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Cameron Turner: TV Squanders Joan Williams’ Inspiring Story

Monday, January 5, 2015 | 5:05 pm

You only get one chance to make a first impression. By omitting Joan Williams from their coverage of this year’s Rose Parade, television outlets gave the impression that righting the racial wrong done to Mrs. Williams nearly 60 years ago was unimportant. In ... More »


Opinion: Open Letter to the “Tournament of Racism”

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 12:35 pm

The Pasadena Community Coalition’s letter to the Executive Board of the Tournament of Roses, received in their offices on November 24, 2014, requesting that they address the lack of hiring of any African-American males on their staff has yet to be formally ack... More »


Cameron Turner: Racial Triumph in a Tiara

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 | 11:48 am

Ever since I was a kid growing up in Altadena in the ‘60s and ‘70s, I’ve loved the Rose Parade. And while watching the vibrant New Year’s Day spectacle in those days, it never failed that my mom, dad or other adult relative would say something like, â€... More »


Opinion: Proposal for a Pasadena Police Auditor

Friday, December 5, 2014 | 10:22 am

The events in Ferguson MO over the past few weeks show the price a community pays when there is a lack of confidence between the police and the people in the neighborhoods they are policing. We have witnessed how the mishandling of the investigation of a tragi... More »


Opinion: The Law is on SCALE Academy’s Side

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 11:24 am

The purpose of this press release is to provide documentation in support of SCALE Academy’s right to operate within the city of Pasadena. Furthermore, this document is intended to provide community members reassurance that SCALE Academy is alive, well, current... More »


Opinion: Back To School Inspiration: Mack Robinson’s Track Shoes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 11:10 am

Until the reception last July at Pasadena City College, I had never seen an Olympic medal. Let alone one so steeped in history and legend. So, peering into the glass case at the silver medal Mack Robinson won at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin was a breathtaking e... More »


Martin Gordon: “Did You Know?” (This Time Kendrec McDade)

Friday, August 8, 2014 | 1:35 pm

Pasadena Community! Did you know that after over two years, the City of Pasadena will release a washed out version of Los Angeles County Office of Independent Reviews (LACOIR) Report and Recommendations in the Kendrec McDade Shooting Death! Although there has ... More »