Yugar Sworn in as New Parks and Recreation Commissioner

Pamela Yugar, a Temple City resident, became the newest member of the Parks and Recreation commission on Tuesday, October 7, 2008.

The Parks and Recreation commission, an advisory body to the City Council, had one vacancy after then-Commissioner Tom O’Leary resigned to become a Planning Commissioner. O’Leary’s appointment was confirmed on August 19.

Yugar has lived in Temple City twice; first as a renter and now as a homeowner. She has worked for the cities of Alhambra, Azuza, and Bell Gardens. Yugar is also fluent in Spanish.

In July, Yugar had originally filed for a position on the city’s Planning Commission.

After the City Council unanimously certified Yugar’s appointment, City Clerk Mary Flandrick administered the oath of office to her. Yugar will now serve on the Parks and Recreation commission through June 30, 2010.

The City Council also addressed two economic items on Tuesday evening. The first item, a discussion on the Alpha-Beta property, and the second, consideration of hiring an economic development consultant, were both placed on the agenda by Temple City Mayor Cathé Wilson.

Drawings of a proposed four-story development were shown to the City Council.

The City Council has been eager to redevelop the vacant lot on the corner of Woodruff Avenue and Temple City Boulevard. Several kinds of proposals have been introduced, including a hotel and a mixed-use project.

The Council was given notice that a meeting with the owners Mike Huang and Karena Sujo would occur on Thursday.

Mayor Wilson also recommended fomenting the process of hiring an economic development consultant.

Councilman Ken Gillanders disagreed, stating the City’s previous experience of hiring one that was not beneficial to Temple City.

Nevertheless, Councilman Fernando Vizcarra moved to direct the City Manager to send out “Requests for Proposals (RFPs)” or “Requests for Qualifications (RFQs)” for council to review. His motion was seconded by Councilwoman Judy Wong.

Councilman Gillanders was the sole objector to the proposal. It passed by a vote of 4-1.


This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on February 6, 2009.


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