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Guest Commentary | The State of Black Pasadena: A Continuing Story

Pasadena District 3 Councilmember John J. Kennedy By PASADENA DISTRICT 3 COUNCILMEMBER JOHN J. KENNEDY| This story builds upon the previous article I authored on April 21, 2014 entitled: THE STATE OF BLACK PASADENA: An Incomplete View. Before you ponder my comments below, may I suggest that you consider reading or rereading the referenced article which appeared in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal. The battle…

Tournament of Roses Foundation Elects New Board Members

The Tournament of Roses Foundation elected Philip V. Orozco and Amy Wainscott to the Foundation Board. These new members replace outgoing board members Laura V. Farber…

What You Should Know Before You Come Face-to-Face With a Bear in Your Backyard

Bear sightings this time of year have become the norm for the San Gabriel Valley. Even so, Monday evening’s sighting of a large bear in northeast Pasadena near the Eaton Canyon Golf Course seemed to have startled and unnerved some residents. The bear was first spotted at Riviera Drive and…

Bomb Threat Closes East Pasadena Elementary School

A phoned bomb threat to Willard Elementary School at about 11:40 a.m. Monday led to an immediate school evacuation and early dismissal, but no explosive…

Southern California Gas to Run Make-or-Break Pressure Test on 20-Inch Pipeline in Pasadena, Altadena

Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) will test a major local pipeline by forcing water through it at very high pressure to see if it holds without leaks, a move prompted in part by the tragic natural gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010. Late last week, Pasadena Water and…

For Pasadena’s Youngest Boxers, Months of Training on the Line at Saturday’s Villa-Parke Boxing Show

“I love the sport and I love winning. You have to set goals and have motivation,” said 17-year-old amateur boxer Humberto Robles of Pasadena. Pasadena’s…

June 1 Jury Trial Set for Pasadena Black Lives Matter Organizer Jasmine Richards

Pasadena Black Lives Matters organizer Jasmine Richards (center, wearing bow tie) stands between her attorneys and in front of a supporter at a Wednesday, May 18, 2016 press conference outside the Pasadena Superior Courthouse. A Pasadena Superior Court Judge has ordered a June 1 jury trial for Pasadena Black Lives…

Councilwoman Says Measure A Must Be Repealed or Overturned in Order to Campaign Against 710 Freeway Tunnel “Disaster”

Councilmember Margaret McAustin Councilmember Margaret McAustin on Tuesday agreed with Mayor Terry Tornek that the City cannot actively campaign against the building of a tunnel…

Pasadena Unified Schools Announces Compliance with Recently-Issued Federal Transgender Bathroom Guidelines

After the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued transgender bathroom guidelines late last week, Pasadena Unified officials announced that District schools were already in total federal compliance. Mercy Santoro, Associate Superintendent for School Support Services at PUSD, said the district has been implementing administrative regulations intended…

Federal Judges Inspire John Muir High School Students to Dream Big

It seems like all too often the media publishes stories about juveniles standing in court before judges. Here’s a heartwarming story about the exact opposite: judges – federal judges, no less – went before John Muir High School students in the federal courthouse on Grand Avenue in West Pasadena to explain themselves, their jobs and why they love the law. The gathering last Friday was called the Law Day Power Lunch. Students and various federal judges and attorneys socialized over sandwiches and good conversation at the prestigious Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Power Lunch is the brainchild of U.S.…

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