Raul Godinez II Becomes New City Manager
After a thorough search, the City has selected as City Manager Raul Godinez II, who has extensive experience working with similar cities.
Mr. Godinez was born and raised in the City of San Fernando. He graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
Since 2009, Mr. Godinez has been responsible for maintaining and delivering all major capital projects for the City of Santa Ana’s infrastructure.
He served in a similar capacity in the City of Oakland for nine years as the Assistant Director and then Director of Public Works, under then-Mayor Jerry Brown. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector and served the City of Los Angeles for more than 12 years.
Mr. Godinez also served on the San Fernando City Council from 1994 to 1998. While on the Council, Godinez helped reorganize City Hall and provided a rigorous review of the budget. This resulted in increased staffing for the Police, Recreation, and Community Development Departments and provided funding for a new weekly Farmers Market to help revitalize the downtown mall area.
Council Places 3 Measures on
The City Council recently approved placing three ballot measures on the upcoming November 5th municipal election.
#1 Extending Measure GG (Measure GG)
Voters will be asked to consider a five-year extension to the City’s half-cent sales tax, Measure GG, when the option comes before them in November. First approved by voters in 2008, Measure GG is currently set to sunset on March 31, 2014 and will result in an annual loss of $4 million to the City’s general fund without an extension.
#2 Rotating Mayor Position (Measure RM)
El Monte voters will have the option of restructuring the Office of the Mayor by making the position a rotating seat among the council members.
#3 Extending Mayor Term (Measure EM)
El Monte voters will determine if the term of the Mayor’s office should extend from two years to four years.
Your vote counts!
To register, visit www.lavote.net.
Back-to-School Resource Fair Provides School Supplies to Local Families
The community rallied together to support school children preparing for their first day of school by providing free backpacks, haircuts and supplies to more than 1,500 students at the Second Annual Back to School Resource Fair on Saturday, Aug. 24.
The event, open to school-aged children who attend El Monte schools, provided students with more than 300 haircuts, 1,500 pairs of socks, 1,600 backpacks and numerous school supplies to start the school year off right.
The City of El Monte partnered with the Downtown El Monte Business Association, El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce, Professional Institute of Beauty, and the El Monte Union High School, El Monte City and Mt. View School districts to host the Fair.
The fair also provided free child fingerprinting services from the El Monte Police Department.
More than 50 local organizations and businesses donated goods to the event, greatly exceeding participation from last year’s event.
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