Montebello Mayor Joins Metrolink Board

December 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Vivian Romero is “truly excited” to be the newest member of the Metrolink Board of Directors, after being appointed Dec. 8 by Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Chairman Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve as the alternate for L.A, county Supervisor Hilda Solis.

Metrolink is a Southern California regional commuter rail service governed by The Southern California Regional Rail Authority (SCRRA), a joint powers authority made up of an 11-member board representing the transportation commissions of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The transportation system included seven routes that run through 6 counties. It is the second largest commuter rail system in Southern California, (Metro is the largest), and third largest in the county, according Metrolink’s announcement of Romero’s appointment.

“I am pleased to welcome Mayor Romero on behalf of the Metrolink Board,” said Board Chair Andrew Kotyuk in the announcement. “She is dedicated to addressing the mobility needs of her constituents in Montebello and the San Gabriel Valley as well as the entire diverse Southern California region.”

Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero

Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero

Romero is the first LGBTQ elected official to serve as mayor of Montebello, a position appointed by a vote of the members of the City Council. She is the founder of a boutique entertainment group focusing on management, licensing, publishing and contract negotiation.

Attending her first official meeting last week, Romero thanked Solis for facilitating the appointment and “her confidence and faith” in her.

“Based on my experience as recent past President of the Independent Cities Association and the current Chair of Metro’s San Gabriel Valley Service Council, I am prepared to work collaboratively and contribute toward improving regional mobility in Southern California,” Romero said.

“I will also continue my work advocating for the critical investments required to meet our region’s infrastructure and transportation needs that indispensably keep our communities and its residents safely moving and thriving.”

 

Election Shakes Up Local Boards

November 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Incumbents on the Montebello City Council and the Montebello Unified School District were ousted from their seats Tuesday, according to semi-official elections results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/Election Division.

In the city of Montebello, Mayor Jack Hadjinian received the most votes – 1,695 – in the city council race that had two seats on the five-member council up for grabs.

Jack Hadjinian

Jack Hadjinian

Challenger Vanessa Delgado – a developer – received the second highest number of votes at 1,469, unseating incumbent Councilwoman Christina Cortez who received 1,122 votes.

Vanessa Delgado

Vanessa Delgado

Two out of five seats were also up for election in the MUSD school board, which represents schools in Bell Gardens, Commerce, Montebello and, parts of Monterey Park, East Los Angeles and Pico Rivera. Board President Edgar Cisneros will be returning to the dais, receiving 3,396 votes. Challenger Joanna Flores – a professor at East Los Angeles College – garnered 3,119 votes, enough to win her the second seat on the board.

Edgar Cisneros

Edgar Cisneros

Joanna Flores

Joanna Flores

Longtime board member David Vela was a distant third, receiving only 2,668 votes.

Montebello voters also had the opportunity to elect a new city treasurer and city clerk. None of the incumbents chose to seek office, leaving challengers to face off against each other.

In the race for City Treasurer, Charles Pell, a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, passed the 50 percent mark with 2,061 of votes casts, beating out former councilwoman Rosie Vasquez. Pell is the son of MUSD’s Chief Financial Officer and former superintendent, Cleve Pell.

The city-clerk elect Irma Barajas received 1,614 votes, enough to beat out Christina Gonzales. Barajas is married to city councilman Art Barajas.

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