Monthly Archives: October 2015
Oct 29 2015
Sam Sarpong Jumps to Death Off Pasadena Colorado “Suicide” Bridge

Co-Host of MTV’s ‘Yo Momma,’ Dies at 40 after committing suicide off Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena over Arroyo this past Monday, October 26, 2015.

Actor and model Sam Sarpong, known for co-hosting MTV’s “Yo Momma” with Wilmer Valderrama, died Monday, his rep confirmed. He was 40.

Sarpong died after jumping off a bridge in Pasadena, CA.. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has ruled his death a suicide, with an autopsy pending.

Some reports are that negotiators worked for over seven hours to talk Sarpong into not jumping. Closing the bridge during that time.

The Colorado Street Bridge has fencing that makes it difficult to climb, but there are still many who find ways over the fence and jump. Over 100 people have jumped to their death from the top at 150 feet with the first suicide recorded in 1919 and over 50 during the Great Depression.

Oct 29 2015
Pasadena E-Waste Recycling & Document Shredding Event Nov. 7, 2015

E-Waste Recycling & Document Shredding Event Nov. 7, 2015

E-Waste Recycling & Document Shredding Event Nov. 7, 2015


PASADENA, Calif.—Residents and businesses can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the City’s popular e-waste event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.  The event is sponsored by the City’s Department of Public Works.

Shredding trucks and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations in Parking Lot I.  Look for signs directing you to the event.  Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area.

E-waste items include computers, keyboards, printers, monitors, laptops, docking stations, scanners, shredders, fax machines, computer mice, telephones, televisions, flat screens, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, cassette players, tape drives, stereos and household batteries.  Many of these products have parts that can be recycled.

Public Works is also helping residents and businesses prevent identity theft by providing free paper shredding during the event.  The public can bring a maximum of five legal-size boxes for shredding.  Sensitive documents such as receipts, checks, pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements, outdated tax returns, pre-printed envelopes, return address labels and business cards are items that can be shredded.

For more information about the free e-waste collection and document shredding event, visit or call (626) 744-7311.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena!  Visit us online at; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov,, and Instagram @PasadenaGov,; like us on Facebook at; and subscribe to our YouTube channel at  Or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.

E-Waste Nov 2015 Flyer

E-Waste Nov 2015 Map

Oct 29 2015
Pasadena FALL FESTIVAL Saturday, October 31st Victory Park #pasadena

FALL FESTIVAL 2015 Saturday, October 31st

5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Victory Park
2575 Paloma Street


Saturday, October 31
5:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Victory Park

2575 Paloma Street

Our Annual Fall Festival offers an exciting night of safe family fun! This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.”

Admission is FREE!

The City of Pasadena will host its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 31, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Victory Park. This event offers an exciting night of safe family fun!

This annual event includes lots of fun activities for the whole family!  Live entertainment, games, face painting, arts & crafts, doggy zone, fitness zone, pony rides and a train ride around the park, are just a few of the activities planned.

Admission into this event is free!  Nominal fees will apply for main attractions such as, the train ride around the park, pony rides, inflatable games, and food. Tickets can be purchased on site the day of event.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by, Human Services and Recreation Department, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Public Works, and Pasadena Fire Department.

Admission is FREE!  

Festival Opens 5:00pm

Costume Contest

No registration is required. All costume contests are free of charge. Youth costume contest will begin at 7:30pm and all other age categories will follow.

Activities offered at no charge:

Inflatable Games

Baseball, basketball and football

Game Zone

Carnival games for all ages throughout the festival area like bucket toss, plinko, ring scarecrow, milk bottle toss, tic tac toss and more! 

Art Zone

Art activities provided by Armory Center for the Arts

Options Toddler Zone

Games and activities designed for little ones ages 2-5

Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA Doggy Zone

Adoptable dogs, activities designed for dogs and a doggy agility course

(Dogs must be on a leash)


Photo area

Take a great shot of you and yours to remember the great time you are sure to have at this event. 


Entertainment Zone


Performances for all ages 



Pie and Burger

The Lobos Truck                                           Food prices will vary

Kettle Corn

7-11 Food Tent

Rides and Other Activities

Trackless Train                                                                                   $3.00 per person

Pony Ride                                                                                            $3.00 per person

Big Slide                                                                                               $3.00 per person

Obstacle Course                                                                                    $3.00 per person

Car Race Track Game                                                                          $3.00 per person

Face Painting                                                                                      $3.00 per person

BEST VALUE! Unlimited Ride Wristband $10.00


Unlimited access to trackless train, big slide, obstacle course, car race track game and Pony Ride. 1 face painting for child and 1 parent wristband.

Additional Parent Unlimited Ride Wristband $5.00

Includes: Unlimited access to trackless train, big slide, obstacle course and car race track game.

All ticket sales are final; ticket sales end at 8:00 p.m.

Entertainment Schedule 

Boys and Girls Club                                                                         5:00pm

V Constellation                                                                              5:15pm

Pasadena High LEARNs Orchesis Dance                                      5:35pm

Anthony Alexander                                                                  5:45pm

Evan Palmer                                                                                 6:30pm

Costume Contests                                                                           7:30pm

Festival Closes                                                                              8:30pm

The V Constellation performs at 5:15 pm

Fall Festival Band V Constellation

Anthony Alexander performs at 5:45 pm

Fall Festival Band Anthony Alexander




Evan Palmer Performs at 6:30 pm

Fall Festival Band Rvan Palmer


Thanks to our community partners!

2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines

Pasadena Humane Society & SPACA

Armory Center for the Arts

Options – A Childcare and Human Services Agency

Pasadena Christian Church


Our Annual Fall Festival offers an exciting night of safe family fun! This year’s theme is “Heroes and Villains.”

Admission is FREE!

The City of Pasadena will host its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 31, from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Victory Park. This event offers an exciting night of safe family fun!

This annual event includes lots of fun activities for the whole family! Live entertainment, games, face painting, arts & crafts, doggy zone, fitness zone, pony rides and a train ride around the park, are just a few of the activities planned.

Admission into this event is free! Nominal fees will apply for main attractions such as, the train ride around the park, pony rides, inflatable games, and food. Tickets can be purchased on site the day of event.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by, Human Services and Recreation Department, Pasadena Police Department, Pasadena Public Works, and Pasadena Fire Department.

Admission is FREE!

For more information, visit….

Oct 26 2015
Tesla Motors Retail Burbank Store Opens

This weekend the grand opening of the showroom and service center at 811 S. San Fernando Blvd., where customers can explore options for paint color, interior decor, seating and other trim, as well as design their dream Tesla using touch-screen monitors.

Sometime soon, it will also offer superchargers and a 24-hour owners’ lounge.

Last week, Burbank city officials approved plans to put chargers at Bob Hope Airport.
Closest locations include Pasadena and Topanga Canyon and for service Van Nuys.

Tesla Motors Showroom
811 S San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Phone (818) 480-9217
Roadside Assistance : (877) 798-3752

Sales Hours
Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday 11:00am – 6:00pm

Service Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm

Oct 26 2015
Burbank Tech Summit Nov 5, 2015 TechFire TechStars



No tickets will be available at the door.

We’re sorry, but due to exceptional demand, registrations have already exceeded capacity.  You may sign up for the waiting list below, but we do not anticipate space will become available.  Due to the overwhelming demand, we hope to organize additional Burbank Tech Summits in the future. You can sign up for invitations to future TechFire events at Thanks for your interest!

With more than 180 people registered already, we expect the Burbank Tech Summit to sell out in advance. Don’t miss out — register for FREE today at

See the expanded speaker lineup below.

Burbank Tech Summit


TechFire and the City of Burbank present the Burbank Tech Summit, featuring leading venture capital investors & entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, Burbank, and beyond, on Nov. 5, 2015. Doors open at 9 am for a breakfast reception & networking, and the program runs from 10 AM to 12 noon. Join us to hear from high-profile speakers and to network with founders, investors, press, office brokers, and other business and civic leaders from across Southern California.

Venture Capital Investors • Tech CEOs • Burbank Business & Civic Leaders

Cody Simms, Managing Director, Techstars
Cody Simms is Managing Director with Techstars, which runs The Disney Accelerator, a mentorship and investment program for tech startups in media and entertainment. Companies selected to participate receive $120,000, and mentoring from top Disney executives, including Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger, and leaders from Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ESPN and Walt Disney Imagineering, among others. Simms previously was Chief Product Officer at StumbleUpon and prior to that was VP Product for Yahoo!’s entertainment portfolio globally.

Annie Kadavy, General Partner, Charles River Ventures (CRV)
With offices in Silicon Valley and Cambridge, CRV is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms, having raised $2.1 billion across its VC funds since inception, and having invested in companies like Twitter, Yammer, and Zendesk. Their current fund is $320 million, and Kadavy focuses on consumer, mobile, commerce, and digital health companies. Her current investments at CRV include DoorDash, Laurel & Wolf, ClassPass, Cratejoy, and Patreon. Formerly with Warby Parker and Bain and Company, at CRV Kadavy has been named to the Forbes Magazine’s Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Venture Capital and the 2015 Forbes Midas Brink List; 7×7 also named her a top Bay Area VC.

Robin Richards, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, CareerArc
A Burbank tech success story, CareerArc is a leading HR technology company serving blue chip clients such as Starbucks, UPS, AT&T, and Hilton. CareerArc’s division was acquired by Chegg in 2014 for $11 million. Richards previously led Blackboard Connect (formerly NTI Group), and was CEO of Vivendi Universal Net USA, and founding President of, the internet’s first and preeminent digital music provider that had the largest IPO for an independent Internet company at that time. Honored as a Readers’ Favorite in Inc. Magazine’s 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Richards has received the LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) Award for Best M&A.

Jeff Worthe, President, Worthe Real Estate Group
Jeff Worthe is the Founder & President of Worthe Real Estate Group, a major developer and acquirer of Class A office projects in Southern California, controlling an estimated 70% of office space in Burbank, as well as office properties throughout the region, with tenants such as Yahoo, Microsoft, Sony Playstation, Disney, and Warner Bros. The 32-story Tower building where the Burbank Tech Summit will take place, is a Worthe property. He previously was formerly the principal of M. David Paul Ventures and co-founder of Centurion Real Estate Partners.

Tom Stillwell, CEO, Midnight Oil
Tom Stillwell has built Midnight Oil, based in Burbank, into a thriving agency, cultivating and growing deep client partnerships with Fortune 100 brands including: Activision, Disney, Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Microsoft/Xbox, Ubisoft and Universal.  Today, Tom not only acts as CEO, but also remains a hands-on member of the client management team.  When not working, watching football, or rocking out to the latest Radiohead release, Tom can be found hanging with his wife and two very tall daughters—and, watching football and maybe a little more football.

Mark Scott, City Manager, City of Burbank
Mark Scott is the City Manager for the City of Burbank, having worked in the city management profession for more than 35 years. He most recently served as city manager in Fresno, California, and has also been city manager in Culver City, California; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Beverly Hills, California were he worked for 20 years, including 14 as city manager. He was the longest tenured city manager in Beverly Hills’ history. Ina addition to his public sector leadership, Scott also has an MBA from Stanford and a background having worked in the private sector, for American Airlines.

And More!

The Burbank Tech Summit is a destination summit, drawing leaders from across Southern California — entrepreneurs, investors, media, office brokers, business leaders, civic leaders, and more. Join us!


Advice for entrepreneurs, from successful tech CEOs & VCs •  Commentary on the latest tech startup trends • Burbank’s advantages as a natural tech startup hub, particularly for entertainment & media startups and entrepreneurs • What’s next for making Burbank’s tech startup ecosystem even stronger and more tech- and entrepreneur-friendly • And More!


The Tower, 3900 W. Alameda Avenue, 16th Floor, Burbank, CA 91505. The Tower is a thirty-one story Class A office building, in the heart of Burbank’s thriving Media District, owned by Worthe Real Estate Group.

The Tower

A paid parking lot is available on site at The Tower.  Enter the parking structure from Kenwood St, between Alameda Ave and Riverside Dr.



TechFire & the City of Burbank

ABOUT TECHFIRE: TechFire is a leading producer of tech conferences and events, known for attracting high-profile titans of tech from Silicon Valley and beyond to come speak in the Los Angeles region. Our past events in 2014 & 2015 have attracted 2300+ registrants to hear speakers such as VCs from Kleiner Perkins and Greylock, and founders/CEOs from HotelTonight,, Dollar Shave Club, and many more. Learn more at

ABOUT BURBANK: A hi-tech hub, Burbank remains on the cutting edge with no city income tax, and no gross sales receipt tax. The City’s investment in the ONE Burbank High-Speed Fiber Optic Network has favored the growth of the creative industry, offering the ideal environment for media, entertainment, and hi-tech companies. Business forward initiatives, and a high concentration of LEED Certified office/tech space tailored to media, creative, biotech, and green industries, have made Burbank the perfect home base for companies wanting to grow, prosper, and compete. For more information, visit

Oct 25 2015
Twilight at Hahamongna Nursery

Twilight at Hahamongna Nursery
Sun, November 1, 4pm – 7pm

WhereHahamongna Cooperative Nursery (Map at (map)
It’s Fall. The acorns are dropping, and it’s time to celebrate the Arroyo Seco Foundation’s native plant nursery in Hahamongna Watershed Park.
On Sunday, November 1, please join us for a remarkable evening of festive celebration.

* Fun * Silent Auction * Native Plants * Music * Refreshments

Twilight at Hahamongna Nursery is a special event just for members, contributors and volunteers of the Arroyo Seco Foundation.

The festivities will highlight the great work being done largely by community volunteers and supported by Pasadena Water & Power as part of the Arroyo Seco Canyon Project. Please join us for a very special evening.

Go to for more information

Oct 25 2015
Art Center College of Design Car Classic – Visions of The Future @artcenteredu

Art Center College of Design Car Classic

Sunday October 25, 2015

Tickets Here

ArtCenter College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, California 91103

This year’s Car Classic provides several unique story opportunities, including:

Visualizing the Future: Explore the world of legendary visual futurist and ArtCenter alumnus Syd Mead.
On the Right Track: ArtCenter meets the needs of the automotive industry and offers students the opportunity to specialize in Alternative Transportation and Vehicle Interiors.
What’s Past is Prologue: Find out what inspires future transportation designers and discover the paradigm-shifting innovations these passionate individuals plan to pursue.
A Self-Driving Future: As self-driving vehicles become a reality, we may not even own cars in the future, much less drive them.
Romance Returns to the Sky: The future of light aviation allows consumers to travel when they want and how they want through the design of an autonomous light aircraft and network of air taxis.
The Future has Arrived: Experience a fictional and non-fictional future through the collective imagination of ArtCenter knowledge makers and artists.
Cruising into the Future: Explore a new category of narrow commuting vehicle and the vehicle sharing program of tomorrow providing consumers with more car when they need it, less when they don’t.
The Road to Success: ArtCenter’s Graduate Transportation Systems and Design students and faculty create sustainable solutions and vastly improved consumer experiences to move around our city, region and the world.
Bridging the Gap: Major car collectors support the next generation of transportation designers through philanthropy.


6:30 a.m. Field opens to exhibitors
8 a.m. Field opens to judges
9 a.m. Field opens to sponsors and patrons; judging commences
10 a.m. Field opens to “Sneak Preview” ticket holders. Brunch available for judges, patrons, sponsors and “Sneak Preview” ticket holders
10:45 a.m. Complimentary shuttles from off-site parking begin
11 a.m. Field opens to the public. On campus parking available for “Direct Access” ticket holders.
11:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
11:45 a.m. Jay Leno interview with Ed Welburn, Vice President of Global Design for General Motors
12:15 p.m. Dave Kunz and Ed Justice, Jr. conduct on the field interviews with exhibitors and designers
1 p.m. “Meet the Designers” Panel Discussion with Chris Bangle, Clay Dean and Tisha Johnson
2:15 p.m. “Meet the Designers” Presentation and Book Signing with Syd Mead
3:30 p.m. Awards ceremony with Barry Meguiar
4:30 p.m. Show concludes
All day “Stories Behind the Design”—live interviews from the field with Dave Kunz and Ed Justice Jr.
  • Student artwork for sale in Sinclaire Pavilion. Proceeds go directly to students.
The San Marino League offers tours of ArtCenter’s design studios, 3D rapid prototyping facilities and galleries. (Start times: 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
ArtCenter Café serving a special menu of barbecue items and refreshments on the patio
ArtCenter merchandise, art supplies, magazine and more available in the Student Store
ArtCenter for Kids fall classes in session (For kids in grades 4-8. Must be registered in advance.)
Oct 25 2015
Sandwich Generation Event Burbank November 14, 2015 #sandwichgeneration





WHAT: The Sandwich Generation Event!

WHEN: Saturday, November 14 – all day – from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Burbank Airport Marriot and Convention Center

(see link below for maps and directions)

COST: There is NO cost to attend, the event is FREE. However, the Marriot does charge for parking. For a limited time you can register online for a FREE Food News Parking (You’ll save $12!)

Go to Click on the blue box for “Directions/Parking” Then enter the promo code FOODNEWS when you get to the registration form.

What is the KNX Sandwich Generation Forum and Resource Expo? It is a FREE informative event featuring workshops, exhibits, resources and insights – designed to offer help and guidance to people like you who provide support to both young and older family members (and without financial support in exchange). If you are in the middle, you are one of the “sandwich generation!”

What will be some of the featured events?

A very special live broadcast of Food News (broadcasting at the usual time: 10 a.m. until Noon) sponsored by THE KITCHEN STORE

Broadcast (and Website) material about foods for the Sandwich Generation members – from healthy snacks, lunches and products for children to grab-n-go foods and prepared-in-advance foods for the elderly and both comforting and energy-boosting foods for those in the middle

25 Speakers on two stages

Including special appearances by Leeza Gibbons and Fritz Coleman

“Breakout Sessions” – small, specific chats or seminars, 45 min to 1 hour

Personal advice from Healthcare and Medical Professionals

and much more….


FOR MORE INFORMATION: For a listing of all the speakers, the complete schedule, directions and details about the free parking offer, visit


Oct 25 2015
Amy’s Drive Thru – Customers Want Organic Non-GMO Fresh Food @amysdrivethru

The restaurant offers a wide selection of meat-free burgers, burritos, macaroni and cheese, pizza, salad, and chili, as well as milkshakes and vegan non-dairy shakes.

Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto bring you inside the new all-vegetarian fast food restaurant Amy’s Drive Thru! Opened by the founders of Amy’s Kitchen in July 2015 in Northern California, this eatery is not only healthier than traditional fast food, but much more sustainable, kinder, and even more delicious (trust us)! Plus, everything on the menu can be made vegan.

Authentic American classics in a new style. Veggie burgers, shakes & fries made with organic & non GMO ingredients and gluten-free & vegan options. #runsonlove

All items can be ordered as vegan or gluten-free, all ingredients are non-GMO. More than 95 percent of the products are organic, and much of the ingredients will be locally sourced, according to the company. In addition, the menu is peanut- and egg-free.

58 Golf Course Drive West
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
View on Google Maps
10:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Seven Days a Week
Phone: 707-755-3629

Oct 24 2015
Look Human Custom Halloween Shirts @look_human


Look Human is a fast-growth online retailer with a very deep stable of products (over 70,000) that focuses on t-shirts, but also has home accessories – pillows, coffee mugs, and more. Products are organized into categories. Designers spin out (often humorous) new ideas based on the most recent trends, i.e. the left shark t-shirt, which is on sale the morning after the Super Bowl.
Free exchanges and full refunds.

If they have a cat blog, it’s a fit!

Best Sellers

t shirts
halloween costume


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