Author: Kevin Uhrich

Climate leadership is desperately needed in these times of deadly hurricanes, megafires and mudslides

By: John Grula and Kevin Uhrich In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, many Southern Californians may have thought they had seen the worst Mother Nature could dish out.    But that only lasted until the “megafires” of the fall and the recent deadly mudslides in the Montecito area of Santa Barbara County, where, as of last week, the death toll reached 21. The largest among a number of virtually concurrently occurring smaller but some similarly devastating fires around Los Angeles and neighboring counties beginning in early December, the Thomas fire burned over 281,000 acres in Ventura and...

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Is ‘Fake News’ Real?

Notwithstanding President Trump’s ongoing denunciations of the news media and his penchant for lying, one must ask: Does fake news really exist? If so, where does it come from? More importantly, who’s responsible for producing and promoting it?  The answer to the first question is yes, it definitely exists, but it didn’t start yesterday, or even during the latest techno-communications revolution. As Joe Piasecki, editor of our sister paper, The Argonaut, points out in a recent roundtable email with Southland Publishing Vice President of Operations David Comden, “People have been lying since before the invention of language, but social...

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PW files PRA requests for info on police stops and the ‘lateral’ officers patrolling Pasadena

The traffic incident in which 21-year-old Christopher Ballew of Altadena was confronted by two Pasadena police officers and then restrained and beaten with fists and what amounts to a retractable piece of steel rebar raises many questions.    Perhaps the most important among them is whether such a thing would happen if Ballew was white, or Latino, or of Asian or Middle Eastern descent. Or, put another way, did this brutal display of police force occur because Ballew is African American? The short answer is we do not know for sure right now. At this stage of things, with...

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A look at where we’ve been and what lies ahead in 2018

It’s around this time each year that we stop and take stock of the events that affected us personally, professionally, politically, financially and spiritually over the past 12 months. For some folks, retrospectives are a waste of time. For others, they are invaluable tools for gauging events in the weeks and months ahead. Still others see them as a novel way of measuring progress on one issue or another. In any case, looking back provides all of us with a service, one which allows us to see where we have been so we can at least guess where we...

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Trump just can’t resist a ‘good’ insult, no matter where he’s at, what he’s doing, or who gets hurt

He didn’t have to do it, but President Trump did it anyway.  There, in the White House, ostensibly honoring the contributions of the legendary Navajo code talkers who helped defeat Japanese Imperial forces in World War II, top-of-mind Trump did what he does best: he went off script,  uttering what amounted to yet another cheap shot insult. And like others, it was aimed at a favorite political target at the expense of other people, in this case Native Americans. Presidential apologist Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to assure reporters that it was not the president’s intent to use a racial...

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Upcoming Events

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
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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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