Monthly Archives: December 2020
Dec 28 2020
Pasadena Christmas Tree Recycling 2020
For 2020 Christmas tree recycling.
Drop off your Christmas tree for #recycling at Eaton Blanche Park (3100 E Del Mar Blvd.) or Robinson Park (1081 N Fair Oaks Ave.) between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. through Jan. 4. Please remove all stands, ornaments and lights prior to drop-off.
Curbside Christmas tree pickup will take place Jan. 4 through Jan. 15 on your regular pickup day.
Dec 28 2020
THE ROSE PARADE’S NEW YEAR CELEBRATION PRESENTED BY HONDA 2021 @RoseParade #pasadena #RoseParadeReimagined

Although there will not be a Rose Parade with all the floats and bands and live in person special performances, there will be a special presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.


PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 8, 2020) – Get ready to welcome the New Year with stars of the screen, stage and sports! Today the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced special performances and celebrity guests for “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda,” airing with our six broadcast partners on New Year’s Day.

The reimagined celebration of the New Year will feature stellar musical entertainment and exciting celebrity guest appearances. For fans of country music, television, Broadway and sports – there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Musical performances by:

  • Sheryl Crow – 9-time GRAMMY® award winner with more than 50 million albums sold
  • Mickey Guyton – country singer-songwriter and historic GRAMMY® Award nominee
  • Tori Kelly – multi-GRAMMY® Award winner, singer-songwriter
  • Lady A – multi-Platinum, seven-time GRAMMY® award-winning country trio
  • Rascal Flatts – the most awarded country group of the last decade
  • The War and Treaty – eclectic, soulful, husband-and-wife duo, one of Nashville’s breakout acts

Celebrity Guest appearances by:

  • Daddy Yankee – multi award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer​​​
  • Shanola Hampton – star of “Shameless” on Showtime
  • Laurie Hernandez – Olympic Gold and Silver medalist, 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Gymnastics Team
  • Emeril Lagasse – chef, restaurateur, TV personality and author
  • Matt Leinart – 2019 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee, former NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner
  • Rita Moreno – Emmy®, GRAMMY®, Oscar® and Tony® (EGOT) award winner
  • Dascha Polanco – star of Netflix hit, “Orange is the New Black”
  • Vin Scully – voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for more than 65 years
  • Gary Sinise – actor, philanthropist and 2018 Rose Parade Grand Marshal

Past Rose Parade Grand Marshals Emeril Lagasse and Gary Sinise will both be featured in the special. Gary will open the show and Emeril will shake us up with his favorite New Year’s Day cocktail.

The TV entertainment special – “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda,” will also feature marching band performances, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, special Rose Bowl Game® football highlights, equestrians, spectacular floats from years past, a behind-the-scenes look into the making of a float and New Year’s wishes from fans around the world.

The special will air on ABC, Hallmark Channel, KTLA, NBC and RFD-TV at 8 a.m. PST and on Univision at 7 a.m. PST on January 1, 2021. In order to limit travel and ensure the safety of our talent, these performance segments were filmed at iconic locations around the country; Grand Ole Opry and the Rose Bowl Stadium. To keep everyone safe, all new footage for the special was filmed using the strictest COVID safety protocols.

Learn more about announced special performances and celebrity guests at


PASADENA, Calif. (Dec. 16, 2020) – The new year is almost here and we’re getting ready to celebrate with some of our most spectacular floats and floral décor! Today the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® announced the nine featured segments appearing in “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda.” Each segment will spotlight award-winning float participants and sponsors, their Rose Parade legacy and their commitment to the community. Some have been Rose Parade mainstays for decades, while others are just getting started on the annual procession down Colorado Boulevard.

  • Cal Poly Universities – A behind-the-scenes look into the making of a float
  • City of Hope – Celebrating doctors, nurses, cancer survivors and new beginnings
  • Dole Packaged Foods – highlighting its efforts to bring access to sustainable nutrition for 1 billion people by 2025
  • Donate Life – Presenting a floral sculpture to honor organ and tissue donors, as well as healthcare heroes who make the gift of life possible
  • FTD – Contributing their iconic floral décor in the Rose Parade for nearly 70 years
  • Honda – Celebrating more than 60 years of innovation and commitment to helping others
  • Kaiser Permanente – Honoring health care heroes and a healthy, thriving world
  • Trader Joe’s – Saluting store Crew Members who are nourishing their neighborhoods, every day
  • The UPS Store – Highlighting their dedication to literacy, providing children resources to read

The TV entertainment special – “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration presented by Honda” – will also feature special musical performances, marching bands, heartwarming segments related to the Rose Parade, special Rose Bowl Game® football highlights, equestrians and New Year’s wishes from fans around the world. Viewers can also experience elements from past parades virtually through an augmented reality experience exclusively from Honda on Snapchat.

The Tournament of Roses has partnered with six broadcasters to air the two-hour TV entertainment special on New Year’s Day. The show will air during the time slot traditionally reserved for live coverage of the Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The special will air on ABC, Hallmark Channel, KTLA, NBC and RFD-TV at 8 a.m. PST and on Univision at 7 a.m. PST on January 1, 2021. To keep everyone safe, all new footage for the special was filmed using the strictest COVID-19 safety protocols.

Dec 22 2020
Apple Releases iOS 14.3 #ios #iphone

iOS 14.3 includes support for Apple Fitness+ and AirPods Max. This release also adds the ability to capture photos in Apple ProRAW on iPhone 12 Pro, introduces Privacy information on the App Store, and includes other features and bug fixes for your iPhone.


Apple Fitness+

  • A new fitness experience powered by Apple Watch with studio-style workouts available on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV (Apple Watch Series 3 and later)
  • New Fitness app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to browse Fitness+ workouts, trainers, and personalized recommendations
  • Video workouts added each week in ten popular workout types: High Intensity Interval Training, Indoor Cycling, Yoga, Core, Strength, Dance, Rowing, Treadmill Walking, Treadmill Running, and Mindful Cooldown
  • Playlists curated by Fitness+ trainers to complement your workout
  • Fitness+ subscription available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States


AirPods Max

  • Support for AirPods Max, new over-ear headphones
  • High fidelity audio for rich sound
  • Adaptive EQ adapts sound in real time to the personal fit of ear cushions
  • Active Noise Cancellation to block out environmental noise
  • Transparency mode to hear the environment around you
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for a theater-like listening experience



  • Apple ProRAW photos can be captured on iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple ProRAW photos can be edited in the Photos app
  • Option to record video at 25 fps
  • Mirror the front facing camera for still photos on iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X



  • New privacy information section on App Store pages that includes a developer-reported summary of the app’s privacy practices


TV app

  • An all-new Apple TV+ tab makes it easy to discover and watch Apple Original shows and movies
  • Enhanced search so you can browse by category such as genre, and see recent searches and suggestions as you type
  • Top search results shown with the most relevant matches across movies, TV shows, cast, channels, and sports


App Clips

  • Support for launching App Clips by scanning Apple-designed App Clip Codes via Camera or from Control Center



  • Ability to indicate pregnancy, lactation, or contraceptive use in Cycle Tracking in the Health app in order to better manage period and fertile window predictions



  • Air quality data is now available in Weather, Maps, and Siri for locations in China mainland
  • Air quality health recommendations are provided in Weather and Siri for the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, India, and Mexico at certain air quality levels



  • Ecosia search engine option in Safari


This release also addresses the following issues:

  • Some MMS messages may not be received
  • Some Messages notifications may not be received
  • Contact groups failed to display members when composing a message
  • Some videos would not appear correctly when shared from the Photos app
  • App folders may fail to open
  • Spotlight search results, and opening apps from Spotlight may not work
  • Bluetooth could be unavailable in Settings
  • Devices could be prevented from charging wirelessly
  • MagSafe Duo Charger could wirelessly charge your iPhone at less than the maximum power
  • Wireless accessories and peripherals using the WAC protocol could fail to complete setup
  • The keyboard would dismiss when adding a list in Reminders while using VoiceOver


Some features may not be available for all regions or on all Apple devices. For information on the security content of Apple software updates, please visit this website:

Dec 4 2020
LA County Launches Holiday COVID-19 Home Test Collection Pilot


December 4, 2020


Los Angeles County Joint Information Center – COVID-19

LA County Launches Holiday COVID-19 Home Test Collection Pilot

LA County begins home test collection program to reduce COVID-19 spread during the holidays

LOS ANGELES — LA County launched a new COVID-19 home test collection program today, which allows certain County residents to do free testing from the comfort of their own homes.

The home test collection program will run from December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021. It aims to help address the current surge in demand for testing and reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season when people may risk exposure. Individuals can have testing kits mailed to their home if they:

  • Have COVID-19 symptoms; or
  • Were recently in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is suspected of having it; or
  • Are a senior or person with disabilities who feel they were exposed to COVID-19, but are unable to go to a testing site.

“As the surge in cases and hospitalizations continues, LA County is trying innovative ways to meet the testing demand and stem the community spread of the virus,” said Dr. Clemens Hong, who oversees COVID-19 testing for LA County under the Department of Health Services.

“We are doing everything we can to make sure testing is available to all,” Hong said. “This allows us to reach even more people – and they don’t have to risk exposing others by leaving their homes. It’s an important step for combatting the virus in LA County.”

The week before Thanksgiving, almost half a million tests were performed in LA County at over 180 community testing sites, hospitals, clinics, and other facilities.

The temporary program will use Picture COVID-19, an FDA-approved home collection test developed by Fulgent Genetics, Inc. For information on how to register, individuals should go to the county COVID-19 testing site. If they qualify, Fulgent Genetics will ship a collection kit to their home within two days.

Individuals taking the test at home should follow the directions to collect the sample and take it to a FedEx drop box the same day or have someone take it to a drop box on their behalf. Individuals will receive the results by e-mail within two days. While waiting for the testing kit and the results, individuals should continue following public health guidance on staying home and avoiding contact with others.

The COVID-19 Home Test Collection Pilot launch comes after Thanksgiving weekend, when some may have been exposed to COVID-19 while celebrating or shopping. A modified safer-at-home order took effect Monday, Nov. 30 that advises people to stay at home as much as possible and places new restrictions on gatherings and businesses.

To learn more about COVID-19 testing in LA County, visit

About DHS

The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) is the second largest municipal health system in the nation. Through its integrated system of 27 health centers and four hospitals – and expanded network of community partner clinics – DHS annually provides direct care for over 600,000 unique patients, employs over 23,000 staff, and has an annual budget of over $6 billion. For additional information regarding DHS please visit

About Fulgent Genetics

Since March 2020, Fulgent Genetics has commercially launched several tests for the detection of COVID-19. The company has received Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the RT-PCR-based tests for COVID-19 detection, including home collection testing.

Dec 2 2020
COVID-19 Testing at ChapCare Pasadena

COVID-19 Testing at ChapCare

ChapCare Kathryn Barger Health Center

…..At this time, ChapCare is prioritizing COVID-19 testing for its patients. ChapCare is currently offering COVID-19 testing at its Fair Oaks Health Center in Pasadena. Testing is by appointment only. If you feel that you have concerning symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please contact ChapCare today at 626-398-6300 to schedule a telephone appointment with a provider to begin the process.

…..Community members can access COVID-19 testing through OptumServe, a leading health services innovation company under contract with the State of California. Optum is currently offering COVID-19 testing at two ChapCare locations (our Vacco Health Center in South El Monte and our Kathryn Barger Health Center in Pasadena). Appointments, testing, and results are overseen by OptumServe. You can schedule an appointment by visiting For those without internet, appointments can be made by calling (888) 634-1123.