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Markus Commits to Air Force Academy

Photo courtesy Lisa Markus
Liam Markus, a senior at South Pasadena High School and standout goalkeeper for the Tigers’ water polo team, has made a verbal commitment to play and study at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Goalkeeper Liam Markus has spent the past few years keeping opponents from scoring on South Pasadena High School’s high-flying boys’ water polo team, so it might seem appropriate that he’ll attend a higher education institution that is all about defense. Of the nation, that is.
In July, Markus announced that he has made a verbal commitment to continue his water polo career and education at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Markus also considered offers from Harvard, Brown and UCLA, among others, before deciding to “Aim High” — as the Air Force motto says — in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Woman Dies at Gold Line’s Mission Station

Photo by Mitch Lehman / The Review
Authorities are investigating the death of a woman at the Gold Line Metrolink station in South Pasadena this past weekend.

A woman was found dead at the Mission Station of the Metrolink Gold Line on Sunday evening, Sept. 6, according to police.
After receiving a report of a person potentially in need of medical aid at about 6 p.m., personnel from the South Pasadena Police Department and Fire Department found an unconscious woman lying on a platform bench at the station, located at 905 Meridian Ave. The woman received immediate medical attention, according to a news release from the SPPD, but had already died.
There does not appear to be any foul play involved in the woman’s death, the news release added. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation due to the location of the incident.
Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the sheriff’s Transit Service Bureau, said Wednesday afternoon that no updates were available, and that the L.A. County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office had removed the woman’s body as it began its inquiry.

Rossi’s Financial Expertise Leads to Interim Council Position

Stephen Rossi

Stephen Rossi got an early start to his brief tenure on the South Pasadena City Council last week, when the other council members decided to swear him in to office to get him involved in budget-related discussions and presentations.
Rossi, a local resident since 2007, was selected from among five applicants to take the reins in District 2 until Dec. 2 and succeeds Marina Khubesrian, who resigned last month in the wake of a fake email scandal and had a few months left on her term. For his background in finance and recent work highlighting a variety of issues regarding the city’s budgetary process, Rossi was selected as “the Avenger for this mission,” as Councilman Michael Cacciotti phrased it.

Schools’ Financial Reserves Appear Better Than Expected

According to an unaudited fiscal summary of the 2019-20 fiscal year, the South Pasadena Unified School District ended up with slightly larger financial reserves than it expected.
According to the report, the district this past year brought in $53.11 million in revenues, which funded $52.62 million in expenses. Thus the district was able to add $490,472 to its fund balances, bringing the total reserve amount to nearly $8.57 million. After having projected it would end the fiscal year with a 7.2% reserve, the district ended up with 7.5%.

Grant Will Provide Rent Assistance, Helping Landlords

The city will contract with the nonprofit Housing Rights Center to administer a $75,528 Community Development Block Grant that is designed to provide rent assistance to qualified tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was made on a 5-0 City Council vote last week. Housing Rights Center, or HRC, will be paid up to 15% of the grant to run the program, which will provide up to $1,000 to applicants in a one-time payment to help bridge gaps in rent. The agency has other experience running similar programs, including in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County’s Fifth Supervisorial District.

Obituary | Doris ‘Dotty’ Greenawalt

Doris ‘Dotty’ Greenawalt

Doris “Dotty” Anne Greenawalt, wife of David F. Greenawalt II (deceased), mother of Denise Anne Greenawalt (deceased) and David F. Greenawalt (surviving), passed on May 29, 2020. She graced this world for 85 years and brought joy and kindness with everyone she met. She was a woman of steadfast faith, kindness of heart, and laughter of tremendous joy. She was charitable, gracious, and loving. She led by example. Although her physical presence is no longer with us, her memories of love, life, family, faith, friends, animals, travel, and Bridge, Bridge, and more Bridge, will stay in our memories forever. She now rests with her husband and daughter at Forest Lawn Glendale, the Great Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Valor. We will miss her presence in our lives.
— The Family of Dotty

Unique High Holidays Test Jewish Tradition and Law

Photo by Noemie Taylor-Rosner / Temple Beth Israel
Rabbi Jason Rosner practices blowing a shofar in the hills behind Altadena. The shofar is used during services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Temple Beth Israel congregants will blow it Sept. 20 in various places that are home to congregants, including South Pasadena.

There are Christians who go to church only on Christmas and Easter.
There are Jews who go to temple or synagogue only on the High Holidays — Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
You know who you are.
It doesn’t make you less of a person. That’s just the way it is with you — or me.

With Dogged Determination, She Raises Guide Dog Puppies

Photo courtesy Rodriguez family
Gabriela Rodriguez and Nessa.

By Joseph Charney
Special to the Review

A year ago, Gabriela “Gigi” Rodriguez, a sophomore at South Pasadena High School, embarked on a personal mission — to help raise a guide dog for the blind. She was inspired by watching the Netflix series “Pick of the Litter” that traced the process of a puppy raised by volunteers and then trained by professionals to become a certified guide dog.

Senior Center to Host Flu Vaccine Clinic Sept. 13

The South Pasadena Senior Center will host a flu vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 8:30-11 a.m. The vaccine is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks during the COVID -19 pandemic. A vaccine will be available only by appointment.
The clinic will be provided by Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Program. Those making appointments must meet the following requirements: not be seriously ill at that time (includes free from fever or chills, cough, congestion or runny nose, shortness of breath or have difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea; age 55 and older; not allergic to eggs or the influenza vaccine; and not have a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Please note that walk-ins will not be accepted. Masks are required as well as social distancing and CDC guidelines will be followed by the nurses. The Senior Center is located at 1102 Oxley St., South Pasadena and can be reached at (626) 403-7360 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. to schedule an appointment.

Marchers Honor Marquez, Urge Police Reform

By Haley Sawyer
The Review

Photo by Haley Sawyer / The Review
The second “Angelversary” honoring Vanessa Marquez started at her former home in South Pasadena and ended at City Hall.

Standing outside South Pasadena City Hall, the speaker dressed as Princess Leia recalled her late friend Vanessa Marquez’s affection for the movie franchise in which the fictional heroine figured prominently. But the costume had a deeper meaning, the speaker said.
“She loved ‘Star Wars,’” Minerva Garcia said of Marquez, who was fatally shot during a confrontation with city police in 2018. “She was like a kid. She knew everything about the films.
“And it’s also symbolic. We are the Rebel Alliance. They’re the evil empire,” Garcia added, depicting the alliance in this case as the families and supporters of people affected by police violence.