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My eldest nephew Rich married my new niece-in-law Nicole on Saturday at a beautiful outdoor wedding at her parents’ home in Prather, Calif., in the foothills of the Sierras. She had a black-and-white theme, right down to the cake: It was magnificent, and we all enjoyed ourselves long into the evening. Here’s the happy couple: […]

Training Day

Training Day

All day yesterday and today, and then next Wednesday and Thursday, I’m in federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS) training. I’m not alone: Lisa Derderian (below), our emergency management coordinator, and Fire Chief Dennis Downs, have been leading the training. Several times we’ve done small-group exercises to make disaster planning and response decisions based […]

Tri-cities PIOs

Tri-cities PIOs

The Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena PIOs get together every so often to discuss shared issues and catch up on each other’s projects. We rotate cities, and today it was Pasadena’s turn. We met at Smitty’s* on South Lake and had a bittersweet meeting. I say that because Ritch Wells, PIO for the City of Glendale […]

Let’s Hear it for the Women!

Let’s Hear it for the Women!

Business Life Magazine is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Sept. 22 “Women Extraordinaire 1990-2010″ gala at the Glendale Hilton Hotel. Why does this matter to Pasadena? Because among the 20 women they’re honoring from throughout the Glendale/Burbank/Pasadena area are former Mayor Katie Nack (in memoriam), shown at the top of this post; Assistant City […]

And the winner is…

And the winner is…

I was thrilled to receive the Award of Excellence at the annual conference in Atlanta of my national professional organization, City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA), for phase one of the community engagement program for Pasadena’s General Plan update that took place over the course of nine months in 2009. I submitted our entry in […]

BearCat to the Rescue!

BearCat to the Rescue!

Yesterday (Thursday) morning I accompanied Mayor Bill Bogaard and City Manager Michael Beck to the Pasadena Police Department for a briefing on our new BearCat armored vehicle. In the photo above, (from left) Lt. John Dewar explains some details to Mayor Bogaard as Cmdr. Mike Korpal, Michael Beck and Police Chief Phil Sanchez look on. […]

Pumping In for "Outlaw"

Pumping In for "Outlaw"

Some scenes for the new NBC series “Outlaw” were shot at Pasadena City Hall this week, with interiors in the Council Chamber on the second floor and exteriors in corridors and the grand entrance. City Hall portrayed a federal courthouse in Mexico. If you saw a lot of police officers in non-Pasadena uniforms, they were […]

…We All Scream for Ice Cream!

…We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Two days after an ice cream social at City Hall for employees, the city manager hosted another one for employees who work at the City Yards on the north side of Mountain Street just east of the 210 Freeway. This is where many of the operations for the Public Works Department and Pasadena Water and […]

I Scream, You Scream…

I Scream, You Scream…

City Manager Michael Beck‘s ice cream social for employees Tuesday was a big hit on a very hot day. The servers were mostly members of the executive staff. In the photo above, Fire Chief Dennis Downs and his executive secretary, Peggy Palmer, stand at the ready to scoop the creamy confectionery at this second annual […]

Looking at Something-or-other on My Conference Table

Looking at Something-or-other on My Conference Table

During a meeting in my office today, Michael Beck (left), the mighty Zack Stromberg, Robert MontaƱo and I pored over some designs for something that will be revealed to you in time. Michael is the city manager, Zack is my graphic designer in the Public Affairs Office and Robert is a project planner in the […]

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