For Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pasadena Unified Considers Hiking Fees for Early Childhood Education Program

By EDDIE RIVERA

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 8:51 am

The Pasadena Unified Board of Education will consider a recommendation by Superintendent John Gundry to increase fees for its Early Childhood Education Programs at Thursday night’s Board meeting. The recommendation cites increased operational costs and state guidelines as the impetuses behind the proposed $50 per month fee hike. The Full Fee rate for part-time PUSD childcare would increase to $430 monthly while the current full-time rate of $750 would increase to $800. The proposed fee increase would cover recent staff…

Student Rep Cries ‘Foul’ in Commencement Controversy

Monday, April 21, 2014 | 3:31 pm

Simon Fraser The controversy surrounding the “disinvitation” of Oscar-winning writer/producer and Pasadena City College alumnus Dustin Lance Black…

City Swings Into Action to Consider Beyonce and Jay-Z Rose Bowl Concert on August 2

Friday, April 18, 2014 | 3:18 pm

[Updated April 21, 2014 | 9:20 a.m.]  It’s beginning to look as if an August 2  summer concert…

Also

Difference Makers and Disruptors Connect, Aim to “Reinvent Pasadena”

Breaking in Art Center College of Design’s month old South Campus on Raymond Avenue, Innovate Pasadena held an inaugural event Thursday—in every sense of the word—with a Connect mixer that kicked off a weekend for “difference makers and disruptors.”

Local Government

City Needs Volunteers to Help People with Disabilities During Disasters

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 4:17 am

The City will hold a free training at the First Church of Nazarene on May 28-29 for volunteers who will assess the needs of people with disabilities and provide them…

Mayor Calls Delayed 710 Freeway Report a “Significant Setback”

Published Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:11 am

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard called the delay of the State Route 710 North Study draft environmental impact report a “significant setback for the proposed SR-710 Tunnel” and said the computer…

Education

Distinguished Cultural Anthropologist Michael Wesch To Speak At PCC

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 8:16 am

Pasadena, Calif., – Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch, studies the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education and…

Pasadena Unified Celebrates Earth Day By Announcing Major Savings in Energy Consumption

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 1:37 pm

In commemoration of Earth Day, the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) announced Tuesday that the district has achieved more than $2.5 million in savings through a 19% reduction in energy…

Business

Pasadena’s Jacobs Engineering Group to Acquire Verizon’s Subsidiary

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:21 am

Pasadena-based Jacobs Engineering Group has announced that it is set to acquire Verizon‘s Federal Network Systems subsidiary, an Arlington-based company that provides a comprehensive communications, IT, and security solutions package…

Community News

Renovated Rose Bowl Drawing Major Concerts Like Never Before

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 4:00 am

[Updated April 22, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.]   The Pasadena City Council Tuesday approved plans for a Beyoncé and Jay-Z concert in the Rose Bowl on August 2.  That concert becomes…

The Arts

College Students Get Discounts, Free Admission, Exclusive Tours at Norton Simon Museum

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:42 am

Norton Simon Museum will hold a one-night event exclusive for college students giving them the chance to meet artists, explore their favorite exhibits and get food discounts on Friday, April…

Pasadena Central Library Holds Free Screening of 1942 Romantic Comedy “The Palm Beach Story”

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 4:22 am

The Pasadena Central Library will hold a free public screening of the 1942 romantic comedy…

Tomorrow: Top State Photographers to Gather in Pasadena for Four-Day Photo Expo

Published Monday, April 21, 2014 | 4:57 am

Beginner and professional photographers throughout California will gather at the Pasadena Convention Center for the…

Events

Athens vs. Sparta War Portrayed with Sensual, Hilarious Slant at PCC Play

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 6:03 am

The war between Athens and Sparta has been depicted in both theater and film dozens of times, but Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata” is one of the few, if not the only one,…

Pasadena Playhouse Stages Improvised, Unscripted Play Inspired by Shakespeare

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 5:52 am

The theater group known for its improvised plays has gone to Pasadena Playhouse to stage…

Los Angeles-Based Ensemble to Headline Presbyterian Church’s Music at Noon Concert

Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 5:45 am

Los Angeles-based Divan Consort ensemble will headline Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Music at Noon concert on…

Science

Astronomers Discover Earth’s “Cousin” Planet Through Pasadena Jet Propulsion Laboratory Telescope

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 4:18 am

The artistic concept of Kepler-186f is the result of scientists and artists collaborating to imagine the appearance of these distant worlds. Image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech Scientists were able to…

Caltech Cargo Launched to Space Station

Published Monday, April 21, 2014 | 1:35 pm

The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft with Caltech’s CASIS PCG HDPCG-1 experiment aboard is berthed to the International Space Station, April 20, 2014. Credit: NASA When the SpaceX-3 cargo resupply mission…

Opinion

Opinion: Portantino and Social Media

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 12:08 pm

Anthony Portantino likes Twitter and Facebook as much as the next guy, but he worries that extreme texting and posting are eroding young people’s ability to successfully interact in the…

Opinion | Mind Over Money: Defending Democracy in the Wake of McCutcheon

Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 8:37 pm

One of the countless prescient scenes in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 finds the hero, Montag, struggling to memorize a simple Bible verse as a toothpaste commercial blares over…

Features

Disinvited Pasadena City College Commencement Speaker Lashes Back

Published Friday, April 18, 2014 | 5:16 am

  Oscar winning screenwriter and PCC alumnus Dustin Lance Black Oscar-winning Hollywood screenwriter/producer Dustin Lance Black blasted Pasadena City College, his alma mater, after he says it disinvited him from…

Mayor Calls Delayed 710 Freeway Report a “Significant Setback”

Published Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 7:11 am

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard called the delay of the State Route 710 North Study draft environmental impact report a “significant setback for the proposed SR-710 Tunnel” and said the computer…

Crime

Allegedly Drunk Driver Hits 100 Miles per Hour Hurtling Down Fair Oaks Ave., Then Crashes

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 7:01 am

An allegedly drunk driver hurtled down Fair Oaks Avenue about 12:25 a.m. this morning at speeds over 100 miles per hour until he sideswiped a parked car and slammed into…

Driver Overturns Car on Washington Boulevard, Attempts to Flee

Published Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 6:44 am

A man allegedly driving under the influence sideswiped two parked cars then lost control of his vehicle and it overturned on Washington Boulevard near Los Robles Ave. about 9:00 p.m.…

Public Safety

Pasadena Commander is New Police Chief of Northern California City

Published Monday, April 21, 2014 | 9:02 pm

  Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales has been named the new Police Chief of San Pablo in northern California. [Updated April 22 | 6:51 a.m.]  A Latina commander with the…

Pasadena Police Release Air Operations Noteworthy Incidents Log for March

Published Monday, April 21, 2014 | 5:28 am

  3/1 Night Shift PD-1 monitored and responded to the area of Garfield Ave and Howard St. regarding a vehicle pursuit. Just prior to arrival, the vehicle yielded and the…

Sports

Registration Now Open for 2014 Sierra Madre Adult Co-Ed Softball

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 5:02 pm

Grab friends and neighbors and sign a team up for the City of Sierra Madre’s…

LA Galaxy vs Manchester United Tickets at Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Sale Now

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 11:35 am

The online exchange has become a favorite of soccer fans interested in getting in on…

PCC Women’s Swimming Sets 6 South Coast Conference Records At Conference Finals

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 7:45 am

  The Pasadena City College duo of sophomore Shannon Cheung and freshman Connie Peng raised…

Living

It Keeps Getting Sweeter! See’s Candies Opens New Shop in South Pasadena

Published Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 1:06 pm

See’s Candies (See’s), one of the most trusted and timeless candy makers in the country, will celebrate the grand opening of a new shop in South Pasadena, California on May…

Redefine How You Dine during Pasadena Restaurant Week

Published Monday, March 31, 2014 | 1:43 pm

Pasadena’s restaurant community opens its doors to guests from throughout Southern California for the fourth…

Summer Means Swimming

Published Monday, March 24, 2014 | 2:46 pm

It’s looking a lot like summer out there, but doesn’t it always? The flowers of…

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena to Launch Chuan Spa Merging Traditional Chinese Medicine with Advanced Beauty Technology

Published Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 5:28 pm

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena will unveil its luxurious new Chuan Spa this June, offering advanced…