Richard Schneider Takes Over as Mayor of South Pasadena

Dr. Richard Schneider formally took over as Mayor of the City of South Pasadena for the 2017-18 term during the Dec. 20 Council meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Departing was four-time Mayor Michael Cacciotti. The 2017-18 term will mark Schneider’s 3rd in office. 

New Mayor of South Pasadena, Dr. Richard Schneider, at the Public Library’s special eclipse viewing event in late August. Photo by Bill Glazier

In accepting the position, Schneider first thanked the community, his wife Pauline and his family for their support before turning his attention to issues he plans to prioritize in the new year.

In the order listed by Schneider at the Dec. 20 meeting, here are some of the new mayor’s stated goals:

• The final disposal of the SR710

• Achieving real progress on the Rialto in conjunction with new lease holders Mosaic Church

• Seeing improved contracts for the owners of San Pasqual Stables and the Arroyo Seco Golf Course management

• Implementing the Renewable Energy Council’s recommendations to enter the Ready for 100, a campaign by the Sierra Club that cities make a commitment to be 100 percent clean energy by a certain date in the future

• Continuing to work on infrastructure: the City’s water system, streets and traffic

• Restoring South Pasadena’s urban forest

• Renovating the City facilities, particularly the Eddie Park House and the Arroyo Seco Golf Club and Restaurant

• Progress on new initiatives for public art and the continuing effort to beautify the city