Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Reaction to “Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez Calms Local Deportation Raid Fears”

I do not feel reassured by Pasadena Police Chief Sanchez’s somewhat vague response regarding his department’s relationship with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (see his email below to Pasadena Now Publisher, James Macpherson). As Chief Sanchez himself recognizes, we are living in tense times, and there is great anxiety in our community, especially among children of immigrants who are worried that their parents could be…

Shirlee Smith | More Than Singing Songs and Picking Cotton
High school textbooks have changed somewhat since the time when I was in high school and slavery was depicted as a happy time with pictures of Negroes contentedly picking cotton in the their master’s fields. A few paragraphs was all that we got about the “Peculiar Institution.” My high school…
Guest Opinion | City Council Candidate Bryan Witt Endorses Bill Blocking Construction of the 710 Tunnel

Bryan Witt Many residents in the region will be happy to know that Assemblyman, Chris Holden has introduced Assembly Bill 287 that would prohibit construction…

Guest Opinion | Don’t be Swayed by False Assertions: Join Us in Supporting Victor Gordo to Continue His Exceptional Leadership for Pasadena’s District 5

Victor Gordo As our fellow voters review their ballots for the upcoming March 7th municipal election, we strongly recommend endorsement of Victor Gordo for Pasadena City Council District 5. Victor has been an effective leader on the Council for the families in District 5, a dedicated advocate City-wide, and a…

Guest Opinion | Victor Gordo’s Misplaced Right-Field Rant Against “Rent-Control”

At the ACT candidates forum on January 10, all City Council candidates were asked if they supported a “just-cause eviction ordinance.” We heard Fifth District…

Shirlee Smith | Black History Month – Let’s Start Running Away With Ourselves

Welcome to the first week of Black History Month. Quite an advancement, some would say, from back in 1926 when the historian Dr Carter J. Woodson created Negro History Week. But knock on just about any door anywhere in America and ask the family who Carter J. Woodson is, and…

Guest Opinion | All Saints Pasadena Sends Message to Trump Administration

Responding to the first five days of the Trump Administration, the Reverend Mike Kinman issued the following statement: “Tragically, in the opening days of his…

Guest Opinion | Some Thoughts on the 58th Presidential Inauguration

Photo Credits: Sheena Tahilramani I had the opportunity to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration with my parents and witness a “uniquely American” tradition that has been a cornerstone of our democracy since 1801. The next day, Washington, DC, hosted approximately half a million people for the Women’s March and over…

Shirlee Smith | This Inauguration Wasn’t Like the One We Went to

photo attached that we took back in 2009 A friend asked me, back when she just knew Hillary was going to be elected the first…

Shirlee Smith | When Do Black Lives Matter?

A few weeks ago, headed home driving north from the other part of Pasadena, one of my daughters, who was in the front seat of my car spotted a small gathering of people standing on the sidewalk. They were. in front of the low-income housing units that were once called…

Letter to the Editor | City Council Candidate is “Profoundly” Disappointed

Bryan Witt OK everyone…here’s something from: Just when you think you’ve heard and seen everything…you are totally blindsided with an outrage beyond your wildest expectations. My own Democratic Party’s LA County Committee has refused to support me for City Council … and I am the only Progressive on the ticket! This is profoundly disappointing! It is my belief that they are withholding support, because they recognize that I am not a candidate they can control. But by choosing not to endorse the only Progressive for City Council, they have chosen to throw Pasadena to the wolves. This is simply unbelievable.…

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