Sunday, May 21, 2017

Philippine News: FilAm sworn in Mayor of Sierra Madre

Mod: Congratulations from all over the world have been pouring in for Sierra Madre's new mayor Rachelle Arizmendi. The following comes from the Philippine News (link).

Sierra Madre, CARachelle Sumagaysay-Pastor Arizmendi made history (again) as the first person of color to be sworn in mayor of this city, selected by the members of the Sierra Madre City Council during their April 25 meeting. An educator and veteran non-profit administrator, Arizmendi first held a city council seat here, as one of two winners and the first Asian, at the April 8, 2014 elections. The Sierra Madre City Council is comprised of five members elected to four-year terms, so Arizmendi is up for re-election next year. “It really is something to be humbled about, something to be honored about, that residents of Sierra Madre have enough faith in me to take this position,” Arizmendi stated. “It’s a badge of honor, at the same time it’s a responsibility – so I’m going to do my best to represent the Filipinos, whether it’s in our city or California or throughout the United States.”

Born in Carmel, CA, Rachelle is the daughter of Franklin Pastor from Laoag, Ilocos Norte, and Ofelia Sumagaysay-Pastor from Sta. Barbara, Iloilo. She’s a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned two Bachelor’s degrees prior to pursuing her Master’s degree at Eastern Illinois University. She continues to hold her Registered Dietitian designation and has taught Nutrition courses at Pasadena City College. She and her husband Fili, and their dog Madison, have resided in Sierra Madre, also known as ‘Village of the Foothills,’ for over 10 years.

Sierra Madre, with a population of 11,000, nine percent of whom are Asians, is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Valley below the southern edge of the Angeles National Forest. Pasadena and Altadena are to its west with Arcadia to its south and east. It is known as ‘Wisteria City,’ home of a 115 year-old wisteria vine.

 “This is still a city where people say hello to each other on the streets,” she beamed with pride, “it’s still a city where you can walk at 10:30 at night and still feel safe; and still walk down to the local produce market and get food and people remember what you got the day before.” She’s determined to maintain the quality of life in their city, preserve what they have now and continue to keep her hometown safe and friendly.

Rachelle is the Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of PACE (Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment), a non-profit community development organization that serves over 40,000 people every year in the areas of job training and employment, business development, early childhood education, financial education and asset building, energy and weatherization.

“It’s probably, I would say, where my heart is – serving the people,” she said.

 She oversees a budget of close to $30 million and a staff of 300 employees. In her previous capacity at PACE, she held the position of Education Project Director for 16 years. She was also the Executive Director for 2-1-1 California (an affiliate organization of the United Ways of California). But Rachelle finds time to have fun – she enjoys traveling and outdoor activities, reading and country line-dancing.

At the last council meeting as Mayor Pro Tem, Rachelle thanked Mayor Gene Goss who in turn commended her for her professionalism. She also thanked her family and the community and noted that the coming year would be “challenging” as the council tackles various issues including budget cuts and water infrastructure. “I’m confident though,” assured the new mayor, “that with the leadership of our new city manager and our dedicated city staff, we will be able to persevere as they carry out the charge of the council.”

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46 comments:

  1. ? "carry out the charge of the council" - herein lies the problem. It's not the "charge of the council" - it's the will of the people.

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  2. not sure how anybody could actually enjoy country line dancing or admit to it

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    1. Especially after eating chili.

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    2. What does line dancing have to doing with chili?

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    3. That Kiwanis "Big Chili Cook Off." First they eat a lot of chili, then they line dance. Recipe for disaster if you ask me.

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    4. Where is Mel Brooks when you need him?

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    5. Beans scene

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    6. The Kiwanis didn't have line dancing this year. Glad all of you stopped and read the ads!

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    7. So those ads on the front page of the Mountain Views News were not accurate? Hmm. Why am I not shocked?

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  3. Not to be non-pc or anything, but why is the ethnicity or sexuality of Sierra Madre's elected officials news, but $40 million dollars in bond and CalPERS debt is not.

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    1. Because the source is the 'Phillipine News'.

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    2. Where has Sierra Madre's debt load ever been reported?

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    3. I'm with you 8:13. If like to see her not worry about her tribe but focus on representing all Sierra Madreans and all Americans. Just like I don't want Cappocia to be concerned with Italians. When Harabedian did a few things to favor Armenians, it was at the expense of the rest of Sierra Madre. Tribalism leads to Iraq like divisiveness. We are all Americans first and foremost regardless of where you come from. It's a melting pot and not a salad bowl.

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  4. "You go girl", congratulations.
    The toughest decisions guiding this city, will fall on Mrs. Arizmendi's time as mayor on council.
    The new City Manager is showing that he approaches issues from a Management stand point, not transferring "issues" back and forth, ping ponging for more revenue.
    I wish the both well, in the coming years.

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    1. The gentlemen saved all the big issues for Rachelle and Denise. Goss didn't deal with one important issue in his year in office. All he said is everything is just fine and dandy. Neither did Capoccia or Harabedian.

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  5. Outstanding and historic speech given by President Trump this morning in Riadh, Saudi Arabia. Crisis of Islamic Extremism.
    Coaliation of Nations, outstreaching our hands, this is not a battle of faiths, but of good and evil.

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    1. Sure. The Saudis allowed him his little moment in the sun in exchange for billions of dollars in advanced high tech military weaponry. And did he really have to dip and curtsy for the King of Saudi Arabia? The leader of the country that supplied almost all of the 9-11 murderers? And funds the Taliban and Isis?

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    2. Troll gets trumped again!

      The excerpts didn’t include references to “radical Islamic terrorism,” a phrase he used throughout last year’s presidential campaign and into his first months in office to describe the central security challenge for the U.S. The phrase became a rallying cry for his domestic political base as did his pledge to keep open the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror detainees and his travel ban on people from various Muslim-majority countries, though that list does not include Saudi Arabia.

      Corporations and Kings doing deals while the masses suffer. That's the real history here.

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  6. Just another stupid mayor... This is an on going issue to continue to tax the residents of Sierra Madre and fail to improve the improvements of this town, it's all about the lies, the pensions and cadallic insurance plans, the thinking pattern and judgement must change. Under this type of dictatorship, there will be no change to benefit the raxpayers who fronts mthose monies to pay those city bills. Just tink, the rtenants will get it in their shorts and must also pay more money. A 800 square foot house rents for $2700+ and a small 2 bedroom apt rents for $2000 per month. How much more cane we pay?

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    1. Broke guy got his spelling degree at Trump University

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  7. In Sierra Madre the truth is uncivil.

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  8. The red carpet was rolled out on the tarmack for the arrival of Air Force One in Saudi Arabia for President Trump, the same will be done in Israel.

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    1. Yes. Photo ops for arms deals.

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    2. You're like a blog within a blog, only you post nothing meaningful.

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    3. You're like a denial monkey, except you don't smell as sweet.

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    4. Same comprehension level as well.

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  9. 9.18 it's a cell phone issue, this phone inserts words and spelling errors, o well, you got the message

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    1. Maybe you should check your work. And get a new phone, or learn how to use the one you have.

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  10. Mayor Arizmendi will hit the ground running until the reality of Sierra Madre's finances and water woes sticks out its foot and trips her. She is ernest and sincere but too much has been hidden too long by all the previous city managers and department heads, topped off by the last twosome, Aguilar and Inmann. LIkewise with our new city manager who comes with great hopes and expectations. Maybe, just maybe something will change.

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  11. The funniest thing is how these cities, that rotate their mayors amongst council members, talk as if the city will now be under some grand visionary scheme of the new mayor. The mayor has no more power than the other 4 council members. Even more ridiculous is all the praise and accolades given to the outgoing mayor each time the handover goes to mayor pro tempr.

    Case in point was recent mayor change in Arcadia with Tom Beck handing over the reigns to Admundsen, all the silly awards for Beck and he didn't personally do a damn thing. Where's any significant business growth in Arcadia? If it weren't for the massive increase in property tax income due to all the houses being bulldozed, rebuilt and reassessed at a much higher rate, Arcadia too would be bankrupt, those $300k+ govt salaries are a real drain on the budget.

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    1. Nothing has changed since the election. You're absolutely right, Beck did nothing. Development continues with only lip service paid to it, city fees raise dramatically, and the already exorbitant salaries of city staff will be raised during ongoing negotiations. Nope, nothing's changed.

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  12. Yes; the USofA, gets to build those "arms" and train the Saudies on the weaponry.
    Jobs, jobs, jobs. MAGA.

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    1. The roots of treason are often made of money. Selling arms to the 9/11 criminals is not what any real American would want.

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    2. Moral cowardice.

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    3. Percentage increase last year in the number of Afghan children killed or wounded by explosive remnants of war : 65

      Percentage change since 2005 in the volume of the global arms trade : +44

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  13. Rachelle has already worked hard to bring about some significant changes in the way city business is done, and good for her and her friends on the council. Things would have been much worse with the continuing bad management we had, in Public Works and in the Manager's office.

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    1. Rachelle promised to keep Sierra Madre GREAT and no new taxes. She caved to the UUTax last year. Glad I didn't vote for her.

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    2. The Yes On UUT campaign was organized and run by a Republican. Same guy ran Rachelle's campaign.

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  14. 11:25am. The NEW City Manager, made those changes. Kudo's to the new guy.

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    1. 12:36, she was instrumental in finding and hiring him. She and a couple of others changed the culture of city hall employees.

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    2. Until we get a frank and open discussion about Sierra Madre's serious debt issues, and how that affects the steady drumbeat for rate and tax increases, nothing much has really changed.

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  15. Trumps get trolled again
    Estimated minimum combined net worth of Donald Trump’s Cabinet members and advisers : $61,380,600,000

    Number of countries whose GDP is lower than that figure : 114

    You'll never be 'great again'

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