WISPPA President Bianca Richards with Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz at the organizations monthly meeting.
WISPPA President Bianca Richards with Superintendent Dr. Geoff Yantz at the organizations monthly meeting.
Photo by Harry Yadav

Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action (WISPPA) will hold its 4th annual Community Connections Forum on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church. 

This year the organization is focusing on the City and the School District. The panel will consist of Mayor Dr. Richard Schneider,  Library Director Steve Fjeldsted, Community Services Director Sheila Pautsch, and School Board President Jon Primuth. Guests will be discussing the services they provide for the city and the challenges they face.

Mayor Schneider was elected to the City Council in 2007, re-elected in 2009 and 2015, serving as Mayor twice before during his tenure.  Dr. Schneider graduated from Yale University and received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology and has been a partner of the Clinical Laboratory Medical Group since 1979. He is a member of numerous community groups, including South Pasadena Beautiful, Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, South Pasadena Preservation and the San Gabriel Bicycle Coalition.

Steve Fjeldsted has been the City Librarian and Director of Library, Arts & Culture for South Pasadena Public Library for more than 11 years. Previously, Steve served as a Library Director for several county libraries in Northern and Central California. He graduated from San Jose State with a Master’s in Library Science in 1980 and has been selected as one of their Top 40 graduates.

In 2009, Pautsch became the Community Services Director for the City of South Pasadena where she oversees Recreation, Senior Programs, Transit, as well as managing the City contracts and leases. She has worked in the field of Recreation for almost 30 years. Pautsch holds a Masters in Public Administration and has taught Recreation and Leisure classes at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Jon Primuth received his juris doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in 1989 and is currently in private practice in Pasadena. A twenty-year resident of South Pasadena, Primuth and his wife, Karin, educated their three children in the South Pasadena schools. Jon has served the school district in various volunteer organizations such as the PTA, South Pasadena HS Music Boosters and SPEF.  He is now serving as School Board President.

WISPPA’s purpose is to push for accountability, integrity, and transparency in South Pasadena government and seeks to offer opinions and advocate for positions concerning the well-being of the City of South Pasadena, and to provide information to the electorate regarding city issues. The organization encourages qualified candidates, especially women, to develop their leadership skills and run for office.

Feb. 3’s event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the basement of Calvary Presbyterian Church is at 1050 Fremont Ave.  WISPPA members gather at 8:30 for a business meeting that starts at 8:45. After the panel ends, around 10:30, there is an opportunity for socializing and networking.  Coffee and refreshments are served throughout the event.

Everyone is welcomed to attend.  Calvary Presbyterian Church is at 1050 Fremont Ave.   Visit the WISPPA website at www.wisppa.org for more information.

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