Opinion & Columnists
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 Kings Manor but now renamed Kings Villages. “Oh, someone else has been murdered,” she exclaimed…

Shirlee Smith | Pasadena – How Rosy is Rosy?
The old, the new, the wise and the wide-eyed. Pasadena dazzles the world every year with its fabulous Rose Parade that moves east on Colorado Blvd, then north on Sierra Madre to its final resting place at Victory Park located in the eastern part of our majestic city. News camera…
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.…

Opinion | On Gang Violence in the City of Roses: Let’s Start With Why So We Can End With How

Sheena Tahilramani is a candidate for Pasadena City Council District 7 A spate of shootings in Pasadena over the course of the last few weeks has renewed calls for increased staffing at the Pasadena Police Department from community and members of the City Council alike. Last Sunday, Councilman Victor Gordo…

Guest Opinion | MLK Day: Remembrances of John Lewis as Donald Trump Trashes Him

Congressman John Lewis, leader. He is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district, serving since 1987. In the late spring of 1964, John Lewis…

Shirlee Smith | Pasadena – Hateful Kids – Disengaged Parents?

Granma Covington, according to the Chicago newspaper, said this about her two grandkids, 24-year-old Tanishia and 18-year-old Brittany who kidnapped and brutalized a disabled teenager: “I’m so upset, my head is about to bust open.” The elder Covington went on to exclaim, “I don’t know if someone influenced her. .…

Shirlee Smith | Happy New Year!

When it comes to making Resolutions for 2017, the kids in the household ought to join in on it as a sustainable family activity. A…

Guest Opinion: Jill Shook | Preventing Another Housing Debacle

Jill Shook Who can forget the housing crash of 2008? Do we want to see a repeat of this debacle? As someone who has advocated for affordable housing and housing justice in the city of Pasadena for twenty years, and given Housing Justice workshops around the country, I am heart…

Guest Opinion | Pasadena PD’s Broken Policymaking Needs Fixing

The views in guest opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Pasadena Now.   Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell and Police Chief Phillip…

Guest Opinion | While Pasadena’s City Manager Caved-in to the Police Union, Other Cities Are Embracing the Best Practice of Officers Giving Their Statements Before Viewing Video

The views in guest opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Pasadena Now.   In our op-ed last Sunday entitled “The Science Deniers on Body Camera Policy”, we discussed the cognitive science basis for the best policing practice of allowing officers to view critical incidents video only after…

Guest Opinion | Don’t Let the City Council Destroy Pasadena’s Minimum Wage Progress

Peter Dreier (l) and Mark Maier (r) Reflecting the views of the Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena City Councilmember Andy Wilson has asked his council colleagues to consider rolling back the city’s progress on the minimum wage. Last February, the City Council voted unanimously to implement a path to $15 per hour, adopting the same policy that the City of Los Angeles had passed and the same policy that Los Angeles County adopted for unincorporated areas, including Altadena. Now Wilson, who faces a tough election battle, appears to be currying favor from business interests He wants the Council’s Economic Development and…

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