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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…

Will Pasadena Teachers Be the Next to Strike?
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Will Pasadena Teachers Be the Next to Strike?

LA teachers are off the picket line, but Pasadena teachers may be next By John Orona After a seven day teacher strike and some all-night negotiations, more than 800,000 students and 25,000 educators will return to class this week. But as the dust clears in the battle between Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and…

Pasadena Approves $1.3M in Homeless Relief After Clash With County
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Pasadena Approves $1.3M in Homeless Relief After Clash With County

By John Orona Pasadena approved over $1.3 million in coordinated homelessness services contracts over the next two years using its entire share of Measure H funding for that period, despite contributing about $7 million per year to the county coffers through the measure. Measure H is a county-wide quarter-cent tax approved by voters in 2017…

Temporary Staffing Woes for Pasadena IT Department
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Temporary Staffing Woes for Pasadena IT Department

By John Orona When does a job go from temporary to the norm? For the City of Pasadena, it seems more than six years of “temporary staffing” for the Department of Information Technology (IT) is still not enough to meet its growing technological demands. The Department of IT is responsible for providing technical support services…

Pasadena Looks for High Renewable Energy Goals and Exits IPP Gas Project
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Pasadena Looks for High Renewable Energy Goals and Exits IPP Gas Project

    By John Orona With only 12 years left to limit the accelerating effects of climate change, Pasadena’s latest energy plan continues to procure 31 percent of its power from the Intermountain coal-fired plant through 2025, despite being the Pasadena Water and Power’s (PWP) largest climate change driver. PWP’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) outlined…

Community Members Support Housing Concept for Pasadena’s Homeless Seniors
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Community Members Support Housing Concept for Pasadena’s Homeless Seniors

Senior subpopulation is the largest group of homeless individuals By John Orona Backed by strong community support, the Pasadena City Council approved a development concept for Heritage Square South that will include up to 70 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless seniors and 10,000-square-feet of retail space, on Monday night. The 1.3-acre property located…

Pasadena City Council Regulates Sidewalk Vendors
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Pasadena City Council Regulates Sidewalk Vendors

Creates school-funding committee By John Orona The Pasadena City Council meeting focused on implementation Monday, creating an ad hoc committee to develop the parameters of Measure J and conducting a first reading of an ordinance regulating sidewalk vendors in Pasadena. Measure J is an advisory measure approved by 72 percent of Pasadena voters that recommends…

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