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Political Gumbo: Crossing the Lines

Friday, September 23, 2022 | 6:38 am

By now many of you have seen the email making the rounds which claims that one of the District 3 applicants only moved into the district a month or so ago. “I am bringing this to your attention because not only do I want this process to be fair, but after bein... More »

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Monday Morning Bullpen: Copy That

Monday, September 19, 2022 | 5:00 am

No big items on Monday’s City Council agenda. Still, the City’s business has to be done. The consent calendar always contains some interesting stuff, sometimes multiple items, that can be collectively passed under one vote. I immediately stopped when I saw the... More »

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Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Costly ACES Contract a Bad Deal for Pasadena

Friday, September 16, 2022 | 5:19 am

On Tuesday, the Municipal Services Committee of Pasadena’s City Council voted to recommend a $427,000 contract for consulting services to assist in preparing a legally-required “Integrated Resource Plan.” Only Councilmember Jess Rivas dissented.  The IRP serve... More »

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Political Gumbo: This Time Let’s Have The Right Conversation

Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 6:42 am

Police released video of a tragic officer-involved shooting. In the footage Adam Youines, 35, holds a gun to his head and calls the police dispatch and says he is done and all but begs to be shot. At some point he lurches his car forward and police are forced ... More »

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Monday Morning Bullpen: City Council Returns

Monday, September 12, 2022 | 5:00 am

After a lengthy break, the City Council returns on Monday.  Two items stand out. The City Council will vote to ratify the Monkeypox local emergency proclamation. The local emergency allows the City Manager to take a host of steps to ensure public safety. This ... More »

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Guest Opinion | Dennis Robinson: Lending Voice to Legacy

Monday, September 12, 2022 | 5:00 am

These were the words spoken by my grandfather, Matthew “Mack” Robinson upon returning home from the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Many white Olympians who returned to their hometowns (some as decorated athletes and some not) were greeted with parade... More »