Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Why I’m Supporting Antonovich for State Senate

In 1992 as a second term Pasadena City Councilman I ran against Mike Antonovich for the LA County Board of Supervisors finishing second in a crowded field of candidates. I don’t agree with many of Antonovich’s political positions but I am supporting him in the race for State Senate because he has always been an elected public official of solid integrity who has consistently delivered…

Shirlee Smith | Parents Ain’t Happy
Home environment sets the tone. Unfortunately too many parents don’t see things that way. “All he wanna do is fight,” said the distraught father about his young son. It’s okay to take up for yourself but nowadays being a bully gets kids in trouble, dad went on to explain. How…
Guest Opinion | Fiscal Irresponsibility: The Demand for More Pasadena Over-Policing

Pasadena’s structural budget deficit is already arriving. But some City Council members are so fiscally irresponsible that they are pushing to increase an already high…

Guest Opinion | Former Pasadena Unified Principal Sends Good Wishes on Back to School Monday

Dear Pasadena Community, I send much love and good wishes as you embark on a new school year. It has been my distinct honor to serve as a Principal and Instructional Leader with the local school district, in the Altadena community since 2012. I have had the pleasure of collaborating…

Hillsides Issues Statement in Response to San Jose Mercury News Story, “Drugging Our Kids”

From Hillsides Website The trauma that children and youth in foster care experience is a serious issue which deserves not only our attention but our…

Letter to the Editor: What Way Forward Altadena?

Last night ( 28 July 2016) I attended the Los Angeles County Regional Planning commission Hearing regarding the revisions to the Altadena Community standards District (CSD) at Eliot Junior High School. Some things were very clear: 1. The Altadena Clown Council is totally non functional when it comes to informing,…

Guest Column: Anxious Local Eyes Watch Disturbing Events Unfold in Armenia

As a father whose first born son lives and works in Yerevan, Armenia, I have become increasingly alarmed about disturbing news I have been receiving…

Letter to the Editor: Local Businesswoman Praises Pasadena Police

Pasadena Now received a copy of this letter “of support for our police …  who badly need it at the moment” from long-time Pasadena businesswoman Diana Olson. Olson said she sent the original to Pasadena Police Sergeant [Keith] Gomez, and also copies to Marilyn Diaz, former Police Chief of Sierra…

Guest Opinion | Jackie Lacey Desecrates the California Anti-Lynching Law

[Editor's note: Black Lives Matters Pasadena organizer Jasmine Richards was arrested shortly after an August 29, 2015 incident and charged with attempting CA Penal Code §…

Guest Opinion | Fired Up About Illegal Fireworks

Illegal fireworks seized in Pasadena. Archival photo As you may know, fireworks are illegal in the city of Pasadena. I’ve been a resident since November of 2011 when I moved here with my husband, but also before that I grew up in the Pasadena/South Pasadena area. Regardless to say, I’m…

Guest Opinion | Drive a Car? We Don’t Like Your Kind Around Here

[Editor's Note: This Opinion piece originally pointed to a June City Council meeting date. The item has been re-agendized, and the article has therefore been appropriately updated.] PROHIBITED – Drive-through business, all vehicle services including car or motorcycle: repair, body shops, service stations, washing, detailing, sales, leasing and vehicle storage. The old ones can stay but nothing new that deals with the automobile. It’s progress, the city must look toward the future. Cars are so yesterday. Called the Pasadena Transit-Oriented Development Ordinance, it’s a noble plan to get us out of our cars and take public transportation. Already in existence…

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