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Xicheng Management and Development Seminar

Xicheng Management and Development Seminar

Employees of the Xicheng District of Beijing were invited to a seminar about Pasadena during which Mayor Bill Bogaard, Business Development Manager Eric Duyshart, a couple of Pasadena Sister Cities Committee members and I spoke (with the help of interpreters). About 400 employees attended. Mayor Bogaard discussed our Green City Action Plan, Eric talked about [...]

Ladies Who Weed

Ladies Who Weed

On our way back to Shanghai from the Zhouzhuang Water Village, we stopped for lunch in Kunshan. These ladies were weeding the grass and clearly enjoying each other’s company. They were pleasantly surprised that I thought they were photo-worthy. Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Jeannine Bogaard

Jeannine Bogaard

What a pleasure to have Jeannine Bogaard (right) along on our China trip! She traveled from her home near Madrid, Spain, and met us at the Beijing Airport shortly after we arrived in China. In the photo above, taken during the Shanghai leg of our trip, she’s standing with her dad and Judy Kent, field [...]

The Grand Mercure

The Grand Mercure

In Beijing we stayed at the Grand Mercure Hotel. We checked in after returning from the Great Wall. That first evening, while the others were taking a pedicab tour of a Hutong area and going out to dinner, I stayed in my room, iced my knee and ordered in. The front desk staff got to [...]

I Made it to the Great Wall!

I Made it to the Great Wall!

I had the pleasure of accompanying Mayor Bill Bogaard on a 10-day trip to China in celebration of 10th anniversary of Pasadena’s sister city relationship with the Xicheng District of Beijing. We departed LAX at 1:40 a.m. Saturday, June 19, and arrived in Beijing at 5:20 a.m. the next day. We couldn’t check into the [...]

Meet Phil Sanchez

Meet Phil Sanchez

Part of my role is to organize press conferences. In the council chamber yesterday, Phil Sanchez was introduced as Pasadena’s next police chief. He’ll begin his new duties on July 11. City Manager Michael Beck is in the background in the photo above. After the formal portion of the press conference, Phil Sanchez took a [...]

Anatomy of a Cake

Anatomy of a Cake

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts is one of the institutions that cements Pasadena’s standing as a bona fide college town! A team of 14 aspiring chefs hand-picked by instructor Alicia Boada worked tirelessly under her direction for days to perfect a magnificent three-foot-tall, six-tiered cake replica of Pasadena City Hall to help celebrate [...]

Read!

Read!

Catherine Hany, communications manager for Pasadena public libraries, came up with a fun campaign to help everyone embrace the power of reading. It features Mayor Bill Bogaard and every member of the Pasadena City Council. Posters are at local libraries. And speaking of reading, get your children and teens signed up for our free summer [...]

Mystery History — Solved!

Mystery History — Solved!

Susan wins with her 7:58 a.m. Tuesday guess “It’s 1986 and the City of Pasadena is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.” In the photo above, which I converted to black and white for this posting*, a huge ceremony commemorates the event and thousands of balloons are released from Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall. [...]

Mystey History

Mystey History

Where are we? And what’s happening? The first person to guess correctly will win a fabulous prize! I’ll have the full scoop on Thursday. Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

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