Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 23, 2024

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Mountain View News SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2024 

Egg Bowl 

is Back

Sierra Madre Median to get Enhancements

Barger Honors R-lene Mijares 
de Lang as Woman of the Year

The City of Pasadena Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department and 
the Rose Bowl Stadium 
jointly announced Pasadena’s 
popular Egg Bowl, the egg 
hunt and spring festival set for 
Saturday, March 30, from 11 
a.m. to 3 p.m.

 Egg hunts for kids up to 
12 years old will begin at 11 
a.m., with two additional 
egg hunts scheduled at 12:30 
p.m. and 2 p.m. Limited 
tickets for the FREE egg 
hunts will be available at 
Online registration is open 
for Pasadena residents and for 
non-residents. Every-BUNNY 
counts, so please be sure to 
register all members in your 

 If you are interested in 
attending a VIP experience, 
you can purchase tickets to 
the Bunny Brunch through 
Eventbrite. Space is limited, so 
hop on and reserve your seats.

 After the egg hunt, head over 
to the spring festival in Area 
H featuring FREE family-
friendly activities, games, 
youth performances, arts and 
crafts, inflatable games, food 
for purchase, and more!

 Free rides to and from the 
Egg Bowl will be offered on 
Pasadena Transit Route 51 
buses all day. Route 51 will 
run every 22 minutes between 
7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and will be 
increased to every 11 minutes 
between 10:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m. 
The route travels between Old 
Pasadena & Memorial Park 
Gold Line Station along Fair 
Oaks Ave. to the Rose Bowl. 
The Rose Bowl Stadium is 
a 5-minute walk from the 
nearest Pasadena Transit bus 
stop. View the route map and 
schedule at PasadenaTransit.
net. Riders will also be entered 
in a raffle to win great prizes! 
Free parking is available in Lot 
F. The Egg Bowl is sponsored 
by the City of Pasadena, Parks, 
Recreation and Community 
Services Department and 
the Rose Bowl Stadium. 
Additional event sponsors 
include Pasadena Transit, 
Pasadena Media, Pasadena 
Management Association and 
Sri Lanka Foundation.

Pasadena residents got a first 
look Thursday night at a city plan 
to re-imagine the medians that 
bisect Sierra Madre Boulevard 
in East Pasadena that included 
enhance water quality and urban 

 According to the city’s 
Stormwater Program 
Administrator Dawn Petschauer 
the project has two distinct 
components. The first phase, 
the “Sierra Madre Median 
Enhancements” focuses on the 
medians that run Sierra Madre 
Boulevard, extending west from 
Michillinda Avenue on the city’s 
border to East Washington 
Boulevard, east of Hastings 
Ranch and below Kinneloa 
Mesa. The enhancements aim to 
intercept dry weather flows from 
the Sierra Madre, New York 
and Michillinda Avenue storm 
drains and surface runoff to 
improve water quality through 
urban enhancement and green 

 “Some of the things we are 
thinking about are large planters, 
maybe with some fake plants, 
something that is beautiful 
but that we don’t need to think 
about watering,” Petschauer said. 
“that’s also where the dry rock 
beds come in. It can seem boring 
but it gives the vison of a river 
bed and keeps the dust down.” 

 She said the dry rock beds can 
hold water.

 Petschauer said that they are 
at the very beginning of the 
projects and construction would 
not start until next year, “as early 
as January 2025.”

 She also said construction 
would be the smallest part, 
construction will be, maybe, six 
months and would stay in the 
medians out of traffic.

 Funding is not yet known and 
would depend on what ideas and 
priorities come out of Thursday’s 
meeting. The final designs could 
go before the city council for 
discussion in fall. 

 She also said they are talking 
with the Tournament of Roses. 
The first phase of the project is 
the staging area each year, after 
the Rose Parade, for the float 

 The second phase, the “Sierra 
Madre Master Plan” focuses on 
additional medians along Sierra 
Madre Boulevard, which is the 
Rose Parade route, extending to 
the 210 Freeway. 

 “The Tournament of Roses is 
elevated and will be part of the 
design process and one of the 
first to review it,” she said. 

 Petschauer said they are also 
looking at replacing the rotating 
public art at New York Dr. with 
something that honors the 
origins of the Red Car system 
that dates back to 1895. The 
medians are the original route 
and tracks until the early 1960s.

 East Pasadena District 4 
Councilmember Gene Masuda 
said he had the Sierra Madre 
median a priority and was always 
concerned with its upkeep.

 Petschauer said the city would 
hold another community 
outreach event in summer and 
again in fall. 

 For more information visit:

 Los Angeles County 
Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
Tuesday honored R-lene 
Mijares de Lang, co-owner 
and executive officer of 
Pasadena’s iconic Mijares 
Mexican Restaurant, as 
Fifth District Woman of 
the Year at the Los Angeles 
County Board of Supervisors 

 “Each year in March, 
we celebrate and honor 
women’s achievements and 
leadership,” said Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger. “R-lene is an 
outstanding role model who 
deserves to be recognized. She 
is a Latina business woman, 
community leader, and 
philanthropist. R-lene has 
dedicated her professional 
life to working and serving 
people in the Pasadena area. 
She continues to spearhead 
a restaurant that was opened 
more than 100 years ago by 
her grandmother Jesucita 
Mijares. R-Lene is someone 
who will continue to make 
a difference in Pasadena and 
the surrounding community 
for years to come.” 

 Supervisor Barger presented 
Ms. Mijares de Lang with a 
scroll during the recognition 
ceremony in the Board 
Hearing Room at the Hahn 
Hall of Administration. 

 “I appreciate this wonderful 
honor,” said R-lene Mijares 
de Lang. “I stand on the 
shoulders of powerful women 
who started our family 
restaurant, including my 
grandmother who is now in 
heaven, and my mother who 
is 92 years old and can still 
be found in our restaurant 
on Sundays. It takes family 
and a strong community to 
make way for strong women 
leaders. Leaders, in turn, 
have a responsibility to give 
back to their communities. I 
look forward to continuing 
to contribute to my 
community and helping the 
next generation of women 
leaders rise.” 

 Mijares Mexican Restaurant 
has the distinction of 
being the oldest Mexican 
restaurant in Los Angeles 
County, turning 104 years 
old this year. It is also the 
oldest Mexican restaurant in 
the City of Pasadena and is 
the oldest operating Mexican 
restaurant in the State of 
California. The restaurant 
was started in 1920 by 
Jesucita Mijares, R-lene’s 

 For more background 
information about Mijares 
de Lang visit: kathrynbarger.

Victim Dies

 Pasadena police are asking for 
the public’s help find a suspect 
afer a local area man died 
earlier this month from what 
detectives are saying may have 
been due to a physical assault. 
No suspect description or 
other information, including a 
motive was given. 

 According to police, on 
March 8 at 10:57 p.m., officers 
from the Pasadena Police 
Department responded to a 
multi-unit residential building 
located in the 100 block 
of North Catalina Avenue 
regarding a medical call 
involving a male not breathing. 

 Pasadena Fire Department 
paramedics were first to arrive 
at the scene and immediately 
initiated lifesaving measures. 
The victim was identified as 
35-year-old Desmond Terence 
Murrell, an Azusa resident, 
was pronounced deceased at 
the scene. 

 During the preliminary 
investigation, it was discovered 
the adult male was physically 
assaulted prior to experiencing 
his medical emergency. 

 Detectives from the Pasadena 
Police Department’s Robbery 
/ Homicide Unit (RHU) 
responded to the crime scene 
to commence immediate 
follow-up investigation. 
RHU is actively conducting 
follow-up investigation on 
the homicide. The motive 
is still unknown. 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) 
222TIPS (8477), or by using 
the website: lacrimestoppers.

 Nobody is too old to learn 
something new. Enjoyment 
and fulfillment should extend 
throughout every person’s life 
to ensure healthy aging. The 
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. 
Holly St., offers dozens of classes 
for members ranging from 
dance, exercise/fitness, hobbies/
special interests and technology.

 As the April 5 registration 
deadline approaches, members 
and nonmembers of the 
Pasadena Senior Center can 
sample the most popular 
offerings for free by attending 
30-minute mini-class sessions, 
meeting the instructors and 
learning more about the courses. 

 Known as Class Tasting, 
samplings of 13 of the 37 
courses will take place Monday, 
April 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 
p.m., and Tuesday, April 2, from 
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Most samplings 
will be onsite at the Pasadena 
Senior Center and one will be 
online via Zoom. Everyone who 
registers for the sample class via 
Zoom will receive an email link 
to the Class Tasting. 

Monday, April 1

· 9:30 a.m. – Strength Training 
via Zoom

· 10 a.m. – Strength Training in 
the Fitness Center

· 12 p.m. – The Art and Joy of 
Sewing in the East Conference 

· 12:30 p.m. – Beginning 
Computer Class in the 
Computer Lab

· 1 p.m. – Ballroom Dancing in 
the Dance Studio

· 1:30 p.m. – Ballroom Line 
Dancing in the Dance Studio

· 2:30 p.m. – “Let Us Play” 
Improv in the East Conference 

Tuesday, April 2

· 9 a.m. – Yoga in the Pavilion

· 9:30 a.m. – Beginner French in 
the Community Room

· 11 a.m. – Qigong and Tai Chi 
in the East Pavilion 

· 1 p.m. – Step to the Beat 
Aerobics in the Dance Studio

· 1:30 p.m. – Spanish Reading for 
Beginners in the Community 

· 2 p.m. – Strength Training in 
the Fitness Center

 To register for Class Tastings, 
and click on Lectures & Classes, 
then Class Tasting or call 626-

 The regular spring course 
schedule will be offered 
beginning April 8 and will 
continue through mid- June. 
Most classes are once a week 
and some are twice a week. After 
sampling classes for free April 1 
and 2, register for courses at the 
center’s Welcome Desk no later 
than April 5. 

 While Class Tastings/
Sample Classes are available to 
nonmembers of the Pasadena 
Senior Center, April 8 to mid 
June courses are available to 
members only. For membership 
information, visit the website 
and click on Membership.

 Most courses range from $45 
to $75. Scholarships for low-
income members are available 
on a limited basis. Ask for 
scholarship information and 
applications at the Welcome 
Desk or call 626-795-4331. 

Sample Senior 
Center Spring 
Free Courses

Oil Filter Exchange Event

 Pasadena city officials are 
reminding residents to bring 
your used oil filter to North 
Lake Auto Zone March 30 
from 9 a..m. to 1 p.m. and get 
a free new oil filter, limited 
to two (2) per person per 
household. Free oil recycling 
kits will also be provided 
to attendees. Residents are 
encouraged to bring their 
used oil to the events as 
well. Oil filter exchange 
events help protect the 
environment by promoting 
proper recycling of used oil 
and oil filters and are made 
possible by a grant from the 
California Department of 
Resources Recycling and 
Recovery (CalRecycle). 

Auto Zone is located 550 N 
Lake Ave.

 If you would like your 
used oil picked up directly 
from your home, please 
schedule an appointment by 
contacting the Pasadena City 
Service Center at (626) 744-

 View a list of certified 
oil and oil filter collection 
centers located in Pasadena 
of for more information visit:

San Marino 
District Project 

 Join the City of San 
Marino for the Mission 
Beautification Project 
Community Meeting on 
Tuesday, April 2, from 6:00 
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the 
San Marino Community 

 The City of San Marino 
seeks your input to enhance 
the visual charm of the 
Mission Business District. 
Contribute to meaningful 
beautification efforts, 
collaborate with fellow 
community members, and 
help shape the district’s 
future. Your expertise 
is crucial in this pivotal 
session where insights will 
shape the cityscape. 

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