Jerry’s Journeys – November 14, 2012

Astronaut Steve Lindsey (red shirt on left) with Scouts

By Jerry Jambazian
November 14, 2012 • 1,855 views

 

Boy Scouts’ Special Visitor:

 

Temple City had a special visitor on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Astronaut Steve Lindsey visited Troop 161 from First United Methodist Church where he received his Eagle Scout rank on July 4, 1976, our country’s 200th birthday.

Boy Scouts of America, San Gabriel Valley Council hosted a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Eagle Scout Award at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. The Council presented the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award to Astronaut and Colonel (retired) to Steven W. Lindsey.

Colonel Lindsey is an accomplished and highly decorated United States Air Force Pilot and Astronaut, who has logged over 7,000 hours of flight time in more than 50 different types of aircraft, and served on five Space Shuttle missions. Colonel Lindsey was the Commander of three of those missions, including Space Shuttle Discovery’s last flight in 2011.

Colonel Lindsey thrilled the young scouts by showing a 17-minute video of the launch of the final Discovery mission in 2011. Steve was very gracious by fielding many questions from the curious scouts and their parents about life in space.

Downtown Temple City:

What happens before the wedding? An engagement, of course! Temple City is down on one knee, asking for your hand in planning a vibrant downtown area.

With the design phase of the Las Tunas Drive Streetscape Project kicking into high gear, the City is inviting the public to “get engaged” at the project’s first community workshop at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 at Live Oak Park Community Center.

Local residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and share their ideas and dreams of how to transform Las Tunas Drive into a more inviting, pedestrian-friendly destination.

With the redesign, the City has an opportunity to not only improve pedestrian amenities by adding high visibility crosswalk markings and corner “bulb -outs” that could shorten street crossing distances, but also initiate other beautification enhancements, including widened sidewalks for outdoor dining, new lighting and furnishing options. Altogether, these improvements will allow for the formation of attractive “park-once,” walkable retail clusters that will attract not only local residents, but regional visitors to explore Temple City’s Las Tunas Drive.

The meeting will be the first of two scheduled for the next two months. The City’s urban design team, led by San Francisco-based Freedman, Tung and Sasaki will be facilitating the meeting. After gathering community input at the first workshop, FTS will develop three design concepts to be presented on December 20.

The meeting will include light refreshments. Chinese translation and childcare services will be provided.

Post-Election:

Are you sad the elections are finally over? It has been seven days now and I have been suffering from political ad withdrawal syndrome. It has been a busy month for me and I did not have an opportunity to watch television. I taped all the shows I would have viewed and guess what? They are filled with the ads all over again. Lucky me.

Thank you, Temple City, for 4,716 (almost 1 per student) residents voting their support of Measure S that will pay dividends not only to the students, it will also increase the value of your home for years to come. Congratulations to the hard-working committee of Staci Hazlett, Mary Saxon, Dawn Tarin, Gina Aparicio, John Gins, Vinson Bell, Frank Escudero, Bob Sparnicht, Scott Wardlaw, Spephanie Rodriguez, and Donna Georgino that spent countless hours making sure that the campaign was ethical and disseminated factual information.

Temple City Tweets:

The pile of dirt is being moved again at Las Tunas and Rosemead in anticipation of a great project. The Rosemead Beautification project is scheduled to begin next year as the recent bid process was successful. Lights On Temple City is always a popular event complete with a parade, and Santa – live and in person – on December 6. Farmer’s Market every Sunday at City Hall from 8 to 1. Come check out the organic fruits and vegetables, eggs, flowers, plants, honey, and baked goods.

See you soon…

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