Heed the Call | City Seeks Commission Candidates

Vacancies offer civic involvement opportunities

PHOTO: Esteban Lopez | SouthPasadenan.com News | Mayor Richard Schneider attending the Thanksgiving lunch 2018

The City is seeking qualified, diverse candidates to serve on City commissions ranging from animal welfare to public safety. Commissions serve as advisory bodies to review City policy issues and provide policy recommendations to the City Council.

Multiple vacancies on 10 City commissions have created opportunities for residents to become more actively involved in their local government, said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. The commissions generally meet once a month in the evenings.

The City is interested increasing the gender and ethnic diversity of its commission appointments, said incoming Mayor Marina Khubesrian. For example, she said, about 38% of current commissioners are women.

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“It would be great if we could get closer to a 50/50 gender representation,” Khubesrian said. “It’s important for us to have a diverse representation of ages, genders, ethnicities, neighborhoods and viewpoints on our City commissions.”

The City is also hoping to appoint younger commissioners to offer the Millennial Generation a stronger voice in local government, Khubesrian added.

All South Pasadena residents who are registered to vote are eligible to serve on a commission.

Applications are accepted online and in person. Visit the City’s web site to apply or for more information.

Current commission vacancies include:

  • Animal Commission
  • Cultural Heritage Commission
  • Design Review Board
  • Finance Commission
  • Library Board of Trustees
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Commission
  • Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Public Safety Commission
  • Senior Citizen Commission
  • Public Arts Commission