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My Blog’s a Source on Wikipedia!

My Blog’s a Source on Wikipedia!

Patrick Peter Early, an editor on Wikipedia, notified me last Thursday via Facebook that one of my blog postings has been cited as a source for a Wikipedia article about late Pasadena Mayor Horace Dobbins. To my knowledge, this is the first time my humble little site has been used as a source on that [...]

Your City at Work

Your City at Work

Last Wednesday I began taping a new edition of “Your City at Work,” a series on KPAS that has me following a city employee out of the office and into the field. Past editions have featured a public health nurse, motorcycle cop, code compliance officer, arborist and other employees who don’t spend all their time [...]

Final China Images Before Moving On

Final China Images Before Moving On

Not too long ago Michael Ma, a sweet young man who works for the Service Center for International Exchanges in the Xicheng District of Beijing, would have been arrested for wearing this shirt. He accompanied our delegation almost everywhere and we got to know him pretty well during our China sister city trip. He’s a [...]

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the seat of supreme power for 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties from 1416 to 1911. The palace was “forbidden” in the sense that, aside from members of the imperial household, no one could enter without the emperors’ permission. This historic wall has nine dragons standing guard. In ancient [...]

Pasadena Expatriates in China

Pasadena Expatriates in China

Rob Bowman still owns his home in Bungalow Heaven, though he rents it out ever since he moved to the Xicheng District of Beijing about three years ago to teach English at a high school and a middle school. He used to work in the media center at PCC. Now he’s married to his sweet [...]

Great Wall, Revisited

Great Wall, Revisited

I made it to the entrance of the Great Wall and could go no further, but others in our delegation did. So I’m borrowing some photos in hopes that you’ll get the full flavor of the place. All the photos above were shot by Fred Alcantar, chairman of the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee. His knees [...]

China Alley Shopping

China Alley Shopping

In Beijing and Shanghai we found some of the most quaint shops down historic, cobblestoned alleys. Here Mayor Bogaard feasts his eyes on something interesting in a shop window. It was drizzling that day. There are also plenty of open-air markets and services: Read the Full Story at Pasadena PIO

Chairman Mao is Watching You

Chairman Mao is Watching You

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the center of the communist government. On every street in every corner of the city there are military police and images of national communist pride. And the late Chairman Mao is overseeing it all. In modern times the traditional, stern images of Mao have [...]

Daniel

Daniel

We walked into this first grade classroom in the Xicheng District of Beijing to find Daniel teaching English to an exuberant group of six-year-olds. After class was over, Daniel told me his fascinating story: He was born in Ghana and moved to England with his parents when he was a teenager. He got his law [...]

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 [...]

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