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Dean Lee's Blog – November 2010 Archive (22)

Parking Fines Increase Citywide

By Dean Lee

Before approving upping parking ticket fines across the city $3 Councilmember Terry Tornek suggested earlier this month that the council look at alternative ways of dealing with the parking problem, including, issuing more warnings and cracking down on repeat offenders. The new fines take effect next week.

All of the city’s parking restrictions will go up as part of a stat mandate. An expired meter ticket will go from $42.50 to $45.50 staff… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 29, 2010 at 11:43pm — No Comments

Rose Parade to See First Video Game Themed Float

By Dean Lee

The yellow dotted icon Pac-Man will eat his way down Colorado Boulevard New Year’s Day as the first video game character to grace the 5.5 mile Tournament of Roses Parade. His appearance commemorates 30 years of power pellet eating fun according to Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

This is the game manufactures first parade entry.

“Pac-Man and his friends will be a thrilling addition to the 122nd Rose Parade,” said Jeffrey L. Throop, president… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 29, 2010 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Council to Discuss More City Cuts as Part of Planning Retreat

The city council will spend most of Monday looking at budget challenges for the next three years as part of a Strategic Planning Retreat to be held at the Pasadena Conference Center starting at 8 a.m..

According to the agenda public comment will be held at 8:30 a.m.

City officials have said at issue are employee layoffs and a continued hiring freeze put in place last year.

In June, the council adopted next year’s budget of $725.4 million, down $16.2 million from the… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 21, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Artist in Mural Mix-up Paints Again

Artist Christian Alderete was at it again last weekend painting a 170 foot long mural along a retaining wall at the Villa-Parke Community Center playground after the city’s Arts and Culture Commission approved $2,500 for the replacement of a market mural by Alderete that had been mistakenly removed by the store owner last year.

A 60-foot Aztec themed city sponsored mural Alderete pained on the side of ABC Nutrition on Fair Oaks in November 2009 lasted only three months before… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 21, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Highway 2 Named After Two Firefighters Killed in Station Fire

Part of the Angeles Forest Highway will now be named “Captain Ted Hall and Engineer Arnie Quinones Memorial Highway.” after the firefighters, who lost their lives fighting the Station Fire last year.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich Monday [Nov. 14]joined Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman, members of the Hall and Quinones families, and members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department in the dedication.

“Naming this highway doesn’t make up for the loss the… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 21, 2010 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Crash Sends Commuter Bus into Building Wall, Three Injured

By Dean Lee

The driver of a LA Commuter Express bus and a passenger became tapped early Tuesday morning after a crash that left the bus perched at a 45 angle between the sidewalk and an apartment building wall.

Pasadena Fire Information Officer Lisa Derderian said the bus had to be stabilized before the rescue operation could begin. Fire officials were dispatched to the scene at 7:20 a.m. according to Battalion Chief Ray Gordon.

The driver… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 18, 2010 at 11:06am — No Comments

Bill Nye Faints on Stage

By Dean Lee

Science funny man Bill Nye fainted on stage Tuesday night at USC during a speech on global warming. The situation was no laughing matter.

Nye, host of the 90s PBS television show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” is now acting Executive Director of the Planetary Society based in Pasadena. Nye fainted in front of a crowd of hundreds.

Witnesses said Nye looked disorientated before collapsing on the podium.

“Bill Nye didn’t trip on… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 17, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Urban Guerilla Astronomy Hits Old Town

By Dean Lee

Morris Jones spent Friday night stopping people in Old Pasadena giving them the chance to look through his telescope to see the craters of the moon, Jupiter and other objects in the sky something he said he has been doing for the last two decades.

Jones, alone with his wife Jane started the Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers based in Monrovia. Jones said they try to have about eight events a year, “We do these when the sky is clear and there is something… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 15, 2010 at 3:33pm — No Comments

Mayor Announces Intent to Run for Reelection

By Dean Lee

Speculation ended Thursday night as Mayor Bill Bogaard confirmed that he is in fact throwing his hat in the ring running for reelection as mayor of Pasadena —a position he has held since 1999.

“Early next week I will take out papers from the city clerk’s office relating to the election process,” Bogaard told this newspaper. “My intention is to return those papers before Dec. 10.”

The deadline for filing nomination papers is Friday, Dec. 10,… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Casting Pond to Get $300,000 Makeover

The city council voted in favor Monday (Nov. 8) night of renovating the Arroyo Seco Casting Pound awarding Altadena based Mallcraft the bid to repair the aging facility.

The only no vote came from Councilmember Margaret McAustin who said residential impacts fees should go to new parks not upgrades of existing projects.

“That might be compliant with the letter of the law…” she said “But my belief is those park fees were intended to be used for new parks and new… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Year-long Sheriff Anti-DUI Program Funded

A new $1.1 million traffic safety grant has been awarded to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) for a year-long anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways.

Additional enforcement measures in place to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of this grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. The LASD is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.

The special DUI… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Public Art to be Topic of Community Meetings

Several upcoming community meetings will focus on two major components of the city’s Public Art Program including what role should public art play in Pasadena’s cityscape?

One component is a master planning effort that will define a new vision, goals and locations for public art. The Public Art Master Plan will complement the city’s General Plan.

Another is a temporary program that exhibits public art to a daily audience of residents, visitors and workers. The… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 9, 2010 at 12:17am — No Comments

JPL Climatologist Discusses Future Water Supply

By Dean Lee

Well known Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert told a group of environmentalists Wednesday night that, although it did not make him popular, trees are the enemy of drought suggesting those in Southern California think twice before planting one.

“We want to make our cities drought tolerant, we’re all environmentalists here,” he said. “So what in the hell are we doing planting a million trees? Do you know how many gallons a tree uses,… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 9, 2010 at 12:12am — No Comments

Volunteers Needed to Better Understand Earthquakes

By Dean Lee

In an effort to achieve denser, more uniform earthquake readings, the United States Geologic Survey is looking for volunteers in Pasadena and Southern California to host “NetQuakes” seismographs that communicates data from homes via the internet.

In a statement the USGS said the idea is to provide better measurements of ground motion during earthquakes through a new type of digital seismograph about the size of a breadbox.

Geologists at the… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 9, 2010 at 12:09am — No Comments

City Advocates ‘Buy Local’ During the Holidays

Going into this holiday season, the city and Chamber of Commerce lunched a new campaign Wednesday urging residents to support local businesses saying that the prosperity of everyone in Pasadena is dependent on the financial health of the business community as a whole.

In a statement the city also explained that one clear way everyone who lives, works or does business in Pasadena can aid in the recovery of our local economy is to spend money in the city where they live, work… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 9, 2010 at 12:05am — No Comments

Schiff, Portantino Win Reelection

By Dean Lee

Congressman Adam Schiff easily won reelection Tuesday receiving 65 percent of the vote sending him once again back to Washington D.C. to represent the 29th district that includes Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale among other cities.

State Assemblymember for Pasadena, Anthony Portantino, also won betting out Republican candidate Alvaro Day and Libertarian candidate Eytan Kollin, Portantino got 64.3 percent of the vote.

Schiff thanked… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 9, 2010 at 12:01am — No Comments

Playhouse Plaza Project Struck Down by Court

City contemplates next move.

By Dean Lee

Mayor Bill Bogaard told members of the city council Monday night that all pubic hearings for the $75 million IDS Playhouse Plaza project, set to start next month, have been canceled after a court ruling ordering the city to vacate the approval of the project.

The first hearing for the160,000-square-foot retail/office project at 680 East Colorado Boulevard was scheduled for November 15 he… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 1, 2010 at 11:37pm — No Comments

Tournament Moving Fast Towards Jan. 1

Grand Marshal picked, Queen and Royal Court crowned

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses crowned the 93rd Rose Queen, Evanne Friedmann Thursday in an official coronation ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center —earlier this week the Tournament also announced Food Network icon Paula Deen as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Rose Parade festivities.

In the official ceremony presented by Citizens Business Bank, Queen Evanne was officially crowned by… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 1, 2010 at 11:31pm — No Comments

Local Arrests Made in Unlicensed Contractor Sting Operation

A total of 111 suspected unlicensed contractors were arrested, including two from Pasadena, during the two-day statewide undercover operation last week. Fourteen notices were given to unlicensed contractors in Pasadena to appear in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

In a statement Thursday the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) said during the two-day blitz, October 20 and 21, investigators from CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) posed as homeowners or… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 1, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

NASA's New Mars Rover Live On the Web

A newly installed webcam is giving the public an opportunity to watch technicians assemble and test the next NASA Mars rover, one of the most technologically challenging interplanetary missions ever designed.

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, also known as the Curiosity rover, is in a clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The webcam, affectionately called "Curiosity Cam," provides the video feed, without audio, from a viewing gallery above… Continue

Added by Dean Lee on November 1, 2010 at 11:22pm — No Comments

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