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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 families seeking an alternative learning environment in the Pasadena community. As you may or may…

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…

Opinion | Mind Over Money: Defending Democracy in the Wake of McCutcheon

One of the countless prescient scenes in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 finds the hero, Montag, struggling to memorize a simple Bible verse as a toothpaste commercial blares over the radio on a commuter train. Living in Bradbury’s imagined America in which substantive reading and critical thinking are illegal…

Dr. Mark Rocha: Channeling Chávez

  On Friday morning at the Arclight Theater in Pasadena, the Cross Cultural Center, PCC Flea Market and the Office of Student Life sponsored a special premier screening of the new movie, César Chávez, for PCC faculty, staff and students.  I thank these organizations for their generosity and also for supporting our community in our continuing need to keep the great César Chávez an active presence in our lives. Like the farm workers of the 1960’s for whom César Chávez fought, we have many workers in our community today who would have been close to his heart—and action.  Chávez was…

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