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Opinion: Armenian Coalition Supports Chris Holden

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 1:14 pm

On Sunday, September 9, 2012, many Armenian community leaders and members gathered at Chris Chahinian’s residence in Pasadena to “meet and greet” Mr. Chris Holden. Mr. Holden has served the Pasadena community for over 20 years as a City Council member, M... More »


Commentary: Does Pasadena Need Higher Sales Tax Rate, $70 Million Bond?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 | 4:45 am

The City of Pasadena has about $450 million in cash, reserves, investments, receivables, and surplus property according to its Certified Annual Financial Report for 2011.  Nonetheless, the city is pleading that it needs a quarter percent (0.25%) sales tax inc... More »


Opinion: PUSD’s Annual Crying Wolf Ritual

Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 11:44 am

“Pasadena Unified Cuts Will Include Layoffs” (Pasadena Sun, June 30) is an example of the annual crying wolf ritual at the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD).  When PUSD pushed for a school parcel tax called Measure CC in 2010 but lost at the ballot ... More »


Opinion: A Contemptuous Vote in the House

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 | 6:03 am

The House is due to vote Thursday on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress – setting up a protracted, unnecessary and expensive court battle between coequal branches of government about the extent of executive privile... More »


PCC Board President Responds to Student’s Complaints

Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 11:40 am

Geoffrey Baum, President, Pasadena City College Board of Trustees, emailed the following response to a letter by PCC student Andrew Bott which was published yesterday in Pasadena Now.  Please see: “PCC Board of Trustees Obviously Doesn’t Hear Students’ Voices... More »


Reader Opinion: Making California Count

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 7:31 am

Despite the breathless new reports emanating from New Hampshire, this wonderful New England state represents only a tiny fraction of voters in America. Total voter turnout today will be an estimated 325,000 people and that number includes a number of independe... More »