Monthly Archives: March 2017
Mar 31 2017
Make Music Pasadena Hiatus for 2017 @MMPasadena

News comes from the organizers of Make Music Pasadena. A fabulous free event that is attracts thousands of people to various parts of the city.

Make Music Pasadena is an all-day all-ages FREE annual music festival, organized by Old Pasadena Management District and Playhouse District Association.

There are other music festivals, but this is likely one of the largest free festivals around.
It is unfortunate that sponsors could not step and even organizers of the Arroyo Seco Weekend would not be willing to sponsor at least a stage or two of the festival to promote Arroyo Seco Weekend, $150,000 is a drop in the bucket for a multibillion dollar organization like AEG, which makes millions from Coachella and StageCoach in April.
With Arroyo Seco Weekend schedule for June 24 & 25 weekend, tickets are on sale, and there’s no indication how many tickets have been sold, but supposedly there is a cap, as the event is taking place on the Brookside Golf Course, not inside the Rose Bowl.

We hope that Make Music Pasadena returns in 2018.

Here’s the posting on the Official Make Music Pasadena website this morning:
After nine years of bringing free music to the streets of our city with Make Music Pasadena, Old Pasadena Management District and the Playhouse District Association, co-producers of the festival, have made the difficult decision to put the event on hiatus for 2017 and to evaluate its future viability.

Current funding sources are not sufficient to finance an event that is entirely free to the public. Due to exponentially rising costs in conjunction with a significant lack of funding from sponsorships and donations, Make Music Pasadena faced a $150,000 budget deficit, making it impossible to produce the festival for 2017. A proliferation of local and national music festivals has also made it a challenge to secure both talent and local media attention within a limited budget.

The producing organizations remain hopeful that sufficient sponsorship might be achieved for a 2018 event, and altruistically-inclined white knights are encouraged to contact either organization to discuss details. That’s not to say that Pasadena will be without live music this summer: We are delighted that the Arroyo Seco Weekend Festival will join in the tradition of bringing local, regional, and national acts to the people of Pasadena.

Mar 29 2017
2nd Annual Masters of Taste at Pasadena Rose Bowl May 7, 2017 @RoseBowlStadium @MastersofTaste

2nd Annual Masters of Taste: L.A.’s Top Tastemakers Savor the Finer Things On Field of The Iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl!

 (Los Angeles, CA), Wednesday, March 29th, 2017:  Spring has sprung and the time has come to celebrate and savor the finer things at this year’s 2nd Annual Masters of Taste, an outdoor, luxury food and beverage festival being held on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the field of the iconic Pasadena Rose Bowl!

The 2nd Annual Masters of Taste will bring over 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts together from all over Greater Los Angeles for one afternoon to celebrate this exhilarating festival, which will include the finest fare from over 40 Culinary Masters and restaurants, delectable sweets prepared by L.A.’s top Sweet Masters, signature handcrafted cocktails and tastings from over 30 Beverage Masters, including L.A’s top bartenders and cocktail bars, local California wineries, local craft breweries, pressed juices, hand roasted coffee, live entertainment and much more.

100% of the proceeds from Masters of Taste 2017 will directly benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless men, women and children rebuild their lives. Union Station is part of a premier group of human services agencies in Los Angeles County that are leading the way to end homelessness in our community and offers an array of services including street outreach, meals, shelter, housing, case management and career development. Last year, Masters of Taste 2016 raised over $435,000 for Union Station Homeless Services, and this year Masters of Taste hopes to grow that number to $560,000.

Some of this year’s Masters of Taste 2017 participating Culinary Masters and Restaurants include:

 Sweet Masters: A select group of Los Angeles Top Sweet Masters will showcase an assortment of delectable desserts such as the gourmet single-origin chocolate and vanilla ice creams from Choctal, homemade premium sorbets from Helados Pops, the finest globally-procured cacao from Chocolate Stars USA, and much more from Café Dulce, Icy Rush, Lark Cake Shop, Magpies Softserve, Mignon Chocolate, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sprinkles, Street Churros and The Dirty Cookie.

Some of this year’s participating Beverage Masters include:

Brewmasters: Beverage Masters who specialize in barley and hops will be presenting top-notch ales, lagers, pilsners and more for guests to sample, sip and savor all throughout the event, including Southern California favorites Bootlegger’s Brewery, Indie Brewing Company, Iron triangle Brewing, MacLeod Ale Brewing Co., Three Weavers Brewing Company and 101 Cider House.

Wineries: A specially curated collection of Wine Masters will be showcasing their finest varietals including premium boutique winery Ascension Cellars, Antelope Valley’s Golden Star Vineyards, Jardesca, St. Helena’s Hall Wines, Anderson Valley’s Navarro Vineyards, San Antonio Winery in Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Barbara County’s Tercero Wines, Napa Valley’s Trinchero Family Estates and Vinemark Cellars.

Bars & Spirits: Some of L.A.’s top bartenders and cocktail bars will be creating first-rate craft cocktails, including Peter Lloyd-Jones and 1886 Bar, Garrett McKechnie of Downtown L.A.’s Bar Mattachine and Bar Manager Bethany Ham of the newly opened 1950s inspired hidden cocktail den Birds & Bees. Top brands showcasing their finest spirits will also include American Born Moonshine, Dulce Vida Tequila, Mezcal El Silencio, Glenlevit, Kikori Whiskey, Martell Blue Swift and ZYR Russian Vodka just to name a few.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages: A variety of premium non-alcoholic Beverage Masters will also be on hand for those who wish to hydrate, caffeinate or regenerate, featuring the “bevolutionary” Bai who will be presenting their antioxidant juices, teas and water infusions, Boxed Water, Califia Farms Juices and Cold Brew Coffees, Dry Sparkling, Kombucha Dog, Milk+T, cold-pressed juices from Nekter Juice Bar, Philz hand roasted customized blended Coffee, and all natural, refreshing beverages from Zico Coco Water.

More Culinary Masters, Sweet Masters and Beverage Masters to be announced.

Sponsors: Masters of Taste is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors, which include HomeStreet Bank, Judith L Chiara Foundation, Western Asset Management, Capital Group, Floe Financial Partners, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Bank of America, Femino Family Foundation, Goldstar, HKG LLP, Kauffman Wealth Management, MUFG Union,  Tournament of Roses, Wells Fargo,  Westport Construction, Citizens Business Bank, Hahn & Hahn, LLP, Hybrid Foundation,  Massage Envy, Tsan Tsun Memorial Foundation, Westmount Asset Management, RE/Max, Arroyo Insurance Services, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Individual FoodService, and California Linen Services.

Ticket Information: Masters of Taste will take place on Sunday, May 7th, 2016. A VIP Power Hour will be held from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm and General Admission will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Tickets to this event are only available for guests 21+ and over. For more information on Masters of Taste or to book your tickets directly, please visit

Location:  Pasadena Rose Bowl – 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, CA 91103.

Transportation and Parking: Guests are encouraged to utilize car services – Lyft, Uber, Taxi, etc. – since this event does serve alcoholic beverages. To get 20% off your ride to and from Masters of Taste, please visit Lyft. Complimentary parking will also be available at the event.


Twitter:  @MastersofTaste

Instagram:  @MastersofTaste

Mar 27 2017
Food for Soul – Cooking is a Call to Act Featuring Massimo Bottura, Mario Batali, Roy Choi, Dominique Crenn, and Mary Sue Milliken. Hosted by Jonathan Gold @acehotel @lafoodbowl @RidingShotgunLA @thejgold @dominiquecrenn @MarySueMilliken @Mariobatali @massimobottura
Featuring Massimo Bottura, Mario Batali, Roy Choi, Dominique Crenn, and Mary Sue Milliken. Hosted by Jonathan Gold
Los Angeles Times Food Bowl, Food For Soul, San Pellegrino, and Ace Hotel present

Food for Soul – Cooking is a Call to Act

 One-third of the world’s food is thrown away, while hundreds of millions of people go undernourished. We’ve invited five of the world’s most renowned chefs to present their unique visions on how to tackle these wrongs inherent in our current food system during a lively round-table debate.
The panel discussion will be followed by an exclusive screening of Theater of Life. This film explores the story behind the Refettorio Ambrosiano, a soup kitchen conceived by chef Massimo Bottura for the Milan 2015 World’s Fair to turn food waste into meals for those in need.
Food for Soul, the non-profit organization founded by chef Massimo Bottura, promotes social awareness about food waste and hunger through a wide range of initiatives in collaboration with chefs, artisans, food suppliers,artists, designers and institutions.
$5 from each ticket will go to Food Forward, an LA non-profit that rescues fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste.
929 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-3233

May 5: Five incredible chefs take the to talk about how to end food waste, kicking off .

Tickets here.



Mar 27 2017
Meet Roy Choi! Exclusive Q&A, Book Signing and Tasting Event @WholeFoods @RidingShotgunLA

We’re celebrating the opening of our brand new Kogi venue by hosting an exclusive book signing and tasting with Roy Choi and his book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food.

Mon, March 27, 2017  5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kogi at Whole Foods Market® El Segundo

760 South Sepulveda Boulevard

El Segundo, CA 90245

Tickets only $10 online.

Join us for the fun and good eats! Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and include snacks from the Kogi menu and beverages. Copies of Choi’s book will be available for purchase.

All proceeds from the event benefit Women of Watts.

Would love to see an event like this in Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank areas.

Mar 26 2017
Fake News – Make Money Writing Fiction Tricking Users and Facebook and Twitter Bots

Jestin Coler  – man behind the fake news sites National Report and Denver Guardian, making up the news was “fun.”  “Writing fiction is not a crime,”

Mike Cernovich Calls Out Scott Pelley During Heated Interview
Hundreds of websites with fake news.
The use of bots, fake social media accounts used to like, twitter, thousands if not millions.
You can buy thousands of bots.

Facebook and twitter can be fooled by bots
You have to talk in the language, rfid chips, mandated through Obamacare, fake news
Clinton emails investigation


People will believe anything if it is presented.

Lots more players in the game

Phil Howard – Internet Institute

Junk news vs real news, about the same as each, real and fake.

Who reads

The Trade Desk – Jeff Green, how to stay clear of fake news.

Mar 24 2017
Masters of Taste Pasadena Rose Bowl May 7, 2017 @MastersofTaste @RoseBowlStadium

Masters of Taste is a luxury food and beverage festival on the field of the iconic Rose Bowl.

For the second year, over 2,500 food and beverage enthusiasts will walk of the field of the historic Pasadena Rose Bowl and enjoy delicious, unlimited tastings from LA’s top Master Chefs and restaurants, craft cocktail bars, wineries and local breweries.

Past participants include Culinary Masters such as Neal Fraser (Redbird), Brendan Collins (Birch), Calogero Drago (Celestino), Chris Crary (Hyde Sunset), Shigefumi Tachibe (Osawa), Tim Guiltinan (The Raymond 1886) and many more!

100% of event proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Masters of Taste, a luxury food and beverage festival that takes place on the field of the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium on Sunday, May 7th, 2017.

Stroll the 50-yard line as you feast on the finest fare from L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants, sip signature handcrafted cocktails from L.A.’s Master Mixologists, enjoy tastings from some of California’s most eclectic wineries and local craft breweries, listen to live entertainment and so much more.#SundayFunday redefined.

Past participants include Culinary Masters such as Neal Fraser (Redbird), Brendan Collins (Birch), Calogero Drago (Celestino), Chris Crary (Hyde Sunset), Shigefumi Tachibe (Osawa), Tim Guiltinan (The Raymond 1886) and many more!

100% of event proceeds benefit Union Station Homeless Services, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Buy tickets here

Mar 24 2017
Judge Halts Big Dig Project Hahamonga Arroyo Seco

Judge Halts Big Dig Project

KPCC- “Environmentalists win temporary halt to Devil’s Gate Dam dig-out”

Pasadena Now – “Judge Halts Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal Project”

Judge James Chalfant’s ruling about the deficiencies in LA County’s Big Dig EIR for Hahamongna is a big victory for all who have helped save Hahamongna. Now the County Supervisors will have to take another look at the Flood Control District’s massive destructive project for our region’s most significant environmental zone. Hopefully they will recognize that there is a better way to manage this rare stream corridor that has broad community support and was recommended by Pasadena three years ago. A slow, steady sediment management program wil provide flood protection while preserving habitat and wildlife and reducing neighborhood impacts.

LA County Board of Supervisors is remarkablly different today than in 2014 when the Big Dig Project was approved. Then we only had one champion, Zev Yaroslavsly, to stand up for Hahahamongna and for our neighborhoods. The vote for the project was 4-1. Now the board is filled with supevisors with excellent environmental credentials and proven records as defenders of environmental treasures like Hahamongna. We are hopeful that they will reduce the negative impacts of the Flood Control District’s program and save Hahamongna for future generations. Please take action now to communicate your concerns to the Supervisors and urge them to work with ASF and Pasadena Audubon to develop a long-term, sustainable watershed management program for Hahamongna.

The Arroyo Seco Foundation is grateful to our stellar partners in the Big Dig lawsuit, Pasadena Audubon Society. Our attorneys, Mitchell Tsai and Christina Caro, have done a great job of pointing out the severe flaws in the County’s program, and we salute them!

As the news articles point out, though, the struggle to save Hahamongna is not over. We are grateful for your past support; we need your continued support. Please celebrate this very signifant victory with a donation so that we can continue our work to Save Hahamongna.

Thanks for your continuing support.

Mar 24 2017
Pasadena Cheesecake Factory Bomber Suspect Video $20,000 Reward

Video of the suspect involved in the bombing incident at the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena is being released by the FBI today.

FBI page with further details on the suspect.


No injuries had been reported from the Feb 2, 2017 incident, but blast which occurred at 6:08pm at the restaurant. Some officials have called the device as related to a “firecracker”, which is similar to remarks made by Pasadena Mayor Mr. Tornek, “more related to a firecracker than a bomb,” Mr. Tornek was quoted.

This incident should be treated very seriously as it was intended to not only scare people but also harm.

According to Lt. Mark Goodman, it was not a pipe bomb, not a Molotov cocktail, had no projectiles, no shrapnel and nothing was ejected.

Has the device been shown to the public?

See below for video and reward information.


Nixle link


Pasadena Police Detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Agents hope a video recording of the man who is suspected of having committed the Cheesecake Factory explosion, and a reward of up to $20,000, will prompt witnesses to come forward with the suspect’s identification.

On Thursday, February 2, 2017 at about 6:08 P.M., Pasadena Police Officers and Fire Department personnel responded to a call of an explosion at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant at 2 West Colorado Blvd. Police Officers immediately entered the restaurant and evacuated customers and employees and located a detonated homemade pyrotechnic device.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene and rendered the location safe. No customers or employees were seriously injured during the incident. Witnesses described the suspect as a male, possible of Hispanic or Middle Eastern descent, 6’0” tall, thin build, with a heavy beard and wearing all black clothing and a black beanie.

Since the incident, Pasadena Police Detectives, in collaboration with FBI agents, have been actively pursuing investigative leads. FBI agents conducted an extensive canvassing of businesses on Colorado Boulevard. for security videos. This effort resulted in the recovery of a video recording which shows the suspect entering a Pasadena business after the explosion occurred. The video and photos being shown at the press conference depict the suspect wearing a white shirt but carrying black or dark clothing, which he discards in a trash can at the business.

A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered in exchange for information leading to the arrest of the person or group responsible for attack. Law enforcement will treat information provided with confidentiality. A tip line has been established to receive calls 24 hours, 7 days a week. The tip line number is 1-800-CALL FBI (1-800-225-5324).

Pasadena Police and the FBI are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect, but remind the public to not take action to detain or contact the suspect. This person should be considered dangerous. If seen, please contact local law enforcement promptly. Persons may also contact the Pasadena Police Department 24/7 at (626) 744-4241.

Attached is a still photo of the suspect, along with a YouTube link of the security video. (50 seconds) (13 seconds)

For More Information:
Lt. Jesse Carrillo: 626-744-4517
FBI PIO Laura Eimiller: 310-996-3343
Watch Commander: 626-744-4620

Mar 21 2017
Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams Tour – Rose Bowl Pasadena October 6, 2017 @coldplay #AHFODtour @RoseBowlStadium

Tickets for the Oct 6 LA Rose Bowl show go on general sale at 10am local time on Friday, March 24 from


Tickets Here:


Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams Tour
Fri 10/6 @ 7pm
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Mar 21 2017
Pasadena Arbor Day 2017 – March 25, 2017

No automatic alt text available.You are invited to participate as 24 trees will be planted during this year’s Arbor Day. Event will include FREE mulch, tree care information, information about the city’s environmental programs. Wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. If possible, bring gloves and a shovel! RSVP by 3/23/17 with the Citizens Service Center at 626-744-7311 or by emailing Presented by The City of Pasadena Department of Public Works and Pasadena Beautiful Foundation.

842 E Howard St, Pasadena, CA 91104-2351


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