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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 5, 2014 

City Issues 
Placards For 

Large Oak in City Hall 
Courtyard to be Cut Down

City officials confirmed this 
week that they have compiled a 
list of trees throughout the city, 
either dead, dying or hazardous 
to be removed including a 
large Oak tree in the southwest 
corner of the courtyard at city 

 “Although it saddens us to 
remove this tree, the interior 
Oak tree’s death is a result of 
excessive moisture in the root 
zone and has been determined 
to be 85 percent dead by 
a certified arborists,” City 
Manager Michael Beck said. 
“This tree will be replaced 
with a 72-inch box interior 
Oak tree, which is significantly 
larger than the city’s typical 
replacement tree.”

 According to Siobhan Foster, 
Director of Public Works, 
the city hall tree removal is 
expected in the next few weeks. 
The removal is also included on 
the City Master Tree Removal 

 Other trees to be removed on 
an emergency basis, include 
trees on East Colorado Blvd, 
North Arroyo Blvd. South 
Mentor Ave, South Los Robles, 
Lincoln Ave and North San 
Gabriel Blvd. Reason vary from 
dead or rotting to termites, 
cracking and splitting.

 Residents can call the Parks 
and Natural Resources Division 
at (626) 744-7311 to learn more 
about the city tree maintenance 
and planting efforts or to report 
a problem with the urban forest.

 58 other trees citywide also 
set for possible removal.

Restaurants and other type 
food facilities throughout 
Pasadena started Tuesday 
being issued inspection 
placards required for public 
display by the City’s Public 
Health Department—the new 
placards indicate a facility’s 
status of Pass, Conditional 
Pass or Closed at the time of 
an inspection. 

 According to city officials, 
along with Pass or Conditional 
Pass the placecards have 
numeric scores displayed. 
Placards showing a Closed 
status means an inspection 
revealed there was an 
imminent health hazard that 
required closure or that the 
permit was suspended due 
to non-compliance. Closed 
placards will indicate the 
reason for closure instead of a 
numerical score. 

 All placards also include a 
special “QR” code that can be 
scanned with a smart phone 
app for additional information 
linked to a new inspection 
database on the City’s website.

 Permanent food facilities 
to receive the new placards 
include restaurants, markets, 
bakeries, bars, school 
cafeterias, commissaries and 
retail food processing facilities. 

 Initial inspections, resulting 
in scores of 85 to 100, receive 
a Pass placard. Conditional 
Pass placards with scores of 
75 to 84 means minimal code 
compliance was achieved and 
a follow-up inspection must be 
done. Conditional Pass scores 
of 74 and below mean minimal 
compliance also was achieved, 
but violations that were found 
require a mandatory Permit 
Suspension Hearing plus a 
follow-up inspection. 

 The Health Department’s 
mandatory inspections are 
required per the California 
Health and Safety Code 
officials said.

2015 Grand Marshal Zamperini Dies


 Tournament of Roses officials 
said Thursday that they are 
committed to honoring Louis 
Zamperini as Grand Marshal 
of the 2015 parade after it was 
announced, by the family, that 
Zamperini had passed away 
Wednesday at the age of 97.

 The 1936 Olympian runner, 
World War II prisoner of war, 
and subject of the best-selling 
biography by Laura Hillenbrand, 
“Unbroken,” Zamperini died 
after a 40-day long battle with 
pneumonia. He was chosen in 
May as the 126th Rose Parade 
Grand Marshal.

 “Louis Zamperini was and will 
continue to be the embodiment 
of the 2015 Tournament of Roses 
theme ’Inspiring Stories,’ said 
Tournament of Roses President, 
Richard Chinen. “As we mourn 
the passing of a member of the 
Tournament of Roses family, 
one who was moved to be asked 
to serve as Grand Marshal, 
we are honored to shine the 
light on one who truly lived 
a life of unconditional love, 
courageous perseverance and 
patient endurance. He shared 
with us that his faith in God 
was his inspiration to be content 
in plenty and in want. At this 
time, we pray that Louis’ family 
and friends may find strength 
knowing that that the story of 
Louis’ journey will inspire the 

 Qualifying to run in the 1936 
Olympics in Berlin, Zamperini 
was America’s top finisher in 
the 5000 meter run, running 
the final lap in 56 seconds and 
causing Adolf Hitler to request a 
personal meeting with the track 

 During World War II, Zamperini 
retired from running and joined 
the U.S. Armed Forces as a 
bombardier in the South Pacific. 
While on a reconnaissance 
mission, Zamperini’s aircraft 
crashed into the Pacific Ocean. 
He and a crewmate survived 
for 47 days in shark-infested 
waters eventually drifting into 
a Japanese-controlled region 
where he was held and tortured 
for another two years. He 
survived the brutality of the 
war and came back to Southern 
California where he was treated 
like a hero and celebrated for his 
longevity. Zamperini married, 
had a family and started on 
a quest of forgiveness as an 
inspirational speaker – meeting 
with and forgiving the Japanese 
military guards who tortured 

 “It is such an honor to be the 
Grand Marshal of the 126th 
Rose Parade,” Zamperini said in 
May. “Growing up in Torrance, 
the parade route on Colorado 
Boulevard is one I have been 
familiar with my whole life.”

 In December, Universal 
Pictures will release the movie, 
“Unbroken,” a feature adaptation 
of the book.

 "At this time, we pray 
that Louis’ family and 
friends may find strength 
knowing that that the story 
of Louis’ journey will inspire 
the world." 

— Richard Chinen, Tournament 
of Roses President. 

Society to 
Hold Free 
Pet Adoption 

City Hall Courtyard

An Afternoon Event with 
F. Scott Fitzgerald 

 The Pasadena Humane 
Society is teaming up with 
Assemblymembers Chris 
Holden (D-Pasadena), Ed 
Chau (D-Monterey Park), 
and Mike Gatto (D-Los 
Angeles) to host the biggest 
free pet adoption event of 
the year in the San Gabriel 

 On Tuesday, the Pasadena 
Humane Society will open 
its doors for a community 
adoption event to find 
loving homes for cats, dogs, 
rabbits, and birds.

 Pet Adoption Day is the 
collaborative effort of the 
three Assembly Districts, 
which cover much of the 
San Gabriel Valley, and the 
Pasadena Humane Society, 
which contracts animal 
care services to Arcadia, 
Bradbury, Glendale, 
La Cañada Flintridge, 
Monrovia, Pasadena, San 
Marino, Sierra Madre, and 
South Pasadena.

 The event is open to any 
person looking for the 
perfect furry or feathered 
friend and is not limited 
to those living within 
the Pasadena Humane 
Society’s service area or 
Assemblymembers’ district 


 Step back into the Roaring 
Twenties once again and join 
us for an afternoon with F. Scott 
Fitzgerald on Saturday, July 12 
from 2 to 5 p.m. at Pasadena 
Public Library’s Central Library, 
285 E. Walnut St. Refreshments 
served at 2 p.m. followed by the 
performance and Q & A from 3 
to 5 p.m.

 Dress in period costume; 
enjoy lemonade and cookies 
followed by an extraordinary 
performance by actor/writer 
Larry Vanderveen as legendary 
novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. 
Vanderveen will explore the 
life and times of the man who 
penned such classic American 
novels as The Great Gatsby 
and This Side of Paradise. 
From his troubled relationship 
with devoted wife Zelda to his 
later romance with Hollywood 
gossip writer Sheilah Graham 
and his complex friendship 
with acclaimed author Ernest 
Hemingway, this rich and 
textured exploration of 
Fitzgerald’s eventful life allows 
literature fans the unique 
opportunity to look into the 
mind of the man responsible for 
some of the greatest literature of 
the 20th Century.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 
on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby 
Stores, Inc. and Conestoga 
Wood Specialties v. Burwell, 
determining Monday that 
some corporations with 
religious objections may deny 
its employees contraception 
coverage guaranteed to them 
under the Affordable Care Act 
(ACA). Both Hobby Lobby and 
Conestoga Wood Specialties 
claim that the contraception 
benefit provision violates the 
religious beliefs of their owners. 
Pasadena Congresswoman Judy 
Chu released the following 

 “The Court’s ruling is both 
disappointing and out of touch 
with reality,” said Chu. “With 
99 percent of women using 
contraception at some point in 
their lives, contraception has 
become essential health care. 
However, a panel of five men 
decided that a corporation’s 
interests come before a woman’s 
health care needs.”

 According to the Department 
of Health and Human 
Services, 47 million women 
would have guaranteed 
access to preventative health 
care coverage with no cost-
sharing once the ACA is fully 
implemented. It is estimated 
that women saved $483 million 
last year alone due to this 

 “Having control over one’s 
personal health decisions allow 
women to participate equally in 
society and in the workplace,” 
Rep. Chu continued. “While 
today’s decision may make it 
more difficult for some women 
to access birth control, we must 
continue fighting to ensure 
that all women have access to 
affordable contraception.”

 On January 28, 2014, Rep. Chu 
and 90 other House Democrats 
filed an amicus brief in support 
of the government’s case against 
Hobby Lobby.

on Decision 
to Limit 

Local Author to tell 

‘The Disneyland Story’

Pet of the 

War 50th 


 Pasadena Public Library’s 
Allendale Branch presents 
author, historian, urban 
planner with a not –
unhealthy obsession for 
theme parks, Sam Gennawey 
who will discuss his book, 
The Disneyland Story, a 
scrupulously researched 
chronology of the creation 
and operation of Disneyland 
on Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m. 
at Allendale Branch Library, 
1130 S. Marengo Ave. 

 Gennawey’s comprehensive 
and entertaining book 
recounts how the world’s first 
theme park was conceived, 
nurtured, and grew into a 
source of joy and inspiration 
for generations of visitors, 
and it is layered with 
important context, including 
key personalities, and 
contemporary historical and 
cultural issues. Q & A and a 
book signing will follow.

 For more information, 
contact Jean Penn, jpenn@ or (626) 

The Unofficial Guide 
To The Evolution Of Walt 
Disney’s Dream

 Saigon native, poet and author 
Teresa Mei Chuc will speak 
about the 50th anniversary of 
the Vietnam War, her family’s 
experience immigrating to the 
U.S. and read from her book, 
Red Thread on Thursday, July 
17, 7 p.m. at Pasadena Public 
Library’s Central Library, 285 
E. Walnut St. 

 Chuc was born in Saigon, 
Vietnam, shortly after the 
war that bombed her people 
and her homeland. She and 
her family survived, although 
her parents were separated 
for a long time. Chuc, her 
brother, and their mother 
escaped Vietnam in a ship 
crowded with hungry, sick, 
and frightened immigrants. 
Under political asylum, they 
settled in California, where 
eventually they were reunited 
with her father, who had spent 
nine years in a Vietcong “re-
education” camp.

 Nominated for a Pushcart 
Prize for “Truth is Black 
Rubber,” a section of poems 
from Red Thread, Chuc is a 
graduate of the Masters in 
Fine Arts in Creative Writing 
program at Goddard College 
in Plainfield, Vermont, and 
teaches literature and writing 
at a public school. Her poems 
appear in journals including 
EarthSpeak Magazine, 
National Poetry Review, 
Rattle, and Verse Daily. 

 Freya is a two-year-old 
Lynx Point Siamese cat with 
stunning blue eyes. She’s 
very friendly, enjoys head 
rubs and is affectionate. 

 Freya’s adoption fee is $70, 
which includes her spay 
surgery, a microchip, the first 
set of vaccinations, as well 
as a free follow-up health 
check at a participating vet. 
New adopters will receive 
complimentary health and 
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information on how to care 
for your pet. 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A359026, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11-4 
Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday –
Friday, 9-4 Saturday. Pets 
may not be available for 
adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
from phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

Learn How to Produce 
Your Own TV Show

 New Citizen Journalism 
training starts Wednesday 
nights, learn how to report 
news using social media 

 With the opening of the new 
Pasadena Media studios at 150 
S. Los Robles Ave, they are 
offering free television-training 
programs for producers. Plan 
to attend an orientation to 
discover the right classes for 
you. Producers’ Training 
teaches how to produce shows 
for The Arroyo Channel. Studio 
Production/Equipment training 
is also offered to volunteer 
crewmembers. In addition, 
on-going training will soon be 
available in citizen journalism 
and digital film groups. Call the 
office (626) 794-8585 or go to 
explore what Pasadena Media 
has to offer.

Revealing Saturn lectures: 
Cassini’s Tenth Year

 Cassini’s findings have 
revolutionized our 
understanding of Saturn, its 
complex rings, the amazing 
assortment of moons and the 
planet’s dynamic magnetic 
environment. The robotic 
spacecraft arrived in 2004 after 
a 7-year flight from Earth, 
dropped a parachuted probe 
to study the atmosphere and 
surface of Saturn’s big moon 
Titan, and begn making an array 
of discoveries that continue 
today. Icy jets shoot from the 
tiny moon Enceladus; Titan’s 
hydrocarbon lakes and seas 
are dominated by liquid ethane 
and methane; and complex 
pre-biotic chemicals form in 
the atmosphere and rain to the 
surface. Cassini’s findings at 
Saturn have also fundamentally 
altered many of our concepts of 
how planets form around stars. 
Cassini Project Scientist Linda 
Spilker will present highlights 
from 10 years of Cassini’s 
studies at Saturn.

 The von Kármán Auditorium 
at JPL is 4800 Oak Grove Drive 
Pasadena, CA and the Vosloh 
Forum at Pasadena City College 
is 1570 East Colorado Blvd. 
Pasadena, CA.

 For more information visit jpl.

 Free lectures on July 
17 at JPL and July 18 at 
Pasadena City College 
both start at 7 p.m.

Class Offerings 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Nightly

Orientation and Tour

Monday July 7 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lighting Basics

Tuesday July 8 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Producers’ Training

Wednesday July 9 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Citizen Journalism Training

Wednesday July 9 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Introduction to Field Production Training

Wednesday July 9 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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