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THE626NOW
November 25, 2011
Old Pasadena got a jump start on Christmas Friday evening, as hundreds of residents gathered for a tree lighting ceremony, a snow-filled children's playground and the arrival of Santa. The 2012 Rose Queen, Drew Washington, and her Royal Court welcomed guests and presented Santa, who has a personal mailbox set up in the city to receive and respond to letters from children throughout December. -- Tiffany Kelly, Times Community News Photo: Santa greets residents shortly after his arrival in Old Pasadena.
THE626NOW
November 29, 2011
Pasadena would conduct a full environmental review if the city decides to proceed with tentative plans to bring an NFL team to the Rose Bowl in the coming years, stadium officials said Tuesday. The report would cost $200,000 to $300,000 and would take an estimated nine months, meaning there is no chance of a team coming to town in 2012. The prospects of that were slight anyway, as developers of a proposed permanent stadium in downtown Los Angeles or the City of Industry have not convinced a team to relocate to Los Angeles.
NEWS
November 20, 2011 | By Adolfo Flores, Adolfo.flores@latimes.com
A Playhouse District commercial development sidelined by a lawsuit two years ago finally moved forward this week with a different look, and with former opponents on board. On Monday the Pasadena City Council approved permits for a five-story office building and two one-story retail and restaurant buildings at Colorado Boulevard and El Molino Avenue. The 145,000-square-foot project, proposed by Southern-California-based IDS Real Estate, is expected to bring nearly 700 jobs to the area.
NEWS
November 22, 2011 | By Adolfo Flore, Adolfo.flores@latimes.com
Pasadena is bracing for a potential influx of homeless people seeking shelter this winter as they discover that the program typically serving Burbank and Glendale has shrunk drastically. Glendale, which historically serves Burbank homeless through a long-standing agreement, decided to break off from the Los Angeles County winter shelter program and go it alone, downsizing from 150 beds to just 50. From Dec. 15 through March 15, organizers of the shelter at the Glendale National Guard Armory will accept only people referred by local aid agencies.
THE626NOW
November 22, 2011
Hoping to become a “zero waste” city by 2040, Pasadena is seeking public input for its long-term plan with two meetings on Dec. 1. The city's goal is to produce no garbage and recycle and reuse everything that is discarded 30 years from now. Meetings the city's Zero Waste Strategic Plan are scheduled for Dec. 1 at the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. A meeting from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. will focus on the business community; an evening...
NEWS
November 19, 2011
With the Occupy movement spreading across the globe, faith leaders have been busy taking sides in the debate, with many seeming to support what the protests are trying to achieve. According to OccupyTogether.com, the protests were formed to oppose “the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1% of America.” Targeting Wall Street first, protests have moved across the globe in major cities and smaller towns. Protesters in London managed to shut down St. Paul's Cathedral for several days and the event even led to the resignation of its Canon Chancellor (a church official who works in the areas of education and scholarship)
THE626NOW
November 16, 2011 | By Adolfo Flores, Adolfo.flores@latimes.com
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad detonated three pipe bombs found inside a Pasadena apartment building Wednesday. The Pasadena Police Department discovered the explosives in the wake of a Tuesday night incident in which a parolee fled from a traffic stop, according to Lt. Phlunte Riddle. On Tuesday night Pasadena officers attempted to pull over a driver at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Walnut Street. The man, Clint Brian Macias, 30, continued driving and then abandoned the vehicle at El Molino Avenue and Cordova Street, where he fled on foot.
NEWS
November 17, 2011
Don Maddox grew up in Pasadena and has served as a leader in local churches for more than 40 years. Retired as a member of the Presbyterian clergy in 2006, he serves as parish associate at San Marino Community Church, which has about 1,100 members. Maddox answered questions sent via email from the Pasadena Sun. Sun: The church is undergoing renovations. What will be the highlights? Maddox: San Marino Community Church is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The entire facility is being renovated, from the nursery school rooms to the sanctuary and everything in between - including tenting the entire structure for termites.
NEWS
November 12, 2011
Monty Python star Terry Jones, who directed and played four roles in the controversial 1979 movie “Life of Brian,” has said the film probably couldn't be made today because of a resurgence in religious belief. In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Jones said, “I never thought it would be as controversial as it turned out.... At the time, religion seemed to be on the back burner and it felt like kicking a dead donkey. It has come back with a vengeance, and we'd think twice about making it now.” He cited the extremism surrounding Salman Rushdie's “The Satanic Verses” as a reason for not wanting to make the movie these days.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2011 | By Lynne Heffley
The Orpheus myth, reinterpreted by major American contemporary composer Ricky Ian Gordon as a modern tale of love, loss and transformation, comes to the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena on Saturday. “Orpheus and Euridice,” Gordon's acclaimed chamber opera, will feature master clarinetist James Sullivan as the voice of Orpheus, Central City Opera and Pittsburgh Opera soprano Alexandra Loutsion as Euridice and noted pianist Alan Smith in a new theatrical staging by Mark Saltzman, artistic director of Boston Court's eclectic music series.
NEWS
November 14, 2011
One of the most sophisticated space vehicles ever made inches along the rocky landscape, aluminum wheels grinding like a spoon in a garbage disposal. Here in the Mars Yard at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory , what passes for the Red Planet looks like a vacant lot in Hesperia. The vehicle being tested, a replica of the latest Mars rover that will soon be crawling around up there, looks like a giant mechanical insect - six wheeled legs, an articulating arm and a pair of blue camera lenses like eyes peering from a boxy head.
NEWS
November 10, 2011
Today's veterans depart harsh conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan and other outposts to find their job prospects at home weak, the branches of the military struggling to provide proper medical care and the civilian population often out of touch with their efforts and sacrifices. All of which makes Pasadena City College's Veterans Resource Center a vital hub for vets returning to the region. The center, which launched last year, is already serving more than 800 veterans of the conflicts of Iraq and Afghanistan with everything from counseling to college orientation courses.
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