If it feels like the year is coming to an end all too quickly and you haven’t had the chance to check out the festivities around town, don’t worry, there is still time. If you are in town this holiday season, here are some local festive events happening in the area that you definitely don’t want to miss.
For the Christmas spirit, check out festive lights on Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena. Recognized as the largest oldest large-scale outdoor Christmas lights display in the world, the “Mile of Christmas Trees” are strung with over 10,000 lights. Christmas Tree Lane is located on Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive. Take a drive with the family or park nearby and take a stroll along the trees to view the colorful lights.
If you’re looking for more festive viewings of bright and colorful lights in the evening, there is also the Moonlight Forest at the Los Angeles Arboretum and the Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens, both of which are still going on until January 6th. The Moonlight Forest offers lantern art in shapes of lively animals, shimmering flowering, and fantasy creatures such as dragons. Check out their website for more information.
The Enchanted: Forest of Light at the Descanso Gardens is another spectacular display of lights and visual art to experience. Each year during the holidays, the Descanso Garden is transformed into an enchanted forest with whimsical lighting installations. A one-mile path, intended for nighttime viewing, is also filled with interactive exhibitions for everyone in the family to enjoy. Check out their website for more information.
If you’re looking for festive activities during the day, consider visiting the Kidspace Museum. They will have Snow Days from Wednesday, December 26th to Sunday, December 30th. But what is a snow day you ask? Kidspace offers you a chance to play in snow, to make a snowman, snowballs, snow angels and more. Tons of snow are trucked in for this annual event, so bring your scarf, hat and gloves for a real winter experience.
Additionally, for those of your who have little ones, the museum will have a special Noon Year’s Eve event on Monday, December 31st from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Join in on the “almost” new year celebration with live music, dancing, party hats and a massive ballon drop at noon. Here is a link to their website for more information.
As for New Year’s Day festivities, don’t miss Pasadena’s 130th Annual Tournament of Roses on January 1, 2019. While the Tournament of Roses encompasses several events, the two most popular events are the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.
The Rose Parade is set to start on January 1st at 8:00am. The parade route is 5.5 miles (9 km) and begins at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard. The parade travels north on Orange Grove Boulevard and then turns east onto Colorado Boulevard. Near the end of the route, the parade turns north onto Sierra Madre Boulevard and concludes at Villa Street. The event lasts about two hours, and there are grandstand seating and free curbside seating throughout the parade route.
Prior to the parade, be mindful that road closures take effect by 10:00pm the night prior on Monday, December 31st, and will remain closed until 2:00pm on Tuesday January 1st of 2019. Click here for more information on road closures. Post parade, the floats are parked along Sierra Madre and Washington Boulevards for you to get an up close look. There, the intricately decorated floats span over two miles for viewing from Tuesday, January 1st starting at 1:00pm to Wednesday, January 2nd.
The Rose Bowl Game starts shortly after the Rose Parade at 1:00pm. This year marks the 105th year of the game, and will feature a traditional matchup of teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12, Ohio State Buckeyes vs Washington Huskies. Will you be going to the game? Which team will you root for?
According to a Stanford study, despite the myth, the average American only puts on a pound or two during the holidays. However, unless you succeed at loosing the weight gained after the holidays, accumulating the extra pound year over year will add up. So here are some tips for healthy holiday eating to keep weight loss off the New Year’s resolution list.
Holiday Tips For Healthy Eating
Tip 1: Be prepare and plan ahead.
Just as grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a bad idea, so is going to a holiday gathering or potluck famished. You are more likely to overeat and give into temptations. So curb the hunger by having a healthy snack beforehand. A quick and simple banana smoothies should do the trick.
Tip 2: Eat foods high in fiber.
Fiber is not only good for digestive wellness, it also helps make you feel full. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient rich and naturally high in fiber.Fresh fruits and vegetables in vibrant colors are the most nutrient dense. But don’t forgo the convenient frozen fruits and vegetables, they are picked at peak ripeness and flash frozen so their nutritional value is retained. Consider adding frozen peas or spinach the next time you make soup.
Tip 3: Don’t skip breakfast.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it. Having a hearty breakfast will keep your hunger leveled and helps to avoid over-eating later in the day. Consider prepping breakfast in advance to save you time. Oats soaked in your preferred diary or non-diary milk, with fresh or frozen fruit and some nuts make for a quick and no brainer meal in the morning.
Tip 4: Watch the liquid calories.
Be mindful of the serving size of holiday drinks, cocktails, and alcohol. Consider lower calorie non-diary milks, such as almond or soy, for traditional diary drinks such as hot chocolate. And be mindful of the amount of sugar in holiday drinks. Try asking for a quarter or half the sweetness.
Tip 5: Avoid the binge-now and restrict-later mentality.
You are what you eat, and consistency is the key. So strive to eat healthy throughout the year to avoid the binge-now and restrict-later mentality. But always allow the occasional indulgence to warm our body and spirit.
Hope these tips will help you this holiday season. Do you have any go-to holiday tips to share?
Wishing you all happiness and good health!
The National Confectioners Association says that Americans will buy more than 600 million pounds of chocolates during the month of October. If you are a fan of Halloween and always end up with tons of leftover candies the day after, here are some ideas on what to do with the candies besides eating them all in one sitting.
Idea #1: Freeze it for usage at a later time
Frozen chocolate candy bars can be sprinkled over ice cream, blended into milkshakes, folded into Rice Krispy treats, and baked into cookies. Hard shell candies can be mixed in with granola or trail mix for a snack. Colorful hard or soft candies can be used for decorating gingerbread houses during Christmas.
Idea #2: Sell it to a participating dentist
Check out the Halloween Candy Buy Back Program website to find a participating dentist near you who will accept unopened candies in exchange for toothbrushes, coupons, and sometimes cash.
Idea #3: Send it to our Troops
Organizations such as Operation Gratitude, Soldiers’ Angels, and Operation Shoebox are all accepting leftover Halloween candy donations. In addition to care packages, these organizations that will take your unopened candies and send them to U.S. Troops stationed overseas and first responders stateside. The website linked above contains shipping info and some may have drop-off locations.
Idea #4: Donate it to a local non-profit
Many soup kitchen, homeless shelter food pantry, and retirement and nursing home will take unopened candies for residents and guests. Trying contacting a local non-profit to find out if they are taking donations.
What do you usually do with your leftover Halloween candies? Which of the ideas above would you most likely try this year? Have a happy and spooky Halloween!
From our company Chief Economist, Selma Hepp
What is Proposition 10?
Proposition 10 is a statewide ballot initiative in the November 2018 election that aims to repeal the Costa-Hawkins Housing Act. While Proposition 10 has become a polarizing issue, it is critically important to understand what it does and does not do.
What is the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act? The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act was passed by the California legislature in 1995 and places limits on municipal rent-control ordinances.
The act limits municipal laws in the following ways:
- In cities that already have rent-control policies, it freezes the eligibility of units that can come under rent control at the age threshold that was in place when the ordinances were adopted. For example, units in San Francisco that fall under rent control are those built prior to June 13, 1979.
- It prohibits “strict” rent control (for instance, vacancy control), which requires rents to remain controlled even after a tenant moves out. Since Costa-Hawkins passed, owners may still increase the rent equivalent to the change in the cost of living as measured by the Consumer Price Index (averaging about 5 percent). Prior to the enactment of Costa–Hawkins, such strict vacancy controls existed in five California cities: Berkeley, Santa Monica, Cotati, East Palo Alto, and West Hollywood.
- It exempts all single-family homes, condominiums, and units built after Feb. 1, 1995.
In California, 15 jurisdictions have passed some form of rent control, including “legacy” rent control, meaning cities with ordinances dating back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Santa Monica. Bay Area cities such as Mountain View and Richmond have only recently enacted such ordinances. Cities listed as rent controlled by the state of California: Alameda, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, East Palo Alto, Hayward, Los Angeles, Los Gatos, Oakland, Palm Springs, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Mountain View, and Richmond.
The major purposes of the Costa-Hawkins act are to eliminate vacancy control and thereby allow property owners to adjust the rent to market price and to exempt certain categories of rental units from rent control — new construction, single-family homes, and condominiums.
The act leaves the power to determine most other elements of rent control to the cities. Cities remain in control of determining any changes to the rental amount of a tenancy and possess a substantive jurisdiction to regulate evictions and an owner’s ability to otherwise end a tenancy. Accordingly, cities could prohibit an owner from terminating a tenant without “just cause.” Each California city has its own independently enacted rent-control ordinances, which vary widely.
What Would the Repeal of Costa-Hawkins Mean?
Advocates of expanding rent-control policies gathered enough votes to put a bill on the November 2018 ballot. Assembly Bill 1506, also called the Affordable Housing Act, calls for the repeal of Costa-Hawkins. If approved, in addition to repealing Costa-Hawkins, any subsequent amendments to the Affordable Housing Act would require a two-thirds majority vote by the state legislature. However, even if Proposition 10 passes, each city would need to go through the process of passing new legislation before the repeal would have any effect. At that point, it would be up to cities to decide if they want to expand their rent-control regulations or leave the current laws intact.
It is an undeniable fact that the cost of housing in major California metropolitan areas has grown far out of reach for many residents. The housing-cost burden has become the Achilles’ heel of California’s economic future. Proponents of rent control generally believe that price protections are the most effective ways to help tenants avoid displacement, which disproportionately affects seniors, lower-income tenants, and renters of color. Nevertheless, California’s affordability crisis is a direct result of an undersupply of housing built over the last decade.
According to a recent Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) report, “California’s Housing Future: Challenges and Opportunities,” housing production has averaged less than 80,000 new homes annually over the last 10 years, and ongoing production continues to fall far below the projected need of 180,000 additional homes annually. With now an almost 2 million housing-unit deficit, there is a need for an additional 1.8 million units to be built by 2025 to meet the state’s projected population and household growth.
If these units are not built, housing will become even less affordable. Nevertheless, as research on the impact of rent control across the state and the country has shown, expanding rent control will further exacerbate affordability by adding an additional disincentive to constructing new units and supply of rental units in the market. Specifically, research cited in a recent analysis from University of California, Berkeley shows that rent control reduces the supply of rental housing in the following ways:
- Rent control incentivizes property owners to sell or convert them to nonresidential units.
- Rent control reduces the efficient allocation of housing by disincentivizing current tenants to move even when they don’t need all the space or their financial means have improved beyond the need for rent-controlled housing.
- And critically important now, rent control discourages new development of rental supply by removing developers’ certainty that they will be able to repay their loans and their investors, significantly impacting the feasibility of many construction projects.
For example, a recent study of San Francisco’s 1994 Proposition I, which extended the original rent-control ordinance to include smaller buildings of four units or less, found that these properties were 8 percent more likely to convert to owner-occupied housing. San Francisco consequently faced a notable loss in rental housing, as well as higher prices, due to reduced supply. The offsets amounted to $5 billion of welfare losses to all renters.
Similarly, in West Hollywood, rent control led to the loss of 764 units between 1986 to 2016, with only 10 percent returning to the market as new apartment units. In Santa Monica, out of 3,042 units withdrawn from the market between 1986 and 2017, only one-third were replaced with new rental units (and not necessarily rent-controlled ones). In fact, as a result of the Proposition 10 ballot initiative, some new multifamily projects across the state have already been placed on hold as developers face uncertainty over projects’ feasibility.
Furthermore, some Proposition 10 proponents have argued that the issue is about local government control and allowing jurisdictions that better understand their housing problems to deal with them. Nevertheless, while local jurisdictions are best informed about their own local imbalances — such as homelessness, displacement, and gentrification — a serious lack of local government willingness, and more importantly local residents, to allow low-to-moderate-income development projects has led to California’s 2017 Housing Package.
The package has several regulations that are specifically aimed at holding cities and counties accountable for addressing their housing needs. Over the years, communities have either adopted a noncompliant housing element or failed to submit their housing element to the HCD for timely review.
The package provides greater accountability by:
- Increasing enforcement of state housing-planning (“housing element”) law and enabling the HCD to refer violations to the Attorney General
- Strengthening housing-planning laws to ensure that appropriate land is available for new development and increasing transparency on local governments’ progress on meeting legally mandated housing targets
- Creating a $10,000 per-unit penalty on cities and counties that deny (for unjustified reasons) approval of new homes that are affordable to low- or moderate-income Californians.
In addition, there are a number of chronic local government problems that are driving the current housing crisis, such as strong local community opposition; outdated zoning laws that limit residential density and land-use efficiency; caps on population, housing-growth, or building-height limits; onerous parking- or transportation-improvement requirements; and excessive design review, development fees, and the “fiscalization of land use,” which lead local jurisdictions to favor commercial growth as opposed to residential. Passing Proposition 10 in no way addresses any of these issues.
What are Proposed Alternatives for Tenant Protections?
The main objective going forward is to ensure meaningful protections to renters without constraining the supply of new housing. Without new housing supply, costs will become even more prohibitive, and rent controls will further incentivize property owners to remove their units from the market.
To that end, there have been numerous suggestions proposed by local and state leaders from real estate, finance, academic, public-policy, and government agencies.
- A broad “anti-gouging” rent cap applied to all rental units statewide that would make it illegal to raise rents above a specific amount, determined annually by a formula
- An incentive to developers of new and rehabilitated rental buildings to include on-site, below-market rate units in exchange for property-tax relief
- Creating a central registry of rent-controlled housing to ensure equity among tenants
- Adoption of inclusionary zoning policies combined with density bonuses
- Development of housing trust funds and other programs for local funding of affordable housing
- Exemptions from parking and traffic limitations for low-income housing developments
- Funding for the rehabilitation of older commercial and publicly used property to affordable units
- Broadening legalization of accessory dwelling units (in-law suites) without additional parking requirements or excessive permitting costs
- Broadening of zoning ordinances to more readily accommodate quality manufactured housing as an alternative to more expensive conventional housing
- Mixed-use zoning: inclusion of housing in commercial areas by adding new and existing or redeveloping vacant or underused retail, office, and industrial areas
Lastly, in January 2018, state Senator Scott Wiener introduced Senate Bill 827 in an attempt to increase new high-density housing near transit. While the bill failed to clear its first policy committee in the Senate, the proposal would have considerably increased zoning densities near major transit stops. With some amendments, it could have been a large step in improving the current crisis.
If California cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco want to compete on a global stage and remain economic and innovation powerhouses both in the U.S. and globally and ensure that children who are born here can remain to live here in the future, preserving Costa-Hawkins and refocusing attention on the above proposed alternatives will be more productive.
Summer might be over, but there are no shortages of fun filled activities in this part of town.
Here are upcoming local events for September.
Vintage Vibe Festival Los Angeles
Santa Anita Park
285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007
Saturday, September 15th from 12:00pm to 10:00pm
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the VintageVibe Festival 2018 held at Santa Anita Park on Saturday the 15th. The festival will feature 13 bands on three different stages, a retro marketplace, interactive exhibits, food trucks and more. See below for specific opening data and time and address, click here for other details.
The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106
Sunday, September 23rd from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
If you are curious about the annual Mid-Autumn Festival, consider joining the market-style dining event at The Langham Huntington on Sunday the 23rd. Pasadena’s iconic landmark hotel will host the celebration with family friendly interactive food stations, live entertainment and a traditional Chinese dragon dance performance. Don’t miss out, tickets are still available here. 10% of proceeds will benefit ChinaWeek, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of and access to China through an exciting event series held across Los Angeles
Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting
1301 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Sunday, September. 30th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm
If gourmet dining is more to your tastes, check out the 16th Annual La Cañada Flintridge Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting on Sunday the 30th. This outdoor event will include live music, more than 18 restaurants, caterers, and food specialty shops, along with wines purveyors serving wines from around the world. Tickets are available here or at the gate on the day of the event. Click here for more information.
Have you previously been to any of the event mention above? Which event are you most interested in joining? What are some upcoming local event you’re looking forward to attending?
Did you know you can turn your outdoor space into a certified wildlife habitat for the animals living in your neighborhood? Doing so will not only improve the atmosphere around your home, it will also allow you to help create a welcoming habitat for local wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) will certify any outdoor space, large or small, upon the satisfaction of the requirements listed in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.
With the pressures of urban development and growing suburbanization, many wild animals are faced with dwindling habits to call home. Environmentally harmful pest control and fertilizers are also affecting their livelihood. Animals such as wild honey bees, birds and butterflies could all use our help in the quest for a harmonious cohabitation with nature.
The Backyard Habitat Certification Program offers helpful guidelines that encourage environmentally responsible gardening practices that are sustainable and safe for everyone, human and animals.. The garden certification walk-through checklist shows the requirements for your garden or yard to pass the certification easily. Mainly, your outdoor space must provide food, water, cover, places to raise young and employ sustainable practices to qualify.
Food: native plants that provide nectar, seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, foliage, pollen, and insects eaten by an exciting variety of wildlife.
Water: all animals need water for survive
Cover: a places for shelter and to hide from predators and/or stalk prey.
Places to Raise Young: wildlife need resources to reproduce and keep their species going. Some species have totally different habitat needs in their juvenile phase than they do as adults.
Sustainable Practices: how you manage your garden can have an effect on the health of the soil, air, water, and habitat for native wildlife as well as the human community.
Visit the NWF website here for more information about the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, tips, projects, plant lists and a planner. Happy gardening!
Although the Fourth of July lands on a Wednesday this year, there’s no shortage of pyrotechnics in the celebration.
The Rose Bowl Stadium will be hosting the 92nd annual AmericaFest with their world-renown fireworks show. The schedule is as follows:
12:00 PM – Parking Lots Open
2:00 PM – Family Fun Zone- Area H Opens
5:00PM – Field Viewing Experience Reception Doors Open
5:30 PM – Doors Open
7:00 PM – Performances Begin
9:00 PM – Fireworks Begin
Click here for more ticketing and parking info.
If you’re looking forward to fireworks with some sports action, the Dodger will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates in Dodger Stadium on the Fourth at 5:10pm. So go for the game and stay for the fireworks after. Click here for more info and here for tickets.
4th of July Block Party at Grand Park
And if a block party with food trucks and live music if your ideal way to celebrate, then check out the Fourth of July Block Party at Grand Park in Downtown LA. Doors open at 3pm, so pack a picnic and enjoy the live music under the sun. Stay to watch as Downtown light up with fireworks at 9pm. Click here for more details.
Have a fun and safe Fourth everyone!
Start the summer with some fun filled events for everyone. Here is what’s happening in Pasadena during the month of June.
Playhouse Block Party
Saturday, June 9th, 12pm – 10pm
El Molino Avenue at Colorado Boulevard
In celebration of 100 years of California’s official State Theater, the Pasadena Playhouse will host a block party on El Molino Avenue at Colorado Boulevard this Saturday, June 9th, from 12:00pm to 10:00pm. The Playhouse Block Party will feature live music and bands, food, drinks, special guest tours of the Playhouse District, backstage access to the Pasadena Playhouse Theater, a Kids’ Zone and more. For a list of their event lineup and a full list of activities, check out the official Playhouse Block Party Website here.
Pasadena Chalk Festival and Car Show
Saturday & Sunday, June 16 – 17th, 10am – 7pm
The Paseo, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
The 26th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival will be held during Father’s Day weekend, June 16th and 17th from 10:00am to 7:00:pm at the Paseo on 280 E. Colorado Boulevard. The Pasadena Chalk Festival originally began in 1993, and it has since grown to be the largest street painting festival as officially named by the Guinness World Record in 2010.
The two day festival will feature events such as Children’s Chalkland, Chalk of Fame, Animation Alley, the 17th Annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, an Art Gallery & Silent Auction, as well as a main stage area with live musical performances all day both days. More than 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk will be used by over 600 skilled chalk artists to showcase this unique art form by creating remarkable murals on the concrete of the shopping plaza.
Kids can make Father’s Day cards and get their face painted at the Children’s Chalkland area. Animation Alley, located in the Lower Theatre Courts, will feature a wide array of animation art transformed by chalk on display. Then take a stroll up to the Chalk of Fame area, located in the Upper Theatre near ArcLight Cinemas, to view a showcase of chalk painted movie posters and icon movie scenes.
For the car enthusiastic, check out the 17th Annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, which benefits the Pasadena PAL Program and The Pasadena Police Explorer Post, on Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will also be food booths, raffle prizes, and even a Police Helicopter Ride Auction. And lastly, stay for the award ceremony of the festival winners on Sunday evening at 7:00pm. For more information, check out the official Pasadena Chalk Festival website here.
Arroyo Seco Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, June 23 – 24th
Rose Bowl Stadium Area (lower Arroyo Seco)
Arroyo Seco Weekend is back for a second year during the last weekend of June in Pasadena. This two day event will feature live performances, local food, craft beers & natural wines and family friendly activities, all of which takes place in the area surrounding the Rose Bowl Stadium (lower Arroyo Seco). The link to the Festival Map is available here.
The 2018 lineup includes Jack White, Pretenders, Kings of Leon, Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Irma Thomas, The Bangles, Aaron Neville, Third Eye Blind, and more. Check out this link for their full lineup. Food at Arroyo Seco Weekend will include a fine sampling of Los Angeles’ eclectic food scene from local restaurants. The full list of participating restaurants can be found here. And for those who are interested in the activities and programs for the whole family, check out The Experience link here. Various passes are available for the event, click here for more ticketing information.
Which of the events mentioned above are you most interested in attending? What are your thoughts about the return of the Arroyo Seco Weekend celebration?
The 2018 Showcase House, called “The Overlook”, is a Mediterranean-style home designed by Pasadena based architect Reginald Davis Johnson. For this event, prominent interior designers renovated and transformed the architecturally significant house for viewers to get a glimpse at the “latest color trends, concepts, products and technology” in interior design.
This year’s Pasadena Showcase House of Design marks the 54th annual fundraising event held by the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA). As a volunteer base organization, the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA) is a non-profit California Corporation. All proceeds from the Pasadena Showcase House of Design and donations go towards funding “three annual music programs, plus award gifts and grants to other nonprofit organizations that provide music programs including music therapy, music education, scholarships and the underwriting of concerts.”
The very first Pasadena Showcase House of Design was held in 1965. At the time, admission tickets were $1.50, and with 7,500 visitors in attendance, the committee was able to raise over $11,000. Fast forward to today, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design is “one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the United States.” Ticket prices now range from $35 to $60 each and approximately 30,000 visitors are expect from to come from local areas and far away location.
So if you are interested in supporting this great cause, and to get some new ideas for remodeling your home, check out the Pasadena Showcase House of Design before May 20th. There is also a garden tour available, designed by a curator from the Los Angeles Arboretum. For more information, click here.
Have you attended Pasadena Showcase House of Design event previously? What are your thoughts of the latest trends in interior design?