Then and Now
What an honor to be nominated and appointed Mayor Pro Tem by my colleagues. My journey from the earliest days of class office at Eastmont Intermediate to my recent appointment in municipal politics has been incredible. I have had the fortune of being elected by my peers for the majority of the last 20 years. Here I plan to pull together all I’ve learned.
My goal as Mayor Pro Tem is to 1) work with all of my fellow council even when we disagree. It’s important to focus on the hundreds of issues on which we are of like mind, instead of being divisive and harboring ill-will on the few instances we see different paths forward; 2) to make sure the city is aware of and responsive to the needs of the community. The progress we make is all the more fruitful when we listen to all Montebello stakeholders as well as neighboring cities; and 3) always remember why we’re here - to be of service to the people we represent.
As the first African-American councilmember in our city, I want to give a special thank you to my colleagues Mayor @mtbcm_kimberly and and Councilmember @scarletoharaperalta for joining me in making Montebello history.