City Manager Fires Avant Garde

Pulido believes his economic and redevelopment experience will better serve the City

Written by RAYMOND TRAN / Published August 27, 2010

Economic development consultant Avant Garde has been dismissed.

City Manager Jose Pulido publicly declared on Thursday that he had terminated Temple City’s agreement with Avant Garde.

“A letter has been sent to Avant-Garde terminating [their] services” Pulido wrote in the January 21, 2010 weekly city manager’s report.

The city manager made his decision because he felt his experience overlapped with the services Avant Garde has been offering Temple City.

“It is my assessment that my background and experience overlaps considerably with the services currently being provided by Avant-Garde to the City,” he stated.

Avant Garde was hired by the City Council last March to help Temple City revitalize its local economy. Program Director Robert Paz attended numerous city council meetings, offering suggestions to city officials and staff since April 2009.

The economic development consultant has also produced a redevelopment plan, a proposal for a farmers’ market, and a parking survey.

According to Pulido, Temple City will save approximately $20,000 to $22,000 this current fiscal year as a result of ending its relationship with Avant Garde.

Pulido, hired last October, previously served as the city administrator for the city of San Fernando. He has been credited with bringing economic and redevelopment expertise to that municipality.


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