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We Get Letters: Measure H

Monday, January 30, 2023 | 5:00 am

This is what implementation of Measure H looks like, at least in my building. At the end of 2022, my neighbors and I got a letter from our landlord saying that our January rent would go down to what it was in [May] 2021.  Before anyone makes any comments, in t... More »

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Political Gumbo: A Message to Pasadena Police Officers

Monday, January 30, 2023 | 5:00 am

Late last week, video of the violent and fatal beating of Tyre Nichols by five Black Memphis police officers was released. The 29-year-old had been living with his parents in Memphis since the pandemic.  Officers pulled over Nichols due to “reckless driving,” ... More »

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Political Gumbo: So What’s the Rate Increase?

Monday, January 23, 2023 | 7:31 pm

The City Council’s Municipal Services Committee will consider recommending a resolution to the City Council that would declare a climate emergency and set the City on a path to meet greenhouse gas reductions well ahead of the state’s 2045 target. Newsom has al... More »

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Political Gumbo: Going to Need More of an Explanation

Monday, January 23, 2023 | 5:00 am

The City Council’s Municipal Services Committee will consider recommending a resolution to the City Council that would declare a climate emergency and set the City on a path to meet greenhouse gas reductions well ahead of the state’s 2045 target. Newsom has al... More »

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Political Gumbo: Live the Dream

Monday, January 16, 2023 | 5:00 am

Today marks the celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, probably the most visible of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Of course hundreds of other people fought for the dream of equality for Black people, but King stood out thanks in large p... More »

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We Still Get Letters: Gumbo Should Be Nourishing

Thursday, January 12, 2023 | 5:53 am

Local news should serve to inform the community. Even in an opinion column (i.e. this Wednesday’s political gumbo), it’s irresponsible to publish opinions that sow confusion about the facts. Here’s the fact: Measure H is currently the law. Many tenants are wit... More »

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Political Gumbo: Now, We Respond

Wednesday, January 11, 2023 | 4:58 pm

A number of letter writers seemed to be upset about my missive on legal advice on Measure H. Some people are receiving eviction notices because they paid May 2021 rental rates. What I said, and I say again and will say later is I don’t offer legal advice, nor ... More »