Opinion & Columnists
Shirlee Smith | Simple Rules Can Prevent Children’s Tragic Falls from Shopping Carts

The elevator I was riding on at Target arrived on the second floor and about six of us stepped out. Just as the door closed behind us, a horrible sight unfolded in the aisle in front of us. As we stepped from the elevator, we saw a little girl tumble from the back of the shopping cart her father was pushing and hit the concrete…

Shirlee Smith | More Than Singing Songs and Picking Cotton
High school textbooks have changed somewhat since the time when I was in high school and slavery was depicted as a happy time with pictures of Negroes contentedly picking cotton in the their master’s fields. A few paragraphs was all that we got about the “Peculiar Institution.” My high school…
Letter to the Editor | Former Mayor William Bogaard: Strong Support for Andy Wilson in City Council Race

Bill Bogaard, Pasadena Mayor (1999-2015) I’m committed to Pasadena’s future, and I want to say that Andy Wilson has my strong support for City Council…

Guest Opinion | With the Cost of Doing Business Rising, Candidates Must Think Big in Order to Think “Small”

Sheena Tahilramani is a candidate seeking election to Pasadena City Council to represent District 7. On Monday, February 13, the Old Pasadena Management District, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, Playhouse District Association and South Lake Avenue Business Association hosted a candidate forum with City Council candidates appearing on the March 7th…

Shirlee Smith | March is Parenting Awareness Month

A closely-held secret month of celebration is March which has, in some states, been declared Parenting Awareness Month. If you live in Texas, you might…

Guest Opinion | Reaction to “Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez Calms Local Deportation Raid Fears”

I do not feel reassured by Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez’s somewhat vague response regarding his department’s relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (see his email below to Pasadena Now Publisher, James Macpherson). As Chief Sanchez himself recognizes, we are living in tense times, and there is great anxiety in…

Guest Opinion | City Council Candidate Bryan Witt Endorses Bill Blocking Construction of the 710 Tunnel

Bryan Witt Many residents in the region will be happy to know that Assemblyman, Chris Holden has introduced Assembly Bill 287 that would prohibit construction…

Guest Opinion | Don’t be Swayed by False Assertions: Join Us in Supporting Victor Gordo to Continue His Exceptional Leadership for Pasadena’s District 5

Victor Gordo As our fellow voters review their ballots for the upcoming March 7th municipal election, we strongly recommend endorsement of Victor Gordo for Pasadena City Council District 5. Victor has been an effective leader on the Council for the families in District 5, a dedicated advocate City-wide, and a…

Guest Opinion | Victor Gordo’s Misplaced Right-Field Rant Against “Rent-Control”

At the ACT candidates forum on January 10, all City Council candidates were asked if they supported a “just-cause eviction ordinance.” We heard Fifth District…

Shirlee Smith | Black History Month – Let’s Start Running Away With Ourselves

Welcome to the first week of Black History Month. Quite an advancement, some would say, from back in 1926 when the historian Dr Carter J. Woodson created Negro History Week. But knock on just about any door anywhere in America and ask the family who Carter J. Woodson is, and…

Guest Opinion | All Saints Pasadena Sends Message to Trump Administration

Responding to the first five days of the Trump Administration, the Reverend Mike Kinman issued the following statement: “Tragically, in the opening days of his administration, President Trump has been utterly consistent, ruling as he campaigned – by stoking fear and hatred, targeting the most vulnerable among us, and lying to the nation in the most transparent of ways. As followers of Jesus, our call has never been more clear. If you are an immigrant, we stand together. If you are a woman, we stand together. If you are an LGBTQ image of God, we stand together. If you are…

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