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June 3rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
Seats Left Vacant by Chavez and Yu Filled, Sternquist Appointment Leaves New Opening
At Tuesday’s meeting the city council formerly appointed two new commissioners to join the Planning Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission.
The new Planning Commissioner, Cynthia Sternquist expressed her appreciation of the appointment during a short speech following her swearing in.
“I am very excited and very appreciative to have the honor to serve not only the council but the citizens of Temple City”, said Sternquist who has been a Parks and Rec. commissioner for nearly 20 years.
Dan Arrighi, during his acceptance speech congratulated Sternquist on her appointment and also thanked the council and citizens for the opportunity to serve them as the new head of the Parks and Recreation Commission.
“I’ve been on sabbatical for a few years,” said Arrighi, “and I thought maybe it was time to get back into volunteerism and give something back to the community which has given so much to me and my family. I’m looking forward to doing a great job on Parks and Rec. I don’t know if I can do a better job than Cynthia, but I’ll certainly give it my best.”
Following the speeches, Mayor Wong thanks all the applicants who were not selected for the commissioner positions. “Even though you were not selected,” said Wong, “there are always future chances. Thank you so much to the people that applied.”
The two positions had become available when left vacant by council members Vincent Yu and Tom Chavez as they took their elected seats on the city council. Sternquist’s appointment leaves yet another seat open on the 5-member Parks and Rec. Commission. They city will now allow new applicants to apply and be interviewed for the position. Those who applied for the recently appointed seats will be added to the pot of new applicants and the new commissioner will be chosen from among the total lot of applicants.