Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 9, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, March 9, 2024 

Mayor Gordo 
Headed to a 
Second Term

Tournament Names Bands to 
March in 2025 Rose Parade

Pasadena Mayor Victor 
Gordo had a sizeable lead in 
Tuesday’s Primary Election 
and claimed victory with 
81.95 percent of the vote 
against mayoral candidate 
Allen Shay who had 18.05 
percent. At press time 
Friday Gordo had a total of 
17,390 votes to Shay's 3,830 

 In a statement Gordo 
said he was grateful for the 
overwhelming support, 
“Together, we have 
achieved so much and I 
am excited to continue our 
work to enhance the quality 
of life in our city.”

 Gordo was elected to 
represent Pasadena’s 
District 5 on the Pasadena 
City Council in March 
of 2001. He was elected 
Pasadena’s third Citywide-
elected Mayor on 
November 3, 2020. 

 Shay is a well known real 
estate broker, city activist 
and a former member 
of Pasadena’s Northwest 

 The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses Association announced 
Monday the 20 bands that 
will showcase their talents 
in the upcoming 136th Rose 
Parade on January 1, 2025. 
Band visits by Tournament of 
Roses President Ed Morales are 
already underway. Bands have 
begun their fundraising efforts 
to prepare, centered around the 
parade theme, “Best Day Ever!”

 Morales delivered the news 
to each band personally, 
eliciting emotions ranging 
from pure elation to heartfelt 
sentimentality and everything 
in between. Morales’ 
unwavering commitment to 
building personal relationships 
with these talented musicians 
is palpable, as he eagerly 
anticipates the opportunity to 
cheer on each band member 
along their exciting journey 
to the highly anticipated Rose 

 Hailing from diverse corners 
of the world, including 
Denmark, Japan, Mexico and 
Panama, the bands will travel 
to Pasadena to participate in the 
parade, creating unforgettable 
memories as they march down 
Orange Grove and Colorado 
boulevards. In addition to some 
of the parade’s long-standing 
participants, the 2025 Rose 
Parade will welcome new bands 
that are sure to leave their mark 
on parade history.

 Bands are selected by the 
Association’s volunteer 
members, based on a 
variety of criteria including 
musicianship, marching ability, 
and entertainment or special 
interest value.

The 2025 Rose Parade bands are 
listed below, alphabetically.

- 605 All Star Band from Artesia, 
Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian 
Gardens, La Mirada, Lakewood, 
Norwalk, CA

- All Star Marching Band 
Mexico from Puebla, Mexico

- Banda de Música Herberto 
López Colegio José Daniel 
Crespo from Chitré, Herrera, 

- Fresno State Bulldog Marching 
Band from Fresno, CA

- Helsingør Pigegarde (Elsinore 
Girls Marching Band) from 
Hornbaek, Denmark

- Homestead High School 
Mighty Mustang Marching 
Band & Colorguard from 
Cupertino, CA

- Kyoto Tachibana High School 
Green Band from Kyoto, Japan

- LAUSD All District High 
School Honor Band from Los 
Angeles, CA

- Pasadena City College Herald 
Trumpets from Pasadena, CA

- Pasadena City College 
Tournament of Roses Honor 
Band from Pasadena, CA

- Pebble Hills High School 
Spartan Marching Band from El 
Paso, TX

- Rancho Verde Crimson 
Regiment from Moreno Valley, 

- Salesians of Don Bosco 
Southern California High 
School Band from Rosemead, 
Bellflower, Boyle Heights/Los 
Angeles, CA

- Seminole High School 
Warhawk Marching Band from 
Seminole, FL

- The Jackson State University 
“Sonic Boom of the South” from 
Jackson, MS

- The Lincoln-Way Marching 
Band from Frankfort, IL

- The New England Honors 
Marching Band from MA, CT, 

- The Salvation Army 
Tournament of Roses Band 
from Carson, CA

- The University of Wyoming 
“Western Thunder” Marching 
Band from Laramie, WY

- The Woodlands High School 
Marching Band from The 
Woodlands, TX

 Two bands will be added to 
the lineup when the universities 
participating in the 111th 
Rose Bowl Game presented by 
Prudential are determined in 

 For details about the bands 

 Arroyo Seco Restoration Study Revived


 A decades old Ecosystem 
Restoration Feasibility Study 
of the Arroyo Seco is being 
revisited after a new motion 
introduced Tuesday by Los 
Angeles County Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger. 

 “This study is crucial to 
the future of the Arroyo 
Seco and its neighboring 
communities,” Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger said. “Once 
completed, the study’s results 
will be a blueprint that 
guides our County’s efforts 
to both restore the tributary’s 
ecosystem while enhancing 
flood protection to the Los 
Angeles County residents 
who rely on it.”

 Experts from the Los 
Angeles County Flood 
Control District said they are 
ready to move forward with 
the Arroyo Seco Ecosystem 
Restoration Feasibility 
Study, which will identify 
essential improvements to the 
channel, maximize ecosystem 
restoration, and ensure flood 
protection for surrounding 

 The study will focus on the 
nine-mile stretch between 
Devil’s Gate Dam and the 
Arroyo Seco’s confluence 
with the L.A. River. It will 
consider channel and bank 
improvements, as well as 
alternatives for habitat 
restoration and biological 
diversity to reduce flood risk, 
increase local water supplies, 
and protect water quality.

 The Arroyo Seco is a 22-mile 
tributary of the Los Angeles 
River draining an area of 
47 square miles, including 
the Angeles National Forest, 
and portions of the cities 
of La Cañada Flintridge, 
Los Angeles, Pasadena, 
South Pasadena, and the 
unincorporated community 
of Altadena. 

 According to Barger, due to 
the large swaths of publicly-
owned land adjacent to the 
channel, the Arroyo Seco 
offers excellent opportunities 
for multi-benefit projects that 
originate with water capture 
and purification by using 
Measure W funds. That water 
can then be used for a variety 
of purposes, such as cleaning 
aquifers and watering 
surrounding greenery at 
parks and other public spaces. 

 Initiated in 2005, the Los 
Angeles County Flood 
Control District entered 
into agreement with the 
United States Army Corps of 
Engineers (Army Corps) on 
a joint effort for the Arroyo 
Seco Ecosystem Restoration 
Feasibility Study. However, 
the study faced a series of 
logistical hurdles and funding 
challenges. In 2017, due to 
a lack of federal funding, 
the Army Corps ultimately 
halted its work on the study 
and more recently indicated 
that they will not resume this 

 Supervisor Barger’s motion 
terminates the agreement 
with the Corps and empower 
the Los Angeles County 
Flood Control District to 
expedite the implementation 
of the study. A working group 
consisting of cities within 
the Arroyo Seco Watershed 
and the Raymond Basin 
Management Board will 
support the efforts outlined 
within the study.

Gloves Boxing 

Main Library 

 The City of Pasadena 
Parks, Recreation and 
Community Services 
(PRCS) Department is set 
to host the 2024 Southern 
California Golden Gloves 
Boxing Tournament on 
March 15 through March 
17 at the Victory Park 
Recreation Center.

 The California Golden 
Gloves is one of the 
most prestigious boxing 
tournaments in amateur 
boxing that has been 
in existence since 1923. 
This tournament serves 
as a platform to promote 
amateur boxing and for 
amateur boxers to showcase 
their skills. It features 
male and female top-level 
competitors, ages 18 and 
older, from throughout 
Southern California.

 General admission tickets 
are available for purchase 
at the door on tournament 
days only. Admission is $20 
for adults and $10 for ages 
10 and under.

 The City of Pasadena and 
the Villa Parke Boxing 
Program will proudly be 
represented by Fatima 
Martinez, Adriana Nunez, 
Diamond Machabie, 
Antonia Cole and Michael 

 Victory Park Recreation 
Center is located 2575 
Paloma St. The competition 
begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, 
March 15; noon on 
Saturday, March 16; and 
noon on Sunday, March 17.

 For additional tournament 
information, contact 
Christian Camarena at (626) 
744-6531 or chcamarena@

 The City of Pasadena 
invites the public to the 
Central Library Earthquake 
Retrofit and Building 
Repairs Project Community 
Meeting on Wednesday at 
6 p.m. The meeting will be 
held at the La Pintoresca 
Branch Library at 1355 N. 
Raymond Avenue. 

 This is the fourth in a series 
of community meetings 
from Spring 2023 to Spring 
2024. The meeting series 
introduced the team, 
explained the seismic 
earthquake approach, 
updated the schematic 
design, and showcased the 
most current draft design 
and programs. The evening 
program will be led by 
the design team of Gruen 
Associates, with City staff 
from Libraries and Public 
Works available to answer 

 As the city continues 
to move forward with 
community meetings 
and engaging residents, a 
survey is currently being 
conducted to obtain input 
on the future reopening 
of the Central Library. 
Residents are encouraged 
to participate by visiting

 Pasadena City staff will 
provide translation for the 
meeting presentation in 
Armenian, Mandarin, and 

 For more information 
about the Pasadena 
Library Central Library 
Retrofit and Building 
Repairs Project please 
visit the City’s website at 

Police Chief & Library Director 
set for Donut Décor Showdown

Los Angeles Clarinet Choir 

to Perform in South Pasadena

 In a messy, hands-on program at the Pasadena library, Police Chief 
Gene Harris and Library Director Tim McDonald will compete in 
a donut decorating contest along with fifteen other decorators. 

 The showdown is set to take place Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. in 
the Jefferson Branch Library.

 Interested decorators ages12 and over are invited to compete in the 
donut décor showdown. All materials will be provided. To compete, 
register with Tiffany Dueñas at 
Family, friends, and doughnut lovers of all ages are invited to cheer 
on the teams as they create freestanding structures using plain 
donuts, food decorations and basic supplies.

 The Jefferson Branch Library is located 1500 E Villa St, 

Back by popular demand…
the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir 
will perform a concert of Big 
Band Hits from the Golden 
Era, featuring guest jazz 
drummer Bernie Dresel at the 
South Pasadena Public Library 
Community Room on Saturday, 
March 23, at 3:00 p.m. The 
Library has partnered with the 
LACC several times in recent 
years to present very popular 
free concerts. LACC is a group 
of 13 clarinetists performing on 
soprano, sopranino, alto, bass 
and contrabass instruments, 
under the direction of 
conductors Margaret Thornhill 
and Victoria Ramos Dresel.

 The program includes the 
1952 standard, “Bernie’s 
Tune” by Bernie Miller in 
a premiere arrangement by 
James McMillen, “Moonlight 
Serenade” by Glen Miller 
(1944), and “Mambo” from 
the musical Westside Story 
by Leonard Bernstein (1957), 
arranged for clarinets by 
Michael Lowenstern, along 
with works for clarinet choir 
by Sammy Nestico, Masamicz 
Amano, Bernard Hermann, and 
Alexis Ciesla.

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