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Opinion: Proposal for a Pasadena Police Auditor

The events in Ferguson MO over the past few weeks show the price a community pays when there is a lack of confidence between the police and the people in the neighborhoods they are policing. We have witnessed how the mishandling of the investigation of a tragic incident has profoundly widened the gulf that was already there. Other recent controversial deaths in Cleveland and New…

Opinion: Open Letter to the President and Board of Tournament of Roses Association

Our community of Pasadena has major concerns about the lack of diversity in the Tournament of Roses Association in regards to its staff. We have…

Opinion: The Law is on SCALE Academy’s Side

The purpose of this press release is to provide documentation in support of SCALE Academy’s right to operate within the city of Pasadena. Furthermore, this document is intended to provide community members reassurance that SCALE Academy is alive, well, currently enrolling, and fully within its right to serve children and…

Opinion: Back To School Inspiration: Mack Robinson’s Track Shoes

Mack Robinson memorabilia Until the reception last July at Pasadena City College, I had never seen an Olympic medal. Let alone one so steeped in…

Martin Gordon: “Did You Know?” (This Time Kendrec McDade)

Martin Gordon shown speaking at the April 10, 2012 rally following the shooting death of Kendrek McDade. Pasadena Community! Did you know that after over two years, the City of Pasadena will release a washed out version of Los Angeles County Office of Independent Reviews (LACOIR) Report and Recommendations in…

Opinion: The FACTS

Over the past months much discussion and debate has centered on “Civilian Oversight” for the Pasadena Police Department. I will minimize my opinions on the…

Statement from SCALE Academy Charter School regarding PUSD’s Press Release

“It is unfortunate that PUSD has issued this false statement against SCALE Academy and Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District. SCALE Academy is a state approved charter school and has not violated any laws. Therefore, the statements presented by PUSD have absolutely no merit nor has such a position have…

Cameron Turner: Mack Robinson — Second to None

Mack Robinson. Photo courtesy Pasadena City College Sometimes we have no idea that we’re in standing the presence of greatness.  As students at John Muir…

Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling

On April 15 ballplayers at Dodger Stadium and throughout Major League Baseball donned Jackie Robinson’s number 42 in remembrance of Robinson’s historic breaking of baseball’s color barrier nearly 70 years ago. Then, less than two weeks after that soaring celebration of racial unity, those horrid phone recordings of LA Clippers…

Opinion: Portantino and Social Media

Anthony Portantino likes Twitter and Facebook as much as the next guy, but he worries that extreme texting and posting are eroding young people’s ability to successfully interact in the real world. The former Assemblymember recently admonished students from Muir High School’s Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) program that, “We’re losing that connection. So, we have to proactively have more personal interactions.” Of course, teens aren’t the only ones getting overly caught up in their online lives. Immersion into the world of gadgets and virtual communication is also undermining face-to-face connections among adults. “The neighborhood coffee shop used…

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