LCF Protesters Want Sheriff’s Dept. Cut From City Budget

Following weeks of protests, a wave of petitioners are calling on La Cañada Flintridge to end its contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The city’s Public Safety Commission was rushed with emails, which were read on Monday during a lengthy public comment portion. Many community members expressed support for an online petition started by La Cañada BLM, a group that has organized several protests in recent weeks.
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Enduring Heroes Emerges as a Landmark With Impact

By Rhonda Kozacik
Special to The Outlook Valley Sun

Photo courtesy Enduring Heroes
La Cañada Flintridge resident Woody Studenmund, whose son Scott was tragically killed in action in Afghanistan in 2014, is pictured at the Enduring Heroes monument, a tribute to 11 men and women from Greater Pasadena who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Enduring Heroes monument, sculpted by noted local artist Christopher Slatoff, pays permanent tribute to the 11 combat heroes from the Greater Pasadena area, who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Memorial Day, since the dedication in 2017, many have gathered at the valiant soldier in remembrance of the brave warriors, but clearly 2020 was different.
Respecting the city’s social distancing requirements, visitors honored our Enduring Heroes quietly. Along with a patriotic wreath, each warrior has a banner that hangs along Orange Grove and Green Street, near Defender’s Parkway, through the Fourth of July. The banner for Marine Lance Cpl. Dion Whitley, who was tragically killed in action 15 years ago on June 15, 2005, looks across Orange Grove, standing guard over the Enduring Heroes Soldier. The individual banners will proudly wave again from the anniversary of 9/11 through Veterans Day.
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Antoun Will Lead Cancer Support Community Board of Directors

Kal Antoun

The Cancer Support Community Pasadena Board of Directors has elected city native Kalmoune “Kal” Balian Antoun, a John Muir High School and Cal State Northridge graduate, as its new president. “CSCP is near and dear to me, as cancer is no stranger to my family. I know firsthand that ‘it takes a village’ to cope with cancer,” Antoun said. “My involvement with CSCP started 10 years ago with the launch of our first Ladies Night Out at the Ice House. It was there and then that I knew where my commitment and passion would reside.”
Antoun has served as chair of CSCP’s volunteer guild for the past four years. She has chaired the organization’s annual Ladies Night Out fundraiser and its Angel Gala several times.
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PCC Is Prize Finalist for Community College Excellence

Erika Endrijonas

For the third time, Pasadena City College is one of 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a recognition of high achievement and performance among community colleges.
The finalists, announced recently by the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program, were selected from among the nation’s 1,000 community colleges in a process that included qualitative and quantitative data analysis and engaged more than 30 experts in the field.
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Obituary – Sheri Bradsher

Sheri Bradsher

Sheri Bradsher née Stellburg, of Los Angeles, California, passed away at home, peacefully, surrounded by the love and presence of her “family,” on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Despite a four-year battle with cancer, Sheri truly had a zest for life, and lived her life full of joy, with laughter, and she brought light and love to everyone she met.
Sheri was born February 27, 1957, in Bellflower, California, to Ray Stellburg and Sharon Shannon. She married the love of her life and best friend, Dr. Julia E. Bradsher, two times in their 13 years together. They had a spiritual wedding before God, friends, and family in Novato, California, on March 7, 2009. Then, 4 years later, they were able to legally marry in Palm Springs, California, on November 3, 2013.
Sheri is survived by her wife, Julia; her brother Rick (Diane) Hahn, of Long Beach, California; brother Gary (Bridgette) Stellburg, of Earlsboro, Oklahoma; sister Darci (Mike) Sargent, of Sun City West, Arizona; nieces Lea Hahn, Nicole Sargent, Riana Stellburg, and nephew Joshua Sargent. She is equally survived by numerous friends who loved her dearly and were part of her “family.” Sheri will be deeply missed by her fur babies, Cali and Zorro.
Sheri held numerous job roles and positions throughout her life. She had a great entrepreneurial spirit. At the young age of 12 years old, she placed handwritten note cards in mailboxes surrounding her childhood home where she advertised doing odd jobs such as a dog walker, babysitter, and housecleaner. All of this to be able to pay for her horseback riding. She had a 20-year career in the medical field, primarily as a nurse’s aide and surgical instrument technician. She was also a Senior Airman in the Air Force Reserves and served as a medic. Her career culminated as an insurance advisor as she had a great passion for helping people with life planning.
Sheri was a passionate world traveler and loved to go dancing, attend theater, and Broadway musicals. Sheri and Julia visited almost every continent and had several “Broadway Week” trips to New York. Sheri loved the Lord and displayed it in her everyday life. Sheri and Julia are members of the San Marino Community Church.
A private service was held with “framily” on Saturday, June 13, 2020. A dance party and celebration of Sheri’s life will be held on a future date in the Fall.
The family has established The Sheri Bradsher Memorial Fund, established at Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, California, to support scientific, community, and employee education. Donations can be made to HMRI at 686 S Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105 https://hmri.org/give-now/
Sheri’s life is best summarized by a quote from Wayne Dyer, “When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.”

Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s Virtual Gala Festivities

Photo courtesy Nick Boswell
Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s Virtual Gala committee members are preparing for the organization’s “A Night in Emerald City” 30th anniversary gala on Saturday, July 11.

In less than three weeks is Cancer Support Community Pasadena’s first virtual gala, with excitement building among supporters, staff and volunteers, according to the organization. This year, CSCP is celebrating 30 years of providing support, education and hope to families facing cancer in the Greater San Gabriel Valley. “A Night in Emerald City” 30th anniversary gala will be on Saturday, July 11.
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New Board Chair, Trustees Named at ArtCenter

As part of a commitment to diversify and strengthen its governing leadership, ArtCenter College of Design has appointed Su Mathews Hale as chair of its board of trustees. Mathews Hale succeeds Robert C. Davidson Jr., who has held the position for the past 10 years and will become chair emeritus.
The board also appointed two new members, Michelle Gadsden-Williams and Ivy Ross, at its annual meeting.
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Little Rock Nine Alumnus on Notion of ‘We the People’

By Terrence J. Roberts
Special to The Outlook

Terrence Roberts

In the wake of the massive outcry after the murder of George Floyd, I have been invited by a number of news outlets in the United States and Canada to comment on issues of racism in America. Most of the reporters want to know how I feel about things racial today in contrast to how I felt about these same issues when I was in Little Rock those many years ago.
My usual response has been to point out that it would probably be more meaningful to inquire about my thoughts instead of my feelings. Then, without waiting for a revised question, I proceed to speak openly, about my thoughts.
I think that very little sustained attention has been paid to the legally mandated actions designed to block the forward progress of Black people in this country. Historically we have had to contend with covenants preventing Black people from acquiring formal education in the nation’s public and private schools, laws preventing Black home ownership, restrictive covenants barring Black residents from neighborhoods identified as Whites-only spaces, laws limiting employment, health care, recreational and financial opportunities for Black people.
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Enduring Heroes Emerges as a Landmark With Impact

By Rhonda Kozacik
Special to The Outlook

Photo courtesy Enduring Heroes
The Enduring Heroes monument is a tribute to 11 men and women from Greater Pasadena who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Enduring Heroes monument, sculpted by noted local artist Christopher Slatoff, pays permanent tribute to the 11 combat heroes from the Greater Pasadena area, who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each Memorial Day, since the dedication in 2017, many have gathered at the valiant soldier in remembrance of the brave warriors, but clearly 2020 was different.
Respecting the city’s social distancing requirements, visitors honored our Enduring Heroes quietly. Along with a patriotic wreath, each warrior has a banner that hangs along Orange Grove and Green Street, near Defender’s Parkway, through the Fourth of July. The banner for Marine Lance Cpl. Dion Whitley, who was tragically killed in action 15 years ago on June 15, 2005, looks across Orange Grove, standing guard over the Enduring Heroes Soldier. The individual banners will proudly wave again from the anniversary of 9/11 through Veterans Day.
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Telehealth Therapy Enables a Stream of PCDA Services

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Professional Child Development Associates therapist Alaina Hogue prepares for a music therapy telehealth session from her home. Like most PCDA therapists she has transformed her in-person therapy methods to a virtual format, ensuring the safety of medically at-risk clients and their families during the pandemic.

Amid the pandemic-generated tumult being confronted by many local nonprofit organizations, there are a few silver linings to be found here and there.
For Professional Child Development Associates, which focuses on family and child health services, the upside of social distancing protocols aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19 has been found in a radical leap to telehealth therapy.
Now, PCDA’s small army of therapists can be found streaming into a family’s kitchen or living room, engaging young children with music, puppets or soothing stories, and lending support to mothers and fathers as well as extended family members who might be isolating with them.
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