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Tree People, Head to City Hall Tonight

Tree People, Head to City Hall Tonight

As readers of this site, the Star-News and the connected blogs in town know, the city of Pasadena cut down the stately ficus trees in front of Vroman’s a few nights ago. More trees are slated to fall soon. First, please read Larry Wilson’s most recent editorial here, and then read Cafe Pasadena’s post here, [...]

Lance & Levi at the Rose Bowl

Lance & Levi at the Rose Bowl

Just back from walking down to the Rose Bowl to watch the cyclists complete the Amgen Tour of California. My neighbor Elizabeth shot this photo of the main pack. Lance Armstrong is in the blue and gold with the yellow-and-black helmet, second from the left. He and his colleagues were riding to protect winner Levi [...]

Chip Jacobs, Smogman

Chip Jacobs, Smogman

Bit by bit, we at Hometown Pasadena are connecting with the most interesting writers in the San Gabriel Valley, and I’m here to tell you, there’s a lot of ‘em. Our newest writer pal is Chip Jacobs, an Altadena native, Flintridge Prep alum (and current parent), USC J-school veteran (he was there just behind me), [...]

The Koi Sale of All Koi Sales

The Koi Sale of All Koi Sales

We stopped by Koi the other day, in search of a particular purse. No luck with the purse, but wow! The current sale is the best one they’ve ever had. We saw racks and racks and racks of fabulous stuff, all marked down, some two and three times; we spied dress-up tops for $20, hip [...]

State of the City: the Bogaard Speech

State of the City: the Bogaard Speech

It’s understandable if you missed Mayor Bill Bogaard’s annual State of the City speech on January 22nd — after all, it was just two days after President Obama’s inauguration, and I know on the 22nd all of us at Hometown Pasadena were still having trouble focusing on anything that didn’t involve national unity, hope for America’s [...]

Snow Day

Snow Day

The best thing about our offices at Prospect Park Books (besides the books, of course) is the view from our two big windows looking onto the San Gabriels. Here’s the view from late Monday morning, when the cloud cover lifted for about 20 minutes to show snow at remarkably low levels. That’s the ductwork from [...]

Roundabout Shame

Roundabout Shame

I love Pasadena, I really do. But when I drive down Glenarm or El Molino, I am embarrassed for our city. Who thought up these no-doubt-expensive, half-assed roundabouts? Have these people never traveled to the many places around the world that have roundabouts? Do they not understand the whole point of them — which is [...]

It's Another Sunny Day — Go Solar!

It's Another Sunny Day — Go Solar!

On her blog, Pasadena public information officer Ann Erdman spills the details on a free city seminar tonight, Thursday 1/29, about going solar. There’s never been a better time. The costs are dropping and the tax incentives are high. You might even say it’s your patriotic duty! Click here for details.

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

Former Altadena/La Canada/Pasadena locals David King and Julie Carnahan (they got around!) now live in Madison, Wisconsin. They both worked in film production but left it behind in search of a simpler life and a lower cost of living in a smart, if cold, town. The good news is that they’re as creative as ever, [...]

Hometown Girl Wins Caldecott

Hometown Girl Wins Caldecott

The most recent book by Pasadena’s own Marla Frazee, A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever (Harcourt), was just selected as one of three 2009 Caldecott Honor Books. The awards were announced today at the American Library Association meeting in Denver, Colorado. Marla, a friend to all the Hometown Pasadena authors and an [...]

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Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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