The West Pasadena Residents’ Association (wpra.net) convened its 2023 annual meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the Maranatha High School Student Center, 169 S. St. John Ave.
5:30 p.m.: Meet and greet
The evening started with an information fair (and sweet treats) featuring representatives from multiple city agencies, community groups and organizations exhibiting their services and programs. In addition, those attending the meeting had the opportunity to rub elbows with a number of local leaders including:
- Victor Gordo, Pasadena Mayor
- Steve Madison, Pasadena Councilmember (District 6)
- Kathryn Barger, LA County Supervisor (District 5)
- Chris Holden, State Assemblymember (District 41)
- Anthony Portantino, State Senator (District 25)
6:30 p.m.: Business program
The theme of the meeting was “Pasadena 101: Meet our new City leaders.” Those who attended had a unique access to leaders of a number of critical city services, and an opportunity to discover more effective ways to access City services, resolve issues, get information, help shape City policy, and, of course, help make Pasadena an even better place to live, work, play, and raise a family.
Delivering this information and guidance was:
- Miguel Márquez, city manager. Before joining the City of Pasadena in 2022, Márquez served as the chief operating officer of Santa Clara County. Previously he served as an associate justice of the California Sixth District Court of Appeals, county counsel for Santa Clara County, general counsel of the San Francisco Unified School District, and deputy city attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. A native of Sacramento, Márquez received a law degree from UC Berkeley Law School, a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University.
- Sidney Jackson, general manager of Pasadena Water and Power. Jackson has a long tenure in the water-and-power industries. Before joining PWP, he served as the chief operations officer and deputy general manager at Austin (Texas) Energy, and chief operations officer at Rochester (New York) Public Utility. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Kansas State University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Missouri.
- Tim McDonald, acting director of Libraries and Information Services. After 11 years with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, McDonald joined the Pasadena Library System in 2016 as manager of Library Services. Subsequently he was promoted to acting deputy director of Libraries and Information Services. McDonald earned bachelor’s degrees from Swarthmore College and DePaul University, and a master’s degree in Library Information Services from the University of North Texas.
All are welcome to join us for this — our 61st — annual meeting.