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The State of Black Pasadena 2010 - Part III

African American news from Pasadena - Artist Jan L. Jackson's abstract rendition of Black life revolving around Pasadena City Hall We introduce the 2010 State of Black Pasadena Report with the same preamble as the 2009 report except to add Fannie Lou Hammer's famous line that we are "sick and tired of being sick and tired" of the same old treatment that guarantees Black American's the position at the bottom of the barrel, no matter how much we do or how much we accomplish or contribute. In Part I [April 15, 2010], we discussed EDUCATION. Last week, in Part II [April 22, 2010] we discussed SECURITY AND SAFETY. This week we discuss ECONOMICS.



Like much of America's business climate, the business climate of Black Pasadena is like a patient coming out of intensive care. Each week brings news of a new business that closes and another that opens. A drive down Pasadena streets will lead a visitor to few African American owned businesses that have survived for ten years or more.

Black owned restaurants are few. Most notably are Roscoe's Chicken 'N Waffles on North Lake in Pasadena and Bill's Chicken on North Lincoln in Altadena. Dutch Oven Bakery and Park Bench Deli have served on North Lake for over twenty years. Others are notable for their lack of visibility through Pasadena's Black owned media - the Journal which celebrated its twentieth year of operating in the area.

A wide range of Beauty and Barber shops have served the community for ten, twenty, and thirty years. Katey's Beauty Salons with two locations to serve their customers in business for over ten years provides a full range of services at their Lake Avenue and Washington Avenue salons. At the southern end of Pasadena Head Trip Salon and Boutique provides a full line of hair care services. Luke Walker's Barber and Beauty Salon is complete with a Beauty Supply. This multifaceted business is owned by community Icon Luke Walker and is located in the center of the community at Fair Oaks and Orange Grove. The Braid Affair owned and operated by Malika Hendry is a longstanding hair care establishment. The owner, in addition to providing services to the community, has provided the same quality services to the movie industry and trains others how to perform specialized braiding and weaving.

The Woods Valentine Mortuary has celebrated more than eighty years of doing business in Pasadena. This family owned business continues to serve the needs of the community through generational leadership changes. Merit Cleaners on East Mariposa is another family owned business which has been passed down from father to daughters. This full service cleaners is a community landmark located at the popular Mariposa /Lake shopping center owned by local developers Bill and Brenda Galloway.


Caple Brothers Construction and Andrew Oliver and Associates are two locally owned and operated construction businesses providing a wide range of construction and property development services to Pasadenans.

The African American community is well represented in the realty business. Westlyn Realty is owned and operated by the mother, daughter team of Juanita Tillman and daughter Lynette West. The Hen's Teeth Square is home to Henderson Realty operated by Jeanette Henderson and her daughter Deanna. This center houses more than ten other businesses including a television station stuido for Channels 55/56, owned by an African American.

In the professions, Pasadena is home to Dental professionals including the father and son team of Dr. Byron Spears and son, Dr. Jason Spears. Their offices are located near the Huntington Hospital complex.

Dr. Walter Spears (no relation to Dr. Byron Spears) is one of the pioneers in family medicine in Pasadena. His offices are located on Washington Boulevard. Long time practicing pediatrician, Dr. Rodney Richard, whose practice was located on Fair Oaks in Pasadena, has passed the mantle on to his and daughter Dr. Leslie Richard.

African American attorneys in Pasadena provide a full range of services from Criminal practice, Real Estate, Family Law, Juvenile, and Estate planning. Their advertisements may be found weekly in The Journal and include Attorney Gabrielle Woods, Attorney Marlene Cooper, Attorney Pam Decatur as well as Journal Publisher Attorney Joe Hopkins.

Many home based businesses dot the Pasadena landscape. Artist Jan Jackson provides brochure designs as well as other art services including portraits. The Alta/Pasa Cut-Ups provide beautiful works of art in the quilts they make.

The businesses mentioned here are not exhaustive. These businesses understand the need to advertise and have utilized The Journal as a vehicle to get the word out about their business. We like to say "If you don't advertise you don't exist." The journal is often called on as a referral service when people are looking for a specific type of services such as electricians, plumbers, realtors, etc. Our advertisers are readily available for quick reference and referral as a service to the community.

Much of the economics of Black Pasadena is centered in the corporate economy. Pasadena is home to numerous industries. Public Service workers are employed at City Hall and the number of public and private colleges and universities in the area. Once a month, Black Business and the community members gather at the Black Business Association meeting to network and hear ideas to help improve the condition of Black Businesses.

Unique businesses in the area include a Dance Studio (Sue B), Public Relations (The Carter Agency), and a variety of consulting businesses such as Life Coaches, Business Consultants, Event Planners, as well as enterainers and artists.

Employment Outlook, Job Market and Today's Pasadena, CA Economy [via the web] Pasadena, CA offers a wide range of careers, jobs, and employment including a diverse local economy. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, the Pasadena, CA area is home to 5.5 million jobs and employment opportunities. These jobs and employment opportunities include those within Pasadena, CA's healthcare, community services, manufacturing and service industries. There are also 336,630 employment opportunities and jobs within the educational sectors in and around Pasadena, CA. However, unemployment for African Americans are in double digits.

The Journal places free job wanted ads. Please contact The Journal at (626) 798-3972 for details.


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