Opinion
Don Morgan: A Stronger Pasadena – It Starts with a Stronger Economy

There are so many ways we can make Pasadena better for everyone. It is up to our next mayor to set clear priorities about the most important steps we must take to improve the quality of life in Pasadena. As both a businessperson and a researcher who studies how cities can deliver better services, for me the answer is very clear ¬–¬ if you want…

Opinion: Rep. Chu Praises President Obama’s Plan to Expand Sick and Family Leave

President Obama announced proposals to help American workers and families by ensuring at least six weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers, calling on…

In Wake of City Fraud, Mayoral Candidate Says We Must ask Three Questions

In the wake of the discovery of significant embezzlement of Pasadena city funds, now is the time to ask three key questions – why did it take so long to uncover this alleged theft, how can we make sure such a theft does not happen again, and what are we…

Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story

Joan Williams You only get one chance to make a first impression. By omitting Joan Williams from their coverage of this year’s Rose Parade, television…

Opinion: Open Letter to the “Tournament of Racism”

The Pasadena Community Coalition’s letter to the Executive Board of the Tournament of Roses, received in their offices on November 24, 2014, requesting that they address the lack of hiring of any African-American males on their staff has yet to be formally acknowledged or responded to by the Board. Copies…

Cameron Turner: Racial Triumph in a Tiara

Cameron Turner Ever since I was a kid growing up in Altadena in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I’ve loved the Rose Parade. And while watching…

Opinion: Pasadena Councilmember Terry Tornek’s Statement on Theft of City Funds

Terry Tornek On December 30, 2014, the City of Pasadena released an investigation report prepared by auditing firm KPMG which discloses the theft of millions of dollars from the City’s Underground Utility Program administered by the City’s Public Works Department. The KPMG report states on page 7 that the discovery…

Opinion: Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Expresses Outrage at NYPD Murders

We members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and supporting clergy leaders in the Pasadena area feel compelled to express our outrage at the murder of…

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…

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 other concerns as well about the Tournament, but at this time we’d like to focus on the people who are a part of the office of your organization. For many years we have looked at the variety of employees of the Tournament of Roses and never seen an African-American male. Not one, two or three amongst them—absolutely none. However, over the past decade or so we have seen 2 black women, people of other racial…

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