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

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Mountain View News Saturday, December 23, 2023 

Closures & 

Jordin Sparks To Close Out Rose Parade

City Creates New Rent 
Stabilization Department 


The City of Pasadena announced 
Tuesday the creation of the new 
Rent Stabilization Department 
and the appointment of an 
interim Executive Director. 
In collaboration with the 
Pasadena Rental Housing 
Board, the City has appointed 
Phillip Leclair as the Interim 
Executive Director of the 
newly established department. 
Leclair will be responsible 
for laying the foundation for 
the department’s success, 
overseeing key tasks such as 
supporting the Pasadena Rental 
Housing Board in executing 
adopted policies, implementing 
and managing the rental 
registry, hiring and managing 
support staff, establishing 
operational procedures and 
policies, developing office space 
and infrastructure, enhancing 
community engagement and 
communication efforts, and 
contributing to the recruitment 
of a permanent Executive 

 Leclair brings extensive 
experience to this role, 
including twelve years of proven 
leadership and management 
skills at the City of Pasadena 
Department of Information 
Technology. He has a successful 
track record and has established 
internal relationships 
within the City, facilitating 
a smooth integration of the 
new department, including 
an esteemed track record of 
working in coordination with 
the City Council. He recently 
demonstrated his ability to 
navigate complex situations and 
managing diverse teams as the 
Acting Assistant City Manager 
in 2022.

 “I am confident that Phillip’s 
leadership and expertise will 
be instrumental in establishing 
a successful Rent Stabilization 
Department,” said City Manager 
Miguel Márquez. “His interim 
assignment will be crucial in 
laying the groundwork for 
the department’s continued 

 Phillip’s leadership experience 
will be invaluable in ensuring 
the Rental Stabilization 
Department functions 
effectively and fairly,” said Ryan 
Bell, Chair of the Pasadena 
Rental Housing Board. “His 
clear communication and 
collaborative approach will 
be key to building trust and 
understanding for everyone 

 The Rent Stabilization 
Department was created in 
collaboration with the Pasadena 
Rental Housing Board to 
implement and administer 
a voter-initiated Charter 
Amendment (Measure H) 
rent stabilization program. 
The program aims to provide 
stability and predictability for 
both tenants and landlords in 
the City’s rental housing market.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded 
that City Hall and most 
City services will be closed 
for the Christmas and New 
Year’s holidays, Monday 
and Monday, Jan. 1. Specific 
closures, exceptions and 
reminders are noted below.

 Pasadena residents and 
businesses with any power 
emergencies on Dec. 25 and 
Jan. 1 should call Pasadena’s 
Water and Power (PWP) 
Department at (626) 744-
4673. For water-related 
emergencies, call (626) 
744-4138. Customers can 
access their accounts and 
make payments through the 
automated phone system at 
(626) 744-4005 or online at

 The City’s Citizen Service 
Center (CSC) will also be 
closed Monday and Monday, 
Jan. 1. You can contact the 
CSC via the web or mobile 
app, or by calling (626) 744-
7311. Requests submitted 
over the weekends will 
be monitored. City trash 
collection will have a one-
day delay of trash collection 
during both Christmas and 
New Year’s week.

 Residents can drop off their 
Christmas trees Tuesday 
through Tuesday, Jan. 2, for 
recycling at Eaton Blanche 
Park (3100 E. Del Mar Blvd.) 
or Robinson Park (1081 N. 
Fair Oaks Ave.) between the 
hours of 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. 
Please remove all stands, 
ornaments and lights prior to 
drop-off. Curbside Christmas 
tree pickup will take place Jan. 
2 through Jan. 16 on residents’ 
regular pickup day.

 Pasadena Transit and 
Pasadena Dial-A-Ride will not 
operate on Christmas Day or 
New Year’s Day.

 All parking meters are free 
and parking time limits will 
not be enforced on Christmas 
Day and New Year’s Day. Also, 
overnight parking restrictions 
will not be enforced from 
today through Jan. 3, and 
will resume at 2 a.m. on Jan. 
4. Violations for red curb/
no parking zones, driveway 
blocks and blocking fire 
hydrants will continue to be 
issued at all times.

 All Pasadena Public Library 
branch sites will close today 
at 5 p.m. and will reopen on 
Tuesday. Library branches will 
again close on Saturday, Dec. 
30, at 5 p.m., and will reopen 
on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

 The City’s Permit Center 
will be closed Monday and 
Monday, Jan 1.

 All parks will be open for 
picnics, fun and play; however, 
no site reservations are being 
accepted for the holidays.

 You can help reduce the 
spread of common respiratory 
illnesses by wearing a 
well-fitted mask, covering 
your coughs and sneezes, 
staying home and testing for 
COVID-19 when sick, and 
staying up to date on flu and 
COVID-19 vaccines. For 
vaccine information, contact 
your health care provider.

 Pasadena Fire and Police 
Departments will continue 
to be staffed for all patrol, 
jail, fire, paramedic and 
other emergency services. 
Always call 9-1-1 for life-
threatening emergencies. 
For non-emergencies, call 
(626) 744-4241. If you “See 
Something, Say Something.” 
Report suspicious activity to 
Pasadena Police Department 
at (626) 744-4241.

Stay connected to the City 
of Pasadena online at:


 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses joined The Mansion 
Entertainment Group in 
announcing Tuesday the Grand 
Finale of the 135th Rose Parade, 
the vibrant, unstoppable force 
that is Jordin Sparks (pictured), 
winner of American Idol’s sixth 

 As the presenting sponsor of 
the Grand Finale, their historic 
family entertainment venue, 
The Mansion Theatre For The 
Performing Arts in Branson, 
Missouri, will be showcased 
on an unforgettable floral float. 
From the soaring circular ceiling 
and magnificent regal staircase 
in the grand lobby to the three 
iconic horses welcoming you to 
the venue.

 According to officials, 
Jordin Sparks is a GRAMMY 
nominated, multi-platinum 
singer/songwriter and actress. 
Cumulatively, Sparks’ popular 
singles have sold over 10 million 
digital tracks in the U.S. Sparks 
is also a gifted songwriter. 
Arianna Grande’s smash single, 
“The Way,” was co-written by 
Sparks and earned her a B.M.I. 
songwriting award. She has 
toured with superstars Britney 
Spears, Alicia Keys, The Jonas 
Brothers, New Kids on The 
Block, and the Backstreet Boys 
and headlined her own tour.

 Sparks has garnered two 
B.E.T. Awards, one American 
Music Award, and one People’s 
Choice Award, and has been 
nominated for two MTV Awards 
and a Grammy. She made her 
Broadway debut starring in Lin-
Manuel Miranda’s Broadway 
smash, In the Heights, and made 
her film debut playing the lead 
role in the Sony Pictures film 
Sparkle, opposite the legendary 
Whitney Houston. Jordin’s 
positive body image, message, 
and success have impacted 
people worldwide. She considers 
philanthropy an integral part of 
her life and was recently profiled 
by CNN Heroes and Dress for 
Success for her charity work.

 Sparks released two previous 
albums in 2020. “Sounds Like 
Me,” and her first-ever Christmas 
album, “Cider & Hennessy.” She 
received a Dove, Billboard and 
Grammy nomination in 2023 
for her #1 single with For King & 
Country, LOVE ME LIKE I AM, 
and released the single, CALL 
MY NAME along with her latest 
single, Candy Cane Lane.

 With its theme, “Celebrating a 
World of Music,” the 2024 Rose 
Parade is set to bring us together 
through music. In a world of 
different cultures, beliefs, hopes, 
and dreams, one language unites 
us all — music. The sound, 
texture, rhythm, form, harmony, 
and expression meld together to 
move, soothe, excite and delight 
the world.

 Join them on January 1 to 
experience the floats, bands and 
equestrians as they parade down 
Colorado Blvd. To ring in the 
new year.

 For more information visit:

PWP Town 
Hall Virtual 

Tournament of Roses to 
Livestream Rose Parade

 The community is invited to 
join Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) for a Water Town Hall 
virtual community meeting on 
Thursday, January 18 from 6-8 
p.m. on Zoom.

 Learn about your water: 
where it comes from, what it 
takes to deliver it, how costs 
are recovered, and how we 
ensure sustainable and reliable 
delivery of safe, high-quality 
water services into the future. 
Assistant General Managers 
Lynne Chaimowitz, Finance 
and Administration, and Stacie 
Takeguchi, Water, will lead 
a presentation followed by 
questions and answers.

 Residential and commercial 
customers are invited to attend 
the meeting, ask questions, 
and join the discussion. For 
accessibility information, or 
to request an accommodation, 
please contact (626) 744-7311 
Providing at least 72 hours 
advance notice will help ensure 

 For Virtual Meeting Credentials 

 To join by telephone, dial 
(669) 444-9171, and use the 
code 886 6696 1478 when 

 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 in 
the San Gabriel Valley. As a 
community-owned utility, 
PWP is a not-for-profit public 
service owned and operated 
by the City of Pasadena for the 
benefit of its customers and the 
community. Its priorities are 
reliability, responsiveness to 
customers, reasonable rates and 
environmental stewardship.

 As the 135th Rose Parade 
“Celebrates a World of 
Music,” the Tournament of 
Roses announced that they 
are inviting people from 
around the world to join the 
celebration via their first-
ever livestream, which will be 
carried, in its entirety, by four 
streaming services, including 
Fubo TV, Christmas Plus, 
Pluto TV and LocalNow. 

 The two-hour extravaganza, 
which will feature stunning 
floral floats, high-stepping 
equestrian units and spirited 
marching bands, will be 
hosted by Jericka Duncan of 
CBS Weekend News, actress 
Gabrielle Elyse and TikTok 
sensation Pressley Hosbach.

 While the Parade will 
continue to be broadcast 
live nationwide on linear 
television via ABC, The 
Cowboy Channel, The 
Cowgirl Channel, Great 
American Family, KTLA, 
NBC, RFD-TV and 
Univision, the new livestream 
will not only allow more 
people to access the show, 
but also will feature each of 
the 85 Parade units that will 
journey down the 5.5 mile 
Parade route.

 Since its inception in 1890, 
the Rose Parade has been 
a dazzling showcase of 
creativity, symbolism and 
spectacular storytelling 
that is sure to be embraced 
by millions of streetside, 
broadcast and streaming 
viewers from across the 
country and around the 

 Join them on January 1, 
2024, beginning at 8 a.m. 
PST, to experience the 
awe and wonder of the 
floats, marching bands and 
equestrian units of the 135th 
Rose Parade presented by 
Honda. The stream will be 
available through January 14. 

South Pasadena Library 
to Launch a Seed Library

The South Pasadena Public 
Library announced Thursday 
a date for their grand opening 
of an innovative Seed Library, 
made possible by the Sustainable 
California grant from the 
California State Library. 
This initiative is part of the 
Library’s ongoing commitment 
to community engagement, 
sustainable living, and a love 
for gardening, as part of the 
2024 Sowing South Pasadena 
programs. This project is 
supported in whole or in part 
by the U.S. Institute of Museum 
and Library Services under 
the provisions of the Library 
Services and Technology Act, 
administered in California by 
the State Librarian.

 To celebrate this exciting 
launch, the Library invites the 
public to join the Kickoff Party 
on January 20 from noon to 
2:00 p.m. at the South Pasadena 
Public Library Community 
Room located at 1115 El Centro 

 The Seed Library is a unique 
community resource that allows 
individuals to borrow various 
fruit, vegetable, herb, and flower 
seeds. This project promotes 
biodiversity and encourages 
residents to connect with their 
local environment. The Library 
provides an opportunity for 
seasoned gardeners and novices 
alike to share their love for plants 
and contribute to the growth of a 
green and vibrant community.

 The Kickoff Party will feature a 
Seed Swap, hosted by the South 
Pasadena Community Garden, 
where attendees can bring their 
favorite seeds to exchange with 
fellow gardeners, promoting 
diversity and expanding 
the variety of plants in the 
community. An all-ages craft 
activity will engage participants 
in a fun and educational 
experience, emphasizing the 
importance of sustainability 
and environmental awareness. 
Additionally, a plant swap hosted 
by South Pasadena Beautiful will 
allow attendees to bring their 
own plants or plant cuttings to 
exchange with others. 

 The South Pasadena Public 
Library is located at 1100 Oxley 
Street. Visit the Library website 
for information about services 
and programs. The Library is 
open Monday, Friday, Saturday 
10:00 am–6:00 pm, Tuesday, 
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am 
-8:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm–
5:00 pm.

 Kickoff Party set for 
January 20 

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