Part Two: Pink Wave or Passing Ripple?

While more women nationwide deploy their votes, their voices and their service to combat gender-based bias, men apparently believe silence remains golden.  A resounding 16 of 17 women participated in interviews for part one of this two-part series on the status of gender equality in Pasadena.  A mere four of 15 men obliged for part two. From Pasadena to Pittsburg, this is an all-too-familiar tale of dueling narratives – one lives wildly aloud while the other remains eerily silent.  The challenge thus becomes how to write a tale of two tribes when one tribe has all but gone fishing. 

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Part One: Pink Wave or Passing Ripple?

Despite an ostensibly progressive social climate, and the fact that females comprise roughly 52 percent of Pasadena’s population, top government offices and chief executive suites are occupied by a trivial amount of local women.

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Come and take it: a Battle Between First and Second Amendments at South Pasadena High School

Partisan fury over firearms policy has long been tantamount to national debates over abortion, government regulation, gay rights and god-fearing.  A multitude of deadly school shootings riddled the U.S. throughout the 20th century.  But Charles Li says, “Even though messages can be offensive, why are they not allowed?  People don’t have the right to feel safe.  They don’t have the right to not be offended.”

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Lack of Black Reporters in Local Newsrooms

Only six percent of statewide news jobs are held by black people, according to annual census data from the American Society of News Editors (ASNE).  A scant six percent of the Times news staff and three percent of its newsroom leaders are black, according to ASNE.  The increasing evaporation of traditional news jobs nationwide does not bode well for an already piddling pool of black journos.

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Housing Shortage. Homelessness Surplus.

Pasadena is the 6th largest city in Los Angeles County.  Known for its iconic Tournament of Roses Parade, NASA-run Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Hollywood hotshots, the city is lesser known for its homelessness crisis.

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Will Pasadena Unified Learn Its Own Lesson?

Members of the Pasadena Board of Education said during Thursday’s meeting that they were still concerned about vacant teacher positions and unavailable instructional materials, despite having voted 5-1 to drastically reduce spending eight months before.

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