Monthly Archives: January 2016
Jan 21 2016
Masters of Taste Pasadena Rose Bowl 2016 @MastersofTaste

Masters of Taste

Masters of Taste, a luxury food, beverage and lifestyle festival, will take place on April 3, 2016 –rain or shine– on the field of the Historic Pasadena Rose Bowl. This is a 21+ event.

Coming to the Historic Rose Bowl – April 3, 2016. Savor the finer things in life…

Guests will walk the field of the Rose Bowl to discover LA’s finest fare including 40 restaurants; 25 breweries, wineries, and spirits. Tiered ticketing will offer VIP’s and sponsors a premier experience, with private lounge seating and buttlered dining service. All tickets include unlimited tastings. Tickets on Eventbrite


All proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services.

Jan 21 2016
Pikkup – On Demand Moving & Delivery Service @getpikkup

On demand moving and delivery with the tap of a button. We connect you with local, background checked truck owners willing to lend a hand.

The steps are pretty easy for users.
1. Request Pikkup
2. Take a pic of what you want to move
3. Move it now or move it later
4. Get instant, local reliable service

You must be at least 18 years of age with a major credit card and have an iPhone to use Pikkup.

$5 off with email signup.

Whether you’re renting a U-haul or using a professional moving service, it’s a universal truth that moving sucks. Pikkup’s aim is to change all of that. We are an affordable, on-demand, peer-to-peer, hauling and delivery service, connecting you with the most reliable, background checked, and insured local truck drivers on the road. Our in-camera feature allows us to match you with the right driver and truck for the job. And our helpful GPS map allows you to always know where our drivers are and which routes they are taking. So the next time you’re looking to move mountains or even molehills, let Pikkup provide the means and the muscle in just one click. It’s time to give that friend with a truck a break, and maybe even a job.
+1 424-832-3378
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Jan 20 2016
Self Service Dog Wash – Wet Paws Opening in Altadena

Self Service Dog Wash Wet Paws Opening in Altadena

Opening day is January 20th.

A self service dog wash is $15

Wash N’ Go Quick Wash $10

We-Wash Service $25

Located in the Altaview Plaza below El Patron.

There are some specials, Friday for $8 you can wash your dog.

2525 Lake Ave, Ste 2
Altadena, California
(626) 365-1510


Jan 20 2016
Spudds Montreal Style Poutine & Burgers Pasadena Opening


The location was previously occupied by Domino’s Pizza.
1802 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104

We will add more details as we learn more.

The location is next to a laundry and dry cleaner and Mijares Mexican Food.


Jan 20 2016
The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone Pasadena Book Signing & Lecture

The Shed Event // Urban Farmer Book Tour with Curtis Stone & Diego Footer




Available from for $19.93

Published by New Society Publishers:

Purchase and Learn more about the book at

Learn more about the 2016 Book Tour at

Jan 20 2016
Caltech & Innovate Pasadena Present “Innovation in Aerospace” @InnovatPasadena @caltech

Caltech & Innovate Pasadena Present “Innovation in Aerospace”

This Friday’s “Innovation in Aerospace” event co-presented by Caltech and Innovate Pasadena is sold out!

Caltech has graciously set-up a live webcast of the event so that you can still hear from top innovation executives from the world’s leading aerospace companies.  The webcast will go live at 1:30pm on Friday, January 22nd and can be accessed here.

We are maintaining a waitlist for this week’s event so feel free to register and we will let you know if a seat becomes available.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Friday for the “Innovation in Aerospace” panel.

Remember, if you’re not able to join us this go round there will be more events like this in 2016 under the “Idea 2 Innovation” series co-presented by Caltech and Innovate Pasadena.  Caltech is a world-renowned research and education institution that has generously provided its resources and connections to bring the i2i series to the Pasadena innovation community.

Idea 2 Innovation - Innovation in Aerospace


A Panel Discussion Featuring Global Leaders In Aerospace

Friday, January 22nd 2016, 1:30-3:00pm

Caltech – Hameetman Auditorium
Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics



John Tracy

Chief Technology Officer, The Boeing Company

Scott Fouse

VP, Advanced Technology Center, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Erik Antonsson

Corporate Director of Technology, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Vandad Espahbodi

Co-Founder of Starburst Accelerator


Opening Remarks: Mory Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories; Vice Provost

Moderator: Andrea Belz, Director of Innovation Node – Los Angeles, EIR and Academic Director USC Marshall

Closing Remarks: Guruswami Ravichandran, John E. Goode, Jr., Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering; Otis Booth Leadership Chair, Division of Engineering and Applied Science

Networking session and refreshments to follow on patio of the Cahill Center.

The Idea 2 Innovation (i2i) event series, co-presented by Innovate Pasadena and Caltech, provides ongoing opportunities to bring together the Pasadena innovation community with industry leaders to exchange ideas in an inspiring and welcoming environment which fosters entrepreneurship.

Sponsored by Caltech Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, Caltech Entrepreneurship Club, Innovate Pasadena, and Mintz Levin PC.


What are my parking options?

The nearest parking availability is in Structure #3. You must purchase  a visitor parking pass which can be obtained at the auto-kiosk. For more parking information, click HERE.

Who can I contact for more information about this event?

Feel free to email [email protected] at Innovate Pasadena or [email protected] at Caltech.

Where can I get more information about this event?

Please visit the event page on the Division of Engineering & Applied Science website.

Jan 20 2016 accounts compromised? Hacked? Change Password @hotelsdotcom

Please reset your account password

We are writing to make you aware of recent activity involving accounts that leads us to believe some of your personal information may have been accessed by an unauthorized user. However, rest assured that your full credit card information and loyalty account was not compromised.

On January 11, 2016, we detected unusual user activity with a small number of accounts, including yours, which we believe resulted from an unauthorized user accessing the accounts using customers’ usernames and passwords. The accessed data could have included name, address, email address, hotel booking history, loyalty points, and the last four digits of stored credit cards — but only if a user selected the option to save credit card numbers.

We are not aware of any evidence that your information has been stolen or misused. No bank account or full credit card information was included in this data. If you’re a member of our loyalty program, your rewards account was not compromised.

We are taking steps to ensure the continued security of your data, including resetting all compromised passwords. When you attempt to log into your account, you will receive a message that provides you instructions to change your password.

The following are tips on how better to protect your account:

  • To reset your password, click the “forgotten your password” link and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • Because an unauthorized user accessed your account using your username and password, we recommend that you create an entirely different password and one that is not shared with any other online service. Strong passwords are at least eight characters long, contain upper and lowercase letters, plus numbers and symbols.
  • Verify your account details are correct by validating your email address and other account information. If you notice anything unusual with your account details, please contact us.

The security of our customers and their account information is one of our highest priorities and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may cause you. If you have questions, please feel free to contact at 800-246-8357. Please note that our Customer Service agents will not be able to assist you with changing your password — only you can change your password online.

Sincerely, Customer Support

Jan 20 2016
Sangers & Joe Hands Over The “Keys To The Kitchen”! @sangersandjoe

Sangers & Joe Hands Over The “Keys To The Kitchen”!  

The Contemporary Café In Old Town Pasadena  Introduces Guest Chef Pop-Up Dinners

(Pasadena, CA), Tuesday, December 1st, 2015: No need to set the table for supper; head to Old Town Pasadena for dinner at Sangers & Joe! The new contemporary café presents Keys To The Kitchen, an exciting lineup of guest chef dinners, playing host to local and international chefs who will take over the kitchen on select evenings and present full course dinner menus. Executive Chef Patrick Florendo from 41 Ocean Club and Sonoma Wine Garden will take the Keys To The Kitchen this coming Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 and present a Five Course Dinner Menu for all to enjoy!

Known for their hot Australian-themed cups of Joe, breakfast, salads, tasty sangers, weekend brunch and more, Sangers & Joe will now be opening their doors in the evening for Keys To The Kitchen, inviting guest chefs to cook up their famous signature dishes to create a carefully curated and delectable menu on select evenings. Each chef will present multiple courses, featuring a bounty of their own creative dishes. Set to debut this coming Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, Executive Chef Patrick Florendo will present his very own Five Course Dinner Menu. The young Australian native has worked in various premier kitchens across the United States for over a decade, cooking at such restaurants as Jean George’s Spice Market in New York City, Tableau in Las Vegas and Farallon in San Francisco. Chef Florendo is the second guest chef to cook at Sangers & Joe for dinner, following Guest Chef Claudio Dell’Anno, renowned Belgium celebrity chef from Le Gavroche and De Librije, author of the cookbook Claudio’s Italiaanse Keuken, and currently the Consulting Executive Chef at Sangers & Joe who kicked-off the first elegant evening, selling out his Keys To The Kitchen dinner within 24 hours.

Following Chef Florendo, Executive Chef Claudio Dell’Anno returns to kick-off the holidays on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 and he will also return with a festive feast New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31st, 2015. After ringing in the New Year, Sangers & Joe will welcome back Keys To The Kitchen on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 with Food Network’s 2014 Cutthroat Kitchen Winner and Wood & Vine Consulting ExecutiveChefKyle Schutte. Rounding out the first month of 2016 will be L.A. native, Executive Chef Marc Johnson of Vantage Restaurant Group’s Tipple & Brine on Thursday, January 28th, followed by Executive Chef Laurent Quenioux on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 who is currently cooking up creative dishes at his popular LQ “Fooding” events in Los Angeles.


With Chef Florendo taking the second set of Keys To The Kitchen, he will be delivering a flavorful winter-inspired Five Course Menu for $55.00 per person that will warm the hearts and fill the appetites of all who attend.

Come hungry as a tasty Baked Crab Dip with fries and spiced pop-overs begins the First Course of the evening, followed by a seasonal Second Course of Winter Panzanella with Burrata, Turkey Figs, crispy prosciutto and a champagne vinaigrette. The Third Course is a buttery Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass served with citrus risotto and preserved artichoke, and a Slow Roasted Porchetta accompanied by soft polenta, chanterelle mushrooms and roasted fennel jus’ is a succulent and flavorful Fourth Course. As for the Fifth Course, Chef Florendo will be preparing a dessert assortment of homemade mini sweets and sorbets.

Guests will be pleased to know that the Sangers & Joe Wine List procured by Spin The Bottle Wine Studio, will be available to complement each chef’s menu. Additionally, the regular Sangers & Joe beverage menu will be available, including bottled beers, craft sodas, tasty java drinks and hot teas by Lamill Coffee & Teas.

“We are excited to be hosting these talented chefs at Sangers & Joe and hope that the community truly embraces and enjoys these fun and playful dinners as much as we do,” says Managing Partner Scott Kay. With a stellar lineup of chefs ready to take over the Keys To The Kitchen at Sangers & Joe, it is time to reserve your place at the table. Make sure to purchase your tickets now through, before they lock in a full house!

List of Sangers & Joe Keys To The Kitchen Dinners:

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015: Patrick Florendo, 41 Ocean Club & Sonoma Wine Garden

Thursday, December 17th, 2015:  Claudio Dell’Anno, Sangers & Joe

Thursday, December 31st, 2015: Claudio Dell’Anno, Sangers & Joe

Thursday, January 14th, 2016: Kyle Schutte, Wood & Vine

Thursday, January 28th, 2016: Marc Johnson, Tipple & Brine

Thursday, February 11th, 2016:  Laurent Quenioux, LQ “Foodings”

Sangers & Joe will be hosting Keys To The Kitchen on select evenings from Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 to Thursday, February 11th, 2016. Tickets can be purchased directly at For more information, please visit or call Sangers & Joe directly at 323.553.0563.


Jan 20 2016
Billion Dollar Bully – Film About Yelp and Its Alleged Business Practices @yelp

Billion Dollar Bully – Film About Yelp and Its Alleged Business Practices

Billion Dollar Bully is an upcoming documentary film about Yelp and its alleged business practices. The film is directed by Kaylie Milliken and produced by Prost Productions.

Yelp with a market cap of 1.5 billion and the stock is trading at all time lows in the $20 range. Having reached as high as $100. Could it go lower?

– COO Geoffrey L. Donaker sold 6,000 shares of Yelp stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 13th
– B. Riley analyst Sameet Sinha recommends selling Yelp
– Yelp stock had its “sell” rating reiterated by Roth Capital

Here’s just some comments posted about Yelp:

Google should ban yelp from search results.
Yes, yelp bullies small businesses. They removed 90% of my positive comments form my legitimate customers. Yelp is the only organization who doesn’t have any customer care telephone number and there isn’t any way to contact them. Their sale executives are arrogant pig heads. They call you only to get money, till you pay them they continue to remove your good comments. Once you open an account with them they don’t allow you to close it even if you are not happy with what is happening. So you have to live with the torture… It is extortion.

Jan 19 2016
Southern California [GNU]Linux Expo January 21-24, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center @socallinuxexpo

January 21-24, 2016
Pasadena Convention Center

Are you in Southern California? The Southern California [GNU]Linux Expo January 21-24, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center. From 100% free routers, wifi cards, and computers to privacy enhancing hardware.

SCALE 14x expects to host more than 100 exhibitors this year, along with nearly 130 sessions, tutorials, and special events.

Register now with coupon code THINK for 40% off and don’t forget to book a hotel room if you need one!

Jan 19 2016
Public Input Sought for Pasadena City Manager Replacement


PASADENA, Calif.—The public is invited to provide input at the City Council’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 about what qualities they would like to see in a new City Manager.  The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Second Floor.

In November, City Manager Michael J. Beck announced his plans to accept a new position as Administrative Vice Chancellor at UCLA.  His last day at the City of Pasadena is Feb. 14.

Mayor Terry Tornek recently appointed a City Council Ad Hoc Search Committee to begin the process of finding a new City Manager.  The Committee includes the Mayor and Councilmembers Margaret McAustin, Victor Gordo and Tyron Hampton.  There has been no announcement yet for an Interim City Manager.

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.

Jan 19 2016
ShanDong Dumplings Old Pasadena Location Opening

ShanDong Dumplings, dumpling house known for its handmade dumplings, is opening a location on Fair Oaks Avenue, just north of Colorado Boulevard.

That means you’ll have xiao long bao, pan-fried dumplings and scallion pancakes, just up the street from hot pots at Little Sheep.

Jan 19 2016
Halfsies Bistro on Vacation? @HalfsiesBistro

There’s a sign on the door at Halfsies Bistro in Pasadena. That the owner is on vacation.  This is a far cry from the grand opening signs which appeared in July 2015.

Halfsies Bistro & Bakery - Pasadena, CA, United States

There has been no activity on social media since late October.  The windows are covered with brown paper.

All indications are that the location is closed.  An attempt was made to fill a need in the area, but not enough business to support it.


Jan 19 2016
Major Dave’s Chicken Pasadena Closes after 2 Years @MajDaves

Major Dave's Chicken

The windows have brown paper on them as of the past few weeks.  It is sad to report that Major Dave’s Chicken Pasadena has closed. As per the website.


Major Dave’s fried chicken is made without the use of hormones, antibiotics, GMO feeds and is never frozen. California’s best fried chicken!

Having been there a few times, I can attest that the Chicken is delicious. We hope Major Dave’s comes back in some form. No other details are available.

A Veteran owned business.

Closed location at:

Major Dave’s Chicken
163 N. Hill Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
Ph: (626) 460-8730

What does Pasadena need? What would that location support as it has seen a few different businesses in that location. Hill between the 210 and Colorado near Dog Haus has as few food establishments, including Tommy’s, Starbucks, Dog Haus, Melt It, Juice It Up!,
Jan 18 2016
IP Coffee Meetup: Scott Perry on The State of the LA Tech Scene in 2016 @scottperry @InnovatPasadena @latechdigest

IP Coffee Meetup: The State of the LA Tech Scene in 2016

January 29, 2016 @ 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Cross Campus Pasadena
85 N. Raymond Ave
Cost: Free

Perry will discuss the State of the Los Angeles Tech Scene in 2016, with an overview of its myriad verticals, and discuss trends that will keep the LA metro area the fastest-growing region for tech businesses and tech-related jobs in the years ahead.

Updated for 2016: LA is… An Overview of the Los Angeles Tech Space

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About the Speaker

scottperryScott Perry runs LA Tech Digest, the area’s #1 resource for tech-related news and events listings. In addition to running the Digest, Scott’s firm Sperry Media handles integrated marketing for clients such as BBC, CBS, Discovery, Fox, Hasbro, MTV, Viacom, Sony, and Universal.

Jan 18 2016
Imprinted Sportswear Long Beach 2016 FREE Expo Pass Code @issshows

ISS trade shows bring together buyers, suppliers and manufacturers in screen printing, embroidery and graphic design.

For more than 35 years, the Long Beach Imprinted Sportswear Show has been the largest event of the year in the decorated apparel industry.  Industry buyers know the Imprinted Sportswear Shows are the place to see the latest equipment, industry trends, and techniques available. Join us January 22-24, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

ISS Long Beach is less than a week away! Use code SHOW for free expo pass! Click on link to register:

It’s hard to believe ISS Long Beach is less than one week away!! Industry experts are predicting revenue from imprinted apparel and accessories in 2016 to reach 10 BILLION dollars! That’s 10 billion reasons not to miss the LARGEST and MOST FAMOUS decorated apparel show in the world! Haven’t registered to attend yet? Click on the link below and use promo code SHOW for free access to the Expo Floor. We can’t wait to see you soon!…/default.aspx…

Jan 17 2016
Pasadena Embezzlement Update City Receives $5 Million Insurance Payment – What About the Rest?

It has been about a year since official news broke of  an alleged embezzlement of $6.4 million from the City by a former employee. Subsequently the amount was found to be $5.9 million.

This past week the City of Pasadena received the full $5 million of our insurance claim.

The City will continue to pursue the perpetrator in criminal court and all other legal causes of action to recover every cent. Will the City of Pasadena be able to recover the currently lost $900,000 and all the costs that have gone into and will go into recovering the money? Probably not, a full accounting of the cost of this embezzlement should be requested by council-members, as a show that transparency is being taken seriously.

Over the past twelve months, actions taken by the City to recover the funds and ensure this cannot happen again.

A total of sixty-nine recommendations by KPMG and the Community Task Force are being implemented to strengthen the organization.

This embezzlement shook the City to its core. It resulted in significant changes in how things operate at City Hall.

Are things really better as a result of the embezzlement?  One thing for sure, the City is searching for a new city manager.

Jan 16 2016
Los Angeles Rams Coming Home Video & New Logo #ComingHome @RamsNFL

We are proud to announce that LA’s Original Team is back! #ComingHome

Coming HomeWe are proud to announce that LA’s Original Team is back! #ComingHome

Posted by Los Angeles Rams on Friday, January 15, 2016


Jan 16 2016
Shake Shack Opening in Los Angeles @shakeshack

Shake Shack Los Angeles

West Hollywood, Glendale, downtown L.A.
Shake Shack will open in 2017 on 8th and Hill in an old nightclub space.
The West Hollywood location is scheduled to open in the coming months.
Located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and West Knoll Drive, at 8520 Santa Monica Boulevard.

A one night special pop-up is scheduled for Jan 25, 2016 at Son of a Gun located at 8370 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Hours will be 6pm to 11pm. Lines are expected. So be prepared for a wait.

Jan 15 2016
Fixed Your Ticket Hero – The easiest way to deal with a ticket @fixed

Fixed Ticket Hero

Reasons why tickets are invalid. Errors in ticket.

Contesting tickets, most people don’t know that tickets

100 million tickets written per year.

Average ticket is $70.

Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland. Growing at 33% per year.

Raised $1.8 Million, goal is to shrink government revenue.

$14 Million valuation

$80,000 this year in net revenue

Cost per ticket, $5-6 to contest, $1.95 convenience

Customer acquisition $4-5

Follow street cleaners and put flyers per year.

Uber is showing that cars are going away.

Fighting all sorts of tickets.

How to handle moving violations.

40,000 users have already use the service.



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