ARC Condemns Anti-AAPI Hate and Violence

These images are from a public art project in New York City entitled “I Still Believe in Our City” by artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. Learn more about the project here. Written by Will Hoadley-Brill The Anti-Racism Committee of South Pasadena strongly condemns and is greatly disgusted and disappointed by the rising anti-AAPI (Asian American and PacificContinue reading “ARC Condemns Anti-AAPI Hate and Violence”

Racism-fueled Responses to Anti-Racist Yard Signs

Written by Phung Huynh Since the summer of 2020, the Anti-Racism Committee of South Pasadena has brought together residents who are committed to uncovering and disabling systemic racism in our city. We have mobilized and now continue to work in collaboration with community groups with shared values, including Black Lives Matter South Pasadena and CareContinue reading “Racism-fueled Responses to Anti-Racist Yard Signs”

The Ongoing Impact of the 710 Freeway Extension

(SOURCE: KTLA) Written by Ciena Valenzuela-Peterson On Thanksgiving, while many of us gave thanks for the roofs over our heads and our health in a time of crisis, state police forcefully arrested and tossed 62 people out on the streets. On the nights of November 25th and 26th, a coalition of houseless families with theContinue reading “The Ongoing Impact of the 710 Freeway Extension”

Semi-Permeable Borders: A Hindrance to Change and Solidarity

(SOURCE: The East Sider LA) Written by Ciena Valenzuela-Peterson There is a wall in South Pasadena. It sits, short and innocuous, between our city and El Sereno—a predominantly Latino neighborhood just to our north. This wall blocks off traffic from our neighboring community with a half-block of green “mini-park” space on South Pasadena’s side of theContinue reading “Semi-Permeable Borders: A Hindrance to Change and Solidarity”

City Launches Independent Investigation into Police Misconduct Complaints

(SOURCE: South Pasadena Review) Written by Will Hoadley-Brill At the South Pasadena City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 18, the interim City Manager Sean Joyce announced that the city would employ an “experienced independent outside investigator” “upon receipt of several…written complaints that [he] received Monday evening.” The full council meeting can be watched here andContinue reading “City Launches Independent Investigation into Police Misconduct Complaints”

Community Calling for Independent Investigation of SPPD

(SOURCE: Tiger Newspaper) November 18, 2020 Sent via email: Please read this comment aloud at the City Council meeting on November 18, 2020 Dear Mayor Joe and Councilmembers:  The signatories of this letter are writing today to express our deep concern for the pattern of behavior that has been observed of the South Pasadena PoliceContinue reading “Community Calling for Independent Investigation of SPPD”

Press Release: Press Conference Regarding Proud Boy Supporter who Jumped Curb Driving through Sidewalk where Black Lives Matter Protestors Were Setting Up

(SOURCE: South Pasadena Police Department Youtube Video) October 15, 2020 On Saturday, October 3, 2020 at approximately 1:40 pm, a white male South Pasadena  resident, Richard Cheney drove his Ram 1800 truck across opposing traffic and onto the  sidewalk on the southwest corner of Fair Oaks and Mission. His dangerous maneuver crossed  three lanes ofContinue reading “Press Release: Press Conference Regarding Proud Boy Supporter who Jumped Curb Driving through Sidewalk where Black Lives Matter Protestors Were Setting Up”

Calling for Police Accountability | ARC Statement Regarding Incident on Fair Oaks and Mission on October 3

(SOURCE: South Pasadena Police Department Youtube Video) Written by the Anti-Racism Committee of South Pasadena October 6, 2020 Dear City Manager, City Council, and Public Safety Commission of South Pasadena, The Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) of South Pasadena is a grass-roots organization committed to addressing the deep wounds of systemic racism in our city as wellContinue reading “Calling for Police Accountability | ARC Statement Regarding Incident on Fair Oaks and Mission on October 3”

The Unintended Harm of Chief Ortiz’s “Error in Judgment”

(SOURCE: The South Pasadenan) Written by Will Hoadley-Brill On the afternoon of Thursday, September 24, South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz invited members of the police department, the City Council, and the Public Safety Commission to a prayer service for first responders in the fire and police departments at the plaza of City Hall thatContinue reading “The Unintended Harm of Chief Ortiz’s “Error in Judgment””

A South Pas Community Member’s Critical Question for SPPD

(SOURCE: The South Pasadenan) Written by Deb McCurdy In late July, I planned to write about the ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations in South Pasadena, organized after George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police while in their custody. I also planned to write about how on July 8 a man, (allegedly) Joe Richcreek, carrying a sharpenedContinue reading “A South Pas Community Member’s Critical Question for SPPD”