Mar 25 2020
COVID-19 Scam Alert #covid19scams #scams


Residents are advised that there have been reports of COVID-19 scams, malicious websites, email schemes, donation solicitations, and suspicious links that have come to the attention of law enforcement and public officials.

The Los Angeles County Chief Information Officer Williams Kehoe stated, “Malicious actors can prey upon those that are distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic and use it to their advantage. The Public needs to be mindful and careful, and avoid websites, phishing emails, and scams that engage people through false information about health crisis and steal personal user information and data. By clicking on fraudulent weblinks, hackers can deliver malware and then gain access to passwords, browsing information, credit card numbers, and other personal information. We all need to stay vigilant.” Residents should also be careful of hackers impersonating public officials and service companies trying to gain your personal information.

Precautionary measures to protect yourself from scams related to COVID-19:

  • Independently verify the identity of any company, charity, or individual that contacts you regarding COVID-19.
  • Check the websites and email addresses offering information, products, or services related to COVID-19. Be aware that scammers often employ addresses that differ only slightly from those belonging to the entities they are impersonating. For example, they might use “” or “” instead of “”.
  • Be wary of unsolicited emails offering information, supplies, or treatment for COVID-19 or requesting your personal information for medical purposes. Legitimate health authorities will not contact the general public this way.
  • Do not click on links or open email attachments from unknown or unverified sources. Doing so could download a virus onto your computer or device.
  • Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer is operating and up to date.
  • Research any charities site soliciting donations in connection with COVID-19 before giving any donation. For online resources on donating, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) website:
  • Be wary of any business, charity, or individual requesting payments or donations in cash, by wire transfer, gift card, or through the mail. Don’t send money through any of these channels.
  • Be wary that scammers going door-to-door asking for donations in cash, Bitcoin, or PayPal. Do not feel intimidated to answer the door of possible solicitors.

Everyone should remain vigilant and take these precautionary measures to avoid being victimized by malicious scammers trying to profit from the COVID-19 crisis.

If you believed you have been scammed, please report to Temple Sheriff’s Station at (626) 285-7171.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 resources, visit the below links:

Mar 25 2020
LA County Property Taxes Due #COVID19 Possible Relief After April 10

LA County Property Taxes Due #COVID19 Possible Relief After April 10

Under California State Law, the County of Los Angeles Treasurer & Tax Collector is not able to extend the April 10 property tax deadline. However, beginning on April 11, the day after property taxes are due, people unable to pay on time for reasons related to COVID-19 may submit a request for penalty cancellation online. The department has set up a special team to process these requests for those who demonstrate they were affected by the outbreak.
For more information, visit Los Angeles County.
Mar 25 2020
COVID-19 Company Response to Consumers Not Able to Pay Bills

Business and individuals worldwide are experiencing difficulties paying works let alone service providers.

With many non-essential businesses not able to generate revenue they are being shuttered and employees are being laid off.  The amount of daily and weekly unemployment claims has risen to levels not seen since the Great Depression.  The unemployment rate will be one of the highest most have ever experienced. The debate of if there will be a depression or recession is ongoing, meanwhile the legislatures are trying to figure out a way to keep the economy from total collapse.

Companies like Spectrum should be ashamed of how they are handling the situation.  I reached out to them and received three different answers.

Verizon seems to be better, but has not really followed through

Intuit – was good, they credited a month of service

other companies seem to be figuring out what to do, but most are not clear

Mar 22 2020
The Pasadena Chalk Festival at The Paseo is Postponed Until Further Notice
The Pasadena Chalk Festival at The Paseo is Postponed Until Further Notice
(March 19, 2020, Pasadena, CA) As you may have heard by now, we have no choice but to postpone our highly anticipated Pasadena Chalk Festival scheduled for June 20-21. It is beyond our imagination that this could have ever happened. It carries with it great disappointment, and especially because we know how much this means to all of us. But our most important concern is for the safety and health of our chalk family and their loved ones. As we regroup we are planning ways to keep our chalk momentum going. So please stay tuned and stay positive. Look for more chalk news from us on the horizon.
The Pasadena Chalk Festival is the largest chalk art festival in the nation with over 600 artists from across Southern California and beyond who create 200 spectacular chalk murals on concrete surfaces and in every style imaginable. Thousands of people attend this event annually at The Paseo in Pasadena, CA. In 2010, a record was achieved for the largest display of chalk art in one place, at one time, putting the Pasadena Chalk Festival officially into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Mar 20 2020
To the El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe Family Go Fund Me Fund
On behalf of the ownership of El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe, thank you and muchas gracias for the overwhelming support we’ve heard from you as the reality and seriousness of coronavirus (COVID-19) has become clearer. Like so many of you consider us family, we consider you family, too. As a family/familia, we will get through this together.

On Monday, March 16, Pasadena’s City Manager declared a Local State of Emergency that included a mandate to close restaurants and bars for sit-down service. While this was difficult news for us to hear, we agree that it is the correct course of action to help preserve the health of our patrons, our staff, and the greater Pasadena community.

But that decision has come at a cost. While we remain open for take out and delivery, our doors have been closed for dine-in and bar service. Which means our team who works hard every day to make your dining experience a great one – servers, dishwashers, bussers, cooks, bartenders – has seen deep reductions in or elimination of their hours. These team members – many of whom you, like us, consider family – are the people who are being hit the hardest.

Therefore, we have started this Go Fund Me drive to help support the staff that makes up the backbone of El Portal and Yahaira’s Cafe. We sincerely hope that our many friends and longtime patrons come together to support those who are most in need. When we get through this – together – we look forward to seeing you again in your favorite booth or bar chair, supported by our staff who need you the most today.

You can make a donation through this link:

100% of the money we raise will go to our hourly employees to help them pay for essentials (food, rent, child and health care, etc.).

Please share the details of this drive with everyone you know who is part of our huge El Portal and Yahaira’s family!

Muchas gracias,

Mar 19 2020
Possible Cure for COVID-19 Coronavirus Chloroquine #covid19cure

Possible Cure for COVID-19 Coronavirus Chloroquine #covidcure

Is this for real


Mar 19 2020
Working Remotely Resources

Are you having to work remotely?

There are lots of resources to work remotely, in most cases the best resources

Mar 19 2020
Take Out Options Pasadena Amidst COVID-19 #survivecovid @626food

Are you looking for a restaurant that is offering take out?

In Pasadena there are many restaurants offering take out and many with special menus.

Here is the list.


Pasadena Restaurant 
Take-Out Directory

Many of our restaurants are offering take-out and/or delivery during this. To make it easier for you to know who they are and to support them, Pasadena has made a list and modified parking in front of these businesses to allow for pick-up. The Directory of Pasadena restaurants, bakeries, and cafes is now live at
If you know of a restaurant that isn’t on the list please share this with them and encourage them to sign-up.  The link is on the directory website.
Mar 16 2020
How Much Worse Will COVID-19 Coronavirus Get? #covid19

How much worse will COVID-19 Coronavirus?

As of March 16, 2020 the stock market closed down close to 3,000 points!

We are already seeing severe impacts around the world.   One of the problems right now is that the confirmed cases could rise above 200,000 quickly as testing increases.

The stock market is being pummeled by the spread of COVID-19.

This is like nothing this generation as ever seen. We are so connected yet so disconnected, and our lives are so fragile.

How people act in the coming weeks months will be critical to what happens next.  How this virus spreads and mutates and if a vaccine is developed and deployed quickly.

What is the real origin of the COVID-19 Coronavirus?  Do we really know?  Is it form a lab, is from bats and other animals?  Is it biological warfare? Was it an accident?  The truth is out there and will come out.  COVID19 has caused so far disruption to the world economy, beyond what anyone ever anticipated.


Mar 12 2020
City of Pasadena Cancels All Non-Essential City-Sponsored Events #covid19
Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office
City of Pasadena Cancels All Non-Essential City-Sponsored Events
PASADENA, Calif.-The City of Pasadena is cancelling all of its “non-essential” City-sponsored events and activities until further notice. “Non-essential” events and activities would generally include recreational events and classes, educational and cultural events, census events, Community Police Academy Kids Safety Academy, Police Activities League (PAL) center activity, and community excursions. The City is not presently directing the cancellation of any events or activities sponsored by third parties, although the City is reaching out to the coordinators and providing current guidelines by the California Department of Public Health regarding mass gatherings.
Because of inquiries that have been made, it should be noted that the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, third-party organization, not operated by the City of Pasadena, and it will be considering its course of action with respect to its own events; the City will assist the Senior Center in every way possible in its decision making and announcement process.
The present situation with COVID-19 is unprecedented and the decision to cancel City-sponsored events is consistent with what appears to be emerging as the “best practice” and the manner in which cities and other public and private institutions throughout the state are responding to COVID-19 public health concerns. The strategy is presently to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another so as to limit the extent to which the COVID-19 virus can spread.
For a list cancelled events, please visit The City is monitoring related developments continuously, and will continue the cancellations indefinitely until the situation changes. Therefore, the decision of when to reschedule any event has not yet been made.
Everyday precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have proven effective in prior pandemics. Protect yourself and others from getting sick by:
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, not your hand.
  • Not touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.
  • Disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces often, including cell phones, light switches, doorknobs, and toilets.
  • Staying home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Avoiding contact with people who are sick.
  • Getting your flu shot to protect against influenza.
  • If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections, follow public health guidance and monitor your health. Call your healthcare providers and inform them about your travel history if you need care.
You can also prepare for possible disruptions to daily routines that could be caused by COVID-19:
  • Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family;
  • Make a child care plan in case you or a care giver are sick;
  • Understand your employer’s policies regarding leave and options for working from home;
  • Make arrangements for how your family will manage a school closure; and
  • Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.
Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at;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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