2020 Pasadena Climate Action Forum

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Mayoral Forum
Council Forum

The climate emergency, and what our elected leaders are doing to address it, is an urgent political priority for Pasadena voters in 2020. The systemic change required to address this emergency starts at the local level, which is why Pasadena residents are looking for bold, fearless leadership to decrease our city’s biggest contributions to climate chaos: car emissions, wasteful water, power, and trash infrastructure, and outdated building design. Voters will have the chance to ask how candidates will act on these critical issues in February’s Pasadena Climate Action Forum, organized by Pasadena youth and a coalition of climate action organizations.

Straw Poll Results

Participating Candidates

Victor Gordo

Mayoral Candidate

Jason Hardin

Mayoral Candidate

Terry Tornek

Mayoral Candidate (incumbent)

Kevin Litwin

City Council Candidate • District 2

Tricia Keane

City Council Candidate • District 2

Felicia Williams

City Council Candidate • District 2

Charlotte Bland

City Council Candidate • District 4

Kevin Wheeler

City Council Candidate • District 4

Ryan Bell

City Council Candidate • District 6

Tamerlin Godley

City Council Candidate • District 6

Steve Madison

City Council Candidate (incumbent) • District 6



Ozzy Simpson

12th grade, Sequoyah School

When I was 10, I decided to become vegan. While this decision at first was because a plant-based diet was more ethical and healthier, as I learned more about the environmental impacts of the animal agriculture industry, I started to become more interested in the climate crisis. And as I learned more—especially over the past few months—I’ve realized more and more that while individual actions, such as plant-based diets, do make an impact and make me feel good, the only way we can avoid irreparable damage to the planet is for individuals and governments (at all levels) to work together to combat the climate crisis. Cities like Pasadena, while they may not contribute the most to the climate crisis, have the opportunity and responsibility to take action and do everything possible to create a livable future for my and future generations.

Selina Yang

12th grade, Sequoyah School

I immigrated to the U.S. in 2015, three years before my family planned to. We moved because the air pollution in Shenyang had become so heavy that I would cough so frequently I could not attend school. After settling here, I was able to continue with school, but the eagerness of doing something beneficial to the environment has never left me since I recovered. Throughout the years, I have committed myself to numerous projects that transformed my house and my school into a more eco-friendly place. However, just in the past year, my throat has noticeably become itchy again, and sometimes I would cough the same way — dry and shallow like nails on a chalkboard. It was then that I realized that, though my projects are admirable on their own, they aren’t enough to affect the necessary change on a larger scale. Policy changes need to be made at all levels. With the upcoming 2020 election, I hope to identify local leaders who will promote these policy changes and implement concrete efforts to ensure that my future doesn’t have to be slowed down by climate change ever again.

Edgar McGregor

Sophomore, Pasadena City College

The fall of 2017 featured a number of dangerous heat waves and wind storms that impacted California much later in the year than ever recorded before. Living near the foothills, my neighborhood is frequently hit by powerful windstorms, and when these windstorms coincide with heatwaves and low humidities, the right conditions for wildfires, I often feared for the existence of my neighborhood. Climate change is impacting Pasadena at an extraordinary rate, and the climate of the city that we think we know is one that has only emerged recently. I want to be able to tell my future children that I did everything I could to ensure their generation’s ability to thrive. Our civilization’s actions today are stealing the tools away from future generations that they need to continue the human race. I won’t allow that under my watch.

David Azevedo

When I learned how my individual actions—like giving up my car to walk and bike more—can fight climate change, I thought of my grandparents. As the wildfires get worse every year, my grandparents’ quality of life suffers, from power outages during longer, hotter summers to horrific air pollution causing health problems. Climate chaos hurts the most vulnerable first, and while the City of Pasadena has so many tools to fight back, those tools are gathering dust in this moment of crisis. We can do so much more, like designing streets where walking and biking are safe, easy alternatives to cars, which are California’s number one source of climate change. I want to vote for local leaders who are thinking about these solutions, and how they’ll benefit grandparents like mine, and people of all ages, now and in the future.