Monthly Archives: August 2020
Aug 29 2020
Los Angeles Magazine’s The Food Event 2020, Sunday, October 25; 2 – 5pm @LAmag #lafoodevent

Sunday, October 25; 2 – 5 p.m.; Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu

Taste and sip from L.A.’s best restaurants, wineries, and more.

Join Los Angeles magazine at our 15th annual epicurean extravaganza, The Food Event 2020, set in the beauty of Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu Hills. This culinary experience features samplings from 40 of L.A.’s best restaurants, live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, boutique wines, spirits tastings, and more!

Date and Time

Sun, October 25, 2020

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

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Saddlerock Ranch, Malibu

31727 Mulholland Hwy

Malibu, CA 90265

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Aug 26 2020
Randy’s Donuts Coming to Pasadena Sept 2, 2020 Free Donuts @RandysDonutsLA @SouthLakeAvenue

The new Pasadena location is in a location that is soon to be joined by Five Guys Burgers.

The Pasadena location makes several locations that are

Official instagram for the World Famous Randy’s Donuts! Handmade Donuts since 1962! All locations are open! Torrance & Costa Mesa Opening Soon!

On Sept 2, at the Pasadena location, from 6am to 9pm get a free donut.

Address: 230 S Lake Ave Unit #2, Pasadena, CA 91101

Phone: (626) 365-1216

Guests can receive a free raised glazed donut from 6 a.m.-noon;

From noon to 9pm guests will need to follow Randy’s Donuts @randysdonutsla on Instagram to receive a free raised glazed donut.

Aug 21 2020
2nd Annual Margarita Showdown Sept 5, 2020 – HomeState’s 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown @myhomestate

HomeState’s 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown
happening via livestream
Sat, Sept 5th at 2pm

We are excited to present our 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown! This year, we have set everything up for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home 💚

The Showdown brings margs, music and people together to raise money for community organizations with some of our city’s most beloved Margarita Makers taking part in a lighthearted competition to determine who makes the BEST margarita in Los Angeles. The drinks will be paired with musical sets by Band Taco alumni including Chicano Batman, Spoon and Questlove. All proceeds from the Showdown benefit our partners, No Us Without You! and Watts Empowerment Center. Our friends at ChowNow are matching every dollar raised up to $10,000.

This year, we’ll be sharing the event live on while you sit back, relax and drink your flight of margs curated from around the city. This year’s lineup includes:

Cristela Alonzo

El Carmen 
El Compadre 
El Condor 
Gold Line 
Gracias Madre  
Las Perlas 

Petty Cash 

Chicano Batman
Local Natives

Angela Muñoz
Fred Armisen
& more!

The Showdown livestream is FREE and OPEN TO ALL at For the margs, we are offering Showdown Margarita Packages featuring the festival’s marg competitors. Packages are $50 each, available for pre-order and include:

  • (8) Glass bottles of 4oz margaritas curated from around the city
  • (2) Limes
  • Garnishing salt
  • HomeState reusable metal straw 
  • Keepsake Margarita Showdown glass

Here’s how the Showdown works:

  • Pre-order your Showdown Margarita Package on Eventbrite
  • Pick up your Package from HomeState Highland Park on Sat, Sept 5th
  • Stream the show live at 2pm while drinking your margs
  • Vote for your favorite local Marg Maker as they share their drinks and stories between performances by Chicano Batman, Questlove, Spoon, Local Natives, Angela Muñoz, Fred Armisen and more!

Throughout the program, we will be sharing information about the festival’s beneficiaries and ways to support their activism. In just 5 weeks, the HomeState community has raised $16,341.20 for our partners, No Us Without You! and Watts Empowerment through sales of our Chicano Batman Band Taco and we hope to raise much more with this event!

Pre-order your margs, mark your calendar and head to for more details on the event.


HomeState Hollywood
4624 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
M-SUN • 8am-8pm

HomeState Highland Park
5611 N. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042
M-SUN • 8am-8pm

HomeState Playa Vista
Temporarily Closed
Hope to be back soon!

Aug 20 2020
Letter From John Kennedy to the Community Concerning the Officer Involved Shooting of Mr. Anthony McClain

View here in the original format.

Mr Kennedy makes some very legitimate points that should be taken seriously.  Many are very upset and the consequences of actions could lead to embroil the city into a crises that could make the climate for healing and moving for possible and make it very difficult. Living a few blocks away from the scene is not only disturbing but concerning.  And the need for Pasadena Police Dept oversight and community involvement is critical.  Yes, there are officers that make mistakes and yes there are officers who react to situations.  I encourage all community members to participate in the Citizen Police Academy this is a crucial program to learn how the dept works and the challenges it faces.  This incident must be investigated swiftly.  How is it that the officer with the body camera was able to turn off the camera?  Why is it taking so long to release footage from and a preliminary report of the incident?  The incident took place on August 15, 2020, is there a deadline being set by those who are in charge?  Are the mayor and city manager helping to expedite? Is the city council putting pressure on the those who can move this forward putting pressure?   Lots of questions, hopefully there will be answers soon.



August 20, 2020

Dear Pasadena,


I have viewed what videos and photographs that were shared with me by City Manager Steve Mermell of the Offìcer-Involved Shooting of Mr. Anthony McClain that took place on Saturday, 15 August. Mr. McClain’s death is tragic.

Some may seek to demean Mr. McClain to dehumanize his existence. But the fair-minded will acknowledge Mr. McClain’s humanity and deep connections to Pasadena. Mr. McClain literally may have hundreds of relatives in The Greater Pasadena Area. Mr. McClain leaves behind 2 young children. I have spoken to Mr. McClain’s 89-year-old grandmother and his stepmother. Quite naturally, both are upset and desire a comprehensive investigation of what happened. I provide my heartfelt condolences to Mr. Anthony McClain’s Family.

The facts surrounding the shooting are unfortunate and extremely troubling to me. There are many unanswered questions and the shooting, policies of the police department, body-worn cameras, and training of our police personnel must undergo thorough and impartial examination.

I do not have all of the facts at this point. However, please know that I urged Police Chief John Perez and City Manager Steve Mermell to release and publish prominently, with all deliberate speed, all audio and video of the incident in the possession of the Pasadena Police Department.

The Pasadena Police Department will investigate the officer-involved shooting and facts that pertain to the shooting to determine if the shooting was within or outside of policy. The District Attorney’s office will decide whether the actions of the officer involved in the shooting were justified or not. The District Attorney’s office is the only agency tasked with making such a determination on criminal charges, unless the Federal Bureau of Investigation has an active role in investigating the matter.

City Manager Steve Mermell will engage outside professionals to review the findings of the Pasadena Police Department concerning the incident and will make the report public.

The investigations of the officer-involved shooting have already begun. They will take time and I am requesting that the processes be expedited, but thorough.

It remains my hope that the City Council will, without delay, swiftly adopt meaningful and real community oversight of the Pasadena Police Department.


Respectfully yours,

John J. Kennedy, Chair (Speaking for myself.) Public Safety Committee

100 North Garfield Avenue, Room S228 • Pasadena, California 91101 (626) 744-4738 • Fax (626) 744-3814


Aug 20 2020
Aedes Mosquitoes Trap Study @SGVMosquito

Aedes Mosquito Trap Study

Dear Bite Back Champion,

We’re launching a study to improve the way we detect and trap day-biting Aedes mosquitoes in your neighborhood, and we need your help!

We’re looking for homes where we can place two small, non-toxic outdoor traps for the month of September.

These traps are called ovicups, and they collect mosquito eggs. A technician will place them in front of your home, then visit each week to remove the eggs. There will not be an increase in mosquitoes due to this study.

With this study, we hope to learn whether brand new plastic is attractive to Aedes mosquitoes, or if it must be aged before they use it as breeding habitat. This knowledge will help our agency be more effective at reducing mosquito sources and make your communities more bite-free.

If you can participate in this opportunity, please click the button below.

I’m interested in participating
Thank you!

Dr. Aviva Goldmann
Vector Ecologist
San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District
1145 N. Azusa Canyon Road
West Covina, CA 91790



Aug 20 2020
Tell @FCC No Data Caps For Spectrum Charter Customers Internet Data Caps

Spectrum/Charter is hard at work crafting ways to petition the FCC to allow them to bypass the agreement that was made when Charter acquired Time Warner Cable.

Now the FCC appears to be paying attention and some consumer groups as well as some content providers are supporting the movement to block and prevent Charter from imposing data caps.

If you are a Charter/Spectrum customer take a few minutes to learn about another crafty move the company is trying to pull over on customers.

Don’t delay as Sept 2, 2020 is the current deadline for public comment.   There’s even a letter you can edit before submitting, you can always write your own as well.

Here’s a letter written by Phillip Dampier Founder and President of Stop the Cap!

3003 Elmwood AvenueRochester, New York 14618-2021(585) 484-1100e-mail:

This is the best directions for filing a complaint with the FCC.

You have until Sept 2 to file, but do it today. Let the FCC know that this sort of action by large corporations is not going to be tolerated.  See pubic notice here.

Call to Action! Tell the FCC “No” to Charter Spectrum on Data Caps!


Aug 14 2020
Disloyal, A Memoir by Michael Cohen – The Foreword: The Real Real Donald Trump @MichaelCohen212

A Memoir by Michael Cohen

Forward free download here

This book almost didn’t see the light of day as
government officials tried to bar its publication.

Preorder your copy here

Judge Orders Cohen Release, Citing ‘Retaliation’ Over Tell-All Book.
A judge agreed that federal officials had returned Michael D. Cohen to prison because he wanted to publish a book about President Trump.

The New York Times

I make the finding that the purpose of transferring Mr. Cohen from furlough and home confinement to jail is retaliatory. And it’s retaliatory because of his desire to exercise his First Amendment rights to publish a book and to discuss anything about the book or anything else he wants on social media and with others.

Judge Alvin K. Hellersteinof Federal District Court

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released from prison, again, after judge says book ban was retaliation.


The idea Michael Cohen is sitting in solitary confinement because he won’t sign papers committing not to publish a book is unfathomable. This is the United States of America. We don’t send people to solitary confinement because they want to write a book.


Michael Cohen’s book to allege Trump made racist comments about Obama and Nelson Mandela, lawsuit says.

The Washington Post

Michael Cohen was sent back to prison as a retaliatory act over tell-all book about Trump, federal judge rules.

USA Today

Aug 7 2020
Skirball Suppers & Skirball Stages: Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil – Virtual Concert @Skirball_LA

Celebrate global artistry and join us for this can’t-miss virtual concert event! Featuring Los Angeles native Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7) of Seoul, South Korea, Skirball Stages invites you to enjoy an uplifting evening of modern music from stages near and far.

Known for her funky, soul-driven pop and commanding vocals, Gavin Turek takes the stage in the Skirball’s spectacular Taper Courtyard—a one-of-a-kind backdrop beloved by music fans across LA. Ethereal and crooning, Turek will give an intimate performance that harkens back to the very best of ’80s and ’90s R&B. Be swept off your feet as Turek stuns with new tracks and old favorites.

Halfway around the world, in a set specially filmed for Skirball Stages, ADG7 will captivate you with their energetic and playful performance. Described by The New York Times as a “giddy show band with all the trappings of K-pop,” this spirited nine-piece breathes new life into the sacred, shamanic, and secular gut (ritual music) and minyo (folk song) traditions of the Hwanghae-do region—now a part of North Korea.

More than a performance, this special will take you behind the scenes with the artists for a look at their musical processes, aspirations, and hopes for the future. In exclusive interviews, tune in as the artists reflect on the power of music to connect across cultures, honor generations past, and inspire perseverance during challenging times.

Can’t make the streaming event? No worries! Skirball Stages: Gavin Turek and Ak Dan Gwang Chil will be available to view on the Skirball’s YouTube channel through November 29, 2020.

Make it dinner and a show! Before settling in for showtime, swing by the Skirball campus to pick up a meal prepared by the Skirball’s culinary experts. Our take-home Skirball Suppers feature mouthwatering dishes inspired by Korean cuisine. View the prix-fixe menu and preorder starting August 4. Select recipes from the innovative August 29 menu will also be shared online for at-home preparation.


Skirball Suppers – Pickup

Enjoy this delicious 3-course dinner.

Heirloom cherry tomato and silken tofu salad with shiso leaf and sherry vinegar (V)

Choose one per person:
Soy-braised black cod with Korean radish, crown daisy leaf, and enoki mushroom garnish (GF)

King oyster mushroom and gochujang (red chili paste)-marinated tofu with braised collard greens (V)

Braised beef short-ribs in the sweet and savory style of galbi jjim

All Sides Included
Short-grain steamed rice (V)
Nappa cabbage kimchi and green bean kimchi (V)
Roasted local summer squash (V) (GF)
Sweet stir-fried Yukon gold potatoes (gamja bokkeum) (V)

Slice of strawberry green tea cheesecake with macerated strawberries (Vegan for each vegan entrée order)
Bag of “K-POP-corn”


  • Prepaid pickup for parties of 1 to 10


$42 per person
Pickup times are available from 5:30pm to 7:45pm leading up to the 8pm virtual concert. The availability of pickup times may vary as more orders are placed.
The those who RSVP will receive a link to the virtual online concert.  RSVP and receive content.

Aug 5 2020
Virtual Repair Cafe Sign-up Pasadena
Virtual Repair Cafe Sign-up
Thank you for your interest in our virtual Repair Cafe! We will host the Repair Cafe on Zoom on Saturday, 8/8, beginning at 12PM. Our first session begins at 12:15; please arrive at 12:00 for our welcome and to troubleshoot any minor tech issues.
Our virtual Repair Cafe has a different format than previous RCs. Rather than fixing individual items, our volunteers will demonstrate useful skills that you can follow along with at home.

We will have five 20-minute sessions with two different skill demonstrations per session. Please sign up for one skill demonstration per session so that we can predict how many people are interested in each session. The materials that are needed for each demonstration are listed below, if you want to follow along at home.

After signing up, you will receive an email with a link to our Zoom meeting; you will need to use the link to attend the meeting. We will send out the link on the evening of Friday, 8/7. Please make sure to sign up before then to make sure that you get the link!

Aug 3 2020
Pasadena National Night “In” Together Virtual Town Hall Meeting National Night “In” Together Tue, Aug 4, 2020 5PM

National Night “In” Together Virtual Town Hall Meeting

National Night “In” Together

Tue, Aug 4, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Join Chief of Police John E. Perez, Mayor Terry Tornek, City Manager Steve Mermell, and Interim Fire Chief Bryan Frieders for an evening of information and dialogue during this year’s National Night “In” on Tuesday, August 4th from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  This virtual town hall will highlight the community’s commitment to crime prevention and dedication to promoting a higher quality of life for all of our residents.


Join our police and fire chiefs, mayor and city manager for a virtual town hall event. Space is limited, so sign in early. The meeting will highlight our community’s commitment to crime prevention and our dedication to promoting a higher quality of life for all residents. Meeting URL: Webinar ID: 827 2684 0699 Dial-In option: (669) 900-6833

To join, visit, web access: 827 2684 0699. To join by phone, dial (669) 900-6833. 


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