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Owen Brown gravesite, before and after fire

Owen Brown gravesite, before and after fire

Trails advocate Paul Ayers forwards this historical photo of the Little Round Top gravesite of Owen Brown, son of the liberator John Brown, at his burial service in the hills above the Meadows neighborhood of Altadena: and after the Station Fire swept through: Go to Larry Wilson’s Public Eye

This morning, inside the Station Fire

This morning, inside the Station Fire

I met up with naturalist Christopher Nyerges this morning before 7 at his home in The Meadows neighborhood of Altadena, which had been evacuated Saturday as the fire swept through on its way east from the mountains above La Canada. We walked down the trail into the Upper Arroyo Seco above JPL, hitting the Arroyo […]

The fire up close — and from very far away

The fire up close — and from very far away

This photo from the Earth Snapshot Web site — www.eosnap.com; hat tip to Kevin Roderick at LA Observed — was taken yesterday from a satellite. It was taken Sunday afternoon, our time, clearly — as anyone who was around in the morning knows that we were socked in by the worst smoke I’ve ever seen […]

Breaking ground at PCC

Breaking ground at PCC

The PCC Lancer Band Friday morning at the arts building groundbreaking. Pasadena City College may be absent a permanent president here two days before classes start with the school’s biggest semester ever. But it’s got a great interim president in longtime administrator Lisa Sugimoto. And from the enthusiasm on campus early Friday morning at the […]

A landscape architect, late of Pasadena

A landscape architect, late of Pasadena

Ken Wormhoudt was a Pasadena landscape architect for many years — the family lived in the Duncan-Irwin House near the Arroyo, back before anyone much cared about Greene & Greene — and the house is one of the brothers’ greatest. Ken did the pine trees that surround the Neighborhood Church just down the block from […]

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 […]

The Friday column: Truths for the angry liars

The Friday column: Truths for the angry liars

IN the heat of this whole shouting match about health, I had an appointment Wednesday with my physician, Malathi Narayan. She naturally follows the politics of the debate with a professional passion. Like many people I’ve visited with this week, she was impressed by the recent Steve Lopez column on the irony of the Forum […]

Surfin' The Sea Ranch

Surfin' The Sea Ranch

Photo credit: Rick Gough Thanks to our glorious friends Jessica Seaton and Keith Wilson, we got to spend a vacation week with them up at their classic NorCal beach house at The Sea Ranch in Sonoma County near the Mendocino County border. I had never surfed anything like 114 miles north of the Golden Gate […]

Will Mayor Bill Bogaard run again?

Will Mayor Bill Bogaard run again?

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard writes a note to say that there has been “a surprising” amount of interest as to whether he will run for another term as mayor in less than two years. As I speculated in a recent column, from my vantage point, at least, there are signs that he will indeed run […]

Emma in Wonderland

Emma in Wonderland

Emma Jacobsen-Sive of the Pasadena Museum of California Art, dressed in black and white, was standing today inside the painter Annie Lapin’s parti-colored installation at the museum, “Parallel Deliria Iteration.” The piece is made up of flotsam and jetsam from the painter’s studio practice and is in the museum’s Project Room in the always exhilirating […]

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