May 4, 1989
The Pasadena Board of Directors reelected William E. Thomson Jr. to a second one-year term as mayor this week and reelected Jess Hughston as vice mayor. Chris Holden, who was elected by voters in March to represent the 3rd District in northwest Pasadena, was sworn into office to succeed Loretta Thompson-Glickman, who retired after 12 years on the board.
April 25, 1991
The matter may have been swept under the rug, and certainly nobody wants to talk about it; however, the fact remains that Pasadena Director-elect (Isaac) Richard effectively purchased his election margin of 191 votes--with 600 free dinners in exchange for ballot-stubs (Times, April 18). Such a practice would be illegal under federal statute, but local laxity in this instance prevailed. At the same time, if Mr. Richard believes that his election ploy will be forgotten in the future--as he sits on the Pasadena Board of Directors--he is wrong.
May 18, 1989
City Clerk Pamela S. Swift submitted her resignation Tuesday to the Pasadena Board of Directors, effective July 7, to take a position with a private consulting company. Swift, who served as Pasadena city clerk for eight years, will become executive vice president of La Mirada-based Management Services Institute, which is headed by consultant Douglas W. Ayres. Before coming to Pasadena, Swift served as city clerk at Bellflower and California City. She was honored last year as city clerk of the year by the City Clerks Assn.
February 8, 1990
The city's 68-year-old War Memorial Flagstaff, which broke and sustained foundation damage in the October, 1987, Whittier earthquake, will be re-erected in its old location on the northeast corner of Colorado and Orange Grove boulevards. The Pasadena Board of Directors on Tuesday approved the estimated $173,000 project. The city will be out of pocket $14,961 and will be reimbursed $158,039 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
June 8, 1989
The Pasadena Board of Directors will decide Tuesday whether to enact two proposed tax increases to help fund the city's $108-million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The proposals would raise the utility tax for residential customers to the same levels paid by commercial users and would impose a tax on interstate and international telephone calls. The increase in the utility tax would raise the average residential customer's bill by $1.57 a month. City officials said such a bill would still be $4 below that of a comparable customer in neighboring cities because of Pasadena's low rate for electricity.
August 15, 1985
Edward Aghjayan, a utilities consultant in Palo Alto, has accepted a newly created deputy city manager position, City Manager Donald F. McIntyre has announced. Aghjayan, 45, will begin the $75,000-a-year job as deputy city manager for public works and water and power next month. A native of Boston and a second generation Armenian-American, Aghjayan has been director of utilities for the cities of Austin, Tex., and Palo Alto, where he now runs his own consulting firm.