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Opinion: Police Chief Sanchez Discusses Court Mandated Prisoner Release

Sunday, July 14, 2013 | 4:54 pm

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Pasadena Chief of Police Phillip L. Sanchez regularly issues a Sunday email to the community and to Police Dept. personnel. In that email, called “Touching Base: A Message from the Chief,” Sanchez routinely recounts events and critical incident... More »

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Opinion: All Saints Church Statement on Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 11:18 am

At All Saints Church, Pasadena, we rejoice that today the Supreme Court Justices ruled on the just side of history in affirming the dignity of LGBT families and affirming the reality that Prop 8 served no purpose other than to discriminate against gay couples ... More »

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Rep. Chu Praises Supreme Court Ruling Against Defense of Marriage Act

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 11:06 am

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional by violating an individual’s due process and equal protection rights. The Court’s decision to vacate the Ninth Circuit’s ruling on Proposition 8, whi... More »

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Rep. Schiff Releases Statement on IRS Selective Enforcement Actions

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 | 3:17 pm

Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement in response to allegations that the IRS has engaged in the targeted scrutiny of certain tax-exempt 501(c)4 social welfare groups: “The Internal Revenu... More »

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Adam Schiff: A Shared Vision for Los Angeles County Wild Areas

Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 1:39 pm

More than 10 years ago, former Representative Hilda Solis and I introduced parallel legislation to preserve open space, manage unique ecosystems and provide recreational opportunities in Southern California. My bill, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act, a... More »

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Opinion: A Minor Cold That Could Become an “Epidemic”

Monday, February 4, 2013 | 10:50 am

Dear Editor, We have a serious problem in the city of Pasadena that is being ignored and this ignorance is causing the minor cold to become an epidemic. And I am not talking about the nasty influenza that is going on; I am talking about the transient issue. In... More »

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Opinion: Three of My Colleagues Let Us Down Last Night…

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | 5:16 pm

Three of my colleagues let us down last night. I moved to formally oppose the disastrous tunnel proposal for the 710 freeway extension, but my motion failed by a 4-3 vote; even though our Council only has seven members presently because of Chris Holden’s elect... More »

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Salzer to Council: Don’t be Blinded by the NFL’s Bright Lights

Monday, December 10, 2012 | 6:33 am

I’m going to assume that the vote taken two weeks ago to approve the DEIR will ultimately lead to the NFL entering into a contract with the city. Despite the unanimous objections of the four (4) neighborhood associations whose members will be most adversel... More »

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Opinion: Interim NFL Team Could Bring Much Needed Jobs to Pasadena

Friday, November 16, 2012 | 10:29 am

Very soon the NFL may be in the market for a temporary home in Greater Los Angeles. I believe the Rose Bowl can fill that need as well as the opportunity for employment. Thousands of Pasadena residents are out of work and others are struggling to make ends mee... More »