Archive for ‘January, 2011’


State of the City 2011

State of the City 2011

On Thursday evening, Mayor Bill Bogaard gave his State of the City report at Paseo Colorado‘s ArcLight Cinemas. Hundreds of people came and gathered in the lobby prior to doors of Theater 9 being swung open for the proceedings. Councilwoman Margaret McAustin came prepared for special effects! The theater filled up quickly: Vice Mayor Victor […]

Self Portrait at Macy’s Parking Lot

Self Portrait at Macy’s Parking Lot

What can I say? I’m a square. Who knew? (Don’t answer that.) I spent way too much time in my young life trying to keep up with trends, be cool and say and do what I thought other people wanted me to say and do. I worked so hard at it I fooled myself into […]

Around Town with Little Kids

Around Town with Little Kids

Had enough of playing Candy Land and going to the same old playground? You’re in luck—the Pasadena area is rich with outings for families with young children. Here are some of our favorites. For young ones, Kidspace is the place to be. It began as a labor of love in a makeshift, donated space and […]

Monterey Park

Monterey Park

America’s Chinatown The Facts What It Is: A 7.7-square-mile city eight miles south of Pasadena and nine miles east of downtown L.A Population: 60,051 Ethnic Diversity: 62% Asian, 29% Hispanic and/or Caucasian and darn few African-Americans, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders Median Household Income: $41,000 Key Players These pretty hills were originally inhabited by First […]

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand… is at Vroman’s

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand… is at Vroman’s

We’ve been hearing great things about Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, the debut novel of Helen Simonson. It follows the retired Major Ernest Pettigrew, living out his autumn years in the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary (oh those English). When Ernie’s brother dies, the Major (for reasons not discussed in the jacket copy) finds […]

Santa Anita Food Truck Festival

Santa Anita Food Truck Festival

One wonders how much longer The Food Trucks will draw a crowd. Is there a name yet for a gathering of them, their very own collective noun? Dolphins have pods, hyenas have cackles (despite what HuffPo says), rooks have parliaments—do food trucks have… wagons? Yes. Wagons. There will be a wagon (or maybe gaggle is […]

Katy Moffatt at Caltech

Katy Moffatt at Caltech

Country music gets a bad rap. If you like country, depending on who your friends are, you are either a) quite accustomed to defending the genre, or b) thinking, who doesn’t like country? Lots of people. I myself am not crazy about it, with some exceptions. Katy Moffatt, we hope, might number among them. The […]

Today’s “blue” blooded elite drifts to the left

Today’s “blue” blooded elite drifts to the left

In his new book, “Fortunes of Change,” author David Callahan argues that liberal views are gaining currency among America’s new upper-class, signaling a continental drift that will topple long-held beliefs about the super-rich. While “old money” tends to back the GOP and its pro-business, anti-government stances, today’s super-educated, nouveau riche professionals and entrepreneurs lean towards […]

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland! An Oswalt perspective

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland! An Oswalt perspective

What do zombies, spaceships, and wasteland all have in common? Nothing? Or everything! Patton Oswalt, a comedian known for his stand-up and roles in <i>The King of Queens</i> and Disney Pixar's <i>Ratatouille</i>, has put together <i>Zombie Spaceship Wasteland</i>, a collection of comedic yet insightful essays on the widest array of issues possibly imaginable – all […]

State Controller Launches Review of Redevelopment Agencies; Pasadena’s Community Development Commission on list

State Controller Launches Review of Redevelopment Agencies; Pasadena’s Community Development Commission on list

State Controller Launches Review of Redevelopment Agencies; Pasadena’s Community Development Commission on list State Controller John Chiang today announced his auditors were beginning reviews of 18 redevelopment agencies (RDA) across the state in an effort to obtain facts on how RDA funds are used and the extent to which they comply with laws governing their […]

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