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Cultural Arts Summit Scheduled

A summit on cultural arts in the city of Pasadena will be held Wednesday, March 5, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Robinson Park Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Cultural Affairs Division of the Pasadena Planning and       Development Department and the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission, “Nexus Summit: Promoting Cultural Access…

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School District Struggles with Budget

By Charles Cooper The Pasadena School Board will turn its attention back to the upcoming year’s budget at a study session March 4, while bad budget news from the state only threatens to get worse. The Pasadena board, which has gone through blood letting the past few budget years, is looking at a possible $10…

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Restaurant Ratings System Notes Anniversary

County Supervisors note marked improvement in restaurant scores since the system was put in place. By Charles Cooper Restaurants and other establishments which serve and sell food in Los Angeles County are doing considerably better on inspection scores than when the program began, the Board of Supervisors was informed in a recent report. The inspection…

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State Schools Get a C

By Charles Cooper California state schools remain near the back of the pack nationally when rankings are made on some key quality indicators, according to a national survey released by “Education Week.” The survey, titled “Quality Counts 2008,” assigns the state an overall grade of C in six areas, with Ds in school finance and…

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Soggy Sunday Salutes Cyclists as they finish 650 Miles of Racing

By Terry Miller After eight grueling days of cycling through 650-miles of California highways, Levi Leipheimer (USA) became champion of the 2008 Amgen Tour of California for the second consecutive year, with a weeklong total time of 29 hours, 24 minutes and 32 seconds of cycling across California. A resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., Leipheimer…

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Trash Collection Fees Increase

The Pasadena City Council has approved a 3.34 percent increase in trash collection fees, designed to bring an additional $260,000 to the city. The increase is split between operational costs and an increase in the fees the city must pay to dump trash at Scholl Canyon. The increase will raise trash collection rates at residences…

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Local Students See World from Seats of Power

Monrovia High School students return from Sacramento where they learned about government by taking the job for a day. By Erica Blodgett While Governor Schwarzenegger spent Presidents’ Day weekend taking in the NBA All-Star game and other state legislators left Sacramento for some vacation time, over 2,000 passionate teenagers from the YMCA’s Youth and Government…

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The Social Swirl – 2/21/2008

“44th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design Empty House Party” President Gretchen NcNally and Benefit Chair Delise Menik greeted 500 guests at the Empty House Party for a preview of the Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2008 on Friday, January 25. Presented by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA), a non0profit volunteer organization,…

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Trying to Keep Up With All the Changes

Being dyslexic is not easy, and it requires that I read various reports several times to be certain that I understand what was written.  Changes and proposed changes in the law effecting California residents that are renting or thinking of buying seem to be popping up on a daily basis, and I must admit that…

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“Othello” – Timeless Themes, Cautionary Brilliance

The women of Pasadena’s Boston Court Theatre turn out a classic tale that’s still ripe for the modern world. By Candyce Columbus Centuries before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. marched for civil rights, Shakespeare penned a masterpiece about racism and the evil wreaked by a demented and devious mind. Written in 1603, “The Tragedy of…

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