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Guest Opinion | David Coher: Civilian Oversight is ‘The Pasadena Way’

Monday, June 29, 2020 | 3:00 am

When I first became a Planning Commissioner, I was quickly educated in The Pasadena Way. “What’s that? Being nice to our fellow Pasadenaens?”, I naively asked a fellow Commissioner. “Oh, you’ll see,” she said with a wry smile. Indeed, I did. Over the past five... More »

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Guest Opinion | Police Chief John Perez: The Challenges of Policing

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 4:41 am

As a 35-year City employee with the police department, I would like to share my view of today’s policing challenges in our communities.  I understand the struggles of poverty and ethnicity, as well as the historical resistance to change in the policing profess... More »

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Guest Opinion | Jim Kroeger: Grass Roots Movement: Thumbs Up For Cops

Monday, June 22, 2020 | 12:33 pm

As I was driving to work today I was thinking about how it must feel to be a police officer in this current climate. These men and women are sworn to protect us and 99.9% do just that. Without them, chaos reigns and all you have to do is turn on the news and y... More »

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Guest Opinion | Scott Phelps: Something’s Missing, The Golden Rule

Monday, June 22, 2020 | 3:23 am

It’s hard to pick the right word for what it is. Sympathy? Empathy? Compassion? I looked up the definitions of each one of these and none of them are quite right.  Such is the kingdom of names, ultimately unsatisfying.  Wanting to help others?  The Golden Rule... More »

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Guest Opinion | Victor Gordo: I Hear You

Thursday, June 18, 2020 | 6:32 pm

In the weeks following George Floyd’s killing, I have attended peaceful protests, read your emails and talked directly to many of you, and have felt the outpouring of concern and the calling for reform and accountability from every part of our city. I hear you... More »