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Letter to the Editor: Wear Orange – And End Gun Violence

Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 6:25 am

Video Credits: Katareena Roska, iPhone 14. On June 2, 2015, Wear Orange was born. It was also supposed to be the 18th birthday of Hadiya Pendleton—another young life cut short by gun violence. From that day forward, the organization has grown, expanding its im... More »


Political Gumbo: Law Abiding Citizens Deserve Respect

Wednesday, May 24, 2023 | 5:30 am

Since we have gone weeks without a pot, this week I decided to cook up at least two columns.   Across the country a lot is being made about pretextual stops. By now, many of us know what a pretext stop is. According to a City memo, a pretextual stop is when a ... More »


Political Gumbo: What About Preventative Measures?

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 | 6:02 am

I managed to fight my way through the pain of the kidney stone with the aid of a couple of bottles of pure cranberry juice.  The pain went away and didn’t come back. And I’m not solving for Y to figure out the why and how.   Just glad to be pain free.  Serious... More »


We Get Letters: Try and Keep Services in House at PWP

Monday, May 22, 2023 | 4:00 am

Dear Mayor and Council: Before rubber stamping this staff request for approval of a $4 million contract for management and consultant services consider whether or not these services can be performed by PWP employees.  If not, why not?  PWP spends a staggering ... More »


Guest Opinion | Catherine Cheng: Stop Anti-Asian Hate

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 | 1:35 pm

I have worked at Pasadena City College for the last 15 years and I am deeply disappointed that various shared governance groups have hit a new low. I have never seen such blatant and relentless displays of anti-Asian hate. This month the API community should b... More »


Guest Commentary | Rick Cole: City Budget is About More Than Numbers

Monday, May 15, 2023 | 6:22 am

Pasadena’s proposed total Operating Budget is up by a whopping $288 million over last year to a new record total of $1.2 billion. To be fair, that’s inflated by a number of one-time windfalls, including $181 million in Measure R funds for “mobility improvement... More »


Guest Opinion | Tim Brick: Don’t Stop Conserving Now

Wednesday, May 10, 2023 | 2:26 pm

The Pasadena City Council did the right thing the other night by rejecting a staff plan to go back to “normal” after the recent rains, allowing more landscape irrigation and revoking the 15% voluntary water reduction plea. The staff plan’s narrow focus on wate... More »