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February 7, 1991
The city's Human Relations Commission Tuesday asked the Board of Directors to investigate conditions at King's Villages, a housing project in Northwest Pasadena. Several community organizations and individuals have complained for more than a year about alleged civil rights violations and poor housing conditions at the 313-unit low-income project on Fair Oaks Avenue.
November 8, 1990
A Los Angeles Superior Court decision ordering the city to allow businessman Paul Cho to proceed with a swap-meet styled store in Northwest Pasadena will be appealed. City Directors met in closed session Tuesday and decided not to issue a certificate of occupancy as ordered in last month's court ruling. Cho, who also owns the Inglewood Department Store, sought to establish a similar store with 38 vendors at 625 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
July 25, 1993
The Pasadena Community Development Commission approved Pasadena Commercial Development Co. as builder of the proposed Fair Grove shopping center in Northwest Pasadena. The company is headed by Danny Bakewell, a developer and community activist who leads the Los Angeles-based Brotherhood Crusade. The proposed shopping center, at Fair Oaks Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard, would be the first in the predominantly black and Latino neighborhood.
December 19, 1993
Foothill Family Service is distributing 4,000 free copies of a 60-page workbook to families and schools affected by the October wildfires in Altadena, northwest Pasadena and Sierra Madre. The workbook, funded by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, was written by experts in child and adult trauma. Exercises in the workbook are aimed at getting children to talk about the impact of the devastating fires.
March 31, 1991
David O. Howard, owner of a 15-unit apartment building ordered evacuated Dec. 21 by city officials, pleaded innocent last week to 81 misdemeanor criminal charges that stem from conditions at the building. Howard is charged with violating plumbing, fire, building, mechanical, health and safety codes in the operation of the building at 543 N. Raymond Ave. in Northwest Pasadena. The city is also trying to recover more than $26,000 it spent relocating 53 of Howard's tenants.
February 24, 1991
The U.S. Justice Department has told city officials that it will not file criminal charges in the death of Robert Earl Holloway, who died Jan. 18, 1990, after a struggle with security guards at a Northwest Pasadena housing project. Pasadena city directors last year asked the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate the death of the 28-year-old Holloway for possible criminal prosecution of King's Villages security guards. The commission referred the matter to the Justice Department.
February 21, 1991
Jeanette Henderson, owner of Hen's Teeth Square in Northwest Pasadena, will receive more help from the city to aid her struggling shopping center. On Tuesday, city directors approved reimbursing Los Angeles County $20,000 to remove a raised street median on Woodbury Road in front of the center. Henderson said removal would improve access and boost business.
September 24, 1998
Police are seeking help in finding two convicted felons suspected of shooting a woman in the eye and leaving her critically wounded. Investigators are seeking Andre Duane Thomas, 31, and Desmond Lee McKenzie, 31, both of Pasadena. The pair are wanted for robbery and attempted murder, police said. Early Sunday, Mary Banuelos, 29, was shot in the left eye with a small-caliber handgun in northwest Pasadena, allegedly during a dispute over money.
July 17, 1986
The Board of City Directors, its members saying they were acting to protect single-family homes, has rezoned more than 100 acres in northwest Pasadena. The massive rezoning will prevent future apartment and condominium developments in areas that are predominately made up of single-family houses. The rezoning follows a 90-day moratorium imposed in April that barred residential development in several sections of the northwest area while the city's Planning Department studied the issue.
A 2-year-old discrimination lawsuit against the owners and managers of a low-income housing development in northwest Pasadena is quietly sopping up city funds at a record rate. In the midst of one of the city's greatest budgetary crises, the costs to the city to sue the company that runs the 313-unit King's Villages reached $783,964 last week, making it the most expensive litigation in the city's history. "And the meter's still ticking," City Atty. Victor Kaleta said.
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