Following news reports that incidents of intimidation against minorities has increased nationwide, South Pasadena residents voiced concern that the rhetoric of President-elect Donald J. Trump leading up to the election has attributed to the increase and called upon City officials to affirm their commitment to ensuring that South Pasadena remain a diverse and inclusive community.
On December 21, 2016, the City Council unanimously adopted Resolution No. 7491 affirming the City of South Pasadena’s commitment to diversity and to safeguarding the civil rights, safety and dignity of all residents. Furthermore, the City Council declared it, the public policy of the City to be inclusive and to respect the inherent worth of every person, without regard to a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, identity, immigration status, disability, housing status, economic status, political affiliation, or cultural practices. “I think many in our community are very concerned with the divisive rhetoric and negativity of some of the comments made by President-elect Trump. The language was very frightening to a lot of immigrants, people of color, and certainly a lot of women felt very insulted by these comments. So for us to respond to the concerns raised by our residents and to reflect the values of this community; I am honored to support it,” stated Councilmember Dr. Marina Khubesrian who, along with Mayor Pro Tem Dr. Richard D. Schneider, brought the resolution before the full City Council.
The full resolution can be viewed at www.southpasadenaca.gov/diversity.