Congressman Schiff promotes $3 trillion ‘HEROES Act’ at virtual town hall

PCC student leaders had the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic with Rep. Adam Schiff at a virtual town hall last week. Rep. Schiff represents California’s 28th Congressional District which includes Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, Sunland-Tujunga, and parts of Pasadena, including PCC. On Friday, May 15, the congressman met with President/Superintendent Erika Endrijonas and members of Associated Students on Facebook Live to discuss how the global pandemic is impacting students at PCC and what Congress is doing about …

‘Pain in the ass’: PCC exasperated by federal stimulus rules

At their April 22 meeting, multiple members of PCC’s College Council expressed their frustration with new guidelines from the federal Department of Education (ED) regarding the disbursement of federal stimulus money. “Let me just go on record: Betsy DeVos is a pain in the ass,” said Dr. Michael Bush, assistant superintendent and vice president of business and college services. “The legislature passed this really neat thing for higher education and then the Department of Education got a hold of it.” PCC has received $15.2 million …

PCC’s dash to catch up to COVID-19

Pasadena City College has been rushing to keep up with the necessary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic described by the school’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease (ATD) plan. The ATD Emergency Preparedness Plan was made as a companion document to the college’s Emergency Operations Plan. It was released on March 5. The day before, on March 4, the first death in California related to the virus was confirmed and Gov. Newsom declared a state of emergency. The plan identifies five levels, which correspond to the linear progression …

The grotesque on display at annual lowbrow exhibition

By the time one enters La Luz de Jesus gallery, the vibe has been thoroughly set. The gallery itself is located inside a huge, eclectic gift shop called Soap Plant/Wacko — selling kitschy art, vintage toys, taxidermy and occult reference guides. The building’s exterior features an angular, geometric mural with two huge eyes gazing placidly over Hollywood Boulevard. Yet even with that priming, some of the work in the gallery this month may shock guests. There are portraits of monsters rendered in photorealistic detail, their …

Student club feeds campus garden with fish poop

As the bright afternoon sun filtered through the leaves, a gaggle of PCC students gathered in a loose circle in the garden space between the C and L buildings. Before the meeting even started, food was the topic. Two attendees recognized each other and talked about an organic supermarket where they both used to work. Another commented on how high its prices are, then the discussion turned to gentrification and food availability in low-income areas. Later, a question about PVC piping led to sharing kale …