Rising costs and gentrification threaten Northern Pasadena communities

The double-edged sword of gentrification has become a fact of life for long-time residents and community college students of Pasadena over the past few years. While San Francisco, New York City and Downtown Los Angeles might get the lion’s share of media attention for the cost of renting an apartment to astronomical levels, the generally quiet town of Pasadena has come close to entering California’s top 20 list of most expensive places to rent in recent years.

Oppressive police need massive civilian oversight

In 1965, New York Mayor John Lindsay proposed including civilians on a review board as a way to address complaints from minority groups about police misconduct. The move backfired, and the police union and conservatives rallied against civilian oversight. Voters later defeated the idea in a citywide vote. Two decades passed before civilian oversight was approved in NYC and during that time police misconduct and abuse soared in the city, particularly against minorities.

Tasteful fundraiser fills Rose Bowl bellies to benefit Union Station

Filling the field of the Rose Bowl Stadium on Sunday, thousands gathered for the inaugural Masters of Taste food and beverage festival, and not just to fill their bellies. The festival raised funds for the Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) in Pasadena in their largest effort to date. 100 percent of the proceeds are to go directly to the nonprofit.   @MastersofTaste w/ Monique #unionstatiohomelessservices #food A photo posted by Lorrie Gonzales (@lorriegonzales) on Apr 3, 2016 at 3:51pm PDT   A full day @masteroftaste …

Germania Club brings history to life

[box style=”0″] “Suddenly, I woke up in the middle of the night from a horrible commotion. I thought someone had fallen down the stairs. Gretel proved me wrong. It was actually an air raid and it was really close by in the forest. 9 bombs had fallen as we learned the following day. Well, that was a close call.” [/box] Last summer two girls from the Germania club took up the colossal task of translating a diary kept by a 17-year-old German girl during World …