Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 4, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 4, 2024 

New Online 
& Telephone 

Supervisor Barger Honors 
Local Armenian Leaders

The City of Pasadena 
announced Monday the 
launch of the new online 
and telephone payment 
portals, offering residents 
and businesses a convenient 
option for managing 
accounts receivable/general 
billing, business license 
payments, and health 
permit payments.

 The new payment system 
offers several features to 
facilitate bill payments and/
or renewal of licenses or 
permits. Users can access 
the payment system via the 
following methods:

Online at: Payments.

Telephone Payment 
System: (626) 744-4166 
for Business License (626) 
744-4291 for Accounts 
Receivable / General Billing

This new system will 
provide a more convenient 
avenue for residents and 
businesses to handle their 
financial transactions 
with the City of Pasadena. 
The launch of these new 
systems aligns with our 
commitment to improving 
service accessibility and 
efficiency and reflects 
Pasadena’s ongoing 
efforts to embrace digital 
innovation and enhance 
service delivery to its 

 This new system is not for 
Pasadena Water & Power 
billing or payments.

 For more information 
visit the city’s website at:


 Supervisor Kathryn Barger 
honored three individuals of 
Armenian heritage Tuesday, 
including Nyree Derderian 
from Pasadena, on the final day 
of Armenian History Month in 
Los Angeles County. 

 “Just as we commemorated 
the 109th anniversary of the 
Armenian Genocide this 
month, we must also take 
time to recognize the vibrant 
culture and contributions of 
our fellow Armenian neighbors, 
community members and 
leaders,” said Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger. “We are 
fortunate to have the Armenian 
spirit alive and thriving in Los 
Angeles County.” 

 Those honored included a 
diverse range of individuals in 
background and achievements. 

 Nyree Derderian, a native of 
Pasadena, for nearly 30 years 
has fulfilled pivotal roles on the 
Central Executive Board of the 
Armenian Relief Society. She 
has served as Chairperson and 
Vice Chairperson, overseeing 
humanitarian efforts during 
critical times. In April 2022, she 
visited Artsakh to provide aid to 
victims of the 44-day war and 
initiated a sustainable project 
for the residents of Artsakh. In 
November 2022, she traveled 
to Lebanon to deliver aid to 
those affected by the Lebanon 
blast of August 2020 and the 
ensuing economic crisis. Nyree’s 
commitment includes educating 
and empowering Armenian 
youth through lectures and 
leadership roles in order to 
reach and have an impact on the 
next generation.

 “Supervisor Barger’s 
recognition holds immense 
significance for me,” said Ms. 
Nyree Derderian. “It signifies 
the acknowledgment and 
appreciation of the contributions 
made by American Armenians 
in Los Angeles. This recognition 
validates our efforts and 
achievements being recognized 
beyond our community. It 
serves as a pivotal moment 
that reaffirms the value of work 
and motivates volunteers to 
continue our commitment to 
advancing the Armenian cause 
with hope and resilience within 
the Armenian community.”

 Dr. Vartan Tachjdian is founder 
of the Byblos Babies Center and 
co-founder of the Armenian 
Medical World Congress. His 
life is a testament to compassion 
and dedication to serving 
the needy globally. Born to 
Armenian genocide survivors 
in a Beirut refugee camp, Dr. 
Tachdjian eventually relocated 
to Los Angeles amidst a civil 
war. He learned new languages 
and re-licensed in medicine 
to continue his mission of 
caring for the homeless. As 
medical director of homeless 
programs and a consultant 
for Doctors Without Borders, 
Vartan exemplifies a lifelong 
commitment to humanitarian 

 “I am honored to receive 
this award from Supervisor 
Kathryn Barger, who has been 
a champion for the rights and 
well-being of underserved 
individuals in our community,” 
stated Dr. Vartan Tachjdian. “It’s 
also a delight to be recognized 
by the County of Los Angeles 
where many of my hours have 
been spent on the streets treating 
the homeless and refugees. As a 
child of Armenian Genocide 
orphans, life has come full 
circle with my contributions 
to the Armenian as well as the 
general population. We can all 
improve our society’s well being 
with some work and simple 

 Talin Yacoubian holds key 
positions on the boards of 
the Armenian Assembly of 
America, Armenian American 
Museum and Cultural 
Center, and Armenia Fund. 
Her leadership roles include 
serving as former Chair of 
the AGBU Western District 
Committee and co-chair of the 
Armenian Genocide Centennial 
Commemorative Committee 
in 2015, where she organized 
the historic peaceful march of 
160,000 people in Los Angeles 
on the 100th anniversary 
of the Armenian Genocide. 
With a background in law and 
economics, Talin also teaches 
Legal Writing and Advocacy 
at USC Gould School of Law, 
demonstrating her commitment 
to education and community 
empowerment. Her efforts 
focus on advancing Armenian 
advocacy, strengthening 
Armenia-U.S. relations.

 “I strive to advocate for our 
community and improve 
circumstances to the best of 
my ability,” said Ms. Talin 
Yacoubian. “I am driven by a 
sense of duty not an expectation 
of thanks or accolades. 
However, when recognition 
is so generously and sincerely 
given, it truly warms my heart 
and motivates me even more. 
This recognition has certainly 
raised the bar and reinforced 
my commitment to serving our 

City Announces Free Bike Month Events



 The City of Pasadena’s 
Department of 
Transportation and other 
advocacy organizations are 
asking residents to leave the 
car at home Sunday and see 
the city on two wheels as part 
of National Ride a Bike Day.

 “Ride a Bike Day is a 
reminder that life is better for 
everyone when more people 
ride bikes.” said Day One 
Team Members. “On Ride A 
Bike Day, let’s all ride bikes 
together, wherever we are and 
at our own pace, to take part 
in a collective action and kick 
start making life better for 

 National Ride a Bike Day is 
part of Pasadena Bike Month 
that runs through May 26.

 Organizers said they have 
planned free activities all 
month long for riders of all 
ages and abilities. Helmets 
(required for youth under 
18), bikes in good working 
order, and bike lights (for 
night events) are strongly 

 “The City is pleased to once 
again support Bike Month 
and we encourage Pasadena 
residents and visitors to enjoy 
all that Pasadena has to offer 
while pedaling a bicycle,” 
said Pasadena Department 
of Transportation Director 
Joaquin Siques. “Bike to Work 
Day occurring May 16 is a 
great way to try commuting to 
work by bicycle and we hope 
to see people at our rest-stop 
at City Hall that morning.”

Highlights of Bike Month 
events include but are not 
limited to:

National Bike To School Day 
on Wednesday: Celebrate 
National Bike to School Day 
and ride to school with your 

Bicycle Tour of Pasadena 
African American History: 
The 710 Stub on Saturday, May 
11, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., NAACP 
Pasadena, 595 Lincoln Ave.: 
Join Allen Edson, President 
of the NAACP Pasadena 
branch, as he leads a bike 
tour highlighting the 210 
freeway, the 710 stub, and the 
community displaced by the 

Women of Pasadena Ride 
on Sunday, May 12, 2-4 
p.m., Pasadena City Hall, 
100 Garfield Ave.: Starting 
at Pasadena City Hall explore 
significant sites in women’s 
history, discover the impactful 
Pasadena women who made 
a difference, and support 
women-owned businesses!

Bike to Work Day on 
Thursday, May 16, 7-10 a.m.: 
Visit the Bike to Work Day 
rest-stop at Pasadena City 
Hall to say hello and enjoy 
free refreshments to help fuel 
your ride, pick up some biking 
information, and enjoy other 
free goodies. Remember, 
if you need to travel far, go 
multimodal. Metro buses and 
trains, Metrolink trains, and 
Pasadena Transit buses are 
free for bicyclists on Bike to 
Work Day.

E-bike Expo on Sunday, May 
19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Jefferson 
Park, 1501 E. Villa Street: 
Learn about, see, and test 
ride electric bikes from six 
local bike shops, all in one 
convenient location!

Bike-in movie screening 
of “The Engine Inside” on 
Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-
9:30 p.m., Throop Church, 
300 S. Los Robles Avenue: 
Stories of six everyday people 
from all over the globe who 
reveal the unique power of 
the bicycle to change lives and 
build a better world.

Ice Cream Ride on Sunday, 
May 26, 1-4 p.m., Memorial 
Park - 85 E Holly St.: What’s 
better than riding bikes on a 
beautiful day in May? Riding 
bikes and eating ice cream! 
We’ll visit local purveyors of 
America’s favorite frozen treat 
and sample their offerings.

Additional events include 
Pasadena Public Art Ride, 
Family Bike Safety Ride, and 
The Remnants Ride: Retracing 
the Forgotten Cycleway from 
Pasadena to Los Angeles. 
For a full list of events and 
registration details, visit Bit.

 Pasadena Bike Month is 
organized by the City of 
Pasadena with community 
partners Day One and 
Pasadena Complete Streets 

Rediscover the glee 
and excitement of 
riding a bike. 

Free South 
Library Events

May Walking Book Club

 The South Pasadena 
Public Library will have its 
next Walking Book Club 
meeting on May 8 at 9:00 
AM in front of the library 
at 1100 Oxley St.

 This monthly event 
combines reading with 
outdoor activity, promoting 
a social approach to 
literature. The club meets 
on the second Wednesday 
at 9:00 AM for a 
community stroll, allowing 
adults to discuss the 
chosen book and enjoy the 
company of fellow readers 
in an outdoor setting. Each 
month features a selected 
book for discussion, and 
participants are encouraged 
to come prepared. The 
March book discussion will 
feature Klara and the Sun 
by Kazuo Ishiguro.

All Abilities Club

 Join the South Pasadena 
Public Library for a monthly 
program geared toward 
adults with developmental 
disabilities. During All 
Abilities Club meetings we 
watch movies, make crafts, 
and encourage a welcoming 
and safe environment for 
participants. The Club is 
open to adult members of 
the public and adult family 
members, aides, caretakers, 
and teachers are welcome. 
The Club is intended 
for adult audiences. 
Registration is not required.

The club meets Second 
Friday of the Month from 
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m in the 
Library Community Room, 
1115 El Centro Street.

to Celebrate 

 The City of Pasadena 
Parks, Recreation and 
Community Services 
Department, Senior 
Commission, and Pasadena 
Village will host the City’s 
third annual celebration 
of Older Americans 
Month on Wednesday, 
May 22 from 10 a.m.-1 
p.m. at Victory Park, 2575 
Paloma St. The free event 
will highlight Pasadena’s 
array of resources for older 
adults and offer giveaways, 
food, presentations and 
much more! The event 
will begin with remarks 
from several public 
officials. Registration, more 
information, and a list of 
exhibitors is available here. 

 Older Americans Month 
is celebrated nationwide 
in May and led by the 
Federal Administration for 
Community Living. The 
2024 theme is Powered 
By Connection, which 
recognizes the profound 
impact that meaningful 
relationships and social 
connections have on our 
health and well-being. 

 This event is made 
possible with support from 
Pasadena Village, Home 
Instead-Pasadena, Villa 
Gardens, and others

 For more information call 
(626) 744-7300. 

Film Series: 
Goya in the 

The Norton Simon Museum 
presents Testigo/Witness: Goya 
in the Movies, a series of four 
films that explore Spanish artist 
Francisco de Goya’s unique 
vision of the world. Films.

 Movies in the series include 
Pan’s Labyrinth, directed by 
Guillermo del Toro; Goya: Or 
The Hard Way to Enlightenment, 
directed by Konrad Wolf; 
Goya, Carrière and the Ghost 
of Buñuel, directed by José Luis 
López-Linares; and The Discreet 
Charm of the Bourgeoisie, 
directed by Luis Buñuel. Each 
film will be played Fridays, May 
10, 17, 24, 31 at 4:30 p.m. Each 
begins with an introduction by 
film maker and educator Joe 
Petricca. Screenings are free with 
museum admission. Students 
with ID are always admitted 
for free to the Norton Simon 

 For more information visit: 

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