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March 21st, 2014 by Terry Miller
Temple City City Council unanimously appointed former Mayor Pro Tempore Carl Blum Tuesday to serve as mayor for the coming year. Councilmember Tom Chavez was also appointed to a one-year position as mayor pro tempore.
Blum was first named to Council in 2010, having served five years as a planning commissioner. He replaces Councilmember Cynthia Sternquist as mayor, who was appointed to office in 2009. Chavez was elected to Council in 2009, having previously served on the Parks and Recreation Commission for six years.
Since elected, Blum along with Councilmember Vincent Yu has played an integral role in construction of the soon-to-be-completed Rosemead Boulevard Safety Enhancements and Beautification Project. Under his mayoral leadership, Blum will continue to advocate for sustainable infrastructure and quality of life improvements as indicated by the City’s developing long-range plans.
“This last year we continued to lay the groundwork to guide our city for the next 50 years,” says Blum. “This coming year we’ll bring together the numerous studies and plans into a viable and implementable Strategic Plan.”
Agreeing, Chavez adds, “We’ve accomplished a great deal over the past few years, but there is still a lot of work to do. With the help of City staff, our commissioners and the citizens of Temple City, I am confident we will meet our goals in the coming year.”
As mayor, Blum will continue to solicit public input for the General Plan to prioritize goals for improving transportation, land use, and parks and open space. He also looks forward to enhancing bicycle infrastructure, improving roadway conditions and upgrading downtown amenities to attract new economic investment.
Blum anticipates a busy year as mayor but is fueled by community support and civic engagement. “Stay informed,” he advises. “We rely on your input as we prepare to take critical steps in determining the future of our city.”