PASADENA, CA–Members of the Pasadena Armenian National Committee (ANC) held a productive meeting on Thursday, October 30th, with former State Assemblymember Carol Liu on the eve of her bid to be elected to the California State Senate. Liu, a longtime friend of the ANC, is the prohibitive favorite to win her race to replace the distinguished State Senator Jack Scott, who is moving on to become the Chancellor of California’s Community Colleges.
"We are glad that Carol Liu, who served our community so well in the State Assembly, is poised to bring her positive ideas and agenda to the California State Senate," commented Pasadena ANC Executive Director Ishkhan Boghossian. "Her thoughtful and deliberative approach to the legislative process is something the ANC and our supporters respect and value," Boghossian added.
In 2000, Carol Liu successfully ran for the State Assembly in the 44th Assembly District that includes Altadena, La Canada, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Temple City and substantial parts of the City of Los Angeles. During her tenure she maintained an outstanding relationship with the Armenian American community and the Pasadena ANC. For example, in 2004 she hosted a fundraiser, in concert with the Pasadena ANC, at her home in support of the first Teacher Training Workshop on the Armenian Genocide. The event focused on coordinating plans for a special educational project that brought high school history teachers from the Pasadena Unified School District together to discuss and analyze the State model curriculum for human rights and genocide, including the Armenian Genocide and its impact on society.
Carol Liu is a fifth-generation Californian on her mother’s side. She is also the daughter of a father who emigrated from China before World War II. Carol was born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland. She attended public schools and graduated from San Jose State College in 1963. Carol continued her education at the U.C. Berkeley School of Education where she earned both a lifetime teaching credential and a credential in education administration. She was a teacher in the Richmond, California, public schools system from 1964 through 1978, teaching history at the Junior High level. She also worked as a school administrator from 1978 through 1984. In 1992 Carol was elected to the La Canada/Flintridge City Council, where she served on the Council for eight years, including two very successful terms as Mayor.
The ANC of Pasadena advocates for the social, economic, cultural, and political rights of the area’s Armenian American community and promotes increased Armenian American civic participation at the grassroots and public policy levels.