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Meet & Greet Regional Spotlight: Glendale and Pasadena with Mayors Ara Najarian and Terry Tornek

September 10, 2015
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
DLA Piper
550 South Hope St, Suite 2300
Los Angeles, CA United States
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An evening with the Mayors

terry tornek 2015new najarianJoin ULI Los Angeles at a Regional Spotlight event to hear from the Mayors of Glendale and Pasadena, the Honorable Ara Najarian and the Honorable Terry Tornek.

Neighbors to each other and to Los Angeles, Glendale and Pasadena are two of the Southland’s largest and most historic communities. Because of their geographic centrality, these two communities know more than most about the need to balance individual municipal identity with regional cooperation on a variety of issues. Regional issues include all modes of transportation, from rail to the 710 freeway, housing affordability, and flood control. The two cities, along with their neighbor Burbank, own and operate the Burbank Airport as well. Locally, while well-established, both cities are home to exciting new areas of ongoing revitalization. Glendale was Curbed LA’s Neighborhood of the Year in 2013, while Old Pasadena is set to grow its footprint. But there’s no need for ULI to tell you about the merits of these two great communities. Not when we have their biggest boosters to tell us themselves.

Mayor Najarian has served on the Glendale City Council since 2005. He previously served as Mayor in 2010 and 2011. Like many ULI members, he is an attorney. He was born and raised in Ohio, but came to school locally, attending Occidental College for his undergraduate degree and USC for Law School, and he has been here since then. The Mayor is deeply steeped in regional cooperation, having served on multiple regional entities, including the San Fernando Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors, where he served as Chair for both.

Mayor Tornek is Pasadena’s first new Mayor in 16 years, but he’s not new to the City at all. He originally came to California in 1982 to become the Planning Director of the City (so his skill set is also familiar to ULI members). He then spent two decades in the private sector, developing and managing real estate. In 2007, he returned to public service for the City of Pasadena, joining the Planning Commission. Two years later, he was elected to the City Council, and this past April, he was elected Mayor. Mayor Tornek has seen government from every angle: citizen, customer, employee, and elected leader. Before starting his career in public service and coming to California, the Mayor was educated at Princeton and Columbia.

Our host for this event is DLA Piper, and will we be gathering at their offices in downtown Los Angeles. We hope you will join ULI-LA on Thursday evening, September 10, to meet the Mayors. Mayors Najarian and Tornek will be our featured guests. Both Mayors will be making presentations about their communities, and then will be answering your questions in an intimate setting available only to ULI’s guests at this event.


  • Private $45 (Non-Member $60)
  • Public/Nonprofit $35 (Non-Member $50)
  • Young Leaders $35 (Non-Member $50)
  • Student $25 (Non-Member $35)

Please note that registration increases $10 after September 8. To register, click “Register Now” below or here to download a registration form. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided, courtesy of DLA Piper.


Ampco Parking (second drive way on Hope St and the primary DLA Piper parking garage) charges a flat $8.00 rate for arrivals after 5pm.  STANDARD parking (first drive way on Hope St) charges $2.50 per 12 minutes with a $12.00 maximum for arrivals after 6pm.


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