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Bio information as provided by candidate:
John Harabedian was born and raised in Sierra Madre. His parents John and Joanne moved to Sierra Madre over 36 years ago, and raised John and his three sisters Jennifer, Erin, and Lindsay here. Each still proudly lives in Sierra Madre.
Harabedian attended Sierra Madre Elementary and St. Rita School. During those years, John spent most of his time playing baseball at Heasley and Dapper fields, hiking Bailey Canyon and Mt. Wilson Trail, and swimming at the recreational center. Harabedian is a member of St. Rita Parish.
As an attorney, Harabedian’s practice focuses on commercial and criminal litigation, and he volunteers a significant amount of his time to pro bono matters. Harabedian previously served as a law clerk to a federal district court judge in the Central District of California.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Harabedian served as a policy analyst for the City of Los Angeles where he specialized in public safety and homeland security. Specifically, John worked with the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments to formulate and implement policies focused on crime reduction, terrorism prevention and deterrence, and emergency preparedness. Harabedian also served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and worked as an investment banker.
Harabedian is a graduate of Loyola High School, Yale University (B.A. Political Science), Oxford University (Masters in Public Policy), and Stanford Law School (J.D.). John serves on the Board of Directors of Orphans Against AIDS, Inc., an international non-profit organization that provides academic support for children in developing countries who have been orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS.
John and his fiancée Young-Gi spend most of their time exploring the outdoors, cooking, reading, spending time with family, and of late planning a wedding.
Responses to SierraMadreNews.Net Candidate Q and A Questionnaire
Q. What’s your favorite type of music?
Q. In or out of that genre, what’s your favorite album/CD?
A. Danger Mouse, The Grey Album
Q. What’s your favorite movie?
A. The Breakfast Club
Q. Who’s your favorite actor?
A. Christopher Walken
Q. Who’s your favorite actress?
A. Melissa McCarthy
Q. What’s your favorite book?
A. The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
Q. Who’s your favorite author?
A. Ernest Hemingway/Aaron Sorkin
Q. What’s your favorite TV show?
Q. What’s your favorite meal?
A. Whatever Mom cooks. Otherwise, a cheeseburger
Q. Who’s your favorite comic?
A. Ricky Gervais
Q. Your favorite sports team?
Q. Who is/was your favorite president (living or dead)?
Q. Who’s better — Mel Torme or Vic Damone?
A. Mel Torme
Q. Beatles or Rolling Stones?
Q. U2 or Rush?
Q. Beach Boys or Jan and Dean?
A. Beach Boys
Q. Paper or plastic?
A. Canvas bag
Q. What are your hobbies?
A. Golf, cooking
Q. What’s your favorite sport to watch?
Q. What’s your favorite sport to participate in? �
Q. If you could meet a famous figure from the past, who would you choose and why?
A. JFK because I admire his legacy and advancement of civil rights
Q. If you could meet a famous figure from today, who would it be and why?
A. Mark Zuckerberg because I would love to brainstorm with him on how to connect people beyond Facebook
John HarabedianElection/Seat Sought: Regular election, one of two 4-year seats