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Mayor Announces Steve Mermell Appointed Interim City Manager

Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek announced this week that Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell has been appointed by the City Council to serve as Interim City Manager. Mr. Mermell assumes his new duties effective February 15, 2016, replacing outgoing City Manager Michael J. Beck, who has accepted a new position as Administrative Vice Chancellor for UCLA. ...


Caltech Geobiologist Honored by National Academy of Sciences

Dianne Newman, professor of biology and geobiology at Caltech and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has been awarded the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Award in Molecular Biology for her “discovery of microbial mechanisms underlying geologic processes.” The award citation recognizes her for “launching the field of molecular geomicrobiology” and fostering greater ...


San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Board of Directors Approves Jeff Allred as New President and CEO

Wednesday morning the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership Board of Directors approved Jeff Allred, current City Manager of Rosemead, as the next President and CEO of the Partnership. Allred, a 50-year resident of the San Gabriel Valley, has served in various capacities of city management in the cities of Rosemead, La Verne, El Monte, West ...


Departing City Manager Michael Beck Bids Farewell to Pasadena City Hall

Departing City Manager Michael Beck was fêted at City Hall by colleagues and friends Tuesday evening as he ends his position as Pasadena’s City Manager. He will be assuming a vice-chancellor position at UCLA. “I feel like I have been blessed to have worked in Pasadena, and I think we have accomplished so much, with ...


Congresswoman Judy Chu to Attend “Love of Chocolate” Event

  “Congresswoman Judy Chu (27th District), will talk briefly at the 5th Annual “For the Love of Chocolate,” dinner and fundraising event to be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6th at the Woman’s Club of South Pasadena, 1424 Fremont Avenue.“ All proceeds from “For the Love of Chocolate” will benefit the ...


A Special Evening with Mike Saijo and Japanese Writer Naomi Hirahara

In conjunction with the exhibit Mike Saijo: INAKA, A History of Japanese American Gardeners, January 9 – February 26, 2016 at the SPARC Gallery, The South Pasadena Arts Council, in collaboration with the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the Library will present a special evening presentation/conversation with Mike Saijo and Japanese writer ...


Rabbi Sharon Brous in the Rector’s Forum at Pasadena All Saints Church

Rabbi Sharon Brous, a founding member of Los Angeles-based Ikar will be featured at the Rector’s Forum at Pasadena’s All Saints Church on Sunday, April 10, 2015, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. The Rector’s Forum at All Saints Church has a long history of bringing speakers with national and international influence to speak on issues ...


JPL Scientist, Caltech Professor Bock Receives Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

Jamie Bock, professor of physics and Jet Propulsion Laboratory senior research scientist, has received the Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation from the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The award citation notes his “development of low-noise ‘spider-web’ bolometers”—devices for measuring radiation—that have enabled fundamental measurements of the cosmic microwave background. The award is given annually for ...


Mother’s Club to Host Power of Two Dinner Honoring John and Nancy Carlton

  In 1961, Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center began as a grassroots effort to help the most isolated and impoverished families in our community. Now, 55 years later, Mothers’ Club has grown to be a strong and successful organization providing comprehensive two-generation learning programs to more than 100 low-income families each day. Join Mothers’ Club ...


JPL Engineer, Mars Landing Pioneer Elected to National Academy of Engineering

JPL engineer Adam Steltzner, who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, is being honored with admission into the National Academy of Engineering. Steltzner is recognized for development of the Mars Curiosity rover’s entry, descent and landing system and for contributions to control of parachute dynamics. Election to the academy ...


The Women’s City Club of Pasadena Hosts ‘An Affair to Remember’

  On Friday, February 12, the Women’s City Club of Pasadena will be hosting ‘An Affair to Remember’ at 160 North Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. that evening. There will be a Valentine’s dinner, a champagne tasting, live music and dancing.   Events such as ...


American Idol Finalist Rayvon Owen to Perform at Hillsides Gala, Symphony of Dreams

2015 American Idol Top Four Finalist Rayvon Owen will perform at Hillsides annual gala, Symphony of Dreams, which will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 27. Owen, who recently was awarded the “Rising Star” award at the L.A. Music Awards and is releasing his new single, “Can’t Fight ...


Huntington Hospital Announces New and Returning Board Members

Huntington Hospital announced today the election of three members to its board of directors, effective January 1, 2016. Bill Bogaard has been elected as a new board member and Ellen Lee and David Kirchheimer have been elected as returning board members. “Each of these three community members will uniquely add great expertise and professional knowledge ...


Altadena Resident to Chair LA County’s Sybil Brand Commission

Altadena Resident and lifelong educator, Barbara Bigby was recently elected Chair of the Los Angeles County Sybil Brand Commission for Institutional Inspections.Barbara is the first African American to serve in this esteemed role.Commissioner Barbara Bigby was first appointed by Supervisor Michael Antonovich in June 2008, representing the 5th Supervisorial District. Barbara is an advocate for ...