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Opinion: Chief Beck’s and Chief Sanchez’s Tunnel Vision

Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 12:36 pm

Correction by authors Our Op-Ed on Tunnel Vision by Chief Beck and Chief Sanchez incorrectly stated that an Officer involved in the Ezell Ford shooting had been disciplined. It is correct that the LAPD Inspector General, by focusing on the events leading up to... More »


Opinion: Running Out the Clock on the McDade Shooting OIR Report

Monday, November 30, 2015 | 1:15 pm

In our previous Op-Ed, we explored the surprising disclosure in the OIR Report on the Pasadena Police Department’s shooting of the unarmed African-American youth Kendrec McDade that the PD had not given specific feedback on their plethora of mistakes to the Of... More »


Opinion: Why Did The City Council of Pasadena Order the City Attorney To Draft an Ordinance Prohibiting Delivery and Cultivation of Medical Marijuana, When To Do So Fails to Promote Public-Safety and Safe Access?

Monday, November 30, 2015 | 11:53 am

I attended a Pasadena City Council meeting on November 23rd where a staff recommendation was passed to “Direct the City Attorney to prepare and return with an ordinance within 30 days adding new sections to Chapter 8 of the Pasadena Municipal Code that pr... More »


Opinion: Coddling Cops Who Killed or Pretexts About Cops Who Killed?

Sunday, November 29, 2015 | 7:40 am

The “Oh my God!” moment in reading the OIR Report on the shooting of the unarmed African-American youth Kendrec McDade is the following sentence at the Report’s page 63: In fact, the Department recently informed us that they did not provide specific feedback t... More »


Opinion | Local Religious Leaders: A $15 Minimum Wage Lifts Us All Up

Sunday, October 4, 2015 | 9:47 am

As religious leaders serving the Pasadena community, we bear witness to the everyday struggles of the working poor. While Pasadena is the home to great institutions and enormous wealth among its residents, we also see unbearable suffering among poor families, ... More »


Opinion | Tom Selinske: Why We Must Change Higher Education

Monday, September 28, 2015 | 7:59 pm

When I attended college, I wrote my papers on an IBM Correcting Selectric typewriter. Back then, its new auto correct feature was exciting. Today, my smartphone has the same computing power that used to fill a room of machines in the 1970s. I don’t even have s... More »


Opinion | Cameron Turner: Ben Carson’s Prejudice is Eerily Familiar

Friday, September 25, 2015 | 12:07 pm

My father and I recently shared the sad and inspiring privilege of going to the Pasadena Buddhist Church for the funeral of a longtime family friend. The loved ones who honored Kazuo Kitani at the warm and solemn service remembered him as a loving husband, dad... More »


Opinion | Cameron Turner: PUSD Students’ Unlimited Possibilities

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 12:02 pm

When asked in June to clarify statements he’d made about the children of single mothers in a 1995 book, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told reporters, “It’s a huge challenge for single moms to raise children in the world that we’re in today, and it... More »