CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1999
Already setting off protests, the city is considering whether to sell 1.3 acres of open land along the Arroyo Seco for about $1 million to an education institution and use the money to improve parks. The City Council has yet to make a final decision. Some residents have formed a group to fight a sale, warning of what they contend is a threat to the rustic canyon, which meanders from Pasadena to Los Angeles.
March 21, 1993
Fearing a riot after a verdict in the Rodney G. King beating trial, the City Council last week approved the purchase of 30 helmets and riot gear for police officers and 10 bulletproof vests for firefighters at a cost of about $13,000. "There is a feeling there might be trouble following the verdict. We are going to be prepared," Mayor Harry A. Knapp said after the meeting.
May 6, 1993
City officials are considering establishing assessment districts that would charge the average homeowner more than $200 annually for fire protection, landscaping and street lighting to make up a projected 1994 budget shortfall. Tom Biesek, of the South Pasadena Taxpayers Assn., said the fees will cover up for poor city management and allow the City Council to effectively increase property taxes without a community vote.