Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Ken McCormick: CEQA and Urban Projects: Does It Matter?

The City Council will be deciding the fate of two controversial development projects next Monday night, July 22.* While the proposed buildings are in different parts of downtown and have different characteristics, they are similar in one very important policy matter: their proposed special exemption from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an expediting process known as the “Infill Exemption.” In these cases,…

Guest Letter to Community | All Saints Rev. Mike Kinman: Individuals, Families Targeted by ICE for Deportation will be Provided Sanctuary in Our Sacred Space

Courtesy image   Aquí, en Español Dear Ones, Yesterday, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore confirmed and the Los Angeles Times reported that Immigration and Customs…

Guest Opinion | Erika Foy: One of Pasadena’s Most Historic Districts is Under Threat

Pasadena residents need to know that one of our oldest, most historic districts is under threat. The new development being permitted at 127-141 N. Madison Avenue is a behemoth multi-story structure that has been exempted from any meaningful oversight. In this instance, it is unfortunate that our city has chosen…

Guest Opinion | Mayor Tornek: SB 50 Needs More Work and Postponing It Was the Right Thing To Do

The City of Pasadena opposed the most current version of SB 50, which would have completely removed density limits and increased building heights along our…

Guest Opinion: Protecting Pasadena’s Public Health Requires Working Together to Keep Our Air Clean

Last week marked the start of the sediment hauling phase of the Devil’s Gate Reservoir Restoration Project, which is operated by Los Angeles County Public Works’ Flood Control District. The Project’s objective is to restore flood control capacity at the Devil’s Gate dam by removing 1.7 million cubic yards of…

Guest Opinion: There is a New Urgency to Talk About Homelessness and Housing in Our City

Although my work at Friends In Deed rarely involves me wading into policy or politics in regard to homelessness and housing, with the release of…

Response to Guest Opinion: “Seniors are Hungry. SB 285 Cuts the Red Tape to Put Food on Their Plate”

California Food Policy Advocates Executive Director George Manalo-LeClair’s guest opinion piece, “Seniors are Hungry. SB2 285 Cuts the Red Tape to Put Food on Their Plate,” published on May 7, 2019, in support of SB 285 includes misinformation that impacts seniors applying for CalFresh. While I agree with the article…

Guest Opinion | Seniors Are Hungry. SB 285 Cuts the Red Tape to Put Food on Their Plate

California is witnessing an unprecedented senior upsurge as baby boomers retire in ever-growing numbers. Many of those newly minted seniors, however, are facing growing challenges…

Letter to the Editor | Teachers Union President Alvin Nash: Making the Grade on School Health

Dear Editor: On May 8, 2019, United Teachers of Pasadena recognizes PUSD’s school nurses by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. The theme this year is School Nurses: Making the Grade on School…

Guest Opinion | Councilmembers Masuda and Gordo, Thank You for Your Leadership on Spacebank

Councilmembers Masuda and Gordo: Thank you for your continued leadership on the Spacebank issue. If the city is going to place 500 families on top of a toxic waste site, we need to ensure that the area is completely cleaned up first. One issue that didn’t get enough play at last night’s council meeting is how will the site be dug up and remediation take place so that it protects nearby residents and businesses — as well as people who commute on the 210 freeway and thousands of drivers who pass by the area on local streets. I can’t imagine going…

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