Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 1, 2020

MVNews this week:  Page 15



Mountain View News Saturday, August 1, 2020 

Well, we've made it to another Birthday! (Of just about). Since 
2006, I have been publishing a weekly newspaper in the San 
Gabriel Valley specifically covering the cities of Sierra Madre, 
Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Pasadena, and also South Pasadena, 
Altadena and San Marino. It was August 4, 2007 however, 
when the first edition of the Mountain Views Observer 
(now know as the Mountain Views News)was published! My 
how time flies! That is a total of 698 CONSECUTIVE weeks; 
approximately 12,564 pages; more than 7 million print readership! 
Our website traffic exceeded 4 million page reads in 
2019 alon! I am pretty proud of what we have accomplished 
over the last 14 years, despite huge economic challenges, such 
as the 20% tarrif on newsprint that comes from China and has 
adversely impacted print media in the United States or California's 
AB5 which is another threat to newspapers statewide, 
we survived.

And then.....2020 and COVID-19 happened! To date, we are 
still alive and moving forward. We are proceeding cautiously 
and are committed to continue providing you with accurate 
information about your community. 

In March, when we reached out to you for help we expected 
that by May at the very least the Emergency would be over. 
We could not have imagined in our wildest dreams that in 
August the crisis would still be with us. As indicated in the 
beginning, the Mountain Views News has survived primarily 
on the paper's ability to publish legal notices and the support 
of our advertisers many of whom are also impacted by 
the COVID19 virus. However, that has all changed. We were 
informed mid-March that the County of Los Angeles closed 
all public access to buildings that process legal notices. Such 
action, while absolutely necessary means that the income generated 
from the publication of the Fictitious Business notices 
came to an abrupt halt and that has not changed. Without the 
ability to publish those legal notices, continued publication of 
the Mountain Views News remains in jeopardy.

With your help, however, we can continue to sustain the only 
paper where your community news comes first while we 
work on alternatives to the current legal notice processing 
is found or LA County Buildings allow public access again.

 Remember, print media is the only source of information 
that CANNOT BE HACKED! What you read in the Mountain 
Views News is accurate and as publisher, I stand behind 
every word. Our sources are reliable and dependable. Our 
Opinions share both sides of the argument. Community 
events and local organization activities are also an integral 
part of what we provide each week. And, while we do have 
an online presence, each week thousands of print copies are 

 Below are 4 ways that you can help sustain your local paper. 
All support is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. 

Susan Henderson, Owner/ Publisher/Editor


A special thanks to all of our Supporters and Subscribers! We could not have 
made it this far without you. This heart was created by my Granddaughter 
(Maila Thomas) who really knows how important the Mountain Views News 
is to our community. Please note that this is only a partial listing. Susan 
Henderson, Owner/Publisher/Editor

to help us recover from the COVID-19 
interruption of legal notice revenue. https://

#2 DONATE BY CHECK: If you would rather make a donation 
directly to the paper, you can send a check. Make it 
payable to the Mountain Views News and mail to: Mountain 
Views News 80 W Sierra Madre Blvd. #327 Sierra Madre, 
Ca. 91024

addition to the impact of COVID-19, newspapers are also 
adversely impacted by California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), 
which eliminates the use of independent contractors and 
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 By popular demand, Sierra Madre Playhouse will again present 
online the recent selection from its Virtual Off the Page series of staged readings, 
Yellow Face by David Henry Hwang. Because of the pandemic, we cannot 
present this event to a live audience inside the Playhouse, but you will be 
to access it online via YouTube beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 3, 
2020. Viewing time will continue throughout the day until 11:59 p.m. The 
event is 120 minutes in duration with a brief intermission. You may begin 
viewing at any time, but you must commence viewing by 9:30 p.m. in order 
to see the entire reading. This event is FREE, but donations are accepted.

HOW TO REGISTER: Use this link:

Upon confirmation of your registration, you will be sent a You Tube link 
to the show. The link will be effective starting at 8:00 a.m. on August 3. 
Please note: If you registered for the July 8 performance, you will still need 
to make a new registration for the August 3 performance. If you need assistance, 
please contact



 The lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving 
results in David Henry Hwang's unreliable memoir. Asian-American 
playwright DHH, fresh off his Tony award win for M. Butterfly, leads a 
protest against the casting of Jonathan Pryce as the Eurasian pimp in the 
original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, condemning the practice 
as "yellowface." His position soon comes back to haunt him when he mistakes 
a Caucasian actor, Marcus G. Dahlman, for mixed-race, and casts 
him in the lead Asian role of his own Broadway-bound comedy, Face 
Value. When DHH discovers the truth of Marcus' ethnicity, he tries to 
conceal his blunder to protect his reputation as an Asian-American role 
model, by passing the actor off as a "Siberian Jew." Meanwhile, DHH's 
father, Henry Y. Hwang, an immigrant who loves the American Dream 
and Frank Sinatra, finds himself ensnared in the same web of late-1990's 
anti-Chinese paranoia that also leads to the "Donorgate" scandal and 
the arrest of Los Alamos nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee. As he clings to 
his old multicultural rhetoric, this new racist witch hunt forces DHH to 
confront the complex and ever-changing role that "face" plays in American 
life today.


 Playwright David Henry Hwang is the author of 35 plays. His 
Broadway credits include Chinglish, M. Butterfly, Golden Child, Face 
Value, and the books for the musicals Tarzan, Flower Drum Song, and 
Aida. Yellow Face, which opened off-Broadway in 2007, was nominated 
for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2018, David Henry Hwang was inducted into 
the Theater Hall of Fame.

 The Virtual Off The Page Readings series is produced for Sierra 
Madre Playhouse by Artistic Director Christian Lebano and coordinated 
by Beryl Tsang and Jeanne Valleroy..

 Consumer advisory: Instances of strong language. Viewer discretion 
is advised.

 For more information, go to


Kitchen Continues to Provide Meals to Locals Impacted 
by COVID-19 with help from Community

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide “Stay-
at-Home” orders back in March, Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center 
added a practical outreach to its primary focus of spiritual nourishment. 
“While the primary mission at Mater Dolorosa is spiritual 
in nature, the COVID-19 pandemic 
has inspired us to reach out in other 
ways,” said Retreat Center Director 
Michael Cunningham. “Our Food 
Ministry Program allows us to feed the 
human spirit in a very practical way, so 
we hope to secure continued funding 
to turn what started as a necessary response 
to the pandemic into a permanent, 
ongoing Food Ministry program. 
The need for nutritious meals in our 
communities is real and persistent.”

With the generous support of retreatants, 
friends and corporate sponsors, 
the Mater Dolorosa Food Ministry 
Program has prepared, packaged, 
and delivered around 25,000 meals 
since March. In addition to preparing 
meals for Sierra Madre seniors, Mater 
Dolorosa’s Executive Chef Ricardo Solda 
and his crew also cook for a homeless community in the Lario 
Park area of Azusa served by Foothill’s Kitchen in Monrovia, and 
the St. Francis Center in Los Angeles.

“Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center in Sierra Madre Retreat Center 
has come to our rescue!! The (Passionist) Retreat Center is making 
150 meals EVERY DAY for us, and then freezing them until we 
pick them up. They are cooking enough food for us to serve 6 days 
a week!” says Carol Daley, co-founder of Foothill’s Kitchen.

Each meal prepared by the Mater Dolorosa kitchen staff costs $6.53 
to produce, which is about 15 meals for every $100 donated to the 
Food Ministry. Cue the MDPRC Spice Up Your Summer campaign: 
for every $100 donation, Mater Dolorosa will send donors a 
spice kit containing a bulk-sized bag of spice or herb and a couple 
of recipes featuring the included spice that are easy to make and 
tasty to the palate!

“Spice Up Your Summer” was launched to specifically support the 
Mater Dolorosa Food Ministry Program with the help and generosity 
of long-time friend and retreatant, Tom Tharayil, President/
CEO of Pax Spices ( Tom’s company not only 
donated varied spices to the Mater Dolorosa kitchen with ample 
supplies for meal preparations, but also enabled the Retreat Center 
staff to roll out this fun and spice-focused fundraising campaign.

Despite the re-opening of many businesses and organizations, the 
need for food preparation and distribution services has not diminished 
and to keep serving the most vulnerable during the uncertainty 
of the coming months, we still need your support! If you can 
donate towards this essential ministry it will help us keep important 
staff fully utilized, as well as support our mission in the most 
practical way we know how.

Donations can be made at:
19-mater-dolorosa-response/ or by mailing a check to Mater Dolorosa 
Passionist Retreat Center at 700 N Sunnyside Avenue, Sierra 
Madre, CA 91024.

The Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center is a ministry of the 
Passionists of Holy Cross Province. The Passionists purchased the 
88-acre Retreat Center property in northwest Sierra Madre in 1924 
and have offered spiritual retreats there since 1926.

Contact: Rachel Ramirez, Development Assistant

626.355.7188 x130


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