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Sierra Madre:
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SM Community Calendar:
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Pasadena – Altadena:

Local City News:
Arcadia Police Blotter

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
L.A. Covid-19 Update

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Education & Youth:

Best Friends:
Christopher Nyerges
Pet of the Week
SGV Humane Society

The Good Life:
Family Matters
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Opinion / Legals:
Peter Funt
Dick Polman
Stuart Tolchin On …
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Section B:
The Declaration (document image)

Celebrate Freedom:
The Declaration (transcribed text)

We the People:
Our Constitution: Synopsis

Our Constitution:
Articles I & II

Our Constitution:
Articles II to VII, Amendments I to XIV

Our Constitution:
Amendments XIV to XXVII

V O T E ! :

Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

Recent Issues:
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Issue 27
Issue 26
Issue 25
Issue 24
Issue 23
Issue 22
Issue 21
Issue 20
Issue 19
Issue 18

MVNews Archive:  Page 1

MVNews this week:  Page 1


VOLUME 14 NO. 29 

 SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020 

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If you are trying to sell your home, there’s no doubt one of 
the things you’ve heard most frequently is the importance 
of decluttering. Not only will decluttering help you sell your 
home faster, there is a good chance you’ll be able to sell 
for a higher price, as well! To get started, use these easy to 
follow decluttering tips and tricks. 
We ARE Busy 
Recently Sold 
The Bedroom The Kitchen 
Make your bedroom more 
appealing by neutralizing the 
wall color, using bedding that 
matches, and removing any 
personal items. Using gender 
neutral colors allows you to 
immediately cast a wider net 
for your buyers, speeding up 
the sale. 
If your kitchen cabinets are out 
of date, consider staining or 
painting them and adding some 
modern hardware instead of 
making any major replacements. 
Remove any appliances or 
knick-knacks cluttering the 
countertop—your kitchen 
will immediately look more 
The Living Room The Bathrooms 
Remove or put away any clutter 
in your living room or common 
spaces. Once this is done, use 
natural light to your benefit 
by opening window shades 
and blinds to make your room 
appear more airy and spacious. 
In bathrooms, consider packing 
up any products or medications 
that aren’t regularly used, and 
find a new home for jewelry or 
extra toiletry items. Remove 
any stains from tile and grout, 
and make sure all plumbing is in 
good working order. 
The Closet The Garage 
Potential home buyers will 
be checking out your closets, 
so make sure they are not 
too full, or you run the risk of 
buyers thinking they won’t have 
enough storage space. 
Clear out any clutter and make 
sure everything is put away in 
its place. Try hanging larger 
items on walls to open up the 
floor space. Remove any bins 
or items to be donated, making 
your space appear larger. 
Selling Your Home? 
Declutter First! 
Listed at $818,000 
162 E Sierra Madre Blvd – represented the seller 
1115 Cordova – represented the buyer 
451 Camillo – represented the seller 
690 Oak Crest Dr - represented the buyer 
381 Mariposa Ave #B – represented the seller 
118 East Laurel Ave #C – represented the seller 
60 Rancho Rd – represented the buyer 
Listed at $379,000 
3 Beds | 2 Baths | 1,152 sf 2 Beds | 1 Bath | 832 sf 


Three other candidates have also pulled nomination papers for 
the seat that includes the City of Sierra Madre. 

School Enrollment and Distance Learning expert Crystal Czubernat has 
officially filed a Candidate Intention Statement with the City of Pasadena City 
Clerk for election to the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education. 
Facing potential challenges from Priscilla Hernandez, Tina Fredericks and 
Milena Albert, Czubenot says, “I am the best qualified and most experienced 
candidate to help guide the PUSD through the big changes in teaching 
practices and the use of technology the PUSD now faces.” 

The District 6 seat, 
previously held by, 
Educator Larry Torres, 
also of Sierra Madre, was 
created when the district 
changed from ‘at large’ 
representation to ‘district 
representation. Torres 
announced his decision 
not to run for another 
term earlier this year. 
The election to fill that 
seat, as well as the seats 
for Districts 2 and 4 will 
be on the November 3, 
2020 ballot. 

Czubernat has spent 
nearly twenty years 
working in education, 
both as a credentialed 
teacher and then as 
a School Enrollment 
and Distance Learning 
Expert. She was a pioneer in working to establish online learning at multiple 
public high schools serving students who have fallen behind in school or were 
looking to get ahead and graduate early, or simply desired what was then a 
non-traditional learning environment. 

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, two Master’s Degrees 
(Curriculum and Instruction and Counseling) and is completing requirements 
for a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. 

Crystal and her wife Candice and have twins who attend PUSD’s Sierra Madre 
Elementary. For more informataion go to: 

S. Hendersn/MVNews 


When most people think of Southern California, the first things 
that come to mind are the plentiful sandy beaches, the endless blue 
skies, and the warm summer days that seem to stretch on throughout 
the entire year. (See full Story on Page 3) 

SEATS By Kevin McGuire 

Sierra Madre City Council adopted an ordinance reducing the 
number of seats on commissions from seven to five in a unanimous 
vote during their regular meeting Tuesday, July 14, 2020. 

Citing difficulties in recruitment, the City will reduce seats on the 
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Commission as well 
as the Planning Commission, Senior Community Commission, 
and Community Commission. 

In addition to the lack of recruitment, commissions have also had 
attendance problems which led to several meeting cancelations. 
Over the last 18 months, for example, the Community 
Commission has cancelled seven meetings due to lack of quorum. 

Vacant seats are not required to be filled by Sierra Madre residents, 
or those who work in the city. Despite that, seats are still hard to 
fill with usually anywhere from zero to one or two applicants tops 
to fill positions. Three applicants are currently required for each 
seat, a number that will drop to two required applicants with the 
passing of this ordinance. 

Sierra Madre currently has more commissions, total commission 
seats and longer terms 

compared to most neighboring cities, according to a presentation 
given by Administrative Analyst Jennifer Peterson. Though some 
cities do have seven-seat commissions. 

Both Council Members and members of the community 
showed concern over the timing of the seat reduction ordinance 
during a pandemic. Some discussion focused on the Planning 
Commission who are currently involved in several projects, 
including construction plans at the Monastery. The Planning 
Commission currently has six seats filled for this year, and some 
current members have expressed the need to fill seven seats. But, 
when all was said and done, City Council voted unanimously on 
seat reduction and agreed to revisit this issue again in May 2021. 
At that time, they can re-evaluate and see if seats need to be added 
back to certain commissions. (continued on page 3) 


On July 14, 2020, at about 0517 hours, a commercial burglary occurred 
at 4 N. Baldwin Ave. Valero Gas Station. The above suspect 
used a broken piece of concrete to shatter the glass on the front 
door. The suspect ransacked the inside and took several items, 
including the cash register. The suspect fled on foot eastbound on 
Sierra Madre Blvd. The suspect was described as a Male, middle 
eastern descent, with a goatee, wearing a black hoodie, with the 
word “California” on both sleeves. Please forward any information 
regarding this case or similar cases to Det. So at 
626-355-1414 or email:

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