City Council Report Highlights Communication Strategies

A majority of the items have already been accomplished.

Written by VINCENT WEI / Published March 16, 2012

Communication between the city of Temple City and its residents has and will continue to improve, according to a recent oral report by Councilmember Carl Blum.

The councilmember, who sits on the Communications ad hoc committee with Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist, presented the final report during the city council meeting of September 6, 2011.

“These are some of the key things we did,” he said. “We think all those things are either done or are on their way.”

Among the items he listed, hiring a staff member to address communication issues, implementing an annual “State of the City” address, developing town hall meetings, posting actions by the city council after meetings, posting the city manager’s report online, and communicating with the Chinese population.

Last year, Councilmember Fernando Vizcarra delivered Temple City’s first “State of the City” report.

The city is also working upgrading the city’s website, developing a “Citizens’ Academy,” and revamping the city’s quarterly newsletter, Mr. Blum reported.

The ad hoc committee, which was formed in September 2010, consisted of the pair of councilmembers, as well as Temple City residents and business owners.

In total, the group met seven times over the course of the year.

With a recommendation by Mr. Blum, Mayor Tom Chavez disbanded the group.

“It’s nice to see that most of these items have been addressed or will be shortly,” Mr. Chavez said. “It’s exciting to see that we’ve done all that already.”

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