Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | School Board Member Scott Phelps: The Culture of PUSD Critics

Scott Phelps A beautiful new middle school at Blair. A beautiful new Sierra Madre Middle School. A state of the art auditorium at Eliot. A state of the art TV studio at Muir. Nice renovations and new additions to McKinley. Beautiful new gyms at McKinley and Washington for the schools and the community to use. A wonderful new gym at Marshall. Etc. And what was…

Shirlee Smith | Back to School Without Shopping
Somebody or something ought to put a stop to this nonsense. It’s not going to be the merchants. It’s not going to be the whining kids. And it certainly isn’t going do be the already up-to-the-limit credit card balance. Seems like all we’re left with on this issue is the…
Guest Opinion | Overcoming ‘NIMBY’ if We Want to House People

In the course of my work week, many people ask me what can be done to increase the number of affordable, low-income and permanent supportive…

Letter to the Editor | John Fauvre: Which Arroyo

Image courtesy of The Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) As a long term denizen of the Arroyo Seco, I hope the current “One Arroyo” effort will lead to greater recognition of the Arroyo’s many contributions to life in Pasadena. I look forward to more public meetings sponsored by the Arroyo Advisory…

Guest Opinion | Tom Seifert: What ‘One Arroyo’ Means for Us

Images courtesy of The Arroyo Advisory Group (AAG) Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco has long suffered from being ‘over-loved’, to quote Mayor Terry Tornek, but undermanaged, characterized…

Guest Opinion | The Case for Keeping Local-only Pasadena Elections

Skip Hickambottom (l) and Dale Gronemeier (r) The City of Pasadena Charter legally establishes the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Unified School District. The City Charter requires local elections to be held in odd-year election cycles — as a result, they are local-only rather than, as with many cities, even-year…

Guest Opinion | ‘Tis the Season – for Solar Energy!

Summer in Southern California means more sunny hours to relax at our beautiful beaches, take in a Dodger game or finally make that trek to…

Guest Opinion | Anthony Manousos: Should We Celebrate the Fourth of July?

In Pasadena there is a religious group that historically opposed the Revolutionary War and didn’t celebrate the Fourth of July. I am referring to the Quakers, a sect of Christians that founded the city of Philadelphia where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where our Constitution was written. Quakers…

Guest Opinion: Parking Justice

One of the great things about going to law school and becoming a lawyer is the dream that one day, if the circumstances are right,…

Opinion | Dawn O’Keeffe: Do Not Cut Funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service

Dawn O’Keeffe is a producer and co-owner of Blue Field Productions with her husband James. She co-produced the award winning documentary, GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District, which features the Pasadena Unified School District. GO PUBLIC aired nationally on PBS and is continuing to…

Guest Opinion | Eileen White Read: Let’s Halt Lawyers’ Manipulation of Education in the Pasadena Unified School System

Principal Juan Ruelas and Madison Elementary School second-grade teachers thank donors from Pasadena Community Gardens Conservancy for building an educational garden to promote better nutrition and the study of science. Thousands of Pasadena taxpayers were shocked last month to read that $65,000 of money we have paid in federal, state, and local taxes was being moved from the PUSD schools budget to two attorneys because of a legal technicality involving an allegedly troubled teacher at James Madison Elementary School. These attorneys then attempted to force PUSD to fire Madison Principal Juan Ruelas on the pretense of a $20,000 “gift” that…

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