Opinion & Columnists
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 on my street to discuss a pilot project change to an intersection. She said “____ (private school) parents have their own traffic route; _____ (another private school) parents have theirs, etc.” Coincidentally I had also just run into a former…

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…

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 the following statement on behalf of the Association and its entire membership: The Pasadena Police Officers Association has come to respect James Macpherson, publisher of…

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…

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…

Opinion | Chris Nyerges: On Willow – and the “Big Dig”

The Hahamongna Watershed Park is one of the local treasures where a vast acreage of riverbottom land grows wild north of the 210 freeway, and…

Opinion | School Board President Larry Torres and Superintendent Brian McDonald: Thank You for Supporting Schools

Left to Right: PUSD President Larry Torres and Superintendent Brian McDonald On November 6, Pasadena residents invested in the future of our schools with the resounding passage of Measures I and J. On behalf of the Pasadena Unified School District Board of Education, students, and staff, we would like to…

Opinion | Aaron Fyke: Measures I and J Pass: Now what?

I voted for measures I and J, and I’m pleased that they passed. However, now is the time for accountability. PUSD has had a shameful…

Guest Opinion: Andrew Delgado | Individual Mandate: Will No Penalties Make a Difference?

The individual mandate has been one of the key pillars of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since its full implementation in October 2012. Requiring all people to have free or low-cost health insurance, ensures a healthy risk pool, which in turn helps to manage cost, affordability, and sustainability. Due to…

Opinion | John Keatley: I am Voting Against Measure I for the Simplest of Reasons

If you’re like me and you live in Pasadena, you have probably heard a lot about Measures I and J over the past few days. Phrases like “preserving our way of life”, “getting our fair share” and “simple fairness” are showing up in print and digital ads with increasing frequency, along with the more curious “Yes on Measure I and Measure J Video Contest!” It’s easy to forget that we’re talking about raising our taxes, and that is probably exactly the idea. Despite the nice words and the glossy brochures, I am voting against Measure I for the simplest of…

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