Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Pasadena’s Tenant Ordinance Fundamentally Fails to Address Our Affordable Housing Crisis

The Pasadena City Council approved modifications to the City’s Tenant Protection Ordinance (TPO), a law that covers relocation and moving benefits for a narrow subset of displaced tenants. Fewer than 100 households have been able to avail themselves of the ordinance’s limited benefits during the 15 years it has been in operation. At best, the TPO is window dressing; those most familiar with its provisions…

Guest Opinion | Erika Foy: Alarming Trend Jeopardizes Pasadena’s Tree-Lined Character

An alarming pattern has been trending that is jeopardizing Pasadena’s historically tree-lined character. Specifically, the tree canopy within Pasadena’s urban core is quickly dwindling. This…

Letter to the Editor: Playhouse District Park and Traffic

Dear Mayor Tornek and City Council Members, I am writing in regard to the proposed park at the corner of Union and El Molino. I’m all for a park but am concerned that the cumulative effect that all the proposed development and transportation plans will have on the area, given…

Guest Opinion | Akila Gibbs: Pasadena’s Quiet Crisis

Akila Gibbs An historic shift is taking place in our country, and Pasadena has landed in the middle of it. Our community, like so many…

Guest Opinion | Police Chases: Why Must TV News Stations Report Them Live?

Sometimes, I have time to watch television in the evenings, and there are a few things I look forward to. For example, I really like Doc Martin, the BBC program about a quirky doctor in some small English town. But I particularly look forward to watching the 11 p.m. local…

Guest Opinion | Would Pasadena Welcome Amazon? Current City Council Might Vote 7:1 Against

Recently, Facebook critic Jason wrote on our Business Leaders for Better Government page: “Wealthy Beverly Hills elitists crying about their *Pasadena* business taxes, which Pasadena…

Letter to Editor | Disappointed by the Way the Story Framed Minimum Wage Poll

Thank you for publishing the article in today’s Pasadena Now about the David Binder Research poll on the minimum wage http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/supporters-of-raising-minimum-wage-to-15-by-2020-say-81-of-pasadena-voters-agree/#.XGGedlVKgnQ However, I was very disappointed by the way the story framed the poll. The use of the words “Supporters…say…” in the headline –“Supporters of Raising Minimum Wage to $15…

Guest Opinion: Business Leaders Support Minimum Wage: A Fair Shake Is All They Ask

Contrary to the current polarizing rhetoric, an increase in the minimum wage is supported by Pasadena business leaders as well as by many workers. Without…

Guest Opinion | Robin Salzer: Tonight’s Minimum Wage Decision by City Council Should Be Fair to All Concerned

Tonight the Pasadena City Council will review the Pasadena Minimum Wage Ordinance that was voted into law in February 2016. The arguments are extremely compelling and passionate on both sides of the issue. The Pasadena Minimum Wage Ordinance followed the lead of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County…

Opinion | Mayor Terry Tornek: A Tale of Two Cities Revisited

Mayor Terry Tornek Two academics have written and now twice rewritten a study, A TALE OF TWO CITIES III, describing Pasadena as “one of California’s most unequal cities”… “now characterized by a widening income gulf, low wages for many, and high rents.” While this description is partly true, I feel compelled to comment on its distortions by their further statement that: “This harsh reality is not simply the result of inevitable market forces. Decisions made in City Hall – particularly about jobs and housing – contribute to Pasadena’s widening income gap and the hardships encountered by a significant number of…

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