Highland Park, Eagle Rock Students No Longer Eligible For Rose Court

Tournament officials put an end to their three year trial of accepting applications from Highland Park and Eagle Rock students, citing a lack of volunteer staff.

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henk friezer September 19, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Unfortunate, a former schoolmate from ER , Carol Cota was queen in the 1960's. Too bad others won't have that opportunity,due to TOR committtee's new exclusion rule.
Lisa Harr Harr September 19, 2012 at 11:02 PM
What a loss for the city. Having Eagle Rock and highland Park adjacent to Pasadena is an advantage to the Pasadena, The Rose Parade and the Rose Court, not a disadvantage! This is something the entire world watches and to see that they are excluding two very prominent neighborring communities is just a sad reminder of where bright, intelleginet young women are excluded due to logistics?!
Jose Ramos September 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
This is sad, I mean, if schools outside of the Pasadena Community have the "honor" of performing and being in the parade, I think they should be eligible for Rose Court.
Duff Strong September 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Funny how so many folks think this is sad, yet no one says, "Hey! I'll volunteer!"
bobo September 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
There should be a required amount of volunteer hours and if they are not met then I can understand not accepting the nominee. Pasadena and Highland Park, and Eagle Rock are so close, I smell a rat.
katherine Ferwerda September 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
It is unfortunate, but if the parents of these schools didn't offer up enough volunteer time then it's understandable. These events are all about community. How did Eagle Rock and Highland Park on a whole represent? How important is it to the families here to be a part of what's happening in Pasadena? I would be curious to see what type of volunteer action actually did take place.
Jose Ramos September 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
with the amount of $ the city of Pasadena rapes us by putting parking meters EVERYWHERE and ticketing cars for going over a millisecond of expiration, I'm sure they can caugh up some dough and not need volunteers.
Erykah Grande September 20, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Don't shoot me, either of you, but you both make valid points. Why not do both? Offer Volunteers (after they present themselves or are recruited by some assigned Eagle Rock Committee), AND seek council with Pasadena telling them how we see this to be unfair since Highland Park and Eagle Rock Residents *as well as the rest of NELA* gives Old Town plenty of foot-traffic and $$$. (Let's try that approach before showing up with Parking Ticket complaints. Diplomacy is a word I've learned recently. lol)
Kathy September 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Eagle Rock and Highland Park are in Los Angeles and not in Pasadena which is a separate city. Why should ER and HP be considered?? Stopy whining and trying to shoe horn your way into what's not yours.
David Fonseca (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Hi Kathy! How are you! Thanks so much for commenting. I'm not so much a Rose Bowl expert, but I know girls from Arcadia, Montrose and South Pasadena (which is a distinct municipality from Pasadena) are all eligible to apply to be on the court. So, I think its reasonable to wonder why students from Eagle Rock and Highland Park are being cut off, especially when a teen from Highland Park was elected to the court last year and we've had girls from the neighborhood on the court dating all the way back to the 70s? Maybe there's a need for more volunteers from the area? I'd like to see the numbers that verify HLP wasn't pulling its weight. However, to say HLP is trying to "shoehorn" its way in when non-Pasadena residents from more affluent towns like Arcadia, Montrose and South Pasadena seem to have an innate right to apply to be on the court seems illogical to me.
EagleRockMom September 21, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Sounds like we've been snobbed by the committee.
Nimby pimp September 21, 2012 at 03:51 AM
@ David. You make an excellent and important point. One wonders if this exclusion is based on a class or racial considerations.
Bob Bailey September 21, 2012 at 06:41 PM
What do you think this is all all about. They want an all snow white Queen and court.
Duff Strong September 21, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I have no doubt this is based on race. Pasadena can't have a brown queen. What will the sponsors think?!
Tmanrico November 16, 2012 at 03:11 AM
we are a democracy and queens and princesses are things of the past. Only gays use those terms. If Pasadena wants a female president they should vote for her.
EagleRockMom November 16, 2012 at 03:19 AM
What? You sound as bigoted as the committee.
El Cid November 16, 2012 at 06:35 AM
I volunteered a couple of months ago! I sent email to the Tournament of Roses volunteer contact site and I never received a response of any kind.I previously served on a non-profit board in Pasadena. And, served on multiple boards and non-profits in HP..."No response!" Therefore, I guess it's fair to conclude - it's not about volunteers not stepping forward. Maybe it's about the beautiful, talented young ladies from HP and ER.


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