News / October 22, 2020 L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva Faces Increasing Pressure to Resign

By Terry Miller It has not been a very good few years for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). Scandals have riddled the department including the incarceration of several high-ranking members of the LASD. Former Sheriff Lee Baca — who was criticized for proposing a half-percent sales tax increase in 2004 to hire more...

News / October 21, 2020 City of Pasadena Removes Memorial for Anthony McClain

By Terry Miller With increased tension among neighbors, police and Black Lives Matter supporters, a makeshift memorial for Anthony McClain was removed Tuesday by Pasadena Public Works. McClain was shot and killed by Pasadena police on Aug. 15 after a routine traffic stop. The controversial move is on the heels of increased activity in the...

Crime / October 20, 2020 Two People Shot in Pasadena Monday Night Near Memorial for Anthony McClain

By Terry Miller Pasadena police received a report of multiple shots fired in the immediate area of a local park. Officers responded and located approximately 30 shell casings on Raymond Avenue but found no victims at La Pintoresca Park near the makeshift memorial for Anthony McClain who was shot and killed by Pasadena police in that...

Business, News / October 20, 2020 Final Round of L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program Begins Oct. 26

Last chance for small businesses to apply for $5,000-$25,000 grants The sixth and final round of the $100 million L.A. Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund grant program commences Monday, Oct. 26, marking the last week that eligible Los Angeles County microentrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits can apply for a $5,000-$25,000 grant. Since grant program opened in July, fund...

News / October 19, 2020 Newsom Says California Will Review F.D.A.-Approved COVID-19 Vaccine for Safety Before Distributing to the Public

While there is no proven vaccine for COVID-19 yet, a group of scientists will review any vaccine that receives federal approval and verify its safety, before California makes a vaccine available to the public, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Monday. A group of California physicians and scientists with expertise in immunization and public health have been named...

News / October 16, 2020 Civilian Oversight Commission Calls for the Resignation of Sheriff Alex Villanueva

The Civilian Oversight Commission for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) hosted a virtual meeting Thursday during which it unanimously voted (8-0) to approve a resolution expressing no confidence in L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s leadership and calling for his resignation. The commission also accused the sheriff of failing to cooperate with the oversight panel. The commission...

Business, News / October 16, 2020 Deadline for L.A. County’s Small Business Grant Program Extended

Applicants may submit through Oct. 19, 2020, 11:59 p.m. The application period for the county’s Small Business Revitalization Grant Program, which opened last week, has been extended to Oct. 19, 2020, 11:59 p.m. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has provided Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to create the Small Business...

News / October 15, 2020 Assembly Holds Oversight Hearing on California’s August Power Outages

The California State Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy held an oversight hearing to discuss the Aug. 14 and 15 electricity outages and the Preliminary Root Cause Analysis prepared by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The report found that rolling blackouts were a result of poor planning...

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Pasadena Fire Strike Teams Return After Assisting with Statewide Mutual Aid
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Pasadena Fire Strike Teams Return After Assisting with Statewide Mutual Aid

Over the past three months California has experienced its worst fire season in history. The Pasadena Fire Department responded to several incidents as part of their commitment to statewide mutual aid. “We thank our community and city management for allowing us the opportunity to support other counties and neighboring cities affected by these unprecedented wildland…

Public Health Confirms 41st L.A. County Child Was Diagnosed with Rare COVID-related Syndrome
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Public Health Confirms 41st L.A. County Child Was Diagnosed with Rare COVID-related Syndrome

C.D.C. identifies similar syndrome appearing in adults The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Friday that another child has been diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but serious condition linked to COVID-19. All 41 children with MIS-C in L.A. County were hospitalized and 46% of the children were treated…

Pasadena Interim Fire Chief Announces Retirement
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Pasadena Interim Fire Chief Announces Retirement

Pasadena Fire Department Interim Chief Bryan Frieders has announced his retirement effective Nov. 30, 2020. Frieders joined the Pasadena Fire Department as deputy chief in 2016 after making his way through the ranks with the San Gabriel Fire Department. Prior to that he began his career in 1990 as an emergency medical technician in Glendale….

Pasadena Crime Blotters: September 2020
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Pasadena Crime Blotters: September 2020

Sept. 1 At 4:30 p.m. officers responded to a business located at the 2000 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue regarding an attempt robbery. The victims/employees reported that the suspects entered the business and attempted to steal a lawn mower. The victim physically grabbed the suspect to prevent the theft, at which time the suspect…

L.A. County Businesses Eligible to Receive $30K Relief Grants
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L.A. County Businesses Eligible to Receive $30K Relief Grants

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently voted to use Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to create the Small Business Revitalization Grant Program. Eligible applicants will receive $30,000 to use for employee payroll, working capital to continue operations, payment of outstanding business expenses and adaptive business practices needed to remain open….

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