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Bloggers Picnic

Bloggers Picnic

The 2011 Bloggers Picnic was yesterday (Saturday) at Farnsworth Park in Altadena. There were about 40 people who came throughout the day, including the merry bunch above. Enter and sign in, please: So many of my fellow bloggers have doubled as citizen reporters from time to time via their sites, often about City of Pasadena [...]

Coming and Going

Coming and Going

Vince Bertoni (center), director of the Planning Department, was welcomed by city staff and the community during a March 10 reception in the grand entrance of City Hall. Patsy Lane, director of the Human Services and Recreation Department, retired yesterday. She was honored during a reception Wednesday on the bridge on the east side of [...]

Everybody Loves a Big Red Fire Truck!

Everybody Loves a Big Red Fire Truck!

On Saturday a new ladder truck was dedicated at Fire Station 32, followed by a tour and celebration. Yours truly with Grant Derderian (kid extraordinaire) and Beverly White (local resident and KNBC-TV reporter): Grant’s mom Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Department’s emergency management coordinator: You should know by now that every time I mention Lisa in [...]

The Coundown Has Begun

The Coundown Has Begun

The ban on outdoor watering begins next week! From March 18 to 27, the F.E. Weymouth Water Treatment Plant in LaVerne will undergo a seismic retrofit, during which a major MWD water pipeline through the San Gabriel Valley that supplies about 40 percent of Pasadena’s imported water will be shut down. Everyone in Pasadena will [...]

Citizen Journalism

Citizen Journalism

Larry Wilson, public editor of the Pasadena Star-News, was the guest speaker at the kickoff of the Citizen Journalism Speaker Series on Wednesday evening. Bloggers and others gathered in the Donald R. Wright Auditorium at Pasadena Central Library to hear Larry discuss the changing face of professional journalism today and how the average joe can [...]

161 School

161 School

The 161 School in the Xicheng District of Beijing is in a set of ancient buildings in the Forbidden City. And we think Pasadena schools are historic! Students from 161 School and Blair High School have been communicating with each other via the Internet for more than 10 years, and delegations of students have visited [...]

Stadium Expansion is Off and Running

Stadium Expansion is Off and Running

I’m frightfully late in posting these photos from the groundbreaking at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Jan. 25. I served on the planning committee for the event, which marked the beginning of an extensive renovation and expansion project. In the top photo, that’s Mayor Bill Bogaard (center) on the 50 yard line, flanked by (left [...]

They Got Pinned

They Got Pinned

When there are promotions of sworn personnel in the Pasadena Fire Department, ceremonial badge-pinnings are part of the well-deserved pomp and circumstance. In the photo above, Kevin Costa, a 14-year veteran of the department, receives his new badge from his wife and mother at Fire Station 34. He was promoted from battalion chief to deputy [...]

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 [...]

Our Name in Lights

Our Name in Lights

Last night was Mayor Bill Bogaard’s State of the City event in the ArcLight Theaters at Paseo Colorado. How fun it was to see the event on the theater’s marquee! Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO