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Seventh Pasadena Business and Economic Summit Tuesday Asks, “Will Pasadena’s Prosperity Endure?”

Sun, 2019-10-20 02:10

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce invites leaders of business and industry in Pasadena to be part of a discussion on the local economy, their industries and the future of business in Pasadena at the sixth Pasadena Business and Economic Summit on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The University Club at 175 North Oakland Avenue in Pasadena. Free valet parking is included along with lunch and the informative program.

The program will center on the local economy and answer the question, “Will Pasadena’s Prosperity Endure?”

Cost to attend the second Pasadena Business and Economic Summit is $50 and includes the program, lunch and parking. A corporate table of eight, which includes signage and recognition on the program, costs $400. Valet parking, lunch and the informative and engaging program are included in the cost.

Verizon is the presenting sponsor of the Business and Economic Summit 2019 which features a discussion of the economic health and the future of business in Pasadena. The Pasadena Business and Economic Summit is generously underwritten by Verizon. Wells Fargo sponsors the 2019 Business and Economic Summit.

Somjita Mitra, director of the Institute for Applied Economics at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation will provide an economic overview with insights into trends and issues that may impact our economy in the future.

The Pasadena Business and Economic Summit will feature special presentations by Michael Ross, chief executive officer of the Pasadena Center Operating Company that oversees the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Mr. Ross will discuss tourism, restaurants, business travel and factors that impact Pasadena’s hospitality industry. Principal and Founder of Lee and Associates Colleen Carey will examine Pasadena’s retail and office environment and highlight factors that could impact the vacancy rates for office space, retail and restaurants in Pasadena. Jesus Roman Vice President of State Government Affairs, Public Policy and Legal Affairs for Verizon will explain 5G communications technology and its potential impact on local business and industry.

Invitations were mailed in September. Anyone wanting to attend can email Tickets can be purchased online at

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is a business service member organization that works to ensure the prosperity of its members through a variety of offerings including referrals, networking, workshops and seminars, events and much more. The Chamber serves 1450 member companies.





Vallarta Supermarket Will Offer Hands-on Community Event Commemorating Day of the Dead

Fri, 2019-10-18 06:11

The Pasadena Vallarta Supermarket opened on November 29, 2017. Photo by James Carbone.

Vallarta Supermarkets in Pasadena will host a hands-on community event on Thursday, October 24, commemorating Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with “pan de muerto” and altar-making, from 6 to 8 p.m., at their location at 655 N. Fair Oaks Avenue.

The event is a communal ofrenda (altar) day, where the public is encouraged to attend and learn how to create and decorate their own ofrenda, the centerpiece of the celebration, to honor their departed loved ones. The event will also offer the opportunity to learn about pan de muerto, a traditional pastry eaten during Día de Los Muertos among family and also placed on the ofrendas.

For anyone looking to create an ofrenda, the centerpiece of the celebration, Vallarta is the one-stop destination for supplies.

Día de Los Muertos is a two-day holiday actually celebrated on November 1 and 2. During the holiday, families create ofrendas with offerings to honor departed loved ones. Altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, pan de muerto, photos of the departed, beverages, and personal items.

Among most Christians, especially Catholics, the offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead, with the tasty treats giving loved ones sustenance after their long trek.

During the community event on Thursday, some recognized community influencers will provide tips on making the most out of the celebration. They include Jet Plane Mommy blogger Magaly Tompkins, Abuela’s Kitchen, Suzy’s Vista, and Jessica Flores.

The general public can participate in making the communal ofrenda inside the store, get behind the scenes on how pan de muerto is made and taste some samples, and see the variety of sizes, flavors and colors of pan de muerto and La Catrina sugar skull art.

Vallarta in Pasadena is one of over 50 Vallarta Supermarkets throughout California. Enrique Gonzales Jr. opened the first supermarket in Van Nuys in 1985 and soon set up branches in Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Orange and Fresno counties.

To learn more about the Vallarta chain and their offerings, visit

Pasadena-Headquartered Tetra Tech Wins $500 Million USAID Global Energy Contract

Tue, 2019-10-15 06:07

Pasadena-based Tetra Tech, Inc., which provides high-end consulting and engineering services worldwide, has been awarded a $500 million, five-year, multiple-award contract by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide technical assistance for the Energy II program.

Under the contract, Tetra Tech will support USAID to address the growing demand for and use of modern energy services by promoting sustainable, renewable energy technologies; increasing energy security, and strengthening energy sector reforms.

In a statement, Tetra Tech said their data scientists will perform advanced analytics to assess energy markets, increase greater regional cooperation through cross-border trade, and improve utility performance.

“Access to safe, reliable, and sustainable sources of energy is critical to a country’s economic growth,” Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech Chairman and CEO, said. “Tetra Tech has supported USAID’s global energy programs for the past 10 years. We look forward to continuing this support, incorporating the latest technologies and analytics to create resilient energy solutions in developing countries.”

The company said their energy specialists will work to catalyze private sector investment by establishing a regulatory framework with clear and transparent rules, and analyze environmental and social implications of proposed energy services.

Tetra Tech also will assist national and local governments to improve their capacity to govern the energy sector and prepare for and respond to disasters.

Tetra Tech has over 20,000 associates worldwide working together to provide solutions to complex problems in water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development.

To learn more about the company, visit