PUSD and Pasadena City Council Candidates Forum Thursday

ACT political organization is hosting the forum at Pasadena City College.

Those interested in finding out more about candidates running for the Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena City Council are welcome to a free public forum at Pasadena City College Thursday.

ACT, the oldest and largest progressive political organization in the San Gabriel Valley, is hosting the forum in cooperation with Andrew Bott, Vice President for Business Affairs of the Associated Students of PCC, according to a release.

Former Sierra Madre mayor John Buchanan will moderate the forum, which will be filmed by the Pasadena Community Network for rebroadcast over the following weeks.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. at PCC’s Creveling Lounge, Building CC (1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena).

Pasadena City Council candidates that will attend are:

District 3

Ishmael Trone, Businessman/Financial Consultant

John J. Kennedy, Senior VP Nonprofit

Nicholas Benson, Minister/Educator


District 5

Victor M. Gordo, Councilmember/Attorney

Israel Estrada, Nonprofit Executive Director

(Terry Tornek, the incumbent City Councilmember in District 7, is running unopposed, so he will not be speaking at the forum.)


Attending PUSD school board candidates in the newly re-drawn districts are:

District 1 (Represents majority of Altadena)

Kimberly Kenne, PUSD School Board Member

Dean Cooper Information Technology Consultant

Another forum for District 1 PUSD candidates will be held in Altadena later this month. See more information here.


District 3

Guillermo Arce, Human Services Administrator

Tyron Hampton, Project Manager

Ruben Hueso, Public School Educator

Deirdra Duncan, Foster Parent


District 5

Elizabeth Pomeroy, PUSD School Board Member

Stella Murga Director, Youth Center


District 7

Scott Phelps, PUSD Board of Education

Luis Carlos Ayala, Attorney/Educator


Are you planning to attend the forum? What questions do you have for the candidates? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

E. Clipsed January 15, 2013 at 06:49 AM
If the Patch actually has someone in Sierra Madre anymore it would realize that Sierra Madre has been illegally excluded from participating in this election. While most PUSD subdistricts will have candidates in 2013, Sierra Madre is not allowed to participate until 2015. Meaning we will not have the caliber of representation that other districts will have, a bad thing when you consider that the Measure TT bond money being divvied up will be done so by people who could care less about our kids. Please, do this town a favor and remove Sierra Madre from your masthead.


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