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  • Are You Prepared?

    Last year was an especially difficult one for me. I lost a number of dear loved ones: a very close friend in March and my dear father-in-law, aunt and uncle in September. I received a call at 7:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, that another special person in my ...
  • Sports Watching & Wondering

    THE LAKERS - The team is psychoanalyzing itself right now, and trying to see if it can make the pieces fit. They are hard at work trying to make a blockbuster trade. They still want to get Dwight Howard from the Magic, and that deal just might get done. S...
  • Travel Tips on Cruises

    This week the news has been flooded with reports on Costa Cruise Lines' ship that ran aground. What a tragedy! When I saw the images of the ship resting on its side all that I could think about was my relatives' response when I invite them to cruise with ...
  • “Red Tails” and Republican Fails

    Community Boosts "Red Tails" If you spontaneously decided to catch the prime-time screening of George Lucas' Tuskegee Airmen epic "Red Tails" last Saturday at the Arclight in Old Town Pasadena, you might have been shocked to find out that the theater was...
  • Odie Hawkins: Showtime

    I called Odie Hawkins to get information about his participation in "From the Ashes Revisited" as part of Civic Virtue: Watts Here and Now celebrating Los Angeles Fiction. His story is worth telling riddled with amazing stops, starts and successes. Odie ...
  • Portantino Joins University of California to Announce Summer Leadership Fellowship for Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

    Pasadena – Assemblymember Anthony Portantino joined officials from the University of California at a press conference today in Pasadena to unveil a summer fellowship program for students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Twenty...
  • Trying to Go Somewhere, I Ended up Nowhere

    It was one of those weeks where, if I accomplished anything that delicious slice of information has completely eluded the tiny gray cells floating in my cranium. It is not as if those little gray cells had anything else to do. As I suffused my weary body...
  • Holman Host African Diaspora Festival

    The Black Methodists for Church Renewal, the California-Pacific Conference Ministries and Holman United Methodist Church present "Connecting Through our Rhythms," a festival celebrating the African diaspora on Saturday, February 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 ...
  • Seeds From The Sower

    Volunteer fireman, Ed Grotz, crawled across the living room floor of a burning house and his smoke-penetrating light shone on a baby's crib. Horrified, he saw it was occupied. He lifted the baby in his arms, fought his way toward the door, and gently pla...
  • City of Pasadena Staff Cuts Depending on Apparent Claremont Connected Cronyism in Lieu of Competence

    I read your article regarding the potential cuts with a critical eye as to what is really going on in Pasadena [1/12/12]. It appears that the order of the day under Mr. Beck is to have critical community input after the fact. We all remember the Police Ch...
  • Portantino Introduces Bill to Continue Efforts to Protect Public Safety

    Measure to Ban Openly Carrying Unloaded Long Guns in Public SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) has introduced AB 1527, a measure that will prohibit individuals from openly displaying unloaded rifles and shotguns...
  • PUSD Districting Taskforce Announcement

    Join us on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Altadena Public Library in the Community Room, 600 E. Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001. The Pasadena Unified School District Districting Taskforce encourages you and your community group or org...
  • Property Tax Initiative Enters Circulation

    Requires Assessment of Most Commercial Property Every Three Years. Provides Tax Reduction for Homeowners, Renters, and Businesses. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. SACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Debra Bowen today announced that the pro...
  • Send Letter to Keep our Post Office Open

    This is a time when our community must come together.  You may use this letter example to voice your preference to keep our post office open:   January 17, 2012 Mr. Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster GeneralUnited States Postal Service475 L'enfan...
  • Portantino’s Bill to Expand Whistleblower Protections Passes Key Committee

    Assemblymember Anthony Portantino's bill to provide Legislative staffers with the same protections from retaliation as other state employees, has passed its first legislative hurdle. AB 1378 was approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a unan...
  • The Cost of Not Having a Power of Attorney

    We made it. It's 2012, and God has given us another chance to get our affairs in order. I have sounded the alarm for many years, instructing my family as well as the public, of the importance of having a Living Trust, Advance Healthcare Directive, and a D...
  • “The American Deficit: Where Do We Go From Here?”

    "There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. Not too many years ago, Dr. Kirtley Mather, a Harvard geologist, wrote a book entitled Enough and to Spare. He set forth the basic theme that fa...
  • Resolve to Lighten Your Load in 2012

    "But I am not a hoarder!" How many times have I said, I mean heard, that phrase? As Americans, we can accumulate an awful lot of stuff. That's okay -- it is our right to have as much stuff as we want. An issue comes into play, however, when our heirs have...
  • Five Mistakes People Make in Choosing a Tax Preparer

    Did you know that you are legally responsible for everything on your tax return, even if another person prepared it for you? Did you also know that your tax return paints a unique picture of your financial situation that you can use to make smart financi...
  • Top Ten Tips to Make your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer

    It's no surprise how often we use our cell phones. Whether e-mailing, Facebook status updating, or Angry Birds slinging, it seems that we always need to recharge. Cell phone battery life technology has lagged other advancements, such as high resolution di...

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