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.

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

May 21, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• May 21, 2020


Mayor Tornek congratulates our city's graduates and their families for...

May 18, 2020: Proclamation - National Public Works Week

• May 18, 2020


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

May 11, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• May 11, 2020


A limited number of lower-risk non-essential businesses have reopened in...

May 7, 2020: Day of Interfaith Prayer

• May 7, 2020


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

May 6, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• May 6, 2020


Mayor Tornek says Pasadena will manage its own schedule for...

May 4, 2020: Proclamation - Mental Health Month

• May 4, 2020


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

April 29, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 29, 2020


Mayor Tornek extends his condolences to all those who've lost...

April 28, 2020: Op-Ed from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 28, 2020


Life in Pasadena has been turned upside down by the...

April 22, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 22, 2020


Mayor Tornek wants you to be aware of COVID-19 scams...

April 21, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 21, 2020


In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the City of...

April 20, 2020: Proclamation - Denim Day

• April 20, 2020


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

April 20, 2020: Proclamation - Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide

• April 20, 2020


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

April 17, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 17, 2020


News and updates about COVID-19 may trigger feelings of anxiety...

April 17, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 17, 2020


As of April 16, 2020, nearly half of Pasadena households...

April 16, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 16, 2020


Mayor Tornek provides a brief overview of safety measures being...

April 14, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 14, 2020


Mayor Tornek explains what has to happen before the Safer...

April 11, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 11, 2020


Mayor Tornek discusses the COVID-19 testing taking place this month...

April 11, 2020: Proclamation - Week of the Young Child

• April 11, 2020


PROCLAMATION  Whereas quality early childhood education promotes the intellectual, emotional...

April 9, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 9, 2020


Mayor Tornek explains the City's latest efforts to provide financial...

April 8, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 8, 2020


Mayor Tornek urges you to refrain from the usual holiday...

April 7, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 7, 2020


Mayor Tornek shares what the City is doing to ensure...

April 6, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 6, 2020


If you're still earning income, Mayor Tornek encourages you to...

April 2, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 2, 2020


Mayor Tornek gives a brief overview of the COVID-19 isolation...

April 1, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• April 1, 2020


Mayor Tornek explains the COVID-19 eviction moratorium passed by City...

April 1, 2020: National Poetry Month

• April 1, 2020


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

March 31, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• March 31, 2020


Mayor Tornek explains the recent decision to close the disc...

March 30, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• March 30, 2020


Mayor Tornek gives special thanks to the healthcare workers, first...

March 27, 2020: Video - Message from Mayor Terry Tornek

• March 27, 2020


Mayor Tornek thanks local businesses for following the Safer At...

March 26, 2020: Video - Medical Supplies Needed by Huntington Hospital

• March 26, 2020


Huntington Hospital is in urgent need of medical supplies, and...

March 24, 2020: Video - Safer At Home

• March 24, 2020


Mayor Tornek urges you to stay home as much as...

March 20, 2020: Video - Safer at Home Order

• March 20, 2020


Mayor Terry Tornek provides an update to the Covid-19 pandemic...

March 14, 2020: A Message from Mayor Terry COVID-19

• March 14, 2020


As many of you are aware, I am in Africa...

January 20, 2020: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

• January 20, 2020


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

November 11, 2019: Veterans Day

• November 11, 2019


PROCLAMATION: Whereas, the history of the United States is rich...

November 10, 2019: National Nurse Practitioner Week

• November 10, 2019


PROCLAMATION Whereas, serving as trusted frontline providers of health care...

October 7, 2019: Walktober and Pedestrian Safety Month

• October 7, 2019


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

October 7, 2019: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

• October 7, 2019


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

October 7, 2019: Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

• October 7, 2019


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

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

• September 23, 2019


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

September 8, 2019: National Suicide Prevention Week

• September 8, 2019


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

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