City Officials Pick Anniversary Slogan

“Celebrating 50 Years as a Community” chosen as anniversary motto.

Written by RANDY SHUN / Published April 30, 2010 (ONLINE ONLY)

Nearly two and a half hours into the city council meeting, exhausted city leaders on Tuesday selected “Celebrating 50 Years as a Community” to be the official anniversary slogan.

The City Council, on Dec. 1, 2009, chose a slogan from among the three forwarded by the Parks and Recreation commission. Besides the winning entry, the Parks and Recreation commission also recommended “Fifty Years of Fun, Friends, Family, and Future” and “Go TC’s Golden Camellia.”

A total of 92 entries, from more than 32 individuals, were submitted in October. But, not all city councilmembers were happy about the choices presented.

“Frankly, I didn’t like any of them,” Councilman Tom Chavez said.

Meanwhile, Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist preferred “Preserving Our Past as We Look to the Future” and “A Town with a Past, A City with a Future.” Both entries mirror the campaign slogan she used during her 2007 campaign for the city council.

Eager to move along, Mayor Fernando Vizcarra urged the fatigued City Council to act. (Earlier, the City Council had considered several “big” agenda items, including downtown parking, a farmers’ market, and remodeling the council chambers). It did, but not before councilmembers made a couple of gaffes.

On a motion to select a motto from among the original 92 entries, both Chavez and Mayor Pro Tempore Vincent Yu voted no.

Chavez thought he was voting “no” to starting over from scratch, while Yu wanted the City Council to choose from the three recommended by the Parks and Recreation commission.

The motion passed 3-2.

Next, a motion to select a slogan from among the three forwarded by the Parks and Recreation commission was made. Only Sternquist voted no.

The City Council finally voted to select “Celebrating 50 Years as a Community” as the official motto. This time, no one objected, and the motion also passed.

In addition to picking a slogan, the City Council decided to celebrate Temple City’s 50th anniversary the entire year. Temple City turns 50 in May 2010.

For now, there are two official commemoration dates: May 21 and May 22, 2010. A closed-door event will be held on Friday, while a public event will be held on Saturday.

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