City Council: Mayor Terry Tornek

Terry Tornek was born and raised in New York City and moved to Pasadena from Massachusetts in 1982 to accept the position of Planning Director. He was hired because of his history of neighborhood improvement and historic preservation while serving as Planning Director of Springfield, Mass. He also served as a member of the Springfield City Council. Terry was Pasadena’s Planning Director for 3 years and helped to rewrite the Zoning Ordinance, the General Plan and establish the redevelopment plan for Old Pasadena.

After leaving city government, Terry built a career in real estate as a developer and manager of residential & commercial properties all over Southern California. He remained active in Pasadena affairs through his 20 year service as a Board Member of Pasadena Neighborhood Housing Services, a non-profit organization devoted to affordable housing in Northwest Pasadena. In 2005 Sid Tyler appointed Terry to the Planning Commission. He also served as a member of the Design Commission. He was elected to represent District 7 on the City Council in April, 2009, was reelected in 2013 and was then elected as Mayor in April, 2015.

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City Council Goals & Objectives

  • to maintain fiscal responsibility and stability;
  • improve, maintain and enhance public facilities and infrastructure;
  • increase conservation and sustainability;
  • improve mobility and accessibility throughout the city;
  • support and promote the quality of life and local economy;
  • and ensure public safety

Government Structure

The City has a Council-Manager form of government with seven City Council districts each electing a Councilmember to a four-year term. The Mayor is an at-large or Citywide elected position serving a four-year term.

The City Council is responsible for setting policies, passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committee members, and hiring the City Manager, City Attorney/City Prosecutor, and the City Clerk.

The Mayor acts as the chief executive of the City in performing all acts required to be performed under the laws of the State of California and our City Charter. The Mayor is the official head of the City for all ceremonial purposes, by the Courts for the purpose of serving civil process and by the Governor of the State for military purposes. The Mayor has a voice and vote in all proceedings of the City Council and presides over City Council meetings

From the Mayor's Desk

October 7, 2019: Walktober and Pedestrian Safety Month

Oct 7, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas, walking is a healthy mode of travel that...

October 7, 2019: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Oct 7, 2019


Proclamation Whereas, recognition of the contributions of persons with disabilities...

October 7, 2019: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Oct 7, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas, bullying is physical, verbal, sexual, or emotional harm...

September 23, 2019: The First Tee of Greater Pasadena Month

Sep 23, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas The First Tee of Greater Pasadena enhances the...

September 8, 2019: National Suicide Prevention Week

Sep 8, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas suicide is a national and statewide public mental...

July 22, 2019: Pasadena Transit's 25th Anniversary

Jul 22, 2019


COMMENDATION Whereas since 1994, Pasadena Transit—formerly the Pasadena Area Rapid...

July 20, 2019: Sri Lanka Day Expo and Festival

Jul 20, 2019


To Friends and Supporters of the Sri Lanka Foundation: On...

May 20, 2019: National Public Works Week

May 20, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas the health, safety and well-being of the people...

May 20, 2019: Gun Violence Awareness Weekend

May 20, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas gun violence touches every segment of our society...

May 18, 2019: Mental Health Day

May 18, 2019


PROCLAMATION     Whereas mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health...

May 18, 2019: Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

May 18, 2019


COMMENDATION Whereas on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Bethel Missionary Baptist...

May 9, 2019: Day of Interfaith Prayer

May 9, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas a nationally recognized Day of Prayer came into...

April 29, 2019: Fire & Police Retirement System 100th Anniversary

Apr 29, 2019


COMMENDATION Whereas on April 3, 1919, the citizens of the...

April 24, 2019: Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Apr 24, 2019


Dear Friends and Supporters of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus: Congratulations...

April 15, 2019: Denim Day

Apr 15, 2019


PROCLAMATION  Whereas in the United States, approximately one in five...

April 15, 2019: Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide

Apr 15, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas on April 24, 1915, the Turkish Government perpetrated...

April 8, 2019: Week of the Young Child

Apr 8, 2019


PROCLAMATION      Whereas quality early childhood education promotes the...

April 6, 2019: Safety Seat Checkup Day

Apr 6, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas each year in California, about 90 child passengers...

April 1, 2019: National Poetry Month

Apr 1, 2019


PROCLAMATION  Whereas to support American poets at all ages of...

March 23, 2019: Arbor Day

Mar 23, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas established in 1872, Arbor Day encourages the planting...

February 20, 2019: 100th Anniversary of Hill Avenue Grace

Feb 20, 2019


COMMENDATION Whereas Hill Avenue Grace Lutheran Church of Pasadena was...

January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jan 21, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s has...

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