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Opinion: The Pasadena City Council Should Pass a Minimum Wage Law Without Gaping Loopholes

The Pasadena City Council is likely to adopt a policy this Monday night that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. But proposal that the City staff submitted to the City Council includes a number of serious loopholes that could seriously undermine the law’s effectiveness, make enforcement difficult, and hurt the local economy. There are four areas that local residents…

Opinion: Pasadena – Too Cheap to Enforce the Minimum Wage?

By a 4-0 vote Wednesday night, the City Council’s EDTech Committee forwarded the staff recommendation for a minimum wage to the full Council. Pasadena now…

Opinion: Minimum Wage Alternative Proposed by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and our local business community recognize there is momentum among local political leadership to raise the minimum wage in Pasadena. While raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020 may seem to be a simple solution to many concerns expressed by some in…

Opinion | Pasadena’s Minimum Wage: Devil in the Details

On Monday, February 1, the Pasadena City Council will make a long anticipated decision about adopting a citywide minimum wage. Mayor Terry Tornek and most…

Opinion | Jaylene Moseley: Build a Stronger, Healthier Community

For some, it’s hard to believe that a city known for parades, shopping and boutique hotels is home to so many people struggling to survive. But the fact remains that Pasadena has pockets of harsh poverty that often go unnoticed. In 2013, the poverty rate in Pasadena was 16.3% –…

7th Grade Aveson Student Submits Opinion Piece About Pasadena Police Body Cameras

There have been several bad cops that have done terrible things and get away with is because there is no evidence of what they did.…

Opinion: Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden on California’s 2016-17 Budget

Governor Brown’s proposed 2016-17 Budget, released yesterday, begins legislative efforts to keep California’s finances on track while continuing to invest in our future. I believe investments in our infrastructure, education, and healthcare system are critical to a thriving California. Access to higher education remains a top priority for me. Thankfully,…

Opinion: The Tamir Rice Case – Echo of the Pasadena Police’s Tunnel Vision

The handling of Cleveland’s police killing of the 12-year old Tamir Rice is a haunting echo of the tunnel vision that compromised the Pasadena police’s…

Opinion: Brooke Law Group “Will the San Gabriel Valley Medical Marijuana Business Owners be Eligible for Priority Licensing Under California’s New Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act?”

In October 2015, the Governor of the State of California, at the urging of the federal government, signed into law the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. The federal government was concerned that California did not have adequate regulation in place to make marijuana safe and requested more robust regulation.…

Opinion: Pasadena Minimum Wage Increase Won’t Push Workers Over “Benefits Cliffs”

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is using misleading scare tactics in its efforts to oppose a minimum wage plan in the city. At a recent City Council hearing, the Chamber warned that people would lose their health care benefits and other government safety net supports if the city adopted a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 hour by 2020. In the vast majority of cases, this simply isn’t true. Across the country, millions of workers earn too little money to get by. Many working families are only able to keep their heads above water – to pay…

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