Former Restaurateur and City Council candidate Robin Salzer has been elected president of the San Rafael Neighborhood Association board of directors.
“We all have common goals of protecting our neighborhoods and the Arroyo, keeping a watchful eye on development and keeping our neighborhoods safe and crime-free,” Salzer told Pasadena Now.
“I got involved with the SRNA because I want to see our district and neighborhoods maintain everything that makes them so special, whether enhancing the things that we love or minimizing the things we don’t.
“I see the SRNA being a strong voice representing our neighborhoods to the city in matters including zoning, transit, neighborhood security, homelessness, San Rafael Elementary School, parks and the Arroyo,” Salzer said.
“Although we lack authority, we certainly have neighborhood influence. This year will be focused on increasing our membership and neighborhood participation, expanding our board, increasing our funding, reducing crime and car break-ins, and being proactive in protecting the Arroyo,” he said.
Salzer is a 38-year resident of Pasadena and the retired owner of Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ in Hastings Ranch. Salzer and his wife, former City Councilmember Ann-Marie Villicana, are realtors with Dilbeck Estates.
Salzer formerly served as a member of the city’s Transportation Advisory Commission and the Pasadena Center Operating Co. (PCOC).
He is also the founder of the Pasadena Hot Meal Program at the Jackie Robinson Center, which is celebrating its tenth year of preparing and serving hot meals to those in need.
Salzer said his goals as the SRNA president will be to build a strong solid communicative working relationship with District 6 City Councilmember Steve Madison, his field representative Taka Suzuki, and with the West Pasadena Residents’ Association and the Linda Vista Homeowners Association.
“I feel that we can focus on challenges that we can measure and provide a broad benefit for our neighborhoods by enhancing the quality of life in our neighborhoods and getting neighbors a little better acquainted with each other.
“On behalf of my fellow board members and your neighbors, Stan Clark-Secretary Treasurer, Andy Gooden, Ed Graf and Toby McGill, I encourage every neighbor in our area to get involved with the SRNA either as a member or board member and help us help you keep our neighborhood and District 6 the best place to live in Pasadena,” Salzer said.