But it won’t be a happy new year for thousands of Pasadena workers and their families if the Pasadena City Council freezes their wages. In this article today in Pasadena Now, Mark Maier and I look at the gap between Pasadena’s reputation and its reality: http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/guest-opinion-rose-parade-glitz-hides-pasadena-poverty-and-inequality. Pasadena is the second most unequal city in California. Also, one quarter of Pasadena households (not individuals) earn less than $35,000 a year. The gap between low wages and sky-high rents causes enormous hardship and suffering, and hurts the local economy. But the City Council can help. In February, the Council will vote on whether to freeze the city’s current minimum wage or continue the gradual annual increase to $15/hour by 2020 (with a one-year delay for businesses with 25 or fewer employees). Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) is leading the campaign to persuade the City Council to keep its promise to low wage workers and increase Pasadena’s minimum wage so it is the same as the minimum wage in LA and Altadena. If you live or work in Pasadena, please contact Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek and your City Council member and let them know how you feel about this. If you’d like to get involved with the campaign, let us know. Thanks.