Monthly Archives: March 2016
Mar 4 2016
Gold Line Extension Opening Celebrations March 5, 2016 @metrolosangeles

Free rides will begin at 12 noon and will last until midnight on Saturday, March 5.  Free rides were originally offered only until 4 p.m. Saturday.  Metro extended free ride hours to enable even more people to travel freely to and from opening day events.  Free rides will only be available on the Gold Line between East Los Angeles and Azusa. All other Metro Rail and Bus services will require regular fares.  Riders should be aware that Metro is still operating shuttle bus services between Pico/Aliso and Union Station due to construction work for the Regional Connector rail project in Downtown L.A.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will provide free rides on the entire Metro Gold Line on Saturday, March 5 as Metro celebrates the official opening of L.A. County’s newest rail line in the San Gabriel Valley.  Several community events are now planned on the 11.5-mile extension to welcome brand new communities to the service. 

Community station party events will have fun-filled activities for the entire family and will include live music, local business booths and food vendors.  Train service along the Gold Line Extension will begin at 12 noon. Please plan accordingly.  Station parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Community station parties will be held at following stations:

  • Duarte/City of Hope Station, 1777 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA  91010. Opening ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Station Party: 12 noon to 4 p.m.
  • Arcadia Station, 201 N. First Avenue, Arcadia, CA  91006. Station Party: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monrovia Station, 1651 S. Primrose Avenue, Monrovia, CA  91016. Station Party: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Azusa Downtown Station, 780 N. Alameda Avenue, Azusa, CA  91702. Station Party: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Irwindale Station, 16017 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale, CA  91702. Station Party: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mar 3 2016
OUE Skypsace Tickets Top of US Bank Tower @SkyspaceLA #SkyspaceLA

As a friend of the Rose Bowl we would like to offer you the opportunity to take part in an exclusive VIP pre-sale offer for OUE Skypsace at the top of the US Bank Tower. Please click below to be the first to purchase your tickets or find out more information.


Transform your view from California’s tallest open-air observation deck. OUE Skyspace LA is poised to be the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

Opening June 25, 2016.

The official Twitter account of Skyspace LA. In 2016 the new will be California’s tallest open-air observation deck bringing 360-degree views to LA.

633 West Fifth Street, Suite 840, Los Angeles, CA 90071 – 213.894.9000

Skyslide Combo ticket includes:

Skyslide Pass

Timed Ticket Entry

Access to all four levels of Skyspace LA

Two outdoor observation decks 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. Experience a thrill attraction like never before. Glide down the 40ft glass Skyslide suspended 1,000 ft above Los Angeles and land on our outdoor observation deck. All tickets and Skyslide passes are timed and available in 30-minute intervals.



The Only Way to View LA

The all-new OUE Skyspace LA will be California’s tallest open-air observation deck and the premiere destination for panoramic, 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

From close to 1,000 feet above the city in the iconic U.S. Bank Tower, OUE Skyspace LA will honor the culture, community and people that make Los Angeles unlike any city in the world.


Mar 2 2016
Hack the vote: There’s an app for that @KPCCInPerson #HackTheVote

Politics are more social than ever. From political memes and ads on Facebook to new apps that pair users with candidates and issues.  From the local to the national level candidates are taking note,  pouring money and resources into staying socially relevant. Yet fewer young people are choosing to vote.  While young voters helped drive Barack Obama’s presidential election in 2008, those enthusiastic millennials  are now older and steadily declining in numbers at the polls. A recent Harvard study found that less than half of the 18- to 29-year-olds surveyed said they were following the 2016 campaign. And in 2014, just 8 percent of eligible 18- to 24-year-olds cast ballots in California’s general election.

Video from the event here:

Do millennials not care about the election process? Or is it something else? Research shows that millennials evaluate political candidates differently than earlier generations. Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram are all platforms that millennials and younger generations grew up with and use to stay informed, share and organize around issues and interests. There’s no question that technology and social media are important tools for candidates if they want to reach younger audiences.

What’s the best way to get more young people civically engaged? What innovations are out there right now to help bring young people in? Is our current voting process outdated? How would you hack the vote?  We’ll explore these questions and more with KPCC’s Senior Politics Reporter Mary Plummer and her guests over pizza at startup hub Cross Campus in Pasadena. Be here for this discussion and meet some of the creators behind this new technology.


Mary Plummer, KPCC’s Senior Politics Reporter (@MaryPlummer, @KPCC)


Tanzila Ahmed, Campaign Strategist at (@TazzyStar, @18millionrising)

Nate Kaplan, founder of SeePolitical (@SeePolitical)

Oscar Menjivar, Founder TXT: Teens Exploring Technology (@menjivar, @URBANTxT)

Sumi Parekh,   Director of Government Relations & Outreach, Ballot (@getballot)

Hunter Scarborough, Voter co-founder (@HuntaJames, @Voter)

Juan Vasquez,  a Communications and Data Analyst working with the Mayor’s Operations Innovation Team (@JuanSVas, @LAMayorsOffice)


6:30 – doors open, pizza served
7:00 – program begins

Mar 2 2016
The Arbour Restaurant Bar Coming to 527 South Lake Ave Pasadena @SouthLakeAvenue

A new eatery in the South Lake Business District of Pasadena is in the permitting process.

The Arbour eating establishment is currently seeking a conditional use permit #6384, the hearing was held on Wednesday February 16, 2016 at 6pm.

City of Pasadena staff recommended that the CUP be approved in the staff report.

There are other similar establishment in the area, that there shouldn’t be an issue. The size of the space is 5,290 square foot with a 350 square foot bar.

David Weissglass is the applicant represnting Art Rodriguez & Associates.

The Arbour would join recent additions of Paul Martin’s and Del Frisco, among the already existing establishments.

This neighborhood welcomes the additional dining options.

The applicant is located in Pasadena and is an alcohol licensing & zoning consultants.
Art Rodriguez & Associates
Phone | (626) 683-9777
Email |
Address | 709 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 200, Pasadena, CA 91101
Art Rodriguez & Associates
: (626) 683-9777
Alex Campbell and Art Rodriguez
David Weissglass and Maria Impala




Mar 2 2016
Nissan LEAF NissanConnect EV CARWINGS Discontinuation 2016 @nissanusa @nissanelectric

Nissan LEAF NissanConnect EV CARWINGS Discontinuation 2016

As if things for Nissan LEAF could not get worse, Nissan is now sending out letters that NissanConnect EV is being discontinued due to the 2G network from AT&T being discontinued at the end of 2016.

If you own a LEAF this is surely a blow, why did Nissan not prepare for this sooner?   This is yet another sign  along with slagging sales of the Nissan LEAF that Nissan is not as committed to the EV as Nissan executives may want prospective buyers to think.

Having just had our Nissan LEAF batteries replaced due to the battery capacity issue, was a smooth process once the capacity dropped to the “required” 8 bars.  Nissan only offers a warranty on the replacement battery which is inappropriate for a key component which was replaced due to defective engineering issue.  Basically the warranty from Nissan is only the remainder of your original battery warranty or 12,000 miles/1 year which ever is greater, so basically the new batteries has a 1 year warranty.  Seems inadequate for a critical component which is supposed to last 5 years or 60k miles and was just replaced.

One more reason not to buy another Nissan product. I imagine other companies offer a new warranty on a “new” battery for an EV.

With the recent hack exploit of the Nissan Connect, yet another recent trouble for Nissan.

This is the letter we received from Nissan regarding the discontinuation of the NissanConnect EV.



This is the website Nissan has setup to answer questions.

One interesting note is that Nissan will require a TCU- Telematics Control Unit in order to connect to NissanConnectEV after 2016.  Nissan plans to cover a “substantial: portion of the costs for parts and installation of the updated hardware.

Apparently the TCU will operate on the 3G network which may face a similar fate in a few years as 4G LTE and 5G are the new technologies.



Mar 1 2016
Pasadena Senior Center – Conference on Healthy Aging 2016 – April 2, 2016 @SeniorGames2
COA 2016
Conference on Healthy Aging 2016

All the details of the 2016 Conference on Healthy Aging

April 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
First Church of the Nazarene, Pasadena
3700 E Sierra Madre Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

Register Online

The 2016 Conference on Healthy Aging is presented by the Pasadena Senior Center. This annual event delivers a treasure trove of practical information and resources that will help you plan ahead and get the most out of life. The morning begins with our keynote speaker, Fritz Coleman, and is followed by two informational break out sessions. The times are detailed below. The workshop schedule below details specific speakers and the topics they have already committed to present that day.

The morning includes a light snack and delicious box lunch for all participants. Registration will be open February 1, 2016. At that time you can register by phone at (877) 236-9459 or online using the Register Online button above.

Session 1:  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Session 2:  11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

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