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Political Gumbo: All It Takes Is One Bullet For a Tragedy to Occur

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 11:36 am

Is everybody listening now? Late last month I said in this space that something had to be done about gun violence in the city or there would be a tragedy. Sadly, since that time we have gone from a community meeting to a community vigil. The tragedy occurred a... More »


Guest Opinion | Councilmember Tyron Hampton: Join Arms Across Pasadena

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | 10:50 am

Iran Moreno and his peers are all our children. With the loss of Iran’s life, Pasadena has lost one of its own. It is with extreme sadness that we mourn the loss of Iran due to an act of hatred and a disregard for life. At this time, I call on our community to... More »


Guest Opinion | Mayor Victor Gordo: We Are One Pasadena Family

Monday, November 22, 2021 | 12:40 pm

This past Saturday evening, our Pasadena community suffered a horrific tragedy—the killing of 13 year old Iran Moreno. Iran was sitting inside his home with his family, playing video games in his bedroom,  when he was killed by a gunman who fired shots outside... More »


We Get Letters: Still Against Space Bank

Monday, November 22, 2021 | 10:18 am

In September 2021, nearly 800 Pasadena residents wrote City Council, asking it to reconsider its 2018 split vote that will allow the wealthiest US commercial developer to build 550 apartments on the Space Bank toxic site, but without cleaning up contaminants f... More »


Guest Opinion | Councilmember John J. Kennedy: Turn in the Shooter

Monday, November 22, 2021 | 9:06 am

We have lost an innocent life in Pasadena. This life was bright and precious; this  young teenager had joy and purpose, and the future belonged to him.   No longer alive to walk this earth, he is now with God and the angels. His family  is beyond grief, and we... More »


Monday Morning Bullpen: When Will Gun Violence Come Up at Council

Monday, November 22, 2021 | 5:00 am

This week there is not a lot happening with city government due to the holiday. After two weeks with relatively short agendas, one of which was just a consent calendar, the City Council has a longer consent calendar this week. The big and, perhaps most relevan... More »


Political Gumbo: The ‘Community’ Should Never Support Hate Speech

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 6:57 am

Mad respect to the City Council for taking a stance against hate speech on Monday. During the meeting, a speaker used the word “coon” several times, before the call was finally shut down by the City Council. The rant happened after Councilmember Felicia Willia... More »


Monday Morning Bullpen: Car Wash Blues

Monday, November 15, 2021 | 5:00 am

After last week’s consent calendar-only meeting, the City Council is back with a stronger agenda on Monday. Let’s hope the kerfuffle over the demand for an apology by Mayor Victor Gordo for remarks he made about some public commenters has passed. The mayor rea... More »


Political Gumbo: About Monday Night …

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 11:21 am

Last night’s City Council lasted a little more than 90 minutes, with just a five item consent calendar to pass and public comments (more on those later). I thought the meeting would be the shortest of the year. Nope. Turns out council came in at one hour and 2... More »