Budget Receives Close Scrutiny From Council

Transparency in city government, especially as it related to the fiscal-year budget process, was a common rallying cry for those bidding for seats on the City Council last fall. Dr. Steven Huang resolved to find “how we could have a more efficient city government while reducing costs,” while Steve Talt professed his “willingness to roll up my sleeves on issues like the budget and work with our citizens.” Continue reading “Budget Receives Close Scrutiny From Council”

For 21 Years, Bacon Embraced All Souls at All Saints

Rev. Ed Bacon
Rev. Ed Bacon

In a world where religion divides so many, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena has forged a path in the other direction, representing a rare beacon of social progressiveness. Guiding this radically inclusive spirit has been the Rev. Ed Bacon, who is retiring after 21 years as rector of All Saints. Following his final sermon this Sunday, May 1, Bacon and wife Hope will move to Birmingham, Ala., in order to spend more time with their children and grandchildren. Continue reading “For 21 Years, Bacon Embraced All Souls at All Saints”

Hitch a Ride on a Commuter Scooter With Pasadena Startup

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Pasadena investors Mark Kim and Brad King provided funding and guidance to Urban626, which helped the startup launch its URB-E scooter line.
Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK
Pasadena investors Mark Kim and Brad King provided funding and guidance to Urban626, which helped the startup launch its URB-E scooter line.

When it comes to the largest technology hubs in California, the obvious directions to look are north toward Silicon Valley or west toward Silicon Beach. Rarely is Pasadena associated with intrepid startups, but a small company located in the heart of Old Town is determined to change that perception. Known as Urban626, this vehicle design venture has gained momentum in recent months following the successful rollout of its first prototype: a foldable electric scooter called the URB-E. Continue reading “Hitch a Ride on a Commuter Scooter With Pasadena Startup”

Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster

Photo courtesy Flintridge Prep Peter Bachmann began his Flintridge Prep career as a history teacher in 1980. Today, he continues to lecture juniors and also leads two classes for seniors.
Photo courtesy Flintridge Prep
Peter Bachmann began his Flintridge Prep career as a history teacher in 1980. Today, he continues to lecture juniors and also leads two classes for seniors.

Slow and steady wins the race. Many of us have heard this classic proverb, associated with Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Its lesson that consistent, effective effort leads to more success than accelerated doggedness has stood the test of time, and this moral rings especially true for Flintridge Prep Headmaster Peter Bachmann. Celebrating his 25th year at the helm of one of America’s most prestigious independent schools, the teacher and author reflected on the past quarter-century while sitting in his office during a recent afternoon. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster”

Friends of Foster Children Marks 40-Year Legacy

Each November, a trio of trees appears in Arcadia’s Santa Anita Mall the day after Thanksgiving. Unlike other symbols of the impending holiday season, however, these trees aren’t adorned with lights, bells or baubles, but with paper tags, and on each of these tags, three wishes are written. By Christmas Day, those wishes materialize into gifts for foster children living at 10 residential facilities across San Gabriel Valley. Such is the magic of the Sugar Plum Trees, an annual project that has been organized by Friends of Foster Children since 1976. Continue reading “Friends of Foster Children Marks 40-Year Legacy”

Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms

Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright
Photo by Nick Ostiller / OUTLOOK
Elizabeth House Founder and Executive Director Debbie Unruh (left) with Elizabeth House Director of Programs Terry Bright

The house on Santa Barbara Street in Pasadena’s West Central neighborhood is as unassuming as it is transformative. Nothing about the two-story Craftsman’s exterior indicates the hub of hope it represents for those who often have nowhere else to turn. Known as Elizabeth House, the nonprofit organization nestled amid a residential block has spent the past 22 years providing shelter and support to homeless pregnant women as well as their children. Continue reading “Elizabeth House Gives Fresh Start to Homeless Moms”

Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20

A trio of Pasadena-area private schools recently received prominent placement near the top of an online list published by Niche.com, a popular review website aimed at consolidating detailed information about K-12 schools as well as colleges, cities and neighborhoods. Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic and Westridge were recognized as three of the top 20 private schools in the state. Continue reading “Website Has 3 Pasadena Private Schools Ranked in State Top 20”

PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.
Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK
Brenda Galloway, Faye Davidson and Gerri Edson attended last year’s “Hat-ti-tude” fundraiser to benefit the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fun. This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 16.

In what’s become a Pasadena rite of spring, several hundred local ladies donning extravagant hats and fabulous fashions will flock to the Pasadena Hilton on Saturday, April 16, for the seventh annual “Hat-ti-tude” boutique, luncheon and fashion show. Hosted by the Pasadena-Altadena Community Endowment Fund, the benefit will raise money toward PACEF’s Scholar Fund for students in the Pasadena Unified School District. But what’s the story behind PACEF, and who are the founders beneath the brims? Continue reading “PACEF: Smart Philanthropy With ‘Hat-ti-tude’”

Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company

Dick Cook
Dick Cook

Dick Cook Studios, the namesake venture of one of Hollywood’s heralded nice guys, last month announced a $500-million production deal with Film Carnival, a Chinese movie company.
The burgeoning multimedia entertainment studio led by the former Walt Disney Studios chairman reportedly will adapt the best-selling “Ranger’s Apprentice” children’s book series into a film to be directed by five-time Oscar nominee Paul Haggis. Continue reading “Cook Studios Signs $500M Deal with Chinese Company”