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

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Mountain View News Saturday, May 15, 2021 

For the period of Sunday, May 2nd through Saturday, 
May 8th, the Police Department responded 
to 970 calls for service, of which 88 required 
formal investigations. The following is a summary 
report of some of the major incidents handled 
by the Department during this period. 

Sunday, May 2:

1. At 11:41 a.m., an officer responded to 
Extended Stay, located at 401 East Santa Clara 
Street, regarding a fraud report. The victim discovered 
a fraudulent transaction on his bank 
account in the amount of $119.97. The victim 
does not know how the unidentified suspect 
obtained his personal information nor does he 
know the identity of the suspect. 
2. At 8:12 p.m., an officer responded to 
BM Body Jewelry, located inside the Westfield 
Santa Anita Mall at 400 South Baldwin Avenue, 
regarding a battery report. After providing a 
refund to the suspects, the suspects spit on the 
employee and one suspect scratched her own 
neck to make it appear that the employee had 
injured her. The suspect who scratched herself 
on the neck requested Arcadia Fire to respond 
and provide treatment. They arrived a short 
time later. The victim was not desirous of prosecution 
against the two 25-year-old females 
from El Monte. 
Monday, May 3:

3. At 3:59 a.m., an officer responded to 
Arcadia Health Care Center, located at 1601 
South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a burglaryin progress. Multiple witnesses reported seeing 
the suspect enter the building. The responding 
officer located the suspect and found him 
in possession of a controlled substance, drug 
paraphernalia, and determined he attempted to 
enter a second location but failed. The 30-yearold 
male from Arcadia was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
4. At 9:30 a.m., an officer responded to a 
residence in the 200 block of East Camino Real 
Avenue regarding a mail theft report. Sometime 
between Friday, April 30th and Monday,
May 3rd, someone opened and stole mail from 
three residences near the intersection of East 
Camino Real Avenue and First Avenue. 
5. At 9:30 a.m., an officer responded to 
StorAmerica, located at 5630 North Peck Road, 
regarding a commercial burglary report. The 
victim, who had not been to her storage unit 
since April 6th, discovered her lock had been 
broken and someone had stolen her propertyfrom the storage unit. 
6. At 8:31 p.m., an officer responded to 
the Westfield Santa Anita Mall parking lot, located 
at 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a theft from vehicle report. The officer determined 
the victim’s catalytic converter had been 
stolen from his 2006 Toyota Prius sometime 
between 4:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on 
Tuesday, May 4:

7. At 3:52 p.m., an officer responded to 
the area of La Sierra Drive and Duarte Road 
regarding a battery report. An investigation revealed 
an argument between an ex-boyfriend 
and ex-girlfriend resulted in the male hitting 
the female with a cellphone, causing a laceration 
to her forehead. The suspect, a 47-year-old 
male transient from Los Angeles, is outstanding 
as of May 11th. 

8. At 5:33 p.m., an officer responded to 
Arcadia Unified School District, located at 35 
West St. Joseph Street, regarding a grand theft 
report. A witness reported seeing a male suspect 
opening car doors and stealing a tablet. 
Officers located the suspect with the stolen 
property and arrested the 29-year-old male 
Arcadia transient. He was transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
Wednesday, May 5:

9. At 12:57 p.m., an officer responded to 
the 00 block of West Huntington Drive regarding 
a stolen vehicle report. The victim stated his 
2001 Toyota Tacoma was stolen while parked 
near the Rusnak Mercedes Benz dealership. 
Surveillance cameras captured the suspect. He 
is described as a male between the ages of 25 
and 30-years-old, approximately 5’8” to 5’10” 
tall, 140 to 160 pounds, with brown hair. 
10. At 4:48 p.m., an officer responded to a 
residence in the 300 block of Las Tunas Drive 
regarding a package theft report. The victim 
stated a package was stolen from her porch between 
12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on May 3rd. 
Thursday, May 6:

11. At 10:39 a.m., an officer responded to 
the intersection of Elkins Avenue and Oaks 
Avenue regarding a vandalism report. The officer 
discovered someone had broken the windshields 
and two Los Angeles County vehicles.
12. At 6:51 p.m., an officer responded to a 
residence in the 400 block of Santa Rosa Road 
regarding a theft from vehicle report. The victim 
discovered his catalytic converter had been 
stolen from his 2004 Honda Accord sometime 
between May 4th at 6:00 p.m. and May 6th at 
11:00 a.m. 
Friday, May 7:

13. At 7:30 a.m., an officer responded to 
the 400 block of Old Ranch Road regarding a 
mail theft report. An investigation revealed the 
suspect(s) stole mail from multiple mailboxes 
in the area and discarded it in front of a home 
in the 400 block of Old Ranch Road. 
Saturday, May 8:

14. At 4:56 a.m., an officer responded to 
the 500 block of Fairview Avenue regarding a 
catalytic converter theft in progress. The officers 
located the suspect vehicle and discovered 
two suspects were in possession of two stolen 
catalytic converters and numerous tools used 
to remove catalytic converters. The driver, a44-year-old male from Visalia, was also cited 
for driving without a license. The passenger, a40-year-old male from Los Angeles, was found 
to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and 
a records check revealed he had an outstandingmisdemeanor warrant. 


The Recreation and Community Services Department, Senior Services Division is of-fering 
three free informative virtual presentations in May. On Friday, May 14 at 10am, Laura Henneforth, 
a volunteer with the Gilb Museum will provide you with “who was who” in Arcadia. 
This “Arcadia Walk of Fame” will feature some established favorites like Stevie Nicks and 
George Takei plus other talented celebrities you may not have heard of yet. On Tuesday, May18 at 12pm, Dr. Katharine Costello, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Breast Surgery at 
City of Hope will provide you with pertinent in-formation on breast health and breast cancer. 
On Tuesday, May 25 at 10am, Dr. Ken-neth Wogensen, a neurologist at Arcadia Methodist 
Hospital will help you understand how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke, post 
stroke care, as well as the importance of not delaying checkups. 

If you are interested in learning about these programs but do not have a computer there is a dial-
in option. All individuals must pre-register by calling Arcadia Senior Ser-vices at 626.574.5130 
at least one day prior to the presentation. We will be requesting you to provide an email address 
if you have one. For more information, please call the Senior Services Office at 626.574.5130. 


Do you, or someone you know need financial assistance to stay afloat? Now, more than ever, 
many are struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes. The City of Arcadia received a 
grant for Homeless Prevention and Diversion. The City of Arcadia is partnering with Union 
Station Homeless Services to initiate and facilitate problem solving conversations with clients 
in order to identify actions needed to either ensure they remain in housing or move them 
quickly into housing. Union Station will determine the client’s eligibility for the program. 
This program is targeted towards individuals at-risk of becoming homeless or those who are 
recently homeless. Potential outcomes based on problem solving conversations would include 
resolving conflicts with roommates, providing short-term rental assistance to prevent eviction, 
and helping a client reunite with family members. This grant can also pay for electric and other 
bills, credit checks, and housing application fees, in order to prevent homelessness. This program 
is only available for Arcadia residents. For more information, please contact Erik Deurmeier 
at Union Station Homeless Services at 626.734.3971, or 
Sara Somogyi, at the City of Arcadia at 626.821.4369 or 


Lyft Driver Shortage

Launched in February 2018, GoMonrovia is a transportation program, in partnership with 
Lyft, that provides affordable rides within the coverage area in Monrovia. Over the course 
of the COVID-19 pandemic, to adhere to all safety guidelines, Lyft temporarily disabled the 
shared ride option and limited their services to only Classic Lyft rides.
As we move forward on the roadmap to recovery, more individuals will resume their normal 
commut-ing routines, including the use of Lyft. We wanted to make sure that the community 
was aware that due to a shortage in drivers, those whose who are requesting rides through Lyft 
may experi-ence longer wait times and in some instances, cancelled ride requests. City staff 
have been in con-tact with Lyft to find possible solutions. However, the shortage of drivers is 
affecting all ride-share platforms. The supply of drivers is expected to increase in the coming 
weeks but until then, please consider planning your travel in advance and finding alternative 
ways to travel. 
Treasures Sale for Anderson House 
The Anderson House is one of the first ten homes built in Monrovia and it's in need of some repairs. 
It is maintained by the Monrovia Historical Society as a museum, giving visitors a walk 
back in time. It's filled to the brim with every imaginable item a family had in the 1800s. It was 
built in 1886 by John Anderson for his family after he built the very first commercial buildingin Monrovia -- the Monrovia Hotel. His son George lived in it until 1975 when it sparked the 
formation of the Historical Society, whose sole mission was to preserve and share it. 
You can help protect this unique treasure! The Monrovia Historical Society is hosting a Treasures 
Sale to raise funds. This sale will begin on Friday, June 11, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., for Monrovia 
Historical Society members and on Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., for the public, at 215 E. 
Lime Ave-nue. 


Pasadena Announced last week that interim City Manager 
Sean Joyce has appointed Acting Police Chief Brian Solinsky(pictured), a 27-year veteran of South Pasadena Police 
Department, to the full-time Police Chief post. 

The appointment came following a recruitment and two 
rounds of interviews conducted separately by a panel of four 
community members and a panel comprised of three police 
chiefs (including former South Pasadena Police Chief Art 
Miller) and South Pasadena Fire Chief Paul Riddle according 
to city staff.

 “I have been impressed with Acting Chief Solinsky’s leadershipsince Chief Ortiz’ departure late last year. Under Brian’s 
leadership, the Police Department has already renewed its 
commitment to community engagement and initiated training 
programs aimed at police accountability and inclusiveness. 
Now, with the benefit of the insights of eight interview panelists 
who evaluated four finalists, I am even more confident that 
Acting Chief Solinsky is the best candidate to lead the men and 
women of the South Pasadena Police Department during this 
transformational era in municipal law enforcement,” said CityManager Sean Joyce said.

 Upon learning of his appointment to lead the South Pasadena 
Police Department, Chief Solinsky said “It is an honor to have 
been selected as the next Chief of Police for the City of South 
Pasadena. I look forward to my continued service to this great 
city in this new position of leadership. I embrace contemporary 
policing philosophies that promote efficiency, effectiveness, and 
the equitable treatment of all. I am committed to strengthening 
the relationship between law enforcement and our citizens. 
I believe it is only through this partnership that a police 
department’s true success can be measured, and I pledge to serve 
the South Pasadena community with integrity and distinction.”

 Chief Solinsky will lead the Department of 36 sworn officers 
and 15 full-time non-sworn personnel and an annual budget of 
about $10 million. 



 Principal Pops Conductor 
Michael Feinstein and the 
Pasadena POPS are ecstatic to 
announce the return of live in-
person concerts this summer 
at the Los Angeles CountyArboretum. The popular 2021 
Sierra Summer Concert Series 
will present five concerts from 
July 10 to September 11, 2021for fully vaccinated audiences. 
The series will feature a stellar 
line-up of stars including Thelma 
Houston, Billy Davis Jr. & 
Marilyn McCoo, Liz Callaway,
Jordan Donica and more. Entry 
to all Pasadena POPS concerts 
will require proof of receiving 
a fully completed Covid-19 
vaccine at least two weeks prior 
to the concert date.

 The Pasadena POPS outdoor 
concert setting at the LA CountyArboretum is uniquely designed 
with spacious round table 
seating allowing ample distance 
between tables, plus an expansive 
lawn area for socially-distanced 
seating on blankets and low back 
chairs. The venue plans to limit 
capacity this summer to provide 
even more spacing to support a 
safe concert-going experience for 

Feinstein kicks off the summer 
series on July 10 with The 
Road to Motown, honoring the 
Supremes’ Mary Wilson, who 
was originally slated to perform 
before her recent passing. 
Wilson’s “Mississippi Sister” 
Thelma Houston will pay tribute 
to the legend and celebrate the 
greatest hits of the Motown era 
with the Fifth Dimension’s BillyDavis Jr. & Marilyn McCoo, and 
the premiere Motown singing 
sensation, Spectrum. The music 
of super group Fleetwood Mac 
lights up the stage on July 24 
with special guests Landslide 
performing Rhiannon, Don’t 
Stop, Go Your Own Way and 
many more chart-topping hits 
for Fleetwood Mac: A Tribute.

 Michael takes the stage as 
soloist to bring Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 
biggest hits on August 14 for 
Michael Feinstein Sings: Sinatra’s 
Songbook. Back by popular 
demand, Classical Mystery Tour 
brings the timeless hits of the Fab 

Four to life on August 28 with a 
fresh set list of Beatles’ favorites 
including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” 
“Here Comes the Sun,” “While 
My Guitar Gently Weeps,” 
“Imagine” and many more. 
Feinstein returns to the podium 
to close the season on September 
11 with 100 Years of Broadway, 
covering the best shows coming 
out of The Great White Wayfrom each decade leading up 
to the present performed byHamilton’s Jordan Donica and 
Emmy-winner Liz Callaway.

 “The feeling of anticipation 
and joy bubbling up in all of us is 
palpable as we prepare to return 
to the experience of sharinglive music,” says Feinstein. 
Personally, for me, I have missed 
the connection of creating 
acoustic sound with an audience 
present, because as grateful as I 
am for virtual music-making, it 
is simply not the same as hearinglive music played by a symphonyin a beautiful natural setting. I 
know I can speak confidentlyfor our orchestra when I say 
that we have missed you, and 
we will perform with everything 
we’ve got. We’re going to have a 
brilliant season!” 

For the most up to date 
venue safety protocols and 
ticketing requirements, visit

All concerts are held at the 
Los Angeles County Arboretum 
and Botanic Garden. Grounds 
open for picnicking and dining 
at 5:30pm and performances 
begin at 7:30pm. Don’t miss 
the best outdoor dinner partyin town with spacious circular 
table seating with fine linens, 
or lawn seating for those who 
want to bring a blanket – each 
option carries on the tradition 
of picnic-dining with your 
family and friends with Michael 
Feinstein and the San Gabriel 
Valley’s premier orchestra! The 
Arboretum is located at 301 
North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia,
For more information Visit: 
PasadenaSymphony-Pops.orgor at the Arboretum on concert 


 Following a candidate screening, and two rounds of 
City Council interviews, and a well-received April 28 
virtual community forum with the final candidate, 
the City Council unanimously appointed WednesdayArmine Chaparyan to the City’s top administrative 
post. Chaparyan has 15 years of local government 
experience, most recently serving as assistant city 
manager of San Gabriel.

 “The City Council has an ambitious agenda for 
making South Pasadena even more special than it 
already is. We look forward to working with Armine 
to advance infrastructure projects and services that 
improve the quality of life of every South Pasadenan. 
We know that Armine is very familiar with our city 
and looks forward to putting her energy and talent 
to good use in South Pasadena. We are excited to 
welcome Armine as our new City Manager,” said 
Mayor Diana Mahmud.

 Chaparyan, a graduate of John Muir High School 
in Pasadena, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from 

U.C.L.A and a Masters of Public Administration 
from U.S.C. She will start her new position with 
South Pasadena on Monday, May 31, 2021. Her 
starting annual salary is $215,000.
With benefit of the insights of four community focus 
groups of 31 South Pasadena community leaders, 
each describing the ideal qualities they wish to see 
in the next city manager, the City Council retained 
executive recruiter Mr. Gary Phillips, of Bob Murray& Associates to undertake a national recruitment to 
gather qualified candidates to fill the city’s vacant 
city manager position. 


 Pasadena Public 
Library is celebratingAsian American 
and Pacific Islander 
Heritage Month 
by recognizing the 

contributions and 
influence of Asian 
Americans and 

Pacific Islanders to 
the history, culture 
and achievements 
of the United States 
with a series of virtual 

Tōyō Miyatake

programs, events 
and activities for all ages. Sponsored by The 
Friends of the Pasadena Public Library. View the 
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 
brochure at: 

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