South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem Named Assembly District’s 41st Woman of the Year

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In Celebration of Women’s History Month in March 2018, Assemblymember Chris Holden will recognize the 41st Assembly District’s Woman of the Year and Women of Distinction on Thursday, March 15th at his Annual District Office Spring Open House. The women are being recognized for their service that has a made a positive impact in the community.

Out of 70 nominations from throughout the district, South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem Marina Khubesrian, M.D. was named the 2018 Woman of the Year for the 41st Assembly District.

“Dr. Khubesrian continues to make a positive impact in her community both as a public servant and physician,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “She is a tireless advocate for the environment and public health, and is an inspiration to all.”

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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. 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.

Women of Distinction from throughout the district include Jill Adler-Moore Ph.D. (Altadena), Christy Anderson (Claremont), Sylvia Whitlock Ph.D. (La Verne), Julie Gentile (Monrovia), Kathy Onoye Ed.D., (Pasadena), Kathleen Tiegs (Rancho Cucamonga), Rhonda Beltran (San Dimas), Joanne Harabedian (Sierra Madre), and Marie Sliney (Upland).

“The 2018 Women of Distinction are passionate leaders who improve the lives for thousands of individuals and families in the 41st Assembly District and beyond,” said Holden. “They demonstrate exceptional leadership that all of us should aspire to achieve.”