Chaos and Disorder.
Founded in 1989, the Pasadena Journal began to fill a void in the community. It was first published bi-monthly, with 500 papers circulating in the cities of Pasadena and Altadena.
The San Gabriel Valley Journal began in 1990 as a result of overwhelming community support to expand to surrounding areas. Today, our publications reach eight cities and 20,000 readers in the San Gabriel Valley each week. Our goal is to highlight those people and events that make people love living and working in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, Monrovia, Duarte, Baldwin Park, West Covina, Arcadia and the surrounding cities with a sense of hope for our future. While our primary market is the African-American community in the cities of the San Gabriel Valley, our readers are, in fact, as ethnically diverse as the cities we serve. We seek to be a balanced voice for the community and we believe that we do a good job... setting out the good in the community and providing a voice for people who, in the past, have had no voice. We believe we make a positive difference and, for that reason, our readers keep up with us to stay in touch with the good news in our community. The Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley Journal News are San Gabriel Valley’s only African-American newspapers. We’re devoted to supporting the African-American communities, businesses, churches and organizations. The Journal News is published weekly, on Thursdays, and cover news and issues occurring, not only in the Pasadena, Altadena and the San Gabriel Valley, but also nationally. Accurate, timely, informative and entertaining -- The Journal News is finely tuned for all its’ readers. The Journal Newspapers provide affordable advertising services as well as inserts, special marketing projects, community black business directory (PASSPORT) and the Pasadena Black Expo. Publisher/Editor in Chief: Joe C. Hopkins Publisher/Managing Editor: Ruthie Hopkins Cover/Graphics Design: Native Designs
Mission: Our goal is to highlight those people and events that make people love living and working in Pasadena, South Pasadena, Altadena, Monrovia, Duarte, Baldwin Park, West Covina, Arcadia and the surrounding cities with a sense of hope for our future. While our primary market is the African-American community in the cities of the San Gabriel Valley, our readers are, in fact, as ethnically diverse as the cities we serve. We seek to be a balanced voice for the community and we believe that we do a good job... setting out the good in the community and providing a voice for people who, in the past, have had no voice. We believe we make a positive difference and, for that reason, our readers keep up with us to stay in touch with the good news in our community.
Chaos and Disorder.
October 1st, 2020 6-8pm
Meeting ID: 990-7330-9616
The City of Pasadena Health Officer has issued a revised Safer at Home Order allowing for the re-opening of hair salons and barbershops indoors at a maximum of 25% capacity. Hair salons and...
Today, a bill that requires diversity on corporate boards in California passed the Senate Floor. The legislation, AB 979, is joint authored by Assemblymembers Chris Holden, Cristina Garcia,...
Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, Wisconsin police but refused to die. He joins the roll call of young Black people getting shot for being Black. He joins George Floyd,...
Azusa Ranch Fire Update
The officer-involved shooting of Anthony McClain Bodycam video available for public viewing.
August 20, 2020 Dear Pasadena, I have viewed what videos and photographs that were shared with me by City Manager Steve Mermell of the Offìcer-Involved Shooting of Mr. Anthony McClain that took...
On Wednesday, August 19th a peaceful rally was held in Old Town Pasadena in remembrance of 32 year old Pasadena resident Anthony McClain who was killed by Pasadena police after a traffic stop near LaPintoresca Park. McClain who was a passenger in the car fled from police after refusing to submit to a search. The pursuing officer reported seeing McClain pull a gun from his waistband. The officer fired two rounds striking McClain once in the upper torso. He later died from his wounds after being transported to the hospital. The Pasadena Police plan to release body cam footage sometime later this week.
Assemblymember Chris Holden introduced legislation, AB 1022, that establishes clear guidelines for police responsibility and accountability when witnessing excessive force by another member of law...
Donald Trump, the President of the United States has proven he is a criminal, once and for all. His request to move the vote from the November 3, 2020 scheduled date, and his declaration that he...
L.A. Community, Faith and Civic Leaders hold Zoom Town Hall
“Make It Count: Join the Conversation—Will SB 793’s Ban on Menthol Cigarette Hurt or Help the Black Community”
Virtual Webinar ~ Thursday, July 23, 2020
6:30pm – 8:30 pm
Los Angeles, CA - In its efforts to curtail the rising nicotine addiction among youth, the state senate approved Senate Bill 793. It now moves to the state assembly, where if passed, SB793 will prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, e-pipes, and other vaping devices. All flavored smokable and non-smokable tobacco products, including cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, and tobacco edibles will also be banned.
The Town Hall is being hosted by, Dr./Rev. Michael Fisher, President, Pastors of Compton and Pastor of Greater Zion Church Family as part of the church’s town hall series on issues that impact the community. Confirmed guests include Rev. K.W. Tulloss, President of the powerful Baptist Ministers Conference Pastor William Smart Jr, President and CEO at Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Southern California (SCLC), Assemblyman Mike Gipson, Ed Sanders, President of, ES Advisors Group. This important virtual Townhall will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:30 to 8:30 PM (PDT).
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The Town Hall will address the pros and cons of the bill passage, including:
Would SB 793 create a black market on menthol cigarettes sales?
How would enforcement of the law work? Might passage of the law lead to another Eric Garner incident?
Would it increase police interactions and to arrests, fines and or imprisonment?
What would be the benefits to the community if menthol cigarettes were banned?
If it cannot be sold, where would menthol smokers who purportedly would not be charged for possession of those cigarettes be expected to get them?
Are their programs associated with the bill that would help wean smokers off of menthol
How would passage of the bill not lead to the creation of an illicit or black marketplace for menthol cigarettes?
What is the fiscal impact to the state of SB 793
What programs would be affected by the estimated loss to the state of anywhere from $200 -$600 million in revenues
More than 80 percent of black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes and civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union warned Congress in February that a federal ban on menthol cigarettes could “trigger criminal penalties, prioritizing criminalization over public health and harm reduction.”
The city of San Francisco, which banned menthol sales last June, has already seen its illicit market expand according to the Harm Reduction Coalition.
Advocates maintain that menthol cigarettes “pose a public health risk above that of non-menthol cigarettes” because they are associated with greater addiction and that passage of the bill would encourage existing smokers to quit and lower the rates of people starting to smoke.
RIP John Lewis
The Georgia lawmaker and son of sharecroppers had been suffering from Stage IV pancreatic cancer since December. He was 80.
Today, we honor and celebrate the 145th birthday of our founder Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. As we commemorate her life, share with us how you tribute her legacy and esteemed contributions to the world.
“The greatest legacy one can pass on is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.” - Billy Graham
National Black-Out day. Show the power of the Black Dollar. Spend your money in Black owned businesses.
The Blues is healing. The Blues is freedom. That is my motto. Every stage I’ve performed on, I take that message with me. As an Afro American Blues artist, I say it to remind people of the true...
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Today (5/30/20) a demonstration took place in Pasadena to protest the death of George Floyd who died on May 25, 2020 while being detained by police in Minneapolis. The demonstration which began in Old Town Pasadena marched to the city hall chanting Black Lives Matter. There was a moment of silence and prayers. The marchers later returned to Old Town. The demonstration was peaceful without incident.
Join Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and Pasadena Police Department Chief John Perez
on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 2-4 P.M. for a virtual town hall meeting regarding community concerns.
To register for this FREE event, visit https://bit.ly/3bKVcr9
This week, I heard a lot about former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg regarding his infamous stop and frisk policy, his redlining practice, that he held up the settlement of the Central Park 5, and...
My perspective is based on everyday observations and conversations with community members. Pasadena’s population is now at 150,000. Based on those numbers I believe Pasadena is manageable...
I’d like to begin by expressing my condolences to all of the families who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 and remind everyone that “safer at home” means the same as having no visitors...
Pasadena is looking at a history making future of three African American Council members there have been one and at times two African Americans on the Council, now there will be three, Tyron Hampton...
The State Of The Pasadena Journal
The Pasadena Journal was here to see the inauguration and swearing in of Nelson Mandela as the President of South Africa, and we were here for the election and inauguration of Barack Obama as the...
Pastor Tyrone D. Skinner. The Christian response to COVID 19
The Pandemic that we are now experiencing may not have caught God by surprise, but it certainly caught many of us off – guard mentally, spiritually, and economically. Some have said that the end...
Role Of The Black Church.
(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Pastor Jamal Byrant)
District 3 Virtual Community Meeting:
District 3 Councilmember John J. Kennedy shares a message regarding the coronavirus pandemic with updates from Acting Fire Chief Bryan Frieders, Police Chief John Perez, Pasadena Public Health Department Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh, City Manager Steve Mermell and an example of a daily briefing from Mayor Terry Tornek.
View Meeting on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWAaNn5frZg&feature=youtu.be
We’re all spending a little more time at home these days. Make the most of it by taking 10 minutes to complete the #2020Census online at my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020 if you need help. Questions? Visit CaliforniaCensus.org. #CountBlackCA #CaliforniaForAll
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