Author Archives: Brian Charles

Encrypted radio signals and the grassroots fumbles

PASADENA — It’s quiet out there, too quiet.  If you have been trying to listen in on the Pasadena Police Department’s radio traffic, the silence has been deafening.  PPD went to an encrypted radio signal in January. Now the department … Continue reading

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Holden’s campaign cash flow problem; California #2 in political sleaze

PASADENA — The Kinde Durkee saga, where millions of campaign cash was embezzled, included money from Pasadena City Councilman Chris Holden’s campaign. Holden is running for the 41st state Assembly seat.  He expects to be able to reach out to … Continue reading

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Dirty tricks distract in local politics

PASADENA — Attack ads are as old as the Republic, and local political operatives in the San Gabriel Valley will soon be up to their old tricks as campaign season kicks into full gear. 

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G.O.P. presidential primary has San Gabriel Valley implications

PASADENA — Republicans are locked in a long fight to see who will face President Barack Obama in the fall election.  If the battle drags on into June, making the California primary relevant, local G.O.P. and Tea Party candidate Donna … Continue reading

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Schools probes and gas price campaign slogans

PASADENA – The Star-News will look into whether the type of teacher misconduct alleged at Miramonte School in Los Angeles has occurred in local districts.  Two teachers were arrested at Miramonte after allegations that lewd acts were performed on the … Continue reading

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District 3 race shaping up, sort of; Murder wasn’t the case

PASADENA — It’s never too early to talk City Council politics in Pasadena. With Chris Holden vying for the state Assembly and many political pundits confident he will win, who will replace him on the City Council. The field is … Continue reading

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Gay marriage ban struck down, Pete Hoekstra ad denounced

PASADENA — San Gabriel Valley faith and civic leaders rejoiced at the announcement that the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals declared Proposition 8, the 2008 voter-approved ban on gay marriage, unconstitutional.  Call it the Michigan Strategy, Pete Hoekstra employs the … Continue reading

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Super Bowl, political corruption and the digital scanners

PASADENA — The Saturday “It’s Politics” column in the Star-News hit a home run in a piece about political corruption. John Tran  pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for building permits. Check out the column here. Officials at the Pasadena … Continue reading

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Redevelopment, zoning and jobs rile Northwest Pasadena leaders

PASADENA – Maybe he just forgot, maybe he doesn’t want to talk about it.  Thursday’s State of The City speech by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard made no mention of the local hiring goals at the Rose Bowl. Those goals have … Continue reading

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Redevelopment riles Pasadena city leaders

Gov. Jerry Brown’s determined to end redevelopment agencies, which has many in Pasadena steamed.  The end of redevelopment agencies doesn’t bode well for blighted corridors in Northwest Pasadena. Read more here.

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