Fresh Hire

Assembly member Chris Holden welcomes Ann Marie Hickambottom to his staff

Assembly member Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, has hired veteran community leader Ann Marie Hickambottom to join his district office staff. Hickambottom brings a wealth of knowledge of the Pasadena and Altadena communities where she and her family have deep roots, and has executive experience in organizational and program development from a long career in nonprofit management.

“I’ve personally known Ann Marie for decades, and she is a proven leader who has already made a positive impact in the community through her long history of civic engagement and volunteerism,” said Holden. “We’re lucky to have her — her leadership qualities and experience addressing important local issues is a huge asset to my team and every constituent in the 41st Assembly District.”

Hickambottom currently serves on the board of directors for the Pasadena Community Access Corporation (PCAC), which is responsible for providing community access to broadcast programming on the city’s public access channel, and is a member of the Robinson Park Renovation Task Force.

She attended PUSD schools from elementary school to high school and is an alumni of John Muir High. She attended Pasadena City College before graduating from UC Santa Barbara, and further expanded her knowledge of public policy by completing the Coro Fellows Program.

Hickambottom’s portfolio of civic and professional engagement includes involvement with the city of Pasadena Planning Commission, the Rose Bowl Operating Co., the city’s Affirmative Action Commission, the city of Pasadena Bicentennial Committee, Abode Community Housing, Shelter Partnership and More Than Shelter for seniors.   

Universe of Opportunity

NASA/JPL co-hosts Small Business Opportunity Fair Tuesday

NASA/JPL, the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce have announced the Small Business Opportunity Fair from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 22 at the Pasadena Conference Center, Pasadena. The free outreach event will enable small business owners to meet with representatives from NASA and JPL, as well as large businesses such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. City departments will be represented, as well as some large Chamber of Commerce member companies.

The event will include workshops, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will bring a featured speaker on the NASA and JPL Mentor Protégé and Joint Venture programs. Other government agencies will also be on hand to help small businesses with their support.

After the Small Business Opportunity Fair, attendees can visit the Space Tech Expo 2018 at the Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena, at Booth 2012. To register for the Opportunity Fair, visit

Artistic Auction

Pasadena Antique Warehouse to host Summer Auction on June 7

The Pasadena Antique Warehouse has announced an upcoming Summer Auction, scheduled for June 7. The store will auction a broad assortment of American, European and Asian art, and is offering to meet with local collectors, offer complimentary appraisals and accept works of art for upcoming sales.

The Warehouse is offering to keep its sales commission at just 10 percent for Pasadena-based participants, with no additional charge for services. After the auction is complete, consignor settlement checks are processed within 10 days of payment received and include a detailed statement of goods with sale price.

The live auction brings an international audience of millions to the heart of the bidding action in art, antiques, jewelry and collectibles auctions across the globe. Those interested in offering their antique works of art for sale should email Chris at or call (626) 404-2422.