Opinion & Columnists
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 adequacy of those provisions. The notice also reveals some amazing things that the Flood Control…

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…

Guest Opinion | Mohammad Tajsar: City, Police Must Commit to Community-Led Process to Establish Much-Needed Reforms

Author Mohammad Tajsar On November 9, 2017, Pasadena police officers violently attacked 21-year-old Christopher Ballew at an Altadena Mobil Gas Station after allegedly stopping him over tinted windows and a missing front license plate. The beating—captured on a bystander’s cell phone video and subsequently revealed in videos from the officers’…

Guest Opinion | West Pasadena Residents’ Association | Why We Care About the Pasadena Civic Center

“Pasadena today possesses a certain character which is unique among American cities. Located as it is on a plateau framed by a great range of…

Guest Opinion | Addressing the Pasadena Unified School District Budget Deficit

[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,…

Guest Opinion | Is the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President Holding Office Illegally?

Through no fault of her own, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees President may be holding office illegally. Betsy Kahn is the current President of the…

Guest Opinion | Soul-Searching on Homelessness and Housing

Each day in Pasadena, the most vulnerable people in our community, including our homeless and at-risk neighbors, come to a variety of agencies and faith communities for food, shelter, protection, compassion and love. While meeting their immediate physical needs, these agencies also seek to provide hope and optimism for their…

Opinion | Vice Mayor John J. Kennedy: State of Black Pasadena 2018

Vice Mayor John Kennedy seen at the February 22, 2018 unveiling and dedication of his gift of a portrait of President Barack Obama to the…

Opinion | Jerome E. Horton: When Are Taxes Enough?

Over the years, California has collected enough taxes to fully fund education, fix our water issues, and repair our roads – but has chosen to redirect the funds for other priorities. According to the Governor, this year California is collecting more taxes than expenditures, with billions leftover in reserves. Yet,…

Guest Opinion | Hiring the Police Foundation Was the Right Thing to Do

Former Pasadena Chief of Police Bernard K. Melekian The videos of Pasadena police officers beating Chris Ballew outraged most Pasadenans and Altadenans. After four months of protests, Pasadena’s new Police Chief agreed to a key demand from the community by hiring the National Police Foundation to conduct an external review of the Ballew beating. The new Chief even went further and hired the Police Foundation to review other Police Department functions. But those hard-won reforms gained by the grass-roots protests are now being threatened by attacks on the Police Foundation. Past Pasadena Mayor Bill Paparian criticizes hiring the Police Foundation…

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