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.
Are they revisiting this story every few years as an evergreen? This coverage of it seemed more interesting than the shorter story in 2018… hmmm.
Thanks for highlighting this archival news footage. I’ve always wondered why it seemed like Pasadena had so many private schools given its relative size, though I do wonder how it compares to the rest of southern California on a private school per capita basis. I’d never considered that this may be one of the largest driving factors.
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.
I’ve been thinking more about local news lately, so I’ve taken some time to aggregate some of my local news sources. While I live in the Los Angeles area, it’s not like I’m eschewing the Los Angeles Times, but I wanted to go even more uber-local than this. Thus I’m looking more closely at my local Altadena and Pasadena news outlets. I’m a bit surprised to see just how many small outlets and options I’ve got! People say local news is dying or dead, so I thought I would only find two or three options–how wrong could I have been?
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.
El Prieto has been hailed by many as one of the best singletrack rides in the Los Angeles area. After hearing such accolades, I just had to check it out! And let me tell you: the reputation is not unfounded. To start the ride, park at the lot and head past the upper yellow gate on the paved road. Af...
It’s been a few years since I’ve ridden this trail, and I remember the trail itself being excellent, but don’t remember the ride up being as nice as described here–at least not in the open fire roads during the high heat of the day.
Excited to encounter my first print copy ofin the wild in Pasadena. Congratulations to Wafic and the entire enterprise for making this happen!
I’ve seen lots of publications go from print to online, but rarely seen one go from being online to in print!
About 20 residents in Pasadena have been sickened with flea-borne typhus. LA health officials confirmed an outbreak Downtown as well.
Last Saturday, a 1936 film called The Shapes of Things to Come played at the Pasadena Main Library, and a block south, two days later on Monday evening, the City Council and attendees got a glimpse of those shapes, in predevelopment plans presented for two significant real estate projects.
A trio of Pasadena-area high schools scored in the top five among private schools in Los Angeles County, while eight San Gabriel Valley campuses were ranked among the top 20 Catholic scho...
If the body politic were a real body, the body of Pasadena would be one plagued by itches and bruises that continue to irritate.