Gaucho Grill Celebrates Pasadena Location Opening

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photos by Keira Wight
The Outlook

Gaucho Grill Argentine Steakhouse, which recently opened its newest location on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena, combines a celebration of contemporary Argentine cuisine and the tradition, values and culture of the Gaucho lifestyle.
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Man Sentenced in Spree of Trader Joe’s Robberies

First published in the Jan. 8 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A Huntington Park man was sentenced Monday to 21 years behind bars for carrying out a string of armed robberies or attempted armed robberies of Trader Joe’s markets throughout the Southland — two of which involved his son as the getaway driver.
Gregory Johnson, 44, pleaded guilty in May to one federal count each of interference with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
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NCL’s Glendale Chapter Kicks Off Membership Drive

The Glendale Chapter of National Charity League Inc., the nation’s premier mother-daughter volunteer organization, has announced its annual Membership Drive, which will run Oct. 1 through Jan. 7.
The organization has begun accepting applications from women with daughters currently in 6th through 8th grade. The Glendale Chapter comprises nearly 384 members who reside in the Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Pasadena, Burbank and surrounding areas of Los Angeles.
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Maranatha, La Salle Victorious

Photo courtesy David Thomas
Isiah Johnson scored four touchdowns to help Maranatha defeat Sun Valley Village Christian, 42-35, in the Pasadena team’s final game of the season last week. The Minutemen, guided by former NFL star LaVar Arrington, finished with an overall record of 3-0.

Isaiah Johnson showed he can do it all and led the Maranatha High School football team to a 42-35 victory over visiting Sun Valley Village Christian last Thursday.
The sophomore tallied four touchdowns, including a 4-yard run into the end zone that allowed the Minutemen to recapture the lead with 5:32 remaining in the final quarter. On the ensuing play, Johnson faked a run to the left and threw a short pass to Cardell Mayfield for a two-point conversion to give Maranatha a seven-point lead late in the game.
Last week’s contest was the final one this season for Maranatha. Head coach LaVar Arrington guided his squad to a perfect 3-0 record with victories over Northridge Heritage Christian and La Habra Whittier Christian in the first two weeks.
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Transportation Board Ponders New Approach

Margaret McAustin

A board made up of officials from Pasadena and nearby cities is crafting a new strategic plan, potentially expanding its role in coordinating transportation initiatives in the area.
Members of the governing board for the Arroyo Verdugo Communities Joint Powers Authority expressed interest Aug. 6 in moving beyond traffic and infrastructure concerns to consider other types of transportation, such as light rail and bicycles, for local development, as well as environment-related projects.
The joint powers authority was formed in 2017 and includes officials from Pasadena, South Pasadena, La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Burbank and the Los Angeles County Fifth Supervisorial District. Councilwoman Margaret McAustin represents Pasadena on the board, but she announced during the meeting that this would be her last term on the authority’s panel, as she is not running for re-election to City Council.
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Pearl Marie Riedel

Pearl Marie Riedel

Pearl Marie Riedel, 93, of Selma, California, passed away on May 13 after complications from pneumonia. Jack, 96, her husband was by her side.
She was born in Minneapolis, on May 16, 1926, and raised by her parents, George and Doris Rooney. At age 20, they moved to Pasadena, near extended family. She worked as a telephone operator during World War II, when she was introduced to Air Force pilot Jack Riedel. They were married in 1946 in Pasadena and raised their family in South Pasadena until moving to Selma in 1974.
Pearl and Jack raised six boys, Bob, Rich, Tom, Will, Ron and John. She is survived by her husband, Jack, of 74 years of marriage; her six sons; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with more on the way; and her sister, Pat Nagel of Huntington Beach.
Pearl was immensely proud of her family and loved all the daughters-in-law and all the children and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories. Being involved with the boys’ schools, Cub Scouts, church functions and being with all her friends she had made over the many years were some of her most cherished memories. With her kindness and devotion to her family and friends, she touched each one of us and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her.
An intimate funeral took place on May 26 in Selma.
A celebration of her life will be scheduled after the current COVID-19 issues subside.

Clergy, Civic Leaders Unite Peaceful Protests for Justice

Photo courtesy Erin Rodick
An estimated 1,500 people, united by diverse clergy and civic organizations throughout the city, came together for a candlelight vigil and protest on Sunday in memory of George Floyd and to urge change against systemic racism.

As protests rocked the nation this week in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who perished after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes, Pasadena clergy, civil rights and social justice groups joined peacefully to decry police brutality on people of color — nationally and locally — and demanded civilian oversight for the city’s police department.

Photo courtesy Luwin Kwan

Despite reports of protests turning violent across Los Angeles County over the weekend, with Gov. Gavin Newsom declaring a state of emergency and county officials issuing local curfews, an estimated 1,500 people convened on the steps of Pasadena’s City Hall on Sunday evening to express outrage and urge justice for Floyd.
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Outlook Newspaper Group Purchases Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun

Charlie Plowman

LOS ANGELES – Outlook Newspapers, owned by Charlie Plowman, has agreed to purchase three community news titles, the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun. California Times, the previous owner of the titles, recently announced that the three papers were being closed due to the challenging business environment and unforeseen economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the publications are part of the Outlook Newspapers group, with the La Cañada publications being combined and renamed the La Cañada Outlook Valley Sun. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to have acquired three iconic newspapers with deep roots and historic legacies in their respective communities,” Plowman said. “I heard the outpouring from local residents, as to how much they love these publications, and want to support them.

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Porch Music Spreads Joy in Time of Confinement

Beong Kim and his wife, Bonnie Wongtrakool, have been putting on weekly porch concerts for their Pasadena neighbors to help spread some cheer during social distancing.

For those strolling the tree-lined knolls surrounding Pasadena during this time of social distancing, you might just happen upon a bit of live classical music, wafting delicately through the air.
It’s not an illusion brought on by cabin fever or a child practicing his instrument, as city Councilmember Andy Wilson initially thought when he first heard neighbor Beong Kim playing his cello out on his front porch.
“I thought I heard live music playing, and assumed some kid was practicing, but then I realized, ‘Hey, that’s not a hack job, that’s really pretty good,’” Wilson laughed.
Toward the end of “confinement, week no. 1,” a certain silence prompted Beong Kim to take up his cello, an instrument he’s played on and off over the years ever since studying music at the Colburn School, years before he decided to pursue law as an academic track.
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City Urges Face Masks, Social Distancing as COVID-19 Cases Grow

With a dramatic rise among Pasadena residents testing positive for COVID-19 this week — totaling 179 cases and 12 deaths associated with the disease as of Tuesday — city officials said they are monitoring social distancing and the use of face masks to try and slow the spread of the virus, as well as continuing to plan for alternate care sites if necessary.
About 47.5% of the confirmed COVID-19 cases were among Pasadena residents 60 years and younger. All the fatalities were of people between 49 and 93 years old, and were associated with long-term care facilities as residents or employees, and had underlying health conditions, the city said in a statement.
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