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Guest Opinion | Paul Little: I Am Shocked! Shocked!

Monday, June 10, 2024 | 12:59 pm

None of us should be surprised that our utility costs are going up. We don’t have a lot of options but to pay. The costs for water, sewer, solid waste and electric services are rising. Not at all unexpected. There are many factors that contribute to the increa... More »

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Political Gumbo: Fly the Flags Together

Monday, June 10, 2024 | 6:04 am

The City celebrated its 138th birthday on Sunday.  On June 19, 1886 Pasadena became the second City in LA County to incorporate, largely as a measure to rid the city of  saloons.  That incorporation marked the beginning of its transformation from a small agric... More »

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Political Gumbo: What’s in a Street Name?

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | 5:27 am

Let me start by saying I appreciate all of the “Where’s Gumbo?” calls. Regular servings have returned.  Last night the City Council pretty much did what I expected on “Troop Way.” They agreed to honor the Troop, a local R&B group out of Pasadena, but stopped s... More »

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Political Gumbo: Are You Ready?

Monday, June 3, 2024 | 4:00 am

Some local residents around the area were rattled after Sunday morning’s 3.5 minor earthquake. Yes I consider a 3.5 shaker minor. Yes I know it scared some of you, but I’m a California native, I probably would have turned over and gone back to sleep if that jo... More »

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William Paparian:
Duty – Honor – Country

Friday, May 24, 2024 | 9:24 am

Earlier this year, the United States Military Academy announced that the phrase “Duty, Honor, Country,” part of its mission statement since 1898, was being removed. In his 1962 farewell address, General Douglas MacArthur famously said: “You are the leaven whic... More »

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Political Gumbo: Educate Yourself on Charter Reform

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 5:40 am

Start educating yourself. Come November, Pasadena voters will have their say on a number of election and appointment issues outlined in the current Charter reform process. Simply put, after the budget is passed, this is the next big thing currently on the hori... More »

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Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Pasadena: Can We Lead on Affordable Housing?

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 | 6:29 am

Can Pasadena put a dent in the housing affordability challenge? It’s no news that home prices have ended the California Dream of home ownership for most young families. Nor is it news that rents have soared in recent years, triggering the passage of a rent con... More »

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Guest Opinion | Paul Little: Something to Consider

Monday, May 20, 2024 | 3:14 pm

The City of Pasadena is currently in the process of (possibly) amending the City Charter. A study task force has been formed and is examining a wide variety of adjustments before they make a recommendation to the City Council. The Council will then decide what... More »

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