Opinion & Columnists
Letter to the Editor: Playhouse District Park and Traffic

Dear Mayor Tornek and City Council Members, I am writing in regard to the proposed park at the corner of Union and El Molino. I’m all for a park but am concerned that the cumulative effect that all the proposed development and transportation plans will have on the area, given the many things that are already in discussion. The proposed cycle track on Union will…

Guest Opinion | Akila Gibbs: Pasadena’s Quiet Crisis

Akila Gibbs An historic shift is taking place in our country, and Pasadena has landed in the middle of it. Our community, like so many…

Guest Opinion | Police Chases: Why Must TV News Stations Report Them Live?

Sometimes, I have time to watch television in the evenings, and there are a few things I look forward to. For example, I really like Doc Martin, the BBC program about a quirky doctor in some small English town. But I particularly look forward to watching the 11 p.m. local…

Guest Opinion | Would Pasadena Welcome Amazon? Current City Council Might Vote 7:1 Against

Recently, Facebook critic Jason wrote on our Business Leaders for Better Government page: “Wealthy Beverly Hills elitists crying about their *Pasadena* business taxes, which Pasadena…

Letter to Editor | Disappointed by the Way the Story Framed Minimum Wage Poll

Thank you for publishing the article in today’s Pasadena Now about the David Binder Research poll on the minimum wage http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/supporters-of-raising-minimum-wage-to-15-by-2020-say-81-of-pasadena-voters-agree/#.XGGedlVKgnQ However, I was very disappointed by the way the story framed the poll. The use of the words “Supporters…say…” in the headline –“Supporters of Raising Minimum Wage to $15…

Guest Opinion: Business Leaders Support Minimum Wage: A Fair Shake Is All They Ask

Contrary to the current polarizing rhetoric, an increase in the minimum wage is supported by Pasadena business leaders as well as by many workers. Without…

Guest Opinion | Robin Salzer: Tonight’s Minimum Wage Decision by City Council Should Be Fair to All Concerned

Tonight the Pasadena City Council will review the Pasadena Minimum Wage Ordinance that was voted into law in February 2016. The arguments are extremely compelling and passionate on both sides of the issue. The Pasadena Minimum Wage Ordinance followed the lead of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA County…

Opinion | Mayor Terry Tornek: A Tale of Two Cities Revisited

Mayor Terry Tornek Two academics have written and now twice rewritten a study, A TALE OF TWO CITIES III, describing Pasadena as “one of California’s…

Guest Opinion | School Board Member Scott Phelps: A Culture of Choice in Pasadena

“That’s the beauty of Pasadena. Everyone does their own thing.” This was a comment made by a neighbor chatting at a recent curbside meeting held on my street to discuss a pilot project change to an intersection. She said “____ (private school) parents have their own traffic route; _____ (another…

Letters | Christle Balvin: Shame on You, Kaiser

Pasadena Now received this letter in connection the following article: City Considers Removing Tree near New Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine: With what we now know about the relentless march of Climate Change, we must protect every tree in our community and not look to destroy any of them. Why, because they join the oceans as one of the few ways of removing carbon dioxide from our air. Kaiser of all places should certainly know this and the fact that there is currently no proven technology that can do this. As a medical teaching hospital, Kaiser should be on the forefront…

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