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  • Former City Council Candidate Sentenced to More Than Six Years for Jailhouse Threats Against Prosecutors

    VENTURA - Daniel Avila, a former candidate for the Thousand Oaks City Council has been sentenced to six years and four months in prison for threatening to kill six prosecutors in the Ventura County District Attorney's office. Avila was convicted of six co...
  • The State of Black Pasadena

        INTRODUCTION The State of Black Pasadena is an annual feature of The Pasadena San Gabriel Valley Journal. The Pasadena Journal (THE JOURNAL) presents this as a snapshot of life for African Americans in the Pasadena community...
  • A Message from the Mayor of Pasadena Regarding The State of Black Pasadena

    I am pleased to offer this report on important issues and activities that might be of interest to the readers of this annual edition of The Pasadena Journal. On May 2—the first Monday of May, as the City charter provides—the City Council will be seat...
  • Private Schools: A Possible, Viable Option

    In the August 27, 2010 edition of The Wall Street Journal, there was an article entitled, “Scapegoating For Profit Schools”, which talked about the war against private, for profit schools and colleges such as those for nursing, medical assisting, para...
  • Refighting America’s Civil War

    A recent cover of Time magazine featured an illustration of a crying Abraham Lincoln with the inscription, “Why We’re Still Fighting the Civil War: The endless battle over the war’s true cause would make Lincoln weep.” While I question whether to...
  • CA NAACP President Calls for Davenport to Apologize to the President of the US and African American Community

    The California State NAACP through its President, Alice Huffman today has issued a follow-up statement regarding the cartoon emailed by Orange County Republican Central Committee member, Marilyn Davenport. Ms. Davenport’s apology to her fellow republica...
  • Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Racist and Offensive E-mail Distributed by Orange County Republican Central Committee Delegate and Tea Party Activist

    The recent e-mail communication distributed by Orange County Republican Central Committee delegate Marilyn Davenport depicting President Obama as a chimpanzee is racist, it’s offensive and it’s flat out wrong. Orange County Republican leaders have for...
  • Assemblymember Portantino’s Bill Banning “Open Carry” of Handguns Passes Key Committee

    Assemblymember Anthony Portantino’s legislation to repeal the “open carry” loophole in state law moved a step closer today when the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to approve Portantino’s AB 144. Portantino’s bill makes it illegal to car...
  • Children’s Health on the Chopping Block

    Like many parents, California mother Anne-Marie Skinner knows “accidents happen.”  Her active, athletic teenagers - Constance and Lucas - are both involved in a number of extracurricular activities, and both have unfortunately suffered sports-rel...
  • Are We Thin Enough Yet?

    Between men and women, who would you say has it hardest today in our modern society?  I feel that, in our consumer-driven economy, we women have it worse.  In the world of advertising, women are subject to numerous images of an idealized woman t...
  • DPSS Set to Launch Unprecedented Public Awareness Effort

    The County’s Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) is putting the final touches on its May observance of “CalFresh Awareness Month,” the most comprehensive and coordinated effort to increase access and participation in food assistance and redu...
  • PUSD Seeks Community’s Voice in Superintendent Search

    Three Community Forums Scheduled May 4, 5 and 6 The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education seeks the community’s voice on the professional qualities and attributes of the district’s next Superintendent of Schools through community...
  • Seeds from the Sower

    Fanny Crosby lost her sight when she was just a child. But she didn’t allow her misfortune to bring her misery. She turned her trial into triumph, for out of her sightlessness came some of our sweetest songs. One day she wrote, Oh, what a happy soul a...
  • Proper Handling of Bank Accounts

    The bank account is used by many people to deposit funds they receive from an employer or other income source and to disburse those funds for goods and services, primarily by means of checks and ATM transactions.  While bank accounts are very handy v...
  • The Taxing of My Fragile Sanity

    I'm fine now, but such was not the case this past week. Normally, I am not given to procrastination, except when it comes to giving my money away. I am not Mr. Scrooge but I am Mr. Frugal. I always pay my income tax but I also wait until the last minute ...
  • The Company You Keep

    "Change not a friend for any good by no means; neither a faithful brother for the gold of Ophir."  ~Ecclesiasticus 7:18 I have been extremely busy, but hopefully never too busy to drop an inspirational gem.   What I am about to say comes from e...
  • Community Invited to Workshops to Discuss Proposed Park in Playhouse District

    The community is invited to share their ideas for a proposed park site at Union Street and El Molino Avenue in Pasadena’s Playhouse District during a series of four workshops that are part of a grant application seeking funding for the proposed site. T...
  • Blinn House Foundation Announces 2011 Dr. Robert Winter Award Recipient for Outstanding Service in Architectural Preservation

    Noted Pasadena Architect Peyton Hall, FAIA To Be Honored, May 7 The Blinn House Foundation, a Pasadena non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic Edmund Blinn House, today announced their 2011 recipient for the 8th Annual Dr. R...
  • Fashionetta ~ A Mother’s Day Celebration to Be Remembered

    On Saturday, May 7, 2011, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be sponsoring a fun filled day to celebrate mothers, recognize achievement and enjoy beautiful fashions.  This event has historically been a great way for families to enjoy ...
  • Sports Watching & Wondering

    THE LAKERS - Let's face it. The Fans of the Lakers are seriously worried. As we go to press, the Playoff Series is tied at 2-2. On Wednesday morning, we will all know if it becomes 3-2, or 2-3. The Hornets were not expected to give the Lakers this much tr...

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