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We Get Letters: Open Letter to Chairman and Assemblymember Chris Holden

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 10:54 am

We, the undersigned local community leaders, advocates, and residents are writing in strong support of AB 1400, California Guaranteed Health Care for All Act (Cal-Care). This past weekend we honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was famously quoted ... More »


Political Gumbo: Blame the Shooter

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 2:13 pm

As Monday’s City Council meeting was winding down, police released video of the shooting incident in East Pasadena that left two people dead, including the shooter, Devin Edward Hall. The released footage included 911 calls, doorbell footage and body worn came... More »


Monday Morning Bullpen: Back in Action

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 5:00 am

City government kicks into full gear after three weeks off due to the Christmas holiday and the parade. The consent calendar is full. The two items that immediately caught my eye were the climate-friendly vehicles and of course, the homeless vouchers. Good to ... More »


Guest Opinion | Jacque Robinson-Baisley: Here’s to Hope

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | 4:26 pm

2022. We made it! And frankly, I’m counting that as a victory. If you’re anything like me, the last two years have left much to be desired to say the least. Like many readers, we collectively continue to live in the shadows of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether... More »


Political Gumbo: Chief Perez Leaves Big Shoes to Fill

Monday, January 3, 2022 | 5:00 am

Sometime this week, City Manager Cynthia Kurtz is expected to announce the appointment of a new interim police chief as the city begins its search for a new permanent top cop. Of course both of those stories will get their fair share of coverage. This pot of g... More »


Monday Morning Bullpen: … Sort Of

Monday, January 3, 2022 | 5:00 am

Welcome to 2022. Hope the holidays were good. Council is dark for the third straight week, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look at what’s coming up. Although there is no council meeting, the Hearing Officer and the Human Relations Commission meet this week. Bac... More »


We Get Letters: Let’s Dream, Believe and Achieve A World Without War

Monday, January 3, 2022 | 4:33 am

I was delighted to see the Rose Parade back, but I must confess that I was nervous seeing so many people crowded together during a skyrocketing pandemic surge. What made me even more uncomfortable was the way commentators glorified the stealth bomber, a weapon... More »