Four locally experienced candidates are vying for two commission seats in the March 13 municipal election in of South Pasadena.
Up for election are: Dan Calabria, incumbent Vice Mayor Lari Johnson, incumbent Gail M. Neidinger and Arthur Penny. Calabria and Penny are former commission members while Calabria is also a former mayor of the city.
According to the city’s website, a meet-the-candidates forum is scheduled for Thursday, February 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. in City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive. Members of the League of Women Voters will moderate.
The city of approximately 5,000 that is about one square mile in size has a commission form of government comprised of five at-large members, one of whom is elected as mayor. They meet twice each month. Each commissioner oversees a city department such as public safety or community improvement while the mayor oversees all administrative services. All members serve three-year terms and each receives an annual salary of $7,600.
In 2019, Max Elson’s post as mayor will be on the ballot. Two commission seats currently held by David Magenheimer and Gigi Esposito will be on the ballot in 2020.