Hundreds Join in Celebration of Pasadena’s 131st Birthday

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5:26 am | June 12, 2017


Pasadena “doesn’t look a day over 129″ quipped Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek as he helped cut a symbolic cake to mark the City’s 131st birthday at a ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Pasadena Museum of History.

Hundreds of residents, as well as City leaders, including Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, Councilmembers Gene Masuda and Tyron Hampton, Fire Chief Bertral Washington, and State Senator Anthony Portantino, were on hand to help celebrate and enjoy slices of a gigantic cake prepared by Baja Ranch Market, as well as face painting, live music and chalk art.

“She’s a little older than me,” said Portantino in referring to the City as he presented Mayor Tornek with a Senate Certificate of Recognition, ” but I can’t wait to celebrate her 150th and 175th birthdays”

“This beautiful City crowns the San Gabriel Valley with artistic recreation, entertainments and employment opportunities for area residents,” read the certificate in part.

Said John Baatz, executive director of the board of the Pasadena Museum of History, “The museum is delighted to host once again the happy birthday Pasadena celebration,” telling the audience, “We want you to always recognize that this is your city.”

Added Mayor Tornek, “This is a great day, and Pasadena is really a remarkable place. We’re very proud of our city. We confront challenges and we recognize that there are improvements to be made, but, as I travel around, people continue to comment on what a wonderful place to live this is, and part of the reason this is such a wonderful place, is that we take time out to remember the people that have gone before us, and recognize our history.”

Tornek then sliced the ceremonial styrofoam cake as a group of acapella singers led the crowd in a pitch-perfect rendition of “Happy Birthday,” with Mayor Tornek nailing the last two harmony notes.