Dr. Marina Khubesrian Photo by Steve Whitmore

A month after the newly appointed mayor of South Pasadena approved the appointment and re-appointment of 18 women to voluntary commissions that raised the ire of many residents, she has now added the names of two men.

But the controversy continues to boil as a local attorney has filed a California Public Records Act request with the city, seeking information as to the qualifications of those women appointed.

Public Records Request

So Pas attorney Edward E. Corey – who was in good standing and wanted to serve another term on the city’s Finance Commission and was not re-appointed – has filed a California Public Records Act request with the city on Friday, Jan. 11, for the resumes and written qualifications of all the people that applied to be on the commissions.

Corey, whose legal specialty is complicated real estate transactions and business law, also served as the chief operating officer for the Tournament of Roses for many years, said he’s filing the request because newly appointed Mayor Dr. Marina Khubesrian indicated that all the people she appointed and re-appointed were highly qualified.

“The article in the paper suggested the mayor chose these candidates based on their specific skillsets suitable for the job,” Corey said in an interview with The Review. “It seems only appropriate that we get the applications and qualifications for these people that were appointed.”

Moreover, local resident Chris Bray said in an email to The Review and others that he had wished the city would’ve informed those that wanted to volunteer the bias towards women.
“ate last year, the South Pasadena City Council solicited volunteers for service on commissions,” Bray said in the email. “It would have been polite to mention the plan to only appoint women. You asked people to serve without mentioning that you wouldn’t accept their service. I won’t be alone in remembering that, the next time you ask for volunteers.”

Khubesarian defended her appointments, saying the applicants chosen were highly qualified.

“All my appointments were made with the considerations of skill sets, expertise, and perspectives offered by the pool of applicants for a particular commission,” Khubesrian said in an email to The Review. “Some commissions had more applicants than others or needed special skill sets.”

Read the entire story in the print edition of next week’s Review.

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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