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Sister Chat Puts a Focus on Teenage Human Sex Trafficking

Melissa DeckerShown Left: Melissa Decker, Deputy DA Juvenile Hall

The Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held their Annual Sister Chat Program for high school young ladies on Saturday, November 15, 2014. This workshop's purpose is to help young ladies find value in themselves, ask questions on issues of concern and to speak out on their own behalf.

Topics covered during the day were Social Media, Teenage Human Trafficking and How to do Hair, Make-up and appropriately dress. There was also a Men's Panel that answered a variety of questions for the young ladies. Within Social Media, the young ladies were made aware that they should not 'friend' people that they don't know as they could be setting themselves up for potential danger. They were also told that records are permanent and bad choices today on what to post (pictures, words, etc.) could impact college acceptance and possible jobs in the future.

The young ladies then heard from Melissa Decker, Deputy DA Juvenile Hall, where she highlighted the dangers of 'sexting' and how digital images can be traded to others. She works with youth that have been caught in prostitution and makes sure they are treated as the victims that they are. She highlighted that it is important to not let any 'boyfriend' push them into any actions where they are not comfortable. The young ladies and parents learned that when a 'boyfriend' wants to give a young lady a phone, that is an immediate flag that something is not right and the young lady should get away from that person because they are typically trying to recruit them into prostitution.

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City Manager Appoints New Chief for Pasadena Fire Department

City Manager Michael J. Beck today announced the appointment of Bertral "Bert" Washington as the new Chief for the Pasadena Fire Department. Chief Washington is expected to assume his new duties effective Dec. 15, 2014.

Chief Washington comes from the Clark County Fire Department in Nevada, where he has been Fire Chief since November 2010. Clark County serves a diverse metropolitan community of about 900,000 residents, including the unincorporated areas around Las Vegas and one of the nation's busiest airports. Prior to serving as Clark County's Fire Chief, he worked for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue moving through the ranks as a firefighter, paramedic, training officer, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Chief.

"Chief Washington's collaborative leadership style, his experience leading a complex organization and professional training made him the top choice," City Manager Michael J. Beck said. "Our selection process allowed us to look at many outstanding candidates from across the country and Chief Washington clearly stood out as the best match to lead the Pasadena Fire Department."

Chief Washington said returning to Southern California and working for Pasadena "is a dream come true for my family and me."

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Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting 5-7 PM, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at City Hall

Get into the Holiday Season by joining Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard to light the City's Official Holiday Tree during a free, annual festive family celebration with local singers, art projects for kids and a special appearance by Santa Claus! The Mayor's Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event happens from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 at Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. The Mayor will light the tree at 6 p.m.!

City Officials have it on good authority that after the tree is lit, Santa Claus promises to make a special appearance with a little help from his friends at the Pasadena Fire Department. Parents and guardians should bring their own cameras to snap a special holiday picture of Santa with your children in "Santa's Village." This will be Mayor Bogaard's final Holiday Tree Lighting event.

Great live entertainment both before and after the tree lighting includes performances by local school groups and bands. Free art projects by Pasadena's Armory Center for the Arts will feature special "Holiday Crafts from the Around World" for young people to do. The crafts will highlight the holiday celebrations of cultures from around the globe. A special "Santa's Village" display will also be available for viewing enjoyment and photos.

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