Street closures, flight restrictions planned in Pasadena for Presidential visit


PASADENA >> Authorities have announced street closures and flight restrictions in Pasadena Friday as President Barack Obama is expected to briefly stop by the Rose Bowl during his ongoing California visit.
Streets around the stadium will be shut down between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., along with most of the lawn and parking areas surrounding the facility, Los Angeles police officials said in a written statement.
The president is expected to stop by shortly as a travel waypoint before heading to other scheduled events, Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra said. Ibarra declined to discuss the President’s travel arrangements in more detail, citing security concerns.
“Federal, state, local law enforcement authorities will be on sight, and they’re taking a strong security stance,” Ibarra said.
Road closures in Pasadena are to include: Seco Street, between West Drive and Lincoln Avenue; Rosemont Avenue between Prospect Terrace and North Arroyo Boulevard; West Drive between Linda Vista Avenue and Salvia Canyon Road; and Rosemont Avenue between North Arroyo Boulevard and Seco Street.
The Presidents stop in Pasadena will also prompt temporary flight restrictions, barring aircraft ranging from piloted planes to unmanned drones from the sky within 30 nautical miles of the commander-in-chief.

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Second City finishes last in Olympic Bid

And, they are celebrating in Rio!

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A Barack Obama impersonator poses next to a cardboard cutout image of Michelle Obama as Rio residents celebrate the nomination to host the 2016 Olympic Games at the Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Nearly 50,000 people erupted in celebration when Rio was announced host, jumping and cheering in a Carnival-like party on Copacabana beach.(AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)
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Tuesday’s column (living on $13 a week)

I spent a good part of Sunday trying to figure out what to do with an extra $13 a week.

That’s what we’ll all get for six months beginning in June as part of President Obama’s ecomomic stimulus package. Thirteen bucks.

When I was a teenager, my dad used to scold me because (in his words): “Money burns a hole in your pocket.”

Heck, I don’t even have my first paycheck with a stimulus bump and already its spent. It didn’t even get a chance to burn a hole in my pocket.

Maybe I should have been a politician, they definitely know how to burn money.

Take that 13 bucks.

In truth none of us will ever get to see it, because our state government is going to get their hands on the money faster than an Indian casino can get rich opening it doors to bus loads of foreign students.

They will get it in increased sales taxes, vehicle license fees, and smaller income tax credits for children and married couples. We are going to get nailed.

I pushed that out of my mind, so that there was nothing to stop me from dreaming about economic stimulus, rather than worry about any economic ruin the state is attempting to hasten.

At first I thought about taking my $13 and spending it on iTunes. Certainly that will stimulate the economy. After all rock and rap artists need our money so that they can buy drugs, guns, and outrageous clothing.

Take pop singer Chris Brown. He’s certainly going to need a cash infusion to pay his lawyers.

Since that sickens me almost as much as paying for Octomom’s brood of 14, I decided to think about turning the money to a more productive use.

Where better than a 99-Cents Only store? I hit one on Hacienda Boulevard somewhere between West Covina and La Puente.

The place was so crowded, I almost left.

But after walking in, I gravitated toward the food. Who knew there are so many staples available for just 99 cents?

A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly – three bucks total – added up to lunch for a week.

A head of lettuce, some salad dressing and a six-pack of tomatoes? Salad with dinner for five or six nights.

And I still had $7 to spend, I went for three tins of spaghetti sauce, a package of noodles, two ham steaks and a box of off-brand cornflakes. Mmm mmm good – NOT.

Which is why I put everything back and decided to invest my $13 instead.

A package of tomato seeds, a package of onion seeds, some jalapeno seeds and carrot seeds cost less than $2. I took the rest of the money and spend it on compact fluorescent light bulbs.

We’ll be having salsa and carrots all summer. And saving money on the Edison bill to boot.

After all we’re going to need it. Someone’s going to have to pay for all this stimulus and bailout stuff that’s burning big holes in our economy’s pockets.

The sad part is, it’s going to be you and me.

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