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Guest Opinion | Carl Selkin: Drive-Thru to a Dead End

Thursday, October 21, 2021 | 5:58 am

You may remember the drive-in culture of the 1950s. Drive-in movies, A &W or Bob’s Big Boy car window service by roller skating servers. That was about it.  Going to one of those venues was a fairly infrequent adventure, a family outing or a hot date. It was t... More »

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We Get Letters: Spicy Gumbo; Space Bank

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 | 8:59 am

There are a lot of bad arguments flying around with regard to the campaign contribution limit debate and I’m concerned that your recent Political Gumbo on Oct 19, 2021 adds to the confusion. You begin with a non sequitur; namely, that campaign contribution lim... More »

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Guest Opinion | Akila Gibbs: Older Adults Are at Serious Risk of COVID

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 6:16 pm

I was saddened to learn that Gen. Colin Powell has died of complications related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, even though he had been fully vaccinated, he ticked two of the biggest boxes indicating that adults 65 and older are at greater risk of contracting or ... More »

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Political Gumbo: Is the Money Corrupt or the Politician? 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 10:06 am

This week’s bowl of gumbo also serves as food for thought. Yes, I can see an argument for limiting campaign donations, but I don’t believe campaign limits will stop corruption.  Several local residents cited L.A.’s campaign contribution limits as a model for P... More »

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We Get Letters: Take Another Look at Space Bank

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 4:37 am

Kudos to Alhambra’s Mayor Sasha Renée Pérez and City Council who voted against building an apartment complex on toxic land in that city. It is reassuring to know that some cities have people who govern with heart and integrity. Wish I could say the same for Pa... More »

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Political Gumbo: Is the Money Corrupt or the Candidate?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 4:34 am

This week’s bowl of gumbo also serves as food for thought. Yes, I can see an argument for limiting campaign donations, but I don’t believe campaign limits stop corruption which is the point many callers made during Monday’s City Council meeting. On Monday loca... More »

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Guest Opinion | Liz Schiller: We Need More Multi-Family Housing

Monday, October 18, 2021 | 6:03 am

I was puzzled by the recent opinion piece in Pasadena NOW that argued against fulfilling Pasadena’s regional responsibility to build more housing because of…drought and water use. I would have thought that the City Manager’s point that multi-unit housing is a ... More »

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We Get Letters: Money Matters

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 1:46 pm

Dear editor, I’m writing today in regards to an ordinance that is apparently being proposed for approval by the CIty Council.  This proposed ordinance would add the following to Chapter 2.05: 2.05.030 – No Contribution Limit. As authorized by the California Po... More »

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Guest Opinion | Set Limits on Local Campaigns

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 10:01 am

[UPDATED] We are writing in strong opposition to the Pasadena City Council’s proposal to adopt an ordinance providing for unlimited campaign contributions to city candidates.  We are deeply troubled by the city council’s proposal in a time in our history when ... More »

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We Get Letters: Don’t Like the Gumbo

Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 8:47 am

Dear Editor: I read with keen interest your column “Political Gumbo:  Random Notes from Monday’s City Council Meeting.”  I offer the following response based on my notes after listening to most of the October 4th meeting and all of the discussion and public co... More »

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Political Gumbo: Random Notes From Monday’s City Council Meeting

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 | 2:28 pm

Many callers on Monday claimed the City Council should not approve a $600,000 contract for the Shotspotter gunfire detection system because it doesn’t work. The point did not move the council, which voted to approve the item. Councilmember John Kennedy opposed... More »