Jan 20 2020
Tesla Charging Adapters for CCS or Chademo @tesla @ElectrifyAm

For Tesla owners frustrated by the lack of options when charging their vehicles, it seems things are getting worse.  Here’s an example of what is happening in Pasadena. CA.  Where Pasadena officials are claiming that this EV charging facility is the largest west of the Mississippi.  It has been weeks since the Pasadena Water and Power chargers having been installed and they are still hit and miss, many of the chargers do not appear to work, some have credit card machines, some appear on the Greenlots app.  I attempted to charge a few weeks ago and the charger failed to start. I used on this past weekend and it did charge, although it stopped at approx 80%, which apparently must be part of the design?

What seems like a missed opportunity for the EV community is having the ability for Tesla owners to utilize these underutilized chargers like this one and others around, like the WalMart in Burbank where a week ago I was by and could not use the chargers because they are on CCS capable.  Electrify America made a decision to not support the Chademo charging adapter with only 1 out of 10 chargers supporting the Chademo.  It seems like an oversight on the behalf of those in charge of the initiative and basically managing the $2 billion as part of the settlement with VW.

Perhaps, if those in charge at Electrify America, CEO, Giovanni Palazzo and COO Brendan Jones, worked with Tesla to build adapters for customers to use.

An interview with Electrek has comments closed.   I would very much like to hear from Mr Jones and Mr Palazzo about the reasons for not having Chademo chargers at stations?  It sure seems like an issue for those who drive Nissan Leaf and other EV’s that use the Chedemo.


Jan 19 2020
Timeless AI Insights at the GRAMMYs Changing the Fan Experience
See a new video-enriched experience that leverages IBM AI and Cloud technologies to integrate insights into the GRAMMY Red Carpet livestream

About this Event

The AI LA Community is hosting a special event with IBM after the GRAMMYs!

How do you create timeless AI insights about musical artists for the GRAMMY Awards? Is it possible to analyze hundreds of thousands of pieces of content about artists from over 100,000 sources and turn them into usable insights using cloud computing? And how do you ensure that each artist insight is a fact or substantiated opinion that is accessible during the Red Carpet broadcast and video on demand?

The GRAMMY Awards, hosted by the Recording Academy, is a cultural moment that brings together the biggest artists, celebrities and influencers to celebrate and foster a love of music with the world. Last year, the broadcast reached 43 million people, and GRAMMY.com had 3 million visitors in search of information about their favorite artists.

Once again, IBM is partnering with the Recording Academy to contextualize artists’ experiences at the Grammy Awards with insightful factoids. AI, with the help of Watson Discovery, discovers and reveals human journeys that led to a nomination at the Grammy Awards. Each of the insights will be timeless, unambiguous, interesting and a magnification on any facet of an artist’s life. Now, fans around the world will be able to relate and understand the importance of their favorite celebrity’s accomplishment.

Throughout the 2020 Grammy awards show, we will showcase a new video-enriched experience that leverages IBM AI and Cloud technologies to integrate insights into the GRAMMY Red Carpet livestream. During and after the event, we will also provide Video on Demand content that can be viewed on any device.

Food and drinks will be served.


Jan 16 2020
In Conversation: Alzheimer’s Los Angeles – Brain Health and The Fight Against Alzheimer’s @playhousedist @PasPlayhouse February 3, 2020
In Conversation: Alzheimer’s Los Angeles – Brain Health and The Fight Against Alzheimer’s

In Conversation: Alzheimer’s Los Angeles –

Brain Health and The Fight Against Alzheimer’s  |

Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday, Feb 3 at 7:30PM

In The Father, a family is confronted with Dementia and what it means to care for someone with this disease.  Join Heather Cooper Ortner, Alzheimer’s Los Angeles President & CEO, and Margaret Gatz, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Gerontology and Preventive Medicine, for a discussion about brain health and preventative care for yourself and your loved ones. This discussion will be moderated by former KCET Reporter Val Zavala.


PANELIST: Margaret Gatz, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Gerontology and Preventive Medicine

Margaret Gatz, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology, Gerontology, and Preventive Medicine. Studies in the Gatz lab encompass age-related change in depressive symptoms, personality, and cognition; risk and protective factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; how families manage aging and dementia; and evaluations of the effects of interventions to treat mental disorder or to improve preventive health behavior.

PANELIST: Heather Cooper Ortner, Alzheimer’s LA President & CEO

Heather joined Alzheimer’s Los Angeles as President & CEO in Fall 2017.  Since that time, she has worked with the Board of Directors and a team of dedicated staff to spread the organization’s mission to improve the lives of local families affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia by increasing awareness, delivering effective programs and services, providing compassionate support, and advocating for quality care and a cure. She is a highly respected nonprofit leader, recognized for bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to the healthcare arena. Heather’s proactive approach and passion for her work have contributed a wealth of experience for healthcare-based organizations. Previously, she served as chief executive officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, whose mission is to achieve a future without breast cancer. Prior to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Heather served as executive vice president at the International Myeloma Foundation.

MODERATOR: Val Zavala, former distinguished KCET reporter

Val Zavala spent 30 years as a broadcast journalist at KCET public television in Los Angeles winning numerous journalism awards, including 19 L.A. Area Emmy® Awards. She retired in 2018. During her time at LA’s preeminent PBS station, she served as a reporter, anchor, producer, and V.P. of News and Public Affairs. For much of that time, she was also the anchor of Life & Times and executive producer/anchor of SoCal Connected. She covered a broad spectrum of Southern California issues including politics, education, healthcare, environment, demographics, the economy, arts, and culture. She currently serves on the board of the combined KCET and PBS SoCal broadcasting company.  She lives in Altadena with her artist-husband Mark and dog Casey.

Jan 16 2020
Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek for the State Of The City 2020 , January 16, 2020

Join Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek for the State Of The City 2020 presentation.

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. – Program Begins at 7:00 p.m.

On-site parking, including accessible parking in JMHS main parking lot off of Lincoln Ave., adjacent to the auditorium.  Carpools encouraged.  Childcare will be provided – Please RSVP.  Spanish translation and closed captioning services will be provided.

Date: January 16, 2020

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


John Muir High School
1905 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena, CA United States
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Jan 15 2020
Pasadena Council Race Forum District 2 January 15, 2020

Pasadena Council Race Forum District 2
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:30 p.m. to 8pm
Pasadena Central Library
285 E. Walnut Ave.


I hope you can join us and learn about all four Candidates seeking to represent you on the Pasadena City Council.

When you arrive at the Donald Wright Auditorium, please take a note card and write down any question you’d like to ask the candidates.
Questions will be gathered, bunch by subject and selected by our Moderator, Pat Coulter, President of the League of Women Voters. After the forum, Candidates will be on hand to speak to you one-on-one.

Jan 13 2020
Super Bowl LIV 2020 54th February 2, 2020

Super Bowl LIV 2020 54th February 2, 2020

Super Bowl 54 is shaping up to be one of the most watched, with the playoffs closing in it could be either AFC Kansas City Chiefs or San Francisco 49ers vs NFC Tennessee Titans or Green Bay Packers after the Jan 19 playoff games.

As the game nears so does the anticipation of ads, with Trump and Bloomberg scheduled to spend millions in advertising during the game. The half-time show which is as interesting as the game will be Jennifer Lopez and Shakira with the game taking place at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida.
Advertisers include, Kia Motors, GM, Anheuser-Busch, Audi, Coca-Cola, Avocados from Mexico, Facebook, Hyundai, Pop-Tarts, Olay, New York Life, Pringles, Pepsi-SodaStream, Sabra, Snickers, Toyota, Trump, Bloomberg, Turbotax, Porsche, WeatherTech.
Considering each ad costs a minimum of $10 million, do these companies really benefit from this exposure and expense?

With Super Bowl 55 also scheduled to be played in Florida, Los Angeles is scheduled to host Super Bowl 56 at the under construction SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, slated for February 6, 2022, but that date could change. The last time Los Angeles hosted a Super Bowl was in 1993 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Jan 12 2020
Satellite Internet Service Provider – Amazon Kuiper, SpaceX Starlink, Softbank OneWeb

Traditional cable and telco companies are about to get some competition from wireless carriers and satellite operators. The most promising for consumers is SpaceX which is already testing with the dozens of satellites it has already launched. We could see SpaceX Startlink start beta testing with customers in 2020. Amazon is also making serious investments into the low earth orbit services internet business, and then there’s Softbank OneWeb.

SpaceX Starlink

Starlink is targeting service in the Northern U.S. and Canada in 2020, rapidly expanding to near global coverage of the populated world by 2021.

Softbank OneWeb

Amazon: Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world.
155 positions open listed here

Jan 10 2020
Neuroboxing Pasadena For Parkinson’s

Neuroboxing Pasadena For Parkinson’s
Neuroboxin is a non-contact boxing inspired program designed specifically to combat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and help members live the best life possible.
Neuroboxing Pasadena is held at Classic Kickboxing in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. Our vintage style 6,000 sq ft boxing studio sas launched in 2002 by national champion professional kickboxer Nauricio Gonzalez. We are equipped with the regulation sized boxing ring from the movie Million Dollar Baby, twenty-six heavy punching bags and a fully furnished functional training room
In Pasadena Classic Kick Boxing and Neuroboxing
91 Union Street , Pasadena CA 91103
Contact Phoebe Delman at Classic Kickboxing to register:
(626) 796-6387


Jan 9 2020
City of Pasadena Council and Mayor Race 2020

The upcoming 2020 election for Pasadena mayor and council seats is heating up.

For mayor current Mayor Terry Tornek is being challenged by Councilmember Victor Gordo, Gordo is currently councilmember for District 5.

District 1 – Tyron Hampton, currently vice-mayor, has no challenger,
District 2 – Margaret McAustin not running after 13 years as a council member, there’s at least four candidates in the run, Felicia Williams, Kevin Litwin, Tricia Keane, Bo Patatian.
District 3 – John Kennedy –
District 4 – Gene Masuda is running for re-election, but has at least three candidates running for the seat. Kevin Wheeler, Joe Baghadlian, Charlotte “char” Bland.
District 5 – With Victor Gordo running for mayor, there’s currently no candidates who have filed.
District 6 – Steve Madison is running for relelection, but has at least two candidates running against him, Ryan Bell and Tamerlin Godley
District 7 – Andy Wilson – current council member, running for re-election?

Candidates for Mayor:
Terry Tornek – Current Mayor
Victor Gordo – current District 5 Councilmember
Major Williams
Jason Hardin

District 2 and 4 appear to be the most competitive races, with district 2 candidate Felicia Williams a likely winner, and District 4 most likely Gene Masuda being reelected.

For Mayor, the most likely winner will be Victor Gordo, with past Mayor Bill Boggard as compaign manager and Gordo’s many years of experience in the city including the Rose Bowl Operating Company(RBOC) and a recognizable name in the community.

Upcoming debates and forums:

January 14, 2020
Pasadena Mayoral Candidates
Forum on the Environment — January 14

The Arroyo Seco Foundation will host the Pasadena Mayoral Candidates Forum on the Environment to be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. in Pasadena on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The theme of the event will be “How Green Should Pasadena Be?” Topics to be covered will include climate change, the Arroyo Seco and trees, among other issues of local concern.

The program will begin with a brief opening statement from each of the four candidates on their environmental record and views. The candidates include Jason Hardin, Victor Gordo, Major Williams and current Mayor Terry Tornek. Following the initial statements, there will be a panel of local environmental leaders who will ask questions of the candidates. The public will also be invited to ask questions of the candidates. The event will conclude at 8:30 pm.

The discussion is a timely event since the primary election for the Mayor’s race will be held on March 3, 2020. “We are pleased that all four candidates have confirmed their participation,” said Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, “and look forward to a lively discussion of critical environmental concerns and solutions.”

Feb 4, 2020:

Pasadena, CA — On February 4, 2020, Pasadena voters will gather at Robinson Recreation Center (1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) to attend the city’s first-ever youth-led Climate Action Forum. All mayoral and city council candidates have been invited to attend the forum and discuss their ideas and vision for how Pasadena can be a leader on the climate crisis and be a more sustainable, climate-resilient city.

“Pasadena is in a unique position to be a leader on the climate crisis, and cities like ours have a responsibility to lead during a period of federal inaction,” said Ozzy Simpson, a senior at Sequoyah School and co-organizer of the Pasadena Climate Action Forum. “Local, systemic change—such as enhanced public transportation systems, cleaner and renewable energy, and energy-efficient buildings—from mayors and city councilmembers is required.”

For the first time in Pasadena history, the forum’s moderating panel will be composed entirely of people under the age of 35, highlighting that young people have the most at stake in addressing the climate crisis. Pasadena’s youth vote is also expected to surge in the March 3 elections, given mobilizing issues like the climate crisis and Pasadena’s elections sharing the same ballot as higher-turnout statewide and primary elections.

Mayoral candidates will participate in their own portion of the forum from 6 to 7 PM, while city council candidates will participate from 7 to 8 PM. Prior to the forum, local environmental groups will table to share how concerned voters can get involved in their organizations.

The Pasadena Climate Action Forum builds on the recent momentum from local students who led the September 20 and December 6 climate strikes at Pasadena City Hall in an effort to make the city take serious action against the climate crisis. At the December 6 climate strike, three city council candidates and one mayoral candidate signed the Green New Deal pledge, committing themselves to championing the legislation on a federal and local level as well as not accepting donations of over $200 from the fossil fuel industry. The sitting mayor and councilmembers were asked by local students to sign the same pledge on December 9.

The Pasadena Climate Action Forum is being organized by an intergenerational coalition of local organizations concerned about the climate crisis, including the newly formed Sunrise Sequoyah hub, Pasadena Environmental Advocates, Day One, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, and more. If other organizations are interested in joining, please contact Ozzy and David at the numbers listed at the top of this press release.

RSVP to the Pasadena Climate Action Forum at sunrisesequoyah.org/ClimateActionForum

Pasadena Climate Action Forum
Start: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 • 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 • 8:00 PM
Robinson Recreation Center• 1081 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Host Contact Info: info@sunrisesequoyah.org

Jan 9 2020
Vinotera Wine Store on Lake Closed

Vinotera has been several wine beer stores over the years, but appears to be closed with  sign clearly posted on the door.

Address: 102 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 396-9234
Google still lists the location as open, an edit was submitted and hopefully they will update.

We are closed visit our website for online orders wine club and deals.




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