Political Action Group Urges Council to Appoint a Qualified Woman to District 5 Vacancy

first_imgCommunity News Political Action Group Urges Council to Appoint a Qualified Woman to District 5 Vacancy STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, November 16, 2020 | 4:55 pm Community News NWPC-GPA Leader and Former Councilmember Jacque Robinson-BaisleyA local political caucus leader and former councilmember called on the City Council to put a qualified woman in the District 5 seat occupied by Councilman Victor Gordo, who was elected mayor.“We are elated at the election of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female vice president and hope that the Pasadena City Council will share in this momentum to prepare the bench by considering appointing a qualified woman to fill the District 5 vacancy,” said former Councilmember Jacque Robinson-Baisley, who now chairs the National Women’s Political Caucus – Greater Pasadena Area (NWPC-GPA).Such a move would be “both an acknowledgement of the historical lack of elected female leadership at the city level as well as the anticipated cost savings to the city by avoiding a special election for this limited term,” Robinson-Baisley said.Gordo upset Mayor Terry Tornek in the Nov. 3 election. Although there remain some votes left to count, Gordo has declared victory and Tornek has acknowledged the loss in a note to the community.Gordo will be sworn in on Dec. 7 and the City Council will have 75 days to replace him or call a special election to fill the seat.The council has used different processes the last two times replacement council members were chosen.To date, only eight women have been elected to the City Council since its founding in 1886. A woman was not chosen to replace either former Councilman Chris Holden, who now serves in the state Assembly, or Tornek, who relinquished his District 7 seat to assume the mayor’s position in 2015. In that election, Tornek beat Robinson-Baisley for the mayor’s seat.Applicants seeking to replace Tornek in District 7 were required to collect 25 signatures and pay a fee. Applicants seeking to replace Holden were not required to pay the fee or collect signatures.NWPC-GPA recently supported and endorsed Councilmember-Elect Felicia Williams (District 2) Jennifer Hall Lee (Pasadena Unified District 2), Kelly Kriebes (Sierra Madre City Council), and Caroline Anderson (La Canada Unified School District).The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multipartisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government.In addition to financial donations, the caucus offers campaign training for candidates and campaign managers, as well as technical assistance and advice. The Greater Pasadena Area Caucus was originally founded in the 1970s and rechartered in 2019. GPA serves the cities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge, and Glendale.The NWPC-GPA congratulated Gordo on his victory in its statement on Monday.“As final ballot counts continue with the L.A. County Registrar, National Women’s Political Caucus – Greater Pasadena Area formally congratulates Mayor-Elect Victor Gordo and wishes him well as he begins his term on December 7.Members of the public are invited to join the next NWPC-GPA Working Council and General Body meeting to discuss this item and others at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 via Zoom with Meeting ID: 839 5028 0262 Passcode: 546003 or dial in +1 669 900 6833 US.For more information, go to facebook.com/nwpcgpa. Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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first_imgArsenal have moved into the top four after star forward Alexis Sanchez scored a controversial stoppage time penalty to give the Gunners a 1-0 win at Burnley in a week 13 Premier League clash.The home side edged their visitors in a keenly contested first half but Arsene Wenger’s side returned after the break to seize control. Arsenal struggled to create clearcut openings despite their second half supremacy and the game was moving towards a 0-0 result until centre referee Lee Mason pointed to the spot in favour of the North London side.The impressive James Tarkowski was penalised for a push on Aaron Ramsey and the resulting penalty was dispatched by Alexis Sanchez to give his side just a second away win of the season.The last gasp win takes Arsenal above Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur into the top four in the interesting race for UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualification ahead of next season.In the earlier game, Charlie Austin scored twice as Southampton beat Everton 4-1 to pour further misery on the Toffees.Dusan Tadic’s opening goal for the home side was cancelled out by a fantastic strike from Gylfi Sigurdsson before Austin’s brace took the game away from the away side paving the way for club captain Steven Davis to wrap up the convincing win.RelatedPremier League Review: United Close Gap On City After Burnley Draw; Auba Debut Goal, Ramsey Hattrick Dominate Big Arsenal Win Over EvertonFebruary 4, 2018In “England”Sanchez Double Boosts Top Four Hopes For GunnersDecember 28, 2017In “England”Lacazette Double Lifts Arsenal Into Top SevenSeptember 25, 2017In “England”last_img read more