A couple of highlights from tonight's council meeting:
Jane Rodriguez is retiring after more than 30 years of public service! I'm happy for her, and she'll have lots of time to spend with her family (including that darling grandbaby Jade), but I'm sorry to see her go.
I've known Jane for nearly 18 years, ever since I first began working for the City of Pasadena. She worked hard to prove herself and when Maria Stewart left to be city clerk in Santa Monica Jane, who was assistant city clerk at the time, was hired by the council and never looked back!
In saying their public goodbyes, councilmembers tonight used words such as graceful, elegant and helpful to describe Jane, and they're absolutely right.
Saving Pasadena Before Bedtime: Jane, Stephanie DeWolfe and I named ourselves after The PowerPuff Girls a long time ago for reasons that we'll take to our graves.
On another note, there's a terrific tournament basketball team called the Pasadena Success that has a current record of 36 wins and no losses. It's made up of mostly eighth graders who are going on to high school in the fall with the exception of one younger member who's moving up to eighth grade.
They were introduced during the council meeting tonight and one of the players led the Pledge of Allegiance.
These kids are fortunate to have James Every (in the white shirt) for a coach. When he was experiencing terrible knee pain and was subsequently diagnosed with bone cancer, the team and their parents encouraged him to fight it and to keep coaching. He heeded their advice and reported tonight that his condition is improving "because of them."
They're headed for a big tournament in Las Vegas this coming weekend, so let's all wish them well!
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