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Randy Jurado Ertll
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Randy Jurado Ertll is the executive director of the California Latino Environmental Advocacy Network - CLEAN. He has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., published numerous opinion columns in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, La Opinión, HOY, and the Houston Chronicle, and has been interviewed by networks such as NPR, CNN, PBS, Univisión, and Telemundo. He is an alumnus of Occidental College and obtained his master’s degree from Azusa Pacific University.
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Should Altadena Pasadena Olin Academy Be Given a Chance to Formally Establish in Northwest Pasadena?

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:45 PM

The debate continues. What is the best choice: public education schools, private school, or charter schools?

This is a particular important issue within Pasadena and Altadena, especially since Olin Charter founders want to establish the Altadena Pasadena Olin Academy in Northwest Pasadena. This school will initially serve kindergarten through 5th...

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Change Agent Ray Cortines Tapped to Lead the Los Angeles Unified School District

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 6:08 PM

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been needing a shake-up for decades.

Now the LAUSD school board has voted 7-0 to bring back Ray Cortines as interim superintendent of LAUSD.

Change can finally occur in a real and systematic manner, but Cortines needs to be made permanent superintendent...

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Lack of Diversity Within the Environmental Movement Continues to Persist

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 5:29 PM

A recent study of environmental organizations cast a spotlight on some real problems at the top of the environmental movement.

"The current state of racial diversity in environmental organizations is troubling," concludes the report by Professor Dorceta Taylor, who works at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and...

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Pasadena Needs a Warrior Leader Superintendent to Improve All Public Schools

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 2:05 AM

Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Jon Gundry is leaving to become superintendent at the Santa Clara County Office of Education. He only lasted three years at PUSD.

The PUSD has not had a superintendent like Ray Cortines in a very long time. Of course, few are lucky to have a...

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An Independent Police Commission Needs to Be Created and Implemented Within Pasadena

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 2:32 PM

A forum will be held this Tuesday July 22 at the Pasadena Central Library Auditorium from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The title of the forum is "Policing Law Enforcement: Should There Be Increased Oversight of Pasadena's Police Department By A Police Auditor Reporting to the Public Safety Committee?"


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Substitute Teachers Deserve More Respect

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:49 AM

Substitute teachers deserve respect. Let me tell you, it takes courage and commitment to be a substitute teacher.

We have to deal not just with students who are messing around but also with students who are screaming at us or throwing objects at us. Sometimes, we have to contend with...

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U.S. Should Show Compassion Toward Children

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:53 AM

The Obama administration should stop deporting children. Unfortunately, it seems dead set on doing that.

On June 20, Vice President Joe Biden met in Guatemala with senior officials from that country, as well as from El Salvador and Honduras. More than 20,000 children from these nations were...

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Coca-Cola, nuestra salud y el medio ambiente

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2012 | 10:42 PM

El libro Inside Coca-Cola: A CEO's Life Story of Building the World's Most Popular Brand (Dentro de Coca-Cola: biografía de un director ejecutivo sobre el desarrollo de la marca más popular del mundo), escrito por Neville Isdell con David Beasle se lee rápidamente.

El libro plantea algunas ideas...

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El movimiento de ocupación debe ser más diverso

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 10:54 PM

El Movimiento de Ocupación u Occupy se compone principalmente de personas blancas, de bajos ingresos y de clase media que protestan como forma de denunciar a la codicia corporativa. Debido a la frustración generada por las desigualdades y las injusticias de la codicia corporativa, los activistas han organizado manifestaciones durante...

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Improve Policies on Police's Use of Lethal Force

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2011 | 8:18 AM

There is a significant need to revise policies governing the use of lethal force by police departments. This issue has become even more relevant with the just-released report by the Police Assessment Resource Center.

The semiannual report conducted with special counsel Merrick J. Bobb notes that "61% of suspects...

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We Cannot Afford to Continue to Ignore the Issue of Homelessness

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2011 | 8:23 AM

We need to do more to address the problem of homelessness.
Homeless rates continue to rise in the United States now more than ever due to our severe economic crisis.

In 2009, President Obama was asked about the problem at a press conference. To his credit, he gave a...

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Why African Americans And Latinos Must Get Along

(17) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 8:22 AM

African-Americans and Latinos have too much in common not to get along better.

Both communities face high unemployment rates, high dropout rates, systemic poverty, gang violence, a disproportionate number of prison inmates and continual discrimination.

Some issues that continue to create controversy between the two communities are immigration, job competition,...

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Obama Needs to Create Jobs and Reform the Criminal Justice System

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 9:28 AM

President Barack Obama should not neglect the invisible young men and women who are in our prisons.

Let's not forget that he campaigned on a pledge of change. And a couple of profound changes he could help bring about is reforming our criminal justice system and creating real jobs for...

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Bullying and Incivility Have Become an Epidemic

(7) Comments | Posted August 21, 2011 | 11:14 PM

Pop stars Eminem and Lady Gaga recently admitted that they were victims of bullying and we applaud them for making this a relevant issue that should not just apply to youth, but to adults too. It is basically the adults who set the example in regards to bullying. Bullying does...

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The Fall of Blockbuster Video Stores

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 12:02 AM

The Harvard Business Review article "Blockbuster's Former CEO on Sparring with an Activist Shareholder" by John Antioco describes his own, first hand, challenging journey of being Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Blockbuster Corporation.

Antioco resents the fact that Carl Icahn, well known investor, decided in 2005...

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