PASADENA, Calif., – Continuing a year-long campaign to connect leaders in the City of Pasadena with the local Armenian American community, the Pasadena ANC will be hosting a town hall meeting on September 29th with Mayor Bill Bogaard.
The town hall is open to the public and will begin at 7:30pm at the new Pasadena Armenian Community Center located at 2242 Foothill Boulevard.
The Mayor is a longtime friend of the Armenian American community in Pasadena and a respected policymaker in the southern California region. The town hall meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to hear from Mayor Bogaard on the latest developments in the City of Pasadena and to ask questions on a variety of public policy issues.
“We are pleased to be hosting Mayor Bogaard at a town hall meeting,” said Pasadena ANC leader Dro Hagopian. “Bringing our community together with distinguished public officials, like Mayor Bogaard, and other civic leaders, is something the Pasadena ANC, a grassroots organization, places a high priority on.”
“The Pasadena ANC was pleased to host an outstanding town hall meeting with our new Chief of Police last month and we expect our town hall meeting with Mayor Bogaard to be another outstanding opportunity for Pasadena Armenian Americans to directly engage a public official who is shaping the future of the City of Pasadena,” Hagopian added.
In 2007, Mayor Bogaard began a new four year term as Pasadena’s first City-wide elected mayor. His time in office has been an active period in the City’s history, involving the arrival of the Gold Line light rail transit system with six stations in Pasadena; new housing construction; strengthening of cultural institutions; reform of the public schools; and enhancement of the City’s neighborhoods.
The Mayor is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, after serving as a U.S. Air Force Captain in Los Angeles and Casablanca, Morocco. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena YMCA. In 1997, the City of Pasadena granted him its highest civic recognition, the Arthur Noble Award.
In the private sector, Mayor Bogaard engaged in private law practice, handling financial transactions and mergers and acquisitions, and thereafter served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of First Interstate Bancorp, a financial services holding company. He works as an arbitrator of business disputes and has taught law at the University of Michigan and USC Law School.
All area Armenian Americans are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting with the Mayor. Refreshments and desserts will be available to those attending the town hall meeting.
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.