Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, April 17, 2021 


Remember: If you feel different, you drive different... 

Rick Birt, president and ceo of SADD (Students Against Destructive 
Decisions,) shares tips on how to arrive alive to all of your destinations! 

APRIL is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and many 
substances can impair driving, including alcohol, some over-thecounter 
and prescription drugs, and illegal drugs. 

Alcohol-related fatality rates are nearly twice as high for 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds as for those over 
age 21. 

 Young drivers are less likely than adults are to drive after drinking alcohol, but when they do, their 
crash risks are substantially higher. This risk is especially true at low and moderate blood alcohol concentrations 
and is thought to result from teens’ relative inexperience as new drivers. 

Alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs impair the ability to drive because they slow coordination, judgment, 
and reaction times. 

Cocaine and methamphetamine can make drivers more aggressive and reckless. 

Using two or more drugs at the same time, including alcohol, can amplify the impairing effects of each 
drug a person has consumed. 


Some prescription and over-the-counter medicines can cause extreme drowsiness, dizziness, and 
other side effects. Read and follow all warning labels before driving, and note that warnings against 
“operating heavy machinery” include driving a vehicle. 

Impaired drivers can’t accurately assess their own impairment – which is why no one should drive 
after using any impairing substances. 

Slow reaction time 

Alteration of depth perception

Hyperactivity from a high

Reduction of peripheral vision



Lack of awareness of surroundings

Impaired driving puts teens at higher risks of injury or death 

Follow us @CaliforniaSADD to keep up to date with our latest news, events, and opportunities for you! 

About California SADD 
SADD is a peer leadership organization dedicated to providing students with the best prevention tools possible 
to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, and other destructive 
behaviors. For more than a quarter-century, SADD has been recognized as a national leader in alcohol and drug 
education and prevention. In every community, the world of teenagers becomes more and more complex. Substance 
abuse, violence, suicide, negative influences on body image, and glorification of lowered value standards 
are threats to teens' well-being. With its expansion of focus to include destructive decisions outside of solely 
drinking and driving, SADD has become the premier youth-based education and prevention organization in 
America and maintains the ability to play a leading role in effective, evidence-based prevention programming. 


– The residents of Arcadia are invited to attend a virtual Coyote Safety Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, 
May 27, 2021 at 6 p.m. This event is hosted by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments 
(SGVCOG) in partnership with the City of Arcadia. 
This virtual Town Hall is intended to provide an informational forum for residents of the City of 
Arcadia to learn more about coyote safety, reporting, and resources. A presentation on SGVCOG’s 
Neighborhood Coyote Program will be provided and representatives from the Pasadena Humane 
Society and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will serve on a panel to answer residents’ 
questions. Residents that wish to submit questions regarding coyote behavior, pet safety, coyote hazing 
activities, or other coyote-related topics may do so before the start of the Town Hall meeting by 
emailing Questions will be addressed and answered during the Q&A Panel. 

Residents may register for this event at or by phone at (626) 278-8039. 
The Town Hall meeting will focus on specific coyote issues and concerns in the City of Arcadia as 
reported by Arcadia residents. Individuals who do not reside in Arcadia can view the Coyote Safety 
Town Hall Meeting via a YouTube livestream link, which will be available at least five minutes before 
the start of the meeting on the main page of the SGVCOG’s website at under “Upcoming 
Meetings and Events.” 

The Neighborhood Coyote Program is being implemented by the SGVCOG in the cities of Alhambra, 
Arcadia, Azusa, Covina, Irwindale, Montebello, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, and Temple 
The program provides residents with a toll-free number to report coyote encounters andincidents, 
and educational resources and referrals to foster human and pet safety, including:• Coyote Safety 
Community Meetings and Trainings• Informational Website

• Mailers and Social Media Outreach 
• Online Coyote Reporting Tool
• Regional Coyote Reporting Online
• Youth Outreach and Education Program 
For more information, please visit or email 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills 


Boys have lunch together; yes we do, so when gym mates Tony Carlos 
and John Epp invited me to Gin Sushi and it was John’s treat, how 
could I say no? I haven’t been to Gin Sushi in quite sometime ( Pre 
Covid 19)- not that it ever disappointed me, just fell off my radar 
for some reason. Located in East Pasadena, which I have found is a 
great area for restaurants that have their own parking, and some of 
the best restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley Chiquita Banana for 
Mexican, and of course Panda Inn for Chinese food. Gin Sushi holds 
up with the best Sushi in the area. 

Opened (gulp) one week after 9/11 and named after owner Gin 
Kim, the restaurant attracts a loyal following of diners looking for authentic home cuisine. My father Elmer Dills 
always said if you go to an Argentinian Restaurant or a Spanish Restaurant and there aren’t any patriots eating 
there, then something is wrong. It was nice to see a restaurant full of patriots. Gin Sushi attracts a wide a variety 
of hipsters and persons any age looking for good sushi at affordable prices. Our lunch for three was still under $30 
plus my usual Sapporo!! 

What to order? . We all three went for the three-item combination ($11.95) -your choice of teriyaki, tempura, 
sushi, and dumplings, just to name a few. My selection was Yellow Tail Roll (excellent), Tuna Roll which I got as 
a hand roll and the salmon Teriyaki. Great value !!! My gym friends agreed that for the cost the meal was a real 
thumbs up. Service was right on, with the Miso Soup delivered immediately, and since I agreed to pick up the 
beverage portion of the meal it was waters all around. 

My friend Tony who frequents here, said that weekend nights do get busy, so plan accordingly. A tip from me to 
you - check out their Sushi Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. when it’s a little less expensive and not so crowded. 
I would like to see them clean up the front area of the restaurant, but all-in-all as far as a lunch spot it gets two 
thumbs up!!
Gin Sushi 3589 E. Colorado Blvd Pasadena (626) 440-9611 

Dills Score: 7.75/10 

News and napkins notes…

My Super Foodie Radio Show returns to AM 830 KLAA on Sundays after Angel baseball game 


Starting Thursday, April 15, anyone living or working in L.A. County 16 and older 
is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine and are able to schedule vaccination appointments 
on the MyTurn website. Youth 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine 
and need to sign up at a site that offers this vaccine. Minors must be accompanied 
by a parent or guardian who can provide consent for vaccination. 

To learn how to make an appointment, what verifications patients will need to 
show at your vaccination appointment, and much more, visit: www.VaccinateLACounty.
com (English) and (Spanish). Vaccinations 
are always free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration 
status. Moving forward, only Pfizer and Moderna will be offered at L.A. 
County vaccination sites until the FDA and the CDC have completed their review 
of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and recommend that providers can begin administering 
Johnson & Johnson vaccine again. 

"We send our deepest sympathies to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one 
to COVID-19," said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Public Health. 
"We have reached a good place and time when every Los Angeles County resident 
or worker 16 years old and older is eligible to get vaccinated. Given additional 
re-openings and increased activities where large numbers of people are intermingling, 
vaccines provide very powerful protection that help us reduce community 
transmission, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19. The pause on the 
Johnson & Johnson vaccine demonstrates that our vaccine safety program works 
to continuously monitor new vaccines as use becomes more widespread. We can 
be confident that the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, both of which have been available 
to the public for five months and administered to well over 150 million people 
across the country, are safe for us to continue to use, especially when compared to 
the risks of getting sick and dying from COVID-19. Please make an appointment 
to get your vaccine if you are newly eligible and talk with your healthcare provider 
if you have questions or concerns about getting vaccinated." 

There are 518 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized and 24% of these 
people are in the ICU. Testing results are available for nearly 6,251,000 individuals 
with 18% of people testing positive. Friday's daily test positivity rate is 1.1%. 

The number of COVID-19 cases among people experiencing homelessness 
dropped from the peak of 672 weekly cases reported during late-December to 117 
new cases reported this week. The number of new cases reported this week includes 
58 cases from previous weeks that were newly identified as cases associated 
with people experiencing homelessness and were included in the new case 
totals. To date, Public Health has identified 6,994 cases among people experiencing 
homelessness. Cumulative case totals are lower due to ongoing quality assurance 
reviews. Cases previously reported as COVID-19 cases among people experiencing 
homelessness were re-classified after further investigation and review. A total 
of 205 people who were experiencing homelessness have passed away from COVID-
19. Of the people experiencing homelessness who passed away, 93 were sheltered, 
67 were unsheltered, and for 45 people who passed away, their shelter status 
was unknown. 

There are 121 providers reporting they are administering vaccinations to people 
experiencing homelessness. This is approximately double the organizations compared 
to the previous week. Currently, 13,621 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have 
been administered to people experiencing homelessness across Los Angeles County. 
Of those vaccinated, at least 1,907 people received second doses. The County 
continues working with partner organizations to vaccinate, reduce virus transmission, 
and protect people experiencing homelessness from COVID-19 infection. 

County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Surveillance Interactive Dashboard, 
Roadmap to Recovery, Recovery Dashboard, and additional actions you can take 
to protect yourself, your family and your community are on the Public Health 



Cases: 1,227,514 
Deaths: 22,307 


Altadena 43,260 3,279 70 
Arcadia 57,754 2,680 133 
Bradbury 1,069 35 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,299 95 
Monrovia 38,800 3,152 75 
Pasadena 141,371 11,182 339 
Sierra Madre 10,989 464 13 



On March 10, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health published a modified 
Health Officer Order to reflect changes for individuals who are fully vaccinated to align 
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) new guidelines and interim 
public health recommenda-tions.
The guidance provides that fully vaccinated individuals may resume certain activities, 
such as gathering with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or 
physical distancing; visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low 
risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing; 
and refraining from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic. 
The Department of Public Health recommends that fully vaccinated people should continue 

• Take steps to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask, staying at least 6 
feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. These precautions 
should be taken whenever they are:
• In public 
• Gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one other household 
• Visiting with an unvaccinated person who is at increased risk for severe COVID-
19 disease or who lives with a person at increased risk.
• Avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings 
• Watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if after contact with someone 
who is sick. If they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should get tested and stay home 
and away from others. 
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