Single New COVID-19 Case Detected in Pasadena on Wednesday

Health officials reported only one new COVID-19 infection in Pasadena on Wednesday, and no additional deaths. The additional case bumped the city’s pandemic total to 11,276, while the local death toll has remained at 346 since the last fatalities in Pasadena were reported on April 30, according to Pasadena Public Health Department data. Over the prior week, the city recorded an average of 2 daily infections. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 255 new infections and 16 […]

LA Metro Board To Vote Today On Pilot For Free Rides For Students, Low-Income Riders

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Executive Management Committee Thursday will consider approving a 23-month pilot program to make L.A. Metro buses and trains free to students starting in August and all low-income riders starting in January. If approved by the committee, the pilot program will next go to L.A. Metro’s Board of Directors for final approval. L.A. Metro currently offers discounts to people who make $39,450 a year or less, people age 62 and older, veterans and people […]

Supervisors Renew $25,000 in Case of Altadena Boy Killed by Errant Bullet

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $25,000 reward in the case of a 4-year-old killed by an errant bullet in a 2016 gang shooting in Altadena. Supervisor Kathryn Barger asked her colleagues to renew a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed 4-year-old Salvador Esparza on July 5, 2016. The boy was found lying on his front porch on the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive about […]

Villanueva: Names Of Deputies In Shootings Will Be Released Within 30 Days

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said today his department is establishing a policy of releasing within 30 days the names of deputies who fire their weapons at suspects, and 95 previously unreleased names will be posted online this week. “The idea is we want to be as transparent as we can, but we can’t jeopardize ongoing investigations,” Villaneuva said during a talk on social media. The announcement came one day after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion recommending that an […]

Pasadena Blood Donation Center and Red Cross Announce Upcoming Blood Drive

The Pasadena Blood Donation Center, 2471 E. Walnut St., Suite 103, continues to accept blood donations by appointment, as the Red Cross works to bolster the nation’s blood supply in the waning days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Blood donors can call the Pasadena Blood Donation Center and schedule an appointment for any day of the week, including Sunday. The Red Cross also lists other locations in the Pasadena area where staff will accept donations. A Red Cross statement said the […]

Pasadena, County COVID-19 Case Rates Continue to Decline

The city remains in the Yellow Tier with case numbers across the region continuing to decline as the state closes in on the June 15 full reopening date. According to statistics released by the state on Tuesday, the county’s average daily rate of new COVID-19 infections fell to 1.2 per 100,000 residents, down from 1.4 per 100,000 last week. The average rate of people testing positive for the virus slipped to 0.6%, down from 0.7% a week ago. The city […]

UPS to Hire 300 in Southern California

UPS is on a blitz to hire for 300 permanent part-time positions throughout Southern California, the company announced this week. The jobs are package handling positions at UPS sorting hubs “that can lead to a career,” UPS said in a written statement. The hiring frenzy is the result of “rapid and ongoing growth of ecommerce coupled with overall demand for our services,” said UPS Director of Human Resources Christine Castaldi. “We’re looking for people who want to start a great […]

L.A. County Approves Pilot for Guaranteed Basic Income

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 today to approve proposals for a pilot guaranteed income program, one of which calls for $1,000 per month to be paid to 1,000 residents for at least three years. Supervisor Kathryn Barger was the dissenting vote, expressing concerns about lack of research into the plans and the potential for fraud. Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Sheila Kuehl co-authored a motion declaring that poverty and economic opportunity are public health issues and calling […]

Despite Dozens of Service Calls by Police, Store Owner Appealing to Sell More Alcohol

Police have responded to dozens of calls for service near and around a Pasadena neighborhood store that is seeking a conditional use permit (CUP) to sell a full line of alcoholic beverages, including spirits, according to a city staff report.  From Jan. 27 to May 10, Pasadena police reported responding to 55 calls for service within 500 feet of the Linda Rosa Market, located in the 1800 block of East Villa Street. The calls included complaints about theft, public disturbances, […]