Bell Gardens Reflects on ‘Trying’ Year

City council chooses new mayor, mayor pro tem.

By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer

Bell Gardens Councilwoman Priscilla Flores was recognized for her service as Mayor Pro Tem during a difficult year for the city during the annual reorganization of council appointments on Monday.

Usually a festive event, the mood in the packed council meeting chambers was somber.

Alluding to the unexpected death of Mayor Daniel Crespo in September, several speakers thanked Flores for stepping in to perform his duties during “a very trying time” in the city.

Flores was presented with certificates of recognition from Sen. Ricardo Lara, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Top clockwise: Mayor Pro Tem Pedro Aceituno, Councilember Jose Mendoza, Councilmember Maria Pulido, Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez and Councilmember Priscilla Flores during Bell Garden’s meeting Monday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Top clockwise: Mayor Pro Tem Pedro Aceituno, Councilember Jose Mendoza, Councilmember Maria Pulido, Mayor Jennifer Rodriguez and Councilmember Priscilla Flores during Bell Garden’s meeting Monday. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

“The city of Bell Gardens is a better city because of you,” said Garcia’s representative.

Flores, who seemed uncomfortable with the accolades, said she was accepting the recognitions on behalf of Crespo, who she said fulfilled the duties of mayor for most of the year, drawing applause from the audience.

During the brief meeting, Jennifer Rodriguez was voted in as mayor and Pedro Aceituno was chosen to serve as mayor pro tem. Both have been on the council for more than a decade.

Newly appointed Councilwoman Maria Pulido was also publically administered the oath of office.

Though no honors were posthumously presented to Crespo, the council made sure to recognize the legacy he left behind.

“I’m glad Mr. Crespo got to serve as mayor, I probably would have selected him again,” said Flores. “He did a lot for our community, there’s always going to be a piece of him in Bell Gardens.”

An emotional Rodriguez said the city got a lot done in the past year and though he is no longer around she continues to feel Crespo’s influence and presence.

“Though this has been a year of progress, tragedy…it has made us stronger.”

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January 29, 2015  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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