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Mountain View News Saturday, January 27, 

Black History 
Parade on 
February 17

City Fulfills Point-In-Time Homeless Count

Fire Chief Selected Into 
the Fire Service Executive 
Development Institute

 The City of Pasadena 
Department of Housing 
announced that they conducted 
the 2024 Point-In-Time 
Homeless Count on Tuesday 
night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 
the following morning from 6 
a.m. to 8 a.m. 

 “We are grateful to our nearly 200 
volunteers who came together to 
form 41 teams that canvassed the 
city’s entire geography, including 
every library and park,” said 
Dan Davidson, Homeless 
Count Coordinator. “Only with 
their help can we compile this 
critical information that guides 
the City’s strategic planning for 
homeless services.”

 According to Davidson, 
volunteer teams counted and 
surveyed people experiencing 
homelessness across the city’s 
entire geography. The Pasadena 
Police and Fire Departments 
provided critical support 
surveying the city’s parks, 
freeway embankments and 
other hard-to-access locations. 
Additionally, the Pasadena 
Public Health Department, in 
partnership with Huntington 
Hospital, deployed two vaccine 
strike teams throughout the 
count to administer COVID-19 
and flu vaccines, as well as 
distribute Narcan overdose 
reversal kits. The teams received 
more requests for vaccines this 
year as compared to last year. The 
count relies on dynamic survey 
tools and dashboards embedded 
with GIS mapping technology 
which are developed by the city’s 
Department of Information 
Technology they said.

 The count also includes those in 
shelters and transitional housing 
and will conclude this evening 
with a supplementary youth-
specific count, which runs from 
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The results of the 
Homeless Count will be available 
by June 2024.

 The Homeless Count provides a 
“snapshot” of what the homeless 
population looks like on any 
given night.

 Homeless Count data is used 
year-round to inform the 
strategic planning of homeless 
services in the city. For example, 
in recent years, count data has 
shown seniors to be one of the 
fastest-growing groups among 
our homeless population. In 
response, the city has supported 
the development of Heritage 
Square South, a new supportive 
housing building for seniors 
exiting homelessness, which will 
provide homes to 69 seniors this 
spring according to city officials.

 Pasadena was the first city in the 
State of California, and one of 
the first three cities in the nation, 
to conduct a dedicated Homeless 
Count in 1992.

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The International Association 
of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) announced 
Monday that Deputy Fire Chief 
Tim Sell of the Pasadena Fire 
Department has been accepted 
into the Fire Service Executive 
Development Institute (FSEDI). 
Tim competed with new fire 
chiefs and chief officers from 
across the country and Canada 
to become a member of the 2024 
cohort program. Each year, only 
20 students are accepted out of 
the hundreds that apply.

 Tim is a 17 year veteran of the 
fire service. He started his career 
as a firefighter in Pasadena in 
2007 and promoted to Fire 
Captain in 2014, Battalion 
Chief in 2020 then Deputy 
Chief in 2021. Tim has a BS in 
Organizational Leadership from 
Biola University. He is married 
to Jenelle and has two boys, 
Logan and Wyatt.

 This is the twelfth year that the 
Motorola Solutions Foundation 
has provided the IAFC with a 
grant to fund the program.

 The Fire Service Executive 
Development Institute is 
a year-long leadership-
development program. It was 
created and implemented by 
the IAFC to provide new and 
aspiring chiefs with the tools 
they need to have successful 
and productive tenures. The 
members of the cohort will 
meet four times in the coming 
year. One of the meetings will 
take place at the Fire Rescue 
International conference in 
Dallas, Texas. Between onsite 
sessions the cohort group will 
communicate using an online 
community. They will meet for 
their first session at the National 
Conference Center, Leesburg, 
VA. during the week February 
3-9, 2024.

 The IAFC’s Fire Service 
Executive Development 
Program has become the 
premier career and leadership-
development program in the 
fire and rescue services thanks 
to the generous support of the 
Motorola Solutions Foundation. 
Numerous chief officers from 
the previous cohort programs 
have been successful in 
achieving fire chief positions 
and serving as officers in several 
fire service organizations.

The IAFC represents the 
leadership of firefighters 
and emergency responders 
worldwide. IAFC members are 
the world’s leading experts in 
firefighting, emergency medical 
services, terrorism response, 
hazardous materials spills, 
natural disasters, and public 
safety legislation. Since 1973, 
the IAFC has provided a forum 
for its members to exchange 
ideas, develop professionally 
and uncover the latest products 
and services available to first 

 The Motorola Solutions 
Foundation is the charitable and 
philanthropic arm of Motorola 
Solutions. With employees 
located around the globe, 
Motorola Solutions seeks to 
give back to the communities 
where it operates. The company 
achieves this by making 
strategic grants, forging strong 
community partnerships, 
and fostering innovation. 
The Motorola Solutions 
Foundation focuses its funding 
on public safety, disaster 
relief, employee giving and 
education, especially science, 
technology, engineering, 
and math programming. 
For more information 
on Motorola Solutions 
corporate and foundation 
giving, visit: responsibility.

 FSEDI is a program developed 
by the IAFC and funded by a 
grant from Motorola Solutions 
Foundation to provide new and 
aspiring chiefs with the tools 
they need to have a successful 
and productive tenure. After 
individuals complete their 
yearlong program, they remain 
active members of FSEDI as 
part of an alumni.

Michael & Gillian 
White to Serve as 
Grand Marshals

 The City of Pasadena and 
the Black History Planning 
Committee announced 
Tuesday the 42nd annual 
Black History Parade and 
Festival set for Saturday, 
Feb. 17, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. with 
the theme “Past, Present, 
Future: Celebrating the 
Life and Legacy of Jackie 
Robinson.” The parade 
begins at Fair Oaks Avenue 
and Mountain View Street 
and ends at Robinson 
Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks 
Ave. A festival after takes 
place from noon to 4 p.m. 
Pasadena’s Black History 
parade is one of the largest 
and longest-running in 
Southern California.

 Throughout the day’s 
activities, Jackie Robinson’s 
many contributions to the 
Civil Rights Movement and 
the Pasadena community 
will be recognized and 
honored. Danny Bakewell, 
Jr., will serve as the parade 
grand marshal of this 
special and historic event. 
This year’s celebrity grand 
marshals will be Michael Jai 
White and Gillian White, 
both award-winning actors 
who have broken barriers 
and earned accolades both 
on and off screen. Pastor 
William Turner Jr. will 
serve as the community 
grand marshal, with the 
Tournament of Roses 
princesses (Rose Court) as 
the youth grand marshals. 

 Attendees are encouraged 
to arrive early at the parade 
to navigate street closures, 
find parking, and claim 
their favorite viewing spots 
along the parade route. 
Free parking is provided 
on a first-come, first-served 
basis at Calvary Christian 
Methodist Episcopal 
Church, 135 Glorieta St.

 The following streets will 
be closed for the parade and 
festival during the times 
listed below. Motorists 
are advised to use caution 
while driving through the 

• Hammond Street between 
Fair Oaks Avenue and 
Morton Avenue, 7 a.m.-5 

• Morton Avenue between 
Hammond Street and 
Mountain Street, 7 a.m.-5 

• Fair Oaks Avenue 
between Woodbury Road 
and Harriet Street, 7 a.m.-

• Fair Oaks Avenue 
between Mountain Street 
and Woodbury Road, 9 
a.m.-1:30 p.m.

• Mountain Street between 
Raymond Avenue and 
Sunset Street, 9 a.m.-1:30 

 The parade will be 
recorded and will air live 
on both KPAS, Pasadena’s 
government TV station, 
and Arroyo, the city’s 
community access channel. 

of more information about 
the parade and festival or 
call (626) 744-7300.

Senior Center 
Discussion & 
Museum Tour

 A Zoom discussion presented 
by the Pasadena Senior Center 
on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. 
will explore new dimensions of 
abstract art featuring the works 
of seven contemporary artists. 

 This Cultural Thursday 
event with the title “Shaping 
Gravity: Abstract Art Beyond 
the Picture Plane” will feature 
an interactive exhibition at 
Forest Lawn Museum that 
challenges notions of what 
abstraction can be. The artists 
are all connected by their ties 
to Southern California and 
bring unique aesthetic and 
philosophic approaches to 

 The virtual tour will 
be conducted by James 
Fishburne, director of the 
museum. Fishburne earned his 
Ph.D. in Italian Renaissance 
Art History in 2014 at UCLA 
and has taught courses at 
UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, 
Pierce College and Valley 
College. He became director 
of the Forest Lawn Museum in 
2018 and has curated several 
popular exhibits there. He has 
conducted virtual museum 
tours for Pasadena Senior 
Center audiences since 2021. 

 Registration is free for 
members of the Pasadena 
Senior Center and only $5 
for nonmembers 50 and 
older. To register or for 
more information visit: and 
click on Activities & Events, 
then Special Events or call 
626-795-4331. Residency 
in Pasadena is not required. 
Everyone who registers will 
receive an email link to the 
Zoom presentation. 

 The Pasadena Senior Center’s 
mission is to improve the lives 
of older adults through caring 
service with opportunities 
for social interaction, fitness 
programs, basic support and 
needs services, education, 
volunteerism and community 
activism. With 10,000 
Americans per day becoming 
older adults, the center is 
a leader in addressing the 
issues of aging and provides 
innovative, cutting-edge 
and nationally recognized 
programs for this population 

Tournament Foundation Now 
Accepting Grant Applications

The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Foundation is now 
accepting applications for its 
2024 grant program. Since 
its inception in 1983, the 
Foundation has invested 
over $5.5 million to more 
than 700 Pasadena-area 
organizations. The grant 
awards in 2023 totaled nearly 
$240,000, which funded 24 
organizations in the San 
Gabriel Valley.

 The 2023 grants supported 
new and ongoing programs 
benefiting children, teens, 
adults and seniors. From 
non-profit organizations 
offering animal therapy to 
children with special needs, 
to organizations providing 
STEAM and technical skills 
to underserved students 
and sports recreation for 
individuals who have visual 

 The 2024 grant cycle will be 
structured as follows – Tier 
1: one single-year grant for 
$35,000, Tier 2: one single-
year grant for $20,000 and 
Tier 3: multiple single-year 
grants, up to $10,000 – grant 
recipients at Tier 3 are eligible 
for three years of consecutive 
funding. The Foundation 
will also require applicants 
to include information on 
how their program will be 

 Eligible applicants are 
organizations with 501(c)(3) 
status, as of the submission 
deadline, February 22, that 
serves one or more of the 
following communities: 
Alhambra, Altadena, Arcadia, 
La Cañada Flintridge, 
Monrovia, Pasadena, San 
Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra 
Madre, South Pasadena, and 
Temple City. As in previous 
years, grants will be given in 
the categories of Visual and 
Performing Arts, Sports and 
Recreation, and Education 
(Early Childhood Education, 
Literacy and Science, 
Technology, Engineering and 
Math) programs.

 To apply for the 2024 grant 
cycle, eligible organizations 
should visit the Tournament 
of Roses Foundation page:
foundation/. The website will 
direct users to a welcome 
page with instructions on 
how to begin the application 

 Applications will be accepted 
from now through February 
22, at 5 p.m. The Foundation’s 
Board of Directors will make 
the final grant selections at its 
annual spring meeting, and 
applicants will be notified of 
their funding status via email 
in April 2024 and early May, 
with a tentative reception to 
be held on Wednesday, May 

Pasadena Comic Convention 
and Toy Show Set for Sunday

 Pasadena Comic Convention and Toy Show “Comic Con” is set to 
feature all things related to comic books, toys, and collectibles this 
Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center – including a Cosplay 
Contest at 4 p.m.

 Guests are encouraged to dress up as superheroes, anime 
characters, figures from movies, and TV or anything that can you 
can dream up. 

 Organizers said events goers can expect a day full of panels 
discussions and autograph signings featuring artists, writers and 
voice actors such as cast members from “The Cuphead Show,” 
Butch Patrick of “The Munsters,” and Van Partible, the creator of 
the cartoon “Johnny Bravo” among others. 

 General Admission starts at $15.00 in advance or $20.00 at the 

 The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 the Pasadena Convention Center is located 300 E Green St.

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