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

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”

Consultants Can’t Solve the Sagebrush Puzzle

It appears that not even an expert consulting firm could crack the more-than-half-century-old Sagebrush conundrum.
Last July, the La Cañada and Glendale Unified school districts, along with the city of La Cañada Flintridge, hired Capitol Advisors Group to help the parties — who divided the $15,000 price tag for the consultants’ services — explore all viable options for a mutually agreeable transfer of the 385 acres in the western edge of the city between districts. Continue reading “Consultants Can’t Solve the Sagebrush Puzzle”

After 57 Years, Sport Chalet to Close Doors

Fifty-seven years ago, German immigrant Norbert Olberz spent $10,000 — his life savings — to open a small ski shop in La Cañada Flintridge. He and his wife, Irene, spent the first year sleeping in the back of the shop, showering with a garden hose. But their sacrifices paid off: The business expanded to sell scuba gear and baseball mitts and all types of sports gear, and blossomed into a 55-store sporting goods chain with locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.
Late last week, news broke that the retailer is going out of business. Continue reading “After 57 Years, Sport Chalet to Close Doors”

One Man’s Trash Patrol Keeps Mountains Tidier

La Cañada High School hosted a “Be the Change Day” a couple of years ago, an event that welcomed dozens of the community’s most interesting and creative thinkers to campus. They urged students to find original ways to make a difference in the world.
Chuck Ernst, 69, taught chemistry, physics and a little geology at another school — he’s a retired Azusa High educator — but “be the change” applies to him, too. Continue reading “One Man’s Trash Patrol Keeps Mountains Tidier”