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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Opinion: “Graduation: Stepping Into the Future”

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 5:11 am

On June 21, Hillsides Education Center hosted its graduation ceremony. HEC is a small non-public school serving not only many of the Hillsides residents, but also students from the greater Pasadena area. This year four seniors graduated. A long standing custom... More »