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We Get Letters: No More City Money to the Rose Bowl

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 12:44 pm

Dear Mayor Gordo, Members of the City Council, & Members of the Finance Committee:  I have been a resident of Pasadena for 19 years and I live in District 4. I write to express my  deep concerns about the City’s past payments toward the massive debt on the Ros... More »

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Monday Morning Bullpen: Rent Control and Budget Hearings

Monday, May 9, 2022 | 5:00 am

Budget hearings continue this week in multiple city council committees. The schedule is online.  Hopefully, it gets more people to listen to the committees which oftentimes are overlooked.  Check it out, and yes do some homework and make your voice heard. Yes,... More »

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We Get Letters: May 4 Political Gumbo Short on Facts and Fairness

Thursday, May 5, 2022 | 7:43 am

Dear Editor: Last week, community members came together to attend a Pasadena Budget Teach-In webinar presented by volunteer community members who had devoted months of time researching the Fiscal Year 2022 Operating Budget in order to prepare the community for... More »

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Political Gumbo: Move the Needle on the Record

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | 1:47 pm

I have this old Jackson 5 album in my collection, “Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5.” It’s the oldest record I own. It’s been passed down from cousins and brothers. Truth to tell, I have no idea who owned it first. The album includes the group’s rendition of ... More »

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Monday Morning Bullpen: Those Summer Days

Monday, May 2, 2022 | 5:00 am

The council opens budget hearings on Monday. This is a process that every local resident should take interest in. It works like this, the City Charter, you know that pesky document that I keep saying people should read, mandates that on or before the third Mon... More »

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Political Gumbo: Now With a Two Minute Serving

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | 12:05 pm

Last night’s City Council meeting probably was the most well managed in recent memory. Everybody stayed on point, although I was worried during the two presentations to local business owners at the beginning of the meeting. Those can always gobble up time as e... More »

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Monday Morning Bullpen: Military Equipment and Sunsetting Ordinances

Monday, April 25, 2022 | 5:00 am

After a dark week, a full slate of government committees and commissions return to action. Of course, the City Council is always the top dog and this week is no exception. The item that immediately caught my eye is 17. The Military Use Policy. Under Assembly B... More »