News / July 18, 2019 Summertime: Shake and Bake

Recent earthquakes shake, rattle and roll residents with talk of ‘The Big One’ By Terry Miller There is little scientific evidence that the summer heat we’re experiencing and earthquakes are somehow related, however the so called Shake-and-Bake theory is very much alive, especially on the internet. There is even an “earthquake cake” resourceful bakers have...

News / July 18, 2019 Pasadena Residents Demand Changes to Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

By Alex Cordero  The Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) is currently under review by city officials and community residents are urging Pasadena council members to vote on having the IHO amended with new policies to help the high demand for affordable housing. The Inclusionary Zoning Working Group (IZ) of the Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG)...

News / July 17, 2019 Pasadena Adopts Payment Policy for Certain Tax-Exempt Institutions, Holds Off Final Approval

By Evan V. Symon At their latest meeting held on July 15, the Pasadena City Council passed a policy requiring certain non-profits to adopt a “payment in lieu of taxes.” The policy states that non-profit organizations that have development agreements with Pasadena will pay an annual Public Benefit Payment. The only institution to be affected...

Crime / July 16, 2019 Duarte Gang Member Sentenced to Life for Pasadena Murders

One of the four Duarte gang members convicted of murder last December in connection with three homicides in Pasadena between 2016 and 2017 was sentenced July 8 to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Read More: 8 Suspected Gang Members Arrested by Pasadena Detectives for Attempted and Multiple Murders Ricardo Santiago from the...

Crime / July 16, 2019 Suspicious Death Victim Identified by Pasadena PD

On Sunday, at about 2:55 p.m., Pasadena Police Department personnel responded to 50 Alessandro Place on a report of a woman down, possibly deceased in the southwest parking lot of the location. Upon arrival, officers found the deceased woman. Fire department personnel responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene. The woman has been...

Crime / July 15, 2019 Pasadena Police Detectives Arrest Elder Financial Abuse Crew

Pasadena Police Detectives arrested a crew of elder financial abuse suspects charged with stealing over $24,000 from the 73-year-old victim over a three and a half month period. The suspects are also suspected of attempting to steal an additional $54,000 from the same man, who is a cancer patient and suffers from mental illness and...

News / July 15, 2019 City of Pasadena Announces Modifications to Tenant Protection Ordinance

The Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO), which was adopted in 2004 and amended in 2017, requires landlords to provide relocation benefits to tenants who are displaced under specific circumstances. The recently modified TPO now covers situations in which a change in property ownership has occurred within 18 months prior to the tenant being issued a notice...

News / July 11, 2019 Immigration in America

Give us your tired… By Terry Miller In the over-the-top $1.7m Trump celebration of freedom in Washington last week, the very thing we cherish most is that which citizens of oppressed nations so desperately seek. It wasn’t so long ago when the poem on the Statue of Liberty, Emma Lazarus’s 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus”...

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Pasadena Man Appointed Deputy Director of California Toxic Substance Control by Governor Brown –

Pasadena Man Appointed Deputy Director of California Toxic Substance Control by Governor Brown – Brian Johnson, 56, of Pasadena, has been appointed deputy director for enforcement at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Johnson has been the principal partner for ICF Consulting since 2007. He served as the manager for the environmental division for…

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Two Arrested after Police Shut Down Pot Operation

Police shut down a state-of-the art hydroponic Marijuana operation The Pasadena Police Department’s narcotic’s team ended a two month investigation by serving a series of search warrants in the cities of Baldwin Park, North Hollywood and Pasadena. The culmination of the investigation led to the seizure of over 125 cultivated Marijuana plants, packaged Marijuana for…

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Mayor Bogaard Reflects on Death of Jim Plotkin

STATEMENT BY PASADENA MAYOR BILL BOGAARD ON THE PASSING OF JIM PLOTKIN “Claire and I are mourning the death of Jim Plotkin, who lived a long life of courage and commitment that, in many positive ways, shaped Pasadena as it exists today. History will recognize him as a powerful force in creating Old Pasadena, and…

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Portantino Named Top Democrat by Capitol Insiders

Portantino and Pro Tem Steinberg Named Top Two Democrats by Capitol Insiders Schools may have done away with winners and losers, but not the folks at Sacramento’s “Around the Capitol”. Today, they released the results of their reader poll and named Assemblymember Anthony Portantino – Assembly Legislator of the Year. Darrell Steinberg, the Speaker Pro…

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Anthony Portantino’s ‘Open Carry’ Gun Bill Signed Into Law

Anthony Portantino’s ‘Open Carry’ Gun Bill Signed Into Law AB 144 Bans Open Display Of Unloaded Handguns in CA Governor Brown today signed Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s landmark legislation banning the “open carry” of firearms in California – a bill supported by the California Police Chiefs and rank-and-file officers. The measure, AB 144, will outlaw the…

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SANTA ANITA RESTRUCTURES BUSINESS OPERATIONS

SANTA ANITA RESTRUCTURES BUSINESS OPERATIONS Quinn, Hammerle Elevated In Management Reorganization Several management and operations responsibilities at Santa Anita Park are being reorganized as part of an ongoing restructuring of management of the facility to gain operational efficiencies and to help position the landmark horse racing facility for future growth, track officials announced today. The…

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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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