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Justice Department Sues Pasadena Man To Stop Tax Schemes

The United States Justice Department has asked a federal court to permanently bar a local business man from promoting alleged sham pension-plan and welfare-benefit-plan tax fraud schemes, they announced Thursday.

The civil injunction suit against William Alexander, and his two companies – Retirement Plan Services Inc. and Lyons Pensions Inc. – was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Officials said the scheme allegedly cost the U.S. Treasury…


Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:35am — No Comments

Planetary Society Asks Congress to Reconsider Human Space Exploration Plan

Current space exploration bills lack coherence and have serious omissions they say.

The Planetary Society has sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Minority Members of the four subcommittees currently considering the NASA budget and the Administration’s plan for human space exploration. The letter states: “We are concerned about omissions and a lack of coherence in the four committees’ versions…


Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Recent Bank Robberies Linked

By Dean Lee

FBI investigators now say that a man who robbed a Wells Fargo Bank Tuesday has been linked to at least one other bank robbery in the city, earlier this month, and are now calling him the “Drywaller Bandit.”

FBI Public Information Officer Laura Eimiller said an unidentified white male has also been linked to the robbery of a Citibank in the 100 block of West California Boulevard August 13.…


Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Man Accused of Attempted Molestation Arrested

Police detectives said Thursday they arrested a Pasadena man on charges of false imprisonment and attempted child molestation, following a complex investigation involving Pasadena Police Investigators, the U.S. Marshals, and the cooperation of the Mexican Government.

According to police, Robert James Ruiz, 48, of Pasadena, allegedly held an underage female against her will in a motel room and attempted to molest her. The location of the motel…


Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:24am — No Comments

Anti-Smoking Effort in Los Angeles County Announced

From Staff Reports

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Los Angeles County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Mark Ridley-Thomas and county Health Officer Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding Wednesday to announce the start of the most aggressive, comprehensive anti-smoking campaign in L.A. County history to reach communities with high smoking rates across the county.…


Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:19am — No Comments

Women Gather on 90th Anniversary of Right to Vote

About 100 women took part Thursday during a march around city hall signifying 90 years after the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. A gathering in the courtyard after

included speeches by Councilwomen Jacque Robinson and Mayor Bill Bogaard among

others including former presidents of the league of Woman Voters. Many wore

white with purple sashes and a hat to signify the Women's Suffrage…


Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:11am — No Comments

New Public Health Director Appointed

Dr. Eric G. Walsh has been appointed as the director of public health and public health officer for Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck announced Tuesday.

According to Beck, Walsh is set to provide overall medical direction and guidance for the Pasadena Public Health Department and will be responsible

for enforcing local and state public health orders, ordinances and statutes.As



Added by Dean Lee on August 31, 2010 at 10:07am — No Comments

Police Unaware of Miranda Rights Changes

By Dean Lee

Pasadena Police Chief Phil Sanchez said Wednesday night that he was unaware of any of the new changes to the Miranda warnings, the 44-year-old law giving suspects the right to a lawyer and to remain silent —only

now the suspect must “opt in” to do so.

The changes, including that a suspect must now tell police they wish to remain silent and that the rights are only good for two weeks, were…


Added by Dean Lee on August 17, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

State Rock May Get Tossed

By Dean Lee

What started out an idea by some to bring awareness to the dangers of asbestos by dethroning Serpentine as the State’s official rock and removing the rock classification altogether has geologist at odds with lawmakers

in Sacramento as they get set to vote on SB 624. A vote could come as soon as


At issue is olive green Serpentine, historically associated…


Added by Dean Lee on August 17, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Planetary Society Will Present Giant Birthday Card to Ray Bradbury

The Planetary Society will present a giant birthday card to Ray Bradbury, a member of our Advisory Council, at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday, August 20, 2010. Bradbury will turn 90 years old on August 22, and the Council will consider a resolution proclaiming August 22 to 28 Ray Bradbury Week. Louis Friedman, Executive Director of The Planetary Society, will speak on behalf of the resolutions. A private reception honoring Bradbury will…


Added by Dean Lee on August 17, 2010 at 9:30am — 1 Comment


PASADENA, CA – Chief of Police Phillip Sanchez joined Riverside Chief Sergio Diaz today in announcing that Pasadena Police Deputy Chief Christopher O. Vicino, 48, has accepted a position as the Assistant Chief of Police for the Riverside Police Department. Vicino, a 25-year veteran of law enforcement, will soon resign his position in Pasadena to begin his new job in Riverside. “I am excited to have been selected for this job. There are many challenges ahead, but…

Added by Dean Lee on August 12, 2010 at 3:46pm — No Comments

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