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Pets Make Ideal Companions in the Age of Social Isolation

Monday, April 6, 2020 | 14:03 pm

My family is in our first week of our new normal. My son, James came home from his first year of university two weeks ago for what was to be spring break. Today, he resumed classes online from our dining room. He won’t be going back to New Haven this semester.... More »


Political Gumbo: Melanin is Not a Vaccine

Monday, April 6, 2020 | 04:00 am

Covering the local outbreak of the Coronavirus has been hard, especially in the past week. The Pasadena numbers increased from 15 last Sunday to 58 by the end of the week, and sadly the health department reported two deaths. I knew at some point we would have ... More »


It Matters: I Didn’t Miss What I Don’t Miss

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 04:45 am

I don’t have many fond memories of my prom. My high school graduation, grad night, and even my college graduation aren’t good memories either, to be perfectly honest with you. I didn’t enjoy a school commencement until I finished grad school over a year ago, a... More »


Opinion: Gun Stores Should Be Forced to Close

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 | 17:53 pm

According to recent footage shot on Monday, people are lining up at these stores, many of whom have never owned a firearm before, to buy weapons. It’s time for Gov. Gavin Newsom and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to step up and shut them down. I get that... More »


We Get Letters: Huntington Hospital CEO Addresses the Community

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 19:54 pm

To our valued patients, friends, colleagues, partners, and community members: Even as the spread of COVID-19 impacts the health of our community and upends our daily living, we want to assure everyone that Huntington Hospital remains committed to the mission a... More »


Political Gumbo: The World, Words and Mask Confusion

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 19:51 pm

[Updated] I know it’s two columns in one week, but we’re in uncharted territory, and I had some material left over. Even if you’re 102 and lived through the influenza pandemic, most of us probably have never seen near-total shutdowns of cities and states. Desp... More »


Guest Opinion | Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton: Things to do in the Crisis

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 06:57 am

  As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, I would like to encourage everyone to please stay calm. Things are uncertain, and this situation is unprecedented, but please remember that we are all in this together. Let’s be mindful and keep one another’s we... More »


We Get Letters

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 18:28 pm

Comments from the readers Major’s Call I would like to first begin by saying thank you to every voter who boldly chose a fresh brand of leadership in Pasadena. Even though I didn’t achieve the outcome I would have liked there remains to be a silver lining. As ... More »


We Get Letters

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 08:44 am

Comments from the readers COVID-19 Dear Pasadena Now Editor, Are you aware that PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Elizabeth J. Blanco, are forcing their employees to show up on Monday, even thought the students won’t be attendin... More »