Temple City May Remodel City Council Chambers

Mayor asks staff to research options for city council to consider.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published February 3, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

Temple City’s council chambers may get a renovation, if city council members move forward on an idea the mayor has presented.

“We’ve been talking about this [the remodeling] for some time,” mayor Fernando Vizcarra said on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

The mayor described a couple of aesthetic issues he noticed, including the chairs, carpet, dais, and audio system of the council chambers.

“The chairs that we are sitting in are somewhat ancient,” he complained. “The springs are sticking out.”

If the city council ultimately agrees to a renovation, a priority would be the sound system, Vizcarra said.

“I would agree with you that the décor, as a matter of fact, the whole city hall, merits some updating,” mayor pro tempore Vincent Yu stated.

Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist also agreed with the mayor’s suggestion. Sternquist urged the city council to look into replacing the chairs.

Councilperson Judy Wong also agreed with the mayor.

“I say go for it,” commented councilman Tom Chavez, after giving his blessing to a remodeling of the council chambers.

Patrick Horton, a Temple City resident, suggested flat screen televisions. “As nice as our projection screen looks, it might be good to look at some other modes of presenting information,” he said.

City staff will begin looking into the options available, in addition to the costs of the renovation.

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