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South Pasadena City Council to Consider District Elections

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 19, the South Pasadena City Council will consider whether to initiate steps toward a district-based voting system to replace the current atlarge voting system for City Council elections.

The City Council is considering taking this action after receipt of a letter on June 5, containing unsubstantiated allegations that the City’s at-large election system violates the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA).

The letter was written by Malibu-based attorney Kevin Shenkman, on behalf of his client, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. According to South Pasadena City Manager Elaine Aguilar, the letter alleged that there is evidence of Latino “polarized voting” in the City of South Pasadena electorate.

Under the CVRA, any evidence of racially polarized voting is sufficient to require a court to order a change from at-large voting to district-based voting.

Racially polarized voting occurs when there is a difference between the choice of candidates preferred by voters in a protected class and the choice of candidates preferred by voters in the rest of the electorate.

South Pasadena city officials say approximately 20 percent of South Pasadena residents are Latino and unlike other cities where at-large elections have prevented Latinos from electing candidates of their choice, the electoral history for the City Council of the City of South Pasadena demonstrates that Latino candidates have been regularly elected in recent history.

City records show that since 2007, Latinos have won two of the three times they were on the ballot, serving a total of 8 out of 10 years. Today, the South Pasadena City Council is represented by residents from a diverse range of racial and ethnic backgrounds including Asian-American, Latino, Armenian, Italian, and Caucasian.

“It is unfortunate that a Malibu-based attorney with no real knowledge of the South Pasadena electorate can infringe on our electoral system with impunity,” Interim City Manager Elaine Aguilar said.

The State Legislature has created the conditions which encourage opportunistic attorneys to threaten litigation. The City Council is left with a very difficult choice – to fight a very expensive legal battle or be forced to transition into district-based elections.”

Aguilar said a lawsuit would be very costly, whether or not the City was able to successfully defend against it. She explained that cities that have settled lawsuits brought under the CVRA, including those that have maintained no violations have occurred, have incurred significant expenses, not only to pay their own attorneys’ fees, but to pay the attorneys’ fees for the plaintiffs.

Anthony Mejia, the chief city clerk for the City of South Pasadena, said that the City of Santa Barbara in February 2015 reportedly paid $800,000 in attorneys’ fees and experts’ costs to settle its CVRA lawsuit. Mejia said costs are much higher for those cities that have elected to litigate and have not prevailed, as they must bear both their own attorneys’ fees as well as those of the plaintiff.

He said the City of Palmdale incurred expenses in excess of $4.5 million in its unsuccessful attempt to defend against a lawsuit brought under the CVRA. Mejia said city staff is unaware of any city to date that has prevailed in defending its “atlarge” system of election under a claim filed by any individual or group under the CVRA.

In a district-based election system, a candidate must live in the district he or she wishes to represent. The decision whether to establish five voting districts is one of the topics that will be decided upon by the City Council as a result of the minimum of four (4) public hearings that will be held as required by the Elections Code Section 10010 should the City Council adopt a resolution to initiate this process.

“One criticism expressed about forcing a district-based election system is that it can actually dilute the voting power of the very minority it seeks to empower, by limiting that group to the selection of one Councilmember within their district once every four years, rather than the opportunity to elect two or three Councilmembers every two years,” said Mejia.

“This is a solution looking for a problem that does not exist in South Pasadena,” said South Pasadena City Councilmember Diana Mahmud, a Latina elected in 2013 in an at-large election. “I am concerned that these outside forces coercing our small, diverse city to change to district-based voting will polarize our community and take away our citizens’ existing right to elect an entire City Council to represent their interests.”

The Summer Arts Crawl: A Summer Celebration of the Arts in South Pasadena this Saturday

Artists and businesses team up to celebrate the arts with another fun and family friendly “Neighborhood Night-on-the-Town” on Saturday, July 15, from 5 to 9 p.m. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and produced by SPACE, the South Pasadena Arts Crawl welcomes people of all ages to this free event, which includes gallery openings, art activities, live music, open houses, restaurant specials and sales throughout the business district. Mission Street, and adjacent blocks, will be abuzz with activities–a perfect way to enjoy the summer season in the South Pasadena community.

Activities for All Ages Include:

Pack a picnic, cruise down Mission and see a free screening of the film Grease on the Ironworks Museum’s grassy lawn. The film starts at 8:45 pm and is hosted by The South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. Create artwork inspired by insects at “It’s a Bug’s Life”, a free interactive art activity at the South Pasadena City Hall courtyard. Don’t miss out on The Artisans’ Corner, offering a variety of handmade art and gifts from Bellagazoo, SOPA Artists, Precious Few on Earth, Jikits, Let’s Rock Vintage Clothing, Sonali Kolhatkar, Craig Bethel/Thunderbachs, Peru Pa Ti and Vardot Tarot.

Other Event Highlights:

Judson Studios, legendary glass fabrication studio, opens their doors for gallery tours of their current projects. SPARC Gallery, at the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, hosts the opening night for artist Marybeth Heffernan’s show. Old Focals will showcase a photo exhibition by Ildiko Laszlo. The South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and the South Pasadena Chinese American Club present a Chinese-themed exhibit of contemporary paintings and sculptures by emerging artist Shenping Wang, plus a musical performance by Judy Ying, an accomplished Guzheng (Chinese zither) player. Hotbox Vintage features illustrations by Eric Fabbro and complimentary drinks. The Laurie Hendricks Gallery presents a group show, “Colors of Summer,” including colorful new paintings by Laurie Hendricks, Kevin Macpherson, Leon Loughridge, Larry Cannon, Patti Bruce and Tom Balderas. Vavé Studios Flower Shop & Boutique hosts artist Defective Barbie, who will be painting a mural in their new space as well as a flower crown bar from 5–7p.m. Bungalow 1026 opens their doors for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. followed by a reception. De Milo Design Studio & Letterpress invites crawlers to make their own print on its antique press. SugarMynt showcases a surprise giveaway and “Captured”, a photography show, plus vintage photos of Pancho Villa. Vidéothèque features the magical artwork of Martina Moreno.

There will also be numerous live performances throughout the evening.

Arroyo Outdoor presents a performance by South Pasadena’s very own Taylor Plenn and Friends; Kaldi Coffee and Tea hosts performer Tisa Adamson from 5:30–7:30 p.m, and South Pasadena Music Center & Conservatory presents a live music marathon!

Other businesses offering specials and sales during the event are:

There are a lot of fun sales to be had the night of the Arts Crawl! Kidd’s Jewelry Heist (behind Dinosaur Farm) offers a $5.00 Bracelet Bonanza complete with your charm of choice and eclectic artist Sharon Romero showcasing her whimsical art. Retreat, a new lifestyle boutique, features jewelry artist Amanda K. Lochron and offers a sale and refreshments. Rosebuds and Rosestuds will donate 25% of their proceeds to the gofundme account for Aramazd Andressian Jr.

Camille de Pedrini/Marz/Rue de Mimo offers 30-50% off sale items, and, toy store Dinosaur Farm offers a sale and free face-painting. Dual Crossroads will have fine candles, soaps and more by local artisans, plus a sale. Duncan Taylor offers 15% off all art and 20% off all furniture. Jasleen presents a retail sale and refreshments while you shop. The Maya Salon, a new salon on Mission, will provide a free gift with purchase, and Peltier Home offers a floor sample sale with up to 75% off.

Foodie Happenings:

Mission Wines hosts the official Arts Crawl pre-party with a summer beer tasting for $10 from 1–5 p.m. Don’t miss out on The Munch Company’s grand re-opening ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. with live music and refreshments, head over to Radhika Modern Indian Bistro for 50% off all appetizers from 5–9 p.m. Delicious margaritas abound at Aro Latin, $7 margarita from 5–9 p.m., and La Fiesta Grande, with each house margarita get an extra shot for $1, plus an appetizer special. Moo on Mission invites patrons to beat the heat with a free waffle cone with their purchase of an ice cream cone. Food trucks will be stationed up and down Mission for crawlers looking for a quick bite, including Gastrobus, a farmers’ market bistro creating dishes from the fruits and vegetables available at the market, and Los Angeles Shave Ice, dishing out icy treats for the whole family.

Parking:

Patrons can park in the SPUSD Administration parking lot, between Fairview and Diamond, and walk to the more than 25 participating shops and boutiques. The Metro Gold Line South Pasadena Station will put you right in the heart of the event.

The quarterly Arts Crawls are presented by the South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, and produced by SPACE, to provide a showcase for artists and musicians and to highlight the city’s unique business district.

More information can be found online at www.SouthPasadena.net, or visit the Facebook page “Arts Crawl South Pasadena”.

CONTACT: Hope Perello at southpasarts@sbcglobal.net South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce http://www.southpasadena.net

Holden Hopeful Caltrans will Take Same Position as Metro

Assembly member Chris Holden, whose 41st District represents South Pasadena, addressed the “many accomplishments” in the state Legislature and highlighted some of the key bills in Sacramento during a town hall meeting last week at the South Pasadena Democratic Club.

His message followed Gov. Brown’s recent approval of a new state budget for fiscal year 2017-18.

The Assembly member thanked the City of South Pasadena for its support of “your bill,” he said, referring to AB bill 287. “That bill was introduced at a time when I had the opportunity to sit down with a number of leaders from South Pasadena. They laid out some Beyond the 710 strategies that made a lot of sense.”

“I wanted to give you some idea of where we are currently,” said Holden, speaking on June 6 inside the South Pasadena Library Community Room. “We are at the point where the budget is complete, on time and really important to a lot of people.”

Holden, who introduced AB Bill 287, which has gone a long way in killing the 710 tunnel, said he is on board and in favor of the “Beyond the 710” issue or, what many call a better alternative to constructing an underground route from Valley Blvd. to the 210/34 interchange in Pasadena. Beyond the 710 is about connecting communities, and putting transportation dollars toward other modes of transportation, including improved bus systems and light rail. The coalition behind the Beyond the 710 movement is comprised of Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Pasadena, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena, plus the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and No on 710 Action Committee.

The bill falls in line with Holden’s wish to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, “and the right decision was to put forth to kill off the 710 tunnel,” he said. “As a result, Metro has made some important decisions to keep that momentum going.”

The Metro Board voted unanimously to pursue sustainable multi-modal projects to improve transportation over a 4.5-mile long tunnel proposal. Holden pointed out that Caltrans still needs to weigh in on the issue. “We know it’s a state project,” he said. “It’s important that we get a clear signal soon from Caltrans (in terms of what the transportation agency wants to do with the project). I’ve had good conversations with leadership in Caltrans and there seems to be strong indications that at an appropriate time they will take the same path as LA Metro did.”

In introducing Holden, South Pasadena City Councilwoman Dr. Marina Kubesrian told a gathering of about 100 people that she applauds the Democratic Club for growing “and becoming such a robust part of our community,” she said. “You continue to impress me with your work.”

She expressed her gratitude for Holden’s efforts to help the City of South Pasadena’s challenges with the number of massage parlors opened in 2014. “He really led the legislation on local control,” she said, explaining that the number of massage establishments “exploded from four in the city to about 20. There was a huge loophole in state legislation that Chris recognized and now we have a lot more control over that issue.”

Following Holden’s talk, Bianca Richards, the president of Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA), joined two students from South Pasadena High, Ciena Valenzuela-Peterson and Will Hoadley-Brill, in relaying questions for the Assembly member to answer.

AB 279 – Developmental Disabilities Service Provider Reimbursement Rates (In Senate Rules Committee)

  • AB 279 will extend authority to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and regional centers to adjust the rates of developmental disabilities service providers to comply with local minimum wage ordinances. “Current law prevents DDS or regional centers from adjusting service provider rates of reimbursement without specific statutory authority to do so,” said Holden. “Without an increase to reimbursement rates to meet local mandates, many services providers may have to shut their doors.”
  • AB 279 extends recognition to local ordinances raising minimum wage at a different pace than the state.

Other examples of legislative solutions that were discussed, developed and delivered from the district include:

  • AB 2442 (2016) – was an idea from Jeanette Mann of All Saints Church in Pasadena. This bill extends density bonuses to housing development that set aside ten percent of their units for former foster youth, disabled veterans, or formerly homeless individuals.
  • AB 288 (2015) – was my concurrent enrollment bill.

LEGISLATIVE ASSIGNMENTS & LEADERSHIP:

  • Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed Holden as chair of the California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy. The primary jurisdictions include public utilities, the California Public Utilities Commission, energy companies, telecommunications and international trade among others.
  • Serving nearly 24 years on the Pasadena City Council, with responsibility over the city’s Water and Power Company, provided Holden “with a strong foundation and understanding of the utility industry and the need to be smart and thoughtful as we plan our energy future,” he said. “I was also elected by my colleagues to chair the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC). I look forward to continuing our efforts to advance equality, justice, and opportunity for all Californians.”

BILL HIGHLIGHTS:

AB 17 – Public Transportation for Students (In Senate Transportation and Housing Committee)

  • AB 17 will create low cost transportation passes for California’s low-income students. “The cost of getting to and from school adds pressure to the already skyrocketing cost of receiving a quality education,” he said.
  • AB 17 will provide safe, reliable and low cost means for California students to get to class, reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and develop lifelong ridership habits among California’s high school and college students.

AB 56 – Affordable Housing (In Senate Appropriations Committee)

  • AB 56 will clarify which types of housing-related projects are available to fund through the Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank).
  • I-Bank is authorized to fund and assist in a variety of projects that help spur economic development. However, I-Bank is prohibited from funding housing directly. This presents a grey area where the types of projects that may relate to housing, but are not housing in particular, might come into question on how the funds are being used.
  • AB 56 pools together definitions to relieve ambiguity and clarify the types of housing-adjacent projects that could be funded by I-Bank in order to help incentivize housing in the long run.

AB 61 – Worker’s Compensation (In Senate Insurance Committee)

  • AB 61 will require that one of the 11 seats on the State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) board of directors have previous small business experience.
  • This member would ideally offer practical advice on the role that workers compensation has on small businesses across the state.

AB 1567 – Foster Youth in Higher Education (In Senate Human Services Committee)

  • Nationally, California has the largest population of foster care youth. “Evidence shows that those who access resources early have higher chances of achieving academic success,” said Holden.
  • AB 1567 seeks to facilitate data sharing to increase the number of foster youth who enroll in and utilize campus support programs. “It also streamlines the process by which a foster youth enrolls into educational assistance programs in a California Community College and a California State University,” Holden said.

AB 1008- “Ban the Box” (In Senate Judiciary Committee)

  • AB 1008 will prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial application. Holden is a joint author of the bill with Asm. McCarty and other members of the Black Caucus.

Holden said unemployment has a significant effect on recidivism rates. Ensuring applicants have a fair chance at an interview rather than being quickly discounted due to their past will help more people find jobs and stay away from a life of crime.

AB 1665- Internet for All (In Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee)

  • AB 1665 makes changes to the California Advanced Services Fund program to ensure high speed internet infrastructure is improved and more people have more and better access to high speed internet.
  • ABOUT THE BUDGET:

Holden said the theme of this year’s budget is “protect and persist.” “We are protecting our citizens and our financial health with a budget that maintains safety net programs and builds up our reserves,” he said. “We are persisting by investing more money in programs that combat poverty, strengthen the middle class and demonstrate our commitment to progressive values.

  • The new state budget includes an additional $3.2 billion this year for K through 12 schools.” There is also increased money for child care and preschool, financial aid, and funding to increase enrollment at UCs and CSUs,” Holden said.

TRANSPORTATION SOLUTIONS:

  • In November 2016, Los Angeles County voters passed Measure M which will generate $120 billion in the next 40 years and can be expected to provide a boost to the construction industry and will get the Gold Line Extension to Claremont.
  • In April 2017, the Legislature passed a Transportation Funding Package to fix California’s crumbling roads and provide new funding to make road safety improvements, fill potholes, and repair local streets, freeways, bridges and overpasses.
  • For decades, transportation in California has been getting worse and the funds to fix it have been drying up. Senate Bill 1 was a compromise solution that will save consumers in the long run and avoids borrowing funds that may result in cuts to school, health, and public safety.
  • SB 1 also includes protections to prevent funds from being diverted for other purposes and accountability measures to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Holden said the funding transportation package will have a powerful and positive impact on the cities in the 41st Assembly District. “They will see over a 100% increase in much needed transportation funds,” he said.

11-year-old Major Baseball All Stars win the 2017 District 16 Championship

The District 16 All-Star Tournament kicked off at South Pasadena’s own Nelson field.  South Pasadena Little League (SPLL) hosted this year’s tournament where Los Angeles, Alhambra, Temple City National, El Monte National, and two SPLL teams battled for the District Title.

Game 1 SPLL defeats Temple City National 10-1

South Pasadena’s Major All-Stars began the tournament with a win against Temple City National. Devin Robinson and Phillip Ocon both hit home runs in the first inning for an early lead. Temple City National was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error, but they couldn’t compete with the South Pasadena offense. The game ended early after the fourth inning because of Little League International’s 10 run “mercy” rule.  SPLL’s biggest inning was driven by a fielder’s choice by Jason Yipp, and singles by Luke Riffle, Henry McDonald and Baron Lutz.  Nolan Adams led the team in RBI’s, doubling home runs in both the third and fourth innings. Adams also earned the win for SPLL on the mound. He went two innings, giving up zero runs, one hit, striking out two, and walking zero. Both Ivan Beccera and Jonathan Bracamonte also contributed to the win, each collecting multiple hits.

GAME 2 SPLL defeats El Monte National 10-0

South Pasadena again jumped out to an early lead over El Monte National. Baron Lutz drove in two when he singled in the first inning. In the second, Riffle contributed with a home run and Calhoun Lutz hit a solid double.  The game broke open in the third when South Pasadena scored five runs. Beccera started the rally with a solid single, Yipp homered and McDonald doubled. Adams earned the win. He threw three innings, allowing zero runs, one hit, striking out two, and walking one.  South Pas didn’t commit a single error in the field.

GAME 3 SPLL defeats Temple City National 38-0

Under Little League International rules, games are required to play 3 and ½ innings before the “mercy rule” can end the game.  SPLL All-Stars showcased their hitting in the final game with a crushing win over Temple City National. Adams led the effort by driving in 11 runs and dominating on the mound. He tossed two innings, allowing zero runs, zero hits, striking out four, and walking zero. In addition to his incredible performance on the mound, Adams homered 3 times in the first inning, including two grand slams.  South Pasadena’s bats were unstoppable.  Devin Robinson contributed with a home run in the first inning and McDonald homered in the first and third.  Overall, South Pasadena had 25 hits in the game.  Baron Lutz, Becerra, Joshua (Finny) Ho, Bracamonte, and Yipp each collected multiple hits. SPLL’s defense was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error. After the third inning, the game was finally called and SPLL captured the District 18 Championship for the first time since 2012.

SPLL Now Heads to Section Tournament 

SPLL’s Major All-Stars will continue playing. The team now represents District 18 in the Section Tournament.

Mayor Michael Cacciotti Delivers State of the City at WISPPA

Mayor Michael Cacciotti updated members of Women in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA) Saturday morning on the state of the city. The meeting was held in the basement of Calvary Presbyterian Church on Fremont Avenue.

Cacciotti began by noting that when he joined the City Council in 2001, the General Fund Budget was between $13 and $14 million. It has almost doubled in the last 16 years, with the 2017-18 budget projected to be around $26.7 million. The projected net income may fluctuate, but was approved at $649,335.

The Police and Fire Department receive the highest percentages of the General Fund budget, $13.3 million, or 48%, but Cacciotti noted that that is one of the lowest percentage-wise in the San Gabriel Valley. The next largest recipients of the budget are City Council/management services ($2.7 million), public works ($2.1 million), and the public library ($1.7 million).

Total expenses are projected to dip in 2018-19, but begin to rise after that, as the CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) employer’s cost rises by 18.5% from ’18-19 to ’19-20 and 32.4% from ’19-20 to ’20-21.

State employees are promised compensation and benefits according to a formula. It is thus the responsibility of the city and the state to make sure the fund is adequate.

City Treasurer Gary Pia explained that the errors made by CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System) that have caused South Pasadena to dramatically increase its contributions to the state employee retirement fund resulted from grossly overestimating earnings.

“One of the critical assumptions that is made,” said Pia, “is how much, what rate of return, what interest rate, will the plan be able to generate and earn in order to fund the benefit, and based on that assumption, how much does the city have to contribute so that the fund has enough with that interest rate to fund the benefit.

“And now [CalPERS is] saying, ‘We can’t make that happen on these estimates,’ and so they are asking for more money from the cities,” he continued. “We’re responsible for bridging that gap, and every city in the state is facing this situation.”

Cacciotti assured WISPPA that South Pasadena has kept strong emergency reserves. “When I got on the City Council, the reserves were about $3 million, now [the fund has] jumped a lot,” he said. These are undesignated reserves, money set aside for unforeseen emergencies. “If insurance rates double in the next few years or a reservoir collapses and we can’t get a loan, we can use [those monies],” said the mayor.

In addition, the city has a designated reserve. “Over the years we’ve established 13 separate funds that we’ve put about $6.75 million in, things like library expansion and the community center, ” continued Cacciotti.

Cacciotti also discussed upcoming street improvement projects, reminding his audience that the budget for fixing roads —now $1.3 million— was zero for several years about a decade ago. Road resurfacing, sidewalk improvements and fixes to gutters will soon be underway on Monterey Road from Via del Rey to Pasadena Ave. On Bushnell, between Oak and Huntington Dr., water runoff has caused pooling bringing live mosquito larvae to the area. Other streets that will receive improvements are Diamond Ave. from Monterey Rd. to Lyndon St.; Camino Del Sol, from Saint Albans Ave. to Santa Teresa, and Alpha Avenue, from La Fremontia to Valley View Rd.

In the course of his address, Cacciotti also informed WISPPA that the Eddy Park House will undergo interior remodeling and lead and asbestos abatement, as well as that the city is pushing to require all leaf blowers to be green, and that two properties–one at 1107 Grevalia St. and the other at 2006 Berkshire Ave.–have been purchased by the city for park projects.

“I want to thank councilmember [City Councilwoman Marina] Khubesrian, who pushes one of our designated reserve funds and set aside money to purchase these vacant properties for our residents, because some of areas are very park poor, especially that Berkshire area,” said Cacciotti.

The city is also working to recruit a new city manager, as well as to update its General Plan.

Cacciotti was introduced by WISPPA president Bianca Richards, who began the meeting by reminding members of the organization: “We pride ourselves on wanting to know the facts, know the information, so that when we overhear something we can clear it up.”

Divergent Crossfit Opens in South Pas

Watch below to see if Mayor Michael Cacciotti could hold his own in a pull-up contest against Divergent Crossfit Co-owner James Do. Video by Harry Yadav 

4th of July Photos

Body of Missing South Pasadena Boy Found

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that the body of a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy has been found.

The remains of Aramazd Andressian Jr. were found Friday after homicide detectives returned to the Lake Cachuma area of Santa Barbara County on Friday to continue the investigation.

The exact location of the boy’s body was found was not disclosed by officials.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. has been missing since April.

The boy’s father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, was flown into Los Angeles from Las Vegas on Friday afternoon facing murder charges and is being held at the Los Angeles County Jail, according to authorities and is awaiting an arraignment on Monday.

Andressian Sr. was arrested on June 23 on suspicion of killing his son and was held in custody in Nevada since Tuesday in lieu of $10 million bail.

Sheriff’s Homicide Lt. Joe Mendoza said Andressian Sr. spent nearly 50 days prior to his arrest “socializing” in Las Vegas.

At extradition hearing in Las Vegas last Tuesday, Andressian Sr., was seen with dyed, light-colored hair and told the judge he could be taken back to Los Angeles for further court action.

The boy was seen on camera on April 20 as he was leaving Disneyland. Two days later the father of the youth was found passed out next to his car in Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena. Police later revealed the car had been doused on the inside with gasoline.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. reportedly had taken some pills not prescribed to him.

At one point early on in the investigation, Aramazd Andressian Sr. was arrested, but later released due to lack of evidence.

The case had taken detectives to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County and back to Arroyo Seco Park, where members of the Sheriff’s Dept. combed the area a month ago looking for clues.

Two weeks ago, Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at the Montebello home of Andressian Sr.’s mother. The deputies were seen taking computer equipment from the home.