May 4 2021
City of Pasadena Building Official ordered the closure of Pasadena Central Library
 
CITY ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF PASADENA CENTRAL LIBRARY DUE TO SEISMIC SAFETY ISSUES
PASADENA, Calif.—On Monday, May 3, the City of Pasadena Building Official ordered the closure of Pasadena Central Library, located at 285 E. Walnut St, until further notice. View the order. In-person library services recently resumed on a part-time basis following the county’s move into the less-restrictive orange tier. However, a recent structural assessment conducted as part of the scope of work for the Central Library Building Systems and Structural Assessment Capital Improvement Project revealed that most of the building is comprised of unreinforced masonry (URM) bearing walls that support concrete floors and walls.
URM buildings have been widely recognized as a hazard to life safety due to their potential to collapse during an earthquake. While Pasadena passed an ordinance in 1993 mandating all URM buildings to be retrofitted, vacated or demolished, no record has been found as to why Central Library was not identified and addressed as a URM building. Now that it has been identified, it is clear that Central Library is not in conformance with the City’s URM Ordinance. Additionally, the results of the review provided to the City indicate that Central Library does not meet current seismic standards recommended by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Therefore, given our present state of knowledge, the building is unsafe to occupy.
“This is devastating news for us all. Central Library is more than just a building; it’s where generations of families have grown up, and an iconic building that completes our Civic Center as one of Pasadena’s treasures,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “We intend to do everything in our power to assess the severity of the problem and to work toward its resolution. This library cannot remain vacant, and we need to conserve it for another century of use.”
Designed by Myron Hunt in 1924, Central Library was the first building completed in Pasadena’s historic Civic Center Plan. The library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Averaging 1,000 daily visitors, the library serves as an educational and community cornerstone for all to gather, learn, explore ideas, and connect with people and resources.
Library staff are working on interim solutions to meet the needs of the community. This includes developing short-term solutions to ensure the services and programs offered by Central Library continue at other library locations. Hastings and La Pintoresca Branch Libraries also recently reopened with limited hours. Those operational hours will be expanded by the end of this week. Lamanda Park, Santa Catalina, Linda Vista, and San Rafael Branch Libraries will open the week of May 10. Hill Avenue Branch Library will offer curbside pick-up for materials usually available at Central Library. Central Library staff will be re-assigned to other branches in order to offer expanded service hours at those locations. Library phone, chat, online content, and programming will continue without change.
Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.
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May 1 2021
PWP is here to help you Shape Up your Irrigation System this Summer! Pasadena Water and Power
 

PWP is here to help you Shape Up your Irrigation System this Summer!

Join us on Saturday, May 15 from 9 to 11 AM for our Virtual Irrigation Tune-Up Workshop and learn how to solve your irrigation issues, readjust your sprinklers to water plants and not pavement, fix sprinkler leaks, resolve over-watering dilemmas, control your irrigation controller, learn about the benefits of drip and more!

Register for the virtual workshop HERE.


PWP is also launching “Ask the Expert Thursdays” this May for Water Awareness Month to help Pasadena residents get in tip-top watering shape for summer! These weekly hour long sessions every Thursday provide residents an opportunity to ask questions on how to tune up their irrigation system, water more efficiently, benefits of drip systems and efficient spray heads; how to check for over watering and more. With hotter and drier summers on the horizon, it is more important than ever to water efficiently and help conserve Pasadena’s water supply. Join us at noon every Thursday in May on zoom. For more information visit HERE.

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Apr 26 2021
Apple iOS 14.5 Release Notes Available Now #ios145
 

Unlock iPhone with Apple Watch

  • Ability to unlock your iPhone X and later with Apple Watch Series 3 and later when you attempt to use Face ID while wearing a face mask

 

AirTag and Find My

  • Support for AirTag to keep track of and find your important items like your keys, wallet, backpack and more, privately and securely in the Find My app
  • Precision Finding uses visual, audible, and haptic feedback to guide you directly to your nearby AirTag using Ultra Wideband provided by the U1 chip on iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models
  • AirTag can be located by playing a sound via the built-in speaker
  • The Find My network with hundreds of millions of devices can help you find your AirTag, even when it isn’t nearby
  • Lost Mode notifies you when your AirTag is found, and you can enter a phone number where you can be contacted

 

Emoji

  • Support for separate skin tones for each individual in all variations of the couple kissing emoji and couple with heart emoji
  • New face emojis, heart emojis, woman with a beard emoji

 

Siri

  • Siri now includes more diverse voice options
  • Incoming calls can be announced with Siri, including who is calling, when you’re wearing your AirPods or compatible Beats headphones, and you can answer hands-free
  • Group FaceTime calls are supported by asking Siri to FaceTime a list of contacts or a group name from Messages
  • Emergency contacts can be called by asking Siri

 

Privacy

  • App Tracking Transparency lets you control which apps are allowed to track your activity across other companies’ apps and websites for ads or sharing with data brokers

 

Apple Music

  • Share your favorite lyrics using Messages, Facebook, and Instagram Stories, and subscribers can play the snippet in Messages without leaving the conversation
  • City charts showcase what’s popular in over 100 cities from all over the world

 

Podcasts

  • Podcasts Show Pages are redesigned to make it easier to start listening
  • Option to save and download episodes, automatically adding them to your Library for quick access
  • Download behavior and notification settings can be customized on a show-by-show basis
  • Top Charts and popular categories in Search help you discover new shows

 

5G improvements

  • Dual SIM support enables 5G connectivity on the line that’s using cellular data on iPhone 12 models
  • Smart Data Mode improvements further optimize your experience on 5G networks for better battery life and data usage on iPhone 12 models
  • 5G international roaming enabled on supported carriers on iPhone 12 models

 

News

  • Redesigned News+ tab enables Apple News+ subscribers to quickly find, download, and manage magazine and newspaper issues
  • All-new Search experience that helps you find relevant topics, channels, and stories

 

Maps

  • Accidents, hazards, or speed checks along your route can be reported by telling Siri on your iPhone or on CarPlay
  • Estimated time of arrival (ETA) can be shared when cycling or walking, in addition to driving, by asking Siri or tapping on the route card at the bottom of the screen, then tapping Share ETA

 

Reminders

  • Ability to sort reminders by Title, Priority, Due Date, or Creation date
  • Option to print your reminder lists

 

Translate

  • Translation playback speed can be adjusted by long pressing the play button

 

Gaming

  • Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller or Sony PS5 DualSense™ Wireless Controller support

 

Fitness+

  • Ability to stream audio and video content from Apple Fitness+ workouts to AirPlay 2-enabled TVs and devices

 

CarPlay

  • ETA in Apple Maps can be easily shared while driving with new Siri or keyboard controls in CarPlay

 

This release also fixes the following issues:

 

  • Messages at the bottom of the thread may be hidden by the keyboard under certain circumstances
  • Deleted messages may still appear in Spotlight search
  • Messages may persistently fail to send texts in some threads
  • Mail would not load new emails for some users until restarting the device
  • Call blocking and identification section may not appear in Phone settings
  • iCloud Tabs may not appear in Safari
  • iCloud Keychain could be prevented from turning off
  • Reminders created via Siri may be unintentionally set for early morning hours
  • Battery health reporting system will recalibrate maximum battery capacity and peak performance capability on iPhone 11 models to address inaccurate estimates of battery health reporting for some users (https://support.apple.com/HT212247)
  • Optimization to reduce the appearance of a dim glow that may appear at reduced brightness levels with black backgrounds on iPhone 12 models
  • AirPods audio routing to incorrect device for Automatic Switching
  • AirPods Automatic Switching notifications might be missing or duplicated

 

For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

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Apr 13 2021
COIN – Coinbase Stock IPO Price at $250 to Double?
 

As traders prepare for the IPO of COIN- Coinbase many are anticipating that the stock could easily double opening at $250 and quickly hitting $500-$600.

Many are wondering should they buy now or wait?

Coinbase is making a lot of money.  Coinbase makes money on each transaction when someone buys and sells crypto primarily Bitcoin and with the increase in trading and buying of Bitcoin and other crypto the revenue that Coinbase has the potential to make will continue to skyrocket.

Get ready it will be a wild ride, as there are other players in the space that should also benefit from the Coinbase IPO.

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Apr 12 2021
Smith Brothers Restaurants are Hiring! #pasadena #626food #jobspasadena
 

Smith Brothers Restaurants are Hiring!

Do you know someone who would enjoy working for some of Pasadena’s premiere restaurants? We are looking for qualified candidates to fill front and back-of-house positions at our locations.

Click Here to Apply

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Apr 10 2021
Is Amazon Fresh Store Coming to Pasadena, CA Updated Video April 10, 2021 @amazon @amazonfresh
 

Is Amazon Fresh Store Coming to Pasadena, CA Updated Video April 10, 2021 @amazon @amazonfresh

The work continues and an ever increasing rate, with the rate appears to be on track for completing the store in the next two months or maybe sooner. We would expect to see an occupancy permit filing comping soon or maybe some other permit filing that would

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Mar 31 2021
Burbank Red Tags Tin Horn Flats Building for Life Safety Violations
 

Burbank Red Tags Tin Horn Flats Building for Life Safety Violations

Post Date:03/31/2021 2:47 PM

BURBANK, CA (March 31, 2021) – Today the City of Burbank red tagged the building located at 2623 West Magnolia Boulevard, known as Tin Horn Flats, after issuing a yellow tag yesterday.  This means that the building has been identified as unsafe and as such, the building may not be used or occupied. The prior yellow tag notification was the precursor to, and a notice that, the building would be red tagged on March 31.

This past weekend, the owner of Tin Horn Flats and its representatives have been served with administrative citations for violating the City’s zoning codes because their Conditional Use Permit had been revoked by the City Council. At this point the owner and their representatives have citations totaling $2,500.

Their Conditional Use Permit was revoked by Council on February 22, 2021, citing Tin Horn Flats’ flagrant disregard for life safety and violations of the Los Angeles County Health Officer Orders, which endangered the public health, safety and welfare, along with creating a public nuisance.  To date, Tin Horn Flats continues to operate without a County health permit.

On Monday, March 29, City staff formed a safety task force to inspect Tin Horn Flats for life-safety violations.  The task force was formed due to Tin Horn Flats continuing to operate even though their electricity had been disconnected as authorized under the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) issued by the Superior Court. The TRO also ordered the restaurant to close until all necessary permits to operate were obtained.   Staff from the Fire Department, Police Department, Community Development, Burbank Water and Power, and City Attorney’s Office are part of the task force.

The Notice of Violations issued on March 30, included violations of the Burbank Municipal Code, California Electrical Code, California Building Code, Uniform Mechanical Code,and the Uniform Plumbing Code.  Tin Horn Flats cannot operate safely without electricity.

“There are multiple fire/life safety violations that have been brought to the business owner’s attention. These violations may create life safety hazards to any occupants in the structure,” stated Eric Garcia, Burbank Fire Chief.

The violations are concerning from a life-safety protection perspective.  Running cords from a generator to an electrical panel and using the electrical breakers as switches is a fire hazard.  Additionally, this is exasperated by non-working exit lights.

This morning the task force red tagged the building after clearing the building of all occupants without incident and the City padlocked the doors pursuant to the authority granted to the City in the TRO.

If anyone cuts the locks and reopens or enters the building, they can be taken into police custody for refusing to leave the building and the Burbank Police Department can take other appropriate action.

The City continues to pursue its civil suit in court and will return for a hearing on April 9, regarding the City’s request for a preliminary injunction to close Tin Horn Flats until it receives all necessary permits to operate.  The TRO already issued by the court is currently in effect until the hearing.  The red tagging of the building is separate from the civil suit and TRO issued by the court.

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Mar 31 2021
City of Pasadena Moves Into Orange Tier Effective Monday, April 5, 2021
 
City of Pasadena Moves Into Orange Tier Effective Monday, April 5
PASADENA, Calif.—As of Monday, April 5, many sectors in the City of Pasadena will be able open or increase capacity due to movement of the Pasadena Public Health Jurisdiction into the Orange Tier 3 (Moderate COVID-19 disease transmission) of the state of CA Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Monday, April 5, 12:01 a.m., the following activities will be permitted to occur in strict adherence with the updated Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) protocols:
  • Restaurants may open for indoor dining at a maximum of 50% capacity or 200 people, whichever is fewer, in compliance with the protocol for restaurants, bars and breweries;
  • Bars that are not able to provide a sit-down, bona fide meal with each alcohol transaction may operate outdoors with modifications including closing for on-site consumption at 10 PM, and in compliance with the protocol for restaurants, bars and breweries;
  • Breweries that are not able to provide a sit-down, bona fide meal may operate indoors at a maximum of 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, with modifications in compliance with the protocol for restaurants, bars and breweries;
  • All retail may operate indoors at 75% capacity and with physical distancing in compliance with the protocols for retail operations;
  • Museums and galleries may open for indoor operations at a maximum capacity of 50%, in compliance with the protocol for museums and galleries;
  • Movie theaters may operate indoors at a maximum of 50% capacity or 200 people, per auditorium, whichever is fewer, in compliance with the protocol for movie theaters;
  • Hotels and lodging may operate with modifications in compliance with the protocol for hotels and updated protocols for restaurants, pools, and fitness facilities where applicable;
  • Fitness facilities, gyms, yoga and dance studios may operate indoors at a maximum of 25% capacity, in compliance with the protocol for fitness facilities, and indoor pools may open at a maximum 25% capacity in compliance with the protocol for public pools;
  • Offices may reopen indoors, in compliance with the protocol for office workspaces, but telework is strongly encouraged;
  • Places of worship may operate indoors at 50% capacity, in compliance with the protocol for places of worship;
  • Family entertainment centers may reopen for indoor operation at 25% capacity for naturally distanced activities including bowling, in compliance with the protocol for family entertainment centers.
Continued adherence to public health COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing masks, washing hands and physical distancing can help keep cases low and prevent another surge, particularly as more indoor activities are permitted, more infectious variants become prevalent, and travel increases over spring break and the holidays.
“We encourage everyone to get vaccinated when it’s your turn. All adults 50 and older will be eligible to sign up for an appointment beginning April 1, and everyone 16 and older beginning April 15,” said Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, Director and Health Officer for the City of Pasadena Public Health Department.
Pasadena residents should submit their contact information on the Pasadena COVID-19 Vaccine Website to be added to the interest list. The website also provides many options for vaccine appointments at pharmacies and through myturn.ca.gov.
Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311
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Mar 25 2021
City of Pasadena Announces Covid-19 Vaccine To Be Available to Those 50 and older @PasadenaGov #VaccinatePasadena
 

On Wednesday Mach 24, 2021 the City of Pasadena Announced that the Covid-19 vaccine will be available to those 50 and older.

Pasadena residents 50 years old and older are eligible to fill out the city’s online vaccine information inquiry form to be notified when supplies are available,

The form can be accessed at the website

The Pasadena COVID-19 Vaccine Inquiry Form is available here.

While the form does not state when the vaccines will be available and estimates of when the vaccine or which vaccine will be available is still TBD.

#DYK? #COVID19 vaccines are free for everyone. The federal government is providing vaccines free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status. Learn more: bit.ly/3ahFeaZ.
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Mar 19 2021
Is Amazon Fresh Store Coming to Pasadena?
 

Many are speculating if Amazon Fresh is coming to Pasadena. After opening of the Long Beach store and other expansion of Amazon Fresh in to new markets, the chances are very good we will see an Amazon Fresh store open in Pasadena.

Currently the site appears to be the location previously occupied by OSH(which was purchased by Lowe’s and then locations closed).

The Pasadena location has been undergoing major construction and evidence that it is forming into an Amazon Fresh based on exterior work that is taking place daily is developing into one of the designs of Amazon Fresh locations in Whittier, Long Beach, Fullerton, Irvine, Los Angeles, North Hollywood, Northridge, Woodland Hills. and several in Illinois.  Eight stores in the Southern California area, and evidence of expansion.

Amazon Fresh Store hours are typically from 7am to 10pm.  Specials are posted to the website.

The location of the anticipated Amazon Fresh Store in Pasadena.

3425 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

 

 

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