Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 29, 2020

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Mountain View News Saturday, August 29, 2020 


Are you looking for a safe and enjoyable after school 
camp for your child? As the 2020-2021 school year 
begins, Arcadia Recreation and Community Services 
Department will be offering a Half Day After School 
Camp that will follow approved modifications by the 
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health 
Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19. These 
guidelines are subject to change, based on the local 
protocols related to COVID-19 and will be sent out to 
parents at registration.

The Half Day After School Camp will be offered at 
Baldwin Stocker Elementary School and Camino 
Grove Elementary School from 1-5pm beginning August 
24, 2020. Camp will be fee based at $92 per week 
and registration will open on a monthly basis. Camp 
will still offer a variety of organized recreational activities 
for ages 5-12, led by trained Activity Leaders. 
Registration is now open for camp taking place August 
24 – October 2 online at 
Don’t wait to sign-up as space is limited!


The Adult MAP Leadership Academy was formed to educate our residents 
about City Government and how it functions, to provide leadership 
skills and resources to assist them in becoming connected and 
active in the community. To be part of positive solutions. This academy 
is held annually from September to October for eight consecutive 
Thursdays and provides graduates with a solid foundation of knowledge 
to jump-start their work in the community. Many MAP graduates 
(MAP Neighborhood Leaders) have and/or are currently serving 
in the community in various roles in their neighborhoods, in various 
organizations, on boards and commissions, and City Council. We have 
250+ MAP Adult Leaders.

The 8-week Adult Leadership Academy takes place on Thursdays, 7 
p.m. - 9 p.m., September 10 to October 29. 

• Class 1 | September 10 | Get to Know MAP & Each Other

• Class 2 | September 17 | History of Monrovia

• Class 3 | September 24 | How to be a Leader

• Class 4 | October 1 | Local Government 101

• Class 5 | October 8 | Achieving Community Trust (ACT)

• Class 6 |October 15 | Community Tools & Resources

• Class 7 | October 22 | Public Speaking in Local Government

• Class 8 | October 29 | Action!

• Virtual Graduation | November 17th during live City Council

Through education, training, networking, and activism, Monrovia 
Area Partners work together to make Monrovia a fun, safe, and vibrant 
place to live. MAP hosts workshops & events to train and guide 
community members who are ready to be community leaders. The 
MAP Youth Leadership Academy Program is designed specifically to 
help youth learn, develop and grow so they, in turn, can take active 
roles in the health of their community.

The 8-week Youth Leadership Academy starts on September 9 and 
goes until October 28. Every class is held on Wednesday's from 3:30 
p.m. - 5 p.m. Participants must be in grades 6-12.

• Class 1 | September 9 | Get to Know MAP & Each Other

• Class 2 | September 16 | Caring for Yourself & Others

• Class 3 | September 23 | How to be a Leader

• Class 4 | September 30 | Virtual Tour of Monrovia

• Class 5 | October 7 | Virtual Ride Along with Monrovia PD

• Class 6 |October 14 | Public Speaking Do's & Don'ts

• Class 7 | October 21 | Career Day

• Class 8 | October 28 | Action!

• November 17th | Virtual Graduation @ City Council Zoom

For the period of Sunday, August 16th, through Saturday, August 
22nd, the Police Department responded to 895 calls for service, of 
which 76 required formal investigations. The following is a summary 
report of some of the major incidents handled by the Department 
during this period.

Sunday, August 16:

1. At 9:19 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 400 block
of Oxford Drive regarding a domestic violence report. An altercation between 
a husband and wife resulted in the wife sustaining visible injuries 
to her face and arm. The 26-year-old male from Arcadia was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

2. At 2:45 p.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Police Department 
front counter regarding a battery that occurred near the intersection 
of Alta Street and First Avenue. The victim stated her boyfriend choked, 
scratched, and bit her. Officers located nearby surveillance footage and the 
suspect is still outstanding.

Monday, August 17:

3. At 6:43 a.m., an officer responded to Burger King, located at 82
West Las Tunas Drive, regarding a vandalism report. The officer determined 
an unknown suspect used a brick to shatter the front glass door of 
the business. A review of the surveillance footage revealed the suspect did 
not enter the business. 

4. At 9:19 a.m., an officer took a telephonic report of a vehicle that
had been stolen from the 00 block of Bonita Street. The victim discovered 
his 1996 Honda Accord had been stolen sometime during the previous 
night. The vehicle was later recovered by Azusa Police Department. No 
suspects were located in the recovered vehicle.

5. At 10:25 a.m., an officer responded to the alley behind Alta Street, 
near Second Avenue, in reference to a female who was seen looking into 
vehicles. The officer located the subject and a records check revealed she 
was on probation for burglary. During a consensual search of the suspect’s 
purse, the officer located counterfeit currency, identity theft items, knives, 
narcotics, pepper spray, and other miscellaneous items. The suspect stated 
the property had been stolen from different vehicles. The 31-year-old female 
from Mira Loma was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.

6. At 4:28 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 2100 block 
of South Sixth Avenue regarding a burglary report. When the house sitter 
went to check on the home, she discovered someone had smashed the rear 
glass window, tampered with and disconnected the camera system and fled 
with an unknown amount of property. The investigation is pending a view 
of the surveillance footage, if any is recovered.

Tuesday, August 18:

7. At 7:37 a.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of Fairview Avenue 
regarding a bicycle theft report. A review of the surveillance footage 
revealed a male suspect stole a bicycle from the apartment complex. The 
suspect is described as a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black 
pants, and black shoes. The investigation is pending a review of the surveillance 

8. At 1:38 p.m., an officer took a telephonic report of a theft from a
vehicle that occurred at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, located at 120 Las Tunas 
Drive. When the manager attempted to take a Chevrolet E35 van to get a 
tire changed, he discovered the catalytic converter had been stolen. There 
are no investigative leads as of August 25th. 

Wednesday, August 19:

9. At 8:04 a.m., officers responded to the 5800 block of South Baldwin 
Avenue regarding a vehicle burglary report. Sometime during the 
previous evening, an unknown suspect smashed the rear window of the 
victim’s truck and stole various work tools. Officers attempted to locate 
surveillance footage of the incident but were unsuccessful. 

10. At 5:49 p.m., an officer responded to JCPenney, located at 400
South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a grand theft report. Surveillance footage 
revealed two female suspects stole nearly $1,300.00 worth of clothes 
and makeup. Suspect #1 is described as a black female with a thin build, 
wearing a burgundy shirt, green shorts, and reading glasses. Suspect #2 
was described as a black female wearing a pink shirt and black and white 
shorts. The investigation is pending a review of the footage.




 The Brazilian Health 
Regulatory Agency has approved 
the commercial manufacture 
of VITAL, a breathing device 
designed specifically to address 
the needs of coronavirus 

 In late April, NASA announced 
the development of Ventilator 
Intervention Technology 
Accessible Locally (VITAL), a 
ventilator prototype designed 
specifically to address the 
COVID-19 pandemic. Since 
then, 28 manufacturers around 
the world have been licensed to 
make the device. Now one of 
those licensees is preparing to 
begin production in Brazil.

 Anvisa, Brazil’s counterpart 
to the U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration, announced 
approval of this effort during an 
Aug. 24 press conference with 
the licensee, a joint partnership 
between Russer, a medical device 
manufacturer, and CIMATEC 
(Manufacturing and Technology 
Integrated Campus), a nonprofit 
research and development 

 “Throughout its history, NASA’s 
missions to explore off Earth 
have benefited life on Earth 
and provided a means through 
which the United States has been 
able to strengthen relationships 
globally,” said NASA 
Administrator Jim Bridenstine. 
“During these difficult times, we 
are particularly proud that the 
unparalleled expertise, abilities, 
and passion of our workforce 
will aid other countries in their 
response to the coronavirus 

 The ventilator prototype was 
designed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Southern 
California, where spacecraft 
engineers felt compelled to 
contribute their know-how 
to address the pandemic. In 
just 37 days, they completed a 
functional prototype of VITAL, 
which received emergency use 
authorization from the FDA on 
March 24.

 JPL ultimately created two 
versions of VITAL – a pneumatic 
version and another using 
compressed air. The CIMATEC/
Russer version is based on the 
pneumatic version. With one-
seventh the parts of a traditional 
ventilator, both versions models 
rely on parts readily available in 
supply chains to avoid competing 
for components required for 
traditional ventilators.

 Designed specifically for the 
needs of COVID-19 patients, 
rather than the wide range of 
ailments treated with traditional 
ventilators, VITAL is simpler 
to build and more affordable. 
The CIMATEC/Russer model 
–which goes by the acronym
VIDA, or “life” in Portuguese 
–will be available at a fraction
of the cost of a traditional 

 “This device benefits Brazil in 
multiple ways,” said CIMATEC 
Director Leone Andrade. “It 
can help Brazilians combat the 
virus while also providing an 
opportunity for industry.”

 The 28 VITAL licensees were 
selected from 100 applicants 
based on their ability to 
manufacture and deliver 
the ventilator. Several other 
manufacturers around the world 
are far along in their own efforts 
to bring to market a version of 
the ventilator, with JPL providing 
technical guidance.

 “Our team is delighted to 
see how quickly the Brazilian 
licensees were able to replicate 
our prototype design, upgrade it 
where necessary, and also obtain 
local regulatory approval,” said 
Leon Alkalai, manager of the JPL 
Office of Strategic Partnerships 
and VITAL project manager. 
“They did so in record time and 
we are truly impressed with how 
quickly they were able to master 
the art and even improve on the 

 VITAL’s initial design, which 
CIMATEC/Russer’s model is 
based on, uses a pneumatic pump 
to circulate air into the ventilator 
and was run through a battery 
of tests by the Icahn School of 
Medicine at Mount Sinai in New 
York City. A modified design 
that relies on an air compressor 
could be deployed by a greater 
range of hospitals was tested at 
the UCLA Simulation Center in 
Los Angeles before also receiving 
a ventilator Emergency Use 
Authorization from the FDA. 

 For more information about 
NASA’s work in fighting 
COVID-19, visit:

 As part of its Centennial Celebration, The Huntington Library 
announced the creation of a one-year fellowship for the study of 
Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006), the first science fiction writer to 
receive a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship and the first African 
American woman to win widespread recognition writing in 
that genre. The seed funding for this initial year paves the way 
for possible longer-term endowment that would support the 
fellowship in perpetuity.

 In tandem with the announcement of the fellowship, The 
Huntington will host another of its Centennial events, part 
of the ongoing President’s Series activities centered around 
Butler’s papers, “Inspired by Octavia E. Butler.” The Aug. 26 
event features Los Angeles-based writer Lynell George, author 
of the forthcoming book A Handful of Earth, A Handful of 
Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler (Angel City Press, 2020), 
in conversation with William Deverell, professor of history 
at the University of Southern California and director of the 
Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, and Karla 
Nielsen, The Huntington’s curator of literary collections. George, 
a 2017–18 Alan Jutzi Fellow at The Huntington, will discuss how 
she came to know and identify with Butler, who grew up near 
where George lives in Pasadena, through her work in Butler’s 
archive. The virtual event will take place on Aug. 26 from 4–5 
p.m. (Reserve online.)

The Huntington is the repository of Butler’s literary archive.

The Octavia E. Butler Fellowship

 “The Huntington is delighted to offer a research grant that 
will provide support for a scholar who wishes to spend a full 
academic year working with Butler’s literary archive and 
reflecting on and writing about its profound implications,” said 
Steve Hindle, The Huntington’s W.M. Keck Foundation Director 
of Research. “This initiative is particularly timely because it is 
designed to promote critical engagement with the published 
work and personal reflections of a writer who was committed 
to the reconstruction of the experience of the disenfranchised 
not only in the real, historical past but also in imaginary pasts 
and futures.” Applicants for the fellowship may be working 
from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on the ideas and 
issues explored by Butler in her published works, ranging from 
speculative fiction and Afrofuturism to environmental studies 
and biotechnology.

 “In the seven years since it has been open to researchers, Butler’s 
archive has become the most frequently requested collection in 
our reading room, testament to intense scholarly interest in the 
collection,” Nielsen noted.

The President’s Series: Inspired by Octavia E. Butler

 “While the Butler Fellowship focuses expressly on the scholarly 
use of her capacious archives, our Centennial events on Butler 
present her work in the context of the blueprint and inspiration 
it has become—for writers and other artists, students, educators, 
and activists,” says Karen R. Lawrence, Huntington President 
and the host of the series. Lawrence herself taught Butler as a 
professor of 20th-century literature at the University of Utah and 
the University of California, Irvine.

 In January 2020, in association with UCLA’s Center for the Art 
of Performance, the President’s Series sponsored “Octavia E. 
Butler’s Parables: A Music Talk with Toshi Reagon,” the acclaimed 
composer and lyricist, in The Huntington’s Rothenberg Hall. 
(A video of that event is available here.) In March 2020, the 
President’s Series presented Damian Duffy and John Jennings, 
the award-winning team behind the No. 1 bestseller Kindred: A 
Graphic Novel Adaptation, discussing their new graphic novel 
adaptation of Butler’s Parable of the Sower. Other public events 
planned for the series before the pandemic are currently under 

 Octavia E. Butler, a Pasadena native, began writing at the age of 
10 and turned to science fiction by the time she was 12. She often 
cited the 1954 movie Devil Girl from Mars as her inspiration: “I 
thought, I can write a better story than that.” Despite being told 
repeatedly by family and friends that writing science fiction was 
not a career for a Black person, Butler pursued creative writing 
courses at Pasadena City College and there won a student short 
story writing contest.

 In 1969, Butler attended a screenwriting workshop where she 
caught the attention of Harlan Ellison, a prolific and influential 
author of speculative fiction. Ellison encouraged Butler to attend 
the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 
Pennsylvania, where she made lifelong connections and sold two 

 For the next five years, Butler wrote and supported herself with 
menial jobs but did not sell any of her writing. Finally, in 1976, 
Doubleday published Butler’s first novel, Patternmaster. Her 
best-known work, Kindred, appeared in 1979. A standard in 
many high school and college curricula, the novel follows a Black 
woman who travels back in time to a plantation in antebellum 
Maryland to confront her history.

 In 1993, Butler published Parable of the Sower, a near-future 
dystopian novel that continues to resonate with contemporary 
readers. The sequel, Parable of the Talents, followed in 1998. 
Butler moved to Washington state in 2000 and died in 2006 
after a fall outside her home. She was 58 years old. In all, Butler 
published 12 novels and one volume of short works, earning two 
Hugo and two Nebula awards along the way. Her pioneering 
work explored themes of identity, community, power, climate, 
sexuality, and class, as well as race.

 After Butler’s death, The Huntington became the recipient of 
her papers, which include extensive drafts, notes, and research 
materials for her novels, short stories, and essays, as well as 
correspondence and ephemera from throughout her life. In all, 
the rich trove of materials now fills 386 boxes.

 In 2017, The Huntington presented “Octavia E. Butler: Telling 
My Stories,” an exhibition that examined the life and work of 
the author through some 100 selected objects from the archive, 
revealing the writer’s early years and influences and highlighting 
specific themes that repeatedly commanded her attention.

 The Huntington’s Centennial Celebration is made possible by 
the support of Avery and Andrew Barth, Terri and Jerry Kohl, 
and Lisa and Tim Sloan.

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