Monthly Archives: December 2015
Dec 13 2015
Think Before You Donate – Organizations Giving Money to the Cause or Putting in their Pockets

Think Before You Donate –

Organizations Giving Money to the Cause or Putting in their Pockets

Organizations giving less to the cause they claim to donate.

The American Red Cross – President and CEO Marsha J Evan’s Salary was $651,957 plus expenses.

March of Dimes – It is called the March of Dimes because Only a dime for every $1 dollar is given to the needy.

The United Way – President Brian Gallagher receives a $375,000 base salary along with numerous expense benefits.

UNICEF – CEO Caryl M Stern Receives $1,2000,000 per year (100k Per month) plus expenses including a Rolls Royce, less than 5 cents of your donated dollar goes to the cause.

Goodwill – CEO and owner Mark Curran profits $2.3 million a year. Goodwill is a very catchy name for his business. You donate to his business and he then sells the items for PROFIT.  He pays nothing for his products and he pays is workers minimum wage.  $0 goes to help anyone.


Dec 13 2015
Pasadena Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day

Are you looking for a place to eat in the Pasadena area on Christmas Day?

This is a list in progress, which we will update based on restaurants open.

If you have a restaurant you would like added please let us know with a comment below. If you see a location below which is not open on Christmas let us know as well.

Here’s the list:

1. Golden Lion Mongolian BBQ
3681 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone:(626) 796-1832
Colorado and Rosemead
Is having a grand reopening.

2. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ
Address: 70 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone:(626) 405-4842
Only at Gyu-Kaku Southern California locations.

3. The Langham Huntington
1401 S Oak Knoll Ave
Pasadena, CA 91106
Phone number (626) 568-3900

Dec 11 2015
Groupon Deals on Sale Today Only $5 Values over $100! @Groupon @GrouponLA

Groupon deals on sale for only $5

200+ Groupon deals are on sale for only $5 (down from regular prices of up to $90 or more).
Including jewelry, wall art, photo books, and more.
Check them out here.

Today only (12/11/15).

Dec 11 2015
BOGO Free Dozen at Krispy Kreme #‎DayOfTheDozens‬ @krispykreme

BOGO Free Dozen at Krispy Kreme

To celebrate the “Day of the Dozens” (12/12), Krispy Kreme is offering a buy one dozen, get one dozen free Original Glazed Doughnuts promotion. This offer is available Saturday, 12/12 only. Must present coupon with barcode.
   Celebrate 12-12-15 internationally in the following participating countries. The offer varies by location. Participating countries include: Dominican Republic, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Russia, United Kingdom, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and Colombia. Not valid in Puerto Rico.
Dec 11 2015
Renegade Craft Fair Grand Park Los Angeles Dec 12-13, 2015 @RenegadeCraft #RenegadeCraftFair #RenegadeLA

Our Los Angeles Fair kicks off this weekend in Grand Park! On December 12−13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can shop for the perfect handmade gift, take part in DIY workshops, eat, drink, and be merry!

If you’re in the market for holiday gifts, we’ve got you covered with 300 makers showcasing perfect and unique options for friends and family. The Fair will take place at the centrally located Grand Park, and makers will set up shop amid the trees in revitalized DTLA across the steps from City Hall. Shop for ceramics, apothecary, home decor, leather goods, furniture, stationery, footwear, apparel, art prints, and more. All items featured in the Fair are handmade by emerging and established makers, and they provide plenty of opportunity to support the growing handmade economy.

Looking to get involved in the festivities? Stop in for a photo keepsake from MagBooth, then visit Yarnover Truck just in time to knit up a holiday gift or two. Stop into the Library Store on Wheels to shop eclectic gifts; all sales benefit the Los Angeles Public Library. Official sponsor Time Out Los Angeles will host a potted succulent giveaway for those willing to pose for an Instagram photo-op. (Planning a visit? Be sure to visit Time Out’s website ahead of time to register for a giveaway “gift box” from the Fair’s makers, valued at more than $1500!)

The sounds and tastes of the holidays will also surround shoppers as they browse the array of gifts. Community radio station KXLU will be on hand with all kinds of music from indie rock to jazz to surf to holiday hits. Come hungry as a swarm of local food trucks offer up tasty treats like gourmet ice cream, Japanese fusion, Indian street food, Argentine fare, Korean-inspired dishes, Vietnamese food, BBQ, sliders, and grilled cheese. Pre-packaged artisanal offerings such as S’mores, relishes, seasonings, pickles, marshmallows, and coffee also make excellent holiday gifts!

Getting There: The Fair will be held outdoors at Grand Park (200 N Spring St.), off of Broadway and across from the steps of City Hall. You can view a map of the area here, and get directions here. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Holiday Fairs. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber rides using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or visit

There are several paid parking lots in the area, but parking is limited. The closest Metro stop to Grand Park is the Civic Center/Grand Park stop on the Red or Purple lines. Your leashed pets are allowed to join in on the fun!

Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Dec 11 2015
Pasadena New Theater at Paseo Opening February 2016

Pasadena New Theater at Paseo Opening February 2016

Pasadena will soon be home to a new 1300 capacity theater.

Scheduled to open February 2016, the new venue located in the location previously occupied by Gelson’s will be known as the The Rose Theater.

Lance Sterling, of Sterling Venue Ventures.
The Rose and will enable local residents to hear well-known rock and country musicians without traveling to Los Angeles. Larger more established acts may not perform at The Rose, but could perhaps do smaller shows.

The 39,000 sq ft space has been upgraded with state of the art sound and lighting costing some $3 million. There will be VIP areas as well as two bars.

With other developments taking place at the Paseo, this is a welcome development to bring more people to the downtown area of Pasadena.

Burke Farrar of Pasadena-based Odyssey Development Services, who is assisting Sterling with city approvals and permitting.

Sterling is leasing the property from DDR Corp., the company that owns and manages the Paseo Colorado.

Gelson’s market closed in 2013.

The first scheduled concert will be Judy Collins on February 14, 2016. Tickets to this and future shows will be available on Ticketmaster.


The Rose is located at:
300 E. Colorado Blvd #101, Pasadena,  CA  91101
245 E. Green St., Pasadena,  CA  91101

The goal of The Rose is to sell dinners and with that in mind you can start to see the talent for upcoming shows:

Feb 14 – Judy Collins
Feb 19 – Rickie Lee Jones
Feb 20 – The Musical Box-Exclusive Auth by Peter Gabriel Recreation of GENESIS
Feb 26 – Faster Pussycat & Bullet Boys
Feb 28 – Paul Stanley’s Soul Station
Mar 19 – Which One’s Pink
Mar 25 – Young Dubliners
Apr 15 – Y & T
Apr 16 – The Tubes
Apr 22 – Ambrosia
Apr 23 – Puddle of Mudd

These are just the some of the acts booked now.

Revenue from ticket sales pays the performing musicians, Farrar said The Rose will rely on restaurant and alcohol sales to cover its other expenses.

The developer Mr. Sterling owns and operates The Canyon in Agoura Hills as well as The Saban in Beverly Hills.

In terms of food options at The Rose, look for a new franchise of CaliBurger which Sterling purchased, one for each of his properties as well as the full kitchen which will offer a wide variety of items, including steaks, etc.

You can see the types of shows The Rose will host, by taking a look at the other theaters.

The Canyon • 28912 Roadside Drive
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 879-5016 •

The Saban • 8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(888) 645-5006 •

The Rose Dinner Theater, “where music meets the soul”, see the types of performances which are already booked on Ticketmaster.

Dec 10 2015
2015 Arroyo Verde Awards

Celebrate the 2015 Arroyo Verde Awardees This Sunday

The Arroyo Verde (Green Arroyo) Awards are the most prestiguous local environmental awards. The awards recognize those who have made a valuable contribution to protecting and improving the Arroyo Seco watershed and our local communities during the past year.

The 2015 Arroyo Verde Awards will be presented at a festive holiday gathering sponsored by the Arroyo Seco Foundation and the Council of Arroyo Seco Organizations (CASO) at LA County Fire Camp #2 in the far northwest corner of Hahamongna Watershed Park, just south of Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Please join us to celebrate nature and our local heroes. Refreshments and networking begin at 5:00 pm. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm.


Sunday, December 13, 2015, 5:00-7:00 pm
LA County Fire Camp #2
Northwest Corner of Hahamongna Watershed Park
4810 N. Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103


For more information, please contact David Banuelas at [email protected] or (323) 405-7326

Dec 10 2015
Growing into a Sustainable Future – A Celebration of International Human Rights Day

A Celebration of International Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day Celebration



Thursday, December 10th


Donald R. Wright Auditorium, Pasadena Central Library

285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Reserve a seat with a free ticket today or include a small donation towards the local work of
UNA Pasadena with your ticket. You can also RSVP via Facebook by clicking HERE.


In a World of Increasing Desertification & Drought

An estimated 12 million trees across California have died in the past year. Come learn what impact
this has on local climate and what Australia did during their 10-year drought. Find out how you can
not only lower your power and water bill, but also make a difference to build
a sustainable future for your community

Enjoy an evening of hot beverages, refreshments, and phenomenal speakers as we
celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!


GENE MASUDA, Vice Mayor, City of Pasadena

TORIN DUNNAVANT, Director of Engagement & Partnerships, TreePeople

LEIGH ADAMS, Artist-in-Residence, L.A. Arboretum


Growing into a Sustainable Future

Pasadena Central Library – 285 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91101, United States


In a World of Increasing Desertification & Drought

An estimated 12 million trees across California have died in the past year. Come learn what impact this has on local climate and what Australia did during their 10-year drought. Find out how you can not only lower your power and water expenses, but also make a difference to build a sustainable future for your community.

Come enjoy an evening of hot beverages, refreshments, interactive booths, and phenomenal speakers as we celebrate the 67th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! To reserve a seat or donate towards the event, go to:


GENE MASUDA, Vice Mayor, City of Pasadena

TORIN DUNNAVANT, Director of Engagement & Partnerships, TreePeople

LEIGH ADAMS, Artist-in-Residence, L.A. Arboretum

WENDY DE LEON, Customer Relations Manager, Pasadena Department of Water & Power

Screening of Short Film A STATE OF EMERGENCY

This event is FREE for the public.

Dec 9 2015
City Council Districts Good or Bad?

I am torn on the issue of cities having council districts as opposed to having council members representing all residents.

On one hand it seems to be a way to provide local neighborhood residents a voice and support. On the other hand it seems to be divisive in separating neighborhoods, or having council members feel that if a resident is not in their district why should they help them.

I am sure we will hear more about this.

Pasadena has seven council districts. Voters in Pasadena vote for council member to represent their district. The elected council member must live in the district they “serve”.

Burbank and Glendale have no districting.

Is this something that should be revisited, and why is it that cities of comparable size and neighboring do not have districts?

Dec 9 2015
Pasadena Museum of History – Holiday Open House: Festive & Fashionable @pasadenahistory

Holiday Open House: Festive & Fashionable

December 19 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm

| Free

Adorn yourself with your favorite accessories and join us for a fashionable community free day with complimentary hot chocolate courtesy of Caffe D’Amore and live holiday music by the Ad Hoc Consort. Release your own creativity as you make clay ornaments  inspired by changing fashions at an Art2Go workshop – fun for all ages! View the Fabulous Fashion exhibition and the Edwardian holiday decorations in the Fenyes Mansion.  Tour the Finnish Folk Art Museum. All are invited to be a Member-for-the-Day with free admission and a 20% discount in the Museum Store, where Pasadena favorites will be available for purchase to delight your friends and family this holiday season.

Tickets: Free, no reservations required.

Pasadena Museum of History

470 W. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA


Dec 9 2015
Holiday Window Decor in Old Pasadena Tour @oldpasadena

Tour festive Holiday Window Decor Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 27

Check out the tour map here
Participants include:
Anna Elyse Collections
Bertrand’s Old Town Music
Blockheads Shavery
Cafe 86
Chignon Salon
Church of Scientology
Color Me Mine
Distant Lands Travel Bookstore
Elisa B.
El Pueblo Folk Art & Specialty Gifts
Father Nature Lavash Wraps
Flower Pepper Gallery
Green Zone Restaurant
Home Brewed Bar
iPic Theaters
Lette Macarons
Lula Mae
Lux Tots
Luxelab Pasadena
Maude Woods
Meat District Co.
Mignon Chocolate
Neo 39
Neon Retro Arcade
POP Champagne
Spinfish Poke House
The Soap Kitchen
Stats Floral Supply
Vans Pasadena
Dec 9 2015
Apple Mac iOS 9.2 Update Released Notes Review

This update contains improvements and bug fixes including:

  • Apple Music improvements
    • You can now create a new playlist when adding a song to a playlist
    • Your most recently changed playlist is now listed at the top when adding songs to playlists
    • Download albums or playlists from your iCloud Music Library by tapping the iCloud download button
    • See which songs have been downloaded with the new download indicator next to each song in My Music and Playlists
    • See works, composers, and performers while browsing Classical music in the Apple Music catalog
  • A new Top Stories section in News so you can stay up to date with the most important news of the day (available in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia)
  • Mail Drop in Mail for sending large attachments
  • iBooks now supports 3D Touch to peek and pop pages from the table of contents, your notes and bookmarks, or from search results inside a book
  • iBooks now supports listening to an audiobook while you browse your library, read other books, or explore the iBooks Store
  • iPhone support for the USB Camera Adapter to import photos and videos
  • Improved stability of Safari
  • Improved stability of Podcasts
  • Fixing an issue that caused mail attachments to be inaccessible for some users with POP email accounts
  • Resolving an issue for some users that caused attachments to overlap text in mail
  • Fixing an issue where Live Photos could have turned off after restoring from a previous iCloud backup
  • Addressing an issue that could cause search in Contacts to display no results
  • Resolving an issue that could have prevented Calendar from displaying all seven days in week view
  • Fixing an issue where Camera screen on iPad could be black when attempting to capture video
  • Addressing an issue that could cause instability in the Activity app when viewing the day of Daylight Savings Time transition
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent data from appearing in Health
  • Fixing an issue that could prevent Wallet updates and Lock screen alerts from displaying
  • Addressing an issue where updating iOS could prevent an alarm from going off
  • Fixing an issue where some users were unable to login to Find my iPhone
  • Fixing an issue that prevented some manual iCloud Backups from completing
  • Addressing an issue where using the iPad keyboard could unintentionally trigger text selection mode
  • Improved keyboard responsiveness when using Quick Reply
  • Improved punctuation input on the 10-key Chinese (Pinyin & Stroke) keyboards with new expanded view of punctuation symbols and better predictions
  • Fixing an issue on Cyrillic keyboards where caps lock would be enabled when typing in URL or email fields
  • Accessibility improvements
    • Fixing issues with VoiceOver when using Camera face detection
    • Adding support for VoiceOver to wake up the screen
    • Adding support for VoiceOver to invoke app switcher with 3D Touch gesture
    • Fixing an issue with Guided Access when trying to end phone calls
    • Improved functionality for Switch Control users when using 3D Touch
    • Fixing an issue with speech rate of Speak Screen


  • Siri support for Arabic (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates)


For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

Dec 8 2015
Chipotle Health Concerns Rise on Boston Norovirus

Norovirus suspected at Chipotle visited by 80 sick Boston College Students.
Chipotle already dealing with e. coli breakouts.

Dec 8 2015
Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s

Does it work?
Cost $99
Not the best you can get for $99.

Will not get you to a full charge.
Extra antenna.
Lightning cable.
Battery level of case can be seen on screen.
Tiny led light inside the case.
You can’t control like the mophie.

Dec 8 2015
Pasadena Police McDade Shooting Public Safety Meeting Tensions High

If you watched or attended the Pasadena Public Safety meeting held Dec 7, 2015 started around 5:30pm and was done at nearly midnight.  At least two dozen speakers waited to speak  until 10pm to express support for Pasadena Police and Chief Sanchez, but just as many raised questions and were critical of the council members, safety committee, City Manager Michael Beck and Police Chief Sanchez faced a barrage of questions from councilmembers and members of the public.

This is some of the video where tensions between Councilmember Hampton and Councilmember Madison. Councilmember Hampton responding to Councilmember Madison regarding some of his comments and they way he was addressed.

Here’s some of the meeting video:

Several including councilmember Hampton repeatedly questioned the intent of the OIR report to be released to the public in its entirety, but at the same time City Manager Beck and Police Chief Sanchez, explained that the scope of the agreement with the OIR Group, who wrote the report had a specific direction to provide recommendations, that the details of the event was not the primary focus. Councilmember Kennedy, Chair of the Public Safety Committee read the contract which is public.  We have requested the agreement.

It is The OIR report was released with redactions proposed by the city and approved by LA County Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant.

An appellate court ruled that some of the redactions went too far in protecting criticism of the Pasadena Police rather than confidential personnel information. Chalfant ordered the city to file the report again with less redactions by Dec. 1

In 2009 there was a deadly shooting in Pasadena, with a OIR report being written by the same OIR Group which authored the McDade OIR report. With the Barnes shooting report, there was no redactions and there is controversy as to wether or not it was “accidentally” released to the public by  then  Pasadena Police Chief Melikian.

Officers (Matthew) Griffin and (Jeffrey) Newlen received no disciplinary action as a result of their actions.

Police Chief Bernard Melekian

In 2009, Pasadena Police Chief and President of the CA Police Chiefs Association Bernard Melekian discusses the impacts to public safety if the state borrows local government funding.

Dec 8 2015
Bibliobules : Bookish Wonderland (LIVE EVENT) Pasadena December 12, 2015

Bibliobules : Bookish Wonderland (LIVE EVENT)

The word Bibliobules describes people who read too much.  We believe that one can never read too much which is why we created Bibliobules.  We’re a bookish community, featuring both known and unknown authors both online and at our live events.

Featured Authors to Meet:

  • NY Times & USA Today Best Selling Author Melanie Shawn
  • Best Selling Author Jan Moran
  • NY Times & USA Today Best Selling Author Julie Prestsater
  • Amazon Best Selling Author Martha Sweeney
  • Amazon Best Selling Author Elisa Marie Hopkins
  • Author Thomas Sweeney
  • Author Melissa A. Hanson

The first OFFICIAL Biblibules Live Event will take place December 12, 2015 in Pasadena, California for any book lover.

**Since we have a young adult author, any attendee who is under the age of 21 MUST BE accompanied by an adult (21+ in age) since there will be alcohol served at the venue.

During the event, you’ll be able to buy and/or have your books signed by the authors, receive free gifts and swag, mingle with fellow book lovers while having drinks and snacks as music plays so you can dance, giveaways of books and other items and so much more.  Only 200 tickets are available, so hurry up and get your tickets now.  There is a $20 early bird special on all tickets through EventBrite ($30 at the door); only 30 tickets to be a Bibliobules Support for $75 that gets you special access and gifts (reg. $100).


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Attendees must be 17+ years of age and anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by an adult (21+ in age).

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is public parking structures nearby (within walking distance) as well as the Memorial Park Station (Metro Goldline) just one block from the event.

What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Dress your best – it is a party.  You may bring your cell phones for communication and any camera type of device to take pictures.  Please do not bring outside promotional materials.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us on FB, TW, IG or our website.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

If you are unable to attend the event, you may offer them to another person who is at least 21+ years old.  PLEASE contact Bibliobules immediately so we can mark our attendee list with their name.

Can I update my registration information?

You can update your registraiton information at any time here on Eventrbrite.

Julie Prestsater

Julie Prestsater


Melissa A. Hanson

Melissa A. Hanson


Elisa Marie Hopkins

Elisa Marie Hopkins



Jan Moran

Jan Moran


Melanie Shawn

Melanie Shawn


Martha Sweeney

Martha Sweeney



Thomas Sweeney

Thomas Sweeney



Dec 7 2015
Pasadena Celebration Before Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game #ImLiveonGreen @liveongreen15

3 days of celebration in the heart of Pasadena leading up to the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game.

FREE and open to the public on December 29-31 #ImLiveonGreen

Dec 7 2015
Pasadena Councilmember Steve Madison Presents a Community Forum: Are You Prepared for El Niño 2016?

Pasadena Councilmember Steve Madison Presents a Community Forum: Are You Prepared for El Niño 2016?

18 years since the last El Nino.
From a super drought to a godzilla El Nino.
Last 4 years less than 30 inches of rain, driest 4 years in recent history.

Dec 7 2015
Pasadena City Council and Public Safety Committee Meeting Dec 7, 2015 on McDade Police Shooting Report OIR Police Chief Sanchez


McDade Shooting Report OIR Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez

Chief Sanchez will be presenting and reporting.

The public is welcomed to comment during the open comment session.


5:30 p.m. – Monday, December 7, 2015


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting of the Public Safety Committee and/or City Council will be held Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the COUNCIL CHAMBER ROOM S249, at City of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, California


Recommendation:  This report is for information only, no action by the Public Safety Committee or the City Council is requested at this time.
EXHIBIT I (Click on link below)

JOHN J. KENNEDY, Councilmember
Chair, Public Safety Committee


Dec 6 2015
Rose Bowl 2016 – Iowa Hawkeyes vs Stanford Cardinal – Tickets Event Info

PASADENA, Calif. —The Iowa Hawkeyes are headed to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1991.

Kirk Ferentz’s outfit will square off with Stanford Cardinal, the Pac-12 champions, in the 2015 installment of the historic Rose Bowl game.

No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford

The game is scheduled to kick off at 4 p.m. CT and will be televised by ESPN.

Additional tickets for the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual will go on sale this Tuesday, December 8 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET. Tickets will be available online at or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-653-8000.

You can also buy tickets here:


1. AceTicket: Tickets Still Available Starting at $900

2. Box OfficeTicket Sales: Tickets Available starting at $461

3. Tickets still available, price from $545

4. ScoreBig: No Tickets Pending


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