December 19, 2016

Pasadena Dedicates Plaque at Former Apartment of President Obama

Residents of Pasadena and City officials gathered Saturday to unveil a plaque at the site where President Barack Obama once resided while a student at Occidental College in Los Angeles. The plaque says that the “future 44th president of the United States” lived at the address, an apartment building at 253 E. Glenarm Street, from 1980 to 1981.

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November 29, 2016

City And Public At Odds Over Intentions Of Anti-Camping/Panhandling Ordinance

The Pasadena City Council recently approved an ordinance which amends the municipal code in order to address “homeless camping” in public spaces and aggressive panhandling. The ordinance prohibits any “tent, lodge, structure, temporary or makeshift shelter, or unattended installation or display in any park” or public right-of-way. Furthermore, the city will be able to confiscate any unattended property left within …

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November 9, 2016

Decades of City ‘Undergrounding’ Brings Community Concerns to the Surface

Supporters of putting overhead utility lines below city streets, or “undergrounding,” say that it has helped to beautify Pasadena, improve electric service reliability, enhance public safety and protect the city’s urban forest. But the massive program would end up costing $2 billion, would require a century to complete and was involved in a financial scandal.

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November 4, 2016

Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association Touts Achievements; Hosts Gold Line Historian

Local residents association vows to continue to ‘improve life in Pasadena’ To an audience that included former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, Ethan Elkind, author of “Railtown: Past and Future of the Gold Line” delineated the history of Pasadena’s light rail system, saying that the Los Angeles area’s rapidly expanding public transit system, non-existent only twenty years ago, is now the …

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November 3, 2016

Catching Up With Mike Giardello, President of Innovate Pasadena

Pasadena has a long history as a center of the technology and innovation world—all the way back to first American experiments with rocket launches in 1936—Southern California’s first foray into the rocket business (sorry, SpaceX)–through the Internet boom with Idealab, to today. We thought we’d catch up on what’s happening today, and in particular, how Innovate Pasadena ( is looking …

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