Monthly Archives: August 2015
Aug 12 2015
True Food Kitchen Opening in Pasadena @TrueFoodKitchen @626food

True Food Kitchen is coming to Pasadena, CA. The location at 168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA 91106.

To be located in Old Pasadena on the West end where Picnik previously occupied and prior to that was Villa Sorriso and was 168 OneSixEight for a brief time as well.

According to the website:

Simple, pure flavors…Seasonal local and regional ingredients…Great tasting food that’s good for you. Developed in partnership with Dr. Andrew Weil & Fox Restaurant Concepts. Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA; Biltmore Fashion Park, Phoenix, AZ; Scottsdale Quarter, Scottsdale, AZ; Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA; Cherry Creek, Denver, CO.
168 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106

LA Eater reported that True Food Kitchen was rapidly expanding and would have locations in Pasadena among other locations.

More details to follow.


Aug 12 2015
Communal South Pasadena @CommunalSoPas

Communal is a spin-off from the owners of Mike and Anne’s in South Pasadena and Wistaria in Sierra Madre.


1009 El Centro St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Get Directions

Phone number (626) 345-5128

5:00pm – 11:30pm


Aug 12 2015
TechSparks #SummerBreak Entrepreneur Mixer @techsparks

TechSparks #SummerBreak Entrepreneur Mixer
Wed 8/19, 6:30pm – 9:30 pm
@ Barney’s Beanery Pasadena
99 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

Need a break? So do we! TechSparks invites you to kick back and enjoy a beer with us at Barney’s Beanery for our first ever #SummerBreak Entrepreneur Mixer.

The TechSparks community, full of bright minds and innovative ideas, is here to help you along your path of discovery. Have an idea, product or company you’d like to pitch? Join us for a well-needed summer break, network, share ideas and get valuable feedback from the community in a casual and relaxed environment.

Our August SparkUp in Pasadena will feature:

Food and first drink included in the ticket price.
Interesting conversations with some of Pasadena’s best minds!
All registrations are only $10 online or $15 at the door
Special $20 registration includes event ticket and a $10 donation to NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), the organization inspires young people from low income communities to find their paths to success. You can learn more at about volunteering or supporting the organization.

Getting to the Event:

Take the Gold Line into Pasadena
Driving: there are several nearby lots and ample street parking
Carpool to the event

This event is made possible by the following Sponsors & Partners…Thank you!


Aug 12 2015
Artisanal LA Pop Up at West Elm August 16, 2015 @westelm @artisanalla

Join some of our favorite makers, movers and shakers for an Artisanal LA Pop-Up at West Elm’s flagship store on Beverly on Sunday, August 16th!

Featured Makers Include:

Artisan Woodworks
Bobbi and Bambi’s Gourmet Dog Bakery
Birch and Bone
Hello Sweetie Pies
M. Greenwood Jams
Proper’s Pickle
Knight Owl Coffee
Semolina Artisanal Pasta

Plus, special guest Corazon y Miel will be serving brunch cocktails from 10:00am – 11:00am before the store opens to the public. 😉

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Show on October 10-11 downtown at The Reef!

West Elm Los Angeles

8366 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, California
(323) 782-9672



Aug 10 2015
Free Pasadena Health Expo Oct 2, 2015 @SCWHCE

Southern California Women’s Health Conference & Green Expo

October 2, 2015 at the Pasadena Civic Center

Free health services available: Free Health screenings for diabetes, bone density, cataracts/glaucoma, mammograms, free flu shots, free financial health literacy, free messages, free Kangen Water.

Affordable Health Care – what does it
really mean and how does it impact your health
and life? Free Continental Breakfast included.
Medical Experts / Book Signings
Free Massages / Free Manicures
Free Makeup and Beauty Tips
Including fun activities just for guys!
Man Cave:
Workshops on Prostate Cancer and
other Men’s Health topics
Lunch with Pasadena Councilmember
John J. Kennedy and L.A. County
Supervisor Mike Antonovich
Fri, Oct 2, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
300 East Green Street, Pasadena, CA

Photo titled 4-2015-SCWHC-Health-Expo-flyer-.jpg

Aug 10 2015
Nordstrom Rack Pasadena Moving @Pasadena_Rack @nordstrom_rack

Update: Apparently it is the twitter account: @Pasadena_Rack that is moving to @nordstrom_rack, the store is staying opened.

Is the Nordstrom Rack in Pasadena in the Hastings Ranch shopping mall is moving?

The date appears to be August 20, 2015.

Apparently other stores are “moving” as well.


Aug 9 2015
Open Taste – Farm to Door Same Day Los Angeles @OpenTasteUS

8-1-15 Update: Promo code: CST40 saves you 40%.

Also, get some other benefits:

Give the gift of $15 and get $5
$5.00 will be credited into your OpenTaste account for every friend that make their first purchase.

– See more at:

7-30-15 update: Open Taste is expanding offerings with seafood, dairy, and other items. The delivery windows appear to be different based on the area you live in, in our area they can deliver in a two hour window.
11am – 1pm, 1pm – 3pm, 3pm – 5pm, 7pm – 9pm

It would be great if there was an early AM delivery option, say 6-8am or something similar, but perhaps due to the location and traffic they figured that would be difficult.
They do claim the following on the items once they are delivered.
No need to rush home or be there at delivery. Orders are delivered in temperature controlled thermal bags which can sit outside for 2-4 hours. – See more at:
We just received a flyer through the PennySaver insert for Open Taste.



With some specials on organic locally grown produce.
Honeydew 85 cents/lb from B&L Organic Farms, CA
Onion Yellow 15 cents/each from Great Valley Farm, CA
Butterhead Lettuce $1.15/each or Organic for $2.13 from Grower Petes
Potato Red – 39 cents/lb
Artichoke $1.29/head
Carrot 99cent/bundle
From Mistee & EB Farm, CA
Delivered Fresh, Everyday at 4am.
Order Online
Farmer Harvests
Emissary Delivers
Cost to the grower is 35%, which apparently covers all the cost, including pickup, delivery, online transactions, etc.

We look forward to trying out Open Taste, the promotional prices are attractive and it is worth a try. Open Taste is similar to Good Eggs but it seems simpler.  The proposition to the consumer is getting high quality products as quick and affordable as possible.

Meet a team member at Open Taste! Morgan’s personal introduction to why she loves Open Taste and what she thinks about fresh food.When Morgan first started working for Open Taste, she was excited about introducing more natural and whole foods to the community. Growing up, she learned the importance of growing foods with herbicides or pesticides and enjoyed knowing exactly what she puts into her body. After all, our food has a major impact on our overall health and well-being. Plus, she loves the fact that Open Taste encourages responsible farming practices and supports sustainable agriculture. Who doesn’t love that?

List of farms/vendors currently participating:
Better Life Organics

Open Taste is an online marketplace of a full assortment of the freshest and highest quality foods and edibles from the world’s best foodmakers and farmers.

Open Taste: web facebook twitter

Our mission is to connect the freshest and highest quality farmers and foodmakers to food lovers; improving the lives of both our customers and our foodmakers.
Open Taste Inc
938 Hemlock St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Aug 7 2015
Halfsies Bistro & Bakery Grand Opening August 8, 2015 @HalfsiesBistro @626food

Come celebrate the grand opening of Halfsies Bistro & Bakery this Saturday, August 8! Try many of their delicious…

Come celebrate the grand opening of Halfsies Bistro & Bakery this Saturday, August 8! Try many of their delicious menu items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The party will begin at 7am. For more info, please call: 626.639.3270

88 N Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, California
(626) 639-3270

Looking for an eatery with just a hint of everything? Join us for our official grand opening on Saturday, August 8th! Located at 88 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Pasadena, CA 91103 Doors open at 7am!

Aug 7 2015
“Phan-tastic” Farm-To-Table Dinner #schoolgarden @muirranch

"Phan-tastic" Farm-To-Table Dinner

Chef Minh is curating Scotchtails on 8/15 for us as a pre-supper reception!!! 5pm at Offramp Gallery! $20 per person…Sip, Savor, Socialize, Support Muir Ranch!!

Also, her Full Menu is now posted at!

Happy August

are you ready for something…


Join us on

Saturday, August 15, 2015  5-8pm

for our 3rd Farm-to-Table Supper

of the 2015 Season!

Our event begins with

Scotchtails at 5pm

curated by Chef Minh Phan

Japanese Scotch Followed by Cocktail Chaser (Pomegranate-Umeshu-Shiso)

Spicy Peanuts


Mole Negro Sanbei Crackers + Fresh Cheese and Savory Jams
hosted by our friends at
1702 Lincoln Avenue

(across the street from John Muir High School)

$20 per person ticketed event





(former Chef at Mignardises and GAJI)


Best known for her


from FIELD TRIP at the Farmers Kitchen!


mnh phan



Click here to view more about Minh Phan’s Chef Style: mignardises: holiday fête from mike benecke on Vimeo.

Supper after Six



Welcome Bite: Tomato Tasting (Fresh Tomatoes with herbs, infused oils, sea salts) or Tomato Confit with Black Sesame Crackers
Opener: Cold purslane porridge with amaranth + tomato confit
Stone Fruit with peppery greens, sesame dressing, basil medley
Charred Cabbage with apple-ginger gochujang, mint oil
Velvet Porridge with heirloom squashes, numbing spice braised wintermelon, chive mochis
Savory Steamed Rice Pudding with yuba, mushrooms, seaweed, grated radishes, herbs, sweet soy and chilis
Puffs and bread with makrut butter
Milk Porridge with seasonal jams and marmalades




with MUIR RANCH garden veggies

and generous support from our friends at



Enjoy a locally grown and harvested, sustainable,


plant-based supper, while supporting 


Muir Ranch student jobs!





Aug 7 2015
Apple iPhone Apple TV Event September, 2015

Apple iPhone Apple TV Event Sept 9, 2015(although there is speculation that the date may change).

Get ready for some new products announcements from Apple coming in about a month. Apple will be holding their product announcement event on Sept 9, 2015.

We should expect a new iPhone, and Apple TV and possibly iPads.

More details will be coming in the weeks and days leading up to the event with speculation running high on the names and products to be announced.

Could we see an iPad Pro or iPhone 6s, or something else?
Some speculation around the Apple TV web streaming service.

Aug 7 2015
2011 Nissan LEAF Battery EV System Warranty Experience Warning Complaint @NissanSupport

Update 8-11-15: Received a follow-up call from Heather with the Executive Team at Nissan in TN.  She said she was the highest level person I would speak to and that the email addresses below go to her. Heather apparently is in charge of Nissan and you cannot speak to any executives, at least according to her, they are not public facing or available to speak to the public. This is just wrong, Nissan is a consumer manufacturer and their executives need to be accountable to consumers. this is just a wrong way to do business.  Heather, like a broken record would not listen to herself and when I told her the call was being record, like my call is be recording when I call Nissan, she asked me to stop recording that she was not made aware of the call being recording. It is amazing that someone in this position is allowed to get away with treating customers in such a fashion.

Update 8-7-15: After about 30 emails, the best response besides the bounced emails has been a call back from Heather who had called me a few days ago. The Nissan LEAF still sits in the garage not practical to use.

Some have suggested that I paint the Nissan LEAF yellow, to indicate that it is a lemon, some have urged that I take Nissan to court, for false claims about range, but there have already been two class. Others to put posters on it and bumper stickers with something wording
Want Range Anxiety – Get a LEAF
Batteries Droping Capacity
Don’t Buy Nissan
Never Again – Nissan
Nissan SUCKS

I will find out which email was forwarded to Heather, but at this point I have to call her back.

Update 8-6-15: Several of the Nissan executives I emailed are apparently no longer with Nissan, see updated list below. I have also attempted to contact some of the Nissan executives on the latest update. We will see how many emails bounce. Also, the number where Heather called me from yesterday, is located at 9009 Carothers Pkwy #101, Franklin, TN 37067-1704 USA +1-615-725-7000 (Phone), when I call back that number it is registered through Verizon Wireless and the number is not in service. Seems very odd.

Update 8-5-15: After being told that a member from the Executive Team at Nissan would be contacting me with 24-48 hours. I received a call several days later. A representative by the name of Heather at (615) 725-7198 with a caller ID of (615) 725-7000 called and rudely explained that our vehicle did not qualify for a replacement battery, that it needs to drop one more bar.  No matter how I tried to reason that the vehicle has become useless and that the range is less than 70% promised, it didn’t matter.  Heather who refused to provide her last name insisted that she represented the top executive team at Nissan.  I told her that I would write a letter to the CEO, and she explained that she received it and there was nothing more to discuss. What a sad state of affairs for a company that claims to care about customer.  The sad part is that our Nissan LEAF will at some point drop to 8 bars of battery capacity and chances are that Nissan will try to pull another maneuver to get out of replacing the battery. I hope there will be other class action lawsuits against Nissan because as a company they deserve it for the way they treat customers.


This is the follow-up letter I received after the call:

8/5/2015Case # 19309719
VIN # JN1AZ0CP8BT006023Dear Victor Caballero,Thank you for taking the time to contact Nissan North America.As requested, my direct contact number is 615-725-7198. My normal business hours are MondayFriday, 8am-5pm, CDT.Case # 19309719 has been created to document your concerns.Thank you again for taking the time to contact us.Sincerely,Heather
Executive Specialist
Nissan North America, Inc.

Update (2) 7-29-15: A supervisor with Nissan Customer Support called back around 12noon Pacific. Darren Kuzela x458163, told me that there would be notes added to the file, and that there was nothing from the dealer visit last week, which is a week ago today, 7/22/15. That Nissan would have to call and request the results of the test. That would take a day, and that I should hear back from someone at Nissan within a day later, so Friday July 31, 2015 I should hear back.  Mr. Kuzela reports to Laura Baughman who apparently does not have an extension.  If after the call on Friday there is no satisfactory resolution, I can request to have  a member of the Nissan Executive Team contact me, they are located at Nissan Headquarters, most likely in Nashville, TN.   My file is noted and that will allow any member of the Nissan Customer Support team to escalate the case.

Update (1) 7-29-15: After speak with a supervisor at Nissan Customer Support, I made an appointment at Universal Nissan, where the advisor told me that there is no special diagnostic they can run on the battery.  This is contradictory to what Eddy a representative at Nissan explained, that the dealer has tools to diagnose battery issues. I paid $125 to have this “special” test done.  At the very least the dealer now has a record, which apparently after speak again with Eddy this morning they do not have a record of, or at least he could not confirmed. Eddy needs to be retrained in how to handle incoming customer calls, I have had him answer at least three of my calls and they have not been handled very professionally. He botched by name, told be twice when I asked to speak to a manager/rep that they would call me back from between 24-48 hours, and that there was no supervisor manager available, that they are all in a meeting. REALLY! I insisted that Eddy get me a manager, and he put me on hold for another 5 minutes, coming back and telling me that they are in a meeting and that they would call me back in 4-6 hours.

The representative at Universal Nissan mentioned that there was another customer with a similar issue and that it took them a year to drop that additional bar from 9 to 8.   It is truly disappointing that Nissan would make a claim and then  manipulate the way they measure bars. Is there really any logic behind having bars weighted?  Perhaps there is, but the fact remains that we started off with over 100 mile estimated range and approx four years later we are at 60 miles estimated range.  If the dash is all we use, then this is well below the 70% capacity that should trigger a warranty event.


Original post:

We have a 2011 Nissan LEAF, and the capacity on the batteries has been degrading over time.
Most owners probably don’t understand how the warranty works and I am still not sure I understand.
But the representative at Nissan Customer Relations explained it this way.
Our Nissan LEAF is charging to 100% every night and we get about 60 miles range, at least that is what the dash shows, this is significantly less than when we purchased it when it was over 100 miles range, and less than when we took it in for the software update that was done.
Apparently the battery capacity gauge on the right side of the dash shows 12 bars initially, ours is currently at 9 bars. It has to drop to 8 bars, in order to qualify for the warranty. But it has to be within 60 months and 60,000 miles. so if you hit the 8 bars and are over 60 months or 60,000 miles you would not qualify. Our LEAF is at about 43,000 miles and 60 months would be July 2016. So we have about a year and/or 18,000 miles to drop one bar in capacity to be able to take it in to a Nissan dealer.

Nissan further confuses owners with the batteries being covered under a 10 year 10,0000 mile warranty, which I thought would cover me for our situation, but it doesn’t.
According to some of the comments online:
“Actually this is a bit of a joke. Nissan does not warranty the performance of the battery at all. They state degradation is normal and the warranty only covers “workmanship”. GM however warrants the Volt battery to be 80% at end of warranty period.”
Nissan should pay attention to what GM is doing, it could cause potential buyers to sour on the LEAF and go to the Volt.
So at this time if say the range of the LEAF is advertised at 106 City and 92 Highway, at 100% charge, with 60 mile range, my range capacity has dropped to 60% of the original in about 4 years.
I am still trying to get clarification on this, but Nissan is not doing a good job of training and providing documentation on the details of the ev battery warranty.

Jonathan Stewart from Simi Valley:
70% capacity is warranted.
From 12 to 8 bars.
Nissan is in some cases
Lizard Battery is the 2015 version of the battery, life of battery is extended and cools more efficiently.
Simi Valley Nissan,
2 day repair
Here’s a video:

What I don’t understand from this letter is that if my Nissan was charging to the posted eMPG of 106, and is now charging to 60 eMPG, that is less than 60%. Also with about one year on my LEAF, say the capacity bars drop to 8, then Nissan is only obligated to bring the capacity to 9, and I am only covered for the remaining balance of the warranty. Why, so in a year the likely hood that the bars will drop to 8 is high, so capacity will be affected.
Some owners report that they have had the batteries replaced with the new Lizard batteries that are being used in the 2015 models. This should be offered to all owners.
There is really no explanation of what the capacity bars translate to, but if you have 12 to start and the eMPG is 106, then each bar is about 8.8 miles, so at 9 bars, our range should be 79 miles which it is not. 100% charge currently with 8 capacity bars we see 60 miles range.
So whatever the logic is, it surely doesn’t make sense. Each capacity bar must be valued differently.

This is the letter from Andy Palmer of Nissan regarding the battery capacity warranty. Mr. Palmer is no longer the CEO of Renault-Nissan, resigning at the end of 2012, taking a position at Aston-Martin, Philippe Klein is Mr. Palmers replacement as Chief Planning Officer.

Special announcement regarding the Nissan LEAF
from Andy Palmer, executive vice president, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Good morning and Happy Holidays to all our Nissan LEAF owners in the U.S. and abroad.

As we approach the close of 2012, I wanted to provide an update on a subject that has interested a number of Nissan LEAF drivers in the U.S. desert southwest and select other markets. I’m speaking, of course, about concerns regarding the rate of battery capacity loss in the Nissan LEAF’s Lithium-ion battery.

My comments today will be specific to Nissan LEAFs in the U.S., but the actions I will explain will apply and be specifically communicated to each owner worldwide in the coming months in accordance with applicable law.

Throughout the latter half of this year, our technical teams have worked diligently to ensure that the batteries installed in Nissan LEAFs were operating to specification. As we’ve gone through this process, we have listened to your concerns, and have communicated with you in various ways, including through the MyNissanLEAF owners’ forum and other third parties.

Nissan has been taking your concerns very seriously, yet we know that some of you have not been satisfied with the pace of our support activities. Since launch, the Nissan LEAF has garnered some of the highest customer advocacy of any vehicle in the Nissan lineup, so we understand the importance of maintaining and growing that advocacy. And the only way to do that is by earning a high level of customer trust in our product and our support of it.

Simply put, we want to take actions which will further improve our customers’ satisfaction with their Nissan LEAFs while demonstrating industry-leading confidence in the integrity of our battery system. Nissan is fully committed to the long-term viability of electric vehicles and we will continue to demonstrate that with action.

So today, we are announcing that we are enhancing the warranty coverage of the battery system that powers the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle. With this action, Nissan becomes the first and only manufacturer in the automotive industry to provide limited warranty coverage for battery capacity loss for electric vehicles.

Under an expanded New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty, Nissan will protect against capacity loss in LEAF batteries that fall below nine bars, of the available 12 bars displayed on the vehicle’s battery capacity gauge, for the first five years or 60,000 miles in the United States, whichever comes first. For LEAF vehicles whose batteries have fallen below nine bars during this period, Nissan will repair or replace the battery under warranty with a new or remanufactured battery to restore capacity at or above a minimum of nine bars.

A vehicle whose battery has nine remaining bars indicated on the gauge is retaining approximately 70 percent of its original battery capacity. This new limited warranty coverage remains subject to the other terms, conditions and exclusions of the Nissan New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty, which otherwise remain unchanged.

As previously mentioned, we are also looking at opportunities to improve the precision of the battery capacity gauge that displays remaining capacity in the LEAFs electric vehicle battery, and intend to have more to report on this topic in the New Year.

The specifics of this new limited warranty coverage will be communicated to each owner in a dedicated communication early next year. The expanded warranty coverage will apply in the United States to the upcoming Model Year 2013 Nissan LEAF upon its release. Importantly, Nissan will provide this expanded coverage to all model year 2011 and 2012 Nissan LEAFs sold and distributed by Nissan in the United States to date, effective upon a date to be announced but which is anticipated to be in the Spring of 2013.

Our actions today are intended to put customer minds at ease regarding the topic of battery capacity loss. Even though it is expected the great majority of owners will never have to use this enhanced warranty, we want each Nissan LEAF owner to have the security that should capacity loss exceed this defined threshold, Nissan will cover the repair or replacement of their battery under warranty.

I’m certain that there will be questions regarding the specifics of what we’ve announced here today. The attached ‘Q&A’ is intended to address some of those, although our dialogue on this subject will not end here. We intend to continue communicating with LEAF owners and we hope to add more information early in the New Year.

Also, many of you may have heard about or already read a recent LEAF customer survey that Plug-In America (PIA) administered. The survey, available here, is a valuable read for any LEAF owner concerned about the performance of their electric vehicle battery. I would encourage every LEAF owner to digest PIA’s data, which came from over 240 vehicles, with contributions from over 25 states, two Canadian provinces, and the UK, representing over 3 million miles driven.

Finally, in early January, we will also announce the details of the new, model year 2013 Nissan LEAF for the U.S. As many of you know, this vehicle – and the batteries that power it – will be built right here in the United States at our plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. There are exciting changes coming with the 2013 Nissan LEAF, and we can’t wait to tell you about them very soon.

In the meantime, Happy New Year to each of you, and thank you again for your advocacy and support of the electric vehicle movement.

Best Regards,

Andy Palmer
Executive Vice President – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.



After doing more research located some additional contacts:

Bradley D. Thacker
Vice President, Total Customer Satisfaction Nissan Americas
Email: [email protected]

Melissa Ortiz
Nissan Arbitration
[email protected]

Anna Naraeva
Nissan North America, Inc.
Escalation Team Supervisor, Consumer Affairs
Phone: 615-725-7376
Fax: 615-967-2559
[email protected]

Additional contacts:

Additional Email contacts for Nissan Executives – Emails only: Out of these emails note the ones that are no longer valid, bounced emails:

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[email protected] – This e-mail is no longer used Please send all correspondence to [email protected] or [email protected]

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Additional Nissan Executives:
[email protected]
[email protected]
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Anne Corrao
Regional Vice President, Nissan West Region, Nissan North America, Inc.
(bio coming soon)

Toby Perry, director, Electric Vehicle (EV) Chief Marketing Manager (CMM) and Overseas Program Director (OPD), is named director, Nissan Sales Operations, backfilling Corrao.  He will report to Derek Hatami, vice president, Sales, U.S.

Carlos Ghosn
President and Chief Executive Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
José Muñoz
Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Chairman, Nissan North America, Inc.
Derrick Hatami
Vice President, Sales – U.S., Nissan North America, Inc.
Dave Mazur
Vice President, Customer Quality, Chief Customer Officer and Market Intelligence, Nissan North America, Inc.
Dan Mohnke
Vice President, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager (CMM) & Marketing
Operations, Nissan North America, Inc.
Takehiro Terai
Vice President, Total Customer Satisfaction (TCS), Nissan North America, Inc.
Jeremy Tucker
Vice President, Marketing Communications and Media, Nissan North America, Inc.
Aug 6 2015
September 18 & 19, 2015 – 10th Anniversary AltCar!
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10th Anniversary AltCar Expo and Ride & Drive
September 18 & 19
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Santa Monica Civic East Wing and Parking Lot
More currently available alternative technology vehicles for test drive at AltCar than ever before!

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Aug 5 2015
Ready, Set, Have Fun at 626 Night Market! @626NightMarket

There’s only two night markets left this summer, so make sure to attend this weekend’s event! There’s lots to see like DANakaDAN and a Studio Ghibli Themed Art Walk, plus meet Bruce Lee’s daughter and try a new line of tea blends inspired by the legend himself! More information on these special attractions are down below. And as usual, 626 Night Market will be housing hundreds of food, merchandise, and craft vendors, music performances from local talent, and other games and activities inviting participation from YOU! Welcome to your night market.

August 7-9
Friday 4pm–1am | Saturday 4pm–1am | Sunday 4pm–11pm

$3 admission | Free parking
Children 6 and under are free

Admission is CASH ONLY

Plan your visit to 626 Night Market with the event map and directory! While there will also be some directory signage located around the venue, many attendees have found planning their visit ahead makes the night market experience efficient and enjoyable.

Click on image to see the list of vendors.


Here’s a list of some tips for event-goers that’ll help them have a good time. Please share this with your friends in preparation for the upcoming Night Market events this season!

1. Don’t like crowds? Arrive early.
The dinner rush is usually 6–9pm. Arrive before or after to avoid the longest lines. (If arriving super early, bring an umbrella or some kind of sun protection so the late afternoon summer heat is more tolerable.)

2. Average food expenditure is around $20 per person.
The person with an average appetite spends around $20 for 3-5 different food items. The major perk for that price is that you get to pick and choose any of the hundreds of food items available in one place, plus enjoy free entertainment!

3. For maximum comfort and leisure, bring these items.
Comfortable shoes (for standing in lines), sunblock, picnic blanket (for the nice grassy areas), a bag (to hold all the food and goodies), and even an umbrella for shade.

4. Tremendous food choices can be overwhelming at first visit.
Look through the directory on the website and posters peppered throughout the venue for an overview of the night market. Ask around or utilize social media (see Tip #11) such as Instagram to find what’s buzzing.

5. Strategy 1: Divide and Conquer
The best strategies we’ve seen so far is to come in a big group, tackle several booths at once and re-group to share the items together. Lots more food to try, less wait times.

6. Strategy 2: Time Surf
Come early for the uber-popular food items first while there’s little to no line, then take your time trying the other food vendors. You can have it all!

7. Don’t be intimidated by long lines. Many of them go at a good pace.
Different vendors have different line rates. Feel free to ask people in line to gauge the real wait times. Also, there are plenty of vendors with shorter to no lines who are all worth trying. Maybe you’ll find the next food hype?

8. More seating are found in merchandise and entertainment areas.
Food areas can get packed during dinner rush so it’s optimized for standing and walking only.

9. Stinky tofu.
Some love it, some hate it. If you’re the latter, breathing through the mouth can help.

10. See something that needs our attention? Flag down a staff member or volunteer.
Your safety and well-being is our number-one priority. 626 Night Market staff members can be found patrolling at all times to ensure everything is going well (we’re wearing special event t-shirts and lanyard badges). For non-urgent issues, we have plenty of volunteers around who can help!

11. Follow 626 Night Market on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date event information.
Our social media is active at all times during the event, providing live important event updates such as how crowded it is, which entrances have shorter lines, which parking lots may be full, etc. If you have any issues, comments, or concerns (or just want to send us some love), tweet @626NightMarket and #626NightMarket to get your comment seen and addressed.


Headlining the entertainment acts is DANakaDAN, an alternative hip hop artist and rapper based in Los Angeles. Don’t miss his awesome performance on Friday, August 7th at 9pm!

The entertainment lineup is sure to keep your ears and tummies happy while you’re browsing our huge section of food, merchandise, craft, and art vendors.


Meet Shannon Lee, actress, businesswoman, and daughter of famed martial arts film star Bruce Lee on August 8th from 7-9pm! Shannon continues the legacy with Bruce Tea, a new line of iced teas based on her father’s personal tea recipes for wellness and performance. Shannon invites fans to the Bruce Tea stand, where they can meet her,take photos, and sample the tea.

Here’s a copy of the 626 Night Market flyer that you can share with all your friends and family! Let them know where you’ll be at this weekend.

Aug 4 2015
Wearable Tech and IoT LA #pasadena @gizworldconf
Ticket Update: Save 50% by using this link, compliments of Gizworld and Colorado Here’s a special promo code that gives Colorado Boulevard community a 50% discount on all passes. Click here for details.

Wearable Tech and IoT LA by Gizworld

Monday, September 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:30 PM Pasadena Convention Center Pasadena, CA

Location: Pasadena convention center (Pasadena, CA).
Panel discussion on emerging wearable health 2.0 platform featuring Stanley Yang (NeuroSky CEO), Charles Michael Yim (Breathometer CEO), Sonny Vu (Misfit Wearables CEO), Monisha Perkash (LumoBody Tech CEO), and Jesse Slade Shantz (OMsignal CMO).

Wearable Tech LA 2014 featured by Fox LA:

Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Wearable Tech LA 2014 featured by ABC News:

Last year we brought you LA’s first Wearable Tech conference in July 2014 with speakers from great companies like Misfit Wearables, Pebble, AT&T, along with olympic athletes like Dick Fosbury..You also had a chance to see a trainer wolf on stage wearing a GoPro camera.

We are now back in 2015! Join us at our 2 day IOT conference for an exclusive first look at emerging 100+ domestic and International Wearable Tech and IoT startups! Meet Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and tech companies, athletes from major LA teams, top scientists and researchers, OEMs, VR/AR startups, robotics startups, smart toy startups, connected car vendors, smart home vendors, drone vendors, working on technologies for wearables and IoT devices that will change the world. Participate in hands on workshops, watch panels with top thoughts leaders, VCs, rapid-fire pitches from 30+ top wearable computing and IoT start-up companies, live demos and network at Wearable Tech & IoT LA.

To view the ful agenda please visit:

Confirmed speakers include:

    • Aaron Luber,  Head of partnerships, Google VR Cardboards
    • Sky Christopherson, World’s record holder in cycling, Olympic athlete (1996), entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker
    • Dustin Wish – Senior Product Engineer,  Samsung’s Milk VR services platform
    • Emmanuel Itier – Hollywood movie producer
    • Pierre Delaigue, Product Manager,  Renault Innovation Silicon Valley Center
    • Charles Michael Yim – CEO,  Breathometer (Winner of Shark Tank TV Show)
    • Erick Miller, Entrepreneur, investor.
    • Myriam Joire, Tech advisor, Former Chief evangelist at Pebble, Former Senior Mobile Editor at Engadget
    • Ed Cho – Marketing manager – IOT,  Cisco
    • Guy Bendov, CEO, Side-kick Games
    • Takuro Yoshida – CEO,  LogBar inc / Ring
    • Kayvan Mirza, CEO,  Optinvent
    • Oliver Starr –  Professional wolf trainer & Chief Evangelist, Pearltrees
    • Julien Blin – Managing Director & CEO, Gizworld
    • And many more coming from the Silicon Valley, Israel, Canada, Europe and Asia…..

Go book your ticket now!!

About Gizworld:

Gizworld LLC is the premier “global” mobile/wearable computing consultancy focused on helping both startups and leading organizations grow their businessand ecosystem. We provide consulting services such as GTM, product strategy, competitive intelligence, market research, marketing/PR, business development (e.g. OEMs, carriers) for new entities and growing concerns alike. Visit us at


Aug 4 2015
General Manager of Water & Power Pasadena Retiring Job Posting #pasadena

In case you are wondering if there was going to be additional fallout from the embezzlement, then perhaps the fact that the current General Manager of Pasadena Water & Power is retiring could be another such move to to show residents what the city is doing.  Perhaps the fact that she is retiring is a way to save face and keep retirement benefits.  What was her involvement, perhaps we will never know, but as GM of the department, you would think there would have been oversight and auditing a fund such as this that collected monies on a annual basis and managed projects with long terms to completion, years in most cases. The Underground Utility Project was operated under the Pasadena Water & Power.


After 14 years of leadership, Phyllis Currie retired from the Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) on June 30, 2015. The City will be conducting a nationwide search for a permanent General Manager.

During this transition, the City Manager has appointed Eric Klinkner as the Interim General Manager. Mr. Klinkner is currently the Deputy General Manager, a role he has held for more than a decade. Mr. Klinkner has been with PWP since 1995.

For full bio of Eric Klinkner, click here.

According to the Pasadena Star News — retired June 30, 2015.

Pasadena Water and Power General Manager Phyllis Currie will retire June 30 after 14 years at the helm of the municipal utility.

This is the job posting for City of Pasadena Water & Power General Manager.

Due to the upcoming retirement of our current General Manager, the City of Pasadena is seeking applicants for the position of General Manager of the Pasadena Water and Power Department. We have contracted with an outside executive search firm, Dowdy Recruiting, LLC., for this recruitment. Please click on the link here for more information about this exciting opportunity.

This position is open until filled, with a review of top candidates the second week of August and interview panels scheduled for September 2 in Pasadena.


Still we have no word that City Manager Michael Beck is stepping down or being fired.

Why? Many ask, perhaps he is being protected by some in power to protect others who are even more responsible for the embezzlement or perhaps they are doing a good job in investigating and determining best steps to prevent this from ever happening again.  One thing for sure, those in power, would like to move past this, but there are those who continue to push for answers.

Aug 3 2015
Obituary – William Brady Reynolds, 76

William Brady Reynolds

William Brady Reynolds, the original “Piano Man”, was born March 16, 1939, and died at Jones Regional Medical Center July 31, 2015.

Worship services will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church followed by a celebration of life and a meal, 201 N. Ford St. Anamosa.  Pastor Katie Lowe Lancaster will be officiating.

After graduating from Northwest Missouri State, Brady married Barrie Parks on June 16, 1962. They had four sons, Kent (Lori), Deg (deceased), Joseph (deceased) and Mike (Amanda); five grandchildren, Heidi (Eric Schmitt), Deg, Tessa, Annette and Brady Reynolds; two sisters-in-law, Cecilia Parks, Monica Spinner, and a brother-in-law, Chuck Chadwick; four nieces Jennifer Parks Pratt, Summer Parks, Teri Miller, and Julie Reynolds.

Brady was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Deg and Joseph; his brother, John; his sister, Rita; and his brother-in-law, Dennis Parks.

Brady first worked as a teacher and later was employed by Farmstead Foods, Summerville Trucking and Waspi Waste.

Brady was also active in St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Praise Band and the Anamosa City Council.

His favorite pastimes were golfing, playing the harmonica and spending time with family and friends having political and philosophical discussions.

He will be greatly missed by all the lives he touched.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.







Aug 3 2015
Green Zone Asian Restaurant Opening Second Location in Pasadena @626food @GreenZoneSGV #greenzonecuisine

The opening date of the 2nd location of Green Zone is slated for August 22nd, 2015.

The Grand Opening event will be held on Saturday, August 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will begin with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and champagne.  Green Zone’s Pasadena location will serve lunch and dinner six days a week. Open daily(closed Monday) from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The location of the second location will be in Pasadena, located at

Green Zone
34 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA

Green Zone iconic Hainan chicken with rice.

Founders JiL and Terry Cam

At Green Zone, we believe in taking the road less traveled by, and truly, it makes all the difference. Enjoy fine organic cuisine with us at #GreenZone

Some very appealing images posted on Facebook below.

Presenting you our healthy and delicious Crab Cakes on Organic Greens. Each plate comes with TWO 3 oz. crab cakes made with lump crabmeat! — at Green Zone.

Come into Green Zone and reward yourself with our delicious and crispy murasaki fries after a week of hard work! — at Green Zone.

The iron, calcium and other minerals in eggplant supply the essential nutrients required by the body. More reason to try our nutritious vegetable plate today. — at Green Zone.


the original location:

534 e valley Blvd
San Gabriel, CA 91776

mon, wed, to sun
11am til’ 10pm
closed tuesdays


Aug 3 2015
LA Weekly’s Burgers and Beer! SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2015 @laweeklystreet


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

L.A. Weekly is hosting its inaugural signature food celebration, BURGERS & BEER, featuring Los Angeles’ best burger restaurants and best craft breweries highlighting food and craft beer samplings from over 35 restaurants and 30+ breweries. Come enjoy the eats, the brews, entertainment and shopping!

3 Square Café & Röckenwagner Bakery, animal, Badmaash, Barrel & Ashes, Belcampo Meat Co., Bouchon Bistro, Butchers & Barbers,Cassell’s Burgers, Escala, Grill ‘Em All, Haché LA, Hamburguesas Punta Cabras, Hawkins House of Burgers, Hole in the Wall Burger Joint, Ledlow, littlefork, Little Dom’s, Mariscos El Cristalazo, MessHall, Mrs. Fish, Perch, Pie n’ Burger, Pink’s,Plan Check Kitchen + Bar, Pono Burger, Rush Street, salt’s cure, Seoul Sausage Company, Slater’s 50/50, The Counter, The Independence, the hungry cat, The Pikey, The Rockefeller, The Standing Room, The Tripel, Venice Whaler Bar & Grill and Wood Spoon.

Alosta Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing, Angel City Brewery, Bottle Logic Brewing, Cabotella Mexican Ale, Crabbie’s, Drake’s Brewing, I&I Brewing, Kinetic Brewing Co., Kronenbourg Blanc, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing, Ommegang, St. Killian, Strand Brewing Company and Sudwerk Brewery.

Presale tickets for Burgers & Beer are ON SALE NOW! Enter promo code BURGERCOLISEUM to unlock ticket types for purchase. General admission ticket sales starts Monday, May 18th, 10:00am at Ticketfly.

Budweiser, Beautiful Things LA, Califia Farms, Caviar, Chelsea Mabel Ethnic Spice Blend, Crown Imports, Diabolo, Dry Soda, Follow Your Heart, Hustler Hollywood, Jarritos, Keurig, London Manori Jewelry, Ludlows Cocktail Co., Pop Candy, Socal Etsy Guild and O.pen Vape.

L.A. Weekly

L.A. Weekly ( has Los Angeles covered with investigative reporting, comprehensive calendar listings and forward-thinking cultural coverage including daily blogs such as the highly regarded Squid Ink’s coverage of the Los Angeles food scene. L.A. Weekly keeps readers loyal with stories by some of the country’s finest writers—now also accessible through mobile platforms. L.A. Weekly has won more awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies than any other paper in the country, and, L.A. Weekly is the first newspaper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize 2007 for its food criticism.


Event Details

Date & Time:
August 8, 2015 3:00 PM
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
3911 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States

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