Opinion & Columnists
Guest Opinion | “Elections and Our Community’s Viability”

On the heels of the optimistic Pasadena Mayor’s State of the City Address, Business Leaders for Better Government notes Senator John Moorlach’s (R-Costa Mesa) annual 2019 Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s 482 cities, identifying Pasadena as one of the four worst cities in the State for managing debt. Ranking Pasadena as the ninth worst city per capita with a population over 50,000, the report (https://moorlach.cssrc.us/sites/default/files/City_CAFR_Report_for_2019_Jan._2_2020_Moorlach.pdf)…

Guest Opinion | Kathryn H. Ross: Why Race Still Matters in a Post-Race Universe

Kathryn H. Ross June 2003. The American south is still segregated, blacks are employed by wealthy whites and treated like the lowliest of servants in…

Guest Opinion: West Pasadena Residents’ Association | Pasadena Attorney to Caltrans Tenants: “Nothing is stopping Caltrans from selling 710 properties”

Tenants living in Caltrans-owned homes in west Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno have been waiting for years to purchase their homes at an affordable price, as guaranteed in the Roberti Bill (AB 113 in 2009). Caltrans announced in 2015 that it would sell the houses in three phases. Now…

Guest Opinion | David Azevedo: Why is Building Market Rate Housing Critical to Solving the Housing and Homelessness Crisis in California?

When I look at the root causes of homelessness and lack of affordability, I see a dramatic lack of the number of homes near jobs.…

Guest Opinion | Erika Foy: Is Pasadena Destined to Become the Next Westside?

Is it just me or is Pasadena feeling more and more like LA’s Westside these days? With so much new residential infill development and the resulting increase in traffic, Pasadena is feeling less like our beloved “small town” and more like an extension of LA. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to…

Guest Opinion | Council Candidate Kevin Litwin: Does Pasadena Need To Increase Its Public Safety Budget?

There are many reasons to pick a city to live in and Pasadena has many positive attributes – that is why my wife Katie, my…

Letter to the Editor | Ryan Bell: Climate Crisis Requires Cities Like Pasadena To Go All Out

Ryan Bell In “Forecast Calls for Climate Change to Emerge as Topic in Pasadena City Elections,” some candidates expressed skepticism that the climate crisis is something that our city should focus on, but cities like Pasadena are ground zero for this fight for our lives. Pasadena has made some strides…

Guest Opinion | Michael Vallante : Celebrating 2-Years of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Looking Ahead to 2020

Two years ago, the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act was signed into law. The year end-review highlights include more than 7 million jobs created since…

Guest Opinion | Mayor Tornek Should Remove His Name as Co-Host of Fundraiser Featuring Former Governor Pete Wilson

It is outrageous and indefensible that on the 25th anniversary of Prop 187, Mayor Tornek is the only elected official to list his name on the host committee for a fundraiser with someone who champions the support of a former Governor who justifies the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that have…

Guest Opinion | Susan Osen: Pasadena Can Save Lives – And Our Bridge

New suicide deterrent fencing on the Colorado Street Bridge may likely feature steel mesh as opposed to glass and would open back up seating alcoves to pedestrians, if a design meeting Tuesday was any indication. Image courtesy City of Pasadena. I am outraged that Pasadena is considering a “vertical barrier only” solution to the Colorado Street Bridge suicide problem. Pasadena’s hiring of Donald MacDonald Architects was brilliant, as they are a world-class firm and, coincidentally, engineers for the HORIZONTAL suicide barrier being constructed for the Golden Gate Bridge, the #1 bridge in the world for attempted suicides. The Golden Gate…

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