Archive for ‘March, 2014’


Sacramento Democrats feeling the loss of supermajority power

Sacramento Democrats feeling the loss of supermajority power

File: State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, talks with seat mate Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, in Sacramento, Thursday, May 16, 2013.; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP California Democrats lost their supermajority in the state Senate on Sunday, when Sen. Ron Calderon took an indefinite leave of absence to fight federal corruption charges. The legislative impact was felt Monday, […]

Boz Goes to Sleep

Boz Goes to Sleep

Today marks six months since Boz died. For posterity’s sake, I want to write down a few things about him. Also for myself. So, a tale, one last time. ***** The first night we brought Boz home from the shelter to live with us, he had a good meal and passed out from exhaustion on […]

Walk Northwest

Walk Northwest

Take a leisurely 3.7 mile walk through northwest Pasadena, which will feature historic landmarks and important community assets, to benefit Flintridge Center, a 25-year-old nonprofit organization that strives to “create profound and lasting change through programs that combat the effects of poverty and violence.” Walk Northwest is an annual fundraising event with proceeds used “to […]

Boyle Heights’ General Hospital gets back into the business of health care

Boyle Heights’ General Hospital gets back into the business of health care

Grand opening day for new wellness center | Jesse Saucedo Photos by Jesse Saucedo The former General Hospital in Boyle Heights has been virtually vacant for about six years after a new, 600-bed replacement hospital opened next door. But  now the Art-Deco landmark that rises 19 stories high is once again playing a role in […]

The College-Bound Chronicles Podcast 120: SAT Shake-Up and Gap Year Update

The College-Bound Chronicles Podcast 120: SAT Shake-Up and Gap Year Update

New podcast posted! Breaking news in the college admissions world.. The College-Bound Chronicles 120: SAT Shake Up A podcast series for parents tackling the college admissions process with their children. Advice and information from the parents’ perspective. Hosted by: Dr. Nancy Berk, psychologist, mother and author of College Bound and Gagged. Lian Dolan, mother, broadcaster […]

Orange County weighs color-coded restaurant inspection grading

Orange County weighs color-coded restaurant inspection grading

Orange County restaurants currently display health ratings, but don’t use letter grades, like many other major municipalities nationwide. The county is now considering a color-coded system ; Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images Orange County—which has long used small, subtle orange decals to inform restaurant patrons how establishments fared on health inspections—is now considering a simpler, more […]

Food Forward – Valencias

Food Forward – Valencias

“There’s something enjoyable about plucking ripe, orange spheres from the sky and delivering them into boxes…You can meet great people and make friends, or just find your own tree and let your thoughts wander while you help feed people.” (Michelle, Food Forward volunteer) Food Forward in North Hollywood is a volunteer-driven grassroots group who “rescue” […]

Artist Pool

Artist Pool

Have you ever imagined your art work on a massive scale? Maybe as part of a backsplash on a L.A. Metro landing, along the waiting platform or concourse, filling up 2-stories of a glass pavilion wall or overhead? Or, even along a construction fence? Metro invites visual artists residing in the United States to submit […]

Sukiyaki, Tsukemono, & Sunomono

Sukiyaki, Tsukemono, & Sunomono

Once a year the Pasadena Buddhist Temple annex is filled with the sights and aromas of Beef Sukiyaki. Temple members spend days preparing the menu items, starting with our “secret sauce” for the Sukiyaki. Accompanying the beef sukiyaki will be “tsukemono” cucumber pickles, “sunomono” made from daikon radish and carrots, a clear fish-broth based soup, […]

One City, One Story: Data Visualization

One City, One Story:  Data Visualization

Pasadena’s 2014 choice for One City, One Story is Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. It revolves around a young man who is out of work, begins to staff the midnight-to-8 shift at this fantastical bookstore, and ends up possibly dealing with immorality. Oh, and yes, there’s a secret code to break and an insider’s […]

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