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Pasadena to Raise Water Rates After PWP Reports Looming Deficits
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Pasadena to Raise Water Rates After PWP Reports Looming Deficits

By John Orona Pasadena residents will pay more on their water bills starting this summer after the City Council voted Monday to adopt a staff recommendation to adjust water rates in an attempt to save the Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) Department from facing a structural deficit next year. According to a city report, PWP…

Pasadena Prepares Potential Action Against Profane Public Commenters
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Pasadena Prepares Potential Action Against Profane Public Commenters

By John Orona During a meeting in which the Pasadena City Council promoted fundraising for civic and patriotic institutions, City Hall was grounds for its own messy civics exercise in how far free speech reaches after two speakers continually used profane and offensive language during public comment periods. The two speakers, identified as Mr. Herman…

Pasadena Historic YWCA Building To Get New Lease On Life
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Pasadena Historic YWCA Building To Get New Lease On Life

By John Orona After years of neglect and failed projects that have made it a target for vandals and vagrants, the Pasadena City Council is once again taking the preliminary steps to preserve and renovate the YWCA building that was once a local historic and architectural gem. During their last meeting, the City Council directed…

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…

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