Temple City Consorts with San Gabriel Valley Council of Government, Again

Temple City was the only city in the San Gabriel Valley not affiliated with COG.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published October 14, 2009 (ONLINE ONLY)

After expressing much interest, the City Council unanimously agreed to rejoin the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGV COG).

“We’ve requested the Council formally approve rejoining the COG,” said interim city manager Cathy Burroughs at the June 16, 2009 city council meeting.

Founded in 1994, the COG is a regional organization that supports and lobbies for governments in the Los Angeles County.

The COG encompasses 31 incorporated cities and 3 supervisorial districts, which represent the unincorporated county areas of Los Angeles.

On its website, the COG mission statement reads, ‘the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments is a unified voice to maximize resources and advocate for regional and member interests to improve the quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley.’

“I think it’s better we’re in than out,” said councilman Fernando Vizcarra. “I think it’s valuable for us to belong.”

In May, Temple City became the only city in the region not a part of COG after the city of Bradbury rejoined the organization.

Temple City withdrew from the COG in 2005. To rejoin, the city must pay past membership dues. City staff stated the total would be about $60,000 in previous dues.

The plan is to pay for 60 percent of the membership dues with Proposition A funds.

“I feel a little more comfortable over the fact that we have found some funding for it,” commented councilman Tom Chavez, “that was my biggest complaint as I felt it was a bit expensive.”

Fortunately, funding has been approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to Burroughs in the June 18, 2009 city manager’s weekly report.

Councilman Vizcarra will be the delegate representing Temple City. Newly appointed councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist will be the alternate.

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