Opinion & Columnists
Letter to the Editor | Quincy Hocutt, Former Citizens Oversight Committee Chair

The Board of Education has chosen to approach the newspapers with a public statement that I have been removed from my unpaid volunteer position as Chair of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC.) I note for the record that there was no prior discussion of any such possible action or any stated displeasure in advance of their request to meet with me on Tuesday afternoon. At…

Guest Opinion | Board of Education President Larry Torres

The work of the Citizens Oversight Committee (COC) is a valued and essential part of oversight of Measure TT bonds approved by voters in our…

Opinion | Steven S. Lamb: The Mess at the Altadena Library is a Tragedy

As a lifelong Altadenan and a former Library Board member, I love the Altadena library as a place, a community Center and a hub, deeply. As a Organic Architect and Preservationist I treasure the Boyd Georgi design that abstracted the water cycle of California and was the first building in…

Opinion | Betsy Kahn: Moving Altadena Library Forward

In the six months since I was appointed to the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees, there have been critical reports about conflicts embroiling the…

Reporter’s Notebook: Strolling Upon a Solution in Spain

At left, Pasadena's Colorado Street Bridge. At right, Madrid, Spain's Balién Street Bridge over the Segovia Viaduct. I spent five weeks in Europe this summer, primarily in Spain, just returning two weeks ago. Like every European trip every American takes, the journey was filled with revelations and observations, mixed with…

Opinion | Scott Phelps: PUSD Test Scores and Graduates: Dispelling the Myths

When speaking with parents whose children attend the unusually large number of private schools in our area, one sometimes hears criticisms of PUSD school programs.…

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…

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 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, and the difficult decisions the District faces. This is the second in a series of three pieces by Phelps.] PUSD is facing an increasing deficit in the funding of its special education programs and services because of some unique historical facts. School districts get funding for special education called AB…

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