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


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City and State gridlocked with no solution on big wildlife issue

By Kevin McGuire

The California Department of Fish 
and Wildlife (CDFW) gave a joint 
presentation with City Staff to address 
the continuous surge of bear sightings 
and incidents plaguing Sierra Madre. 
The presentation took place during 
the Tuesday, October 10 City Council 
Meeting before Mayor Edward Garcia, 
the City Council, and an audience 
of concerned residents ready to share 
their thoughts and experiences.

Sierra Madre has made national news 
over bear incidents in recent years, 
with stories of bears in swimming 
pools, ransacking trash cans, eating 
pet food, breaking fences, and even 
breaking into cars to feast on KFC left 
on a seat. In September, a resident on 
South Hermosa Avenue came home to 
find a bear in her kitchen eating honey 
off the floor. It’s an understatement 
to say that the bear situation has residents 
angry and on edge. The City has 
even canceled some outdoor events 
due to the unwanted scavengers. 

After a brief introduction by Kevin 
Thomas, the Deputy Director of Regional 
Operations for the CDFW, 
Makenzie Rich, a biologist and 
human-wildlife conflict specialist, 
gave the presentation outlining the 
CDFW’s goals to work with the city 
to ensure public safety in the community. 
The CDFW started the Human-
Wildlife Conflict Program in 2022 to 
raise awareness of local wildlife, prevent, 
monitor, and respond to conflict, 
and promote community behaviors 
for co-existence.

The CDFW uses tools such as outreach, 
education, site visits, and field 
responses as strategies to tackle human-
wildlife conflict situations. The 
Department uses non-lethal deterrents 
and aversive condition tactics 
and can monitor and track bears using 
telemetry and GPS tech.

The CDFW has been in the community 
recently and safely trapped, tagged, 
and relocated a bear away from neighborhoods. 
But, as many residents will 
tell you, the bears return. Tagging 
and monitoring bears help determine 
behavior and what bears are responsible 
for some of the invasive actions 
in the neighborhoods. 

Conflict Bears

According to the CDFW 2022 Black 
Bear Policy, “a range of types of conflict 
bears creates a range of possible 
management actions.” What is a conflict 
bear? It’s a bear that requires 
action from the CDFW, law enforcement, 
or the public due to its behavior 
and situation. These types include:

• No Harm No Foul- looking
for food, water, not conflict. Bears
usually leave on their own or by
slight scare, such as banging pots
and pans.

• Habituated (General Nuisance) 
– Use to humans, but not
aggressive—access attractants such
as trash cans. Yelling doesn’t usually 
scare the bear. Best to remove
attractants. Don’t leave doors or
windows open when not at home.
Use louder noises, bright lights, and
hoses/sprinklers to deter.

• Depredation- Threatening
and actively destroying property. 
Hazing tactics are no longer effective. 
Lethal permits can be issued 
to a property owner after verified 
property damage has occurred after 
other non-lethal options have 
been exhausted, and all local firearms 
ordinances are followed. The 
property owner is responsible for 
removing the bear if lethal force is 

• Public Safety- Bear is an immediate 
threat to public health and
safety or has physically attacked
someone. Only law enforcement
can determine the immediate
threat. These incidents are rare.
Call local police or 911 if you feel
you or the public is in danger from
a bear encounter. (Cont. Page 3)


The city has signed a contract to line the water main at the 
city’s tunnels facility on Upper Woodland Drive. 

The project was announced during the City Council 
meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, as part of the 
Consent Calendar.

The contract with Performance Pipeline Technologies will 
pave the way to line 326 feet of a 16-inch water main and 
190 feet of a 10-inch main.

 The cost of the project may not exceed $107, 552.00. 
This main distributes natural spring water from the west 
tunnel into the Sierra Madre water system. The water runs 
through a treatment facility located at the base of the Sierra 
Madre Dam. 

Water Superintendent Steven McGee submitted a staff 
report on the subject.

The 190-foot main needs to be relined because the 
corrugated pipe is over 100 years old, and though it is 
structurally sound, there are some leaks at the bottom of 
the piping. The space at the bottom is very confined, and 
working spaces are tight in that area. McGee noted in 
his report that because the pipe was intact, there was no 
reason to replace the whole main and that relining would 
be sufficient. 

The concurrent 326-foot main, which distributes the 
treated water to the Sierra Madre water system, was also 
found to need repairs via re-lining. This is considered 
Phase II of this project. Phase I was installing a new onsite, 
state-of-the-art chlorine generator to produce sodium 
hypochlorite. This new system will replace the current 
chlorine gas system and will be safer than transferring gas 
to the Tunnels facility. The treated water flows down along 
Woodland Drive before entering the water system. Leaks in 
the pipe have been spotted as water enters the encasement 
through the LA County bridge.

The west tunnel can flow between 25 and 300 gallons per 
minute, depending on the rainfall. Relining this main will 
also help reduce the chances of contamination within the 

Performance Pipeline Technologies presented the 
qualifying low bid and uses water-safe, styrene-based, 
thermoset resins to create a flexible liner wet-out in epoxy 
and resin, according to McGee’s report. Performance 
Pipeline completed two previous projects in the city 
efficiently and on schedule, with entirely safe results. 


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