It’s also the last time that Mt. Wilson was threatened, though tonight it’s from the East side of the mountain. I’m watching closely because I’m 8 miles from the Bobcat Fire to the East and we’re under an evacuation warning. Fortunately the live cam has some reasonably clear footage of the immediate danger as the observatory is 4 miles up the hill above us.
As thousands of local residents of all ethnicities continue to participate in peaceful protests against the culture of racial bias, profiling, and misuse of force in police departments across our nation, “Juneteenth” is sure to have taken on a new meaning this year.
But what really surprised me at Monday’s city council meeting were the comments from council members in response to public comments. To a one, they swore they were opposed to defunding the police. This tells me that they either don’t understand what defunding the police means or they’re being deliberately obtuse. Legislators defund things all the time. Public education has been undergoing massive defunding for decades nationwide. Same with housing. But suddenly everyone is gobsmacked by the idea of reducing the funding to a city department and reallocating those resources to provide essential services in a safer, more effective way. Several councilmembers, including Mayor Tornek, said that to defund the PPD would be irresponsible and then went on to say that it’s very important that we examine the budget allocations for all departments, including the police, and make adjustments that are responsive to the community. Yes, exactly! That’s exactly what community leaders are talking about.
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I have written before about my volunteerism as chair of the annual fund in my local public junior high school. That experience gives a unique perspective on the income inequality issues we face today.
Let’s look at a few of the current annual fund goals for schools in the Pasadena area.
- $75,000 is the annual fund goal for Eliot Arts Magnet Academy (a PUSD school).
- $500,000 is the annual fund goal for an Altadena charter school.
- $4.3 million is the annual fund goal for a Pasadena private school.
These annual fund numbers reflect the income levels of parents because when you set a goal for an annual fund you must reasonably expect that the goal can be reached. Annual funds in public schools derive monies primarily through parents and alumni.
A 50 minute documentary following filmmaker & Class of ’82 John Muir High Alumnus, Pablo Miralles (“Gringos at the Gate“) as he questions what has happened to his once diverse alma mater and whether or not to send his own son to the school today. In the film, Miralles explores the complex history of Pasadena’s schools and the 1970 court order that created the first Federal desegregation plan outside of the south. Weaving stories from alumni, administrators, and civic leaders of John Muir High School’s multi-cultural community, Miralles illustrates the challenges and failures of California, and the United States, to promote well-funded and diverse public education.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. In the 1970s and 1980s, under federal court supervision, many school districts implemented mandatory busing plans within their district.
I’m curious what the numbers for the city’s public and private schools are? Perhaps a follow up with some graphs, charts, and further analysis would be worthwhile? I’m definitely curious.
In the meanwhile, the topic reminded me of this relatively recent segment of Jon Oliver’s show which focused on school segregation and which also featured Ronald Reagan:
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. In the 1970s and 1980s, and under federal court supervision, many school districts started implementing mandatory busing plans within their district. This busing system would force children of Pasadena, who attended public schools, to take the bus in order to encourage integration of all the different races that lived in the city.
Chances are by the time you read this article, Pasadena Museum of California Arts (PMCA) has closed its doors for good (last day is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th, 2018)
A recap of Pasadena City Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 Pasadena residents at the council meeting In relation to the road diet on Orange Grove, the Pasadena City Council decided to fold ‘em. The project, which was to cover almost two miles of pavement, was dropped.
The demise of the physical book may well be exaggerated, thanks to the efforts of dedicated publishers like Pasadena’s Colleen Dunn Bates, founder of Prospect Park Books.
In addition to some straightforward journalistic related news sources, I’ve also included some additional local flavor news which includes town councils, the chamber of commerce, historical societies, etc. which have websites that produce feeds with occasional news items.
Going forward you can see these sources aggregated on my following page.
For those who are interested I’ve created an OPML file which contains the RSS feeds of all these sources if they’d like to follow them as well. Naturally most have other social media presences, but there’s usually no guarantee that if you followed them that way that you’ll actually see the news you wanted.
If anyone is aware of other sources, I’m happy to add them to the list.
Here’s the initial list of sources:
- ColoradoBoulevard.net – Daily news and events magazine for Pasadena and Greater Pasadena area.
- Pasadena Now – Where else can you get this much daily news and information about Pasadena?
- The Outlook – Local news for Pasadena, La Canada/Flintridge, and San Marino areas
- Pasadena Independent – Relevant Pasadena news to engage the community
- Pasadena Weekly – Greater Pasadena’s Free News and Entertainment Weekly
- Pasadena Star News – Local news source for Pasadena and the surrounding area providing breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, things to do, opinion, photos, videos and more from the west San Gabriel Valley
- Pasadena Magazine – Pasadena is the bi-monthly magazine of Pasadena and its surrounding areas – the diverse, historically rich and culturally vibrant region.
- Altadena Chamber of Commerce – News and information from the Altadena, CA Chamber of Commerce
- The Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley Journal – Serving the Pasadena / San Gabriel Valley | A locally owned and operated independent African American newspaper
- Altadena Town Council – Proudly Serving Our Community
- Altadena Now – Local news for Altadena, CA
- Altadena Patch – Local news and events from Altadena, CA Patch.
- Altadena Heritage – Altadena Heritage Advocacy and Preservation
- Altadena Filming – A resource for filming in Altadena.
- Altadena Historical Society – AHS, a non-profit organization, was founded to gather, preserve, and make available information about the people, places and events that have shaped our community in the past.