Opinion & Columnists
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 the U.S. of 3.5% in 2015 is not fueling a strong growth in locally-based business. This is after eight years of GDP being below 4.1% annual growth in U.S. dollars according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The average…

The Long Journey – Mental Health Month
She told her sister that she’d danced that day for her high school counselor. Not hardly the truth, I reasoned. Calling the school the following day, my daughter’s counselor said not only had she danced but she had climbed on his desk to do so. “And you didn’t telephone me…
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…

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…

Guest Opinion | Pasadena Police Reform Opponents: A Minority Posturing as the Majority

Opponents of the Pasadena City outside consultants’ recommendation for increased civilian oversight of the Pasadena Police Department by an Independent Police Auditor (“IPA”) keep repeating…

Guest Opinion | Public Safety First – Safe Streets and Safe Neighborhoods Mean a Safe Pasadena

Every New Year’s Day we welcome the world to Pasadena, and the world catches a glimpse of Pasadena as a cultural destination, center for education, and a great place to eat, work, play, and live. As football and roses fill the air, our commitment to a great quality of life…

Guest Opinion | The Chief’s Curse: Discretion on Releasing Bodycam Videos

The happenstance that cell phone cameras, security cameras, and police dashboard cameras record police shootings and other critical incidents of police-community interactions has been revolutionizing…

Guest Opinion: Madison’s Lessons on Surrendering Teachers’ Involuntary Transfer Protections

Authors Dale Gronemeier (left) and Skip Hickambottom. The discontent within the Pasadena Unified School District teacher’s union tentative agreement with PUSD is mainly focused on its economic terms – i.e.,  a 6% raise January 1 of this year and a contingent 3% further increase on July 1 if PUSD gets…

Guest Opinion: Why Does Pasadena Need 5 Police Helicopters While Long Beach Only Needs 2?

Authors Dale Gronemeier (left) and Skip Hickambottom. Pasadena City Councilmember Victor Gordo on April 18 derailed consideration for the time being of the Independent Police…

Guest Opinion: Misinterpretation of Police, Progress, and Best Practices

The recent increase in shootings in Northwest Pasadena did not happen due to the Pasadena Police Departments’ shortage of patrol officers. It’s very unlikely that an increase of 40 additional officers would have prevented any of these shootings. Understaffed as the Pasadena PD may be, additional staffing and a “knee…

Guest Opinion | Next Steps Needed to Enforce Pasadena’s New Minimum Wage Law

In early March, the Pasadena City Council took steps to close the wage gap when it voted unanimously 8-0 to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. The raise in pay will be made in step increments starting July 1, when the wage rises from the state minimum of $10 per hour to $10.50, matching the increases that will also take effect in LA City and LA County. Last Friday, the City Staff released its recommendation on implementation and enforcement of the new ordinance. Acting City Manager Steve Mermell, Acting Assistant City Manager Nick Rodriguez and their…

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