Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion: Erika Foy | Does Phrase “Rules Are Meant to be Broken” Apply to Due Process in Pasadena?

Does the saying “rules are meant to be broken” apply to due process in the City of Pasadena? On August 26th, Pasadena City Council adjusted the rules of due process in a developer’s favor, ignoring residents’ overwhelming objection to a controversial development at 253 S. Los Robles Ave. At the City Council meeting on July 22, dozens of concerned citizens spoke out against the development…

Pasadena Dive Club Official Reacts to Santa Cruz Tragedy

A 75-foot vessel called the Conception was carrying 33 passengers and six crew when it went up in flames at about 3:30 a.m. on Monday…

Guest Opinion: Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Insanity vs. Creativity: Taking Risks to Combat Homelessness

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater [Updated] In addressing problems and ways of solving them, one of the more well-worn quotes comes from Einstein: the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. While this explains a core challenge, it doesn’t really focus on…

Guest Opinion: A Personal Point of View: Going ‘Public’ in Pasadena

Blair's SRLA Team at the Holiday Half-Marathon, Pomona Fairplex, December 9, 2018. [Editor’s Note: Reprinted with permission from the West Pasadena Residents’ Association. Originally published…

Guest Opinion: Metro CEO Phillip Washington | Metro’s North Hollywood-Pasadena Bus Rapid Transit Project Will Better Connect Communities

The North Hollywood to Pasadena corridor connects the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys and is home to approximately 800,000 people and 400,000 jobs. This area includes major job centers, bedroom communities and many colleges and cultural opportunities. But there’s one big thing lacking: a great transit connection for those…

Letter to the Editor: United Teachers of Pasadena Welcomes Parents and Students to the New School Year

Welcome parents and students to the start of the 2019 – 2020 school year! I am Allison Steppes, a native to Pasadena and I have…

Guest Opinion | Scott Phelps: Pasadena Unified School District Budget Update

[Updated] After two years of budget reductions of over $15 million, PUSD has recently offered its employee unions a raise so their families can better keep up with inflation and the district’s low-ranking salaries can be improved.  The raise consists of a one-time payment of 2% of their 18-19 salary…

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…

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 Enforcement agents will be conducting sweeps targeting immigrants beginning Sunday in 10 U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. According to Moore, about 140 individuals are targeted…

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 to disregard historic adjacencies. The facts are that on June 5th, our Board of Zoning Appeals permitted a massive development abutting National Register designated Ford Place Historic District and the individually listed Blinn House. These iconic buildings are part of a cherished group of homes which represent excellence in early…

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