Congratulations to South Pasadena resident Dr. Suzie Abajian for being named Democrat of the Year (AD 41)!

South Pasadena School Board Member, Dr. Suzie Abajian, was honored as the 41st Assembly District Democrat of the Year at the Annual LA County Democratic Party Gala on Sunday Oct. 29, 2017. Assembly District 41 includes South Pasadena and stretches from Pasadena across the San Gabriel Valley to Claremont. 
 
In addition to being elected to the SPUSD Board in 2015, Dr. Abajian has been an active Democrat and has played a key role in the recent relaunching of the South Pasadena Democratic Club. In the past few years, Dr. Abajian has raised tens of thousands of dollars and offered critical support for campaigns of local progressive Democratic candidates. Additionally, Dr. Abajian has served on the boards of local non-profits including Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action and Vecinos de South Pasadena. She currently serves on the California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly, is the secretary of the Five Star Coalition comprised of five local school boards and is a member of National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) of Greater Pasadena.  Dr. Abajian has also been involved in the local organic food movement. Her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) sites in Pasadena and Los Angeles have provided over 1000 families with weekly local organic produce for the past 8.5 years. She is the recipient of a Certificate of Congressional Recognition by Congresswoman Judy Chu for her community work. 
 
Dr. Abajian was born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the U.S. with her family when she was 12 years old. She currently teaches at Occidental College and lives with her husband Sean in South Pasadena.
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Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez presents Dr. Suzie Abajian with the Democrat of the Year award (AD 41).
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National Women's Political Caucus, Greater Pasadena members celebrate with Democrat of the Year Dr. Suzie Abajian at the LACDP Gala. (right to left: Mary Ann Lutz, Ellen Woods, Dr. Suzie Abajian, Gretchen Robinette, South Pasadena Councilwoman Diana Mahmud, WISPPA President Bianca Richards, PCC Trustee Linda Wah, and San Gabriel City Councilwoman Denise Menchaca.)

Progressives Speak Out at City Hall on Immigrant Protections

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The coalition of South Pasadenans for Immigrants Protection made up of local progressives including members of Indivisible, as well as members of the South Pasadena Democratic Club were present yesterday for the Safety Commission and also the City Council Sub-Committee to advocate for changes in the South Pasadena Police Department's Policy Manual concerning non-cooperation with ICE and also to advocate for strengthening the language of the Ordinance regarding City Procedures Concerning Sensitive Information and the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law. VIDEOS BELOW:


LA Metro Board Kills 710 Tunnel Option

In case you missed it...on Thursday the LA Metro Board dropped support for the 710 Freeway tunnel - effectively killing plans for a 710 extension. Kudos to everyone who helped in the lead up to this historic vote, including the leadership of the South Pasadena City Council, BeyondThe710, Connected Communities and Cities (C3), and of course all the NO 710 activists who have been fighting for so many years. 

Councilmember Dr. Marina Khubesrian said in the aftermath of Thursday's decision, "We are beyond the 710 and moving forward!" Here are more quotes marking the momentous occasion:

  • LA Times: "The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted unanimously to withdraw its support and funding for a five-mile, $3.2-billion tunnel through El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena connecting the 710 and 210 freeways. Instead, the board voted to spend $700 million on a range of transportation fixes to ease congestion and other problems arising from traffic spilling onto the streets of Alhambra at the 710’s abrupt northern terminus."

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photo via @HildaSolis

  • Senator Anthony Portantino released this statement: 


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Successful Town Hall with Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-27)

We had a wonderful Q&A on April 11 with our Congresswoman Judy Chu! ABC7 covered the town hall in the evening news. 

Here are some photos: 

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photo courtesy ABC7:

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photo courtesy ABC7:

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Congresswoman Judy Chu is joined in the photo below by SPHS Senior Anthony Chen, and SPHS Sophomore Sophie Dreskin who were on the panel that read questions from the audience. Dr. Suzie Abajian (SPUSD School Board Member) was also present, as was South Pasadena Democratic Club Vice President Sean Abajian

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Resources from Feb 8 Meeting

Looking for Ways to Get Involved? Here are numerous opportunities provided by speakers at our February 8 South Pasadena Democratic Club meeting. Are we missing anything? Please let us know by posting it in the comments. 


Monica Ratliff -- LAUSD School Board Member & candidate for LA City Council District 7 (Sunland-Tujunga) https://monicaratliff2017.nationbuilder.com/

Joe Bray-Ali, candidate for LA City Council District 1 (North East LA) http://www.joe4cd1.com/

Tracy Van Houten - candidate for US Congressional District 34 (DTLA/North East LA)

Contact Adam Murray about homelessness issue & South Pasadena Families Unitedhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1889923764575203/

Dr. Suzie Abajian, SPUSD School Board Member: website is SuzieAbajian.com to sign up for her monthly newsletter on school district news. School Board to vote on Safe Haven resolution on February 14.

Cynthia Liu:  STEAM Team https://www.facebook.com/events/259842257787049/ Safe Haven Resolution https://www.facebook.com/events/651332635071536/ 

David Beadle (Indivisible group) & Tanya Parker (Planned Parenthood)...South Pasadena Progressive Folks: https://www.facebook.com/South-Pasadena-Progressive-Folks-714228525384110/

Gretchen Robinette: Belly Fire Women & Friends. Social Media workshop South Pas Library Community Room for Sunday, February 26th at 3:00pm

Elizabeth Nowlin: South Pasadena Tenants Union: https://www.facebook.com/SouthPasTenantsUnion/

Gloria Mushonga-Roberts of Common Sense Parent Meetup: February 19 1:30-3pm South Pas Library Community Room https://www.cakidscampaign.org/ngpvanforms/598 

Amy Turk. Yes on H, No on S. Read more here: http://voteyesonh.com/  http://www.goestoofar.com/facts/why  https://www.nrdc.org/experts/ramya-sivasubramanian/no-angeles-city-measure-s-yes-county-measure-h 

Zahir Robb announced Assemblymember Chris Holden's AB287 bill to legislatively end the option of a 710 tunnel extension. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170209/assemblyman-chris-holden-of-pasadena-introduces-bill-to-kill-710-freeway-tunnel-project

 

 


City Council Passes Resolution of Commitment to Diversity & Civil Rights (Requested by South Pas Dems)

 

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and South Pas Dems Secretary/Treasurer, Elizabeth Nowlin, also spoke:

 


South Pasadena Progressives Speak Out at City Council

On November 16, 2016 progressive voices from the community were heard at the South Pasadena City Council, particularly regarding the issue of rent control and also calling on the Council to pass a resolution affirming the City's commitment to ensuring that the rights of all citizens are respected in light of the increase across the country of xenophobia, racism and homophobia during and subsequent to the national election campaign. 

Dr. Suzie Abajian (South Pas Dems member): 


Linda Krausen (South Pas Dems member): 


David Beadle (South Pas Dems member):  


Samantha Dorman: 


$5000+ raised at South Pas fundraiser for Darrell Park for County Supervisor

Darrell Park for County Supervisor


Chris Holden Recognizes South Pas Resident Maricela Guzman as Veteran of the Year

Congratulations to South Pasadena resident and South Pasadena Democratic Club member Maricela Guzman who was just recognized in Sacramento by Assemblymember Chris Holden as the 2016 Veteran of the Year for Assembly District 41! She was accompanied by her service dog, Tula.

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PHOTOS: June 8 Meeting (Election Results Review)

SPDC Monthly Meeting - June 2016