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  • District 4: Councilmember & Vice Mayor Gene Masuda

    Gene MasudaGene 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. Click here to learn more: 

    City Council District 4 Newsletter

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    Mayor Terry Tornek and City Councilmembers Sworn Into Office; Councilmember Gene Masuda Elected Vice-Mayor

    A three-part ceremony laced with light-hearted laughter saw the dissolution of one City Council and the swearing in of the next at Pasadena City Hall Monday afternoon and evening.

    Bill Bogaard became a private citizen once again, as did Vice Mayor Jacque Robinson.

    Mayor Terry Tornek was officially sworn in as Pasadena's new Mayor, along with incoming Tyron Hampton and re-elected Margaret McAustin, Gene Masuda, and Steve Madison as Councilmembers.

    As the Council's first business, Councilmember Gene Masuda was unanimously elected Vice Mayor.

    District 4 Sworn In Image

    Commissioner Haderlein Swearing In 

    Priscilla Hernandez (Senior Commission) and Steve Haderlein
    (Rose Bowl Operating Company) are being sworn into office as Commissioners.

    For more on this story and pictures please click on the link here.  

    Corridor Public Art ProjectSierra Madre Villa Pedestrian Corridor Public Art Project Installation

    Located in East Pasadena, the Sierra Madre Villa Pedestrian Corridor project consists of sidewalk expansion, lighting, landscaping and public art along the east side of Sierra Madre Villa Avenue to and from the Sierra Madre Villa Metro Light Rail Station.

    Kyungmi Shin's artwork titled Road Blossoms, utilizes the newly installed City light poles and the retaining wall. The proposed project is intended to improve the pedestrian experience along the freeway underpass and create a more pleasant overall environment. Inspired by the idea of promoting the use of public transportation, bicycling, walking and running, Shin designed a three-part artwork design consisting of art banners that have two components (1) painted metal "word sculptures" attached to the five light poles, and (2) painted metal poetry medallions attached to the five light poles. The concept includes one art banner, consisting of two light pole art elements at each of the five light poles in addition to the mural.

    Kyungmi Shin was chosen by a community stakeholder group that was convened in July and August 2012. She studied painting at San Francisco Art Institute, and received MFA in Sculpture and Installation from University of California at Berkeley in 1995. She moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and Ghana.
    To learn more about Kyungmi Shin visit her website www.kyungmishin.com or to learn more about her public art projects visit www.shingraystudio.com  

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gene at the Foothill Gold Line Azusa Downtown and APU/Citrus College Stations Dedication Ceremony on September 19, 2015.
    Gene serves on the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority and The Joint Powers Authority.

  • District 4 Community  Emergency Response Training

    By Harald Zechner Commissioner of the Pasadena Community Access Corporation Board


    Councilmember Gene Masuda’s invitation to District 4 residents wishing to learn Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) took place Saturday, October 25 at the former St. Luke Hospital site on Washington Blvd.  The day long event that included both classroom and out in the field hands on training was well attended by those wishing to sharpen their disaster skills.

    Pasadena Fire Department, Emergency Management Coordinator & Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian along with Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Reno and Urban Search & Rescue Fire Captain Richard Clark spoke about Disaster Preparedness, Light Search and Rescue, Fire Safety/Fire Suppression and Disaster Medical Operation.  A PowerPoint presentation and a lengthy question and answer session were all part of the two hour presentation.

    Training continued outside where attendees were shown various displays and setups including how to shut off a gas, electric or water meter, use a fire extinguisher or leverage to move heavy objects and work with power tools.  All were encouraged to participate and most did.  Sixteen or seventy, male or female they put out a real fire, used a power saw or moved a object that weighed more than they did.  

    Presented by the Pasadena Fire Department and Councilmember Gene Masuda this event was well organized and served the community well.  All who attended learned something that could save a life.  Who knows, maybe it could be their own.
    Also in attendance Pasadena Water and Power provided information on projects and rebates that encourage water and energy conservation.   


    Video from CERT

    District 4 CERT 


    Photos from CERT

    Or  click here to view the CERT Photos 


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