El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family

Retirement agrees with El Portal owner and Pasadena mainstay Abel Ramirez. Well, kind of.
The restauranteur has been “practicing retirement” for two years now, but most days, you’ll still find him at the Mexican and Yucatan specialty restaurant.
“I’m still having fun with the businesses,” said Abel who turns 75 this week. “There are still a lot of risks and stresses, but what keeps me sane is that I have fun with it. Everybody should do what they love.” Continue reading “El Portal Clients, Staff Are All in the Family”

‘Originalist’ Still Relevant After Scalia’s Death

Photo courtesy Gerlie Collado Actress Jade Wheeler (from left) and criminal defense attorney Mia Yamamoto participate in a post-show conversation after a performance of “The Originalist” at the Pasadena Playhouse on May 4. The conversation was moderated by Pasadena City College history professor Christopher West. 
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Actress Jade Wheeler (from left) and criminal defense attorney Mia Yamamoto participate in a post-show conversation after a performance of “The Originalist” at the Pasadena Playhouse on May 4. The conversation was moderated by Pasadena City College history professor Christopher West.

John Strand’s “The Originalist” has finished its run at Pasadena Playhouse, but the show will go on when it returns to Washington, D.C., this summer.
The three-person act spotlights Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his judicial philosophy of ardent originalism. The play debuted before Scalia’s death last year — lead actor Edward Gero even met with Scalia while preparing for the role — and remains as relevant as ever even after President Donald Trump replaced Scalia in his first 100 days. Continue reading “‘Originalist’ Still Relevant After Scalia’s Death”

Feige Produces Another Winner in ‘Guardians Vol. 2’

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige produced the highly successful “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which made $146.5 million in its opening weekend.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige produced the highly successful “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which made $146.5 million in its opening weekend.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” kicked off the summer movie season with an impressive showing last weekend, topping the domestic box office with $146.5 million.
The sequel, written and directed by James Gunn, improved on its predecessor’s release in 2014 by 55% and is the second film to cross the $100 million mark on opening weekend this year. Continue reading “Feige Produces Another Winner in ‘Guardians Vol. 2’”

New Leadership at Pasadena’s Collaborative

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard (left) is joined by Bruce Blomstrom and Robert “Bud” Bishop, the incoming president of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator.
Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK
Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard (left) is joined by Bruce Blomstrom and Robert “Bud” Bishop, the incoming president of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator.

As the new president of the Pasadena Bio Collaborative Incubator, Robert “Bud” Bishop will have some pretty big shoes to fill.
Recently named the new top executive at a ceremony at the organization’s headquarters on Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena, Bishop will be taking over from longtime chief Bruce Blomstrom. Continue reading “New Leadership at Pasadena’s Collaborative”

Bridging the Gap Between First Responders and the Disabled

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Local first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments were joined by senior leaders from Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst and Professional Child Development Associates during a recent seminar at Ambassador Auditorium.
Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK
Local first responders from the Pasadena Police and Fire Departments were joined by senior leaders from Villa Esperanza Services, AbilityFirst and Professional Child Development Associates during a recent seminar at Ambassador Auditorium.

Emergencies can happen without warning. And although first responders do their best, there are times they come across situations that make the emergency even more challenging, including communicating with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Continue reading “Bridging the Gap Between First Responders and the Disabled”

Maranatha Students Lend Assistance to Harambee Ministries

Photo by Shel Segal / OUTLOOK Maranatha High School students (from left) Joseph Brumfield, Ashley Oki, Alle Wei, Benjamin Smith and Patrick Lee spent their recent spring break volunteering at Harambee Ministries in Northwest Pasadena.
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Maranatha High School students (from left) Joseph Brumfield, Ashley Oki, Alle Wei, Benjamin Smith and Patrick Lee spent their recent spring break volunteering at Harambee Ministries in Northwest Pasadena.

Whereas most teenagers wouldn’t consider giving up any part of their spring break, a group of students from Maranatha High School simply aren’t ordinary kids.
More than a dozen spent part of their free time assisting the children at Harambee Ministries, helping the youngsters with their studies and acting as big brothers and sisters. Continue reading “Maranatha Students Lend Assistance to Harambee Ministries”

Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday

Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.
Former Pasadena City College students (from left) Michael Anthony, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and David Lee Roth, in an uncredited 1975 photo, went on to become Rock and Roll Hall of Famers with the band Van Halen. Author Greg Renoff will discuss “Van Halen’s Beginnings in Our Own Backyard” this Saturday, April 29, at PCC as part of the college’s Hometown Legends Series.

Although Van Halen isn’t coming back to town any time soon, fans of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band will be in for a treat as biographer Greg Renoff will speak about the band’s early years here in the San Gabriel Valley, their legendary exploits and how the group really made it big. Continue reading “Van Halen Author Opens ‘Hometown Legends’ Event on Saturday”

Sports Marketer Headlines Rose Bowl Speaker Series

Photo courtesy Justin Pugh Jeremy Barnett (from left), Josh Booty, Warren Moon and Dr. Hasan Badday comprised a panel that discussed the latest advances in sports technology, marketing and medicine at the Rose Bowl Speaker Series last week.
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Jeremy Barnett (from left), Josh Booty, Warren Moon and Dr. Hasan Badday comprised a panel that discussed the latest advances in sports technology, marketing and medicine at the Rose Bowl Speaker Series last week.

Being in the locker room of the storied Rose Bowl last week was not just a professional obligation for David Meltzer, but the personal embodiment of the point he was trying to make as he spoke. Continue reading “Sports Marketer Headlines Rose Bowl Speaker Series”

Pasadena Retiree Reflects on Baseball, Investment Culture

Phil Swan Sr., pictured with son Phil, has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout his 88 years.
Phil Swan Sr., pictured with son Phil, has been involved with numerous nonprofit organizations throughout his 88 years.

At age 88, Pasadena resident Phil Swan Sr. might be slowing down a bit. But he can’t help reflecting on the wonderful life he’s had in the Crown City, where he was born, raised and ran the successful investment firm Philip V. Swan Associates.
A local through and through, Swan was born in 1929. He graduated from South Pasadena High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and his graduate degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Continue reading “Pasadena Retiree Reflects on Baseball, Investment Culture”