Commerce Council Cordial as Recall Petition Nears Certification

By Paul Aranda, Jr., EGP Staff Writer

On the surface, Tuesday evening’s city council meeting in Commerce appeared to function as any normal civic activity. Behind the curtains, nothing in Commerce politics is at is appears.

Earlier in the day, the Los Angeles County Recorder-Registrars office confirmed to EGP that a recall petition filed against three current council members received on March 24 is slated for certification on April 24.

A second recall petition against another councilmember is still in the circulation phase, according to City Administrator Jorge J. Rifa.

Despite all the background turmoil, the council members conducted the city’s business in cordial fashion with no appearances of any of the ill feelings that may exist amongst them.

Mayor Tina Baca Del Rio and councilmembers Ivan Altamirano, Lelia Leon and Denise Robles were all on the same page in commending the efforts of residents who took part in the Relay for Life event held last weekend at Veterans Memorial Park.

Del Rio applauded the staff and residents participation in the 24-hour long fundraising event that raised $31,000 for the American Cancer Society. Del Rio stated that any effort towards the annual event is meaningful as “it is not just a fundraising event, it’s a healing event.”

The council was also unanimous in its urgency that residents arrive early for this weekend’s Easter egg hunt at Veterans Memorial Park. The event is widely popular and late arrivals are certain to be left out of the fun. “They say go, and it’s gone,” Del Rio explained. “It’s a lot of fun and the kids absolutely enjoy it.” The Big Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday April 19 at 11 a.m.

A small group of senior citizens in attendance received some good news and then some more good news when the council voted to extend the city’s Temporary Senior Citizen Rent Subsidy Program. In addition to the extension, the council voted to expand the program for a two-year period. Leon, who made the recommendation, said she wanted to make it more comfortable for residents who rely on the program.

Robles asked Community Services Director, Matt Rodriguez, to ensure staff does more for residents than simply passing along referrals for housing assistance.

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