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Siberell Named Grand Marshal, Lowe Named Hometown Hero for 2016 4th of July Parade

2016 Grand Marshal Pete Siberell, image courtesy of SM 4th of July Committee

Press release posted 5/7/16 - The volunteers of the Sierra Madre 4th of July Committee are pleased and excited to announce that the 2016 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal will be Sierra Madre’s man of many hats Pete Siberell. “The Grand Marshal is a person or persons whose efforts over a long period of time has been beneficial to the community of Sierra Madre. The title of Grand Marshal is intended to honor a person or persons’ volume of work, dedication and overall enhancements to our community.”  Pete has demonstrated time and time again he is the Spirit of Sierra Madre.

Since moving to Sierra Madre more than twenty years ago, Pete has been active in the community. He been a community leader with Sierra Madre Little League, serving as President for three terms, a two term member of the Library Board of Trustees, head of the Mt. Wilson Trail Race Committee for close to 20 years, and much more.  He was also on the board of the former Arcadia Chapter of the American Red Cross and he was the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce 2007 Citizen of the Year. Pete is also currently on the board of directors of the Pasadena Humane Society, a position he is very passionate about. Pete cares deeply about Sierra Madre and continues to give back every chance he can.  Pete is the Spirit of Sierra Madre.

2016 Hometown Hero Kris Lowe, image courtesy of SM 4th of July Committee

Pete, his wife Marianne and two college age sons still happily give back to Sierra Madre ever chance they get.

Additionally, the Committee is proud and honored to announce that the Kristine Lowe has been selected as a “Hometown Hero”. A lifetime Sierra Madre resident, Kris Lowe is a well-loved member of the Sierra Madre community. A retired Captain for the Sierra Madre Volunteer Fire Department (SMVFD), she served the community for more than 15 years. She continues to volunteer her time to her community through charitable events such as the Friends of the Library Wine Tasting, Wistaria Festival & the SMVFA. She is also the  newest member of the Sierra Madre Community Foundation. Kristine is currently a teacher with the Glendale Unified School District, and the coordinator for the Public Safety Academy at Hoover High School, a program which certifies youth for disaster preparedness and emergency response. She truly is preparing the next generation of heroes.

The Committee is also pleased to announce the Official Sponsor of the 2016 Parade is The Kensington. The Kensington-Sierra Madre is an assisted living and memory care residence in the heart of Sierra Madre. The committee and community join us in thanking them for their partnership this year as we work together to bring the community and outstanding All-American Celebration.

For more information on all of the 4th of July Festivities, please visit www.SierraMadre4thofJuly.com.

Wednesday May 04 2016

Friends of SM Library’s 54th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair This Weekend

Friends of SM Library's 54th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair This Weekend

Press release posted 5/4/16 – The 54th Annual Sierra Madre Art Fair, sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library, will be held in Memorial Park, 222 West Sierra Madre Blvd., on Saturday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Fair this [...]

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Tuesday April 12 2016

MEASURE UUT PASSES WITH 72% OF THE VOTE!!

Posted 4/12/16 – If the Google ad is messing up your formatting and making it hard to see the whole table, click in the X in the upper right hand corner of the ad, then click on “Ad covers the page”. Uncertified results updated 11:00pm Total YES – 1921  72.27% Total NO – 737   [...]

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Sunday April 10 2016

Get Out and Vote This Tuesday – Polling Place Locator

Posted 4/10/16 - “It’s heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day.”  –  Moby “As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the [...]

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Sunday April 10 2016

Yes on Measure UUT – A Vote For Sierra Madre – Opinion by John Capoccia, Mayor

Op-Ed published 4/10/16 - Yes on Measure UUT – A Vote For Sierra Madre, by John Capoccia, Mayor On April 12, Sierra Madreans will vote on Measure UUT.  Measure UUT is asking you to set the Utility Users Tax at 10%, which is what it was from 2009 to 2015, when Sierra Madre enjoyed balanced budgets and [...]

Wednesday March 23 2016

Suspicicous Circumstance Investigation

Press Release posted 3/23/16 – On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at approximately 3:15pm, a 14-year old student was walking home westbound on Grandview Ave from St. Rita’s School. The student said a white van, (unknown model) drove up next to her while she was on the sidewalk. The student said a male (perhaps White or [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Letter to the Editor Re: UUT Tax on Ballot

Posted 3/23/16 – We have received numerous mailings recently regarding the UUT tax on the upcoming ballot.  All of those mailings emphasize the need for a 10% UUT, but mention nothing about the “Franchise Fees” that are currently being charged and collected by “utility” service providers and passed on to the City, as a revenue [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Correction to Sample Ballot

Press Release posted 3/22/16 – The City of Sierra Madre is hereby providing notice to all voters of a correction to the “Impartial Analysis of Measure UUT” on page 6 of the Sample Ballot for the election on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. The first bullet, under “Measure UUT WILL” should read: Increase the existing 8% [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Celebrate Holy Week & Easter at Sierra Madre’s Village Church of the Ascension

Press Release posted 3/23/16 –  As at any joyous holiday season, you can count on Church of the Ascension – Sierra Madre’s Village Church – to be the place where you can join with friends and neighbors to remember the events of Holy Week and rejoice at the miracle of Easter. All of the services [...]

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Wednesday March 23 2016

Friends of the Sierra Madre Library Best Used Book Sale 1st Weekend of April

Press Release posted 3/16/16 – The Friends of the Sierra Madre Library announce that the April Best Used Book Sale will be held on Friday, April 1 (3-7 p.m.) and Saturday, April 2 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)  The sale is held at the back of the library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. in the [...]

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Wednesday March 16 2016

Hit and Run, Attempted Carjacking on Sunday

Press Release posted 3/16/16 – A man was arrested on Sunday afternoon, (3/13/16) after he allegedly was involved in a hit and run traffic collision that occurred in the intersection of Lima and Montecito Avenue. After allegedly causing the traffic collision, the subject then fled the scene and came in contact with a female pedestrian [...]

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Saturday February 27 2016

Congresswoman Judy Chu Seeking Field Rep/Caseworker

Press Release posted 2/27/16 - My district office in Pasadena has an opening for a Field Representative/Caseworker position.  We’re looking for hard-working, energetic candidates who can join a vibrant team and help me best serve our district and your needs. Please see below for the posting and information on how to apply. Job Opening: Field Representative/Caseworker [...]

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Friday February 19 2016

Mayor To Host 2016 State Of The City On Wednesday, March 2

Click to enlarge Press Release posted 2/19/16 – On Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 7:00-8:00 pm the Mayor of Sierra Madre will host the annual State of the City address in the Council Chambers in City Hall at 232 West Sierra Madre Boulevard. This year’s theme is “A Sustainable Sierra Madre” and the event will [...]

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Friday February 19 2016

Leaf Blower Exchange Program Aims to Reduce Noise, Pollution

Press Release posted 2/19/16 – SCAQMD sponsors an annual Leaf Blower Exchange Program that helps clean the air through the exchange of backpack leaf blowers. Commercial landscapers and gardeners operating within the South Coast Air Basin can exchange old, noisy, high-polluting backpack leaf blowers for new low-emission/low-noise backpack leaf blowers available at a discounted price. [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

Update On Temporary Contract For Supplemental Police Services For Nighttime Patrol

 - At the Tuesday, February 23, 2016, City Council meeting, the City Council will consider an agreement with the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department to temporarily provide supplemental police patrol services, seven days a week between the hours of 6:00 pm and 6:00 am beginning Sunday, February 28, 2016.  The Sierra Madre Police Department has [...]

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Saturday February 13 2016

Letter to the Editor Re: Domestic Terrorism

Posted 2/13/16 – We have had intensive information about the government’s investigation into the Islamists’ shooting in San Bernardino, including a report earlier this week.  It is good that it is properly investigated, including to avoid comparable incidents in the future.  It is my understanding that the investigators have concluded that the shooters “self radicalized” [...]

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