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World Series Win Is One for the Book

Photo by Mitch Lehman / The Review
Five South Pasadenans attended a ceremony last Thursday afternoon, where a copy of the book “All for One” was donated to the South Pasadena Public Library. From left are former Mayor Bob Joe, library director Kathy Billings, Los Angeles Dodger broadcaster Joe Davis, Dodger historian Mark Langill and former Dodger Stadium groundskeeper Terry Kiser.

With the exception of the lifelong affection transplants to Southern California maintain for the athletic teams from the states and cities of their upbringing, it’s safe to say that South Pasadenans comprehensively love their Los Angeles Dodgers the most.
Which is to be expected, given that Dodger Stadium sits just 7.6 miles away from the South Pasadena Public Library. It was at that latter location that three South Pasadenans assembled last Thursday afternoon to celebrate the squad’s 2020 World Series championship.

City Council Veterans Exit, Newcomers Face Key Decisions

By Haley Sawyer
The Review

Three South Pasadena City Council members have departed after a year of challenges, while three new members have joined ahead of decisions that could have a major impact on the city.
Bob Joe, Richard Schneider and Stephen Rossi each appeared in their final council meeting on Dec. 2, and Evelyn Zneimer, Jack Donovan and Jon Primuth appeared in their first.
Joe, the outgoing mayor, leaves after 10 years on the council.

State of the City: Actions During Pandemic Lauded

By Haley Sawyer
The Review

Bob Joe

In his last address as a member of the South Pasadena City Council, outgoing Mayor Bob Joe highlighted the way the city rose to the occasion during the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic.
Delivering his State of the City remarks, the two-term councilman also touched on the work that his successor as mayor, Diana Mahmud, will take charge of, work that includes implementing law enforcement reform and plotting the city’s development and continued response to the pandemic.
“By remaining focused on our goals, we are making great strides toward adapting and moving forward,” Joe, who was defeated by Evelyn Zneimer in last month’s election, said at last week’s virtual council meeting.

Second Proposed Sale of SPUSD Headquarters Fizzles

A recent agreement that called for the South Pasadena Unified School District to sell its main offices on El Centro Street has fallen through, once again leaving district officials looking for a buyer for the historic property.
Summitrose Investments, a West Hollywood-based firm, will not acquire the property for $13 million as previously agreed upon. The agreement was in the due diligence phase after the SPUSD Board of Education unanimously approved entering into the deal on Nov. 9. The agreement fell through on Nov. 23, according to the district.
It was unclear as of the Review’s press deadline what prompted the change of heart.

SPHS Students Recognized in Virtual Enterprise Competitions

Ella Jayasekera (clockwise, from top left), Michelle Jee, Devin Pearson and Matteo Lee make up the sales department of the SPHS virtual enterprise varsity team, Pebbly, and took seventh place in the national Design for Delight competition.

South Pasadena High School’s virtual enterprise varsity team, Pebbly, and junior varsity team, My Meals, competed at their first regional and national competitions. Pebbly’s product is a new-age spin on Gary Dahl’s classic pet rock, and My Meals deals in customized gourmet meals delivered to the consumer’s doorstep.
Sales department students from Pebbly took seventh place out of 74 teams in the national Design for Delight competition sponsored by Intuit. The Pebbly sales department consists of Matteo Lee, Ella Jayasekera, Michelle Jee and Devin Pearson.

Tournament of Roses Announces Lineup for Jan. 1 Celebration

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses on Tuesday announced special performances and celebrity guests for the “The Rose Parade’s New Year Celebration,” a virtual event on Jan. 1 that will stand in for the traditional parade, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The reimagined celebration of the new year will feature musical entertainment and celebrity guest appearances. The event sponsored by Honda will be aired through the Tournament’s six broadcast partners.
Music will be performed by artists including Sheryl Crow, Mickey Guyton, Tori Kelly, Lady A, Rascal Flatts and the War and Treaty.

Red Cross to Hold Local Blood Drives

December may be the season of giving, but it’s typically a challenging time to collect enough blood donations. Add in a pandemic, and this year could be even tougher than usual.
That’s why the American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling good to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets this holiday season.
In South Pasadena, there will be donation opportunities on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 1126 Fair Oaks Ave., and on Tuesday, Dec. 22, from 1-7 p.m. at the public library at 1115 El Centro St.
The need for blood doesn’t stop for holidays. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million blood transfusions will have been given in the United States. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure that hospital shelves remain stocked to meet patient blood needs.

Alumnus Donates Safety Gear to SPUSD

Photo by Mitch Lehman / The Review

Samuel Kang (second from left), mayor of Duarte and head of total solutions at BYD Motors, donated several boxes of personal protective equipment to the South Pasadena Unified School District on Tuesday morning. According to Kang, BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of PPE, having refashioned many of its manufacturing facilities shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in March. Kang, a 1992 graduate of South Pasadena High School, is pictured with district Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Dave Lubs, bond construction coordinator Allison Anderson and Director of Facilities and Maintenance Alfredo Perez. Kang has served nine years on the Duarte City Council.

Music About Climate Change Strikes Provocative Chord

Photos courtesy Lucy Jones
Seismologist Lucy Jones not only is an expert on earthquakes, but also has striven through music to call attention to climate change. She is pictured with a
viola da gamba.

If you have lived in the Los Angeles area for any length of time, you’ve probably watched or listened to seismologist Lucy Jones.
She’s kind of the Dr. Fauci of earthquakes for a lot of us. When she explains what is happening during and after a major earthquake, people listen. She makes earthquakes understandable, and she does it in a manner that people trust.
So when I learned that Jones has written a musical alert to climate change, I figured I should check it out.
You should, too.

COVID Rages On With Highest Case Rates

Nearly nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Los Angeles County officials reported a record-shattering 7,593 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, making it the “worst day thus far,” and Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer expects that number to climb.