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Community Workshops – General Plan

Friday, September 10th, 2010

General Plan Workshops

The City of Pasadena is asking for your input.  They are offering a community workshop and there are two dates from which to choose.  No excuses!  It is imperative that the business community be represented in these plans.  We urge you to attend one of the meetings and make your voice heard.  Download the flyer here and share this with your friends, neighbors, and colleagues.


It’s time to start putting our plans down on paper.  We’ve heard from the community through outreach programs for the General Plan updates of the Land Use and Mobility Elements, the Housing Element, the Open Space and Conservation Element, the Bicycle Master Plan, and so on.   Now we need to start pulling everything together and mapping out what the future will look like.  Join us for the next round of workshops where we will start mapping and evaluating potential land use and mobility alternatives for future discussion by the community.

Join us for the next round of community workshops at the Senior Center (85 E. Holly Street) for the General Plan update:

  • Saturday, Sept. 25, 9:00am or
  • Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30pm

For more information: and click “September 2010 Workshops.”

Help us tell everybody about the General Plan Update.

We welcome Intelligentsia to Old Pasadena

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The long-awaited opening of Intelligentsia has finally come upon us.  We are so pleased that they opened on the East side of Colorado close to Raymond (near our offices), that they cherished the 1885 building’s architectural details, and finally, that they have great coffee!  The blog-o-sphere has been a-twitter with news and reviews of the new concept Intelligentsia Pasadena “Cafe”, which includes collaborations with various well-known foodie chefs, caterers, micro-breweries, etc.  Be sure to give them a try and stay tuned as they roll-out their dinner offerings, select beer and wine bar, etc.

More great information  from Amy Scattergood’s LA Weekly blog:

Photo: Amy Scattergood

The Undead visit Old Pasadena

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Night of the Living Dead poster

This weekend marks the final weekend of free screenings for the third annual Old Pasadena Film Festival, but we aren’t going out with a bang… more like a shuffle and moan.  Saturday night, July 31st, we are inviting all zombies and their respective families to Central Park (click here for map) for an outdoor screening of the quintessential “zombie movie” George Romero’s 1968 Night of the Living Dead.  A $100 gift certificate for spending anywhere in Old Pasadena will be awarded to the most creative zombie attire!

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
(Central Park, 120 S. Raymond Avenue) 8:30pm
Bring your own chairs and blankets.
The first of six “Dead” films directed by George Romero, this 1968 black-and-white zombie movie is considered groundbreaking. It tells the story of Ben and Barbara’s efforts, along with five other people, to survive the night trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse avoiding the mysterious reanimation of the recently dead. Arguably the classic horror film, Night of the Living Dead is on American Film Institute’s list of 100 Most Thrilling Movies.

I was curious about the popularity of zombies in light of the recent record-breaking annual Zombie Walk in Seattle (final count of the undead was 4,233), the great enthusiasm with which the announcement of our movie screening was received, and the fact that there are 11 million results on Google for “Night of the Living Dead”  and 43 million for “zombie”.  Even communications students in the Elon in Los Angeles program will be attending the Old Pasadena Film Festival on Saturday with a choice of viewing NOLD (that’s Night of the Living Dead for the un-initiated) or All About Eve at One Colorado Courtyard (click here for map), arguably another must-see classic.

I checked the Google Trends for “zombie” and was intrigued to find that the Philippines beat the United States in search volume.  More importantly, even with all of the Twilight hype, I compared trends and people search on “zombie” one third more than “vampire”!  So now you know.

The Zombie Research Society informs us that May is official Zombie Awareness Month, and that many zombie films are set in May, including Night of the Living Dead.  As a point of reference, the Society’s mission is three-fold:  Science; Survival (and I quote, “surviving the coming zombie pandemic“); and Art.  I will end this post with their catchy slogan: “What You Don’t Know Can Eat You!”

Google image results for NOLD

Google image results for Zombie

iPhone 4 Arrives in Old Pasadena

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Last Wednesday afternoon people started lining up and preparing to camp out the night in front of the Apple Store in Old Pasadena in anticipation of the Thursday, June 24, 7:00am sale of the new iPhone 4.  “This changes everything. Again,” to quote Apple’s ad campaign.  Well, from the 1,000 plus souls awaiting their new phone, they agreed and couldn’t wait for the change to begin.


May is Preservation Month!

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Historic Friend Paper Building – now The Sofa Co.

So, May is Preservation Month, an effort spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that began in 1971 as Preservation Week and was expanded to a month-long celebration in 2005. According to the City of Pasadena:

The 2010 Preservation Month theme is Old is the New Green. In Pasadena, preservation month has been celebrated since 2004 with an annual awards program that recognizes positive contributions to historic preservation in the city. Awards are given to property owners and designers/architects and contractors for exceptional historic resource restoration or rehabilitation projects. Awards have also been given to recognize individuals that have contributed to multiple projects and for positive infill projects in historic neighborhoods.


This Sunday: Rose Bowl Stadium and Ferraris

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

This Sunday the Rose Bowl Stadium is an “open house”. As the Rose Bowl Operating Company embarks on an extraordinary renovation and upgrade, they are inviting the public in to see the stadium like never before under the banner of the “Rose Bowl Stadium Games.” Tour the stadium, the locker rooms, and actually play on the field itself!

…I have to say, I’m no sports fan. But recently I was lucky enough to attend the retirement festivities for one Lt. George Wiley of the Pasadena Police Department, and ‘party-central’ was on the field of the Rose Bowl Stadium.

It was totally cool.

Walking across the field, looking into the expanse of stadium seats… unexpectedly cool. Anyway, this Sunday you have the chance to experience some of the same, along with lots of activities detailed on their website .

Check out 154 Historic Facts about the Rose Bowl Stadium, too.

On the topic of  quite cool…


Tabebuia: Our glorious Trumpet Trees are in bloom

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
Vertical Wine Bistro

Vertical Wine Bistro on Raymond Avenue

Old Pasadena is home to two varieties of the Tabebuia, or Trumpet Tree as it is more commonly known.  There are approximately 100 different species of the Tabebuia, mostly from South America and other tropical locales.  Tabebuia chrysotricha , one of the many species with yellow blooms, is the national flower of Brazil, and Tabebuia rosea, with a pink bloom, is the national tree of El Salvador.  The wood from the Tabebuia tree, known as Ipê, is in high demand for furniture, particularly in the United States, and conservationists have expressed concern that Ipê wood from the Amazon rainforest continues to be harvested illegally.


General Plan – Draft Outreach Summary Report & Public Hearing

Thursday, March 25th, 2010
City of Pasadena General Plan Update
City of Pasadena General Plan Update

General Plan – Draft Outreach Summary Report and Public Hearing
City staff and the General Plan Update Advisory Committee (GPUAC) sorted through thousands of comments received from the community in 2009, which have now been organized into a draft Outreach Summary Report. The draft report is now available for public review and comment.  Download the report [PDF | 2.78 MB] by clicking here. The draft report will provide direction and framework for the General Plan update for the land use, mobility, open space and conservation elements. The draft report and technical appendix are now being circulated among city commissions and the community will have a 45-day period to provide comments ending on April 19, 2010. You can read and post your comments on the whole document, or review and comment on the report section by section on the City’s website here.


The GPUAC will also be holding a special Public Hearing to receive comments on the draft report on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 6:30pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Garfield Avenue.

To learn more about the General Plan Update, click here.

Pasadena General Plan – Get involved and be heard

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

We recently received the February newsletter from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and found a piece written by Paul Little, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, to be particularly timely and very pertinent to the businesses of Old Pasadena.  Paul Little is on the Planning Division Committee, so he is well informed as to the importance of this revision.  Old Pasadena Management District urges the business and property owners and management to participate in the revision process to ensure that your interests and concerns are represented and addressed in the updated General Plan.  Paul says it well… here is the complete article.

City of Pasadena General Plan Update

Pasadena General Plan Revision Requires Attention of Business Community


Success Doesn’t Take a Miracle in Old Pasadena

Monday, January 25th, 2010

by Tony Nino, Pasadena Advertising owner
Old Pasadena Management District – Chairman of the Board of Directors

Times are hard, and doing business anywhere is a challenge, but as far as Old Pasadena is concerned, the rumors of the economy getting better seem to be true.  Like anywhere else, to take full advantage of that, you not only have to work harder, you have to work smarter and in Old Pas, we also work together.  Cooperation is what gave Old Pasadena its start in the late ’80s, and it’s what is keeping us ahead of the curve today.

This was a very good holiday season for our 21-block district.  Even though we don’t have all the figures in from all the stores, we can see that our garages were consistently at full capacity, unique visitors to our web site nearly doubled from last year, and merchants have come to us with thanks and stories.