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Bernard Melekian, Former Pasadena Police Chief, Appointed to New Post in Santa Barbara County

Former Pasadena Police Chief Bernard “Barney” Melekian, whose law enforcement career spans more than 40 years, has been appointed as an Assistant County Executive Officer (ACEO) over public safety in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato made the announcement Wednesday, adding he will be transferring to the County Executive Office on ...


Pasadena Executive Director Named “Inspiring Leader” by Center for Nonprofit Management

As part of its 40th Anniversary Celebration the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) published a list of 40 Inspiring Leaders and four honorees, that demonstrated effective leadership, measurable results, and inspiration in their organization or community. The CNM reached out to its nonprofit colleagues throughout Southern California to ask for nominations of inspiring leaders in ...


Neil Young Announces Warm Up Shows in Santa Barbara Leading Up to This Week’s Arroyo Seco Weekend

Fans of Neil Young stand to enjoy a double dose of his solo acoustic trademark this week after he announced two new shows in Santa Barbara before he appears on this year’s Arroyo Seco weekend at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. On Friday, Young added the two shows, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20, ...


Students Graduating from Caltech Friday Say a Future Elon Musk May Be in Their Ranks

Over 200 students in Caltech’s Class of 2018 are readying to graduate from the iconic institution Friday and some student body members say their fellow classmates have what it takes to become future billionaire technology visionaries. “There are a lot of people here that … cross between technology and business and I’m sure there are ...


An Evening Among the Roses Event at Huntington Library Celebrated Area’s LGBTQ Community

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino hosted An Evening Among the Roses, A Celebration of the LGBTQ Community, on Friday, June 8, in the Library’s celebrated Rose Garden. The event featured an opportunity to view rarely displayed Lewis Carroll materials from The Huntington’s archives, including both first editions of Alice ...


Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61; Counted California’s In-N-Out, With A Location In Pasadena, As His Favorite Burger Chain

Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken former chef, and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown died on Friday, June 8 at age 61. He visited restaurants around the world and counted among his favorites Southern California’s In-N-Out Burger which has a location at 2114 E Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena. Bourdain’s was found unresponsive in his hotel room in Paris, ...


KPCC Chief, Southern California Public Radio Founding President, CEO Bill Davis Steps Down

The Board of Trustees of Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) announced today that Bill Davis, President and CEO, has decided to step down and begin the leadership transition process for the organization. Davis, who will continue in his current responsibilities through December 2019 or until his successor is appointed, will work closely with the SCPR ...


Bruce Blomstrom, Co-Founder of Pasadena BioScience Collaborative, Dead at 80

  Bruce Blomstrom, Co-Founder and longtime President of the Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative Incubator, died last week from complications resulting from Parkinson’s disease. He was 80. Blomstrom passed away June 13 near his home in San Marino, a Los Angeles Business Journal report said Wednesday, quoting family members. Bruce Alden Blomstrom was born in Salem, Massachusetts ...


Leslie A. Ito Named New Executive Director of Armory Center for the Arts

Following a 6-month national search conducted by the executive search firm of Morris & Berger, Armory Center for the Arts’ Board of Directors have announced that Leslie A. Ito of South Pasadena will become the organization’s new Executive Director, effective September 4, 2018. Ito, 43, is highly regarded as one of the most skillful, entrepreneurial ...


Benefit Concert at Westridge School Will Support the Education of Refugee Children

  An Adopt-A-Future Benefit Concert, Friday, June 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. will take place at the Westridge School’s Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, 324 Madeline Drive (parking is free). The concert is sponsored by the United Nations Association (UNA) – USA Pasadena Chapter. The Adopt-A-Future (AAF) program focuses on providing educational services to the ...


Pasadena Symphony’s Lora Unger Named Year’s Top CEO by International Professional Association

Lora Unger, Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Symphony and POPS, has been selected by the New York-based International Association of Top Professionals as Top CEO of the Year. Unger was selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession, the organization announced on Monday. Unger has been leading the Pasadena Symphony and POPs ...


Pasadena Concert Promoter and Preservationist Gina Zamparelli Dead At 59

Pasadenan Gina Zamparelli, preservationist, concert promoter and founder of Zamparelli Productions, has died. She was 59. Zamparelli died on May 21 after a malignant brain tumor diagnosis earlier in the month. according to an obituary provided by the family. She produced mostly heavy metal concerts at legendary venues like Perkins Palace in Pasadena, (also known ...


Pasadena Art Alliance Honors Pasadena Educational Foundation With Impact Award

The Pasadena Art Alliance, a storied support group for Southern California arts and artists, honored the Pasadena Educational Foundation on Thursday, June 7 with the Impact Award for its My Masterpieces K-12 art program. The award was announced at the Art Alliance’s annual meeting at a private residence near the Rose Bowl. The Pasadena Art ...


Mark Goldstein Continues His Ride Across America to Benefit HEAR Center

On May 21st, Mark Goldstein left Boston, Massachusetts in pursuit of Santa Monica, CA. He plans on averaging 70 to 80 miles per day and will take the time to experience new cities with his family as he rides along. Goldstein is a former client who visited HEAR Center in the 1980s, and was inspired ...


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