Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Hiring the Police Foundation Was the Right Thing to Do

Former Pasadena Chief of Police Bernard K. Melekian The videos of Pasadena police officers beating Chris Ballew outraged most Pasadenans and Altadenans. After four months of protests, Pasadena’s new Police Chief agreed to a key demand from the community by hiring the National Police Foundation to conduct an external review of the Ballew beating. The new Chief even went further and hired the Police Foundation…

Letter | Pasadena Unified Salaries, Total Compensation and Health Care Costs

As PUSD continues to make reductions because of declining enrollment/flat revenues and increasing costs, while at the same time its employees naturally want increases in…

Letter | False Rumor Calls for Clarification

The Pasadena Casting Club is seeking to regain full use of the south end of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park. So far, the process has taken us through a hearing at the Urban Forestry Advisory Committee and now we are waiting for a decision from City Manager Steve…

Southern California Golf Association Weighs in On Possible Eaton Canyon Golf Course Closure

Dear Editor: The May 11 story about Mayor Tornek’s desire to see Los Angeles County’s Eaton Canyon Golf Course transformed into a “public park” under…

Letter to the Editor: Pasadena Recreation Community Loses Out to Trees

Yesterday’s article about the Pasadena Casting Club’s request to restore the intended use of the casting pond in Lower Arroyo Park is an excellent example of how to sound even handed while, in fact, repeating and amplifying omissions, distortions and biased decision making. To start with, how about an alternative…

Letter to the Editor | Support the Casters by Moving Eight Trees

I write in support of the Pasadena Casting Club’s request for authority to improve the municipal casting pond by slightly relandscaping a bit of the…

Letters | Don’t Take Out Parking on Union Street to Put in Two-Way Bike Lane

I am writing to share my concern with other citizens who do not want parking to be taken out in the Playhouse District to make room for a new two-way bike lane on Union Street. This is a very calm street and there is room for a bike lane, but…

Guest Opinion | Scott Phelps | PUSD’s Latest Budget: An Updated Reality Check

[Editor's Note: This piece was submitted prior to the issuance of a letter by the Los Angeles County Board of Education requiring $8 million in…

Guest Opinion | Eileen White Read | A Better Future for the Muir Ranch School Garden

Much of the once-educational Muir Ranch garden program is gone. Among the essential tools I learned at Columbia University’s journalism school, and sharply honed during my time as a Wall Street Journal reporter, were the preeminent importance of seeking facts, striving for accuracy, and searching for truth. Thus, it’s pained…

Guest Opinion | Erika Foy | Serious Concerns About That Glenarm Public Art Project

Pasadena is an iconic city full of historic architecture, charming neighborhoods, renowned gardens, and museums, leading educational institutions, and nationally televised events including the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. The City of Pasadena is currently considering another soon-to-be iconic landmark — a public art project by sculptor and installation artist Alice Aycock. There is no question that public art enhances our city by helping to create a visual story of who we are, and I believe we are very fortunate to live in a city where investment in public art is a high priority. But at $740,000, this investment of public…

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