On March 9–the citizens of Pasadena will write a new chapter in their city’s long history when they cast their ballots for a city-wide elected mayor. This is the first time that a mayor will be elected independent of the City Council. One of the candidates for the position is two time former mayor (as part of the City council) and respected community leader–Bill Paparian who recently announced his candidacy for the position of Mayor of Pasadena.
Paparian was first elected to the City Council in 1987. Following his re-election in 1991–council districts were redrawn and Paparian became the representative for East Pasadena. He was subsequently elected to a third term in 1995.
Paparian–a native Californian–was educated in public schools. He received his BA degree from Cal State Northridge and following his Vietnam Era military service attended Southwestern University School of Law on the GI Bill where he received his Juris Doctor Degree.
In his 12 years of service to the people of Pasadena–Bill Paparian forged a lasting–positive bond with the community of Pasadena. As Mayor–Paparian has successfully lobbied for the continued presence of the Marines in the city of Pasadena.
Paparian’s continued service to the city of Pasadena from May 1995 to May 1997–was recognized by the Secretary of the Navy who awarded Paparian the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
On January 29–the Pasadena Firefighters Association enthusiastically endorsed Paparian’s candidacy for mayor of Pasadena. The President of the 150 member strong firefighter’s association said–"Bill Paparian–throughout his 12 years of service to the citizens of Pasadena–has been the most staunchest supporter of firefighters and other servants of Pasadena–from pension issues–staffing concerns and everything in between." Paparian who was overjoyed by the endorsement responded–"This endorsement is personally very special to me–because it comes from a group of people who have the same commitment and concern I have about the safety of our fellow Pasadenans."
The Southern California Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action also endorsed Paparian for Mayor of Pasadena. SCADA found Paparian’s progressive political roots and philosophy to be a real strength. According to Endorsement Committee chair Hartley Kern–"We found Bill Paparian to be a people’s candidate who was not afraid to take a stand for the correct issues–even if they are not the most popular. It was refreshing to find a politician who puts the people over corporate profits." Especially cited were Paparian’s crusade for a "Living Wage" ordinance in Pasadena–his active involvement on behalf of affirmative action and against bigotry and hate crimes–and strong commitment to seeing diversity as a strength and asset.
At its January 15 meeting–the Board of the Hellenic American Council voted unanimously to endorse Paparian also. "During his years on the City Council and as Mayor–Bill Paparian was an articulate advocate for open and clean government in the service of the people who live and work in Pasadena," a statement by the board read. "Bill Paparian will do more: as an Armenian–whose relatives were massacred by the Turks–Bill has been a strong supporter for human rights. He has spoken out against the abuses committed by the Turks against minorities in that country and has criticized our administration for its shameless support and championship of various Turkish government," read the letter.
In a statement to the Pasadena voters–Bill Paparian said–"My 2 years of service as Mayor of Pasadena can be summed up in one word: Pride. This pride I take in the concrete advances we have made in Pasadena that together makes us a nationwide model of urban harmony and progress. But there’s also a very personal side to this. I came from humble–immigrant roots–from a people massacred and oppressed by a ruthless enemy some 80 years ago. The Armenian experience was imprinted in my genes. It’s the values precisely–those that honor human freedom and dignity–that have always and will always underlie my work in public office. I have always been faithful to those ideals in my service to the community."
Paparian concluded with the words–"With your support I can continue to work to make Pasadena better." Bill Paparian wants to hear from you and earn your vote–he can be reached at (626) 791-1075.