Why do more residents seem to turn out at South Pasadena meetings than those in Alhambra? That is the question resident Lola Armendariz asked at a City Council meeting on Jan. 28, referring to a recent South Pasadena Strategic Plan meeting.
Armendariz charged that the reasons included lack of details being shared with the public. “Give us some information," Armendariz said. "But you don’t. You don’t keep us informed." Mayor Barbara Messina responded, “I’d like to think that we are doing more in our city than South Pasadena does." Vice Mayor Steven Placido suggested that the Alhambra's efforts are sufficient and that residents can go online for information since the information is on the city's website.
When USC Annenberg researchers conducted a survey of residents, they found less than 25 percent had attended a local city meeting.
We'd like to know: Why have you attended a meeting? Why do you stay home? Let us know what you think!