Bell Gardens Mayor, Councilmember Sworn-in

By EGP News Report

The Bell Gardens City Council Chamber was filled to capacity Monday with supporters of Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez and Councilman Pedro Aceituno who were sworn-in for another term on the city council after being re-elected in November.

Bell Gardens’ mayor is selected by a majority vote of the city council, and not by voters.

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Rodriguez and Aceituno were each joined by their respective spouses, children and parents as they took the oath of office administered by Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez.

L.A. County Assessor John Noguez swore in Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez elected in November. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

L.A. County Assessor John Noguez swore in Councilmember Pedro Aceituno elected in November. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

This is the third term for Rodriguez who was first elected to serve on the city council in 2003, and the fourth term for Aceituno who was first elected during a special recall election in 1999, according to the city clerk’s office.

The Jan. 9 meeting was the City Council’s first meeting for 2012; it was also the first meeting since November 28 when election related tensions were still running high.

However, in a rare moment of congeniality, Councilmember Daniel Crespo, who often locks horns with Rodriguez, congratulated her and Aceituno for their successful campaigns, defeating the two candidates he had backed during the race.

“You worked very hard in this election and you earned the votes you received,” said Crespo, “Congratulations.”

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