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City Manager Resigns After 6 Years on Job

John J. Bernardi, city manager of South Pasadena for more than six years, has announced his resignation effective Sept. 1.

During his tenure, Bernardi, 50, has weathered city government struggles including financial difficulties, personnel problems and an ongoing battle over the proposed extension of the Long Beach Freeway. A 27-year South Pasadena employee, he became city manager in 1984.

Bernardi announced the resignation on Thursday but was unavailable for comment Friday. Dick Richards, mayor of the city of 23,936, said Bernardi has accepted a job with another city, though Richards did not know where. Richards said he knew of no incident prompting Bernardi to seek another job.


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