The Pasadena Weekly formally celebrated its 25th anniversary with a small party at its office in downtown Pasadena on June 30. The alt weekly then moved the festivities to a bigger venue, the sidewalk in front of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, for a citywide celebration. Mayor Bill Bogaard made a few opening remarks and then introduced the evening's entertainment, 80s cover band The Spazmatics. Hearing Bogaard say the name made it all worthwhile.
The celebration also marked the final day for PW writer and deputy editor Joe Piasecki. He's left the paper to pursue a master's degree in specialized journalism at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. Piasecki, a 2001 graduate of USC, was awarded an Annenberg Fellowship to help pay the freight. Staff writer Jake Armstrong will take over as deputy editor.