John Harrington appointed Mayor of San Gabriel

By a unanimous vote, the City Council voted to appoint John Harrington Mayor of San Gabriel and Jason Pu as the Vice Mayor of San Gabriel.

Of the appointment, Mayor Harrington said “I am truly humbled at the confidence that my fellow councilmembers have shown me to nominate me for Mayor. I take my role as a public servant very seriously and I’m here to advocate for all residents of San Gabriel.” Mayor Harrington continued, “The biggest duty I think we have as councilmembers is our fiduciary duty to spend our tax dollars wisely, so I will always keep that in mind anytime we’re talking about new programs or new ideas.”

Of his appointment to Vice Mayor, Vice Mayor Pu said “I think that the values and the will of this community are clear and all of us here on the dais will work diligently to make sure that those values will be expressed.”

City Council approves time change of City Council meetings

By a unanimous vote, the City Council approved the time change of City Council meetings from 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. City Council meetings will still occur on the first and third Tuesdays of every month. To maintain a consistent time across all meetings, the Community Services Commission, the Planning Commission, the Historical Preservation and Cultural Resource Commission and the Design Review Commission are also rescheduled to 6:30 p.m.

City moves forward with road improvements on Broadway, California Street and Pine Street

To move forward with road improvements using Community Development Block Grant funds, the City Council awarded a construction contract to Hardy & Harper, Inc to work on Broadway (from California Street to the Rubio Wash), California Street (from the Union Pacific Railroad to Agostino Road and from Broadway to Las Tunas Drive) and Pine Street (from the Union Pacific Railroad to Agostino Road and from Broadway to Las Tunas Drive). The improvements will include new asphalt pavement, new access ramps, new striping and new pavement markings.

The City will dedicate $586,300 for street improvements with a 10% construction contingency.

The City Council – by a unanimous vote – also voted to approve items on the consent calendar, which include:

  • Community Services seeks funding partner for Smith Park improvements: after receiving approval from the City Council to move forward, the City will now submit a letter of intent drafted by KaBOOM! to find a potential funding partner to fund improvements at Smith Park. You can learn more about KaBOOM! here.
  • San Gabriel Fire Department receives 2015 and 2016 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: The City Council approved the San Gabriel Fire Department’s request to accept 2015 and 2016 grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. These grants will allow the department to fund additional training and equipment and bolster the department’s expertise.
  • Minutes, material demands and an investment report: finally, the City Council approved the City’s minutes, material demands and investment report.