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Endorsements by the California Democratic Party for November 6, 2018 election

South Pasadena:

  • Zahir Robb - South Pasadena Unified School District Board
  • Michael A. Cacciotti - South Pasadena City Council


  • Tony Thurmond - Superintendent of Public Instruction


  • Kevin de Leon - US Senator
  • Judy Chu - US Representative District 27

Click here to see the rest of the endorsements

Senator Kevin de Leon in South Pasadena

Assembly Member Holden honors Dr. Marina Khubesrian as Woman of the Year

Congratulations to Council Member Dr. Marina Khubesrian on receiving this prestigious award! Assembly Member Chris Hold stated: 

"It was an honor to recognize Dr. Marina Khubesrian on the Assembly Floor today as the 41st Assembly District's Woman of the Year!"

Marina Khubesrian, M.D., 2018 Woman of the Year, City of South Pasadena – Answering the call to serve on the City Council from Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISSPA) in 2011, Marina Khubesrian, M.D. is the first woman to be elected to the South Pasadena City Council since 2003. She served as Mayor for the 2013-2014 term.

Dr. Khubesrian was a faculty member and co-director of the Family Medicine Residency Training Program at Glendale Adventist Medical Center where she practiced medicine and taught medical students and residents from 1992 to 2010 before transitioning to private practice. The scope of her Family Practice spans from birth to death. She believes that to have healthy patients we must also have healthy families and communities.

Dr. Khubesrian is proud to have launched “Beyond the 710,” an organization opposed to the 710 Tunnel that developed an alternative solution called, “New Initiative for Mobility and Community.” As a result of her steadfast dedication, she emerged as a leading voice in alternative solutions that relieve traffic congestion, connect communities, promote smart growth, and protect the environment.

Under Dr. Khubesrian's leadership, the City of South Pasadena has enacted plastic bag and e-cigarette ban ordinances, launched South Pasadena Host Town for the Special Olympics World Games, helped secure more open space and parks for residents, and sponsored public art projects in the City's business districts. She also led efforts with Chris Holden and his 41st Assembly District Office to enact common sense regulation and local control of massage parlors. This joint partnership resulted in the passage of Assembly Bill 1147 which has had positive impacts statewide.

When she was just 10 years old, Dr. Khubesrian and her family emigrated from Armenia. Education was always a top priority in her family and that fostered her big dreams. Dr. Khubesrian earned her B.S. in Biology from the UCLA School of Life Sciences, as well as her M.D. from the UCLA School of Medicine. She and her partner of 20 years, Dr. Mark Dreskin, have lived in South Pasadena since 1998 where they raise their two children, Sofie, 16, and Max,11.

A dedicated “Public Health Champion,” Dr. Marina Khubesrian tirelessly advocates for policies that prioritize environmental health, public health, quality of life, as well as balance regional and local needs.


South Pas Dems Phonebanking: Vote YES on Measure S

Last month on January 29 the South Pasadena Democratic Club sponsored a phonebanking evening in support of Measure S. Above are some photos from the event.

In South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD), we are proud to have a community that supports our schools. Local voters approved Measure S in 2009 to maintain student success in South Pasadena schools and renewed this locally-controlled education funding in 2013. This local funding is now set to expire, which would lead to $2.3 million in annual education cuts in local classrooms. This means our local schools would face increased class sizes, teacher layoffs and reductions in academic programs.

It's 2018...Time to defeat some Republican Congress Members!


Article in the Sacramento Bee by Ellen Tauscher and Katie Merrill:

"It’s past time that California Democrats who know these local communities, these voters, and the issues they care about, were called on to develop the individualized and localized strategies and grass-roots plans to take these districts back.

That is why we’ve created Fight Back California, which is dedicated to defeating the California 7.

Who are the California 7? Jeff Denham, CA-10, Turlock. David Valadao, CA-21, Bakersfield. Steve Knight, CA-25, Palmdale. Ed Royce, CA-39, Brea. Mimi Walters, CA-45, Irvine. Dana Rohrabacher, CA-48, Huntington Beach. Darrell Issa, CA-49, Vista.

Democrats are just 24 congressional seats short of giving Donald Trump the reality check he needs and eliminating the Republican majority in Congress. And the road to Democrats taking back the House runs through California." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.



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


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."


photo via @HildaSolis

  • Senator Anthony Portantino released this statement: 


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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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



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