What a nice ending to Historic Preservation Month!

June 3rd, 2010

In a letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we learned that our plea for votes may not have gone unheard… well, maybe our plea and a few others. The National Trust for Historic Preservation won $200,000 in the Members Project from American Express and TakePart! And it gets even better… Because the intense competition in the Arts & Culture category ended in a tie between the two organizations, the generous people at American Express have awarded $200,000 to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, too.

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May is Preservation Month!

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.

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This Sunday: Rose Bowl Stadium and Ferraris

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…

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Tabebuia: Our glorious Trumpet Trees are in bloom

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.

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General Plan – Draft Outreach Summary Report & Public Hearing

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.

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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.

Doggie Walk Bag Dispensers Installed in Old Pasadena

February 24th, 2010
Dog walk bag dispenser on Green Street

Dog walk bag dispenser on Green Street

Picking up after our four legged friends is part of being a responsible pet owner. In addition, the Pasadena Municipal Code requires that you clean up after your dog within five minutes, whether your pooch leaves their “business” on public or private property. So as a service to our residents and visitors, Old Pasadena Management District has installed dispensers, throughout the District, which provide pet owners with (biodegradable) bags to retrieve and dispose of pet droppings. These dispensers can be found at the following locations:

• 50 East Green Street (Castle Green Hotel)
• 33 West Green Street (Aaardvark’s Odd Ark)
• 67 West Dayton Avenue
• North Side of Dayton Avenue (Condo Complex)
• South Side of Green Street (Westgate – Sares-Regis Project)
• 54 South Pasadena Avenue (Harmony Nails)
• 84 S. Fair Oaks Avenue
• 112 S. DeLacey Avenue

Please be a good neighbor, obey the law and pick up after your pets. Thank you.

Posted by: Anna Addis, Vice President of Operations

The New Old Holly Street Clock

February 18th, 2010

Holly Street Clock and the Shops on Holly signage

Holly Street Clock and the Shops on Holly signage

A stately vintage-style corner clock has taken its proud perch at the corner of Holly Street and Fair Oaks Avenue to anchor what property owner, Jim Plotkin, has christened “The Shops on Holly”. Jim conceived of this project about a year ago and has been working diligently with historians, design experts, and city officials to design, manufacture and install an authentically styled clock to crown the unique independent mix of stores and restaurants that line Holly Street.

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Pasadena Police Department – Safety First!

February 11th, 2010

Several examples of the great efforts that the Pasadena Police Department puts forth follow:

Nixle – A Community Information Service
by Anna Addis, OPMD Vice President of Operations

After meeting with our friends at Pasadena Police Dept. the other day, they told us about a very useful and free website called Nixle that you may want to try. Nixle is a community information service that helps you stay connected to the information that matters to you and is keyed to your physical location. You can stay connected to your local police department, your children’s schools, sports and club teams, local community agencies and organizations and get information about each instantly. Nixle provides you with information immediately on your cell phone via text messages, by email and over the web. Your account can be customized so you only receive the information that matters to you most.

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Pasadena General Plan – Get involved and be heard

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

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Success Doesn’t Take a Miracle in Old Pasadena

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.

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