Jan 21 2015
Airport Parking Specials and Discount Deals LAX
Jan 18 2015
Trattoria Neapolis Pasadena Closing Doors After 2 1/2 Years @neapolis336

Update. Trattoria Neapolis Pasadena is having a sale on wine.

50% Off All Bottles of Wine
Our Goodbye Gift to You
Wine Bottle Collection

We wanted a way to say thank you to all our great customers for their support.  We decided to open our entire wine collection to give you 50% off EVERY bottle (except house red & white). Until we run out, that means:
        • 50% Off Opus One
        • 50% Off Stag’s Leap
        • 50% Off Duckhorn
        • 50% Off Trefethen
        • 50% Off Super Tuscans
        • 50% Off Barolos
        • 50% Off Barbarescos
        • 50% Off Barberas
        • And many, many more
These wines were selected by our Wine Director, Vice President of the North American Sommelier Association, who placed 5th in the World at the last Worldwide Sommelier competition in London.
Remember, our last day of service will be Sunday, February 1st–after which we will permanently close.
Please join us before then to enjoy these incredible wine values.  It’s our thanks to you.  Hurry in before your favorites sell out.
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This is the text we received earlier today.

Good Bye and Thank You
We are proud of our restaurant’s food, drink, service and ambiance.
We are grateful for the reviews and awards we have received.
We appreciate our wonderful staff for all their hard work.
We thank our fantastic customers for all their support.

After two and a half great years
Trattoria Neapolis will permanently close.
Our last day of service will be Sunday, February 1st.

We hope to see you in the next two weeks in the restaurant
and to see you around town after that.
It has been a true pleasure.
Thank you.
Trattoria Neapolis | 336 S Lake Ave | Pasadena | CA | 91101

Jan 15 2015
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Jan 15 2015
Pasadena Race For Mayor 2015 Candidates

As we enter 2015, the City of Pasadena prepares for an interesting mayoral election.
Last night we had the opportunity to see these candidates speak on the issues/questions presented to them at the DPNA(Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association) forum. No questions came from the audience during the panel, but questions submitted earlier(on Facebook) and then asked by members of the DPNA.

So who is running?

(Pictured from Left to Right)
Allen Shay, Business Owner, (626) 676-1439
Don Morgan, Business Owner / Educator, (626) 405-1814
Terry Tornek, City Councilmember / Businessperson, (626) 375-0075
Bill Thomson, College Trustee / Attorney, (626) 796-7002
Jacque Robinson, Vice Mayor / Councilmember, (626) 394-6857
Jason Hardin, Magazine Publisher, (213) 256-8948

Upcoming debate events:
Here is a list of upcoming forums.
January 21, PUSD Districts 2, 4, 6 candidates, United Teachers of Pasadena, 5 p.m., John Muir High School
January 26, PUSD Districts 2, 4, 6 candidates, Pasadena Education Network and PTA Council, 7:15 p.m., McKinley School Library
January 27, Pasadena Mayor candidates, West Pasadena Residents Association, 6:30 p.m., large courtroom of the Richard H. Chambers Ninth Circuit Courthouse, 125 South Grand Avenue
January 29, PUSD District 2 candidates, Neighbors Building a Better Altadena, 7 p.m., Webster Elementary School Auditorium
February 8, Pasadena Mayor, City Council and PUSD candidates, Pasadena Latino Forum, 1-5 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center
February 18, Pasadena Mayor candidates, Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group, 6:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Library
February 19, All Pasadena City Council candidates, Greater Pasadena Area Housing Group, 6:30 p.m., Neighborhood Church

Jan 13 2015
Orange Picking at Heritage Park in LaVerne

Orange Picking at Heritage Park

Saturdays 9am-3pm

5001 Via De Mansion

North on Wheeler to Via De Mansion

5001 Via De Mansion
La Verne, CA 91750
Phone number (909) 593-2862

Jan 11 2015
Pasadena Cheeseburger Week 2015

Cheeseburger week has started in Pasadena.

  • Lucky Baldwin’s coupon: Lucky Baldwin’s Cheeseburger Week 2015 special
  • Pie ‘n Burger special meal coupon: Pie ‘n Burger Special Meal Coupon 2015
  • Pita Jungle specials: Pita Jungle Cheeseburger Week January Specials
  • Slater’s 50/50 has a great deal: for $10 you get a 1/3 pound 50/50 Burger and a select beer to go with.
  • For the Cheeseburger Challenge®, Salt and iPic are offering THE LOADED CHEESEBURGER (½ pound dry aged burger, Black forest bacon, Confit Onions, Taleggio Cheese, Pineapple and Mustard compote, Baby Wild Arugula, served with Sweet fries and pickles, for a special price of $12.00.)
  • Meat District – All week a cheeseburger and a beer for just $15 ALL WEEK!
    Dog Haus – VOTE with your Gut – 2015 Cheeseburger Challenge

DH_Cheeseburger Week VIDEO thumbnail- image

Pasadena Cheeseburger Week


• Favorite Place for a Burger
• Favorite Traditional Cheeseburger
• Favorite Slider

• Favorite Bar Burger
• Favorite Draught Beer with a Burger
• Favorite Cocktail with a Burger

For information on restaurants and deals visit Pasadena’s Cheeseburger Week.


Jan 10 2015
Canned Tuna in Water or Oil – Most Fish Oil Nutrients Removed

Today I learned something interesting. When tuna is prepared for canning, there are two phases, one where the valuable omega fish oils are removed and then a second phase where the tuna is canned either in oil or water.

When the original fish oils are removed many of the nutrients are removed, thus voiding the end product of many of the nutrients available in the original tuna.

One of the tuna products with the highest Omega 3 oils.

Papa George Gourmet Albacore tuna, canned in olive oil, not drained, 6 ounces

Papa George Gourmet Albacore, Seattle, WA. www.PapaGeorgeTuna.com Phone: 206-255-4203. Product lab analysis provided by Food Products Laboratory, Portland, OR.

Canned by Russ and Mike Edwards at Pelican Packers, an artisan cannery in Bellingham, WA

Jan 8 2015
Music in the winery at Old Oak Cellars – The Cellar Sessions – Jan 11, 2015 – Pasadena #626food

January 11th, 2015

JAN '15  letter COL REV

3-3:45pm Complementary Wine Tasting

3:45-4:20 Tony Gilkyson

4:30-5:30 Los Dos

Please note: Cellar Sessions is the name we choose to describe private concerts in our winery. These concerts are NOT a business. They are strictly a hobby for us, and are simply gatherings for our friends and guests to enjoy live music.

Music in the winery at Old Oak Cellars.

Join us in the Winery for a new series of concerts featuring local musicians. We’re happy to be working with Brad Colerick, organizer of Wine and Song night at Firefly Bistro, to bring you some of the best the LA music scene has to offer.

$22 in Advance/$25 at the door. We have very limited seating. RSVP to Ximena@DeepMix.com.

Your donation includes complimentary wine tasting. Snacks are potluck; bring something to share/enjoy with your wine. $5 from each bottle sold goes to MusiCares. Dress warmly — our wines like it cold!

CellarSessions! Sunday, January 11th @ Old Oak Cellars–Tony Gilkyson (yes, Eliza’s brother & son of songwriter and folk musician Terry Gilkyson) plus Los Dos playing for your enjoyment. An intimate gathering of folks interested in supporting our great treasures of local, live music, hosted by Pasadena’s only winery. Complimentary wine tasting @ 3:00; the music generally starts at about 3:45. $22 advance / $25 at the door. For tickets visit wineandsong.com/cellar or go to www.OldOakCellars.com & click CellarSes on the left for more info. See you there!

  • Sun, Jan 11, 3:00 PM
  • Old Oak Cellars
    Old Oak Cellars, East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA


Jan 7 2015
Public Invited to Meetings Jan. 6-7, 2015 to Give Input on Director of Public Health Recruitment @pasadenagov @pasadena
Public Invited to Meetings Jan. 6-7, 2015 to Give Input on Director of Public Health Recruitment
Public Invited to Meetings Jan. 6-7, 2015 to Give Input on Director of Public Health Recru


PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to provide comments and other input at three community meetings as the City prepares for a nationwide recruitment of a new director for the Pasadena Public Health Department.

Community information and feedback sessions are an important part of the process.  The sessions will be hosted by the City Manager’s Office and the Human Resources Department as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 – 6:00 p.m.
Victory Park Recreation Center Gymnasium
2575 Paloma St.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers
100 N. Garfield Ave., Second Floor

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 – 4:30 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Community members who cannot attend a session or who would like to submit comments electronically can do so through a short online survey at http://cityofpasadena.net/Director-Public-Health-Recruitment/. The survey will be available until Jan. 31, 2015.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena!  Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena.  Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311.

# # #

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2014 #111-14
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net

Jan 5 2015
Pasadena City Council Special Meeting on Embezzlement Scheme Investigation Jan 5, 2015 at 5pm @pasadenagov

Pasadena City Council Special Meeting on Embezzlement Scheme Investigation Jan 5, 2015 at 5pm @pasadenagov

Watch the meeting here, which lasted for over 4 hours.

The Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 meeting of the Pasadena City Council begins at 5 p.m., not the regular 6:30 p.m. start time.  Meeting will be in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., second floor. The purpose of the meeting is for the Council to receive additional information regarding the invoice investigation. The agenda is posted online at  http://ww2.cityofpasadena.net/councilagendas/council_agenda.asp. It is listed as a discussion item.

In addition to staff presentations, there will be time for Council and public comment. The meeting is expected to run long and may go past your Monday night deadlines.

The meeting will be broadcast live by our City TV station, KPAS, available via Charter and AT&T U-Verse.  It will also be streamed live over our website at www.cityofpasadena.net/Media. Rebroadcasts will occur as soon as possible beginning Tuesday, Jan. 6.

All other current information on the issue is posted online at www.cityofpasadena.net/invoiceinvestigation.  Copies of any PowerPoints, etc., presented by staff on Monday night, and other info as it becomes available, will be posted to this webpage ASAP.

William H. Boyer

Public Information Officer v City Manager’s Office v City of Pasadena

(626) 744-4755, Office  v (626) 744-4774, FAX

www.cityofpasadena.net  v Citizen Service Center, (626) 744-7311

www.twitter.com/PasadenaGov  v www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena


Jan 5 2015
Gogoro Smartscooter Electric Charging Network Revealed

Gogoro has released additional details on it’s Smartscooter, which it claims is the first.

Uses Panasonic batteries, like those used in the Tesla.

The battery technology is “smart” that as you are running low it will alert you and direct you to the nearest station to swap your 20lb battery

You can view the specs on the Gogoro scooter here.

Gogoro operated in stealth mode for the past four years. Taiwanese based Gogoro is showing a beautiful electric Smartscooter — the power network is what has people talking.

Jan 2 2015
Starbucks Introducing Flat White Coffee Drink in US @starbucks Jan 6, 2015

Starting next week Starbucks stores will be offering a flat white coffee drink.

On Jan 6, 2015, you will be able to go into a Starbucks and ask for a flat white drink.

The flat white drink features two concentrated shots of espresso and lots of steamed milk, Starbucks’ version will be made from two ristretto espresso shots — which are smaller and more concentrated — topped off with whole milk steamed to a “micro foam.” The method of pouring results in a steamed milk dot in the middle, which a spokesperson notes many baristas have started creating latte art with.

Coffee Calendar: Flat White Sketchtoon | Flickr – Photo Sharing!



Dec 31 2014
City of Pasadena Christmas Tree Drop Off Recycling Curbside Pickup 2014/2015

Remember to Recycle Your Christmas Tree-Make it a Holiday Tradition!


Make sure recycling your Christmas tree is a part of your holiday traditions.  Recycling you tree is good for the environment and provides and important source of mulch that the City uses and gives away for free throughout the year. The following information will help make it easy for your to recycle your Christmas Tree. For more information, please contact the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.


OPEN: 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

December 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015

  • Eaton Blanche Park, 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd., Parking lot on Millicent Way

Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Parking lot on Morton Street



January 2 – 17, 2015

Dec 30 2014
City of Pasadena Former Employee Danny Wooten Allegedly Bilked City for over $6 million #pasadena

City of Pasadena Former Employees Allegedly Embezzled Over $6 million From City

Update 1/2/15: Special Meeting to be held.

MONDAY, JAN. 5th @ 5PM – Notice of Special Single Item Agenda Meeting regarding the Underground Utilities Program Audit

Several city employees involved in scheme, including six placed on “administrative leave” according to City Manager Michael Beck, who he refused to identify. Why?  I would imagine that this scheme ran deeper and as Councilman Torneck said City Hall has a “long-standing culture of complacency”.

This complacency in the city is unacceptable, all departments need extensive audits.  All city residents and tax payers should be demanding a full accounting of all departments, especially those with the larger budgets like Public Works and Water and Power.

City of Pasadena Officials have published KPMG’s full audit as of Tuesday on the city’s website.

Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck held a press conference announcing the arrest of a former city employee for allegedly bilking the city out of $6.4 million.  So far 3 have been arrested and four are on administrative leave, the identity of those on administrative leave has not been disclosed.

The City of Pasadena is providing a variety of documents and information to help keep the public informed about the arrest of a former City employee regarding the theft of public funds and steps that the City has-and will-take. The following links to documents are being provided.  As more information becomes available, additional postings to this webpage will occur.

Watch some short video clips from the press conference held Dec 30, 2014.

Danny R Wooten, served as “pastor” at Newco – New Covenant Christian Fellowship Center, you can see several “sermons” conducted by Mr Wooten.

Sunday Service Clip: What Kinda of Church We Got Going On?
Message: When You Pour, Make Mine A Double
Pastor Danny R. Wooten

Video on Facebook

Topic: What God has for me is for me and what God has for you is for you
Speaker: Pastor Danny R. Wooten

Video on Facebook

City of Pasadena’s Official News Release

City Manager’s Letter to Employees

Letter to City from District Attorney’s Office

KPMG Audit Report

LA District Attorney’s Press Release

Those charged and arrested thus far:

Danny R. Wooten, 51

dannywooten-image1Danny R Wooten with New Covenant Christian Fellowship Center – Est 2007


Tyrone Collins, 55

and Melody Jenkins, 46

Danny Wooten was a Management Analyst IV in the city’s Public Works department and earned $131,621.87 in 2013 according to www.transparentcalifornia.com.  Wooten worked for the city for 12 years with the suspected criminal activity spanning over 10 years, between 2004 and March 2014

This from City of Pasadena Council Person

Margaret McAustin – District 2

City Employee Arrested for Embezzlement

Dear District Two Residents:

This is a sad day in Pasadena’s history. Today a former City employee was arrested for allegedly embezzling $6,432,810.98 over a period of eleven years from you and me, the residents of Pasadena.

I want to give you some background about this theft, and make you aware of a Special Meeting the City Council will be holding to discuss the issue and respond to the public.

Like many frauds and embezzlements, this was uncovered through a routine inquiry. Last May, the Municipal Services Committee was looking into the Underground Utility  Program  which is funded through a special tax (UUT), and places overhead utilities underground throughout the City. (The work on Hill Avenue is being funded by this program.) The Committee learned it would take around 150 years to place all the utilities underground and the Committee was evaluating whether this program should continue, or could perhaps be brought to a close at a logical point, and the UUT tax discontinued. It was through that discussion that a “Miscellaneous” account with a high balance was brought into question, and as staff investigated to respond to the Committee’s inquiries, the fraud was discovered.

Subsequently, the City Manager engaged KPMG, a company that specializes in forensic accounting. After investigating, KPMG determined an employee, Danny Wooten, had prepared and provided as many as 296 fraudulent invoices to the City on behalf of four entities with which he was affiliated and received checks totaling over $6.4 million in payment of those invoices. Mr. Wooten, who had already been terminated by the City for an unrelated matter, was arrested today and will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. While investigators do not believe others were involved, four employees have been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation.

The reported prepared by KPMG lays out very clearly how this embezzlement occurred and what Red Flags should have drawn attention to the embezzlement. That report will be put on the City’s Web page for every resident in Pasadena to examine. It is the City’s intent to put all information about this scandal out to the public as soon as possible. In addition, the City Council will hold a public meeting on Monday, January 5, 2015 solely on this issue.

I want to restore your trust in our Municipal Government. I will answer every question you have, and make every piece of information I have on the matter available to you. For more information you may go to www.cityofpasadena.net/invoiceinvestigation. You are always welcome to contact me directly on my cell phone 626 808 6158 or via the City Council Office number, 626 744-4742.

Margaret McAustin

Dec 29 2014
Pasadena 5th Annual District 1 Mix & Mingle – Jan 7, 2015

*Keep In Touch*
Sign up for the District 1 Email Blast at this link: http://bit.ly/1nGipv8  OR Text Keyword: DISTRICT1 to 22828 and follow the prompts. If you receive this email direct vs. forwarded from another person, you are already on the list. Click on the UNSUBSCRIBE link at the end of this email if you no longer wish to receive notices.

Happy Holidays from the City of Pasadena! Overnight parking (2 am – 6 am) will not be enforced from the morning of December 23rd through the morning of January 3rd. During this time you will not need a permit to park overnight on City streets. No refunds will be issued for permits purchased during this period.



Point them to the VISIT PASADENA & TofR websites for information on everything Pasadena. (click on the links for more info)


Dec 29 2014
The Waterfront Market San Pedro Harbor – Certified Farmers Market

The Waterfront Market – Certified Farmers Market

Year round:  Open Saturdays From 9:00am. to 2:00pm.

 Location:  Downtown San Pedro at the newly renovated Waterfront right next to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

 Farm Fresh Produce and delicious prepared and prepackaged food vendors.

Every Saturday 8am-2pm San Pedro Harbor – Starting November 8, 2014

Brought to you by Enriched Farms


Enriched Farms Inc. 

3836 Via Dolce

Marina del Rey, CA  90292


Tel: 818-699-6204
Fax: 818-874-3057 


Dec 29 2014
The Science of Healthy Eating @caltech study – Healthy vs Tasty

More info: http://www.caltech.edu/news/cake-or-c…

Caltech neuroeconomists have found that your ability to exercise self-control when deciding what to eat may depend upon just how quickly your brain factors healthfulness into a decision,

  Dietary Self-Control Is Related to the Speed With Which Attributes of Healthfulness and Tastiness Are Processed  link

The Psychological Science study, “Dietary Self-Control Is Related to the Speed with Which Health and Taste Attributes Are Processed,” was authored by Sullivan and Rangel along with Caltech postdoctoral scholar Cendri Hutcherson and former Caltech postdoctoral scholar and visiting associate Alison Harris, who is now an assistant professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College. Their work was funded by the National Science Foundation. – See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/news/cake-or-carrots-timing-may-decide-what-youll-nosh-45077#sthash.0cOK1T9D.dpuf

(Credit: Lance Hayashida/Caltech Marketing and Communications)

Dec 24 2014
Pasadena Rose Parade Floats Sneak Preview 2015 – Pasadena PAL Special Float Viewing Preview

The Pasadena Police Department invites the community to join us this Friday December 26th., at 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., for a sneak preview of several of the 2015 Rose Parade Floats. Phoenix Decorating Company at 835 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, is graciously hosting this special event. Cost is $25 per person which includes dinner!!! All proceeds directly benefit the Pasadena Police Activities League (non-profit) Hope to see you there.

Pasadena PAL Special Float Viewing Preview!

The Pasadena Police Department invites the community to join us this Friday December 26th., at 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., for a sneak preview of several of the 2015 Rose Parade Floats. Phoenix Decorating Company at 835 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena, is graciously hosting this special event. Cost is $25 per person which includes dinner!!! All proceeds directly benefit the Pasadena Police Activities League (non-profit) Hope to see you there!

Pasadena Police Department – CA
207 North Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Lt. Vasken Gourdikian
Communtiy Services

– See more at: http://nixle.com/alert/5324637/#sthash.t4WSfSFI.dpuf

Dec 24 2014
Movie The Interview Released by Sony YouTube, Google, at 10am PST, #theinterview

“The Interview” Sony movie available today at 1pm PST through YouTube/GooglePlay $6 rent/$15 to own

Looks like it will be available on: youtube, xbox, and google play. $5.99 rental and $14.99 to own. Interesting it is NOT available on PSN.


The Interview

Watch here on YouTube:



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