Five Minutes with Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard

by Jeremy Loudenback In February, when Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard visited campus as part of Bedrosian Center’s Lunch with a Leader series, we had a chance to ask him a few questions about his long tenure at the helm of Pasadena. But change is coming for the city. Next Tuesday, Pasadena voters will elect a new…

Mayor Bogaard, 15 years in Pasadena

While Pasadena City Hall may be best known for its appearances on the hit show Parks and Recreation, it is also home to one of the longest-governing mayors in LA County. Bill Bogaard, Mayor of Pasadena, has been elected four times, having first taken office in 1999. On February 24, the Bedrosian Center will host Bogaard at our monthly Lunch with a Leader to discuss his experiences and the many changes to Pasadena that have occurred under his leadership.

Robert Garcia Blazes New Trail in Long Beach

Despite some wince-worthy moments along the way, Garcia has handled a tough city campaign and the responsibilities of his new office with the candor, grace, and aplomb of someone much older than his 36 years. Last week, Garcia visited the Bedrosian Center’s Lunch for a Leader series to provide special insight into his unlikely ascension to the mayor’s office after a hard-fought campaign, how his age helps his communicate with Long Beach residents, and his education-based initiatives aimed at tackling the city high poverty rates.

May 2014 Best & Worst Winners

by Jeremy Loudenback Best in Governance Seattle Mayor Ed Murray   The issue of a minimum wage increase has received outsize attention in the past year. Conversations about widening inequality and persistent poverty have yielded momentum around an issue that has received popular support as well as backing from leaders like New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and former…

The New Face of Compton

by Jeremy Loudenback In case you haven’t already read about her in Vogue, Aja Brown is raising some eyebrows. But unlike in years past, when headlines out of Compton focused on chaotic local politics, corruption scandals, and gun violence, there’s a wellspring of optimism surrounding the new Mayor of Compton. Since winning a landslide victory over…