Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 15, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 15, 2021 

Water is Life 
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June 7, 2021 
Contest is open to all 
students attending 
schools in Altadena, 
La Cañada Flintridge, 
or La Crescenta-Montrose 
For information and guidelines visit 
www.fmwd.comor contact Foothill Municipal Water 
District at 818 790-4936; 
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$100 Gift Card - Student 
$50 Gift Card - Teacher 
K-3rd grade 
4th-6th grade 
7th-12th grade 
City of Sierra Madre 


From: The City of Sierra Madre 


Applicant: City of Sierra Madre 

Project Location: Properties in the City of Sierra Madre, County of 
Los Angeles, State of California 

On May 11, 2021, the City Council of the City of Sierra Madre conducted second reading recommending adoption of Ordinance 
1441, amending Title 17 (Zoning) of the Sierra Madre Municipal Code to make family daycare homes, manufactured homes, and 
supportive and transitional housing a permitted use within all residential zoning districts, to make supportive housing a use by 
right in multifamily zones, and to amend the parking requirements for emergency shelters pursuant to State law.
This summary is published pursuant to Government Code Section 36933(c)(1) and a full and complete certified copy of the text 
of Ordinance 1441 is available at the Sierra Madre City Manager’s Office located at City of Sierra Madre City Hall, 232 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA. Ordinance 1441 becomes effective on June 10, 2021. For further information on this subject, 
please contact the Planning and Community Preservation Department at (626) 355-7138. 

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The adoption of this amendment is exempt from the California Environmental Quality 
Act (CEQA) under Section 15301, Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations and is also exempt from review because it does 
not meet the definition of a project under CEQA Guidelines sections 15061, subdivision (b)(3), and section 15378, subdivision 

(a) and subdivision (b)(5). The proposed changes to Title 17, as authorized and required by state law, have no potential for resulting 
in physical changes to the environment because family daycare homes, supportive housing, and transitional housing do not 
fundamentally alter the nature of the underlying residential use. Further, the parking requirements for emergency shelters have a 
negligible impact on the environment. 
APPEAL: If in the future anyone wishes to challenge the decision of the City Council in court, one may be limited to raising the 
issues that were raised or presented in written correspondence delivered to the City Council at, or before, the scheduled public 

For further information on this subject, please contact the Planning and Community Preservation Department at 
(626) 355-7138. 


During the month of May, the Sierra Madre Fire Department will conduct its annual hazardous 
brush inspections on all properties located north of Grandview Ave. 

In California, hazardous vegetation is a major contributor to urban wildfires. Dry vegetation is 
the easiest fuel to ignite, but fortunately one of the simplest to abate. Wildfire danger is greatest 
to hillside homes, but dry grass, weeds, chaparral, and flammable landscaping surrounding 
your home can bring the fire to you, whether you live near a hillside or not. Wildfire danger 
is greatest during the Fall season; however in California, we see fires happen any time of year. 

So far this year, California is experiencing drought conditions that will leave our hillsides covered 
with dry hazardous brush including dead trees and vegetation. Sierra Madre was able to 
avoid the massive Bobcat Fire that charged toward our town last fall. The Bobcat fire was confronted 
in Big Santa Anita Canyon and pushed behind our beautiful Sierra Madre mountains. 
While the Bobcat firefight was a win for Sierra Madre, we need to recognize that the brush in 
our front country did not burn and still poses a potential threat to our town. Now is the time 
to act! 

Thousands of wildfires strike California each year. Prepare your family, home and property 
in advance of a fire with CAL FIRE's Ready, Set, Go! Program at

The program provides easy-to-follow checklists for maintaining Defensible Space, hardening 
your home, creating a wildfire action plan, assembling an emergency supply kit, and evacuation 


by Deanne Davis 

“Worry pulls tomorrow’s cloud over today’s sunshine.” Harvey Mackay 

Here’s a little advice on how to stop stressing 
about our current situation from Dale 
Carnegie who wrote a book entitled, “How 
to Stop Worrying and Start Living,” originally 
published in 1948: 

1. Analyze the situation honestly and 
figure out what is the worst possible 
thing that could happen.
2. Prepare yourself mentally to accept 
the worst, if necessary. 
3. Calmly try to improve upon the 
worst, which you have already agreed 
mentally to accept.
4. Keep busy, don’t fall apart over trifles, 
cooperate with the inevitable, decide 
just how much anxiety this situation may 
be worth and refuse to give it more, don’t 
worry about the past. 
5. Hang on to your sense of humor 
with both hands and use it as much as 
possible. Smile at everyone whether they 
are 6 feet away from you or not. 
OK, we are hanging on to our sense of humor with both hands, taking deep breaths and 
preparing ourselves mentally to accept the worst…which happened this morning. The 
school called and said somebody in Jessie’s class has tested positive for Covid and she was 
to immediately be removed from school and quarantined for ten days. Ack!!! After a year 
of no school, attempted zooming, and online classes, they have been back in school way 
too short a time to be home again. 

Calmly trying to improve upon the worst, which I mentally accepted, I took a walk around 
my backyard, avoiding the dove sitting on her nest in my Tipu tree as it scares her if I get 
too close, and ended up taking a really close look at my lemon tree, which has dozens of 
these baby lemons (as shown in the picture) firmly attached to its branches. Delight lifted 
my sprits immediately, then I was on the verge of joy when I noticed three baby oranges 
on my new orange tree. That, friends and neighbors, was a momentous walk around my 

If you have lemons, give yourself a treat and make these muffins. Easy, fast, and soooo 

Lemon Muffins 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees, grease 12 cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix together:
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt2/3 cup granulated sugarZest of one whole large lemon 

In a medium bowl whisk together:
2 large eggs
¾ cup sour cream6 TB butter, melted 
Juice of one whole large lemon 

Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until 
just combined. Do Not Overmix! Batter should be thick and lumpy. Divide evenly between 
the muffin cups. 

Now here’s where you really have to pay attention: Bake for 3 minutes then immediately 
reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue to bake for an additional 1217 
minutes until toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Cool for 10 
minutes before devouring. 

“I believe in making the best of a sour situation,” she said. “So, when life hands you lemons, 
add a little sugar, some Triple Sec, Vodka and ice. Shake until blended, get out a really nice 
glass and pour yourself a Lemon Drop Martini!” 

“Someday I'll wish upon a starWake up where the clouds are far behind meWhere troubles melt like lemon dropsAway above the chimney tops that's whereYou'll find me…” 
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Harold Arlen – 1939 

Making lemon muffins with lemons from your own tree is tremendously satisfying and 
when you offer one to a good friend and add, “oh, and the lemon is from my own tree…” 
they’ll be even more impressed and grateful. 

Speaking of grateful, we are so grateful to see that there will be a July 4th Sierra Madre 
Parade. As the 4th is a Sunday, the parade will be on Monday, but there will be one!! It’s 
kind of gift-wrapped in a lot of rules and regulations, but there will be one this year! Another 
sign that our life is heading back to what we liked to call normal. The Buccaneer is 
thriving, restaurants can have people inside, and life…with or without lemons…is good! 
Feeling blessed and hope you are, too. 

My book page: Deanne Davis 
Where you’ll find “Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope”
And “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter”
Take a look at both of these books, stuffed with hope and some really good recipes. 

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