Mayor’s Inaugural Statement
This is my inaugural address at the Glendora City Council meeting on March 25, 2014:
“As a resident of Glendora for the past 34 years I proudly and humbly accept the position of Mayor. I look forward to representing our beautiful city and its citizens.
At this time I would like to introduce my family. Without their support I would not be here tonight. Would you please stand…
I would also like to thank my friends who have assisted me in so many ways. I appreciate the presence of all of you here tonight. I especially want to acknowledge Debi Wilson, Jennifer Leos and Debbie Neal. These three women encouraged me to run for office and worked alongside me during my campaign. Thank you so much for your continued support.
(Jennifer Leos, Debi Wilson, Debbie Neal, Judy Nelson)
When I decided to semi-retire from my business, I resolved that it was time to give back to our community. I chose to join local city government with the goal of making a positive impact for all of our residents. It has been a very rewarding journey for me and I look forward to what the coming year will bring.
As most of you are aware, our city has navigated some precarious waters recently. in the past few months we have fought fire and dodged debris and mudflow. We have faced fiscal uncertainty due to challenging economic times and we continue to cautiously steer a course of financial stability. We are currently in the midst of a state-wide drought and our city is committed to ensuring our water resources for the future.
A personal concern of mine is newly drafted legislation which would designate the San Gabriel Mountains, including portions of the populated foothills of our city, as a National Recreation Area. While we all want to encourage recreation and to preserve and protect our wild areas, I am very concerned about the details of this plan which may result in unintended consequences, particularly in relationship to local control, property rights and water availability. Throughout my term I will be paying close attention to this legislation, as well as other proposed laws that may impact our city.
This evening, as I accept the position of Mayor, I pledge my commitment to maintaining Glendora’s financial stability. I am equally committed to preserving and improving the quality of life we now enjoy. I look forward to working together, as a community—with Council, City Staff and residents—to ensure that Glendora remains, now and in the future, our Pride of the Foothills.