Former Commerce Mayor Robert Cornejo Passes

By EGP News Report

Former Commerce mayor and councilmember Robert J. Cornejo died on February 23, 2011. He was 76.

Cornejo was a 54 year resident of Commerce who was first elected to the City Council in 1984. He was reelected in 1988 and 1992, serving twice as Commerce’s mayor.

During his years in office Cornejo was committed to supporting education, strong public safety services and responding to resident concerns, according to the city.

In a statement, the city said Cornejo was a strong advocate for job creation, and supported the creation of the Youth Employment and Service (YES) summer youth employment program.

He was also a founding member of the City’s Community Anti-Gang Task Force, which continues on today as the Commerce Community Task Force.

Cornejo was also very involved in many of the City’s civic and service organizations, which included the Model City Democratic Club, the St. Marcellinus Holy Name Society, and the Bell Gardens High School Booster Club to name a few, according to a statement issued on behalf of the city.

The city said Cornejo continued to serve his community as a member of the Planning Commission up until his death.

He is survived by his wife Sandy, three daughters Chris, Gloria, and Cynthia, son Robert Jr., 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

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March 3, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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