Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion: Misinterpretation of Police, Progress, and Best Practices

The recent increase in shootings in Northwest Pasadena did not happen due to the Pasadena Police Departments’ shortage of patrol officers. It’s very unlikely that an increase of 40 additional officers would have prevented any of these shootings. Understaffed as the Pasadena PD may be, additional staffing and a “knee jerk response” will not stop the violence making residents anxious. Reality is there is no…

Mother’s Day Behind Bars
Maria may never see her children again. They were born in America but she was not. When released from the sentence she is serving in a California State Prison she, according to speculation by folk knowledgeable with these situations, will be deported to her home country. Celebrating Mother’s Day is…
Guest Opinion | Next Steps Needed to Enforce Pasadena’s New Minimum Wage Law

In early March, the Pasadena City Council took steps to close the wage gap when it voted unanimously 8-0 to raise the minimum wage to…

Guest Opinion: Why United Teachers of Pasadena May Vote to Strike

The Star-News has run commentary by Superintendent McDonald that is terribly misleading to the public about the current contract stalemate between Pasadena teachers and the school district. Here are the facts. Pasadena Teachers are at a contract negotiations impasse with the Pasadena Unified School District and on May 4, 2016,…

Letter to the Editor: Good to Great?

Pasadena Unified School District’s mantra is “Good to Great.” Sounds good, right? Except, that while the teachers at Daniel Webster School are a highly qualified,…

Letter to the Editor: Washington Elementary STEM Magnet School Teachers – Angry Over PUSD’s Unfair Compensation for Teachers

Teachers at Washington Elementary STEM Magnet school are angry over PUSD’s unfair compensation for teachers. Over the past eight years, Pasadena teachers have received a 3% pay raise, yet, in terms of salary rank, PUSD teachers are in the lowest 10% among unified school districts in Los Angeles County. Pasadena…

Letter to the Editor: San Rafael Elementary Teachers Disappointed with Current Bargaining of Salary and Contract Negotiations Between UTP and PUSD

We, the teachers of San Rafael Elementary in Pasadena, are extremely disappointed in the current bargaining of the salary and contract negotiations taking place between…

Letter to the Editor: PUSD Plans to Transfer Teachers at their Whim, Changing Language of Existing Contract

During the ongoing contract negotiations between the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the United Teachers of Pasadena (UTP), most of the public focus has been on the divide in salary compensation. It is an easy topic to explain; Teachers want more money to equate their salaries with other teacher…

Letter to the Editor: PUSD Failed to Treat its Teachers with the Respect they Deserve – Longfellow Elementary School

The Pasadena Unified School District has failed to treat its teachers with the respect we deserve. We are told that teachers are the most important…

Guest Opinion: Rebuttal to PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald’s Guest Commentary “Superintendent Gives Final Offer to PUSD Teachers”

Brian McDonald’s public announcement of PUSD’s “Last, Best, and Final Offer” is misleading and self-serving. McDonald’s commentary is an effort to market a non-competitive three year salary proposal and deliberately leaves out any reference to the District’s final proposal that gives the Superintendent the right to involuntarily transfer and/or reassign…

Trump’s Campaign Hits The School Yard

  What to tell her handsome young son when his classmates assured him his days at “their” school were just about over because Donald Trump would make sure he was on the other side of The Wall to be built by the Mexican Government. Mom wasn’t a person known for paying much attention to politics. She, as a single parent, was busy holding down two low-paying jobs and making sure her one kid got the best of what America had to offer. Well, at least he was getting the best of America that she could give him, and one of…

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