News / June 20, 2019 Summertime Living With and Respecting Wildlife

By Terry Miller If you’ve noticed, it’s a bit warmer and summer is certainly here. Many of our wildlife friends are seeking water, food and perhaps a cool splash in your pool or pond. For the most part, they are not a threat to humans—unless provoked. Bear sightings near the foothills always increase in summer...

News / June 18, 2019 City of Pasadena Adopts More Than $872M for 2020 City Wide Appropriations

By Terry Miller During Monday’s Pasadena City Council meeting, council approved an increase in next year’s appropriations. The General Fund will be $274.4 million and the total appropriations rest at $872.5 million. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Adopted Budget totaled $816.7 million overall. This included an operating budget of $658.4 million, capital appropriations of $83.4...

News / June 14, 2019 Upcoming Traffic Enforcement Program in Pasadena

The Pasadena Police Department will be conducting a Traffic Enforcement program on Friday, June 14, 2019, throughout the City of Pasadena. Officers will be deployed at various locations throughout the city to look for violations including, but not limited to, primary collision factors involving speed, red signals, and right of way violations. When violations are...

News / June 13, 2019 Wildfires: Year Round Threat to California

By Terry Miller Just when is fire season in California? The experts will tell you that fire season’s now a year-round threat, at least in California. Firefighters put their lives on the line to save ours on a daily basis. When fires start, our first responder firefighters are always ready to fight Mother Nature’s wrath...

News / June 12, 2019 Pasadena Releases Cannabis Redacted Applications and Scoring

Last week, the six highest-scoring commercial cannabis applicants were announced. Their applications along with scoring sheets are now posted on the city’s website. “Minimal redactions have been made to the applications to comply with law and privacy. The six highest-scoring applicants are the best qualified in this extremely regulated arena and are sufficiently capitalized to deliver the highest quality operations,”...

News / June 11, 2019 Pasadena Reinforces That All Fireworks are Illegal in Pasadena

In 2018, the City of Pasadena amended its municipal code to hold property owners and tenants responsible for permitting the possession, sale, usage or discharge of fireworks on their property. The code allows for the prosecution of fireworks-related offenses and for the demand of payment for all costs associated with the safe disposal of confiscated...

News / June 10, 2019 City of Pasadena Welcomes Mayor of Dakar-Plateau, Pasadena’s Newest Sister City

Officials from the City of Pasadena and Dakar-Plateau, Republic of Senegal, will formalize their sister city relationship when the mayor and delegation from Dakar-Plateau visit the Pasadena City Council Chambers on Monday, June 17, at 6:30 p.m. Both cities hope to foster cross-cultural understanding, friendships, educational exchanges, and partnerships. While in Pasadena, Dakar-Plateau Mayor Alioune Ndoye and dignitaries will take part in commerce and business discussions. They will also visit schools, local museums, cultural centers, and a historical church....

News / June 10, 2019 Former Pasadena Lawyer Pleads Guilty to $4 Million Wire Fraud

A former California attorney has pleaded guilty to one felony count of wire fraud for falsely representing to his clients that he obtained favorable legal resolutions for them, and then perpetuating the scheme by delivering clients fraudulent documents, some with the forged signatures of judges, and by making disguised telephone calls to them. Shant Ohanian,...

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Portantino Keeps the Pressure on Perez for Transparency

Portantino Calls On Speaker To Release Details On “Budget Secrets Task Force” Sacramento – Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) today released the attached letter calling on Speaker Perez to provide details on the “Task Force” that will examine transparency in Assembly budgets: “In August, you announced the creation of a “Task Force” designed to…

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House Fire Leads to Homicide Arrest –

House Fire Leads to Homicide Arrest – On Friday, September 30, at approximately 5:56 a.m. Pasadena Police and Fire personnel responded to an apartment fire at 59 South Meredith Avenue. The fire was contained to a single unit and; subsequently, a deceased female adult, later identified as Maria Donnely, a 28 year old Pasadena resident,…

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Governor Brown Signs Legislation

Governor Brown Signs Legislation That Requires Amazon.com and other Internet companies to collect Sales Tax Approving a landmark legislative compromise that creates jobs and ensures that online retailers do not receive an unfair tax advantage over brick-and-mortar businesses, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a bill that requires Amazon and other internet retailers to collect…

Pasadena Fire Dept Assists Monrovia in Industrial Fire
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Pasadena Fire Dept Assists Monrovia in Industrial Fire

A massive fire erupted at an industrial complex dangerous close to the gas station on the south east corner of Shamrock and Huntington on Wednesday evening around 6pm. Response was swift and aggressive from multiple agencies as far away as Alhambra and South Pasadena. Smoke and fumes were heavy and fire fully involved when fire…

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SENATE BACKS PORTANTINO’S BILL TO BAN “OPEN CARRY”

Sacramento – Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s groundbreaking legislation (AB 144) making it illegal to carry an unloaded gun in public was approved late today by the State Senate (vote of 21 to 18), adding to the growing chorus of public officials and law enforcement groups calling for a ban on “open carry” in public. “I am…

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Monrovia Mayor to Be Honored by NAACP

The Pasadena branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is honoring Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz on Thursday at the 26th Annual Awards Dinner for her “dedication to improving the quality of life for all Monrovians,” said Pasadena NAACP President Joe Brown. “Over the past three years, we have watched…

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