In attempts to censor press, LA City Attorney puts police before the public

Share: In a democracy, the government serves the people. But in Los Angeles, City Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto seems to have a different idea. For Feldstein Soto, police interests come first and the public interest comes last. The City of Los Angeles has found itself embroiled in two lawsuits against Ben Camacho, a reporter for local news website Knock LA. His supposed crime? Obtaining over 9,000 LAPD personnel headshots through a lawful request under the California Public Records Act (CPRA).  These headshots were provided by …

McDaniel is out at NBC, but corporate media is all-in on killing democracy

Share: NBC News’s decision to sever ties with Ronna McDaniel, the former chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, might seem like a step towards journalistic integrity, but the truth is that corporate media remains as complicit in MAGA attacks on American democracy as ever. The hiring and sudden firing highlight the inherent tension between journalistic objectivity and the pursuit of profit. In an era marked by intense polarization and heightened political scrutiny, corporate media organizations often find themselves walking a tightrope between serving the public …

Bonds to bombs: A quaint community college’s global impact

Share: The PCC Foundation, a non-profit that raises funds for Pasadena City College (PCC), holds investments in several major polluters and weapons manufacturers including ExxonMobil and RTX Corp (formerly Raytheon), a Courier analysis of the foundation’s financial disclosures found. The findings come at a time when students across the nation, including PCC, are urging their institutions to divest from companies implicated in climate degradation and Israel’s ongoing bombardment of the Gaza Strip. Since the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine on Oct. 7, 2023, …

Fired kinesiology dean files discrimination claim against PCC

Share: The Board of Trustees is set to name a new permanent dean of kinesiology, health and athletics (KHA) at their March meeting after former dean Dyan Miller was terminated in August 2023 following a months-long investigation into Miller’s conduct at Pasadena City College (PCC).  In a claim for damages served to PCC’s Office of Risk Management Services in mid-February, Miller accused the college, members of the KHA department and the Assistant Superintendent and Human Resources Vice President Robert Blizinski for creating a hostile work …

Softball losing streak continues but shows promise against Compton

Share: In a hard-fought game, the Lancers squared off against Compton in a game filled with highs, lows, and plenty of action on the field. Despite their best efforts, the Lancers ultimately fell short, but not without showcasing their improvement as a team. “I think our team played a lot better together. We had a little curse going on in the third inning, but we were able to get out of it,” second baseman Leiana Rodriguez said. “I feel like my team had my back …

BLOTTER: Dude, where’s my car? Oh there it is

Share: Monday, February 26, 2024 12:53 a.m.: A female in a vehicle at the CEC campus in Lot C was seeking a place to stay for the night. An officer advised her of the no overnight parking policy and she left. 3:16 a.m.: A vehicle occupant in Lot 3 was looking for a place to sleep. An officer advised the driver of the policy and the person left the premises.  3:37 a.m.: An officer informed two females in a vehicle in Lot 5 that the …

‘Boycott fatigue’ misses the point of boycotting Israel

Share: As the number of Palestinians killed in Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip exceeds one in one hundred, calls to support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement are gaining new traction. Amidst this renewed interest, a contrasting sentiment has emerged—the concept of “boycott fatigue.” It is a position rooted in a place of privilege that devalues the power of boycotts and largely misunderstands what Palestinian civil society is asking of its allies. Despite common misconceptions, the BDS movement does not advocate for a …