News from around the City of Pasadena.
By News Desk
Pasadena City Council
– On Monday, December 4, the Pasadena City Council adopted code amendments to boost the local life science industry.
– On Monday, December 13, the City Council passed an ordinance to establish the Pasadena Rental Housing Board (PRHB) as a city department.
– Steve Madison was installed as the City’s Vice Mayor to officiate in the Mayor’s absence at council meetings and events. His appointment was controversial. Details here.
Pasadena Acquires Kaiser Property in Partnership with L.A. County
The City of Pasadena and the County of Los Angeles moved one step closer to providing needed health services and affordable housing to the community. The City of Pasadena has taken formal ownership of the 2.5 acre site located at the southeast corner of Lake Avenue and Villa Street. The City plans to develop a new affordable housing project with ground floor retail and underground parking. The County will use approximately 12,000 square feet for County-provided primary care health services and/or outpatient mental health services.
Pasadena Firefighters/Union purchased twenty trees and stands and dropped them off on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 17, at the NAACP Headquarters (595 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena 91103).
Pasadena Police Department
Three Black police officers filed claims against the city of Pasadena alleging discrimination by their own department. The City of Pasadena released a statement in response to the allegations: “There are at least two sides to every story, and complainants and their lawyers are free to take their side to the media. The City of Pasadena cannot respond in a public debate regarding the claims, as they involve personnel matters, which are confidential under California law. With that said, personnel complaints against any Pasadena police officers are investigated thoroughly and fairly, and all personnel throughout our ranks are always held accountable for their actions.”
Pasadena Water and Power
– New electric vehicle (“EV”) charging stations are now available at Shoppers Lane, near the corner of San Pasqual St. and South Mentor Ave. Click for details.
– PWP rebates for new plug-in EVs will end December 31, 2023. Click for details.
– Join Pasadena Water and Power for a virtual town hall and learn all about your water: where it comes from, what it takes to deliver it, how costs are recovered, and how to ensure sustainable and reliable delivery of safe, high-quality water services into the future. Assistant General Managers Lynne Chaimowitz, Finance and Administration, and Stacie Takeguchi, Water, will lead a presentation followed by Q&A.
Thursday, January 18 6:00 to 8:00 pm Via Zoom Join virtually or call (669) 444-9171 with the Zoom meeting ID: 886 669 61478.
– Pasadena’s Playhouse Village Foundation has inducted Patricia Barajas Tavera to its Board of Directors. Details here.
– Susan Miller Kotses, a highly regarded arts leader and champion for education and community engagement will assume post with the Pasadena-based Children’s Chorus on February 8, 2024. Details here.
– Assemblymember Chris Holden hosted his Annual Shoe Drive with key community partner, Shoes That Fit, to provide new athletic shoes to children in need. Details here.
– The Pasadena Senior Center has received a transformative $1.25 million donation from an anonymous donor – the largest gift to the center in the past 40 years. Details here.
Caltech and Broadcom announced a multi-year partnership to advance quantum science research and discoveries with the potential to seed innovative technologies and applications. Details here.
Running at Midnight on New Year’s Eve!
This coming year, for the first time, the Tournament of Roses has paired with lululemon to sponsor a 5K midnight run along the famed Rose Parade route. We’re first to report on it: Details here.
New Museum and Archives To Open in Pasadena!
The Mount Lowe Preservation Society hopes for the museum to be open in the fall of 2024. Details here.
Removal of On-Street Barriers for New Year’s Rose Parade
Pasadena will temporarily suspend outdoor dining due to the 2024 Rose Parade will take place on January I, 2024. The suspension of on-street dining applies only to permitted businesses on Colorado Blvd. along the parade route. Businesses on cross streets will not be affected.
Free Bus and Shuttle
The City of Pasadena offers free bus and shuttle rides on Pasadena Transit on Friday November 24, and Saturday, November 25, to help visitors, shoppers and diners enjoy the city with stress-free hassle without worrying about driving or finding a parking space during the holiday weekend.
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