WISPPA Cancels Summer Party & Future Meetings

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak the organization’s cocktail party is the latest casualty, forcing the organization’s board to not hold the event in June 

PHOTO: Eric Fabbro | SouthPasadenan.com News | WISPPA 2019 Cocktail Party. WISPPA President, Betty Emirhanian

A popular cocktail party annually scheduled in June by Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA) has been cancelled.

The coronavirus is the culprit of another major event falling by the wayside.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, WISPPA board members – Betty Emirhanian, Bianca Richards, Ellen Wood, Dollie Chapman and Lisa Roa – have also decided to cancel WISPPA meetings until further notice.

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“This is not to say that WISPPA itself will go on hiatus,” the organization wrote in an email to its membership.  “We plan on staying involved and on top of the many issues facing our city.”

WISPPA follows city issues from the budget process to the General Plan and everything in between, concentrating on the renewal of city’s utility users tax that will come before voters next fall when an election for council members will be held. A candidate forum is in the works, although some are suggesting it most likely will be held virtually. 

“The pandemic has only increased the many challenges already facing our wonderful community,” the board wrote in its correspondence.

A newsletter published by the group will continue to inform members of upcoming city meetings, provide links to key local news articles, and share news around town.

According to its website, WISPPA’s purpose is to push for accountability, integrity, and transparency in South Pasadena government, and to actively encourage strong, well-qualified candidates, and especially women, to run for City Council and to serve on city commissions.