Opinion & Columnists
Letter to the Editor | As a Recovering Private School Parent, I Chose Public School

As a new school year commences this week, and given your robust coverage of the first day of school throughout PUSD campuses, I thought this was an important time to share my perspective. Our public schools need our support and our enrollment, perhaps now more than ever. I was a Pasadena private school student who originally enrolled my oldest son in private school. After five…

Guest Opinion | What is Proposition 64 Really All About?

Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (“Prop 64″) legalized the cultivation, possession, and use of marijuana/cannabis by adults (age 21+) for nonmedical purposes.…

Guest Opinion | Tim Brick: July 12 is the Deadline for Public Comments on the Devil’s Gate Sediment Removal Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing a permit for County Flood Control’s Devil’s Gate Sediment Mining and Trucking program, aka the Big Dig. The public notice they issued indicates some of the provisions that will be in the final permit and invites the public to comment on the…

Guest Opinion | Pasadena Unified Faces Special Ed Funding Deficit Because of Some Unique Historical Facts

[Editor's Note: Far-reaching events are unfolding which will shape the future of Pasadena's public schools. School Board Member Scott Phelps walks us through some of…

Guest Opinion | Mohammad Tajsar: City, Police Must Commit to Community-Led Process to Establish Much-Needed Reforms

Author Mohammad Tajsar On November 9, 2017, Pasadena police officers violently attacked 21-year-old Christopher Ballew at an Altadena Mobil Gas Station after allegedly stopping him over tinted windows and a missing front license plate. The beating—captured on a bystander’s cell phone video and subsequently revealed in videos from the officers’…

Guest Opinion | West Pasadena Residents’ Association | Why We Care About the Pasadena Civic Center

“Pasadena today possesses a certain character which is unique among American cities. Located as it is on a plateau framed by a great range of…

Guest Opinion | Addressing the Pasadena Unified School District Budget Deficit

[Editor's Note: Far-reaching events are unfolding which will shape the future of Pasadena's public schools. School Board Member Scott Phelps walks us through some of these issues in a series of Opinion pieces he has written to help the public better understand this very important moment in Pasadena Unified’s history,…

Guest Opinion | Is the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President Holding Office Illegally?

Through no fault of her own, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President may be holding office illegally. Betsy Kahn is the current President of the…

Guest Opinion | Soul-Searching on Homelessness and Housing

Each day in Pasadena, the most vulnerable people in our community, including our homeless and at-risk neighbors, come to a variety of agencies and faith communities for food, shelter, protection, compassion and love. While meeting their immediate physical needs, these agencies also seek to provide hope and optimism for their…

Opinion | Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy: State of Black Pasadena 2018

Vice Mayor John Kennedy seen at the February 22, 2018 unveiling and dedication of his gift of a portrait of President Barack Obama to the Pasadena Public Library. Recently, I enjoyed the distinct honor of delivering the Commencement Speech at a local college. Over the past weekend, I attended the graduation ceremonies at a state college to witness my young godson graduate with his baccalaureate degree, as his four-year-old son watched several rows of seats back from the front of the stage. Both graduations were festive, exciting, and inspiring. However, each graduation also created in me a sense of consternation,…

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