Two City Commissioner Vacancies Filled

Former Temple City councilman Dan Arrighi and Parks and Recreation commissioner Cynthia Sternquist were appointed to fill two vacancies by the City Council.

On Monday, May 4, 2009, the City Council selected Arrighi to serve on the Parks and Recreation commission, while they chose to place Sternquist on the Planning commission.

Vacancies on both of the city’s volunteer commissions were formed after the March 2009 city council elections. Temple City voters had elected then-Parks and Recreation commissioner Tom Chavez and then-Planning commissioner Vincent Yu to the City Council.

Arrighi is a former city councilman and mayor of Temple City. He served on the City Council from 2003 to 2007 and lost a re-election bid to current councilman Fernando Vizcarra.

Despite losing in a historic coin toss in early 2007, Arrighi entered the School Board election race in late summer. He failed to win a position on the Temple City School Board.

Arrighi has lived in Temple City for more than twenty years.

Sternquist was the Vice-Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission. She had served on the Parks and Recreation commission for about two decades.

In 2007, Sternquist ran with councilman Vizcarra for a position on the City Council. She failed to win a seat.

Like Arrighi, Sternquist is a long-time resident of Temple City.

Both Arrighi and Sternquist were sworn into office on Tuesday, May 5.

As a result of Sternquist’s appointment to the Planning commission, a new vacancy on the Parks and Recreation has been created.


This article was written by Sophia Chang. It was published in the Temple City Voice on July 31, 2009.


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