Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Would Pasadena Welcome Amazon? Current City Council Might Vote 7:1 Against

Recently, Facebook critic Jason wrote on our Business Leaders for Better Government page: “Wealthy Beverly Hills elitists crying about their *Pasadena* business taxes, which Pasadena voters approved on a ballot measure. If you don’t like democracy, then unlike many residents, you can afford to move to a different country.” Jason’s comments are symptomatic of the race to the bottom and erosion of the local tax…

Letter to Editor | Disappointed by the Way the Story Framed Minimum Wage Poll

Thank you for publishing the article in today’s Pasadena Now about the David Binder Research poll on the minimum wage http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/supporters-of-raising-minimum-wage-to-15-by-2020-say-81-of-pasadena-voters-agree/#.XGGedlVKgnQ However, I was very…

Guest Opinion: Business Leaders Support Minimum Wage: A Fair Shake Is All They Ask

Contrary to the current polarizing rhetoric, an increase in the minimum wage is supported by Pasadena business leaders as well as by many workers. Without exception, all the business leaders we have spoken to and met with support a minimum wage increase. The issue before the Pasadena City Council is…

Guest Opinion | Robin Salzer: Tonight’s Minimum Wage Decision by City Council Should Be Fair to All Concerned

Tonight the Pasadena City Council will review the Pasadena Minimum Wage Ordinance that was voted into law in February 2016. The arguments are extremely compelling…

Opinion | Mayor Terry Tornek: A Tale of Two Cities Revisited

Mayor Terry Tornek Two academics have written and now twice rewritten a study, A TALE OF TWO CITIES III, describing Pasadena as “one of California’s most unequal cities”… “now characterized by a widening income gulf, low wages for many, and high rents.” While this description is partly true, I feel…

Guest Opinion | School Board Member Scott Phelps: A Culture of Choice in Pasadena

“That’s the beauty of Pasadena. Everyone does their own thing.” This was a comment made by a neighbor chatting at a recent curbside meeting held…

Letters | Christle Balvin: Shame on You, Kaiser

Pasadena Now received this letter in connection the following article: City Considers Removing Tree near New Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine: With what we now know about the relentless march of Climate Change, we must protect every tree in our community and not look to destroy any of them. Why, because…

Letter: Pasadena Police Officers Union Takes Exception to Pasadena Now Story

In response to Pasadena Now’s article on Corporal Sam De Sylva’s current civil litigation, David Llanes, Treasurer of the Pasadena Police Officer’s Association (PPOA) issued…

Guest Opinion | Scott Phelps: The Size of Pasadena Unified’s Central Administrative Staff and How It Has Changed Over Last Few Years

One often hears criticism of the number of central administrative staff in the Pasadena Unified School District. I thought a review of the data might be in order. In 2013-14, PUSD had 46 funded full-time central leadership positions. These included 1 superintendent, 3 chief officers (academics, business and human resources),…

Guest Opinion | Scott Phelps: Who Has the Responsibility to Get Children to School: Parents, or Schools?

Scott Phelps I was reading an article published by EdSource.org (see here). I have long known of the accountability movement’s mission of assigning all accountability to schools for eliminating whatever differences there are in society, but this represents a new level. Now schools are going to be held accountable for getting students to school, traditionally the role of the student/parent/guardian/foster parent, or immediate family member, extended family member, neighbor, advocate, etc. Here are the opening sentences of the article: “At least 40 percent of California school districts and charter schools have rates of chronic absence in grades K-8 that are…

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