STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News Sports College Semi-Final Playoff Game in Texas Will Be Called the Rose Bowl Game Rose Bowl Game belongs to the people of Pasadena, says Mayor Gordo By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 | 1:14 pm Community News Make a comment HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeauty In separate press releases, the city of Pasadena and the Tournament of Roses Association announced that the College Football Playoff (CFP) will be able to use the Rose Bowl Game moniker and trademarks when the CFP’s semi-final playoff game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Davis is played in Texas on New Year’s Day.“The Master Lease Agreement (MLA) outlines that the Rose Bowl Game must be held in the Rose Bowl stadium and the only exception is if there is a force majeure event,” said CEO David Eads. “Clearly this qualifies.”A force majeure clause can be enacted due to unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract. The CFP declared the stipulation and moved the semifinal game that was due to be held in Pasadena’s iconic stadium to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas earlier this month. The decision came after the current coronavirus surge left ICU beds full and forced state officials to bar fans from attending the game.According to a statement issued by the Tournament of Roses, the city and the Tournament agreed to a one-year amendment of the MLA allowing the Rose Bowl Game name to be used in the Texas game.The MLA governs the city and the tournament’s responsibilities regarding the game, including ownership of the service marks and the brand name, which the Tournament says it has exclusive rights to.Officials for the Tournament emphasized that various aspects of the telecast, as well as the pre-game publicity, would emphasize the game’s historical and continuing identity with Pasadena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.In addition, in an effort to help offset expenses and lost revenues resulting from the game not being played in Pasadena, the Tournament of Roses will contribute $2 million to the city.“Unprecedented is truly an understatement,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian in a prepared statement. “That is why the City of Pasadena has agreed to allow the Tournament of Roses to relocate the official Rose Bowl Game in 2021. The Rose Bowl Game will not relocate again from Pasadena unless it is forced to due to a national emergency. The values, the prestige and the meaning of the Rose Bowl Game remain uniquely Pasadena’s and it would be a disservice to the thousands of volunteers and residents if future games were to be considered for relocation. We look forward to welcoming the Rose Bowl Game and Tournament of Roses parade back to Pasadena on January 1, 2022.”After the announcement to move the game was made it was unknown if the Rose Bowl brand would still be a part of the game.Moving the game restores a revenue stream to the Tournament of Roses which makes money from ticket sales and merchandise during semifinal playoff Rose Bowl Games. The Tournament renegotiated with the CFP to get a piece of the ESPN broadcasting revenue.Officials with the Tournament have been in Texas since last week to organize Friday’s game, according to the organization.City officials reiterated the game’s connection to Pasadena when reached by phone on Wednesday.“The Rose Bowl Game, absent a world pandemic or World War that threatens the life of millions of people, should never be decoupled from Pasadena,” said Mayor Victor Gordo.Gordo’s comments marked the first local statement by a city official since the CFP moved the game from Pasadena to Texas, to the chagrin of local residents.The game was moved once before in 1942 after military officials feared an attack on the West Coast following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, plunging the nation into World War II.“While the Tournament of Roses has the right to play the Rose Bowl Game in an alternate venue this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt it was important to do so in consultation with the city of Pasadena,” Eads said.Local residents opposed the idea of the name being used after the game was moved.The game was moved after Eads twice failed to convince state officials to allow fans inside the stadium to view the game.At that time, it was reported that the Rose Bowl Game brand could not be used without the approval of the City Council. But not long after the decision was made media outlets began reporting the game would be called the Rose Bowl Game at Arlington Stadium, before the council voted.Officials with the CFP did not respond to an email from Pasadena Now seeking comment last week.Eads emphasized that the Tournament of Roses had done everything it could to keep the game in Pasadena.“We had held firm to keep the game in Pasadena, even if it had to be played without fans,” he said. “As recently as two weeks ago, we believed the game would be played in the Rose Bowl Stadium. But as COVID cases increased, ICUs filled, and we couldn’t be assured that even player injuries could be adequately treated if necessary, we had to accept the CFP’s decision to temporarily relocate the game.”The City Council and Eads met in closed session last week to discuss the matter.City officials would not comment on that meeting, although the Rose Bowl Game’s logo had remained on the CFP website after the game was canceled.When contacted by Pasadena Now, City Manager Steve Mermell would not reveal if any action had been taken at that meeting.The state’s Ralph M. Brown Act mandates the City Council to report any action taken in closed session. Reports on some settlements and contract agreements can be delayed until all sides have signed off on the agreement.“This game has been nourished and curated for 100 years. This game belongs to the people of Pasadena,” Gordo said. “Next year is the 100th anniversary of the game and I welcome back people throughout the country to a real Rose Bowl at the Rose Bowl Stadium where it should always be played.“No one in College Football or anywhere else should have the idea that the people of Pasadena or I as mayor of Pasadena would support moving the game outside of Pasadena.” More Cool Stuff Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website 329 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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March 1, 2021
It’s a question on many observers’ minds in an election year: Will Latinos vote in large numbers? And why, historically, haven’t they?Davíd Carrasco, Neil L. Rudenstine Professor for the Study of Latin America, had an answer for a group of young Latinos gathered at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Wednesday, and it had very little to do with numbers (say, the 50 percent voter registration rate among Hispanics) or political theories.Instead, his answer came from a phrase coined by poet Robert Duncan: “across great scars of wrong.” In this case, it was a metaphor not just for the long-embattled Mexican border but for generations of oppression and exclusion from mainstream American civic life.“We’ve got to face up to those great scars of wrong,” Carrasco practically yelled at his 41 charges. “Under great leadership and great courage, we can heal those scars.”The Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), where Carrasco was holding forth, might be Harvard’s most comprehensive attempt yet to help mend that deep-seated wound. Now in its third year, the program, sponsored by the Center for Public Leadership and funded by outside donors, brings promising college students to Harvard for a week of community-organizing training, personal reflection, and networking.LLI’s instructors, drawn from across Harvard’s Schools, see the program as a chance to address a leadership deficit in the country’s young and rapidly growing Latino population.“This group is really crucial to the prospects of the nation,” said Andy Zelleke, a Harvard Business School senior lecturer and LLI’s faculty director. “Young Latinos are going to be, disproportionately, the engine of the United States’ population growth. This is a source of potentially great strength for the U.S.”What those communities need, LLI argues, is savvy advocates and organizers. The program — which draws from eight schools, including the local University of Massachusetts, Boston — doesn’t look for “valedictorians,” Zelleke said, but for students of any ethnicity with a track record of serving Latino populations.“The commitment they feel toward bettering their communities is really palpable,” Zelleke said. “They’re hungry for the tools to be more effective.”“What we’re trying to do is take it to the next level,” he explained. “We’re trying to give them a structured approach to developing their own leadership this week and, more important, after they leave campus.”While students take courses in more straightforward community-organizing skills — such as Zelleke’s negotiation class, and a session on public speaking — the core of the curriculum is developed around the ideas of Marshall Ganz, a senior lecturer in public policy at HKS who spent nearly three decades as an organizer, primarily with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California. A part of Ganz’s focus is helping students to develop public narratives — of their own lives, their communities, and their shared mission.To drive the concept home, LLI brings in a host of successful guest speakers, such as U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz, for its students, 70 percent of whom are the first in their families to attend college.“She comes from Spanish Harlem just like me; she’s Puerto Rican just like me,” Paul Rosario, a student from the City University of New York’s Macaulay Honors College, said, referring to Ortiz. “To hear how close our stories are really motivated me.”During the week, student teams from each of the colleges develop community service projects to implement, with ongoing help from LLI leaders, once they return to their home campuses in the fall.In just two years, the program boasts impressive success stories. Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) cohorts have hosted an ongoing mentoring program that has served more than 300 undergraduates. LLI participants from the University of Texas-Pan American have helped register more than 6,000 young voters.“The whole pattern of development where a learner becomes a teacher is a very powerful model,” Ganz said.Perhaps more important, the program has attracted true believers among university administrators. TAMIU President Ray Keck travels to LLI with his students each year. (“If Harvard says, ‘Come join us,’ everyone’s going to say ‘yes,’ ” Keck said plainly.)TAMIU’s student body is 95 percent Latino. The campus is located in Laredo, a city where 99 percent of public school students qualify for the federal lunch program. Spanish is pervasive. “My kids grew up with it as their first language,” Keck said. The idea of training just a handful of high-achieving Latino students in such a disadvantaged community wouldn’t suffice.“It wasn’t until I came here that I realized leadership needs to be intentional,” Keck said. “Leadership is about community, and helping empower that community.” In part thanks to LLI, TAMIU now offers a leadership minor and certificate program.LLI’s leaders recognize that many young Latinos face serious hurdles — endemic poverty, the language barrier, and ever-changing (and controversial) immigration laws, to name a few. But “there’s a tremendous energy in the community, a lot of hope, a lot of youth,” said Ganz. The students also have unprecedented access to higher education, in part “because of the fact that their parents’ [generation] organized and fought for those rights,” he said.Rubi Almanza, 21, a rising senior at the University of California, Merced, certainly fit that description. Almanza’s trip to Cambridge marked her first time traveling outside California since she came to the United States with her farm-worker parents and two younger siblings five years ago.Though she had faced a steep learning curve in her American high school — she at first spoke no English — she became determined by her senior year to be the first person in her family to go to college. She now attends UC Merced full time and still lives with her parents in nearby Planada, in community housing for migrant workers.An applied mathematics major, her goal is to return to her predominantly Spanish-speaking high school in Planada to teach math, and to inspire more students to attend college. LLI was her first experience with leadership training, she said.“I’m learning so much more than I was expecting,” Almanza said. “This has changed my life. It’s been such a great opportunity, and I’ll never forget it.”
January 18, 2021
Hugh Jackman View Comments Star Files Hugh Jackman, in the midst of last minute rehearsals for the Tonys, stopped by The Late Show to discuss his return to Radio City Music Hall as the host of Broadway’s biggest night. “I really love it,” the Tony winner told host David Letterman, teasing, “you never know who’s going to show.” We have at least some idea of who will show up (and who’ll perform), but we can’t wait to see what else he has up his sleeve! Tune in to CBS on Sunday to find out, and while you count down the hours, take a look at the interview below!