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Pasadena Company Launches Clear COVID-19 Masks to “Restore Some Humanity in These Crazy Times”

A Pasadena-based company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to unveil its new clear COVID-19 mask, designed to allow wearers to share a smile while still staying protected from the pandemic. ClearlyHuman’s REVEAL mask allows facial expressions to be seen through the mask, which includes N95-level filtration, the company said in a written statement. “REVEAL highlights the facial gestures and micro-expressions that connect us — the joyful hello of a smile, the romance of blowing a kiss, and the subtle difference […]

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Pasadena Hair Salons, Barber Shops Can Do Business Indoors Again

Good news, your favorite barbershop and beauty salon can resume business indoors. Effective today, indoor operations at hair salons and barbershops may resume at 25% capacity in accordance with the Public Health Reopening Protocol, according to Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. “Hair salons and barbershops are still encouraged to provide outdoor services as much as possible because current scientific evidence appears to indicate a lower risk of COVID-19 transmission outdoors.” Personal care services (esthetician, skin care and cosmetology services; electrology; […]

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Tetra Tech Wins $68 Million U.S. EPA Superfund Contract

Pasadena-based consulting and engineering services firm Tetra Tech Inc. has won a single-award, seven-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for $68 million to provide technical and advisory services for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 for the agency’s Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START V) program. EPA Region 8 covers the Mountains and Plains region and serves the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 28 Tribal Nations. Under the contract, Tetra Tech will provide […]

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City Seeking County Guidance on Opening Barbershops, Beauty Salons

As of Sunday, Pasadena officials had issued no new orders that would allow beauty salons and barbershops to open. On Friday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced changes in the reopening process for counties stricken by the novel coronavirus. As part of that reopening guidelines process, nail salons and barbershops can reopen in other parts of the state, but not here, at least not yet. “We are working in coordination with the county to determine next steps, so no new orders yet,” […]

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Businesses Taking Leap Of Faith To Open New Stores Amid Pandemic Uncertainties

Despite many closure signs, and little immediate guidance from the state, some business owners are taking a leap of faith and opening up new storefronts. In Pasadena, iconic Randy’s Donuts is also opening up a new store. Owner Mark Kelegian says they are also opening new stores in Costa Mesa and Torrance, despite some drop-off in business at his other drive-thru locations. “I think it’s important to get us back to some sort of normalcy not had in a long […]

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Hertz Must Unload Thousands of Cars as Part of Bankruptcy

As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, rental car giant Hertz will have to offload nearly 200,000 cars by the end of this year, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Hertz, which has a location in Pasadena, filed for bankruptcy in May and must dispose of at least 182,521 leased cars by Dec. 31, the filing reads. This is part of a $650-million temporary deal the company made with a creditor group, reported The Wall Street Journal. […]

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CIT’s Direct Bank Announces New Digital Self-Service Capabilities

Pasadena-based CIT Bank said their customers can now simplify their digital banking experience and manage their money remotely by using new self-service capabilities for moving funds via wire transfer and managing mature certificates of deposit through the bank’s online and mobile platforms. In a statement Thursday, CIT Bank said one of the unique features to the new wire transfer capability is the option for customers to choose the recipient type – an escrow company, intermediary, or standard recipient – simplifying […]

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California Investor Spends $590 Million to Expand Footprint in Research Triangle Park

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., a Pasadena-based real estate investment trust that invests in office buildings and laboratories in the life science and technology industries, has acquired a large portion of the Research Triangle Park in Durham, North Carolina, said a report in the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Triangle Business Journal. The report, citing Durham County deed records, said Alexandria Real Estate closed on 253.11 acres at Parmer RTP for $590.4 million on Monday. The purchase includes seven parcels across three […]

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OneWest Bank Launches Program to Give Back to Local School Children

OneWest Bank, CIT’s Southern California retail bank division, today launched its second annual Bank on Building a Brighter Community program to give back to local school children.  In partnership with the Pasadena, Metro LA, Santa Monica, and Moorpark & Simi Valley Boys & Girls Clubs, OneWest Bank will donate three hours of virtual learning assistance for every qualified checking account opened between now and Oct. 15. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and […]

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Pasadena Real Estate Entrepreneur Plans to Modernize San Diego Apartment Complex

Pasadena-based Gatehouse Partners, LLC, in partnership with real estate entrepreneur Ralph Giannella, has recently purchased an apartment complex located at 2121 Thomas Ave. in San Diego, in the Crown Point community of Pacific Beach. On Tuesday, Giannella, one of the nation’s leading authorities on buying and transforming residential real estate, said he will be spearheading the complex’s rehabilitation and modernization. “2121 Thomas Avenue has served San Diego’s rental community very well for half a century,” Giannella said in a statement. […]