Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion: Street Outreach is Critical to Housing the Homeless

People are starting to finally take notice, and demand solutions. Homeless people, long invisible on our streets, in our shelters, mental health facilities and jails, are becoming visible. And in Pasadena, a city that has become a beautiful destination for so many people experiencing homelessness, we are finding real solutions. At Friends in Deed, we are focused on strategies to get people off the streets…

Shirlee Smith | May is Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month, and perhaps we all need to check our barometers to see where we measure on life’s scale of conquering mind over matter. It doesn’t take a licensed professional to tell us people are falling off balance. A seemingly unprovoked screaming attack discharged against the grocery…
Guest Opinion | Councilmember Andy Wilson | My First Rodeo: Campaign Reflections

Andy Wilson After more than 20 years of active public service in the community as a volunteer, earlier this year I ran for elected office…

Guest Opinion | Stop the Ill-Fated Kimpton Hotel Project That Will Ruin Our Civic Center

A recent artist's vision of the proposed Kimpton Hotel beside Pasadena's Centennial Square Honorable Mayor Tornek and Councilmember Masuda: I am writing today to urge you to stop the ill-fated Kimpton Hotel project that will destroy our civic center. Taking over public park land, destroying the integrity of the Jackie…

Shirlee Smith | May is Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month, and perhaps we all need to check our barometers to see where we measure on life’s scale of conquering mind…

Shirlee Smith | Mother’s Day Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

For the mothers who delivered babies and were caught up in the crack cocaine era of the 1980s and 1990s, Mother’s Day has a different place in their lives. If drug use was suspected and the testing results were positive, a mother in the hospital for delivery had her newborn…

Guest Opinion | Phil Hosp: Thank You

Dear Friends & Neighbors, Now that the election for District 7 has concluded, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my supporters, friends…

Shirlee Smith | The Uprising – Where Were The Parents?

“Hey, wait just one minute, isn’t this just around the corner from Barbara and Elzie? I shrieked at our television set as I watched throngs of people, my people, swarming into the streets overturning cars, throwing bricks, rocks and bottles and lighting businesses on fire. The intersection of Florence and…

Shirlee Smith | Around the Corner from La La Land

Family members never gave us the information as to who our minstrel relative was. “He’s related” was all I heard back from my mother after…

Guest Opinion | Pasadena City Council Should Close the Loopholes in Its New Immigration Policy

Image by Cam Sanders Photography On Monday, March 27, the Pasadena City Council adopted a new policy to limit the conscription of City resources to deport Pasadena residents. The new policy is a step forward, but we believe that it is still filled with loopholes that make it weaker than…

Guest Opinion | Vivian Carrasco Hosp: Phil Hosp, A Representative for All Residents

Opinion piece author Vivian Carrasco Hosp, at right, with her husband, District 7 Candidate Phil Hosp, and their two daughters. Dear Neighbors: For the past 8 months, I have supported my husband, Phil Hosp, in his campaign for Pasadena City Council, District 7. I have knocked on hundreds of doors and met thousands of residents – of all ethnic backgrounds and from all sides of the political spectrum. I have done so because my husband is a man of exceptional character and integrity, and he has the ability to bring people together to address the needs and concerns of all…

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