Leadership Pasadena Hears from City Leaders

Chief Perez speaking to classChief Perez and Kaya Plansker Class touring City HallClass with Mayor Tornek and City Manager MermellLP Alum Christy Zamani LP Alum Rodney Wallace and Community advocate Salina CorralLP Alum Jon Lang handled it and AV for the dayLP Alum Rodney Wallace LP leadership coach and program facilitator Carolina Caro and LP class 2019 member James FarrLP class member Nick Everett and LP alum Mike Kassarjan LP class with community advocates

6:14 am | February 5, 2019


For two days last week, the Leadership Pasadena Class of 2019 discussed city politics and challenges facing Pasadena directly with the area’s top leaders.

Seated in City Council Chambers for the first day, LP participants talked with Mayor Terry Tornek; City Manager Steve Mermell; City Attorney Michele Beal Bagneris, Councilmember Margaret McAustin; and State Senator Anthony Portantino about a wide range of topics from the structure of city government, issues facing the city, how commissions work and how to apply to serve on them and the life of a public servant!

State Senator Anthony Portantino spoke passionately on his role as an elected representative and how he gains an understanding of the needs of his vast constituency and does what he believes is the right thing. He challenged the class to be bold and make change instead of sitting back, doing nothing.

The class also got a behind the scenes tour of City Hall, going up to the Tower and then down to the basement to view the seismic stabilizing devices under the building.

The next day, LP participants met at Pasadena Police Department and heard from Chief of Police John Perez about his view of the future of the department and the community.

The class was inspired by the incredible testimonies from community advocates who devote their lives to help others in the San Gabriel Valley. Christy Zamani of Day One; Juliana Serrano of All Saints Church; Salina Corral of the Pasadena Mental Health Committee and Steven Sneed, Gang Prevention Advocate and filmmaker (Pasadena: Exploring solutions to gang violence) shared their journey to their current advocacy role and educated the class on each of their areas of social concern.

Leadership Pasadena’s next class will be at Caltech and the Art Center School of Design in March.