Leadership changes in Montebello

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – Two newly elected Montebello City Council members were sworn into office, two stepped down and a new mayor took center court at a re-organization ceremony Wednesday at City Hall. After only two years on the council, Councilman Bob Bagwell was sworn in as the new mayor, replacing Mayor Bill Molinari who was re-elected Nov. 8 for a sixth term. Council members in Montebello each rotate through the position as mayor – a largely ceremonial role. “Usually members become mayor in their second term,” Bagwell said. “But I accept the challenge and hopefully I will succeed at what I must do. I will certainly put my famous 110 percent into the job. It’s a difficult time and strong leadership is needed and I’ll work awfully hard to provide that leadership.” Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon performed the swearing in for Bagwell, while City Clerk Bob King gave the oath to Molinari and new Councilmember Jeff Siccama. Charles Calderon, brother of Assemblyman Ron Calderon, did the swearing in of new member Rosie Vasquez. Vasquez said her first plans included creating a nonprofit organization to help raise money for anti-graffiti programs and youth activities, and to do a mid-year review of the city’s budget. “I’m very excited about being the top vote-getter,” Vasquez said. “It proves that taking the high road always pays. I want to stay on a positive course.” Siccama said televising council meetings is at the top of his list of things to tackle. “I want to make City Hall transparent so the residents know what it’s doing,” Siccama said. Molinari expressed mixed feelings about relinquishing his post as mayor. “Being the mayor gives you a little more credibility to accomplish things,” Molinari said. “But as my term comes to an end and the gavel passes to Bagwell, I’ll do what I can to cooperate with him and hopefully we’ll have a positive working relationship.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img