Author: John Grula

Olympic athletes help the world imagine a unified peninsula

The Winter Olympic Games in South Korea have created a tremendous opportunity for reconciliation between North and South Korea, a wound that has festered since the end of World War II.  To the world’s amazement, the Korean women’s Olympic ice hockey team is a combination of North and South Korean athletes. Before they played, the athletes marched into the Games together as one team. Members of the women’s hockey team also held flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula. All of this was previously unthinkable. But it is where the forward-thinking youth in both Koreas envision their future: One nation...

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Olympic athletes help the world imagine a unified peninsula

The Winter Olympic Games in South Korea have created a tremendous opportunity for reconciliation between North and South Korea, a wound that has festered since the end of World War II. To the world’s amazement, the Korean women’s Olympic ice hockey team is a combination of North and South Korean athletes. Before they played, the athletes marched into the Games together as one team. Members of the women’s hockey team also held flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula. All of this was previously unthinkable. But it is where the forward-thinking youth in both Koreas envision their future: One nation...

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Pasadena Tenants Union takes up the fight for affordable housing

The high cost of rents in Southern California is really getting out of hand.  The cost of a one-bedroom apartment in the LA region ballooned by 15.6 percent last year, and this boosted the median monthly rent to $2,300.  The LA area, according to recent news reports, now ranks fifth highest in the nation in terms of the cost of rental units. Here in Pasadena, things can get even worse.   For example, The Hudson Apartments at Walnut Street and El Molino Avenue are going for $3,890 per month for a one-bedroom unit. This is outrageous. How many of our residents...

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Heat waves, wildfires and carbon emissions contribute to more ‘bad air’ days

Southern California has had a severe smog problem for decades. In the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, the smog was so bad in Pasadena that often one could not even see the mountains because of the ugly haze.    Then, in about 1990, things started getting better. Southern California’s heavy ozone days as measured by the Air Quality Index, which assigns colors to numbers ranging from 0 (green) to 300 (purple), dropped from just over 200 in 1993 to at times a little more than 100 during 2015. This was due mainly to increased regulation of vehicle emissions. Unfortunately, this...

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Bombastic words and deeds do little to promote peace between North and South Korea

Just when you think he might have better things to do, like address the problem of global climate change, our Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump has become immersed in a verbal food fight with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Their juvenile histrionics notwithstanding, the escalating war of words could well lead to real war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, and that would be no joke. While the heated rhetoric has cooled down in recent days, we can only hope that more rational discourse will take its place. But that’s always an iffy proposition when it comes to Trump.    Meanwhile, the...

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Upcoming Events

Feb
24
Sat
all-day Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Barbara Morrison’s I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall
Feb 24 all-day
Barbara Morrison's I Wanna Be Loved @ Pasadena City College, Sexton Hall |  |  |
Award-winning Jazz and Blues Musical “I Wanna Be Loved,” the story of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, starring three-time Grammy-Nominee vocalist and two-time NAACP Theatre Award Winner Barbara Morrison as Dinah Washington. With an[...]
10:00 am Baseball Reliquary Event, Comput... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Baseball Reliquary Event, Comput... @ Pasadena Public Library, La Pintoresca Branch
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am
Guests of all ages can learn basic computer skills from 10 to 11:30 a.m. In honor of Black History Month, the Baseball Reliquary and the library present a lecture and slide presentation, “From Monarchs to[...]
1:00 pm Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Guided Tour, Teen Arts Academy a... @ Norton Simon Museum
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A guided tour visits works of bronze sculpture from ancient India to the 20th century, from 1 to 2 p.m. The Teen Arts Academy invites kids to join artist Michelle Antonisse to explore Rembrandt’s “Self[...]
4:00 pm Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Readings at Vroman’s @ Vroman's Bookstore
Feb 24 @ 4:00 pm
The UC Irvine MFA Reading Series showcases the work of first and second-year fiction and poetry students, poet Lauren Swift and fiction writers Sarah Beth Rhyther, Gareth Seigel and Lara Fitzjarrald at 4 p.m.
7:00 pm Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Alex Theatre Fundraiser @ PIRCH Glendale
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Illuminate Dinner fundraiser benefits and celebrates the Alex Theatre art deco neon tower and marquee, featuring food by a guest chef and specialty wines, plus a wine auction, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets[...]

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