Council puts off parking decision

Pasadena Parking Enforcement officers will have to wait another week to find out whether they will keep their jobs.

With a number of complaints surfacing that people have been receiving bogus tickets and generally poor service, City Council members were expected to decide Monday whether to end a decade-long agreement outsourcing all parking enforcement activity to locally based contractor Inter-Con Security.

That discussion, however, has been pushed to the council’s next meeting on July 21, said Mayor Bill Bogaard.

Meeting agendas are developed by Bogaard and Interim City Manager Bernard Melekian, who as of last week was reviewing a city committee’s recommendation to award the $2.2-million, three-year contract to a different company. Melekian could not be reached, and Bogaard said he saw no harm in delaying the discussion.

Meanwhile, the Rev. Wiletta Helene — a woman who told the Pasadena Weekly she received a fine while parked for one hour on a street in Old Pasadena that allows two-hour parking — was notified Friday, just one day after her story appeared in the paper, that a city hearing officer had dismissed the citation.

 


Locals keep up Iraq Moratorium
A small but dedicated group of local activists will gather Friday in Pasadena to continue a series of Iraq War vigils that began nearly a year ago.

The Iraq Moratorium calls on people opposed to the ongoing American occupation of Iraq to do something — demonstrating, hosting an anti-war party or event, writing a letter to a local newspaper (send yours to kevinu@pasadenaweekly.com) or even just talking politics with a friend — to express their points of view on the third Friday of each month until all the troops come home.
Active Iraq Moratorium groups number more than five dozen in places from New York to Pasadena, where people will gather at 5 p.m. where Lake Avenue meets the Foothill (210) Freeway.

Beyond calls to end the war, this week the group will express opposition to any attack on Iran and gather in honor of Don White, a peace movement organizer and leader of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, who died last month.

For more information about the event, call 626) 398-5101 or visit www.iraqmoratorium.org