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April 25, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pasadena's longtime support for a controversial freeway extension through the city wavered Monday night, as the City Council debated whether to join the opposition. The move could swing momentum against the proposed $1.4-billion roadway, which would extend the 710 Freeway and close the 6.2-mile gap between the San Bernardino and Foothill freeways. Federal highway officials have said that support from Pasadena is crucial for completion of the project.
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December 15, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The cash-strapped Pasadena YMCA, which closed its doors three months ago amid mounting debts and a state attorney general's investigation, is selling its shuttered facility to a foundation for use as a community center. The San Francisco-based James Irvine Foundation will buy the New York Drive building for $530,000 so it can be reopened, with city help, as a home for children's programs, Pasadena officials said.
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October 20, 1999 | RICHARD WINTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hailing it as an urban village that will extend the synergy of Old Pasadena along Colorado Boulevard, the Pasadena City Council has approved a $135-million open-air development to replace the city's white-elephant mall. The proposed Paseo Colorado development is intended to resemble a European piazza and will feature a gourmet grocery store, a multiscreen movie complex, a health club and 400 luxury apartments atop eateries and trendy shops.
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April 3, 1999
The City Council this week increased the expense limit for the mayor from $120 to $500 per month and raised the council members' cap from $120 to $300. It also for the first time approved child care as a reimbursable expense. Council members approved the increases on a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Paul Little dissenting. Little argued that elected officials do not need more money.
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February 24, 1999
The City Council has approved offering up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of 17-year-old Maria Isabel Fernandez. Police are searching for the suspect, Johnny Ortiz, a 27-year-old Chino resident who was Fernandez's boyfriend, officials said. Fernandez, a Pasadena City College student, was found stabbed to death in her home on Feb. 5. Ortiz disappeared following the murder; his car was recovered in San Diego, said police spokeswoman Janet Pope.
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February 13, 1999
A council-appointed committee has voted to recommend that Pasadena's first elected mayor be paid a monthly stipend of $1,500 and that council members be paid $1,000. The City Council is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Feb. 26. Council members and the mayor currently receive $50 per council or redevelopment agency meeting, totaling about $400 a month. That amount had been set by the City Charter.
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December 4, 1998
Voters will find out before the City Council election whether council members favor giving themselves pay hikes. Council members have agreed to discuss possible raises on Feb. 22, two weeks before the municipal election. The decision comes after critics charged the council with trying to avoid a vote on pay hikes before the election. Last month, Pasadena voters by a slim margin approved an initiative allowing the council to decide its pay.
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October 21, 1998
The City Council failed to approve spending $400,000 Monday to bring a Rite Aid to the economically depressed northwest area, igniting the wrath of Mayor Chris Holden. Council members deadlocked 3 to 3 on a plan to pay the owners of an auto repair shop $400,000 in city money to relocate so the pharmacy chain could move onto the southeast corner of Orange Grove Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue. Councilman William Crowfoot, who could have broken the tie, was absent.
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September 30, 1998
The City Council has approved spending about $2 million in a joint venture to build a six-level parking garage that will provide 125 more spaces for visitors to Old Pasadena. Under a deal approved by the council late Monday, motorists visiting the Old Pasadena shopping district will be able to share parking at the proposed Courtyard by Marriott. The public will have access to two underground floors; hotel guests will use 274 spaces on floors above.
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