Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Phil Hosp: An Insight and Measure of Character

Authors William Thomson (left) and William Paparian (right), both former Pasadena mayors, are pictured with District 7 candidate Phil Hosp. Every Veterans Day, the City of Pasadena pauses to remember the service and sacrifice of those who have answered our nation’s call and worn the uniforms of the Armed Forces of the United States. And with that remembrance comes the recognition that their dedication to…

Shirlee Smith | Women’s History Month – Honoring The Ordinary Ones
There are so many women whose lives and contributions have demonstrated amazing courage and whose deeds influenced younger generations. How many? The list is formidable. How then do I meet the challenge of choosing who to write about? She was born in 1915 in Austin, Texas, to a 15-year-old mother who…
Guest Opinion | The Strongest Local Policing Policy is Total Disentanglement from ICE

Three progressive Pasadena organizations advocate an ordinance completely uncoupling the Pasadena Police Department (PPD) from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). The PPD’s…

Shirlee Smith | Women Inmates Making History

American Women inmates have now made history by becoming the fastest growing prison population in America. And to boot, there are more women prisoners in America than anywhere else in the world. But when we talk Women’s History Month, we look for the upside of the contributions that have been…

Guest Opinion | Pasadena Losing Federal Funds? A Red Herring on Pasadena Becoming a Sanctuary City

Becoming a sanctuary city and ending the Pasadena Police Department’s relationship to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be considered by the Pasadena City Council…

Shirlee Smith | Women’s History- Mildred Goldberger Set An Example

Mildred Goldberger She was Caltech’s First Lady arriving on the the Pasadena campus in 1978 accompanying her husband, Marvin Goldberger, who became president that year. Her prestigious duties at the world-famous scientific institution didn’t outline reaching out to people who marched to a very different beat. But Mildred Goldberger did…

Opinion | Bryan Witt: Why I’m Supporting Phil Hosp for Pasadena City Council

First, I would like to express my profound thanks to those who voted for me in the Primary Election of 2017. It has been an…

Opinion | Letter From District 5 Neighbors

At a recent candidate forum, Pasadena Council District 5 challenger Krystal Padley said more than she realized while attacking her opponent, Councilman Victor Gordo, over the mood of the immigrant community in the district. People are afraid when I come to the door, she said, because they think I’m a…

Guest Opinion | Andy Wilson: Tired of traffic? Here are Five Strategies to Make Things Better

ANDY WILSON, Pasadena City Councilmember for District 7 I’m a huge fan of our city.  I love our picturesque neighborhoods, prolific trees, historic architecture, incredible…

Shirlee Smith | Simple Rules Can Prevent Children’s Tragic Falls from Shopping Carts

The elevator I was riding on at Target arrived on the second floor and about six of us stepped out. Just as the door closed behind us, a horrible sight unfolded in the aisle in front of us. As we stepped from the elevator, we saw a little girl tumble…

Letter to the Editor | Former Mayor William Bogaard: Strong Support for Andy Wilson in City Council Race

Bill Bogaard, Pasadena Mayor (1999-2015) I’m committed to Pasadena’s future, and I want to say that Andy Wilson has my strong support for City Council in the March 7th election. I have known Andy for 20 years. He is a person of great integrity and is committed to service, collaboration, and inclusion. All of us have benefitted from Andy’s leadership – not just on the Council, and on City commissions, but also on behalf of many worthy organizations. Andy’s a true innovator. In a few short years, he’s done remarkable work in helping transform Pasadena into a growing center for…

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