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December 20, 2013 | By James Rainey
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, recently accused by a former top aide of pressuring her for sex and retaliating when she rebuffed him, was the subject of a 2005 criminal investigation in which a Pasadena massage therapist said Huizar groped her, according to records and interviews. At the time of the complaint, Huizar was president of the Los Angeles school board and was running for City Council. The Pasadena Police Department recently released a summary of its investigation in response to a state Public Records Act request by The Times.
December 18, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
In 21st century America, there is one subject even more difficult to discuss honestly in public than race: money. It took a while but near the end of Monday evening's diversity forum featuring the artistic leaders of Southern California's most prominent nonprofit theaters, the issue everyone was skirting was finally being loudly addressed. Barry Edelstein, still settling into his job as artistic director of San Diego's Old Globe, articulated the biggest obstacle to change in the American theater: "the inertia of the business model" that stems from "the fear" of jeopardizing the budgetary status quo.  CRITICS' PICKS: What to watch, where to go, what to eat   A single flop can result not only in a loss of the earned income that nonprofit theaters are relying on to an ever-greater extent, but also in a backlash with philanthropic giving that can have dire institutional consequences.
December 17, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Who would expect to find an art show in a real estate office, even an agency devoted to architectural properties? Melinda Fay organized the Good Eye Gallery show "Home as Art," which she describes as a pop-up with more than 70 works, all installed throughout the nondescript Banner Los Robles corporate building in Pasadena where Deasy/Penner & Partners keeps its offices. Artworks hang in offices, in hallways, from the ceiling. The concentration of emerging and mid-career artists means there are several affordable gift-giving opportunities in this countdown to Christmas: Small paintings by South Pasadena artist Jordan Daines begin at $220, and handmade silk leaf mobiles by Jan Carson are $200 apiece.
December 12, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Historic Old Pasadena, a restored section of the city's downtown bustling with shops and restaurants, is getting more high-tech. Three older buildings at a busy intersection on Raymond Avenue will be transformed into a hub for budding technology firms in a real estate development backed by a prominent Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor. David Sacks, who was instrumental in the launch of two $1-billion Internet companies, has joined Los Angeles developer Rising Realty Partners in a project to turn three century-old buildings into offices for tech firms.
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities indicted two dozen members and associates of a Pasadena-based gang that was working with the Sinaloa cartel to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico. Dubbed Operation Rose Bud, the 18-month investigation targeted members of Varrio Pasadena Rifa, a multi-generational gang known to sell drugs in the city, the Antelope Valley and Kern County, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said during a news conference Thursday.  More than $2.5 million in narcotics was seized during the operation, officials said.
December 7, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Sarah Soriano started yelling just after the parade float rounded the corner. "Fire! Fire! Fire!" The AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Rose Parade float stopped suddenly in the middle of Adelante Street in Irwindale early Saturday morning, its riders hustling down through a massive white cake and to the ground below. "OK, 22 seconds!" Soriano, a Tournament of Roses volunteer, hollered before the riders climbed back onto the float and rolled away. They did well, she said. In a fire drill like this one, the float must be stopped and all riders evacuated within 45 seconds, the Tournament of Roses stipulates - one of hundreds of rules each float must abide by. Saturday was the final day of road and safety tests for numerous entries built by Fiesta Parade Floats and Paradiso Parade Floats in Irwindale.
December 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will star in the world premiere of “Above the Fold.” Written by former New York Times correspondent Bernard Weinraub, "Above the Fold" is set in a journalism world in transition, amid a shift from print to digital storytelling. Jane, the character to be played by Henson, is an African American newspaper reporter covering three white fraternity boys accused of raping an African American woman at a Southern university.
December 1, 2013 | Ronald D. White
Financial planners like to see smooth waters for clients in their 50s: saving lots in the best earning years of one's career, avoiding new debt, paying off the mortgage by retirement or soon thereafter. Instead, Christopher and Robyn Reagan of South Pasadena have weathered a storm of big events. "We had just gotten to a point where we could afford to live in this house," said Christopher Reagan about the couple's 73-year-old, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in South Pasadena, purchased in 1998.
November 25, 2013
'12 Angry Men' Where: Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena When: Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m., Saturdays 4 and 8 p.m., Sundays 2 and 7 p.m. Ends Dec. 1. Tickets: $38-$125 Contact: (626) 356-7529.
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