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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

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 [...]