😞 PUSD Layoffs: Students & Staff at Risk

Issue #114

❀️ In this issue of Pasadena Spotlight 

🌀️ Pasadena, CA Weather

🏠 City of Pasadena Seeks Increased State Support to Address Family Homelessness

😞 Pasadena Unified School District Faces Layoffs Impacting Students and Staff

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πŸ₯ Educational Sessions on Drug Safety and Prevention Coming to Pasadena's Huntington Hospital

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Good morning Pasadena weather enthusiasts!

As you step outside this morning (5 am-10 am), expect clear skies and a gentle breeze from the northeast at 2-3 mph. The temperature will start around 49Β°F and gradually rise to 62Β°F by 10 am. Dress comfortably in layers, as the morning will feel cool but will warm up quickly.

At noon (11 am-1 pm), the sunny weather will continue, with temperatures reaching 64-67Β°F. The wind will pick up slightly from the south at 4-6 mph. Dress in light, breathable clothing to stay comfortable in the increasing warmth and gentle breeze.

Moving into the afternoon (2 pm-5 pm), the sunny conditions persist, with temperatures holding steady around 67Β°F. The south-southwesterly wind will maintain a gentle 5-6 mph pace. Light clothing and sunglasses will be essential to stay cool and protected from the sun.

As we head into the evening (6 pm-11 pm), the clear skies will bring a gradual cooling, with temperatures dropping to 54-61Β°F. The wind will continue from the southwest at 2-3 mph. It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater for the evening chill, and perhaps a hat to shield from the diminishing sunlight.

City of Pasadena Seeks Increased State Support to Address Family Homelessness

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The City of Pasadena is actively pursuing additional state funding to sustain its initiatives aimed at preventing family homelessness.

Following the receipt of $17 million from the state in the first round of the Family Homelessness Challenge (FHC) program, Pasadena partnered with Door of Hope, a local nonprofit organization, to expand its homelessness prevention program.

This program has effectively assisted 91 families in avoiding homelessness since June 2022. Now, the City is seeking an additional $787,500 from the state to extend and enhance the program for another four years, with the goal of providing support to up to 190 more families.

The City Council has expressed its support for these efforts, recognizing the significant impact of family homelessness on the community.

Pasadena Unified School District Faces Layoffs Impacting Students and Staff

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The Pasadena Unified School District is confronting a significant challenge as it prepares to implement layoffs following the approval of a motion to eliminate 224 certified and classified positions by the Board of Education.

This decision, driven by budget limitations and declining student enrollment, has sparked apprehension among parents, particularly those with children needing special support.

The potential impact on students, especially those with disabilities, has raised concerns within the community.

While the district aims to mitigate the effect through retirement and attrition, the impending changes are causing unease.

This move aligns with a broader trend across California, where school districts are contending with similar issues amid the conclusion of COVID-related funding.

As the district gears up to notify affected employees, the community braces for the changes that the next school year will bring.

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Educational Sessions on Drug Safety and Prevention Coming to Pasadena's Huntington Hospital

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Huntington Hospital in Pasadena is offering a series of educational sessions next month, aimed at preventing drug overdoses and promoting drug safety.

The sessions will be led by emergency department physician Dr. Sam Beckerman and clinical pharmacist specialist Evan Adintori, PharmD, BCPS.

Participants will learn about various drugs, including fentanyl, and crucial bystander interventions for overdose situations.

The sessions will also provide training on administering Narcan and offer take-home resources.

These sessions will take place at Huntington Hospital's Research Conference Center on Wednesday, March 6, from 12 - 1 p.m.; Thursday, March 7, from 6 - 7 p.m.; and Friday, March 8, from 12 - 1 p.m.

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