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Room Forty

South Pasadena is home to an inventive catering company called Room Forty. The owner, Steve Fortunato, also lives in South Pas. Room Forty is innovative because they take just as much care shaping the aesthetics of an event as they do in creating the food. In Fortunato’s own words, “Room Forty is a mobile hospitality company that exists to create dining events,” a “virtual fine dining restaurant without walls.” I have been to one of his events and have experienced firsthand his ability to bring the elegance of a sophisticated restaurant into the host’s living room or backyard. If you have a special event coming up and are looking for someone to help create a memorable evening, then give Steve at Room Forty a call. Room Forty also puts on wine dinners at houses in the area; you can purchase tickets to these special dinners directly from the Web site.

Room Forty Delicacies

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Meet the Mayor Recap

Thena and I played a set of music before David Sifuentes spoke at the Meet the Mayor event last night. Perhaps this is an elementary observation, but hearing the new mayor speak, I was struck by how much a leader–one that is conscientious, at least–is truly a public servant. You presumably pursue a position of leadership because you simply want to contribute to your community. However, everyone has his own interests and issues that concern him. It is next to impossible to have all the answers to all the questions your constituents have for you, yet you have to put yourself out there on the chopping block regardless. You spend what little free time you have studying an endless array of statistics and facts about the problems of your community. You have to be able to articulate your own beliefs and convictions while being open to listening to other viewpoints.

I wish the new mayor well.

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Portantino’s Parcels

Assemblyman Anthony Portantino of La Canada Flintridge has introduced a bill that would require Caltrans to sell the parcels of land that have been reserved for the 710 extension. While I agree with him that this would be a great way to earn $500 million toward the state budget deficit (that figure being debatable due to the current real estate market, as the Star-News points out), it is unlikely that Caltrans would actually sell the properties before the above-ground 710 route is officially dead.

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The city website has posted the city council election winners. Congratulations to Richard Schneider, Mike Ten, and David Sifuentes.

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