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THE626NOW
January 2, 2012
South Pasadena's float "When Life Gives You Lemons... " featured several three-fingered aliens. Lead alien Leland Glauz, 13, was not worried about getting hot in his alien suit. "It's pretty cool," he said. "This is a once in a lifetime experience. " Carrie Luesue, a volunteer with South Pasadena's food pantry, said the biggest challenge was to fight off claustrophobia. -- Elisabeth Frater and Bill Kisliuk
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June 29, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
One of the most basic elements of journalism is the five Ws. Those are the who, what, when, where and why questions reporters are trained to ask in pursuit of a story. Occasionally, there is a sixth question - how? When I first came to the Pasadena Sun in early August 2011, I was given a daily refresher course from our perspective readers, coaches, players, parents and clients. They specifically wanted to know who I was, what was I doing at an event or game, when was the story going to run, where could they find a version of the article and why was I there?
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THE626NOW
July 2, 2012
South Pasadena police arrested one of the men captured on a surveillance video allegedly stealing a $1,000 puppy from a pet shop when he returned the "puggle" to the store, officials said.  Jesus Lopez Medina, 53, of Los Angeles, was arrested over the weekend when he returned the 6-month-old female puppy stolen from Pet's Delight in the 700 block of Fair Oaks Avenue a week and a half ago. The dog is a puggle, a pug-beagle crossbreed, police...
OPINION
June 29, 2013 | By Dan Evans, dan.evans@latimes.com
This is a column no editor wants to write, but here it is: The Pasadena Sun's last issue is today. The Sun's associated websites, PasadenaSun.com and The626Now.com , will point to an archive site shortly thereafter. We launched not quite two years ago - Aug. 5, 2011 - with a goal of becoming the deepest and most insightful source of news for Pasadena, South Pasadena and San Marino. We strove to cover things long ignored, to uncover wrongs, and give our readers a deeper understanding of their communities.
THE626NOW
December 12, 2011
South Pasadena police plan to conduct a DUI checkpoint from  8 p.m.  Friday, Dec. 16, until about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec, 19. Police did not disclose the location of the checkpoint. The checkpoint is part of a broader effort by regional law enforcement agencies to keep impaired drivers off the road during the holiday season. “There will be no spreading holiday cheer behind the bars of a jail cell,” South Pasadena Police Chief Joseph Payne said in a statement. “Don't let your 2011 holiday season end in an arrest or worse, death.  Remember, whether you've had way too many...
THE626NOW
February 14, 2012
A man was arrested for carrying burglary tools while slowly cruising a South Pasadena alley early Tuesday, police said. Bruce Underwood of Long Beach was driving through an alley off of Huntington Drive when a patrol officer cut his lights and observed Underwood casing residences at around 1:45 a.m., according to South Pasadena Police Cpl. Jason Lucas. Underwood was stopped and found with a lock cutter and other burglary tools, Lucas said. ALSO: Burglary task force recovers stolen property, drugs Husband arrested for attempted murder ...
THE626NOW
December 2, 2011
A live and arching wire, which fell due to strong winds Wednesday night, is still down at the intersection of Hermosa and Columbia Street in South Pasadena. Authorities are warning residents not to approach the wire and said Southern California Edison has no estimate on when they will be able to respond. “We've made repeated requests to (SCE) who told us they were inundated with similar types of requests,” said South Pasadena Police Sgt. Tony Abdalla. “It's not whipping around per se, but it will come in contact with something on the ground and it will spark," he said.
THE626NOW
July 19, 2012
Two Compton residents were arrested on residential burglary and receiving stolen property charges Thursday in South Pasadena. Roderick Marshall, 22, and Bonique Dotson, 18, were arrested after authorities received a call at 7:15 a.m. regarding two suspects possibly burglarizing an apartment complex in the 600 block of Prospect Avenue, which was tented and recently fumigated. The two are suspected of breaking into eight apartments. Dotson allegedly was seen leaving the apartment by an employee of the fumigation company before she met up with Marshall.
THE626NOW
May 3, 2012
Sergio Gonzalez officially became South Pasadena's city manager after the City Council approved his contract Wednesday night. Gonzalez, previously the city's interim city manager, will be paid $163,000 a year until May 2016, unless it's extended, according to the contract. “I am very happy with the appointment and truly appreciate the trust that the City Council has placed upon me to manage this very fine city,” Gonzalez said. “South Pasadena has a lot going for it already including an exceptional school district, great homes and quality city services.”  The city still...
THE626NOW
November 24, 2012
Thieves made off with 180 pumpkin pies meant for a South Pasadena market three days before Thanksgiving, according to police. A padlock on a refrigerated trailer, parked near Bristol Farms on the 600 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, was broken with an unknown device on Nov. 19, said South Pasadena police officer Randy Wise. The trailer contained 20 boxes holding 180 pies worth an estimated $1,800. There were no witnesses, Wise said, but authorities are processing fingerprints found on the trailer.
SPORTS
June 29, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
When Pasadena Poly's Brendan McGrail was informed that he was indeed the dean, or most senior of Pasadena-area football coaches, the nine-year veteran was somewhat shocked. McGrail took over the Panthers in 2004, a young man in an area full of stalwarts, such as South Pasadena's Ed Smith (30 seasons). An already young corps of local football coaches turned a shade greener when McGrail announced that he resigned as Poly's football coach and is heading back east at the end of next week.
THE626NOW
June 25, 2013
Every once in a while, a house comes along that prompts us to rethink how we cover home design. The Sobieski house in South Pasadena is one of those houses: a series of rooms for an art-loving family that looks and functions like separate buildings -- a sort of artist colony in miniature that pushes the concept of indoor-outdoor living. Our conundrum: How can we best show readers how the design by the architecture firm Koning Eizenberg unfolds? The answer comes in our Sobieski house package : an interactive map from...
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
SOUTH PASADENA - Change has again visited the South Pasadena High boys' basketball program. For the third time in the last four summers, the Tigers welcomed a new head coach in former Arcadia High assistant David Lutzeier. “South Pasadena presented me with a unique situation that I couldn't pass up,” said Lutzeier, 32. “I have a full-time job in Pasadena and I live in South Pasadena, so everything is within 10 minutes. “As for the community, so far the kids have been great and really receptive and I'm excited.” Lutzeier takes over for two-year...
SPORTS
June 21, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
SOUTH PASADENA - Change has again visited the South Pasadena High boys' basketball program. For the third time in the last four summers, the Tigers welcomed a new head coach in former Arcadia High assistant David Lutzeier. “South Pasadena presented me with a unique situation that I couldn't pass up,” said Lutzeier, 32. “I have a full-time job in Pasadena and I live in South Pasadena, so everything is within 10 minutes. “As for the community, so far the kids have been great and really receptive and I excited.” ...
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
It took a 1, 667-mile, near cross-country trek, but South Pasadena High junior Claire Kieffer-Wright found herself a little redemption in Des Moines, IA. The Tigers' multi-sport star leaped to a height of 5 feet, 8 3/4 inches in the junior high jumps at Thursday's USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University. Kieffer-Wright's mark was the second-best and earned her a qualifying spot to the Pan Am Junior Championships in Medellin, Colombia, which begins Aug. 23. ...
THE626NOW
June 18, 2013
Pasadena officials are considering an ordinance that would require nearly all dog and cat owners in the city to have their pets spayed or neutered. The mandatory spay and neuter policy proposed by the Pasadena Humane Society received support from four City Council members during a meeting Monday of the public safety committee - one vote shy of what would be needed on the full council to make it law. The proposed ordinance - which is slated to go before the full council on July 8 - would also prohibit leaving dogs tethered...
THE626NOW
February 12, 2013
South Pasadena officials are taking applications for a single-family rental property that has been set aside for affordable housing. The 2-bedroom, 1-bath home at 308 San Pascual Ave. sits adjacent to the Arroyo Seco Park and is owned by the City's Housing Authority. Those interested must qualify as low- or moderate-income families and meet the Los Angeles County income limits based upon the size of the household. Applications must be submitted to the City Manager's Office at 1414 Mission St. by 5 p.m. Feb. 28. For more information, visit the city's website for...
THE626NOW
August 29, 2012
Police on Tuesday morning arrested three men allegedly responsible for a series of burglaries in Alhambra and South Pasadena. The suspects allegedly broke into two homes in the 100 block of Mound Avenue between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, said South Pasadena Officer Randy Wise. They then drove to Alhambra and allegedly committed an additional four burglaries. A resident saw the suspects driving around and called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle. When Alhambra officers pulled them over they recovered stolen cell phones, laptops and cameras with pictures of the victims.
SPORTS
June 14, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
A four-year run that included two playoff berths and some historic wins came to an end for South Pasadena High baseball Coach Anthony Chevrier. The Tigers skipper announced that he recently resigned his position to spend more time with his family. Chevrier, 31, who played at Chatsworth High, Los Angeles Valley College and Concordia University of Irvine is expecting his first child in the next couple of weeks and said that the balancing act between coaching and family activities had become too much.
SPORTS
June 12, 2013 | By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
TEMPLE CITY - Having already earned All-Rio Hondo League and All-CIF Southern Section Division IV honors, Michelle Floyd looked to end her stellar high school career on a winning note. The San Marino High standout took to the circle to show why she was one of the best pitchers in the area after striking out 299 this season. Floyd finished up strong, as she struck out five of the six batters she faced and added a two-run home run to power the Public School All-Stars to a lopsided 18-2 win against the Private School...
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