Happy Anniversary!

Abel Ramirez celebrates 24 years of El Portal

After 24 years in business, Abel Ramirez, owner of El Portal Restaurant in the city’s Playhouse District, is showing no signs of slowing down.

After coming to the United States from Yucatan, Mexico in 1964, Ramirez worked at the former Huntington Hotel, now the Langham Huntington, until the late 1970s. From there, he became the general manager at the Athenaeum at Caltech before starting out on his own.

Since opening El Portal, Ramirez, who today is considered Pasadena’s king of Yucatan cuisine, started Yahaira’s Café and Vanessa’s Coffee House, the two located next to El Portal in The Arcade in the Playhouse District. In his free time, Ramirez also sits on the boards of a number of civic and charitable organizations.

On Friday and Saturday, Ramirez and his wife Rosalia will be celebrating the family’s success by hosting two fiestas. On Friday, a mariachi band is scheduled to play from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and the duet Madera is set to perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

On both nights the restaurant will feature Bohemia beer on draft, complimentary tequila tasting, hors-d’oeuvres and cake.

El Portal is located at 695 E. Green St., Pasadena. For more information or to make reservations, call (626) 795.8553. For more on the menu, visit elportalrestaurant.com.

Mental Gymnastics

Caltech hosts state Science Olympiad Tournament Saturday

More than 1,000 secondary and middle school students are expected to participate in the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament set for Saturday at Caltech.

This marks the third year that Caltech has hosted the event, a science and engineering competition that exposes students across the nation to hands-on experience in scientific fields.

One of the country’s premier science competitions, Science Olympiad has been fostering student interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields since the 1980s. Each year, tens of thousands of elementary, middle and high school students participate in regional meets, with the winners in the latter two groups advancing to the state and national levels. Tournaments consist of multiple events that involve laboratory investigation, hands-on engineering, and/or a written test on subjects including biology, physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, and Earth science.

The winning two teams from the event hosted by Caltech — one from middle school and one from high school — will compete at the 2018 National Tournament hosted at Colorado State University May 18–19.

For more information, go to http://www.lacountyscienceolympiad.org/about/  and  https://www.soinc.org.

Out of Control

Forum on rent control set for next week

A forum on the pros and cons of rent control will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale.

Co-sponsors of the event, “Rent Control Coming: Bringing Housing Stability to Glendale,”  are the ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter, the Glendale Tenants Union, the LA Progressive, Affordable Housing Services and the Pasadena Tenants Union.

Speakers include: Michelle White, chair of the ACLU SoCal Pasadena/Foothills Chapter’s Economic Justice Committee; attorney Frank Broccolo with concerns about the impacts rent control will have on housing productivity; Walter Senterfitt, a tenant organizer working to have the LA County Supervisors adopt a rent control/just cause eviction ordinance that would cover the unincorporated areas of the county; and Mike Van Gorder, one of the petitioner for rent control in Glendale.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (213) 434-4643 or visit https://pasadena-rent-control.eventbrite. Write to affhsgservices@sbcglobal.net.