Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | Pasadena PD’s Broken Policymaking Needs Fixing

The views in guest opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Pasadena Now.   Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez stuck their thumbs in the eyes of Pasadena’s African-American political leadership on November 7. Black City Council Members John Kennedy and Tyron Hampton asked the Pasadena City administration to delay promulgating the police department bodycamera policy until it could…

Shirlee Smith | Santa’s New Elf
Art work by Brandi Armstrong Making a list and checking it twice? Wondering what to give the child who has everything? How about nothing? Well, not really nothing BUT nothing wrapped with tinsel paper and tied with a bright bow to be found under the family Christmas tree. Here’s some…
Guest Opinion | While Pasadena’s City Manager Caved-in to the Police Union, Other Cities Are Embracing the Best Practice of Officers Giving Their Statements Before Viewing Video

The views in guest opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Pasadena Now.   In our op-ed last Sunday entitled “The Science Deniers…

Guest Opinion | Don’t Let the City Council Destroy Pasadena’s Minimum Wage Progress

Peter Dreier (l) and Mark Maier (r) Reflecting the views of the Chamber of Commerce, Pasadena City Councilmember Andy Wilson has asked his council colleagues to consider rolling back the city’s progress on the minimum wage. Last February, the City Council voted unanimously to implement a path to $15 per…

Guest Opinion | The Science Deniers on Body Camera Policy

The views in guest opinion pieces do not necessarily reflect the views of Pasadena Now.   High-Tech Body Cams Pasadena police union President Roger Roldan…

Guest Opinion | Julieta Aragon: San Francisco Gave its Parents the Right to Vote; Can Pasadena be Next?

A silver lining for Latinos in Tuesday’s election is San Francisco’s passage of Proposition N. Proposition N gives all San Francisco Unified School District parents the right to vote for Board of Education members irrespective of their immigration status. Can the Pasadena Unified School District be the next California school…

Guest Opinion | Councilmember Andy Wilson: No Good Choices for South Lake Trees

It was with great sadness that I recently saw three healthy ficus trees come down on Lake Street. As an environmentalist and passionate walker, I…

Guest Opinion | City Manager Caves Into Police Union, Giving Pasadena a Bad Bodycamera Policy

Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell knows better, but he’s about to foist on the City a bad police bodycamera policy that discriminates in favor of police officers by allowing them alone to view video of their killing civilians before they give their statements about the…

Letter to Editor | Why I Endorse Mike Antonovich for State Senate

I first met Mike Antonovich over forty years ago when we both served as Reserve Police Officers for the City of South Pasadena. Years later…

Guest Opinion | Dr. Peter Dreier: Anthony Portantino for State Senate

Dr. Peter Dreier On Election Day, the choice in the 25th Senate District is one of the easiest to make. Republican Mike Antonovich — who has been in office since 1969 — is an extreme conservative on every mainstream issue that matters to this district, and he has the record to prove…

Guest Opinion | Pablo Alvarado: In Pasadena, We Must Have Unity in Order to Have Peace and Justice

During these turbulent and polarizing times, our communities should be united, not divided, when it comes to public safety. From the violence in the streets, to the violence on our screens, and to the violence in our political discourse, we seem to be stuck in a vicious cycle where fear is leading to intolerance and more violence. As individuals, we might feel powerless when it comes to changing national politics, but in our communities, we can come together to bridge widening divides. When killings, shootings, or burglaries occur, neighborhoods are left in shock with residents wondering whether their own safety…

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