We have been suffering as individuals and as a community.
Some of us have lost loved ones, many have suffered financial losses, and now all of us have witnessed a terrible killing that has torn at the fabric of our nation. Both the virus and racism take lives and damage us all.
Since mid-March, we have been asked to modify our behavior dramatically and to exercise a significant degree of self-control. The good news is that it is paying off.
By staying home, social distancing, wearing face coverings and not hugging people that we don’t live with, we have slowed the pandemic, prevented our health-care system from being overwhelmed and created the precursors for reopening businesses … carefully. Then, by obeying curfews, we allowed law enforcement to control a volatile situation created by the terrible death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the chaos that resulted nationwide.
In both cases, governmental action was imperfect, perhaps overbearing, but largely effective. In this country, we rely on private enterprise and clever individuals to break new ground and to do the creative thinking. But when we are confronted with serious emergencies — earthquakes, civil unrest, pandemics, wars — we must rely on a muscular governmental response to turn the tide. This reliance comes at a price that includes inefficiencies, missed opportunities, errors and more. Continue reading “City Shows It Can Take a Punch, Emerge Stronger”
As you know, Pasadena, Los Angeles County and the state of California have all issued unprecedented anti-virus regulations — called “Safer at Home.”
These regulations ask everyone to stay at home and have closed most businesses. We have taken these draconian steps because our medical professionals told us that it is the only way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. If we don’t slow it down, if the number of cases continues to double every few days, our medical system will be overwhelmed and more people will die.
These rules are in effect until April 19, but that will most likely be extended; perhaps for MONTHS. We just can’t be sure right now.
In spite of our best efforts, more people will be infected. If you don’t feel well, call your doctor — don’t go to the emergency room. Continue reading “Pasadena Can Succeed — Together — in Coronavirus Fight”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek were on hand for the recent opening of Huntington Medical Research Institutes’ new biomedical research facility to the public.
The 35,000 square-foot project — designed by architecture firm Perkins+Will —is the newest addition to nonprofit HMRI’s portfolio of facilities throughout the Pasadena area. The facility consolidates HMRI’s operations on one campus and houses state-of-the-art clinical spaces, seminar, training, auditorium, laboratory and office space dedicated to the research and mission of the institute. Patient-focused research programs target conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, migraine, traumatic brain injury, cardiovascular disease, liver diseases, pre-eclampsia and sleep apnea. Continue reading “Biomedical Research Facility Opens in Pasadena”
Maranatha High School students took a walk of faith last week to Pasadena City Hall, the start of what might become an annual tradition.
Amid the chirping of morning birds and freshly dewed streets on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 19, about 350 students, freshmen to seniors, divvied up into small groups with school staff chaperones and took separate walking tours from the school’s campus to Garfield Avenue.
As they walked, they discussed ways they might volunteer for the city during their student service projects in November. Continue reading “Maranatha Students Inspired by City Hall Walk”
In another life, East West Bank Chairman and CEO Dominic Ng, an avid fan of rock ‘n’ roll, might have made a living by strumming his guitar in a quaint Pasadena coffee shop.
But thankfully for the city, he instead became a financial guru for East West Bank, transforming the institution from a small savings and loan association with $600 million in assets in 1991 into a full-service commercial bank today with $35.3 billion in assets. He’s been named by Forbes as one of the 25 most notable Chinese Americans and one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Times.
But the arts have never been far from his heart, and as part of encouraging business ties between the U.S. and China, Ng has also made it his mission to bridge the cultural divide between the two countries, shepherding the bank to become a patron of Chinese art, music and culture throughout the region and the United States. Continue reading “Bank’s Leader Bridges Culture, Finance Across Pacific”