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Guest Opinion | Soul-Searching on Homelessness and Housing

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 7:00 pm

Each day in Pasadena, the most vulnerable people in our community, including our homeless and at-risk neighbors, come to a variety of agencies and faith communities for food, shelter, protection, compassion and love. While meeting their immediate physical need... More »

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Guest Opinion | Phil Hosp: Thank You

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 6:17 pm

Dear Friends & Neighbors, Now that the election for District 7 has concluded, I would like to take the opportunity to thank my supporters, friends and neighbors for your time and encouragement over the past eight months. When I announced my candidacy in August... More »

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Shirlee Smith | The Uprising – Where Were The Parents?

Sunday, April 30, 2017 | 9:20 pm

“Hey, wait just one minute, isn’t this just around the corner from Barbara and Elzie? I shrieked at our television set as I watched throngs of people, my people, swarming into the streets overturning cars, throwing bricks, rocks and bottles and lighting busine... More »

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Shirlee Smith | Around the Corner from La La Land

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 5:14 am

Family members never gave us the information as to who our minstrel relative was. “He’s related” was all I heard back from my mother after spotting his old-time photo among her boxes of treasures. I grew up in Los Angeles around the corner from La La Land. The... More »