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June 1, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
At 16 years old, San Diego County's Stone Brewing Co. is ancient compared to the still-fledging L.A. craft beer scene. Along with Sierra Nevada Brewing and Lagunitas Brewing, Stone Brewing has become a nationally known California brand and is now the 11th largest craft brewery in America, according to 2011 year-end statistics from the Brewers Assn. Yet Stone Brewing's next target for expansion isn't some far-flung locale. It's cozy Pasadena. Perhaps as early as August, Pasadena will have its very own Stone Company Store on South Raymond Avenue, where, in addition to buying all things Stone, drinking-age patrons can sample beers and get glass jugs - called growlers - to go. But don't confuse it with a bar. "It won't feel like a bar. It will feel like a store," said chief executive and co-founder Greg Koch.
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August 1, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki
Pasadena city prosecutors have filed 136 criminal charges against the owner of a duplex where two men died in an explosion and fire last November. Twenty men were renting tiny makeshift rooms at the duplex on El Sereno Avenue at the time of the Nov. 1 blaze, which county prosecutors say one of the tenants intentionally set. Paul Richard Boyd, 75, and Cliff Juan Clark, 56, died in the fire. Garth Allen Robbins, 50, was charged with arson, murder and attempted murder five days later and returns to court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 15. And now, property owner Jeanette Broussard, a 74-year-old Altadena resident, could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each of 136 identical misdemeanor counts of operating an illegal boarding house, Assistant City Prosecutor Kimery Shelton said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Phil Willon
Fallout from a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin may soon make its way to Sacramento. Joe Piasecki reports that Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena plans to introduce a resolution calling for California officials to boycott travel and business dealings with Florida until it repeals the controversial "stand your ground" law. The resolution will be introduced when state lawmakers return...
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November 7, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
Pasadena has a fork in the road. And it's 18 feet tall. Where south St. John and south Pasadena avenues divide, there's a towering wooden silver fork in the traffic median. The utensil has a black steel skeleton and is rooted in 2 1/2 feet of concrete. The art was originally intended as a surprise for Bob Stane of Altadena, who celebrated his 75th birthday Oct. 29. But Caltrans, which owns the median, and Pasadena, which maintains the land, are deciding whether to keep it up for a while as an impromptu piece of street art. "It was just the best birthday present I've ever had," said Stane, who owns the Coffee Gallery Backstage, a coffeehouse and showroom in Altadena, with the fork's artist, Ken Marshall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 2009
BUSINESS
July 5, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
In one of the largest real estate sales since the last boom, investors have purchased the Pasadena headquarters of engineering company Parsons Corp. for $320 million. The 22.7-acre campus on the northern edge of Old Pasadena was bought from Parsons by Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing and Lincoln Property Co. The international engineering firm has agreed to remain in its signature 12-story headquarters tower as a tenant for 15 years. The sale was the largest office transaction in Los Angeles County since Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles sold for $327 million at the peak of the real estate cycle in 2007, according to real estate brokerage statistics.
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October 7, 2009 | Nicole Santa Cruz
Pasadena is about to get more fancy trash cans. The City Council approved a work order late Monday night to place 40 self-compacting solar-energy trash cans throughout the city, in addition to the 12 already on the streets. The city is joining Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Boston and Philadelphia in using the trash cans, called BigBelly Solar Compactors, according to the vendor's website. The 40 receptacles will cost $146,550. The trash bins, which first started appearing on Pasadena street corners in 2007, can compact 200 gallons of trash into one 60-gallon "neat" bag, said Gabriel Silva, the environmental programs manager with the city's Department of Public Works.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013
This Spanish Colonial Revival known as the Fraser House sits amid oak and olive trees in Pasadena's Historic Highlands landmark district. Vintage details include tile work and arched doorways. Location: 1026 E. Elizabeth St., Pasadena 91104 Asking price: $1.099 million Year built: 1928 House size: Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2,620 square feet Lot size: 10,676 square feet Features: Exposed hand-hewn ceiling beams in the living and dining rooms, hardwood flooring, wood-burning fireplace, sun room, breakfast area, laundry, guesthouse/studio with own entrance, upgraded electrical work, two-car garage, flagstone patio, built-in barbecue area, lawn About the area: Last year, 294 single-family homes sold in the 91104 ZIP Code at a median price of $499,000, according to DataQuick.
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December 28, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
For Maricela Ruiz, a trip to the store to pick up a few groceries or to her daughter's school felt nearly impossible. “I'd go home crying,” said Ruiz, 37. She couldn't speak English, and after a few failed attempts at communication, began to wait for her husband to come home to help her run errands. For Ruiz, who moved from Mexico to Pasadena two years ago, the language barrier proved isolating. But a year ago Ruiz joined Mother's Club Family Learning Center, a nonprofit in Pasadena that provides English classes to mothers and their children.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
Don't be confused by the title “Autobiography of Us”: This story set in mid-century Pasadena is actually a novel. It's the debut from Aria Beth Sloss, who gave birth to a baby the same month as her book was published. (Our interview took place via email on her due date.) Inspired by Sloss' own mother's Southern California upbringing, “ Autobiography of Us ” introduces the reader to two 14-year-old girls living in the patrician neighborhood of Pasadena during the late '50s.
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