Opinion & Columnists
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…

Letter to Editor | Mark Labberton : Fuller Seminary to Stay in Pasadena, Recommit to City

Dear City of Pasadena and Residents, Many of you will be aware that in May of 2018 Fuller Theological Seminary announced we would be selling…

Guest Opinion | Shirlee Smith: Robinson-Baisley and the “Balancing ACT”

In your recent article regarding Jacque Robinson-Baisley’s possible run for mayor of Pasadena, you reported that an organization that had endorsed her previous run for the office now asked in an interview how she planned to balance everything; job, marriage, motherhood, campaign and, if elected, serving as mayor. The balancing…

Guest Opinion | Scott Harden: The PUSD School Closure Votes Are In: Where Do We Go From Here?

I’m a proud parent of a child enrolled in a PUSD elementary school, a PTA President and an ardent supporter of public education. In the…

Guest Opinion | Erika Foy : Gateway to Woes

Old Pasadena is arguably the most iconic of our city’s neighborhoods. Once dilapidated and run-down, Pasadena Heritage had the foresight to maintain and ultimately rehabilitate the area. In 1979, the city passed the Urban Conservation Overlay Zone, saving the historic structures of Old Pasadena and laying the foundation for revitalization.…

Guest Opinion | Ken McCormick: State Legislators, Stop the Hypocrisy on Housing

State leaders have taken the position that California needs 1.3 million new homes and apartments built in the next several years to address our affordable…

Guest Opinion | Adrienne Ann Mullen: Diversity Matters, Choice Matters

I am an educator, I am an advocate for student success, and my most important role is that I am a mother. I am the parent of four children who have attended PUSD schools since 2001. My children have survived two rounds of school closures, the first in 2005 with…

Guest Opinion | Bryant Mathews: Invest Measure J Funds in PUSD’s Future, Not in Keeping Open Half-Empty Schools

The month of October will be pivotal for Pasadena Unified School District. A Special Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Thursday,…

Letter to the Editor | Sherri Bonner: Planned Parenthood Pasadena Will Continue to Fight for Our Patients

On October 4th SCOTUS announced that it will review Louisiana’s Act 620, an abortion restriction nearly identical to one of the Texas restrictions struck down just three years ago by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health vs. Hellerstedt, that required physicians who perform abortions to have local hospital admitting…

Guest Opinion | Cheryl Auger: The Pasadena Zero Waste Plan Failed to Set the Right Goals

The Global Climate Change Week of Action just ended. I would be remiss to not mention how plastic pollution contributes to Climate Change since about 9% of the world’s oil is used to produce plastic.  In 2019, the production and incineration of plastic will release more than 850 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, equal to the emissions from 189 five-hundred megawatt coal power plants. If the current trajectory continues, plastic related emissions are set to more than triple by 2050.  92% of our plastic waste is not recyclable. It will end up in landfills, the ocean, or be incinerated.…

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