News Features | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com Greater Pasadena's Free News and Entertainment Weekly Fri, 22 Jun 2018 20:58:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i1.wp.com/www.pasadenaweekly.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/cropped-jgpw-512-px-copy.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 News Features | Pasadena Weekly https://www.pasadenaweekly.com 32 32 136211528 Critics blast Trump for separating families at US-Mexico border https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/21/critics-blast-trump-for-separating-families-at-us-mexico-border/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/21/critics-blast-trump-for-separating-families-at-us-mexico-border/#respond Thu, 21 Jun 2018 13:10:19 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104323 State and local activists, as well as his own supporters, took President Trump to task for a policy that has resulted in thousands of immigrant children being taken from their parents on the US-Mexico border. In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rolled out the administration’s zero-tolerance policy and announced the Justice Department would begin prosecuting […]

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Monte LaMonte discovers a new world by studying at PCC’s Center for Continuing Education https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/monte-lamonte-discovers-a-new-world-by-studying-at-pccs-center-for-continuing-education/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/14/monte-lamonte-discovers-a-new-world-by-studying-at-pccs-center-for-continuing-education/#respond Thu, 14 Jun 2018 13:10:31 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104184 Growing up in a working-class neighborhood in Chicago, Monte LaMonte didn’t place a high value on getting an education. His mother was a hard-working factory assembly line member, while his father initially spent years as a drug dealer and mostly unemployed before spending his final years working at a car wash and as a janitor.  […]

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Voters approve marijuana sales and tax along with city council and school board election changes https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/voters-approve-marijuana-sales-and-tax-along-with-city-council-and-school-board-election-changes/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/06/07/voters-approve-marijuana-sales-and-tax-along-with-city-council-and-school-board-election-changes/#respond Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:10:37 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=104023 Pasadena voters approved two ballot measures on Tuesday allowing the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana in the city. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, 10,134 voters —59.9 percent — cast ballots in favor of Measure CC which repeals the city’s ban on marijuana dispensaries and allows up to six dispensaries in the city. […]

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PUSD board hears principal’s plans for ‘reimagining’ Muir Ranch https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/pusd-board-hears-principals-plans-for-reimagining-muir-ranch/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/31/pusd-board-hears-principals-plans-for-reimagining-muir-ranch/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 13:10:15 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103847 John Muir High School Principal Lawton Gray presented the Pasadena Board of Education with plans to “reimagine” the school’s innovative gardening and growing program for students as a responsibility of the school district, not the high school. Under the new plan, all activities at the Muir Ranch will be student-centered and integrated with other programs […]

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Questions abound as voters are asked to change city and school election schedules, approve pot sales and a pot tax, and decide federal, state and county candidates in June 5 primary https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/24/questions-abound-as-voters-are-asked-to-change-city-and-school-election-schedules-approve-pot-sales-and-a-pot-tax-and-decide-state-county-offices-in-june-5-primary/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/24/questions-abound-as-voters-are-asked-to-change-city-and-school-election-schedules-approve-pot-sales-and-a-pot-tax-and-decide-state-county-offices-in-june-5-primary/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 13:00:57 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103714 Local officials are not sure what would happen if a controversial ballot initiative forcing the city to change its election schedule fails at the polls two weeks from now. Measure AA would force the city to move local City Council elections from March and April of odd-numbered years to June and November in even-numbered years […]

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New LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner wants to change the conversation about public education https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/new-lausd-superintendent-austin-beutner-wants-to-change-the-conversation-about-public-education/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/17/new-lausd-superintendent-austin-beutner-wants-to-change-the-conversation-about-public-education/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:00:36 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103566 Austin Beutner calls himself “an unconventional choice” to lead the 650,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District. Few would call that an understatement. Beutner, who on Tuesday became LAUSD’s fourth superintendent in seven years, has no formal administrative experience in the world of public education. He made his fortune as an investment banker, co-founding the global […]

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Finalists vying for PCC president’s position back out https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/finalists-vying-for-pcc-presidents-position-back-out/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/10/finalists-vying-for-pcc-presidents-position-back-out/#respond Thu, 10 May 2018 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103432 The last candidate in the running to replace Pasadena City College Superintendent-President Rajen Vurdien withdrew his name from the search last week. Vurdien was scheduled to leave the college at the end of June, but late last week worked out a deal with the PCC Board of Trustees that will keep him at the college […]

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Interim Pasadena Police Chief John Perez talks about about transparency, reform and a brush with death that changed his life https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/interim-pasadena-police-chief-john-perez-talks-about-transparency-reform-and-a-brush-with-death-that-changed-his-life/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/05/03/interim-pasadena-police-chief-john-perez-talks-about-transparency-reform-and-a-brush-with-death-that-changed-his-life/#respond Thu, 03 May 2018 13:00:21 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103241 Pasadena police Deputy Chief John Perez, who was recently chosen by City Manager Steve Mermell to serve as interim chief in the wake of former Chief Phillip Sanchez’s sudden departure and retirement from law enforcement last month, has worked most of his adult life as a Pasadena police officer. But today, after 33 years as […]

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Struggling artist is evicted after complaining about living conditions at his Altadena home https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/struggling-artist-is-evicted-after-complaining-about-living-conditions-at-his-altadena-home/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/26/struggling-artist-is-evicted-after-complaining-about-living-conditions-at-his-altadena-home/#respond Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:00:20 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=103130 A disabled local cartoonist who has worked on some of his industry’s most iconic characters — from Mighty Mouse and Betty Boop to Richie Rich and Felix the Cat — says his landlord is kicking him out and he now has no place to go. According to Milton Knight, 55, the conditions at his Altadena […]

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Altadena Library trustees called out for attack on director https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/altadena-library-trustees-called-out-for-attack-on-director/ https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2018/04/19/altadena-library-trustees-called-out-for-attack-on-director/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:05:48 +0000 https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/?p=102967 Two years after taking over the Altadena Library District in 2014, Mindy Kittay faced resistance from her staff, some of whom claimed she moved too quickly and was too demanding in her desire to see changes made. With those bridges now rebuilt, Kittay has again found herself under fire, only this time from the library’s […]

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