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The City of Pasadenainvites residents and 
community members tolearn about redistrictingand share their ideas about 
how shifts in populationmight affect the bordersof the seven City Councildistricts.

 Seven communityworkshops are planned inthe coming weeks, startingwith the first workshopon Saturday, June 26, inDistrict 2 and concludingwith a workshop on 
Thursday, August 5, in 
District 5. These seven 
identical workshops willbe held in each district to 
ensure the process comesto every corner of thecommunity and allow 
residents to choose a date 
and location that is most 
convenient. Residents 
are highly encouragedto participate, and eachworkshop is open to allresidents in the city. Each 
workshop will be availablevia Zoom, giving residents 
a choice to attend in person 
or participate online. 
Details about the schedule 
of upcoming workshopscan be found on the City’swebsite at cityofpasadena.

“The redistricting processtakes place every ten years 
in Pasadena. As part ofthis current cycle, there are 
new rules in place set forthby the State of California, 
and we want to ensure the 
public is properly informedand engaged,” said VinceFarhat, RedistrictingTask Force Chair. “A 
primary emphasis of the 
task force is on publicinput, transparencyand education. District 
elections affect how we 
elect our representativeson the City Council, so theprocess is foundational to 
representative democracy. 
It is an important effort anda unique civic engagementexperience.”

Each meeting will last twohours. The content shared 
will include a history ofredistricting in Pasadena, areview of the current laws 
that govern the process, anoverview of the timeline 
to complete redistricting, 
an explanation of 
communities of interest, 
and a demonstration of 
mapping tools the public 
can utilize to define 
communities of interest 
and eventually submit 
redistricting plans for thetask force to consider.

 The task force is composedof 12 members appointedby the City Council.

Residents are encouraged 
to visit cityofpasadena.
net/redistricting to stayinformed and sign upfor email alerts as new 
information and events 
come available. 

PCC Accepts Record $30 Million Donation 

Pasadena City Collegeannounced Tuesday that theyreceived a $30 million donation,
the largest single philanthropicgift in its nearly 100-yearhistory.

According to officials, thelandmark investment from 
author and philanthropistMackenzie Scott (picturedright) will dramatically expandPCC’s efforts to enhance the 
equity and diversity of thestudents and communities it 

“This is the kind of moment 
that takes your breath away,”
said Dr. Erika Endrijonas,

superintendent/presidentof Pasadena City College.
“Everyone here does what we do 
because we believe in the abilityof PCC to change lives for thebetter. We don’t expect toreceive this kind of recognition,
but today, it’s our lives that havebeen changed.

“I cannot wait to put thisinvestment to work,” she 

 The unrestricted gift is 
remarkable in the world of 
American two-year colleges.
The PCC Foundation’s 
recently completed major giftscampaign netted an impressive$16 million in philanthropic 
support from local donors,
and today’s donation more 
than doubles the assets of the 

 “This gift creates an 
unparalleled momentum for 
the PCC Foundation to fulfill its 
mission of enhancing teachingand learning at the college,”
said Gloria Pitzer, president ofthe PCC Foundation. “The PCC 
Foundation is thrilled to be partof this exciting moment and tobe trusted as custodians for this 

Forth of July FireworksReturns To Lacy Park 

The ever-changingrestrictions and capacitylimits led the city to originally 
cancel San Marino’s beloved 
4th of July celebration atLacy Park. However, withthe reopening of the Stateand strong support fromCity Council, staff has beenworking tirelessly to bringSan Marino a much-needed 
community event, and to 
announce that the 4th of 
July celebration at Lacy Park 
is officially back on. Citystaff will have more details 
on the day’s events next 
week, but can guarantee anamazing fireworks show, 
great music, delicious food,
and most importantly, atime to celebrate and gather 
with friends and neighbors.
Tickets will go on sale 
starting on Monday, June 

Scott’s philanthropy has 
touched more than 780 
institutions around the country,
including many colleges anduniversities, as she pursues apledge made last July to “givethe majority of [her] wealth 
back to the society that helpedgenerate it.”

Plans for the donation are 
still being finalized, but Dr.
Endrijonas said the funding willbe targeted toward populationsthat could benefit the most 
from the donation. “We need to 
make sure this transformational 
opportunity reaches as many of 
our students as we can manage,” 
she said. “We will be makinginvestments in programs andservices that increase student 
equity, drive completion ratesacross student demographics,
and ensure student success at 

 California’s communitycolleges are hurrying to reacha goal to eliminate persistentgaps in success and graduationrates. In 2019, the same yearshe was appointed the college’s 
first LGBTQ superintendent/
president, Dr. Endrijonas madea bold challenge for PCC to bethe first college in the system to 
hit this mark by 2027.

PCC has earned national 
recognition for its efforts totransform a community collegeeducation, with a particularfocus on equity and pathways toeconomic mobility. The AspenInstitute has selected it three 
times as one of the top 10 two-
year institutions in the nation,
and in 2020 the California 
Community Colleges chose 
PCC as the winner of the John 

W. Rice Award for Student 
PCC is a state leader in 
transfers to the University of 

21st and will be available 
at Stoneman, Crowell 
Public Library, and CityHall. Presale tickets for 
residents are $5 per person 
and $15 for non-residents. 
Day-of tickets are $20 
for everyone. For more 
information about the day’s 
activities, keep

 The previously announcedpop-up events and giveawaysin the days leading up to the4th will still be happening, aswill our second annual home 
decorating contest. You canfind out more information 
about the pop-up events 
popups and learn how toenter the home decoratingcontest at: cityofsanmarino.


California and California State 
University systems. Its First-
Year Experience Pathways andUjima programs help studentsprepare for a successful collegecareer, and satellite campusesin Rosemead and Northwest 
Pasadena bring PCC’s programsand services to the community. 

ReopeningOf Allendale 
And Villa-
Parke LibraryBranches

 Pasadena Public Library

reopened two additional 

library sites for in-person

service. Allendale Branch 

Library reopened on Tuesday.

Villa-Parke Branch Library

will reopen on Monday, June


 Patrons will be able to 

browse the collections check 

out materials, reserve and use

public computers, and access

Wi-Fi as well as printing and

copying services. They will

still be able to attend virtual 

programs; contact library

staff via phone at (626) 744

4066, option 7, email at or live chat at 


net/library/live-chat/ and pick 

up materials on hold.

With the addition of these 

two branch reopening’s,

Pasadena Public Library

will now have eight branch

libraries offering in-person

service for Pasadena residents. 

Our ninth site, Hill Avenue 

Branch Library will continue

to offer curbside service for 

library holds. Central Library

remains closed due to seismic 

safety concerns.


Allendale Branch Library (In

person service)

1130 S. Marengo Ave.

(626) 744-7260

Monday-Saturday • 10 a.m.-6 


Villa Parke Branch Library

(In-person service offered as

of June 28)

363 E. Villa St. 

(626) 744-6510

Monday-Friday • 10 a.m.-6

p.m., Saturday • 10 a.m.-4:30 


 To learn more, visit:, or

call (626) 744-4066. 

Tournament and Cal 
Poly Launch Rose STEM 

Middle and high schoolstudents introduced to 
STEM concepts used tocreate a Rose Parade 

 The Pasadena Tournament of 
Roses, in partnership with CalPoly Rose Float, announcedThrusday the launch of Rose 
STEM presented by Verizon.
The series of virtual programswill introduce middle and 
high school students to STEMconcepts used to create a RoseParade float, with a goal toreach more than 500 students 
from the greater Los Angeles 

 Over the summer, Cal PolyRose Float, a group of college 
students, will share their 
expertise in float construction,
design and decoration. CalPoly Pomona and Cal Poly SanLuis Obispo have continuouslyparticipated in the parade since 
1949 and their floats have led 
in introducing technology 
to the parade, including the 
first use of hydraulics for 
animation in 1968 and the first 
use of computer-controlledanimation in 1978.

 “I am lucky to be part of thisprogram,” shares Cal Poly RoseFloat President ChristopherNares. “Everyone in this 
program is an extraordinaryindividual that has greatcommitment.”

 Throughout the series, therewill be Tournament of Roses 
members and representativesfrom Verizon who will also 
bring their knowledge to the 

“As part of our Citizen Verizon 

Library Celebrates 100Years of Summer Reading

 A century ago, Pasadena Public Library began offering asummer reading program for local children introducing them tothe magic of words, love of reading and discovery of new worldsand adventures. Started in 1921 as the Vacation Reading Club,
this program has brought the joy of reading to thousands of boysand girls during the summer months. We’re proud to continuethis long and rich tradition that has made summertime fun and 
exciting for children and teens—and more recently for adults.

This year’s theme is Reading Colors Your World.Children,
teens, and adults are invited to participate and sign up onlineat: or stop by the Allendale,
Hastings, Hill Avenue, Lamanda Park, La Pintoresca, Linda 
Vista, San Rafael, or Santa Catalina branch libraries to sign upin person. You’ll receive a free book when you register (whilesupplies last).

The program is sponsored by The Friends of the Pasadena PublicLibrary. For more information, call (626) 744-4066. 

program, we have committedto improving the planet and thelives of the people who inhabitit. This includes a pledgeto provide digital skills andeducation opportunities for 
10 million youth,” said EricaJacquez, Executive Director 
of External and Government 
Affairs. “Verizon is proud topartner with Tournament ofRoses and Cal Poly Rose Float 
to expand equitable access to 
high-quality, out-of-school 
STEM enrichment throughprograms like Rose STEM.”

The Tournament of Roses 
is a long-standing supporterof regional and national 
education initiatives throughpartnerships with local schooldistricts, statewide institutions 
and universities and corporate 
sponsors. By supportingstudents and teachers, theyprovide needed resources andvaluable opportunities for 
educational growth.

“I’m passionate about student 
success, access and equity toeducation. We’re quite proudof all the things we’ve donewith both universities over the 
years, they are great examplesof learn-by-doing institutions,”
said 2022 Tournament of 
Roses President Bob Miller. 
“Additionally, with the 
generous support of Verizon,
we were able to provide anoutdoor wireless learning spacefor Pasadena area students at 
no cost.” 

Additional virtual sessions 
will be held during the summermonths. For more information 
on Rose STEM, please contactthe Tournament of Roses at