Archive for ‘June, 2013’


Morning jolt: Altadenan becomes Compton’s mayor, and Ibarionex trains his lens on Sarah

Morning jolt: Altadenan becomes Compton’s mayor, and Ibarionex trains his lens on Sarah

Home town girl makes good: Former Altadena resident Aja Brown, 31, became mayor of Compton, beating out seasoned rival Omar Bradley. Brown, an urban planner, was raised in Altadena where her mother, Brenda Jackson, still lives, and gardens at the Altadena Community Garden. The LA Times has a pre-election profile here. Shutterbuggin’ in Altadena: We […]

The debate over the TCA’s 241 Toll Road extension, Round 2

The debate over the TCA’s 241 Toll Road extension, Round 2

From The Toll Roads website, the master plan for the 241 Toll Road. Five years after the Transit Corridor Authority failed in its attempt to win approval to connect it’s 241 Toll Road from the 91 Freeway in the Anaheim Hills to the Interstate 5 just south of San Clemente, the Orange County agency is […]

Fence coming down, ducks moving in at Echo Park Lake

Fence coming down, ducks moving in at Echo Park Lake

Fence coming down around Echo Park Lake. There are a few more signs that Echo Park Lake is returning to normal after its grand reopening this weekend:  On Monday, workers began removing large sections of the chain link fence and green screen that had encircled the park during a two-year long  construction period.  Recreation and […]

Vertical’s Winemaker Dinner Series

Vertical’s Winemaker Dinner Series

Vertical Wine Bistro is hosting its Summer Winemaker Dinner Series starting Thursday, June 27th with Caymus Vineyards. A different winery will be featured every month with a different menu “perfectly paired to the featured wines.” Dinners will include a Prosecco reception and a raffle for a set of the wines tasted that evening. The reception […]

Trattoria Neapolis

Trattoria Neapolis

An Untraditional Review for an Untraditional Restaurant Though the word trattoria means small family restaurant in Italian, this space is anything but. And though Neapolis is Greek for Naples—perhaps hinting at the fusion of California cuisine and traditional Italian cuisine—this reviewer honestly cannot say because she wasn’t able to ever get a hold of the […]

LATHER for Pas. Community Gardens

LATHER for Pas. Community Gardens

It’s going to be “an indoor garden party”… …in the skin care aisle. LATHER is a brand that takes “a holistic approach to skin care” and a company that looks for “opportunities to give back to the community.” Pasadena-based beauty entrepreneur Emilie Davidson—serious migraine sufferer since childhood—grew up ultra-sensitive to her surroundings, especially the chemicals […]

The waters of Echo Park Lake are not true blue

The waters of Echo Park Lake are not true blue

The grand opening of Echo Park Lake this past weekend found park visitors getting reacquainted with their favorite landmarks, including the  park’s landmark green bridge,  the pink lotus blossoms and the blue lake. Wait a minute. A blue lake? As anyone remembers, the color of Echo Park Lake used to range from a muddy brown […]

Snowden leaks include international spying during G20 summit

Snowden leaks include international spying during G20 summit

Edward Snowden talked to The Guardian newspaper about how American surveillance systems work and why he decided to reveal NSA files to the public.; Credit: The Guardian The G8 summit began today and Edward Snowden’s leaks have many world leaders concerned. According to The Guardian, Snowden has documents that show international spying during the 2009 […]

Pasadena’s literary cachet (helped by Altadenans) inspires book

Pasadena’s literary cachet (helped by Altadenans) inspires book

From left: Altadena residents Michelle Huneven and Patricia O’Sullivan with Naomi Hirahara (who writes about an Altadena-based gardenr/detective) pose at the Prospect Park Media offices in Pasadena on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The writers’ collaboration "Literary Pasadena" was released in April 2013. By Steve Appleford Pasadena Sun The literary bona fides of Pasadena have never […]

Whisky & Poetry Salon

Whisky & Poetry Salon

Distill my beating heart! Straight from Literary Libations to your lips: a candlelit evening of decadent debauchery, Scotland’s finest whiskies, and the communal love of all things poetic. Editor’s Note: Not being poetry aficionados (though we are enthusiasts), our initial reaction to hearing “whisky and poetry” in the same sentence conjured pictures of Dylan Thomas […]

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