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Political Gumbo: Enough With the Damn Fireworks

Monday, June 14, 2021 | 5:14 am

It broke my heart last week to see longtime Pasadena resident Mark Tracy on TV grieving the loss of his home, which burned in an accident involving a young child and fireworks. I have known Mark for the better part of 40 years. I’ve known his girlfriend Jackie... More »


Guest Opinion | Pastor Kerwin Manning: Refund Our Community

Sunday, June 13, 2021 | 6:33 am

After attending the Pasadena City Council meeting on June 7th, I felt obligated to speak up. I’ve had the honor of Pastoring this City for over 20 years and fully understand the importance of honoring my word, to my congregation and to the residents of this gr... More »


Guest Opinion | Tim Brick: Let the River Flow, Heal the Basin

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 1:04 pm

California water agencies have a tough time providing safe reliable water to their customers.  I know. I served on the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California for twenty-eight years and was chairman from 2006-2010.  Many of the past eng... More »


We Get Letters | Digging the Sunday Read

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 | 11:15 am

I commend Pasadena Now for the new feature The Sunday Read. This is a great idea! It is nice to read more in-depth stories on local subjects of interest. The first feature story, on our city’s history of racial restrictions on property and racial segregation i... More »


Guest Opinion | Bill Paparian: Honoring Those Who Served

Monday, May 31, 2021 | 5:00 am

Throughout the Crown City there are several war memorials. In Memorial Park there is a statue and plaque in memory of those who fought in the Civil War. At the intersection of Orange Grove and Colorado there is the Defenders Parkway Monument in honor of those ... More »


Guest Opinion | Shaun Szameit: Pasadena Needs a Cannabis Equity Program

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | 5:24 am

Pasadena’s cannabis program is one of the worst public policy failures in the history of Pasadena, costing the community more than a thousand jobs and City Hall millions of dollars in unnecessary administrative and legal expenses and foregone tax revenue. Howe... More »


Guest Opinion | Marsha Rood: If You Build It, They Will Walk

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 5:17 am

Pasadenans have found a renewed passion for walking and being outdoors. COVID-19 lockdowns have had a lot to do with it. Restaurants and retail have had to be creative to survive. Ironically, the pandemic may have given us a glimpse into the “possible” – what ... More »