Feb 24 2024
City of Pasadena Trash and Sewer Rate Increases 2024 – State of the City February 29, 2024

Pasadena Residents!!

The city of Pasadena is trying to increase the cost of our sewer use fees. It’s a five year plan that increase the residents cost and will be triple the cost for all residents in 5 years!! They cannot legally move forward with this program if 50% of the residents protest the increase.  Both rate increases are from Pasadena Public Works. 

Public Notices posted here:

https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-works/

Please send an email to, if you are able to attend in person please do so, but email is encouraged as well.

Include in your email:

Please include your name and the parcel or billing address, write

“City of Pasadena Proposed Refuse Collection Fees”, and indicate whether you are protesting the rate.

“Implementation of Sewer Use Fee Rate Adjustments”, and indicate whether you are protesting the rate.

correspondence@cityofpasadena.net
before April 8, 2024. 
Write to your City Council as well.  cc 

Public Works – Tony Olmos tolmos@cityofpasadena.net

Mayor Victor Gordo

vgordo@cityofpasadena.net, vdelacuba@cityofpasadena.net

City Mgr. Miguel  Márquez,

miguelmarquez@cityofpasadena.net

City Clerk Mark Jomsky

cityclerk@cityofpasadena.net, mjomsky@cityofpasadena.net

D1 Tyron Hampton

thampton@cityofpasadena.net cbell@cityofpasadena.net
D2 Felicia Williams

fwilliams@cityofpasadena.net, ddyson@cityofpasadena.net

D3 Justin Jones

justinjones@cityofpasadena.net
D4 Gene Masuda

gmasuda@cityofpasadena.net, nsullivan@cityofpasadena.net
D5 Jess Rivas

jerivas@cityofpasadena.net, mlmorales@cityofpasadena.net
D6 Steve Madison

smadison@cityofpasadena.net, jchapman@cityofpasadena.net
D7 Jason Lyon

jlyon@cityofpasadena.net, pthyret@cityofpasadena.net

***One email per address*** *** email due date is before April 8th***

Rate Increases for garbage and sewer.
Let me put that another way. 174% rate increase for sanitation, and another 243% rate increase for sewage. Seems steep.
And if 33,501 Pasadena residents and business owners don’t show up and ‘protest’ on April 8th, and 5:30 PM for a meeting of 2 hours, it’s happening.
How in the world did they expect to hear and accommodate 33,501 residents? It appears to be a done deal otherwise. 
You can ‘protest’ via email or postal mail. One per property. Still, seems you need over 33k ratepayers in on the protest. Who’s counting?
In addition you can attend the state of the city on Thursday Feb 29, 2024.
Mayor’s State of the City on Thursday, Feb. 29 at Caltech, Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1216 E. California Blvd. This year’s theme is “Leaping into the Future”.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free on-site parking will be available at the Cal Tech parking garage south of the building. The State of the City will also be live-streamed at: PasadenaMedia.org/Kpas 
For accessibility information and requests, contact (626) 744-7311 or CSC@cityofpasadena.net. Providing at least 72 hours advance notice will help ensure availability.

The Mayor’s State of the City

Thursday, February 29 – Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

Caltech’s Cahill Center

1216 E. California Boulevard

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Feb 21 2024
City of Pasadena to Enforce the Use of Leashes on Dogs at Pasadena Parks
City of Pasadena to Enforce the Use of Leashes on Dogs at Pasadena Parks
With the increase of community reports of off-leash dogs at Pasadena parks, the City of Pasadena reminds the public to leash dogs at all times while visiting city parks, with the exception of Alice’s Dog Park in Viña Vieja Park and Playhouse Village Dog Park which are designated off-leash areas.
Pasadena Municipal Code (PMC) 6.12.010 prohibits off-leash dogs in City parks outside of designated off-leash areas. Those who violate the code are subject to citation, which may result in a fine up to $500.
To ensure the safety of all park visitors, the City of Pasadena will begin issuing citations to dog owners with dogs off-leash starting Thursday, Feb. 22. Pasadena Humane will enforce leash requirements and continue to provide the community with education on dog-leashing.
“Our focus is to ensure that public spaces remain safe for all park visitors,” said Pasadena Public Health Department Deputy Director, Manuel Carmona. “Because ongoing efforts to educate park visitors about leash requirements have not been effective, we are transitioning to stricter enforcement to protect the public.”
Leashing dogs reduces the risk for dog attacks on other dogs and humans, and lowers the risk of other accidents, such as dogs being hit by passing cars. Pasadena park visitors who witness unleashed dogs outside of designated off-leash areas can report their concerns to Pasadena Humane at (626) 792-7151 ext. 102.
For more information, visit: Pasadena City Park Rules.
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Feb 20 2024
Ferrazzani’s Pasta & Market Opening Saturday, February 24th from 11-6
Come celebrate our new life as Ferrazzani’s Pasta & Market with a food-filled celebration Saturday, February 24th from 11-6.
Porchetta Sandwiches featuring Porchetta made by our friends at @meatandessentials
Take-and-Bake Lasagnas and Stuffed Shells
Bombolini by @pistachiofocacceria
Focaccia by Della Corte Foods (aka @focacciakingla)
Girl Scout Cookies (12-1 pm) from the Daisies in Local Troop 05935
✦ Porchetta Sandwiches feat. Porchetta by Meat & Essentials ✦ Take-and-Bake Lasagnas & Stuffed Shells ✦ Bombolini by Pistachio Foccaceria ✦ Focaccia by Della Corte ✦ Girl Scout Cookies ✦
1976-1978 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA, United States, California
(626) 714-7005
hello@semolinapasta.com
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Feb 14 2024
Honda EV 2024 Prologue

Honda’s 2024 Prologue will be available to order starting March 2024 with first deliveries scheduled for late March 2024.

The price ranges from $47,400 to $57,900 for the various trim configurations.

The range is approx 300 miles per full charge.    First all electric Honda SUV.

Previously the Insight was the most popular Honda EV.   We don’t know if Honda has signed on to the NACS standard, but it does appear that the release model will not have a built in NACS port.

 

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Feb 7 2024
JPL Pasadena Layoffs February 2024

JPL Pasadena Staff Cuts February 2024

JPL which is managed by Caltech in Pasadena has announced that layoffs of approx 8% of the workforce are being announced on Wednesday February 7, 2024.

Approx 530 staff positions and 40 contract positions would be affected.   JPL employs approx 6,000 in the Pasadena area facilities with headquarters in Pasadena.

This layoff will have immediate impact on the local economy with many of those laid off looking for work elsewhere as a result.

This is the notice on the PL website.

More details are coming.

Adam Schiff who is running for a California State Senate released a message related to the PL layoffs.

 

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Feb 6 2024
Tesla Model 2 and Rivian Model R2 Coming

Tesla Model 2 and Rivian Model R2 Coming

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Feb 2 2024
BYD Motors North America Headquarters in Pasadena, CA

HEADQUARTERS
BYD Motors LLC
888 E Walnut St, Suite 200A
Pasadena, CA 91101
213-748-3980
info.na@byd.com

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Jan 24 2024
Recruiting Firm for Pasadena’s New Transportation Director Jan 2024
KPM in the news. PasadenaNow Op-Ed January 23, 2024.  

Survey:

City of Pasadena, Director of Transportation – Community Input Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRXDVF7

We encourage you and others to make an impact by participating in the virtual public Zoom hosted by the recruiting firm for Pasadena’s new Transportation director. Take a stand against allowing activists to shape the future of Pasadena’s safety and street design—ensure your voice is heard.

On Thursday, there will be a discussion on the recruitment of the Director of Transportation at the Transportation Advisory Commission (TAC). In-Person only.
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Jan 22 2024
Hahamongna Winter Extravaganza Saturday 1/27 10am-4pm!

Hahamongna Winter Extravaganza Saturday 1/27 10am-4pm!

Hello to all our friends and supporters!
These recent rains sure make the case that the wet season is upon us. While there might not be much snow in Southern California, there’s no less reason to celebrate winter at our Hahamongna Winter Extravaganza! Our special guests and our in-house team will deliver their expertise, philosophy, and joy of wildlife habitat, pollinator fuel, and native plants—all for free! If you’re a newcomer to gardening or a seasoned naturalist extraordinaire, we invite you to come have some fun with us. All ages and backgrounds are welcome!
Schedule of Events:
10am – 11am Talk: Why Native? Why Local? Why Now? Bill Entz (Hahamongna Nursery) makes the case!11am – 12pm Class: Plant propagation from cuttings with Bill Entz (Hahamongna Nursery)

10am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm Worshop: Water’s Story in Calligraphy with Keiko Miller (Hahamongna Nursery)

11am – 1pm Workshop: Native plant wreaths with Christina Hummel-Colla (Studio City LA Public Library)

12pm – 1pm Class: Garden maintenance with Niki Weber (Sun Monsters)

1:30pm – 2pm Class: Seed sowing with Antonio Sanchez (SAMO Fund)

2pm – 2:30pm Talk: Wildlife Habitat with Nicole Calhoun (Artemisia Nursery)

2:30pm – 3pm Film: Saging the World, a documentary about what white sage means to native people and the effect its popularity has had on the plant and the people

3pm Music: Sage Against the Machine, a cumbia-blues-rock-punk musical tea steeped in native plants

Come join us outdoors at the Hahamongna Native Plant Nursery this Saturday January 27th! Brought to you by the Arroyo Seco Foundation.
You can follow us on Instagram and check our plant availability.
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Jan 20 2024
Cheeseburger Week Pasadena 2024

 

Cheeseburger Week

During Cheeseburger Week 2024 from January 21st to 27th,  Pasadena dines in honor of Lionel

The original Rite Spot at 1500 West Colorado (at Avenue 64) in Pasadena.

Sternberger, the culinary genius in being the first to put cheese to hamburger and served it at the Rite Spot in Pasadena in 1924. His Aristocratic Burger was an instant culinary hit!

For 2024, we are changing things up somewhat.

We are adding a Cheeseburger Passport. Download the Cheeseburger passport, visit the participating restaurants, get your passport stamped and win prizes.

You can download the 2024 Cheeseburger Week passport here: 

Passport Participants
• California Pizza Kitchen-99 N. Los Robles Ave.
• Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine-950 E. Colorado Blvd.
• Deluxe 1717- 1717 E. Washington Blvd.
• Dog Haus-105 N. Hill St.
• Dog Haus Biergerten-93 E. Green St.
• Granville-279 S. Lake Ave.
• The Great Maple-300 E. Colorado Blvd. (in the Paseo)
• Hummus Labs-950 E. Colorado Blvd.
• Kathleen’s Restaurant-595 N. Lake Ave.
• Magnolia House-492 S. Lake Ave.
• New York Chicken & Gyro
• Pie ‘n Burger-913 E. California Blvd.
• SLAB 812 S. Arroyo Parkway
• The Stand-36 S. El Molino Ave.
• Tardino Bros. Italian Kitchen-40 N. Mentor Ave.
• Twohey’s-424 S. Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena

Then simply purchase something from participating businesses and get your passport stamped.

Then redeem your Cheeseburger passport for prizes:

4 purchases at different participants (with stamped passport to prove it) wins a $5. gift card to a local restaurant.

8 purchases at different participants (with stamped passport to prove it) wins a ten dollar gift card to a local Chamber member restaurant.

12 purchases at different participants (with stamped passport to prove it) wins: a $15 gift card to a local restaurant.

Visit all 16 participants (with stamped passport as proof of your purchase) and win the grand prize: a gift card tor dinner for two at a Chamber member restaurant. (Worth at least $50.)

 

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