John Orona

Measure J Funding Adds Accountability Through MOU
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Measure J Funding Adds Accountability Through MOU

The Pasadena City Council approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) guaranteeing at least $5 million in Measure J funding to the district next fiscal year, while continuing to leave charter schools out of the agreement despite pressure from charter school parents. The memo identifies maintaining adequate levels of reserve…

Pasadena Charter Schools Want In on Measure J Money
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Pasadena Charter Schools Want In on Measure J Money

By John Orona Charter school parents flooded the Pasadena City Council with emails, calls and comments on Monday, demanding that revenue from last year’s sales tax increase go toward funding public charter schools. During the special joint meeting between the City Council and Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), the two bodies presented an outline for…

Pasadena Requires Retrofits to 500 Earthquake-Vulnerable Buildings
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Pasadena Requires Retrofits to 500 Earthquake-Vulnerable Buildings

By John Orona For decades engineers have known the danger soft-story buildings pose to life and property when the next catastrophic earthquake strikes. Now, Pasadena has a plan to minimize the destruction. On Monday, the Pasadena City Council presented a draft ordinance to require retrofitting for nearly 500 wooden soft-story buildings throughout the city. The…

Police Foundation Recommends Structural Changes to Pasadena PD
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Police Foundation Recommends Structural Changes to Pasadena PD

By John Orona Tempers flared at the Pasadena Public Safety Committee meeting during a report and discussion on Pasadena Police Department’s (PPD) review into the death of Reginald Thomas Jr. following a violent altercation with police in 2016. The independent report was compiled by the non-profit law enforcement think tank National Police Foundation (NPF) and…

Pasadena Wage Theft Enforcement Increasing
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Pasadena Wage Theft Enforcement Increasing

By John Orona You can lock your door at night, avoid that dark alley, clutch your purse and hide your wallet, but the odds are if you are getting robbed it’s happening at work. According to an Economic Policy Institute estimate, wage theft – the denial of wages or benefits an employee has earned –…

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Pasadena Minimum Wage Increases as Fight for $15 Prevails

By John Orona Following a boisterous meeting that involved dueling economists and plenty of crowd participation, the Pasadena City Council voted 7-1 to approve continuing a minimum wage increase that will reach $15 an hour by 2020. The council previously approved the stepped minimum wage increase in 2016 but stipulated that they “pause” the advancement…

Pasadena Fast Tracks Senior Affordable Housing by Cutting Competition
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Pasadena Fast Tracks Senior Affordable Housing by Cutting Competition

By John Orona In an effort to bring affordable housing to seniors sooner than through a traditional competitive bidding process, the Pasadena City Council has agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations with Bridge Housing to develop permanent supportive housing at the southern portion of the Heritage Square site in Northwest Pasadena. The deal will save…

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