Last year I met Major Williams with reservation and hesitation because I had no idea who he was or why he wanted to be the Mayor of Pasadena. I had done some research and I already knew he wasn't born or raised here, but he's lived here for 8 years and he's a Republican. As far as I was concerned he already had two strikes simply because the Black Republican associates I have are always in disagreement with Black people as a majority.
So on purpose, I had him do the interview between the monument heads of Jackie and Mack Robinson, so he could feel the historical magnitude Black Pasadena has had on America.
I walked away from that introduction feeling impressed, but cautious. I told myself that I would see how he moved for the next year or so before I passed any judgment. That was 10 months ago.
I have encountered Major several times over the 10-month span. I saw him rocking a MAGA hat proudly and hobnobbing with the republicans in Washington, D.C. He has even visited the White House a couple of times, but I still can't tell you about his plans for Northwest Pasadena.
During our first conversation, I was specific about wanting to know about his Northwest agenda since that is the area most heavily populated with African-American and Latino residents.
Major was invited to a meeting last week full of community leaders and activists who want to bring change and peace to the Northwest area specifically. Major came and left before the conversation started. In discussions and meetings like that, if you aren't really going to participate, I would assume the only reason you'd come in is to be able to say you were there, but not because you wanted to be part of the awakening of the people. It was more of a photo-op situation.
His economic aspirations aren't targeted to any area of the city, but toward individual people. His plan is to show you how to make more money so you can afford to continue to live in the city. At one of his meet and greets, a woman who makes over $100,000 a year told him that she can't afford to live in the city. Williams' response was to tell her how she could make an extra few hundred dollars a month by working more.
Working harder isn't a solution to the housing problems here in Pasadena, less greed is.
Major still has time to show that he cares about the city and its people but the vote is in March and I know the people of Northwest very well. If he wants that vote he will have to show the people he has a purpose.