Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek recently announced he has filed a candidate intention statement indicating he will seek re-election in 2020.
“During my term as mayor I have achieved many of the goals that I set in my 2015 campaign, but there is much more to do.” Tornek said in a prepared statement.
Tornek in the November election led the campaigns for Measures I, which increased the city’s sales tax three-quarters of a cent, and Measure J, which allowed the city to share up to one-third of the revenue raised by Measure I with the Pasadena Unified School District.
During Tornek’s term in office the city also increased the minimum wage, which will reach $15 on July 1, 2020, and supported plans by State Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-Pasadena, and Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, that put an end to the 710 Freeway extension.
In his statement, Tornek said there is still work to be done.
“We need to build on these successes; continue to maintain fiscal discipline, reduce the homeless population, implement the projects in the Arroyo Seco and plan for the recapture of the land in the 710 ditch. Also, having obtained a $105 million commitment to grade-separate the Gold Line at California Boulevard, we must continue to make improvements to our traffic circulation.”
As he did during his first campaign, Tornek plans to walk every neighborhood in Pasadena, personally connecting with residents to listen to their concerns.
“I have begun the process of speaking to residents all across the city about the things they value about Pasadena,” Tornek said. “I will always place the quality of life in our neighborhoods first.”
Tornek was first elected to the City Council in 2009, and re-elected in 2013. He was elected Mayor in April, 2015 when he beat former District 1 Councilman Jacque Robinson in a runoff election. He is the city’s second elected mayor.
Serious issues could loom in a second term, including laws forcing the city to build at the same rate as the state and increasing housing costs that have forced some to call for rent control. Last year, movements in Pasadena and nearby Glendale failed.
In Glendale, with a five-person council in which members rotate into the mayor’s seat for one-year terms, Councilman Ara Najarian was selected by his peers to serve as mayor for a fourth time.
Najarian, who was first elected in 2005, takes over the position from outgoing Mayor Zareh Sinanyan.