Seeking Stronger Footing for Pacific Asia Museum

Passersby along Los Robles Avenue between Union Street and Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena may not notice anything too different about the façade of the USC Pacific Asia Museum located on that busy city block. From the outside, the historical mansion built in the style of a Chinese palace stands out much as it has for the past 92 years since its construction. But stroll through its arched entryway guarded by stone dragons and it quickly becomes clear that the facility is an active construction site. Continue reading “Seeking Stronger Footing for Pacific Asia Museum”

Huntington Library a House of Horrors for Local Author

For most visitors to the Huntington Library, the lush grounds and stately buildings probably bespeak elegance and tranquillity.
Gay Toltl Kinman, an author of mystery novels and short stories, has an entirely different perception. She looks at the sprawling former estate of railroad tycoon Henry Huntington and sees hiding places, treasures ripe for theft, envy and murderous intent, and get-away routes. Continue reading “Huntington Library a House of Horrors for Local Author”

Will City Council Keep Status Quo on General Plan?

In wrestling with zoning discrepancies along Huntington Drive, the City Council over the past few months has considered several courses of action. Six properties are zoned residential but have been operating as commercial enterprises for decades. Should the council rezone them commercial … amend the city’s General Plan to designate them residential … create an overlay zone? Continue reading “Will City Council Keep Status Quo on General Plan?”

Psychologist Recognized for Pediatric Efforts

When Mona Delahooke was 13 years old, a bad case of pneumonia sent her to Huntington Hospital for what eventually became a two-week stay. As she lay in bed during a time before smartphones and computers, Delahooke passed the hours by reading books brought to her room on a rolling cart that an employee pushed through the halls each day. She soon immersed herself in a 1964 paperback called “Dibs in Search of Self,” which chronicles a series of therapy sessions with an emotionally challenged young boy. Continue reading “Psychologist Recognized for Pediatric Efforts”

Watering Limits Eased to 3 Days Per Week

San Marino residents who have fretted over wilting bushes and fried lawns this summer will now be able to sprinkle a little more water on those parched landscapes.
The city has announced that it will no longer limit residents to two days of outdoor irrigation per week, following a decision by San Marino’s primary water provider to allow customers to water three times weekly. Continue reading “Watering Limits Eased to 3 Days Per Week”