Mayor Tornek called this yes/no format unfair. Victor Gordo and Jason Hardin stood apart from Tornek’s “no” on the question of reinstating a Sustainability Officer in our city. Major Williams, the remaining Mayoral candidate was a not in attendance.
After the one hour of questions for Mayoral Candidates there was a straw poll taken via menti.com. Surprisingly, Jason Hardin came out on top with 46 votes among the 89 who voted Via cellphones. Gordo, 32 votes, Mayor Tornek 11. The crowd cheered when Hardin talked about $1 Uber rides and free bus fare for students.
Sunrise Sequoyah hosted this event with help from Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition. About 10 orgs also co-sponsored and had info tables set up to talk about Pasadena becoming more resilient to Climate Change and decreasing its carbon footprint. The youth promoted zero waste with Alta Pasa Green Circle dishes for the free vegan sandwiches and oranges they provided.
City Council Candidates then took questions from Ozzy Simpson and Selina Yang of Sequoyah, a freshman girl from PHS, and one from John Muir High, a PCC student who is fostering 10 oaks he recently planted in Eaton Canyon, and David Azevedo of Complete Streets. D2 Candidate Felicia Williams stood out with 10 years of working with the city on environmental issues. She and LA housing expert Tricia Keane were close in their tallies of 26 and 33 respectively. Their opponent, Litwin took one vote.
District 6 Steve Madison, the only Council incumbent to participate in round two did not impress the crowd earning only 8 votes. His opponents, Bell, 42 votes and Godley 4, were up to the challenge speaking to the Climate crisis.
D4 incumbent Gene Masuda was absent. His competitors Bland, 43 votes and Wheeler, 9, gave a good showing.
Tyron Hampton incumbent D1 is running unopposed. He did not participate, though I would have loved to hear his views on climate. And to see if the crowd would have voted yea or nay.
Kudos to the thoughtful and passionate Sunrise students for masterfully organizing and manifesting this event!!