Small Business Owner, Neighborhood Advocate Joe Baghdadlian Launches Campaign for City Council District 4 Seat

Community campaign kickoff celebration set for Sunday, September 29

Published : Wednesday, September 11, 2019 | 5:23 AM

Joe Baghdadlian, a small business owner and self-described neighborhood advocate, on Tuesday announced his candidacy for the Pasadena City Council’s District 4 seat.

He will face off against incumbent Gene Masuda and newcomer Charlotte Bland. Masuda was first elected in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015, and announced in April he will run for a third term. Bland is a City Commissioner representing District Four on the Commission on the Status of Women.

Baghdadlian said in a statement he is “is a hands-on, decisive and respected community leader who will use common sense solutions to tackle the problems facing District 4.”

The statement characterized him as a public safety advisor, education advocate and homeowner association block captain,

“Homelessness is on the rise. Our district faces environmental issues. Our schools are in danger of being shut down. The city is victim to poor planning that has led to traffic nightmares. And, City Hall isn’t doing enough to support the small businesses that are the backbone of our community,” Baghdadlian said in a statement.

“We need to get Pasadena back on track and we need a Councilmember who will take action now. I will work closely with our residents, public safety officials, and neighborhood groups to address the problems that confront us. Our district deserves leadership it can count on.”

The release said that Baghdadlian’s family operates Symes Collision Center (part of the Syme’s Cadillac and Land Rover automotive family) and Joe’s Auto Body Collision Center (part of the Thorson Buick GMC automotive family), both on Colorado Boulevard in District 4.

Joe and Hourig Baghdadlian “have been happily married for 45 years, and they have been blessed with four amazing children and five beautiful grandchildren.”

The statement said Baghdadlian is an advisory board member to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Temple Station) and works on community relations and homeland security issues.

“Joe’s dedication to improving our neighborhoods led to involvement with his local homeowner association, where he currently serves as a Block Captain. In that role, he has hosted fire and earthquake preparedness workshops for neighbors at his home featuring emergency management experts and officials – addressing brush clearing, distributing gas shutoff keys, and making emergency home supply kits.”

Baghdadlian plans to host a campaign kickoff celebration on Sunday, September 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eaton Canyon Golf Course. The event is free and open to all members of the community. Residents are welcome to come and talk to Baghdadlian directly about the neighborhood issues that concern them, according to the press release, which also requested reservations be made by Thursday, September 26 through email to or by phone to (626) 321-7770.

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