East Pasadena votes today for the person who will represent us on city council the next four years. Even in a down economy, development pressures and neighborhood protection are key issues. One issue on the immediate horizon is reuse or development of the historic St. Luke's Hospital site (pictured above). Other East Pasadena issues are lying in wait -- issues like the use of the empty car lots on Colorado, the vacant Hastings Theater, development near the Sierra Madre Villa metro station, and the seemingly forever stalled plans for an Eaton Wash trail. Then there are now perennial Pasadena city issues like the budget, city employee compensation, crime, housing, and the public schools.
Four candidates have each staked out different ground and run serious campaigns. Based on the relative parity in candidate lawn signs, chances are no candidate will win a majority and there will be a run-off. If there is run-off, we will hopefully see the candidates get more specific on the issues. We'll see how it all shakes out.