Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 1, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 1, 2021 


What's Open?

Select galleries: the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery where The Blue Boy is on view, and the MaryLou and 
George Boone Gallery and a portion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art where the exhibition 
“Made in L.A. 2020: a version” is installed. (See the other half of “Made in L.A. 2020” at the Hammer Museum.) 

More than a dozen gardens (excluding the Children’s Garden and Conservatory, which remain closed as they are 

high-touch spaces).

1919 café 

The Huntington Store 

All visitors, including Members, must reserve tickets online in advance. 

Purchasing and Reserving Tickets 

Tickets available now for visiting through May 3. Tickets are released every other Tuesday for the next two weeks. 

MASKS ARE REQUIRED, even if you've been vaccinated. Please review safety protocols be-fore visiting. 


A limited number of Member tickets are released daily by 9:30 a.m. for same-day visitation. Spe-cial note: Members 
whose plans have changed can cancel their tickets via the cancellation link in their order confirmation email 
and free up capacity for other Members. 


Customers Who Rely on Power for Medical Needs Will Get More Electric-ity at the Lowest Price 

— Southern California Edison is encourag-ing more 
eligible customers to take part in the utility’s Medical 
Baseline pro-gram, which can provide more resiliency 
and support, especially during critical times. 
The program supports customers who rely on power 
for medical needs by de-livering additional electricity 
at the lowest price per day, which can help them save 
on their overall energy bill. It covers a variety of devices 
and equipment requiring power that help customers 
thrive, including but not limited to, power wheelchairs 
and scooters, respirators, breathing machines and dialysis 

“SCE understands that these are difficult times and 
wants to continue to sup-port our customers in whatever 
way we can,” said Nicole Howard, SCE’s vice president 
of Customer Programs and Services. “We are doing 
more outreach to our customers, so they have the 
resources they need to stay resilient, in-cluding information 
on how those who are eligible can sign up for 
the Medical Baseline program.” 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCE has made it simpler 
for customers to qualify for the program online 
until June 30. Additionally, those who are cur-rently 
enrolled do not need to recertify with their medical 
professional's signa-ture for another year from their 
original 2020 due date. This program does not have an 
income qualification. 

Customers who may be eligible for the Medical Baseline 

• Rely on medical devices and equipment vital for 
life or to restore crucial physical function, including 
• Are temperature sensitive and require air 
• Have a life-threatening illness, compromised immune 
system or other conditions requiring heat and/
or cooling 
Medical Baseline program customers who are enrolled 
in an income-qualified program, such as the California 
Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric 
Rate Assistance (FERA) programs, and live in a high 
fire risk area are also now eligible for the Critical Care 
Backup Battery Program, which provides a free, portable 
backup battery along with accompanying solar panel 
for addi-tional charging, delivered and assembled for 
them at no cost. 

"All Californians need to be prepared for potential outages, 
whether due to an earthquake, windstorm or a 
Public Safety Power Shutoff event,” Howard said. “Enrolling 
in our programs and services, such as Medical 
Baseline and Critical Care Backup Battery, is one of the 
first steps customers can take to get prepared.” 

For more information on how to apply for the Medical 
Baseline program, vis-it, 
which is available in 19 languages, including Spanish, 
Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog. Customers 
can also call SCE at 1-800-655-4555 to find out if 
they are eligible and during the applica-tion process for 

For customers who do not qualify for these programs, 
SCE offers rebates and incentives for portable power 
solutions, generators for those living in high fire risk 
areas who rely on an electric well water pump and 
whole house battery storage systems. For more infor-

mobility mation, visit 

 Just this past week I had the opportunity to sit down with 
one of the most de-termined and dedicated restaurant owners 
that we have in Pasadena area, Blair Salisbury owner of 
the El Cholo Café. Though, his restaurant is well known, 
Blair still looks after his baby with the greatest of care.

Self described as "nuts and crazy," Blair's lineage is that 
of a restaurateur. The Borquez family launched the Sonora 
Cafe in 1923 in a small storefront on Broadway and Santa 
Barbara Ave. After a patron doodled a picture of a man and 
called him El Cholo (the name commonly known for a field 
hand at the time), Alejandro Borquez loved the picture of 
the man so much that he changed the name of Senora Café 
to El Cholo in 1925. The following year, George Salisbury 
meets Aurelia Borquez and they fall in love and decide to 
open their own El Cholo. Racing ahead to the year 2000, 
Blair, the grandson of George opens El Cholo Cafe in Pasadena, 
on Fair Oaks. For those of you old enough to remember, 
it was once the John Bull English Pub. I found out that 

 Blair was determined to open in Pasadena, he was a moment 
away from Old Town Pasadena, but the Cheesecake 
Factory beat him to Colorado and Fair Oaks location. 
Blair still desired to move into the heart of Old Town and 
his hopes were real-ized with the opening of the restaurant 
at the Paseo. Blair said, "It feels as though it has been here 
all along. It just felt like the staff and surroundings didn't 
miss a beat." Truly Pasadena feels like home to El Cholo 
Café, and Blair wouldn't have it any other way!!! 

 The restaurant is expansive, with a patio that overlooks 
Colorado Blvd. and the snow capped San Gabriel Mountains. 
They offer two different bars, one as you walk in, akin 
to a service bar, and a great place to wait for a table and 
en-joy a "Killer" Margarita, and a back bar just next to the 

Patio. Offering large screen TV's and perfect for slumbering 
and enjoying the show as they make your Guacamole 

 The menu is full of different combinations, Blair believes 
that the more selec-tions there are.... the better, and he tries 
to give a little bit of selection for eve-ryone. I descended 
upon the PLATO DE CARNITAS, roasted pork, served 
with fresh avocado relish, Pico de Gallo, Nopales, rice and 
beans When I go to a Mexican Restaurant I always try the 
pork. It was stunningly tender and fresh, and may be the 
best that I have ever tasted. My dinner companion gave two 
thumbs up to the Shrimp Sizzling Fajitas. I was just about 
stuffed when Blair brought out the Blue Corn Chicken Enchilada 
for us to try. It is item that made El Cholo famous. 
A must try for anyone eating at the restau-rant. Of course 
I had a Margarita. A Single Margarita that seemed to have 
the power to bust a piñata. If you love Mexican Food like 
I do, or just want to spend a sleepy Sunday at the bar with 
guacamole and chips. Save a seat for me. 

 El Cholo Paseo Pasadena

 Join me this Sunday at 5 PM on my radio show AM 830 
KLAA, tune in or miss out 

Los Angeles County's case rate remains relatively low and stable. A month ago, on March 
21, the County was seeing 433 cases a day. A month later, on April 21, the number of new 
cases dropped 34% to 337 cases a day. Over the same time period, daily average confirmed 
hospitalizations dropped 38%. Daily deaths dropped even more dramatically over the same 
time period, from 22 on March 21 to 4 on April 21, a drop of more than 80%. 

L.A. County has remained in the State's orange tier for more than three weeks and now 
has met the yellow tier’s criteria for one week. If, as anticipated, Los Angeles County continues 
to meet the State’s yellow tier criteria for one more week, the County could enter 
into the yellow tier in the middle of next week. Moving into the yellow tier allows for 
increases in capacity in many sectors, and allows bars to begin providing indoor service at 
25% capacity. All of these changes will still require safety modifications, including masking, 
distancing and infection control to reduce the risk of transmission. The sectors with 
increases in capacity limits include amusement parks and fairs, gyms and fitness centers, 
yoga studios, private events, bars, hotels and short-term lodging rentals, private gatherings, 
breweries, indoor playgrounds, restaurants, cardrooms and racetracks, indoor and outdoor 
live events and performances, wineries and tasting rooms, family entertainment centers, 
and museums, zoos, and aquariums. If the County moves to the yellow tier next week, a 
modified Health Officer Order will be posted on Wednesday, May 5 that will go into effect 
on Thursday, May 6. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance indicating 
that vaccinated people can do many outdoor activities in uncrowded spaces unmasked including 
attending small gatherings with unvaccinated people, dining outdoors with friends 
from multiple households, and walking, running or cycling outdoors. Fully vaccinated 
individuals are required to mask up at crowded outdoor events, like live performances, 
parades, or sports events. The Health Officer Order will be updated today to align with the 
change in CDC recommendations around masking for fully vaccinated people. 

Public Health has made vaccinations available without appointments at all of County sites 
for the past week, and this will continue through next week. Everyone 16 and older living 
or working in L.A. County can walk-in and get vaccinated. You should bring a photo ID 
with you and teens 16 and 17 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Visit: (English) and (Spanish) 
to learn how to make an appointment at vaccination sites, what verifications people 
will need to show at your vaccination appointment, and much more. Vaccinations are always 
free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. 

Currently, 7,201,703 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to people across 
Los Angeles County. Of these, 4,562,211 were first doses and 2,639,492 were second doses. 
About 32% of residents 16 and older are fully vaccinated. 

Two weeks ago, vaccine eligibility expanded to include teens 16 and 17, and now a full 
quarter of L.A. County’s teens in that age group have been vaccinated. The County has also 
seen huge numbers of seniors get vaccinated: 60% of adults 65 and older have been fully 
vaccinated, and 75% have received one dose of a vaccine. Along the beach and the west 
side, many communities have rates of vaccination upward of 60%. At the same time, vaccination 
rates remain below 30% in Antelope Valley, Lancaster and Palmdale, and in parts 
of east LA and south LA. High vaccination rates in many of our well-resourced communities 
reflect in part the advantages people have when transportation, time, computer and 
internet access, and work restrictions are not barriers to getting vaccinated. 

While much work remains to be done to close these gaps, more than half of all doses that 
have been administered in L.A. County have gone to people who live in communities with 
less resources that promote optimal health and well-being. To help make it as easy as possible 
to obtain a vaccine in communities hit hardest by the pandemic, Public Health is 
targeting efforts to set up vaccination centers in the places central to these communities. 
Among these efforts are partnerships forming and continuing with schools to create vaccination 
centers. This week there are 41 school sites serving as vaccination sites. 

A total of 716 sites are offering vaccinations this week in L.A. County. Many of these vaccination 
sites are concentrated in areas that have been hard hit by the pandemic and Public 
Health continues working with many partners to increase access to vaccinations at their 
sites without appointments. County Reopening Protocols, COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, 
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 website, 



Cases: 1,232,727 

Deaths: 23,872 


Altadena 43,260 3,305 74 
Arcadia 57,754 2,700 133 
Bradbury 1,069 36 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,306 97 
Monrovia 38,800 3,164 76 
Pasadena 141,371 11,220 344 
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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