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Opinion | Mayoral Candidate Don Morgan : Better Oversight – and Better Outcomes

What do we need to have a better city government in Pasadena? It starts with all of us. I’ve learned over two decades working with non-profits and local governments that the best ideas come when people are engaged and excited to find solutions that really work. I’ve also learned that Pasadena is full of people who want to be involved in strengthening their communities but…

Opinion: “Immigration Action is Here to Stay”

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) criticized a Federal District Court order temporarily halting the President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Rep. Chu released the following statement:…

Opinion: Fresh Ideas and Fresh Coffee

I’ve had the tremendous opportunity over the last several months to talk to the people of Pasadena. At numerous meet-and-greets, my Jobs and Opportunity Forum, a telephone town hall and at neighborhood forums we’ve talked about the many challenges that face our city and how we can harness innovative thinking…

A Black History Month Message From Councilmember John J. Kennedy

During the month of February, Americans will pause from time to time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans in every…

Don Morgan: A Stronger Pasadena – It Starts with a Stronger Economy

There are so many ways we can make Pasadena better for everyone. It is up to our next mayor to set clear priorities about the most important steps we must take to improve the quality of life in Pasadena. As both a businessperson and a researcher who studies how cities…

Opinion: Rep. Chu Praises President Obama’s Plan to Expand Sick and Family Leave

President Obama announced proposals to help American workers and families by ensuring at least six weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers, calling on…

In Wake of City Fraud, Mayoral Candidate Says We Must ask Three Questions

In the wake of the discovery of significant embezzlement of Pasadena city funds, now is the time to ask three key questions – why did it take so long to uncover this alleged theft, how can we make sure such a theft does not happen again, and what are we…

Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story

Joan Williams You only get one chance to make a first impression. By omitting Joan Williams from their coverage of this year’s Rose Parade, television…

Opinion: Open Letter to the “Tournament of Racism”

The Pasadena Community Coalition’s letter to the Executive Board of the Tournament of Roses, received in their offices on November 24, 2014, requesting that they address the lack of hiring of any African-American males on their staff has yet to be formally acknowledged or responded to by the Board. Copies…

Cameron Turner: Racial Triumph in a Tiara

Cameron Turner Ever since I was a kid growing up in Altadena in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I’ve loved the Rose Parade. And while watching the vibrant New Year’s Day spectacle in those days, it never failed that my mom, dad or other adult relative would say something like, “They’ll never let a black girl be the Rose Queen!” This would be followed by a chorus of mm-hmms from the group. As it turned out, the day we never expected to arrive actually came in the fall of 1984. Four years after Leslie Kawai (who is Japanese-American) made history as…

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