Sep 27 2020
Pasadena Mayoral Debate 2020 – Oct 1, 2020 6pm Live Streamed Zoom

The debate between incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek or Councilman Victor Gordo, the two face off in a livecast debate on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 6pm to 8pm.

Pasadena NAACP will host a mayoral forum.

Zoom Webinar Meeting ID: 990-7330-9616 Passcode: 345097

Hosted by Homegrown Millenial Leaders, Join us in a conversation with our mayoral candidates as we focus on topics that affect us millenials.  I you would like to submit questions for the candidates please email

Gordo won the primary election, but the margin was not enough to win.

Sep 27 2020
Pasadena Mayoral Debate 2020 – Oct 11, 2020 Live Streamed

The debate between incumbent Mayor Terry Tornek or Councilman Victor Gordo, the two face off in a livecast debate on Sunday, Oct. 11, time?

Co-hosted by the Pasadena Community Coalition, the Pasadena Star-News and James Farr’s Conversation Live, the event will be live streamed on the Star-News’ website and on the Conversation Live Facebook page.

Gordo won the primary election, but the margin was not enough to win.

Sep 27 2020
Five Guys Burgers Pasadena Set to Open September 29, 2020 @fiveguys @626food

Five Guys Burgers Pasadena Set to Open September 29, 2020 @fiveguys @626food

Five Guys
230 S Lake Ave · Near The Shops On Lake Avenue
Opens Tue Sep 29
Five Guys has expanded over the past few years into the Los Angeles areas, with at least a dozen locations, from Brea to Northridge, there are many locations in the area and once most likely near you.
The Pasadena location is one of the latest additions opening in an area with a variety of burger type restaurants, from Rounds to Counter to The Stand, the area has several established business it hopes to compete in the area for a slice of some of this business.
We don’t have a phone number or hours yet. but the Google site shows it opening on Sept 29, 2020.
You can see the menu here
“Family owned and operated, Five Guys is one of the leading fast casual burger restaurants in the world, offering a classic take on burgers, hot dogs, fries, milkshakes and more. Our business started in 1986 with a fanatical focus on quality ingredients, clean restaurants and exceptional customer service.”
Sep 27 2020
STARLINK MISSION SpaceX is targeting Monday, September 28, 2020 Thirteenth Mission @spacex


SpaceX is targeting Monday, September 28 at 10:22 a.m. EDT, 14:22 UTC, for launch of its thirteenth Starlink mission, which will launch 60 Starlink satellites to orbit. Falcon 9 will lift off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported launch of Crew Dragon’s first flight to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts onboard and the ANASIS-II mission. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. One of Falcon 9’s fairing halves supported two previous Starlink launches.

The Starlink satellites will deploy approximately 1 hour and 1 minute after liftoff.  You can watch the launch webcast here, starting about 15 minutes before liftoff. If you would like to receive updates on Starlink news and service availability in your area, please visit

Sep 14 2020
First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020 @alliance_socal

First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020

SoCal Innovation event tomorrow

Join the Alliance for SoCal Innovation and the Los Angeles Venture Association at the First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020 to see the best early stage teams commercializing breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions. This year features a brand new virtual format and spread over two days, Sept 15 and Sept 16. Learn more at:
The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase 2020 [virtual]
Presented by: Alliance for SoCal Innovation and Los Angeles Venture Association
Sponsored by: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
See the best early stage teams commercializing breakthroughs from SoCal’s top research institutions. Plus keynotes and investor panels from industry leaders.
Tuesday, Sept 15 — LIFE SCIENCE
Wednesday, Sept 16 — TECHNOLOGY
9a – 3p PT (both days)
Why You Should Attend:
  • Get a first look at emerging technology with high potential for market disruption and impact
  • Discover companies seeking early stage funding to commercialize big ideas with massive potential
  • See 30 emerging startups do live quick pitch w/Q&A from notable investors PLUS 2 keynotes, 2 VC panels, and 2 workshops for startups
  • Free to attend including the webinar and online workshops
Event Description
The First Look SoCal Innovation Showcase is an annual showcase of the best early-stage teams commercializing tech and life science breakthroughs from the top research institutions in Southern California. This is the premiere platform for deep tech startups to connect with top-tier investors and successful serial entrepreneurs with expertise to help them leap from the lab to the market.
The day’s program will feature a short keynote before a full program of quick-pitch presentations (15 per day), each followed by investor-led Q&A. Each day ends with a panel discussion of investors and industry leaders.
Detailed Agenda, Speakers and Startup information here:
Sep 11 2020
Unhealthy Air Quality for All Individuals in Parts of L.A. County Due to Smoke from the Fires: News Releases

Unhealthy Air Quality for All Individuals in Parts of

L.A. County Due to Smoke from the Fires

Due to the fires in Southern California, air quality continues to be adversely affected in several parts of Los Angeles County. According to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), air quality will be unhealthy through Friday, September 11, 2020, in the following areas:

Harmful for Sensitive Groups/Individuals:

  • East San Fernando Valley
  • West San Fernando Valley
  • Pomona/Walnut Valley

Harmful for All Groups/Individuals:

  • East San Gabriel Valley

The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Muntu Davis, advises people living or working in these areas with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory diseases to minimize their outdoor activities.  Children who have sensitive conditions, including heart disease, asthma, and other chronic respiratory diseases, should not participate in any outdoor physical activities and should remain indoors as much as possible.

Below are helpful tips to assist with protecting you and your family from harmful effects of poor air quality:

  • If you see or smell smoke or see a lot of particles of ash in the air, avoid unnecessary outdoor activities to help limit your exposure to harmful air. This is especially important for those with heart or lung disease (including asthma).
  • If outdoor air quality is poor, maintain indoor air as clean as possible by keeping windows and doors closed. Air conditioners that re-circulate air within the home can help filter out harmful participles.
  • Avoid using air conditioning units that only draw in air from the outside or that do not have any re-circulating options. Residents should check the filters in their air conditioners and replace them regularly.
  • If you have any lung of heart disease symptoms that may be related to smoke exposure, including severe coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, please contact your doctor immediately or go to an urgent care center.

All Rosemead residents and businesses should review personal, family, and workplace emergency plans and make sure the emergency kits are up to date.

For current air quality maps and forecast, please visit the AQMD website at

Aug 29 2020
Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event 2020, Sunday, October 25; 2 – 5pm @LAmag #lafoodevent

Sunday, October 25; 2 – 5 p.m.; Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu

Taste and sip from L.A.’s best restaurants, wineries, and more.

Join Los Angeles magazine at our 15th annual epicurean extravaganza, The Food Event 2020, set in the beauty of Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu Hills. This culinary experience features samplings from 40 of L.A.’s best restaurants, live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, boutique wines, spirits tastings, and more!

Date and Time

Sun, October 25, 2020

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

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Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu

31727 Mulholland Hwy

Malibu, CA 90265

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*Event details subject to change

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More details and tickets here

Aug 26 2020
Randy’s Donuts Coming to Pasadena Sept 2, 2020 Free Donuts @RandysDonutsLA @SouthLakeAvenue

The new Pasadena location is in a location that is soon to be joined by Five Guys Burgers.

The Pasadena location makes several locations that are

Official instagram for the World Famous Randy’s Donuts! Handmade Donuts since 1962! All locations are open! Torrance & Costa Mesa Opening Soon!

On Sept 2, at the Pasadena location, from 6am to 9pm get a free donut.

Address: 230 S Lake Ave Unit #2, Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: (626) 365-1216

Guests can receive a free raised glazed donut from 6 a.m.-noon;

From noon to 9pm guests will need to follow Randy’s Donuts @randysdonutsla on Instagram to receive a free raised glazed donut.

Aug 21 2020
2nd Annual Margarita Showdown Sept 5, 2020 – HomeState’s 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown @myhomestate

HomeState’s 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown
happening via livestream
Sat, Sept 5th at 2pm

We are excited to present our 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown! This year, we have set everything up for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home 💚

The Showdown brings margs, music and people together to raise money for community organizations with some of our city’s most beloved Margarita Makers taking part in a lighthearted competition to determine who makes the BEST margarita in Los Angeles. The drinks will be paired with musical sets by Band Taco alumni including Chicano Batman, Spoon and Questlove. All proceeds from the Showdown benefit our partners, No Us Without You! and Watts Empowerment Center. Our friends at ChowNow are matching every dollar raised up to $10,000.

This year, we’ll be sharing the event live on while you sit back, relax and drink your flight of margs curated from around the city. This year’s lineup includes:

Cristela Alonzo

El Carmen 
El Compadre 
El Condor 
Gold Line 
Gracias Madre  
Las Perlas 

Petty Cash 

Chicano Batman
Local Natives

Angela Muñoz
Fred Armisen
& more!

The Showdown livestream is FREE and OPEN TO ALL at For the margs, we are offering Showdown Margarita Packages featuring the festival’s marg competitors. Packages are $50 each, available for pre-order and include:

  • (8) Glass bottles of 4oz margaritas curated from around the city
  • (2) Limes
  • Garnishing salt
  • HomeState reusable metal straw 
  • Keepsake Margarita Showdown glass

Here’s how the Showdown works:

  • Pre-order your Showdown Margarita Package on Eventbrite
  • Pick up your Package from HomeState Highland Park on Sat, Sept 5th
  • Stream the show live at 2pm while drinking your margs
  • Vote for your favorite local Marg Maker as they share their drinks and stories between performances by Chicano Batman, Questlove, Spoon, Local Natives, Angela Muñoz, Fred Armisen and more!

Throughout the program, we will be sharing information about the festival’s beneficiaries and ways to support their activism. In just 5 weeks, the HomeState community has raised $16,341.20 for our partners, No Us Without You! and Watts Empowerment through sales of our Chicano Batman Band Taco and we hope to raise much more with this event!

Pre-order your margs, mark your calendar and head to for more details on the event.


HomeState Hollywood
4624 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
M-SUN • 8am-8pm

HomeState Highland Park
5611 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042
M-SUN • 8am-8pm

HomeState Playa Vista
Temporarily Closed
Hope to be back soon!

Aug 20 2020
Letter From John Kennedy to the Community Concerning the Officer Involved Shooting of Mr. Anthony McClain

View here in the original format.

Mr Kennedy makes some very legitimate points that should be taken seriously.  Many are very upset and the consequences of actions could lead to embroil the city into a crises that could make the climate for healing and moving for possible and make it very difficult. Living a few blocks away from the scene is not only disturbing but concerning.  And the need for Pasadena Police Dept oversight and community involvement is critical.  Yes, there are officers that make mistakes and yes there are officers who react to situations.  I encourage all community members to participate in the Citizen Police Academy this is a crucial program to learn how the dept works and the challenges it faces.  This incident must be investigated swiftly.  How is it that the officer with the body camera was able to turn off the camera?  Why is it taking so long to release footage from and a preliminary report of the incident?  The incident took place on August 15, 2020, is there a deadline being set by those who are in charge?  Are the mayor and city manager helping to expedite? Is the city council putting pressure on the those who can move this forward putting pressure?   Lots of questions, hopefully there will be answers soon.



August 20, 2020

Dear Pasadena,


I have viewed what videos and photographs that were shared with me by City Manager Steve Mermell of the Offìcer-Involved Shooting of Mr. Anthony McClain that took place on Saturday, 15 August. Mr. McClain’s death is tragic.

Some may seek to demean Mr. McClain to dehumanize his existence. But the fair-minded will acknowledge Mr. McClain’s humanity and deep connections to Pasadena. Mr. McClain literally may have hundreds of relatives in The Greater Pasadena Area. Mr. McClain leaves behind 2 young children. I have spoken to Mr. McClain’s 89-year-old grandmother and his stepmother. Quite naturally, both are upset and desire a comprehensive investigation of what happened. I provide my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Anthony McClain’s Family.

The facts surrounding the shooting are unfortunate and extremely troubling to me. There are many unanswered questions and the shooting, policies of the police department, body-worn cameras, and training of our police personnel must undergo thorough and impartial examination.

I do not have all of the facts at this point. However, please know that I urged Police Chief John Perez and City Manager Steve Mermell to release and publish prominently, with all deliberate speed, all audio and video of the incident in the possession of the Pasadena Police Department.

The Pasadena Police Department will investigate the officer-involved shooting and facts that pertain to the shooting to determine if the shooting was within or outside of policy. The District Attorney’s office will decide whether the actions of the officer involved in the shooting were justified or not. The District Attorney’s office is the only agency tasked with making such a determination on criminal charges, unless the Federal Bureau of Investigation has an active role in investigating the matter.

City Manager Steve Mermell will engage outside professionals to review the findings of the Pasadena Police Department concerning the incident and will make the report public.

The investigations of the officer-involved shooting have already begun. They will take time and I am requesting that the processes be expedited, but thorough.

It remains my hope that the City Council will, without delay, swiftly adopt meaningful and real community oversight of the Pasadena Police Department.


Respectfully yours,

John J. Kennedy, Chair (Speaking for myself.) Public Safety Committee

100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S228 • Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 744-4738 • Fax (626) 744-3814



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