Monday, October 8, 2012

Is it just me?

Given that there were a thousand people in our locally grown parade, it seems a rational thought to think that there might be coverage of an event.  Of those thousand people, the vast majority were students from the Mother's Club, PUSD Elementary through High Schools, PCC, and Caltech.  

An example of the groups that participated was the Visual Arts and Design Academy of Pasadena High School.  These students produced the beautiful banners you see.  Their work was informed by the history of our community.  They listened to a one hour lecture, did research on their own and then translated that knowledge into to a task that is a splendid combination of Project Based and Cooperative Learning.  

I want to thank the Pasadena Weekly and Altadenablog for writing about the parade and jamaica prior to Saturday.  

I think this would have been a great image highlighting some of the positive things that are taking place in PUSD.  I have to wonder if anyone saw post event images, or did I just manage to miss them?


  1. I don't know about others, Roberta. I find October (every year) to be over-booked. I have never made it to the Jamaica because of this. Sometimes it's Art Weekend, sometimes (as this year) the Duarte Festival of Authors, sometimes my own schedule (again, over booked this year). I am working my tail off and in many cases not getting paid.

    Most of the local papers no longer pay their reporters and photographers a living wage, if anything. (I have recently been offered two non-paying reporting jobs.) So it's possible they don't actually have anyone working on a given day, especially a weekend day. What you might have to do is write up your own story, like a newspaper story, and send it in, with pictures. I wouldn't be surprised if it got printed. They are in need of material but they can't pay for it.

  2. I certainly understand why individuals may find this time challenging and totally appreciate that artists need to focus their energies on their art. However, when It come to the larger press entities, it's as if a third of the city doesn't exist. Even, if you try to submit stories, they are not covered. There is a political/social aspect to this that is very real.

    For a variety of reasons there was no "Latino Heritage Month" in the City of Pasadena last year. Which seems very odd since over a third of the population is Latino.

    To paraphrase an expression that is commonly shared - we are Latino and are so far from Los Angeles so much a part of the foothills.

  3. No Latino Heritage Month? Don't we always have it? I just assumed it was part of our regular calendar.

    So, someone has to make it happen and whoever does that either no longer works for the city or doesn't care. Budget cuts? Latino vote not important this year at City Hall?

  4. Nope, doesn't always take place. I had assumed after getting the ball rolling for a lot of years that having Latino Heritage Month, much as we have other heritage months, would be something that happened somewhat automatically. A little like having a salt shaker at the dining room table or near the stove.
    Well, a group of us have come together and, with support from the Mayor and Councilmembers, it looks as if a resolution for Latino Heritage Month will be established. To my knowledge the omission last year had nothing to do with budget cuts.

  5. I don't know, Roberta. Because the problem with the news these days (and I'm talking online news) is that we tend to find what it is we're looking for and bypass everything else. That's what we lost when we lost print journalism, the page-by-page serendipity. It worries me. It also worries me that, by choice, most of my news these days is via radio -- NPR, specifically. That's pretty narrow.

    1. If this hadn't been a historical practice I might respond differently.