Gene Masuda was elected to the Pasadena City Council in April 2011 to represent East Pasadena including the neighborhoods of Upper Hastings Ranch, Lower Hastings Ranch, Daisy-Villa, Eaton Blanche, East Eaton Wash, Eaton Canyon Wash, East Orange Grove, Fox Ridge/Canyon Close, Loma Vista, Sierra Madre Villa, and Victory Rose.
Gene is dedicated to maintaining the City’s fiscal discipline while protecting police and fire services. As a longtime neighborhood and quality of life advocate, Gene has a record of working to fight overdevelopment and traffic in order to maintain the character and beauty of residential neighborhoods. Gene is a leader in Pasadena’s open space movement, dedicated to preserving and protecting Pasadena’s natural open space.
Gene successfully fought to keep the Edison right-of-way from being developed into storage units, led the effort to combat crime in East Pasadena and established the Gene Masuda Educational Center at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasadena. Gene was a Director of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, which raises millions of dollars for the PUSD. He is a strong supporter of the PUSD, where his own son was educated and has now gone on to college. Gene also has a married daughter and three grandchildren.
Gene is a retired business owner and former President of one of East Pasadena’s largest neighborhood associations. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He and his wife Joanne, a retired public school teacher, have lived in Pasadena for 30 years.
Councilmember Masuda visits the Pasadena Humane Society.