Monthly Archives: June 2015
Jun 24 2015
$11 Million Lawsuit Against City of Pasadena for Improper Maintenance of Sidewalks

$11 Million Lawsuit Against City of Pasadena for Improper Maintenance of Sidewalks

According to an agenda for June 22, 2015.


Claim No. 12,429 Sandra Zavala 11,000,000.00

Ms. Zavala twisted/fractured her ankle while stepping off the sidewalk on Orange Grove Blvd.
Her lawyers claim her injuries are the result of the City’s negligence in maintaining the sidewalk/curb/street where she was injured.

Jun 23 2015
Amazon Echo – Computer, controlled entirely by your voice

 Today, we are excited to announce that Amazon Echo is available to everyone.

We launched Echo as an invitation-only program in November to learn how customers would use and enjoy it most. The response has been overwhelming.

Amazon Echo
Echo was born from a simple idea: create a computer, controlled entirely by your voice. This idea required some incredible invention. It had to understand natural language requests, from many voices, from across a room, even when music is playing. It also needed to be informative, entertaining, and useful—while always getting smarter.

With seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo achieved this goal by enabling far-field voice recognition. And Alexa, our cloud-based voice service that powers Echo, provides information, music, news, weather, and more—and she is constantly learning new skills.

Since launch, we have added streaming music from Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, calendar access, live sports scores and schedules, traffic reports, re-ordering, control of connected devices such as lights and switches from WeMo and Philips Hue, and more. Many of these features are a result of feedback and suggestions from our customers—thank you.

I am excited by what the team has done in a short period of time with your help—and we’re just getting started. We hope you enjoy Amazon Echo.

Jeff Bezos
Founder & CEO

P.S. — See what some of our early customers are saying about Echo.

  •  Information, music, audiobooks, news, weather, traffic, sports, and more–instantly
  • Controlled by your voice for hands-free convenience
  • Far-field voice recognition hears you from across the room
  • Connected to the cloud so it’s always getting smarter
  • 360º omni-directional audio to fill the room with immersive sound
  • Compatible with Belkin WeMo and Philips Hue connected devices to control lights and switches with your voice
  • Plays music from Amazon Music, Prime Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more


Jun 23 2015
‘Tradition Meets Innovation’ at Disney Consumer Products Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015

‘Tradition Meets Innovation’ at Disney Consumer Products Showcase at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2015

GLENDALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Disney Consumer Products will unveil unique product experiences and exclusive merchandise at this year’s D23 EXPO, Disney’s ultimate fan event, held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14–16. Reflecting a ‘Tradition Meets Innovation’ theme, the expansive Disney Consumer Products pavilion will provide interactive opportunities for fans of all ages to explore exciting stories and engaging experiences and products celebrating everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars stories.

Throughout the weekend, Disney Consumer Products will give fans the chance to get hands-on with the very latest in product innovations, explore fashion trends, books, apps, and more, as well as shop for collectible Disney Store merchandise at D23 EXPO. Special artist signings and stage presentations also will take place over the three-day event, offering fans the chance to get up close and personal with their favorite storytellers.

Events and attractions within the Disney Consumer Products pavilion include:

  • Playmation Marvel’s Avengers – EXPO attendees will have the chance to see if they have what it takes to gear up and join the Avengers! Be among the first to experience the recently announced Playmation product, a groundbreaking new system of connected toys and wearables that uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of Marvel stories.
  • The Marvel Universe – Fans of all ages collect across the ever-expanding Marvel Universe, and at D23 EXPO they can experience more of their favorite Super Heroes with a preview of the newest large-scale statues, action figures and more. Additionally, attendees will get a first-hand look at how the attributes of Marvel characters – cool, strong, relatable – come together in fashionable apparel and accessories. Attendees are encouraged to follow @StyledbyMarvel on Instagram and to share their own passion for MARVEL with the #StyledByMarvel hashtag.
  • Evolution of the Star Wars Stormtrooper Explore the design evolution of the armor-clad legions of Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers that have fought for the light side and the dark side throughout the Star Wars saga.
  • #TeamMickey – Fans can show off their #TeamMickey spirit and commemorate their visit at a fun-filled Mickey photo booth.
  • Rock Your #MinnieStyle – The Minnie lounge will feature a nail bar and surprise product giveaways along with an inspired fashion and accessories statement.
  • D-Style – EXPO attendees will be the very first to preview D-Style, an all-new, curated assortment of fashion items and accessories debuting at this fall.
  • Make it a Tink Moment – Straight from Never Land, #TinkStyle will land at D23 EXPO. Guests can visit the ‘Bun Bar,’ where professional hair stylists will be on hand to give attendees the iconic Tinker Bell top knot while they peruse a glittering Tinker Bell product display.
  • Disney Junior ‘Fun Spot’ – Fans can experience galactic play with new stellar toys from Miles from Tomorrowland and have the chance to meet Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First at the Disney Junior ‘Fun Spot.’
  • Unlock Your Inner Disney Princess D23 EXPO attendees can unlock their inner princess by leaving an empowering message on a special ‘Keys to the Kingdom’ gate.
  • The Breadth of FrozenFans will have the opportunity to check out Frozen products for the whole family and engage in fun activities held throughout the day.
  • Pixar Storytelling Comes to Life – Pixar films have delighted audiences for more than 20 years with memorable characters that have been brought to life in equally delightful product. Explore some of the newest products from everyone’s favorite Pixar films. Additionally, fans will be able to see the exciting new app from Disney – Cars: Daredevil Garage – that allows you to take your favorite Mattel diecast cars into the virtual world, using them to perform extreme stunts in crazy environments.
  • Discover Disney’s Descendants EXPO attendees will get an exclusive look at the wicked world of fashion and toys inspired by Disney’s Descendants, the teenage progeny of Disney’s most infamous villains.

Disney Store

In addition to the exciting events and attractions offered in the Disney Consumer Products pavilion, the Disney Store shop at D23 EXPO invites attendees to shop an array of special products not yet available to the general public. Showcased throughout more than 3,000 sq. ft. of retail space, new collections and Limited Edition items will launch throughout the D23 EXPO weekend.

Offering even more collectible merchandise, Disney Store will be launching “Disney 3D Print Studio” at D23 EXPO, offering fans the chance to personalize new figures, including a Disney Mouseketeer, Star Wars stormtrooper, and Marvel’s Iron Man, with their likeness through the use of facial-scanning kiosks. Marking the first foray into 3D printing by Disney Store, the figures sold at EXPO will feature unique packaging with a special D23 Certificate of Authenticity.

More details about Disney Store merchandise offered at EXPO will be released in the coming weeks.

Disney Publishing

Disney Publishing will take fans into the world of books, apps, and everything in between by showcasing how artists, storytelling, and innovative content come together to create stories full of magic and adventure.

  • Disney Storytelling Pop-Up Shop EXPO attendees are invited to take a magical journey into the world of storytelling featuring titles that span Disney’s fascinating history. Look behind the magic through Disney Publishing’s Disney Editions books that showcase a vast array of feature films, Disney Legends, and Imagineers, available for purchase at the Disney Store retail space.
  • Discover the Magic of Learning with Disney Imagicademy Dive into the world of technology-driven learning through apps designed to encourage children to learn by creating, doing, and making.
  • Disney Publishing’s Digital Discovery Zone Fans can immerse themselves in the exciting world of innovative storytelling through a collection of digital experiences that will engage the imagination of people of all ages.
  • Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets Take a journey into a secret realm deep in a fairy tale land between the Disney Princess kingdoms called Animal Royal Kingdom of Whisker Haven, where the Palace Pets characters can meet up with their friends, play, and save the day.
  • Introducing Star Darlings Coming this fall, the Star Darlings characters will encourage girls to make wishes from the heart and find their inner star. At D23 EXPO, fans can see a sneak peek into their world, with exciting Star Darlings giveaways being conducted throughout the weekend.

Disney Publishing will also present in Stage 28 at D23 EXPO. Located inside the Disney Consumer Products pavilion, Stage 28 will feature exciting presentations and author signings including:

Friday, August 14

  • 3–4 pm: Stage 28: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of Storytelling with Ridley Pearson and Marty Sklar
    New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson joins Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar as they discuss their seemingly different careers and roles as storytellers, along with how their worlds pleasantly and serendipitously collided with the creation of Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers series.
  • 4:30–5:30 pm: D23 EXPO Dream Store: Ridley Pearson autographing

Saturday, August 15

  • 10–11 am: Stage 28: One Little Spark—Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering—with Marty Sklar in conversation with Eli Erlandson, Shelby Jiggetts-Tivoni, Daniel Joseph, Dexter Tanksley, and Kevin Rafferty
    From the acclaimed author of DREAM IT! DO IT!, Disney Imagineering Legend Marty Sklar joins five well-known Imagineers in a lively conversation about what inspired them to go into the arts, ultimately become Imagineers, and the advice they have for young creative talent who wish to do the same. Sklar will engage his fellow Imagineers in an inspiring discussion that will appeal to young and old alike–those who hope to take that “Road to Imagineering” someday, along with the parents and grandparents who encourage young people to follow their dreams.
  • 11:30 am–12:30 pm: D23 Autograph Central: Marty Sklar signing
  • 2:45–3:45 pm: D23 EXPO Dream Store: #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz autographing for The Isle of The Lost: A Descendants Novel

Sunday, August 16

  • 1:30–2:30 pm: Stage 28: An Animator’s Gallery: Presented by Dave A. Bossert and Eric Goldberg
    Based on the book containing whimsical, deluxe Art Deco-themed art showcasing Walt Disney characters in a style reminiscent of caricatures from the famed walls of Sardi’s and The Brown Derby, join Disney Supervising Animator Dave Bossert and Director Eric Goldberg as they discuss the stylized images in the collection that first debuted as a display within the Roy E. Disney Animation Building in Burbank, California. Fans of all ages, and from all over, will learn what inspired Goldberg to create these playful portraits, starting with Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Mickey Mouse through characters from Frozen and Big Hero 6.
  • 3–4 pm: D23 Autograph Central: Dave Bossert and Eric Goldberg signing

Additional details and updates about Disney Consumer Products events and activities will continue to be updated on, on Facebook, and Twitter at “DisneyD23.”

Tickets for D23 EXPO 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. Now through June 30, 2015, tickets are $67 for one-day adult admission and $48 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $58 for one-day adult admission and $42 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $188 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for D23 Members and general admission, visit

About Disney Consumer Products

Disney Consumer Products (DCP) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that delivers innovative and engaging product experiences across thousands of categories from toys and apparel to books and fine art. As the world’s largest licensor, DCP inspires the imaginations of people around the world by bringing the magic of Disney into their homes. DCP is comprised of three business units: Licensing, Publishing and Disney Store. The Licensing business is aligned around five strategic brand priorities: Disney Media, Classics & Entertainment, Disney & Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Princess & Tinker Bell, Lucasfilm and Marvel. Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, eBooks and apps. DPW is also committed to the educational development of children around the world through Disney Learning, which includes our flagship learning brand, Disney Imagicademy, as well as Disney English and other Disney-themed learning products. The Disney Store retail chain operates across North America, Europe, and Japan with more than 350 stores and provides high-quality, unique products. Disney Store also operates ecommerce sites in several countries, which can be found here. For more information, please visit

About D23 EXPO 2015

D23 EXPO—The Ultimate Disney Fan Event—brings together all the worlds of Disney under one roof for three packed days of presentations, pavilions, experiences, concerts, sneak peeks, shopping, and more. The event provides fans with unprecedented access to Disney films, television, games, theme parks, and celebrities. For the latest D23 EXPO 2015 news, visit Presentations, talent, and schedule subject to change. To join the D23 EXPO conversation, make sure to follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube, and use the hashtag #D23EXPO.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts; and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold and General Membership levels at and at To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.


Disney Consumer Products
Erin Barrier, 626-773-5132
The Walt Disney Company
Jeffrey Epstein, 818-526-4444

Jun 23 2015
50% Off Starbucks Card eGift—Going Fast! $5 for $10 Starbucks Card eGift @starbucks @groupon

50% Off Starbucks Card eGift—Going Fast! $5 for $10 Starbucks Card eGift @starbucks @groupon

Jun 23 2015
Santa Anita – American Pharoah Parade & THOROUGHBREDS T-Shirt Giveaway @santaanitapark

Dress like royalty!

American Pharoah Parade & THOROUGHBREDS T-Shirt Giveaway

American Pharoah Parade & THOROUGHBREDS T-Shirt Giveaway

Join Us Saturday June 27 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm

The City of Arcadia welcomes American Pharoah back to Santa Anita after his Triple Crown Win, with APD Escort

Witness American Pharoah parade at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, June 27. Santa Anita is proud to welcome home this amazing colt! Schedule to be announced.

Also, THOROUGHBREDS Members will receive* this commemorative Triple Crown t-shirt emblazoned with the Zayat Stables silks–a tribute to American Pharoah’s immortal achievement.

Not a THOROUGHBREDS card member? Sign up before or on the day of to receive your t-shirt on June 27th! Learn about the THOROUGHBREDS program HERE and be sure to sign up to take home this piece of history!

*Must have a paid admission to receive t-shirt. While supplies last. Must be a THOROUGHBREDS Member. Please come early.


Jun 23 2015
REGIONAL ITALIAN PASTA DISHES A Cooking Demonstration and Tasting Featuring Chef Isaac Greenhouse

A Cooking Demonstration and Tasting
Featuring Chef Isaac Greenhouse

Date & Time: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Allendale Branch Library
Address: 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
Information: (626) 744-7260 or visit

Join the Allendale Branch Library as it hosts “Regional Italian Pasta Dishes,” a cooking demonstration and tasting featuring Chef Isaac Greenhouse, on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. The program, which is free, is part of an ongoing series designed to spotlight the Allendale Branch Library’s culinary book collection.

After working in the fashion industry, Isaac Greenhouse decided to attend culinary school to follow his passion for food. While attending culinary school, he worked in a kitchen assisting an Executive Chef and a Pastry Chef to expand his knowledge. Upon graduating, he started as a prep cook in an Italian kitchen and found his love for Italian cuisine. After two years, he is now in charge of making the pastas (Tagliatelle, Ravioli, and Tortellini) and breads at Magnone Trattoria in Riverside.

For this demonstration and tasting, Greenhouse will prepare three regional Italian pasta dishes that represent his training, knowledge, and passion for Italian food: Aglio e Olio (Campania), Cacio e Pepe (Rome), and Prosciutto with Cream (Emilia-Romagna).

For further information, contact:
Allendale Branch Library
1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 744-7260 or visit
More information can also be found at the Allendale Branch Library Facebook page:

Jun 23 2015
@FCC Reserve 40MHz Low-Band Spectrum – @tmobile #DefeatDuopoly

The Battle for Wireless Freedom: The Fight to #DefeatDuopoly

Don’t let the evil duopoly take control of your mobile internet! It’s up to YOU to tell the @FCC reserve 40 MHz of the valuable resource called low-band spectrum and save wireless choice! Tweet at the @FCC and Take Action at to tell them you want to keep competition alive!

Jun 22 2015
California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Pasadena

According to the agenda for the Pasadena City Council dated June 22, 2015

CITY COUNCIL CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL regarding pending litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1)
Name of Case: California Clean Energy Committee v. City of Pasadena
Court of Appeal Case Nos. B254889 and 255994 (LASC Case No. BS142693)

reference another lawsuit by the California Clean Energy Committee v. City of San Jose.

California Clean Energy Committee, a Davis-based organization led by attorney Eugene Wilson

California Clean Energy Committee
Contact Name Eugene Wilson
Title CEO
Address 3502 Tanager Ave
Davis, CA 95616
Phone (530) 756-6141
Partner Services Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
Web Site Exit EPA Disclaimer
California Clean Energy Committee is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization that advocates for energy efficiency and renewable energy, including CHP, throughout California. The organization is interested in advancing opportunities and public education for CHP at combined cycle gas turbine plants.

Jun 22 2015
President Obama Podcast Interview Marc Maron Podcast Available @marcmaron

Last week, Friday June 19, 2015, President Obama visited Highland Park, to do an interview with Marc Maron. The podcast has been released this morning.

photo: from wtfpod website

Marc welcomes the 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to the garage for conversation about college, fitting in, race relations, gun violence, changing the status quo, disappointing your fans, comedians, fatherhood and overcoming fear. And yes, this really happened. This episode is presented without commercial interruption courtesy of Squarespace. Go…

Listen here  – WTF with Marc Maron Podcast

Jun 21 2015
Pasadena Chalk Fest of the Northwest

Pasadena Chalk Fest of the Northwest

Saturday Oct 24, 2015

12-4 PM

The Lincoln Village Festival

info: Cynthia Lake –  (626) 396-5600 x82226 – John Muir High School

Come Celebrate Our community, Our Youth Our Future at our 12th Annual Lincoln Village Festival! Come check out what we have going on! We have Carnival Games, Information booths, Kid & Teen Zones, Costume Contest, Live Music and Food trucks Featuring In-N-Out and much more to enjoy!

We are selling pre-sale tickets for In-N-Out cheeseburgers and our wonderful youth’s homemade hand squeezed lemonade! Contact our office for more information! (626) 794-5889 or visit our site




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