Jan 9 2020
City of Pasadena Council and Mayor Race 2020

The upcoming 2020 election for Pasadena mayor and council seats is heating up.

For mayor current Mayor Terry Tornek is being challenged by Councilmember Victor Gordo, Gordo is currently councilmember for District 5.

District 1 – Tyron Hampton, currently vice-mayor, has no challenger,
District 2 – Margaret McAustin not running after 13 years as a council member, there’s at least four candidates in the run, Felicia Williams, Kevin Litwin, Tricia Keane, Bo Patatian.
District 3 – John Kennedy –
District 4 – Gene Masuda is running for re-election, but has at least three candidates running for the seat. Kevin Wheeler, Joe Baghadlian, Charlotte “char” Bland.
District 5 – With Victor Gordo running for mayor, there’s currently no candidates who have filed.
District 6 – Steve Madison is running for relelection, but has at least two candidates running against him, Ryan Bell and Tamerlin Godley
District 7 – Andy Wilson – current council member, running for re-election?

Candidates for Mayor:
Terry Tornek – Current Mayor
Victor Gordo – current District 5 Councilmember
Major Williams
Jason Hardin

District 2 and 4 appear to be the most competitive races, with district 2 candidate Felicia Williams a likely winner, and District 4 most likely Gene Masuda being reelected.

For Mayor, the most likely winner will be Victor Gordo, with past Mayor Bill Boggard as compaign manager and Gordo’s many years of experience in the city including the Rose Bowl Operating Company(RBOC) and a recognizable name in the community.

Upcoming debates and forums:

January 14, 2020
Pasadena Mayoral Candidates
Forum on the Environment — January 14

The Arroyo Seco Foundation will host the Pasadena Mayoral Candidates Forum on the Environment to be held in the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut St. in Pasadena on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The theme of the event will be “How Green Should Pasadena Be?” Topics to be covered will include climate change, the Arroyo Seco and trees, among other issues of local concern.

The program will begin with a brief opening statement from each of the four candidates on their environmental record and views. The candidates include Jason Hardin, Victor Gordo, Major Williams and current Mayor Terry Tornek. Following the initial statements, there will be a panel of local environmental leaders who will ask questions of the candidates. The public will also be invited to ask questions of the candidates. The event will conclude at 8:30 pm.

The discussion is a timely event since the primary election for the Mayor’s race will be held on March 3, 2020. “We are pleased that all four candidates have confirmed their participation,” said Tim Brick, Managing Director of the Arroyo Seco Foundation, “and look forward to a lively discussion of critical environmental concerns and solutions.”

Feb 4, 2020:

Pasadena, CA — On February 4, 2020, Pasadena voters will gather at Robinson Recreation Center (1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave.) to attend the city’s first-ever youth-led Climate Action Forum. All mayoral and city council candidates have been invited to attend the forum and discuss their ideas and vision for how Pasadena can be a leader on the climate crisis and be a more sustainable, climate-resilient city.

“Pasadena is in a unique position to be a leader on the climate crisis, and cities like ours have a responsibility to lead during a period of federal inaction,” said Ozzy Simpson, a senior at Sequoyah School and co-organizer of the Pasadena Climate Action Forum. “Local, systemic change—such as enhanced public transportation systems, cleaner and renewable energy, and energy-efficient buildings—from mayors and city councilmembers is required.”

For the first time in Pasadena history, the forum’s moderating panel will be composed entirely of people under the age of 35, highlighting that young people have the most at stake in addressing the climate crisis. Pasadena’s youth vote is also expected to surge in the March 3 elections, given mobilizing issues like the climate crisis and Pasadena’s elections sharing the same ballot as higher-turnout statewide and primary elections.

Mayoral candidates will participate in their own portion of the forum from 6 to 7 PM, while city council candidates will participate from 7 to 8 PM. Prior to the forum, local environmental groups will table to share how concerned voters can get involved in their organizations.

The Pasadena Climate Action Forum builds on the recent momentum from local students who led the September 20 and December 6 climate strikes at Pasadena City Hall in an effort to make the city take serious action against the climate crisis. At the December 6 climate strike, three city council candidates and one mayoral candidate signed the Green New Deal pledge, committing themselves to championing the legislation on a federal and local level as well as not accepting donations of over $200 from the fossil fuel industry. The sitting mayor and councilmembers were asked by local students to sign the same pledge on December 9.

The Pasadena Climate Action Forum is being organized by an intergenerational coalition of local organizations concerned about the climate crisis, including the newly formed Sunrise Sequoyah hub, Pasadena Environmental Advocates, Day One, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, and more. If other organizations are interested in joining, please contact Ozzy and David at the numbers listed at the top of this press release.

RSVP to the Pasadena Climate Action Forum at sunrisesequoyah.org/ClimateActionForum

Pasadena Climate Action Forum
Start: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 • 5:00 PM
End: Tuesday, February 04, 2020 • 8:00 PM
Robinson Recreation Center• 1081 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Host Contact Info: info@sunrisesequoyah.org

Jan 9 2020
Vinotera Wine Store on Lake Closed

Vinotera has been several wine beer stores over the years, but appears to be closed with  sign clearly posted on the door.

Address: 102 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (626) 396-9234
Google still lists the location as open, an edit was submitted and hopefully they will update.

We are closed visit our website for online orders wine club and deals.



Jan 6 2020
Cafe Verde Pasadena Closes

Cafe Verde Pasadena Closes – sometime in the past month this location has closed. Tables are removed and there is no sign on te door.

Website is not working.

We believe the same owner owns another restaurant in South Pasadena.

General Manager
David Kirchen
Culinary Team
Adam Ramirez (Chef), David Kirchen and Cecilio Murillo co-owners
Jan 5 2020
Pasadena Police Community Police Academy @PasadenaPD
Community Police Academy

The Pasadena Police Department is now accepting applications to join the upcoming Community Police Academy class. See attached flyer. The class is scheduled to run from February 27th – April 16th on Thursday nights from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. If you would like an application, please contact me at spresley@cityofpasadena.net or 626.744.7650. The Community Police Academy (CPA) is an informative, eight-week classroom series that gives an inside look at Pasadena Police operations while discussing the principles of community policing. The purpose of the class is to promote a greater awareness and better understanding of local law enforcement’s continuously changing role in the community. Presented in a friendly, casual environment, the class covers a wide variety of subject areas including police communications, criminal law and procedures (laws of arrest), street crime enforcement/investigations, field identification, weaponless defense training, youth programs and more. The course concludes with a graduation dinner, where students receive a certificate of completion. Requirements: •Minimum 18 years of age •Live, work or own property in Pasadena •No felony convictions •No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application The class is limited to 50 people. *Community Police Academy is not intended to make the participant a police officer nor does the acceptance of an application guarantee a placement in the class.

PDF Flyer

Jan 5 2020
Lineage Dance Company New Theater in Pasadena @LineageDance

Lineage Dance Company New Theater in Pasadena

Under construction with completion tbd, work continues on the facility location shared by CVS.

The location seems prime for bringing something cultural to the area.

According to the permit #6728 with the City of Pasadena the use is approved for 78 -seat theater and 2,638 sq ft class room facility and will be used for live performance, music or acting classes. Hours are 7am to 10pm daily.  This information is from April 17, 2019.  Work continues.

We look forward to the addition to our neighborhood.



Jan 4 2020
Equelecua Cuban Vegan Cafe Hosts Free Tasting Event Pasadena @626food
Equelecua Cuban Vegan Cafe Hosts Free Tasting Event Pasadena @626foodEquelecua Cuban Vegan Cafe, a Pasadena favorite, is holding a tasting event at Eats on Madison, samples of their Cuban cafecito and tropical hand-made sodas, as well as debuting Brittanie Adaire Baking Co.’s vegan banana bread!

Eats on Madison (55 S. Madison)

Free samples from 3-6pm.


EQUELECUÁ CUBAN VEGAN CAFÉ is joining the family of restaurants that serve from EATS ON MADISON in Pasadena.  Join us from 2pm-6pm for a meet and greet  with our new staff, as well as some good music, giveaways, and free food samples.






Jan 3 2020
Southern California Museums Annual Free-For-All Day Jan 25, 2020 Los Angeles @SoCalMuseums

Museums Annual Free-For-All Day

Watch segment on KTLA

SoCal Museums President Jennifer Caballero Previews Museums With Free Admission on January 25

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Over 40 museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend free of charge.

Participating Museums 

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

American Museum of Ceramic Art

Automobile Driving Museum

Autry Museum of the American West

Bowers Museum

The Broad*

California African American Museum

California Science Center

Cayton Children’s Museum

Columbia Memorial Space Center

Craft Contemporary

Descanso Gardens

Forest Lawn Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art

Getty Center Museum

Getty Villa Museum

Glendora Historical Society

Hammer Museum

Heroes Hall Veterans Museum


Japanese American National Museum

Kidspace Children’s Museum

La Brea Tar Pits

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes


Los Angeles County Fire Museum

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles)

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art)

Pomona College Museum of Art

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

(Please note free admission is for the museum only, not the Sea Center.)

Skirball Cultural Center

Sunnylands Center & Gardens

The International Printing Museum

The Wende Museum

Torrance Art Museum

USC Fisher Museum of Art

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Valley Relics Museum

*At The Broad, special exhibition Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, will be free along with general admission on Saturday, January 25 only.

**The Museum of Tolerance will be participating on Sunday, January 26 only.

This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply at each museum. Consult individual museum websites for hours, directions, and other visitor information.

Download Press Release

Jan 3 2020
8th Annual Latin Food Fest Los Angeles @latinfoodfest @626food

8th annual Latin Food Fest

America’s Premier Hispanic Culinary Celebration

Now in its eighth year, ¡Latin Food Fest! (www.latinfoodfest.com) draws a diversity of attendees while helping to raise awareness and funds for the fight against hunger.


Taking place in Los Angeles March 27-28, San Diego August 15-16, Dallas September 11-13, and Miami December 4-5, the 2020 festivities includes Spirits Fest, Gran Tasting, and Supper Club, so our partners have a variety of opportunities to activate at America’s Premier Hispanic Culinary Celebration!

Jan 1 2020
Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year 2020!

The Year of the Rat.

Dec 19 2019
Anayas Pasadena Opens – Newest Mexican Restaurant @AnayasPasadena @626food




Monday thru Sunday, 7am to 11pm.

The newest restaurant from the Anaya family, bringing authentic flavors of Mexico 🇲🇽 to Pasadena.

630 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 91101



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