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Arroyo Seco Weekend is Not Just a Music Festival, It’s an Entire Weekend Experience

The 2017 Arroyo Seco Weekend – the first edition of the planned annual Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival – happens in Pasadena on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at the Brookside Golf and Country Club near the Rose Bowl and offers a host of activities other than just music. The event will feature over 25 bands during both days, a wide selection…

Parks and Privacy: Security Cameras Report Raises Concerns

Citing “a number of public safety incidents and the protection of City assets and personal property” along with the rise in use of security cameras…

City Begins Building Civic Center Task Force

Victor Gordo Following the unexpected collapse of a plan last fall to restore the historic Julia Morgan-designed YWCA by converting the building to the main entrance way of a luxury boutique hotel, the City Council Economic Development and Technology Committee held its first discussions Tuesday evening to create a new…

Task Force Being Assembled for Civic Center Improvement Initiatives, After Kimpton Hotel Project “Failure”

A copy of the early Bennett Plan which envisioned a stately Civic Center for Pasadena. A City committee is scheduled today to consider plans to…

Pasadena’s Higher Minimum Wage Ordinance Hits City in the Pocketbook

The Pasadena City Council is set to approve tonight $231,000 in pay increases for non-Union-represented, non-management City employees effective on the first day of the pay period that includes July 1, 2017, to comply with the City’s minimum wage ordinance approved in 2016. “Although not covered by the ordinance, the…

Pasadena Man Arrested in Roundup of Alleged Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Members, Associates

A Pasadena man was among 22 alleged members and associates of the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang indicted and arrested today on federal racketeering charges. Earlier…

How to Beat the Heat in Pasadena This Weekend

The season’s first heatwave will bake what is expected to be a busy weekend in Pasadena filled with outdoor activities, prompting authorities to remind the public to exercise caution. “Heat-related illness is a very serious concern. It’s one of the number one weather related killers of the country,” explained National…

Meteoric Rise in Number of Airbnb Accommodations Prompts Regulations Recommendation

Following an arduous public hearing and discussion, the Pasadena Planning Commission Wednesday evening recommended an amended set of short term Airbnb rental regulations for the…

Accused Pasadena Bank Robber Worked in Hollywood Special Effects Industry, Lived Lavish Lifestyle

Images captured from bank security videos of the "Dual Valley Bandit" in action during robberies. Photo: FBI A Pasadena man accused of carrying out bank robberies in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys worked in the Hollywood special effects industry, apparently once made intricate costumes for the hit Spider-Man…

‘New Deal’ Era Mural at McKinley School, Carefully Restored After Civic Effort Raises $100,000, is Unveiled

A mural that has lived on a large wall inside the McKinley School library for 75 years received a much needed restoration after decades of water damage and wear and tear thanks to a community effort which raised $100,000 to conserve this beautiful piece of Pasadena art history. The giant oil on canvas 16 foot by 40 foot mural, “Modern Education/School Activities”, was painted by artist Frank Tolles Chamberlain in 1942 as a part of a government funded “New Deal” program established under President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s designed to improve living conditions for those suffering the effects…

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