Opinion & Columnists
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 water cannon and armored police vehicles have been sighted at several locations. Roads leading to Yerevan…

Shirlee Smith | Parent Time at the Convention
The Democrats roll in to Philly this week and the Ringling Brothers Circus, second act, with magic fanfare, costumes and just perfect make-up will be all about thrilling or disgusting the viewing public. Is this about parenting? You betcha! The Democrat Convention, much like the Republican one last week, will…
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…

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.…

Guest Opinion | Pasadena’s Helicopter Fleet Reflects Over-Policing Just Like its Officer-staffing Level

Pasadena’s helicopter patrol fleet has the highest helicopter-to-population ratio of any nearby comparable city. Pasadena’s high level of helicopters to its population mirrors the similar…

Guest Opinion | Brown v. Board of Education: Building a Better America

The New Colossus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide…

Guest Opinion | Hard Road Ahead for the Small Business Owner in Pasadena

Christina L. Suter A slow moving national economy mixed with increased city mandates adds stress to many Pasadena business owners. The growth in GDP in…

Guest Opinion | The Pasadena PD “Understaffing” Myth

Pasadena Now quotes Pasadena City Council Member Steve Madison in its May 25 article “More Money for Police?” as saying “I can tell you right now, I intend to ask for increased staffing, and I’ve heard other members of the Council say the same thing.” Mr. Madison’s call for more…

Guest Commentary | The State of Black Pasadena: A Continuing Story

Pasadena District 3 Councilmember John J. Kennedy By PASADENA DISTRICT 3 COUNCILMEMBER JOHN J. KENNEDY| This story builds upon the previous article I authored on April 21, 2014 entitled: THE STATE OF BLACK PASADENA: An Incomplete View. Before you ponder my comments below, may I suggest that you consider reading or rereading the referenced article which appeared in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal. The battle for complete justice and equality in Pasadena must be broad and inclusive of every race, religion, gender, identity, income-level, and level of academic achievement. In my view, what is good for African Americans is good…

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