Setting up bike rental stations around Pasadena was a silly idea in the first place and as of Thursday, August 16th, the bikes and their stations are being removed. And, so far, I have not seen any of those electric scooters on the streets here in Pasadena to take the place of bikes.
From the beginning when Metro installed bikes in downtown L.A. and I saw them at a CicLAvia bicycling event, I had questions. The biggest was why on earth was Metro wasting public funds setting up a bike rental business when there were many private, local bike companies who could do it easily.
Metro is supposed to built tracks and trains — not worry about getting their passengers through the last mile or last block home.
I guess the blessing in all this is that the Metro bikes, at least in Pasadena, have failed. Maybe that’s why private bike businesses didn’t set up rental stations before. It wasn’t a viable business. The only successful bike rental businesses I know about are at the beach. Tourists love them.
As long as I am on the topic of Metro financial expenditures–bureaucrats spending taxpayers’ money–I like to know why Metro Link (the Inter-urban train that runs on train tracks from downtown L.A. to San Bernardino) is dueling with Metro Rail about establishing a Metro Gold Line station in Claremont, a city that Metro Link already serves. It’s a crazy duplication of effort!
And the last of this rant: why isn’t the Gold Line being extended beyond the Atlantic Station in East L.A.? Anyone have an answer?
Since Valentine’s Day in 1918 the League of Women Voters has encouraged citizens across the nation to register to vote and then actually vote on election day.
On Sunday the Pasadena League held an ice cream social on a patio adjacent to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court. It was a fundraiser and a fun-raiser as the League is gearing up for the next round of voter registration.
Wandering through the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, I wondered about the details of the agreement that handed this museum over to University of Southern California. I read that the historic building, the Asian and Pacific island art collections, plus the meager endowment went to USC several years ago, but did the museum Trustees set any requirements for continuing use of the building?
When I visited last evening I saw exhibits that were odd and skimpy–as if the movers had not quite yet finished the job of clearing out everything in the museum. Perhaps the Trustees asked that the building continue to be used as a museum and now USC is doing it in a very minimalist way.
And then there were the 3 galleries of California paintings. It’s altogether curious, particularly in light of the fact that Pasadena Museum of California Art next door is closing down. Is the Pacific Asia Museum going to pick up the mantle of a California art exhibition space? I would hope so. PMCA was one of the best and most interesting art museums in Southern California in my opinion! Anyway…here is some of what I saw:
A Gerald Rahm painting of Southern California beachfront homes. I guess California faces the Pacific so it qualifies as part of the Pacific Asia art world.
The South Pasadena celebration of the Fourth of July traditionally starts with a pancake breakfast, followed by a parade, and then in the evening, fireworks.
And there is always an “Uncle Sam” character in the parade. This year was no different.
No evidence of the hilarious #secondcivilwar that had dominated Twitter on July 2nd and 3rd. Just family fun. The most political thing I saw were dignitaries in 2 cars carrying signs reading “Families Belong Together”
Here is what else I saw at the South Pasadena Fourth of July parade.