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Councilmember-elect Cole Leads Public Safety Panel Discussion

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“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of community welfare and existence.” Sir Robert Peel, father of modern policing; founder of Scotland Yard  District 2 residents packed a hot Jefferson School Auditorium Tuesday evening for an ov... More »

Cover Story: The Anger of Politics

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This past weekend, a shocked nation was once again forced to deal with the violence of a mass shooting. But this time, the target was not a church or a school. Instead, it was former President and current Republican nominee Donald Trump. As Trump spoke to an outdoor crowd in Butler, Pennsylvania he grabbed his ear and ducked to the ground while shots rang out. Trump, whose right ear was struck by ... More »

Councilmember-Elect Rick Cole Hosts Forum Tuesday on Crime, Policing and Public Safety

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Pasadena Police Chief Gene Harris headlines a panel of four leaders tackling the often controversial topic of public safety. Organized by Pasadena District 2 Councilmember-elect Rick Cole, the Tuesday, July 16 event is the third in a series of Issue Forums, including past sessions on affordable housing and future water supply. “Too often the discussion of keeping our neighborhoods safe comes down ... More »

Pasadena City Council Set to Vote Monday on Controversial Porsche Dealership Proposal

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The City Council is set to vote Monday, July 15 on a Conditional Use Permit that could pave the way for a new Rusnak Porsche dealership facility at Colorado Boulevard and Sunnyslope Avenue in East Pasadena.  The proposed 58,849-square-foot auto dealership would be constructed on a 4.4-acre site currently occupied by commercial buildings and parking lots. It would include a two-story main structure... More »

New Police Oversight Member Sparks Debate During Meeting

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Pasadena’s Community Police Oversight Commission welcomed two new members on Tuesday, including a retired Los Angeles Police Department officer, igniting a debate about the balance of perspectives on the civilian watchdog body. The appointments come as the Commission, established in 2020, undergoes its first significant membership change since its inception. Chair Esprit Loren Jones acknowledged t... More »

Cover Story: Is a Picture Worth A Thousand Homes?

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In 2022 an anonymous letter began circulating exposing a long-forgotten hate campaign aimed at stopping Black people from owning homes in Pasadena during the late 1930s and 1940s. The letter pointed out that the ‘Pasadena Improvement Association’ worked for years to carry out the agenda. The letter sparked calls not to just recognize the horrors of the past, but to deal with the two men widely res... More »

Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: “We All Have a Role in a Safer Pasadena”

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How safe are we in Pasadena? Statistics tell part of the story, but personal experience, social media and the news also shape our perceptions. Spend time on the social media platform NextDoor and you’d think even our most placid neighborhoods are rife with crime, scams and suspicious characters. Yet both violent and property crime are remarkably stable in Pasadena over the past five years. There a... More »

California Legislature Makes a Flurry of Big Changes to November Ballot Measures

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With California’s votes for president and U.S. senator being foregone conclusions, the state’s political establishment has been gearing up for multimillion-dollar battles over high-stakes ballot measures this year. However, seemingly overnight — but really in about one week — the November ballot has undergone a radical makeover. Several major ballot measures have been dropped, sometimes in favor o... More »

Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Homeless Count Results: Good News, Bad News and What’s Next

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Last week, the City announced the results of its annual Homeless “Point in Time” count conducted in January. The good news is that homelessness did not significantly increase in Pasadena. The bad news is that it did not significantly decrease – and in fact the number of unhoused people on our streets actually rose. Anyone who’s spent time on North Lake in the five months since the count was conduc... More »

Integrity College of Health Celebrates 2023/2024 Graduates

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Waving bright red fans as temperatures soared into the 90s, hundreds of friends and family members, as well as graduates, gathered at Farnsworth Park in Altadena on Sunday for the 2023/2024 graduation of the Pasadena-based Integrity College of Health.  “This is not an ending. This is a beginning,” said Chief Executive Officer of Integrity College of Health and Legacy Education Founder and Chief Ex... More »

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