Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | When Are Taxes Enough?

Over the years, California has collected enough taxes to fully fund education, fix our water issues, and repair our roads – but has chosen to redirect the funds for other priorities. According to the Governor, this year California is collecting more taxes than expenditures, with billions leftover in reserves. Yet, California, the 5th largest economy in the world, is 36th in the nation in educational…

Guest Opinion | Hiring the Police Foundation Was the Right Thing to Do

Former Pasadena Chief of Police Bernard K. Melekian The videos of Pasadena police officers beating Chris Ballew outraged most Pasadenans and Altadenans. After four months…

Letter | Pasadena Unified Salaries, Total Compensation and Health Care Costs

As PUSD continues to make reductions because of declining enrollment/flat revenues and increasing costs, while at the same time its employees naturally want increases in salary and no increases in out of pocket health care costs, it may be helpful to know what the current employee costs are. Readers can…

Letter | False Rumor Calls for Clarification

The Pasadena Casting Club is seeking to regain full use of the south end of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park. So far, the…

Southern California Golf Association Weighs in On Possible Eaton Canyon Golf Course Closure

Dear Editor: The May 11 story about Mayor Tornek’s desire to see Los Angeles County’s Eaton Canyon Golf Course transformed into a “public park” under the jurisdiction of the City of Pasadena has received wide exposure in the golf world — not because we were caught unaware of the discussions…

Letter to the Editor: Pasadena Recreation Community Loses Out to Trees

Yesterday’s article about the Pasadena Casting Club’s request to restore the intended use of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park is an excellent example…

Letter to the Editor | Support the Casters by Moving Eight Trees

I write in support of the Pasadena Casting Club’s request for authority to improve the municipal casting pond by slightly relandscaping a bit of the public natural park framing the pond. I live near the pond and walk there often and have done so for decades. I have come to…

Letters | Don’t Take Out Parking on Union Street to Put in Two-Way Bike Lane

I am writing to share my concern with other citizens who do not want parking to be taken out in the Playhouse District to make…

Guest Opinion | Scott Phelps | PUSD’s Latest Budget: An Updated Reality Check

[Editor's Note: This piece was submitted prior to the issuance of a letter by the Los Angeles County Board of Education requiring $8 million in additional reductions be included in the upcoming June budget, not the December first interim budget.] The Board of Education approved PUSD’s second interim budget for…

Guest Opinion | Eileen White Read | A Better Future for the Muir Ranch School Garden

Much of the once-educational Muir Ranch garden program is gone. Among the essential tools I learned at Columbia University’s journalism school, and sharply honed during my time as a Wall Street Journal reporter, were the preeminent importance of seeking facts, striving for accuracy, and searching for truth. Thus, it’s pained me — as a donor to and fundraiser for Pasadena’s public school gardens — to read the misleading social media coming out of John Muir High School’s Muir Ranch educational garden. The biggest lie on social media is that Muir Ranch is closing, and folks have been encouraged to send…

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