The city of Pasadena is at a critical and pivotal junction going into the March 3rd election. There is a possibility of electing a new mayor and we will have a new councilmember seated in District 2. This election will determine or undermine our continued success as a world-class city.
With critical issues such as rampant homelessness, increased crime, protection of our beloved Arroyo Seco, city pension funding and the hiring of many new department heads it is imperative that we elect experienced leaders that not only have a proven leadership skillset but also a visionary plan for future generations.
It is for these reasons that I am supporting councilmember Steve Madison for re-election in District 6.
I have personally known Steve Madison for the past two decades and have witnessed first hand his love and commitment to not only District 6 but the entire city of Pasadena. His commitment to protect and support our neighborhoods is unparalleled. Representing the largest district in Pasadena is no easy task and now is not the time to trust our neighborhoods to an inexperienced paint-by-the-numbers, learn-as-you-go representative.
Steve has a proven track record of putting public safety first to protect our neighborhoods and to deal with the homelessness issue that has become ever-present throughout the city. When I called Steve about three burned out areas in the Arroyo behind our home we walked the area the next day and within 48 hours Steve and Fire Chief Bertral Washington had Public Works clear out all of the trash, debris and dead foliage. Steve got the job done.
Steve Madison has also been a strong and loud voice in protecting the only public school we have in District 6, San Rafael Elementary School. Steve has worked hard with the PUSD to ensure that every child in Pasadena has the opportunity to fulfill his or her full potential in a Pasadena public school. I know that this commitment is true and sincere because he had a son attend from grades 9-12 and graduate from Pasadena High School.
In my opinion leadership is defined not by what you say you will do but rather by what you have done. One look at the history of Steve Madison’s background and commitment to the neighborhoods in district 6 will give you a very clear indication of the type of strong compassionate leadership we can all expect from Steve during his next term in office.
I ask that every registered voter and all of my friends and neighbors in District 6 exercise their right to vote and vote for Steve Madison for City Council.
Robin Salzer is a 39-year Pasadena resident and a former city commissioner who is the retired owner of Robin’s WOOD FIRE BBQ and the Founder of the Pasadena Hot Meal Program.