Appointed in 2009, Sternquist is seeking a full term this March.
Written by AVA CHENG / Published January 7, 2011
In 2007, Cynthia Sternquist lost the City Council election by a mere 20 votes. Today, Sternquist is now a sitting council member eager to win her first full term.
Sternquist, a former Parks and Recreation commissioner, as well as Planning commissioner, was appointed in 2009 to fill the seat of former Temple City Mayor David Capra.
The appointed councilmember hopes to lead Temple City toward a more community-oriented direction. Her campaign slogan is, “A New Voice, A New Direction.”
When asked why she was running for City Council, Sternquist responded, “I would like to continue making a positive impact on the lives of the residents in this city.”
One of her accomplishments includes spearheading a partnership with the Habitat for Humanity of the San Gabriel Valley.
The non-profit Habitat created a program, “A Brush with Kindness” that awards $10,000 grants to homeowners to rehabilitate homes in Temple City. Costs for supplies are covered in the grant, while labor is covered by volunteers, which fosters a better sense of community by helping those in their own city.
If elected, Sternquist hopes to expand the City’s partnership with Habitat and hopes to have a larger project that helps Temple City meet the state’s requirement for affordable and senior housing.
In addition to Habitat, Sternquist has introduced senior meals, enhanced senior citizen activities, and support for the elderly. Beginning in February, senior citizens will have a place nearby for them to get a healthy, fair-priced meal at Live Oak Park.
The 32-year Temple City resident also was instrumental in launching the “50 Books for 50 Years” book drive, which according to Sternquist, the City has donated a total of 500 new books to the local library.
The redevelopment of Temple City’s downtown is another objective of the councilwoman, if she wins in March.
She intends to make sure the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard, the Piazza lot, is developed.
It can be “something our residents will be proud to have in our city,” she said.
She intends to work for a project that appeals to all residents, as well as those passing through Temple City, especially given that a commercial development will bring in valuable tax dollars.
Sternquist has been endorsed by Temple City Unified School District School Board Member Joe Walker.
This is the first of six candidate profile interviews that the Temple City Voice will conduct for the 2011 March City Council election.