Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Pablo Alvarado: In Pasadena, We Must Have Unity in Order to Have Peace and Justice

During these turbulent and polarizing times, our communities should be united, not divided, when it comes to public safety. From the violence in the streets, to the violence on our screens, and to the violence in our political discourse, we seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle where fear is leading to intolerance and more violence. As individuals, we might feel powerless when it…

Shirlee Smith | Parents Aren’t Perfect
Since we aren’t perfect people, there is no way perfection graces us just because we’ve become parent and are in charge of our children. And Let’s take this one step further: There are no perfect children. Some years ago, at the close of a parenting workshop I conducted, a participant…
Guest Opinion | Bill Paparian: 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…

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 Police Department budget by another $3 million. They want to fund 11 more sworn officer positions. Their demand is for increased PD staffing is not…

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…

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 concerted action to eliminate it. A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News (SJMN) suggests that Hillsides and a consulting psychiatrist contributed to this trauma after…

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…

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 from Armenia over this past weekend. Throughout the day and night,  the situation in Yerevan has been tense. Police officers stand at the crossroads. A…

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…

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 § 405a, known at the time of her arrest as "felony lynching." On January 1, 2016, SB 629, introduced by State Senator Holly J. Mitchell, came…

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 familiar with the city and I live in district 5. Year after year illegal fireworks get worse and worse in the area. I’m not talking about the little fireworks that kids play with, I’m talking about the big illegal ones that are so loud they shake the house and make…

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