New Mayor to Give Inaugural Address, Host Reception

Khubesrian will outline 2019 priorities at December 19, 2018 Council meeting

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Robert Joe, left, was selected by his fellow City Council members as the city's newest mayor pro tem while Dr. Marina Khubesrian was named South Pasadena's mayor

Newly elected Mayor Marina Khubesrian will deliver an inaugural address at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19, followed by a community reception in the City Hall outdoor courtyard.

The inaugural address, which will outline Mayor Khubesrian’s themes and priorities for 2019, will be the focus of a relatively short meeting agenda. The reception will immediately follow the Council meeting, and the public is invited to attend.

The Council will also consider the Mayor’s recommended appointments to various City commissions. The list of potential commission appointments includes many women, following Khubesrian’s call for increased diversity on South Pasadena’s advisory groups.
The Council will also consider several administrative changes to the City’s Public Works Department, including the creation of a deputy public works director for water and sustainability.

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The new deputy position would focus on overseeing the City’s water utility and managing “green” projects, while a second deputy position would handle traditional public works functions such as street repairs and traffic signal operations.

“The water industry and environmental technologies are very complex and rapidly evolving,” said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “South Pasadena would be well served with an expert in the field who can help us manage our current resources and implement new, sustainable initiatives.”

The City Council meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 in the Council Chambers, 1424 Mission St., South Pasadena. Please visit the City’s web site to view the full agenda and staff reports.