Women Involved in South Pasadena Political Action, or known simply as WISPPA, held its annual cocktail party on Tuesday, July 16, at the home of Mary Urquhart, on Chelten Way in South Pasadena.
Senator Carol Liu, whose the 25th District, represents South Pasadena was the featured speaker.
WISPPA’s purpose is to push for accountability, integrity, and transparency in South Pasadena city government, and to actively encourage strong, well-qualified candidates, and especially women, to run for City Council and to serve on city commissions.
WISPPA also 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 Council candidates and city issues.
Liu, who talked on a multitude of issues from education in the state to the 710 Freeway/tunnel, is a fifth generation Californian on her mother’s side and the daughter of an immigrant (her father emigrated from China before WWII). She started her career as a secondary school educator prior to assuming administrative responsibilities in northern California.
Following her move to southern California, Liu became involved in numerous community issues, leading to her election to the La Canada Flintridge City Council where she served for eight years. She then ran for the State Assembly where she authored key legislation that became enacted on education, domestic violence, water quality and other important issues. Following her time in the Assembly, Ms. was elected to the California State Senate, the first Asian American woman to hold the position. She has been well recognized throughout her career for her leadership and public policy advocacy and expertise, particularly on education issues.
While WISPPA encourages women to run for local office, it does not endorse, support or oppose any specific candidate.
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