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Press Conference at the Rose Palace

Press Conference at the Rose Palace

This morning while floats were being decorated all around us, we conducted a press conference at the Rose Palace about safety and enforcement measures for the 2011 Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. In the photos above, Fire Chief Dennis Downs addresses the media. Here’s the Rose Palace exterior. You’ve passed it a jillion times. [...]

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Merry Christmas, Everybody!

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Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow

This was shot Wednesday by Dan Rix, our city engineer in the Public Works Department. His office is on the third floor at City Hall. Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree

Last night the colorful lights on the City Hall Christmas tree were turned on during a special holidy celebration. The tree was put in place and decorated on Monday by the Public Works Department. Yours truly served as MC last night. Mayor Bill Bogaard flipped the switch that turned on thousands of energy-saving LED lights [...]

Happy Itsenäisyyspäivä

Happy Itsenäisyyspäivä

Itsenäisyyspäivä translates to Independence Day in Finnish. These are photos I shot at the estate of the late Finnish composer Jean Sibelius when I accompanied Mayor Bill Bogaard and his field representative, Judy Kent, to Järvenpää, Finland, in summer 2008 for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of our sister city relationship. Finland was gobbled [...]

Two Sweet Boys

Two Sweet Boys

When I was growing up, I played with snakes and lizards. I’ve never had a fear of reptiles. This 40 lb. python is a sweet boy. So sweet, in fact, that my grandson Steven and I cuddled with it at the snake expo on Sunday at the Pasadena Convention Center. I’ve been to the all-new, [...]

Don’t Breathe the Fumes!

Don’t Breathe the Fumes!

Today the information booth in the grand entrance of Pasadena City Hall is being refurbished from stem to stern, including paint, wood varnish, etc. We don’t have any volunteers in the booth today for obvious reasons, so if you come to City Hall and don’t know where a particular office is, there’s a directory nearby [...]

Jan Curran — The Tribute Continues

Jan Curran — The Tribute Continues

This is my dear friend Jan Curran as I’ll always remember her. Everyone who saw yesterday’s blog post knows that Jan passed away Monday evening. Even in her last months of life, she was always put together well. Five or six years ago (I’ve lost track), she moved to Ventura where the weather is cooler. [...]

My Friend Jan

My Friend Jan

Forgive me for not posting a Mystery History photo this week. My very dear friend Jan Curran passed away last night. She had been battling cancer for the better part of 20 years. She kept fighting it and winning, then would get knocked down again and claw her way back. I wrote about her in [...]

Out My Front Door

Out My Front Door

Yesterday morning when I opened my front door to go to work, the air was so crisp and clean, the grass was so green from the rains and the mountain was so beautiful that I quickly took out my camera and snapped a shot. I live in an 1,100-square-foot house on a 10,000-square-foot lot, and [...]