Building a Coalition

Local League of Women Voters hosts forum on Schools and Communities First 2020 ballot measure

The state League of Women Voters — along with dozens of other organizations, and local and state officials — believes schools and safety services have suffered long enough.

After more than four decades since Proposition 13 passed, league officials believe it’s time for large corporations to pay their fair share— an estimated $12 billion a year — by amending the popular anti-property tax initiative of 1978.

A campaign to qualify a ballot measure for the November 2020 election to close loopholes that big businesses and wealthy investors enjoy on commercial property will be the topic of a free public forum at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, hosted by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area.

The forum will be held at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N. Oakland Ave.

Helen Hutchison, immediate past president of the state League, will give the background and details of the Schools and Communities First ballot measure, which proponents say will level the playing field for small businesses that already pay their fair share and provide tax incentives to spur new investment in small businesses while protecting residential interests.

The initiative is sponsored by the group School & Communities First, a coalition of dozens of organizations and elected representatives from around California, among them the Pasadena Unified School District.

A session on advocacy and signature-gathering will follow the presentation.

An optional breakfast for $25 served at 9 a.m. is available by reservation.

The deadline is Dec. 3.  For reservations and information, call (626) 798-0965,write or visit


Gifts From the Heart

Stoney Point hosts 2nd annual Ron Snyder Holiday Toy Drive

The 2nd Annual Ron Snyder Holiday Toy Drive for the Union Station Homeless Family Center will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, at Stoney Point Restaurant in Pasadena.

Bring to the event a new, unwrapped toy for kids up to age 17, wrapping paper, gift cards, tags and your favorite holiday song.

Snyder, who died of pancreatic cancer, was an award-winning pianist, teacher, accompanist and musical director. He was in constant demand to play for and musically direct cabaret and theater productions in Los Angeles and cities across the country.

A member of the music department faculty at Santa Monica College, Snyder was a beloved pianist at Stoney Point. Singers would come from near and far to have him play for them on Saturday nights.

“He loved toys and hosting this event for the homeless children and families,” reads a statement issued on the event. “And we will keep his tradition alive.”

Snyder musically directed female impersonator Jim Bailey at the London Palladium and in Las Vegas, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and around the South Pacific.

He also played for Ed Begley Jr.’s production of “Cesar and Ruben” at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. He was given a Dramalogue Award and an L.A. Weekly Award for best musical director for “The Ballad of Little Mike” and “Pinafore!” both performed at Celebration Theatre in Hollywood.

Hosted by singer Jackie Gibson and pianist Greg Glienna, the Stoney Point festivities begin at around 8 p.m.

To make reservations, which are strongly recommended, call (626) 449-9715. Stoney Point Restaurant is located at 1460 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena. For more information, visit