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

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2020’s western fires burned more than 10 million 

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month and the 
American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is urging 
everyone to plan now for dangerous wildfires and potential 
power outages. 

“The last two years brought record-breaking wildfires 
and this year could be as bad or even worse” 
said Thomas Hill, Regional Disaster Officer for the 
Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “Wildfires spread extremely 
fast, giving people minutes or less to evacuate. 
Protect your home and loved ones by getting 
ready right now.” 

There are simple steps you can take to be prepared:

1. Create an evacuation plan. Plan what to do 
in case you are separated from your family during 
an emergency and if you have to evacuate. Coordinate 
your plan with your child’s school, your work 
and your community’s emergency plans. Plan multiple 
routes to local shelters, register family members 
with special medical needs as required and make 
plans for pets. If you already have an emergency plan, 
talk about it again with family members so everyone 
knows what to do if an emergency occurs.
2. Build an emergency kit with a gallon of water 
per person, per day, non-perishable food, a flash-light, 
battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, supplies 
for an infant if applicable, a multi-purpose tool, 
personal hygiene items, copies of important papers, 
cell phone chargers, extra cash, blankets, maps of the 
area and emergency contact information. Because of 
the pandemic, include a mask for everyone in your 
household. If you already have a disaster kit, now is 
the time to make sure the food and water is still okay 
to consume and that copies of important docu-ments 
are up to date.
3. Be informed. Find out how local officials will 
contact you during a wildfire emergency and how 
you will get important information, such as evacuation 
orders. Sign up for your community’s emergency 
4. Download the free Red Cross Emergency 
app to help keep you and your loved ones safe with 
real-time alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and 
safety advice on wildfires and other emer-gencies. To 
download the app, search for ‘American Red Cross’ in 
your app store or go to 

• Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice 
and obey all official evacuation orders.
• Post emergency phone numbers by every 
phone in your home and make sure everyone adds 
those numbers in their cell phones.
• Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or 
brush. Hot components under your vehicle can spark 
• Use equipment responsibly: Lawn mowers, 
chain saws, tractors and trimmers can spark wildfires.
• Be cautious when using fire. Dispose of charcoal 
briquettes and fireplace ashes properly. Never 
leave an outdoor fire unattended and fully extinguished 
outdoor fires before leaving the area.
• If residential debris burning is allowed — use 
caution. Obtain all necessary permits and ensure 
burning is permitted in your area.
• Store combustible and flammable materials in 
approved safety containers away from your home.
• Find an outdoor water source such as a pond, 
well or even a swimming pool, and have a hose long 
enough to reach all area of your property.
• Create a fire-resistant zone 30 feet around 
your home that is free of leaves, debris or flammable 
• Regularly clean roofs and gutters. 
• Make sure driveway entrances and your house 
number are clearly marked so fire vehicles can get to 
your home.
• If your home is threatened by a wildfire, 
position parked vehicles facing the road for a fast 

 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Red 
Cross has procedures and resources in place to help 
en-sure the safety of those we serve and our workforce, 
especially when it comes to supporting local 
com-munities during a wildfire emergency. The Red 
Cross is still providing the same types of support after 
disasters as we always have, including making sure 
people have a safe place to stay, food to eat and resources 
to help them recover. We’ve put in place additional 
precautions, in line with CDC recommendations 
including social distancing protocols, masks, 
health screenings and enhanced cleaning procedures. 

Ensuring people have a safe place to stay during a disaster 
is a critical part of the Red Cross mission, but 
how we support sheltering efforts may be different 
in each community, depending on local emergen-cy 
plans and the scale of the disaster. In some instances, 
we may open group shelters, while other times hotels 
may be more appropriate. 

About the American Red Cross: 
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides 
emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies 
about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills 
that save lives; provides international humanitarian 
aid; and supports military members and their families. 
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization 
that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the 
American public to perform its mission. For more 
infor-mation, please visit or cruzrojaamericana.
org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross-
LA or @CruzRojaLA. 


There was a wonderful eatery in Pasadena called “Pop”, and they specialized in (drum roll) sparkling 
wines and champagnes. They like a few other of my favorites couldn’t make it out of the Covid 
19 “BOX” . The story was: sometime back, under different ownership, they were open Wednesday 
through Sunday. I asked the bartender/sommelier Raphael what they did with the opened bottles 
of sparkling wine after closing on 
Sunday? He said they poured it all 
out in the sink. Having grown up 
in a waste-not-want-not household, 
I shook and quivered at such 
a thought. We made a deal on the 
spot that I could come in on any 
Sunday night and for $15 (friends 
included) drink what otherwise 
would be thrown away. Any deals 
like that lurking? 

Pop is gone, but it got me to think 
about the wine that is sitting in 
your favorite restaurant’s refrigerator: 
how long has it been sitting 
there? As far as sparkling wines go 
(remember, it can only be called 
champagne if the grapes were 
grown in the region of Champagne, 
France), there should still 
be a “pop” when your server takes 
off the stopper. If you aren’t sure, 
simply grab a utensil and see if you 
can stir up some bubbles. White 
wines and red will stay fresh a day 
or two longer, but here is my tried 
and true suggestion (and not once 
have I had a “no” or a roll of the 
eyes}. Simply ask the server when 
the bottle was opened, and if they 
aren’t sure, ask for a fresh bottle. 
The mark-up on wines by the 
glass is in the restaurants favor; all 
you are doing is evening the odds. 
There are a handful of restaurants 
that sell splits of sparkling wines 
which gives you about a glass and 
a half from a split. I don’t recommend 
splits of sparkling wine, 
though, as they come with screw 
tops instead of corks. Sparkling 
wine with a screw top? Dom Perignon would turn over in his grave. If you’re looking for wine by the 
glass, check out the Parkway Grill or Flemings in Pasadena. I promise that there will be no eye rolling 
and they do rotate their wines by the glass program often. 

Listen to Dining with Dills AM 830 That’s the Angels Baseball Station at 5 PM this Sunday Night 

This weeks Sierra Madre Shout Out goes to Lisa at Lucky Baldwin’s, what’s happening kid? 

Thursday, the CDC affirmed the recommendation by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration 
(FDA) to expand the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer 
COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years of age, which represents nearly 
500,000 individuals in L.A. County. Vaccinations sites across L.A. County began 
vaccinating younger teens today, and all eight County sites are offering Pfizer for 
younger teens as of this morning. At the County sites, and many other sites, appointments 
are available and walk-ins are welcome. Please note that many sites 
require that children be accompanied by a parent or guardian or that the child 
is accompanied by a responsible adult and has a signed consent form. Teens are 
also required to bring proof of their age at sites where they are not known to the 
provider. Visit the Public Health website for a map and list of sites offering Pfizer 

Also, this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 
guidance indicating that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 
can safely resume activities that were done prior to the pandemic. L.A. County 
and the state will review the recommendations in order to make sensible adjustments. 
In the interim, please note that fully vaccinated people do not need to 
wear a mask when indoors around other fully vaccinated people, or outside in 
uncrowded areas. When at businesses and in crowded venues, both indoors and 
outdoors, masks are still required to be worn by everyone.

 Friday, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirmed 
17 new deaths and 284 new cases of COVID-19. Of the 17 new deaths 
reported today, six people that passed away were over the age of 80, five people 
who died were between the ages of 65 and 79, five people who died were between 
the ages of 50 and 64, and one person who died was between the ages of 18 and 

29. 100% of the persons who died had not been vaccinated. 
Schools are key partners for vaccinating everyone in a community, including 
newly eligible students, and the County has partnered with 60 schools to date to 
get vaccines into the arms of the L.A. County residents who need it most. Most of 
the partner schools are based in the communities hard hit by COVID-19. Of the 
schools currently vaccinating, 37 are already administering the Pfizer vaccine in 
their clinics – which means they are able to vaccinate children as well as adults. 

If you want a vaccine but are having a hard time getting away from work to get 
one, Public Health will work to get a vaccine to you. Employers and workers 
are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 Mobile Vaccine Team Interest Form 
to express interest in having a mobile vaccine unit come out to your business or 
workplace to provide vaccines to groups of employees. The form can be found on 

The County continues to collaborate with community-based organizations to 
serve as trusted leaders engaging residents in hard-hit communities, providing 
them with updated COVID-19 health information and connecting them to vaccination 
resources and community supports. In partnership with Community 
Health Councils, Inc., the County is continuing the Community Health Worker 
Outreach Initiative and will fund 13 to 16 community-based organizations for 
a total of $18 million to provide health outreach and education. Through this 
effort, from November 2020 through March 2021, over 900 community health 
workers were trained and deployed to conduct COVID-19 outreach in the hardest 
hit communities. Through the Vaccine Equity Partnership Grant, the County 
funded 41 organizations for a total of $15 million, and through the COVID-19 
Community Equity Fund, a Department of Health Services and Public Health 
effort, 29 community-based organizations were also funded. Through the Grassroots 
Grants for Vaccine Equity fund, the County will offer $5,000 microgrants 
to community-based organizations/faith-based organizations facilitating vaccination 
efforts. These grants are assisting and supporting over 100 community-
based organizations and thousands of their staff in providing outreach, contact 
tracing and system navigation to communities disproportionately impacted by 

Public Health will host a Vaccine Town Hall for Parents on Tuesday, May 18, 
at 6:00 p.m. Join the town hall to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 vaccine, 
including information for children. The town hall will be streamed live on 
Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube @lapublichealth. For more information and to 
submit a question, visit: 

To find a vaccination site near you, to make an appointment at vaccination sites, 
and much more, visit: (English) and www.Vacu- (Spanish) If you don’t have internet access, can’t use a computer, 
or you’re over 65, you can call 1-833-540-0473 for help finding an appointment 
or scheduling a home-visit if you are homebound. Vaccinations are always 
free and open to eligible residents and workers regardless of immigration status. 

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: 1,236,456 
Deaths: 24,057 
Altadena 43,260 3,322 75 
Arcadia 57,754 2,714 134 
Bradbury 1,069 36 0 
Duarte 22,016 2,309 98 
Monrovia 38,800 3,171 78 
Pasadena 141,371 11,262 346 
Sierra Madre 10,989 466 13 

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