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We Get Letters: Against Rent Control

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 6:40 am

I read with a chuckle as Ryan Bell outlined that ‘good landlords’ support rent control measures in Pasadena and surrounding areas. He dismisses concerns of private property being taken without compensation as something that puzzles him. Mr. Bell then seems to ... More »


Political Gumbo: Fire Chief O’Hara

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 1:26 pm

People and their wild eyed theories and ideas always amaze me. Even more so obviously when it concerns the reporters at Pasadena Now. My favorite remains the claim that we secretly work for the city and somehow we are in the pocket of every politician running ... More »


We Get Letters: Data on Religious Land Issue

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 1:18 pm

Dear Mayor Gordo and City Councilmembers, Vice Mayor Andy Wilson requested that we provide some hard data regarding the difference between what the Housing Department proposes, and what we propose, regarding rezoning religious land (Item #18 on the agenda). Pl... More »


We Get Letters: Coleman Got it Wrong

Monday, May 23, 2022 | 12:41 pm

Dear Andre, I am writing in response to your letter regarding rezoning religious property for affordable housing. You write about a “lack of oversight” in the proposal for rezoning religious property and compare this to oversight of the police. You are compari... More »


Monday Morning Bullpen: Oversight Here, But Not There?

Monday, May 23, 2022 | 5:00 am

Looks like a packed City Council agenda on Monday. The biggest item is easily the zoning code amendments that would allow housing on church property “by right.” Under the by right stipulation, “By right” projects are only subject to a review by the Design Comm... More »


We Get More Letters: Another Take on Rent Control

Monday, May 23, 2022 | 5:00 am

Dear Mr. Hayes, I’m a fourth generation Pasadenan transplant. My great grandparents, grandmother, and mother lived in Pasadena, but in the seventies most of us were priced out. Upon graduate studies, I moved into my apartment in Pasadena, reconvening a long an... More »


We Get Letters: Landlords Will Be Treated Fairly

Thursday, May 19, 2022 | 12:37 pm

Dear Editor, I read with puzzlement the comments from Todd Hayes about what he thinks the rent control and just cause ballot measure entails. I think I can put his worries about “taking private property” to rest. The truth is actually the opposite of what he f... More »


Guest Opinion | Sonja K. Berndt: Concerns About Homeless Count

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 11:45 am

The 2022 Homeless Count Report (“HCR”) raises grave concerns. Our City has made no appreciable progress over the past two years in decreasing the number of persons experiencing homelessness in our City. According to the Housing Department’s mission statement, ... More »


Political Gumbo: You Still Have Your Voice and More From Bonta

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | 11:20 am

The business part of Monday’s council meeting moved along pretty swiftly. The wall came when they hit the callers on matters not on the agenda. Nothing new, except people calling the homeless, “houseless.” An aside, let’s be clear. Pan handling is not illegal ... More »