Monthly Archives: June 2016
Jun 15 2016
Pasadena City Manager 2016 Selection Update

From the council meeting held this past Monday it appears that the candidates who have applied for the position of Pasadena City Manager have been varied including ethnic background. Could a woman or black or Latino be the next city manager of Pasadena?

Mayor Tornek had stated previously that the citizens would have a chance to participate in the selection process, but it doesn’t appear that this is going to happen, at least not if according to the Mayor’s timeline the final selection will happen in the first week of July.

Interim City Manager Steve Mermell has been filling in as City Manager and has also put himself in the candidates for City Manager of Pasadena.   Mr. Mermell certainly has experience working with Pasadena as Assistant City Manager.

The hope is that the next City Manager of Pasadena will have the right mix of experience and people skills to handle all of the requirements that a city like Pasadena will require, especially in light of the recent embezzlement and concern over increased violence in the city.


Jun 14 2016
Rose Bowl Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event June 18, 2016 @pasadenagov

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event June 18, 2016

Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event June 18, 2016


PASADENA, Calif.—Safely dispose of household hazardous waste and unused electronics at the annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2016, near Brookside Park at 1001 Rose Bowl Dr.  The free event is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works in cooperation with the City’s Department of Public Works.

Household hazardous waste and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations, so follow the signs.  Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area and to follow instructions given by event staff.

No document shredding will not be provided at this event.  The next document shredding event by the City’s Department of Public Works,, will be held Sept. 3, 2016, so mark your calendars now for that popular service event.

Household hazardous waste items include used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, automobile and household batteries, paint, brake fluid, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides or herbicides, expired pharmaceuticals and fluorescent light bulbs.

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.

No explosives, radioactive materials, trash and tires, controlled substances and household appliances allowed.

The public can bring a maximum of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of household hazardous waste.  There is no limit for the amount of e-waste the public can recycle.

HHW 2016 flyer 4 web

For more information about the Los Angeles County hazardous waste disposal program, call (888) Clean LA, (888) 253-2652, or (800) 238-0172.

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2016  #029-16

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755,

Jun 14 2016
PEG Channels on DirecTV and Dish @attcustomercare @directv

As part of AT&T buying DirecTV it was also a way for AT&T to get around regulations and provisions for cable operators to carry local public education and government channels. As well as local franchise fees and city regulations for cable operators.
I asked AT&T if the PEG(Public Education, and Government) channels existing on DirecTV and I was assured that all the channels from UVerse exist on DirecTV, well that is not true.
DirecTV has negotiated favorable rates and has managed to cut some of the channels requiring service.
So where do subscribers who want to watch PEG channels go. Go to a cable operator that is wire based, like Charter, Time Warner, Cox, ComCast, etc. Satellite operators are not
It is a shame that AT&T found a way to carry less community content and tricking customers into believing that the service is better. DirecTV was better years ago, long before AT&T purchased. It will be interesting to see how local cities recover some of these fees or impose fees on satellite operators like Dish and DirecTV.
Our last bill from AT&T for U-Verse included
CA Local Video Facilities Fees – $1.21
CA Local Video Service Franchise Fee – $6.34
These amounts are substantial when considered in addition to other fees totaling $12.63 for a basic UVerse service factors at over 10% of the total bill with only TV.

Jun 14 2016
How do I get my city’s content to AT&T?

How do I get my city’s content to AT&T?
Referred to as a PEG (Public Education and Government Channel,) a city who wishes to provide their content on the U-Verse system must do so by streaming it LIVE over the internet, where AT&T then pulls the stream and provides it at the set-top level (the customer’s home.) To stream this content, the city is required to purchase a large router with T1 capabilities, a Windows Media Encoder, and a small switch. The city is then provided a set of ip addresses by AT&T, which then must be configured into all the equipment. This process, if done by engineers at the city, can take weeks of configuring and testing.

Jun 14 2016
All Fireworks Illegal in Pasadena; Zero Tolerance Enforcement


No Fires 2016 placard 4 web English

No Fires 2016 placard 4 web Spanish

PASADENA, Calif.—Got fireworks in Pasadena? If so, you might find yourself making an appearance in court as all fireworks are illegal to sell, use or possess in Pasadena. The City maintains a Zero Tolerance enforcement policy for fireworks and Pasadena’s police and firefighters are teaming up for special enforcement patrols against fireworks. Violators are subject to arrest; having their vehicles impounded; up to one year in jail and fines up to $50,000.

Help keep all of us, and our homes, safe from illegal fireworks. If You See Something, Say Something! Call Pasadena Police at (626) 744-4241 to report illegal fireworks and other suspicious activities. Residents may also use the City’s smart phone app, available at to report illegal fireworks.

If you want fireworks to be part of your Fourth of July Holiday, attend the 90th annual “Americafest,” one of the best family-friendly celebrations and professional fireworks shows in Southern California at the Rose Bowl Stadium. For ticket and event information, go to

Due to the high potential for fire hazards and injuries, Pasadena police and fire personnel will staff checkpoints around the stadium to seize all fireworks. Parking enforcement officers will ensure that vehicles illegally parked in Pasadena’s hillside areas on July 4 are impounded.

The Pasadena Fire Department will begin applying Phos-Chek on Thursday, June 30, 2016 to brush areas around the stadium. The main ingredients of this annual, preventative fire retardant are phosphates and fertilizers to help prevent plants from burning and re-vegetate burned wildland areas.

Pasadena’s Fire Chief Bertral Washington, Police Chief Phillip Sanchez and Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh urge everyone to make safety their top priority and offer the following reminders:

Celebrate responsibly, always designate a driver.
If outdoors, remember to use sunscreen, wear a brimmed hat and seek shade if needed.
Stay hydrated, drink water or other nutritious fluids before thirsty; limit alcohol & sugary drinks.
Many areas of the City, including outdoors, are “No Smoking” zones. Respect “No Smoking” areas and, if you do smoke, always safely dispose of used cigarettes, cigars or other devices.
Always have someone tending the barbecue and watching the swimming pool when in use.
Call 9-1-1 for all life-threatening emergencies.
Call (626) 744-4241 for all other public safety needs.
When calling for help, speak calmly, give accurate location information and reason for calling.
Visit for emergency preparedness information; and to register your telephones to receive Red Flag Alerts or other emergency notifications.

Statistics show fireworks are among the riskiest of all consumer products. Even sparklers, which many people think are safe, are dangerous and can reach 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit; causing serious burns or fires. Nearly 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated in U.S. emergency rooms every year and two of five people injured from fireworks are under 15 years old. National Fire Protection Association statistics show more than 90 percent of all fireworks-related injuries are caused by so-called “safe and sane” fireworks which are also illegal in Pasadena.

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 13, 2016 #031-16

NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: Lisa Derderian, Public Information Officer, Pasadena Fire Dept., (626) 744-7276, OR William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-7455,

Jun 13 2016
Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Jun 13 2016
Apple WWDC 2016 #ios10

Apple Special Event. June 13, 2016.

At WWDC we made lots of major announcements. iOS 10 is our biggest release yet, with incredible features in Messages and an all-new design for Maps, Photos, and Apple Music. With macOS Sierra, Siri makes its debut on your desktop and Apple Pay comes to the web. The latest watchOS offers easier navigation and a big boost in performance. And the updated tvOS brings expanded Siri searches.

27th year!
13 million developers
2 million added in the last year
5,000 attendees.
2 million apps in app store
130 billion downloads
$50 billion paid to developers

4 platforms to focus
WatchOS – Kevin Lynch – Instant Laucnh

Jun 10 2016
Make Music Pasadena This Weekend June 11, 2016 @MMPasadena @pasadenagov

The West Coast’s largest free music festival returns to Pasadena this Saturday.  One day. 30 Venues.  150 Performances.  All Free!

Make Music Pasadena is California’s only musical festival that offers the unique opportunity to experience an immense range of quality music in varied urban settings at no cost.  The musical lineup totals more than 150 bands and features an eclectic mix of diverse music, including seasoned, award-winning performers and emerging homegrown talent, all coming together for one day to celebrate the spirit of music and community.

The 9th annual edition takes place from 11:00am – 11:00pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016.

This annual music festival is held on 6 main stages and 30+ additional venues that span 20 city blocks throughout downtown Pasadena, California, just 15 minutes northeast of Los Angeles.

Music Pasadena is produced by Old Pasadena Management District and Playhouse District Association. For more information on Make Music Pasadena, visit


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Getting to Make Music Pasadena:


Jun 9 2016
Culture Club 101 Pasadena Opening Soon @CultureClub101 @626food


If you would like to become a member of CC101 before the upcoming opening of the new store, there’s a link below to our membership signup page. Your membership in CC101 brings you special benefits and helps us too! Members will receive advance notice of exciting lectures, classes, pop-up dinners and other special events. In addition, members will also receive discounts and will have library and WiFi privileges.


Culture Club 101
(626) 893-5164

Grand Opening! Once we are open you’ll continue to receive weekly news and updates about our unique products, classes, workshops, lectures and other special events!

Be Part of the Solution! Become a CC101 Member Now!

Culture Club 101
1392 E. Washington Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106

Jun 9 2016
Pasadena Chalk Festival Father’s Day Weekend June 18-19, 2016 @Paseo_Colorado @Paseo_Colorado

The Academy Awards of Art 

Pasadena Chalk Festival Father’s Day Weekend!

Bring the family to the 24th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival Saturday and Sunday June 18 and 19 from 10am-7pm at Paseo Colorado. Free and open to all ages.

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Pasadena Chalk Festival 

Father’s Day Weekend ~ June 18 & 19
at Paseo Colorado
10:00am to 7:00pm
Pasadena Chalk Festival Website 

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“Liz Taylor” by Shaina Joel, PCF 2015, “Best Technique” Photo by Brian Biery



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