Mayor to give annual speech on Wednesday

Mayor Terry Tornek will give his second State of the City address at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at the Pasadena Unified School District’s Washington STEAM Magnet Academy Gymnasium, 1505 N. Marengo Ave.     

This year’s speech will include a review of the city’s finances, real estate development within Pasadena and the future of the Arroyo Seco. A brief question and answer session will follow.

Vice Mayor Gene Masuda will serve as emcee for the evening, and students from the Washington STEAM Magnet Academy will also participate in the program.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. following a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new school gymnasium.

Please avoid wearing high heels in order to protect the new gymnasium floor.

Parking is available at the school by entering from Penn Street and on surrounding surface streets. Please allow extra time to park, especially if there is inclement weather.  The best route to approach the school is from Raymond Avenue.

For more information, contact Rhonda Stone, (626) 744-7210 or


Improve your health, sight and balance at the Pasadena Senior Center

There is something for everyone this week at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. You do not have to be a member to attend. Some events require advance reservations as noted. 

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7 learn what can be done to help deal with memory loss during a four-part series on brain health. The series is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association. Reservations are required. Call (626) 685-6730 for more information.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday, improve your balance, strength and flexibility at a gentle and meditative class on chair yoga taught by Kathy Eastwood, a registered nurse with Huntington Hospital’s Community Outreach Department and a certified yoga instructor. The class is limited to the first 25 participants. Register in advance at the Welcome Desk or call (626)795-4331.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, learn about small steps that can help you live a joyful life in 2017 in a talk by Shawn Herz of Heritage Clinic.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday low vision screenings are being offered to assist partially sighted people in the selection of magnifiers and other devices to improve reading and other visual tasks. Presented by the Braille Institute, registration is required in advance for one-hour appointments; call (626) 795-4331.

For more information, visit or call (626) 795-4331.


Libraries, community centers to close for holiday

City Hall and many city services will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

City Hall and many city services will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All libraries and the Pasadena Senior Center will observe the closure, along with the Pasadena City Council, which will not meet.

All community centers will be closed.

Time based parking restrictions will not be enforced, but read the signs. City-owned parking lots and garages will be open Jan. 16, and regular parking rates will be enforced.

Violations for red curb parking, overnight parking and blocking fire hydrants will continue to be issued.

Refuse and recycling collection will be delayed by one day. The bulk item  program is on hiatus until February 6.

Pasadena Transit and Dial-A-Ride buses will operate on regular weekday schedules.

Pasadena residents and businesses with power emergencies should call the Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) Department at (626) 744-4673 and for water-related emergencies call (626) 744-4138. PWP’s regular Customer Service Call Center will be closed for the holiday, but customers can access their accounts and pay their bills online at or by phone at (626) 744-4005.