Archive for ‘August, 2009’


Mt. Wilson Toll Road to re-open this weekend

Mt. Wilson Toll Road to re-open this weekend

It's been a long slog since the rains of '05, but after several months of work, the Mt. Wilson Toll Road is slated to re-open this weekend. LATimes has two artices:  one here, a newsy article, and one here, more of a hiker's perspective.  And yes, the Pinecrest Gate is to be unlocked, too.  Good […]

Nicole’s Warehouse Sale

Nicole’s Warehouse Sale

South Pasadenans and Francophiles from all over L.A. know Nicole’s Gourmet Foods as the charmant patio café and gourmet market — but there’s a whole other side of the business that most people never see. Saturday is your chance, when Steven Grandjean (son of founder Nicole Grandjean) open their Gourmet Imports wholesale warehouse in Alhambra […]

Nicole's Warehouse Sale

Nicole's Warehouse Sale

South Pasadenans and Francophiles from all over L.A. know Nicole’s Gourmet Foods as the charmant patio café and gourmet market — but there’s a whole other side of the business that most people never see. Saturday is your chance, when Steven Grandjean (son of founder Nicole Grandjean) open their Gourmet Imports wholesale warehouse in Alhambra for its […]

Ice Cream Social at City Hall

Ice Cream Social at City Hall

Yesterday City Manager Michael Beck hosted a lunch-hour ice cream social in the courtyard for employees. For the invitation Zack Stromberg, my talented graphic designer in the Public Affairs Office, did a take-off of “The Endless Summer” movie poster: Several department directors pitched in to help with scooping duties: Starting with the city manager in […]

Caption this photo… (#16)

Caption this photo… (#16)

Yeah … I got nothing for this one. Anyone? Go to Glimpses of South Pasadena

Recycling Efforts

Recycling Efforts

I saw my friend and neighbor Linda Centell at the District 3 block party. You may remember Linda; she works with Ann Erdman, Pasadena’s Public Information Officer. At the party, Linda introduced me to Gabriel Silva. Linda thinks the world of this guy and now that I know more about him, I do, too. Gabriel […]

NPR’s “Independent Farmers Feel Squelched by Milk Cartel”

NPR’s “Independent Farmers Feel Squelched by Milk Cartel”

Photograph by Katie Hayes/NPR NPR’s “All Things Considered” shared an informative, well told story on the dairy industry and the importance of buying locally to ensure fair wages to the workers while guaranteeing a fair market. Find the story here. Read or hear it on their podcast. Thanks, NPR! Go to Buy Local Pasadena

Saving the Julia Morgan YW

Saving the Julia Morgan YW

A Julia Morgan-designed staircase at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, just south of Monterey, where we stayed last week on NorCal vacation …. There’s a lot of interest in our own Julia Morgan, the exquisite, long-shuttered YWCA on North Marengo Avenue, after a posting on Curbed LA and a story in the Pasadena Weekly and a […]

Ice Cream Vendors: Pro or Con?

Ice Cream Vendors: Pro or Con?

Let’s take a small Chaos Chronicles Straw poll. Do you love the sound of the ice cream truck? Or do you cringe at the tinkling of the bell and the inevitable plea for sweets that will follow?For more enlightenment on a burgeoning national movement, click here. For me, this issue is a second cousin to […]

Solar: It's Time

Solar: It's Time

Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a few early adopters go solar in the Pasadena area, including our own Mel Malmberg, who lives in Altadena. But now the floodgates may be opening. Suddenly solar is looking a whole lot more affordable. Just a year or so ago, it cost in the range of […]

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