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Political Gumbo: Housekeeping, Politics and the Pasadena Way

Forums, changes and money

Published on Monday, January 27, 2020 | 12:57 am

In December, the Dallas Morning Times launched an evening digital edition.

The launch is a new age throwback to a time when local papers published twice daily.

Sadly in the face of declining economics and changing business models, many print outlets ended their late editions.

However, online outlets aren’t hamstrung by many of those issues. Starting today Pasadena Now will publish two editions on Mondays. Our Monday morning edition will still be full of local news and our Monday evening issues which will drop at 4:45 p.m. will update those stories, or provide fresh news stories altogether. In between, we will continue to break news stories when it warrants, like we did this past week.

Politics: The Victor Gordo commercial is slick. It certainly doesn’t look like the typical local Charter-Spectrum cheap video buy-in. As with every other move the candidates are making, the question is will it translate to votes.

Mentioning the mayor’s race, Hardin and Williams have to garner more than six percent of the vote to push the race to a runoff. A runoff would have been guaranteed if Jacque Robinson was in the race, hard to say who would have finished at the top.

More politics: There have been more candidate forums than usual this time around. I’ve been to a few, but I still haven’t heard the key question. In the races with incumbents, that would be districts 4, 6 and the mayor’s race, the key question is “Why should voters pick new leadership?”

The POP! Forum on immigration, local policing and a host of other issues should be interesting. I still want to see a District 4 forum.

The forum held by the neighborhood groups in West Pasadena was interesting. The best question was “What is the Pasadena Way?” See Justin Chapman’s reporter’s notebook for the answers.

If memory serves: If neither Felicia Williams nor Tricia Keane can get more than 50 percent and finish as the top two vote-getters, the District 2 race could result in the first two women competing in a runoff election for a council seat in Pasadena.

Media: Great column by my former boss at the PW, Kevin Uhrich on the money in the election. Consider this, however, how much will it cost for the candidates to finance a runoff election for nine months in the mayor’s race?

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