Pasadena ANC Continues Meeting with Local Political Leaders


PASADENA—Leaders of the Pasadena Armenian National Committee discussed a host of local issues, including the financial state of the city, with Councilman Victor Gordo (District 5) on June 4.

The meeting is part of a comprehensive, year long plan, by the Pasadena ANC to engage political and community leaders to ensure that the Armenian American community’s interests are advanced and protected in the City of Pasadena.

“Victor Gordo has been a strong and steady leader in the City of Pasadena for nearly a decade,” remarked Pasadena ANC Executive Director Ishkhan Boghossian. “His work and collaboration with our community over the years is appreciated and we look forward to engaging him to ensure that our community is well represented on city commissions and other municipal bodies,” Boghossian added.

Among the issues discussed with Gordo is the state of the City of Pasadena’s budget. As major stakeholders in the city, Armenian Americans have a strong interest in the fiscal strength of the city and its ability to deliver first class services to its residents. The Pasadena ANC also conferred with Gordo on Pasadena’s General Plan and how that will impact the future growth of the city for decades to come. Gordo was also briefed on the new Armenian Center on Foothill Boulevard, which is now home to local chapters of the Homenetmen, Armenian Relief Society, Armenian Youth Federation, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Hamazakyin and other important community organizations.

Over the course of the coming months, Councilman Gordo shared that he looked forward to holding a town hall meeting with his Armenian American constituents. The Pasadena ANC consistently encourages political figures in the city and community leaders to reach out to our community to better understand the needs and interests of individuals and groups in our community. For example, many Armenian Americans have shared in the past with public officials the need for more open space in the city, so that their children can play in a safe and secure environment. Fighting for quality of life issues like this is an important part of the Pasadena ANC’s agenda.

Victor Gordo was born October 22, 1969, in Zacatecas, Mexico and arrived in the United States at the age of five. Since arriving in the United States he and his family have lived in Pasadena. Victor is a proud product of the Pasadena Unified School District, having graduated from Pasadena High School in 1987. He became the first person in his family to attend college when he enrolled, first, at Pasadena City College and, later, at Azusa Pacific University. He began his service to Pasadena’s District 5 in 1997, when then Vice Mayor Bill Crowfoot invited him to serve as Field Representative for the district. Victor accepted the challenge and from 1997 to 2001 he successfully handled many kinds of constituent issues, from problems affecting a small number of people to citywide concerns, of key importance to the Vice Mayor. In 2001, after receiving a law degree from University of LaVerne, Gordo ran for the seat of his retiring boss, and won.

The Pasadena ANC 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.

PHOTO CAPTION:Pasadena City Councilman Victor Gordo (District 5) conferring with Pasadena ANC leaders Nerses Melkonian and Vatche Derderian.

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