Blogging of this kind is a pretty common Internet practice, and while some folks aren't too happy about it this does help get the word around while fostering community participation though commenting.
If you are not familiar with Pasadena Now (link), it is a website that fancies itself to be a kind of daily newspaper of the Internet. It is predominantly news lite and often features stories about the well-heeled denizens and politicians of Pasadena, plus lifestyle features and other social media-style culture rot. Photos of locals at tedious social functions are often found there, along with colorful pictures of the food they are eating. Which is often more interesting than those doing the chewing.
Pasadena Now also makes some fairly grand claims about the size of its readership. Here is how they say it:
Where else can you get this much daily news and information about Pasadena? 111,505 monthly readers, 21,410 email subscribers, 69,000 Social Media followers.
In comparison, the blog you're reading now does somewhere in the 50,000 to 60,000 hits a month range, nowhere near as large as what Pasadena Now declares for itself. Whether they are being straight with us about their numbers or not is hard to tell. No verifications are provided.
Appropriation, or plagiarism, is the unfortunate practice of claiming the work of others as your own. Below are three possible examples I found on the Pasadena Now site. What I did was lift a few sentences from each of these suspect articles and dropped them into that popular Google search engine you've heard so much about. Then checked to see what popped up. In these three instances they did pop.
The first involves a piece about Sierra Madre's current (and apparently governmentally ambitious) Mayor Pro Team, Rachelle Arizmendi. Here she can be seen accepting a gender specific service award of some sort from Assemblyman Chris Holden, a gent who is no stranger to getting his picture taken. Link here.
So you know, Chris is the taller one.
What follows below is nearly the exact same word stack from Assemblyman Chris Holden's official website. It was published there 12 days earlier. Note that there was no attribution attached to the Pasadena Now iteration. You may link to Holden's site here.
The next example I am citing today involves a Pasadena City College lecture by none other than that renowned master of the mysterious inner workings of the human psyche', famed Stanford psychologist Philip "Dr. Zimbo" Zimbardo. This one appeared on March 9, and can be found in its native habitat by clicking here.
It is good that Doctor Zimbo is a "living psychologist" because it would have made for a very dull lecture otherwise. However, I am sad to note that this was not the first appearance for this content. That was revealed a day earlier on the PCC school website, and you can link to it by clicking here. And again, there was no attribution from P-Now.
Regrettably, this too not the first time such verbiage was revealed. Despite Pasadena Now's claim that this emanated from something they call their "Staff Reports," the honor must instead go to T&M Associates themselves. Here is how it appeared on their website, and a full week earlier. Link here.
So there you go. Hopefully this is all just a big misunderstanding and will be cleared up soon. I'll let you know if I hear anything.