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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City Council, District 7City of PasadenaMarch 7, 2017Local Elections

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March 7, 2017Local Elections

City of PasadenaCity Council, District 7

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Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
Source: 1:2017/03/07, 1:2013/03/05, 1:2009/04/21, 1:2009/03/10
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Businessman/Appointed Councilmember
1,501 votes (42.55%)Winning
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  • Carefully manage development by seeing that the next round of specific plans are done right and that they maintain the unique "feel” of Pasadena.
  • Match jobs with people who live here; thereby, improving the quality of life and reducing traffic here (currently on 30% of people who live in Pasadena work in Pasadena)
  • Address traffic by enhancing alternative transit modes (mass transit, walking, biking, etc) and enhancing mixed uses to increase adjacency (park once).
Profession:Businessman/Appointed Councilmember
Harvard University MBA (Master in Business Administration), Business (1993)
Dartmouth College Bachelor Degree, Engineer (1988)

Andy Wilson is a serial entrepreneur having led, founded or invested in almost two dozen Southern California high tech start-ups. He has a long history of service with local not for profits including leadership roles at Pasadena Heritage, Pacific Oaks College, the Gamble House and SteamCODERS.  Andy is a co-founder and board member of Innovate Pasadena, which is dedicated to advancing the east side of Los Angeles as a vibrant innovation community. He is a frequent speaker on the role of innovation to create high paying local jobs with the goal of enhancing quality of life in our community.

Andy has extensive volunteer experience with the City of Pasadena including service on the Planning Commission, Design Commission, Urban Forestry Advisory Commission and the Pasadena Center Operating Committee. Andy currently serves on both the Municipal Services Committee and the Economic Development and Technology Committee of the City Council.

Andy is an advocate for thoughtful urban planning that protects neighborhoods and is committed to the Complete Streets and Active Transport concepts, making it easier for people to walk, bike, use transit and ride share. Since in office, Andy has been active in both the South Lake Business Association and the Playhouse District Association in an effort to attract high quality tenants and promote the success of these District 7 Business Improvement Districts.  With an extensive background in finance, Andy is committed to fiscal responsibility while maintaining high quality service in key areas like public safety and recreation and parks.

Andy holds a degree in engineering with honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  He is a graduate of Leadership Pasadena and has completed advanced certificate programs at Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Northwestern Kellogg School of Business.  He and his wife Liz can often be seen walking with their school aged boys and rescue dog in Madison Heights, their home for 20 years.

Community and collaboration are the basis of effective problem-solving.  I have learned this lesson many times as tech entrepreneur.  The best way to a better future is keeping an open mind, listening to others, seek innovative approaches and following through.  I see diversity as an incredible strength; it encourages new ideas and creative solutions.  We can only address the growing challenges in our society by working together and embracing the best ideas regardless of source.  I am a proponent of a "bridges, not walls" mindset that allows us to actively embrace others who think, act and behave differently in hopes that we can find innovative solutions to tackle important problems. As long as we share core values (integrity, respect, transparency, honesty, etc.) and commit to a better future, then we'll have the glue to drive us forward collectively.  Diversity drives creativity and community drives high impact action.  

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Securities Fraud Attorney
1,459 votes (41.35%)
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Attorney at Law
309 votes (8.76%)
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  • Walkability- Enhancing the Walkability of our neighborhood. This will reduce our carbon footprint, relieve traffic, increase property values, and support business.
  • Strengthening our Local Economy- We have to revitalize our businesses, especially along Green which has suffered from empty storefronts and vacancies. I will attract a world-class Chef-centric restaurant and attract professionals with families.
  • Protecting our quality of life- Any new developments must be sensible, guided by community input, and conform with the aesthetic of the neighborhood. We must invest in our first responders to make sure we are kept safe.
Profession:I am a lawyer who owns my own solo practice. I am also the Founder and President of the Latino Professional Network.
Lawyer, Law Offices of Alejandro Menchaca (2008current)
USC Law School Juris Doctor, Law (2001)
Stanford University B.A., Political Science (1997)
Founder and President, Latino Professional Network (1999current)

I am a Democrat and a longtime resident of Pasadena and live in the heart of the South Lake Avenue Business District. I graduated from Stanford University and USC Law School. I am a lawyer who owns a solo practice and understands the challenges of small business owners. In 1999, I founded the Latino Professional Network, which has grown into one of the largest networking organizations in California, with some 40,000 members. I basically re-imagined the concept of a chamber and have organized over 150 large scale events to bring together professionals of all ethnic backgrounds, ages, and professional fields. One of our very first events was 17 years ago at El Portal. We celebrated our 15 Year Anniversary at The Langham with over 1,200 guests. I have harnessed the LPN to create networking opportunities for tens of thousands, create job opportunities, creatively market businesses, and support a number of charitable, philanthropic, educational, environmental, political and cultural causes. I have hosted fundraisers for such charities as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Hollygrove Children and Family Services, and Southwest Voter Registration Project, to name a few. LPN has raised money from its members to purchase hundreds of toys for underserved children, which I handed out for 6 years as “Santa”. LPN has also helped recruit mentors for Girls Today Women Tomorrow and hosted Speed Networking Events and Job Expos for college students. I have spoken to students at nearly every college campus in Southern California to motivate our youth. I have also been a booster of a number of elected officials- I was an early backer of then Senator Barack Obama and hosted a fundraiser for LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

I hope to bring my commitment toward community service, vision, and creative out-of-the-box thinking to Pasadena City Council.

THE GREENING OF GREEN STREET (ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT)

Green Street continues to suffer from high vacancies and empty storefronts. Many businesses have remained vacant for years and others have recently closed down. I will form a committee of business owners, residents and stakeholders to aggressively attract businesses, restaurants and new retail to re-invigorate Green. Boosting business is critical, as Pasadena's sales tax revenues are not keeping pace with the cost of City services. DTLA has become the preferred destination for many businesses and individuals, but Pasadena must be marketed as an attractive option for professionals who are marrying and having families. They are looking for a community like District 7 which is surrounded by nature, is safe, and has multiple schooling and educational options. Yet they still want to live and work in a vibrant and dynamic environment. Upscale restaurants have become the new anchor tenants in this economy. In DTLA, the Sprout Group launched Redbird, Otium, and Bestia following a Chef-centric model. I wish to do the same and bring world-class restaurants to Pasadena. We also need to create more activities and options for children, including building a community pool. Also, the economy has evolved, and many folks now work from home. I will work hard to recruit more collaborative work spaces and executive suites to fill empty offices. Additionally, many of the businesses along Green would benefit from a beautification campaign.

Any and all new development must be strategic and guided, first and foremost, by the community's input. It must be compatible with the character of the neighborhood and be environmentally sustainable.

WALKABILITY

Enhancing the Walkability of the South Lake Avenue Business District and Playhouse District will reduce our carbon footprint, relieve traffic (as few of us will be in our cars), and support business. If folks live and work in Pasadena, and have plenty of dining, cultural, and entertainment options, they will be less likely to drive. New signage, public arts projects, bike paths, and other creative projects (including strategically placed green space) will be good for business, increase property values and ensure that the apartment and condo dwellers on Lake and Green will live, stay, shop, and play in the area. As a dog lover who has three rescue dogs (Lilly and her puppies, Pippa and Dolly), I would also seek to build a dog park in the area and encourage restaurants to include more dog-friendly patios. Any and all development must be guided by the community, must conform with the colonial aesthetic and design of Pasadena, must not impinge on Pasadena's historic neighborhoods, and should be environmentally sustainable.

PRESERVING NEIGHBORHOODS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

I will preserve the historic neighborhoods of District 7 and safeguard your quality of life. If we create a more thriving, walkable community along Lake and Green where folks drive less, this will lead to less traffic congestion, so as to preserve the quality of the historic neighborhoods south of California. Pasadena has a certain, idyllic charm and I will work hard to preserve that.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Public Safety is paramount. Our police are often lauded by residents for their rapid response times. I will make sure that keeping our residents safe is a top priority. Residential burglaries are very troubling, and we must be vigilant as a community and work hand in hand with the police to ensure our streets are safe for our seniors, families with children, and all of us.

ENVIRONMENT

Pasadena's proximity to the natural environment is what makes our community so special. I love living along the tree canopies of Green and my proximity to the hiking trails up Lake. Walkable Neighborhoods where we walk and bike will reduce our carbon footprint. As set forth above, any new development must be compatible with the environment, and I will champion LEED certified, sustainable, sensible development. I also believe in protecting the Arroyo Seco and am opposed the Big Dig and drastic sediment removal. This process can be undergone more gradually.

EDUCATION

My mother immigrated from Tijuana, Mexico at the age of 19 with the deeply-held belief that education could have a transformative effect on an individual. I benefited from great public schools and went on to Stanford and USC Law School. Lots of folks in District 7 send their children to schools outside of Pasadena Unified School District. I want to work with PUSD, teachers, parents, and students to ensure that our schools graduate students that are able to compete in this more technological society, while also edifying them in the arts, music and humanities. I want to ensure that where one starts out in life does not dictate where they end up.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND TENANTS' RIGHTS

I support Pasadena's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance which requires that 15 percent of all new housing developments be set aside for affordable housing units and would support an increase in affordable housing units for new developments along transit hubs and routes I would also be a champion for tenant's rights as I am one of the founding board members, and continue to be on the board for BASTA, one of the largest tenants' rights eviction defense groups in California which employs 11 lawyers. I would bring tenants and landlords to the table to build consensus and create a better, more livable Pasadena.

HOMELESSNESS

 I believe that Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing is the best way to continue to tackle homelessness. Empathy must be a guiding principle for our District.

 

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THE GREENING OF GREEN STREET (ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT)

Green Street continues to suffer from high vacancies and empty storefronts. Many businesses have remained vacant for years and others have recently closed down. I will form a committee of business owners, residents and stakeholders to aggressively attract businesses, restaurants and new retail to re-invigorate Green. Boosting business is critical, as Pasadena's sales tax revenues are not keeping pace with the cost of City services. DTLA has become the preferred destination for many businesses and individuals, but Pasadena must be marketed as an attractive option for professionals who are marrying and having families. They are looking for a community like District 7 which is surrounded by nature, is safe, and has multiple schooling and educational options. Yet they still want to live and work in a vibrant and dynamic environment. Upscale restaurants have become the new anchor tenants in this economy. In DTLA, the Sprout Group launched Redbird, Otium, and Bestia following a Chef-centric model. I wish to do the same and bring world-class restaurants to Pasadena. We also need to create more activities and options for children, including building a community pool. Also, the economy has evolved, and many folks now work from home. I will work hard to recruit more collaborative work spaces and executive suites to fill empty offices. Additionally, many of the businesses along Green would benefit from a beautification campaign.

Any and all new development must be strategic and guided, first and foremost, by the community's input. It must be compatible with the character of the neighborhood and be environmentally sustainable.

WALKABILITY

Enhancing the Walkability of the South Lake Avenue Business District and Playhouse District will reduce our carbon footprint, relieve traffic (as few of us will be in our cars), and support business. If folks live and work in Pasadena, and have plenty of dining, cultural, and entertainment options, they will be less likely to drive. New signage, public arts projects, bike paths, and other creative projects (including strategically placed green space) will be good for business, increase property values and ensure that the apartment and condo dwellers on Lake and Green will live, stay, shop, and play in the area. As a dog lover who has three rescue dogs (Lilly and her puppies, Pippa and Dolly), I would also seek to build a dog park in the area and encourage restaurants to include more dog-friendly patios. Any and all development must be guided by the community, must conform with the colonial aesthetic and design of Pasadena, must not impinge on Pasadena's historic neighborhoods, and should be environmentally sustainable.

I also believe that we can create a more walkable and greener community by bringing in world class experts and exercising more pro-active steps to engage the community. I would call upon the foremost experts like Bill Chait (revitalized LA's Foodie scene), Gil Penalosa (Bike Paths), Sam Schwartz (Traffic Guru), and Donald Shoup (Parking Expert) to help us create a forward-thinking City. I will solicit community input using technology and visioning workshops early on during the planning and decision-making process similar to what Pershing Square Renew did in redesigning this space. At the onset of the process, Pershing Square Renew conducted an online survey asking the community specifically what they wanted in terms of a green space and asked folks to identify what they liked about other world-class spaces. This is a model worth embracing.

PRESERVING NEIGHBORHOODS AND QUALITY OF LIFE

I will preserve the historic neighborhoods of District 7 and safeguard your quality of life. If we create a more thriving, walkable community along Lake and Green where folks drive less, this will lead to less traffic congestion, so as to preserve the quality of the historic neighborhoods south of California. Pasadena has a certain, idyllic charm and I will work hard to preserve that.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Public Safety is paramount. Our police are often lauded by residents for their rapid response times. I will make sure that keeping our residents safe is a top priority. Residential burglaries are very troubling, and we must be vigilant as a community and work hand in hand with the police to ensure our streets are safe for our seniors, families with children, and all of us.

ENVIRONMENT

Pasadena's proximity to the natural environment is what makes our community so special. I love living along the tree canopies of Green and my proximity to the hiking trails up Lake. Walkable Neighborhoods where we walk and bike will reduce our carbon footprint. As set forth above, any new development must be compatible with the environment, and I will champion LEED certified, sustainable, sensible development. I also believe in protecting the Arroyo Seco and am opposed the Big Dig and drastic sediment removal. This process can be undergone more gradually.

EDUCATION

My mother immigrated from Tijuana, Mexico at the age of 19 with the deeply-held belief that education could have a transformative effect on an individual. I benefited from great public schools and went on to Stanford and USC Law School. Lots of folks in District 7 send their children to schools outside of Pasadena Unified School District. I want to work with PUSD, teachers, parents, and students to ensure that our schools graduate students that are able to compete in this more technological society, while also edifying them in the arts, music and humanities. I want to ensure that where one starts out in life does not dictate where they end up.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND TENANTS' RIGHTS

I support Pasadena's Inclusionary Housing Ordinance which requires that 15 percent of all new housing developments be set aside for affordable housing units and would support an increase in affordable housing units for new developments along transit hubs and routes I would also be a champion for tenant's rights as I am one of the founding board members, and continue to be on the board for BASTA, one of the largest tenants' rights eviction defense groups in California which employs 11 lawyers. I would bring tenants and landlords to the table to build consensus and create a better, more livable Pasadena.

HOMELESSNESS

In this Post Recessionary Economy, none of us are immune from the threat of homelessness. I believe that Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing is the best way to continue to tackle homelessness. Empathy must be a guiding principle for our District.

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Bryan Witt

Railroad Operations Supervisor
159 votes (4.51%)
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Small Business Owner
100 votes (2.83%)
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  • TRANSPARENCY IN CITY HALL — Currently, there are projects in District 7 that have emphasized a “vision” disconnect between District 7 stakeholders and City Council. Dialogue and an inclusive planning process should drive long-term solutions.
  • LEADING PUBLIC EDUCATION — We need to prepare our students to have the skill set needed to have a competitive advantage in our region’s workforce and that starts with a commitment to superior public education.
  • POWER INTENTIONAL GROWTH — We need to take a look at our General Plan and make sure we’re utilizing the land that we have to maximize revenue from industries that we’ve identified as being sectors supportive of our City’s growth.
Profession:Small Business Owner, SVN Public Relations
Principal, SVN Public Relations (2013current)
Intern, The White House Office of Political Affairs (2007current)
Chief of Staff, Karl Rove & Company (20082012)
The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University M.S. in Journalism, New Media (2007)
University of California, Irvine B.A., Literary Journalism (2005)
Member, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce (2014current)
Member, Next Beverly Hills Mayor's Committee (2015current)

Sheena Tahilramani is co-founder of Pasadena-based, SVN Public Relations, where she develops and executes public relations campaigns that deliver quality media coverage for SVN clients (broadcast, print, digital, social) to build credibility through brand awareness and thought leadership. She is also founder of Banter & Bliss Candle Co. located at CRAFTED at the Port of Los Angeles, LA's only permanent handmade marketplace featuring works by Southern California artisans.

Prior to founding SVN PR and Banter & Bliss, Sheena worked in Washington, DC, at The White House Office of Political Affairs and at Karl Rove & Company where she managed all media relations and operations responsibilities as Chief of Staff to Karl Rove. She developed relationships with top tier media outlets over the years, ultimately securing more than 1,700 interviews for Rove. Sheena also managed all facets of the book tour for Karl Rove’s memoir, Courage and Consequence, landing it on the New York Times bestseller list.

Sheena earned her B.A. at University of California, Irvine and received an M.S. in Journalism from The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She was named to OC Metro magazine’s annual “Forty Under 40” list in 2013 and recently completed the Tory Burch Foundation Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) program for female-owned businesses. She has contributed articles to Entrepreneur.com and has appeared on CNBC, One America News Network, and The Hugh Hewitt Radio Show. She is a real estate salesperson licensed to practice in the State of California (CalBRE #01996566).

Shaping Tomorrow Today: Building A Brighter Future for the Next Generation

 

I moved to Pasadena in 2012 from Washington, DC, and of all the places in Southern California that I considered in my transition back to the West Coast, I chose Pasadena for the economic, social, and educational opportunities that it provides to residents of all ages. One lifelong community member that I recently had the opportunity to sit down with said it best, “Think of anything you could possibly want to do or be at any point in your life—you can do it all in Pasadena.”

 

Prior to founding Pasadena-based SVN Public Relations, I worked in Washington at The White House Office of Political Affairs and then at Karl Rove & Company where I served as the company liaison to high-level clients and external organizations such as Fox News Channel, The Wall Street Journal, Simon & Schuster, and the Harry Walker Agency, among others. Effective City Council members must be good liaisons and engage the public in decision-making to encourage community buy-in and support for initiatives and projects. Actions that promote transparency and foster trust in the process, along with dialogue that engages the public in decision-making, are the only way to get to long-term solutions—Pasadena’s issues are much more intricate than YES/NO votes on a ballot.

 

My background in communications and public relations lends itself well to working with the citizens of Pasadena, our thought leaders, and businesses to make sure the needs and expectations of our community are not only met but also exceeded. As a small business owner and resident of Pasadena's District 7, I am committed to ensuring that local stakeholders—residents and businesses alike—are contributing to the City's economic development in a manner consistent with the best interests of our citizens and the community. I’ve worked in public relations long enough to know that perception is reality and we need a representative in District 7 that is willing to listen and understands when and how to pivot when local projects and initiatives run counter to public interest.

 

The City of Pasadena’s greatest strengths are its people, its neighborhoods, and its character. As we endeavor to create and carry out a future-focused vision for the City, it’s imperative that we preserve our character and neighborhoods and recognize the expertise of our citizens to help guide growth. At the end of the day, we all want the same things for the City and our communities—job opportunities, safe neighborhoods, good schools, quality infrastructure, to name a few—so let's keep our eyes on the prize and keep Pasadena competitive by cutting through partisanship. Let's look for the best solutions, not the right solutions. And let's shape tomorrow today by building a brighter future for the next generation.

— February 16, 2017 Committee to Elect Sheena Tahilramani for City Council 2017

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