An Interview with Temple City Mayor Tom Chavez

Mayor Tom Chavez, Photo Courtesy of City of Temple City

Chavez was elected mayor unanimously on March 21.

Written by DANNY TSANG / Published April 22, 2011

The Temple City Voice recently spoke with Temple City Mayor Tom Chavez, who was elected to the position last month.

Chavez, who served as mayor pro tempore in 2010-2011, was unanimously elected by his colleagues to replace Councilman Fernando Vizcarra, during the March 21 city council meeting. Councilman Vincent Yu was selected to serve as mayor pro tempore.

As mayor, Chavez plans to move Temple City forward by communicating and collaborating extensively with the community and other members of the City Council.

“We have a very progressive and goal-oriented council,” Mayor Chavez said.

To guarantee that the City maintains its high-quality lifestyle, Chavez plans to push for reforms on the Gateway Plaza, which sits vacant on the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Boulevard.

“We will continue with our efforts of business retention and attraction with the intent of creating and maintaining job opportunities locally,” he also said.

Some of the mayor’s goals include enhancing the City’s website, produce a citizen’s academy to enlighten Temple City residents about how local government functions, update city codes and boost code enforcement, instituting a city-wide art and design program, and updating the City’s General Plan.

Chavez’s long-term plans include engaging social programs that focus on connecting the youth and senior citizens of Temple City, as well as developing strong connections with local agencies such as clergy and congregations in Temple City. The mayor also anticipates working the local school districts to generate joint ventures.

Chavez, a former Parks and Recreation commissioner, was elected to the City Council in March 2009. His term expires in March 2013.

Chavez will serve as Temple City’s mayor for one-year. His term will expire in 2012.

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