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Adele Andrade-Stadler sworn in as Alhambra’s first Latina mayor

Newly sworn in Mayor Adele Andrade-Stadler holds a Certificate of Congressional Recognition presented to her by former Assemblyman and Monterey Park Mayor Mike Eng, on behalf of U.S. Rep Judy Chu. Photo by O.C. Lee.

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Adele Andrade-Stadler was sworn in as mayor Monday evening, becoming the first Latina to serve at the head of Alhambra’s city government.

In remarks made after her swearing-in, Andrade-Stadler, who represents the fifth district on the City Council, promised to improve the quality of life of Alhambra residents and to take their concerns into account. “It’s all about listening and I can help in my capacity as mayor,” she said. “Representing you, I promise to do that to the best of my ability.”

Andrade-Stadler takes over the mayor title from Councilmember Jeff Maloney, who represents the city’s third district. Alhambra City Council members rotate the mayoral position for a nine-month-long term.

Second District City Councilmember Ross Maza was sworn in as vice mayor. Around 70 people watched the proceedings in a ceremony punctuated by frequent laughter and praise of the new mayor, Vice Mayor Maza and outgoing Mayor Maloney.

In her remarks, Andrade-Stadler laid out an ambitious plan that involved addressing transportation, traffic, and safety for pedestrians and cyclists; working with schools to increase park space in the city; actively searching to attract businesses that young families could frequent; building more affordable housing and keeping an eye on the homeless population.

She also mentioned project-labor agreements for new developments to ensure local hiring. “This way we’re providing jobs not only for those who live here, but [for those] who are skilled workers,” she said.

Andrade-Stadler also encouraged bolstering the arts in Alhambra, by organizing exhibitions at local businesses, the Alhambra Civic Center library and City Hall and choosing a poet laureate. She pledged support for Alhambra High School’s student-in-government mentorship program, where high school upperclassmen shadow City Hall personnel. She also promised to be available to residents at Alhambra’s Sunday farmers market.

Those who attended the swearing-in included residents, city officials and elected leaders, many of whom worked with Andrade-Stadler on local issues and were mentored by her. “We’ve had great conversations about education,” said Sasha Renee Perez, regional affairs manager for the Campaign for College Opportunity, a non-profit concerned with higher education policy in California. Perez said that the mayor was the first to respond when she reached out to the Alhambra Unified School District wanting to learn more about local education issues. Before being elected to the council last November, Andrade-Stadler was a member of the Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education.

Representatives from the offices for Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, state Sen. Susan Rubio, Assemblyman Ed Chau and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu presented Andrade-Stadler with certificates of recognition and showered her with words of praise.

“People may not always agree with your position, but they always agree that you are one of the best representatives fighting and always fighting for what’s right,” said Mike Eng, former assemblyman for the 49th district and Monterey Park mayor, presenting a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to her.

“At the core of her MO as a public official is, ‘How do we bring people together, how we find solutions, how do we make sure that everyone has a place at the table?,” said Henry Lo, representing Chau, while also speaking about his personal collaboration with Andrade-Stadler, when he both served on the Garvey School District board and she served on the Alhambra school board. “It would certainly be beneficial for Alhambra to have that type of leadership and values as mayor.”

City leaders from Rosemead and Monterey Park also presented commendations to Andrade-Stadler.

“We have a lot of Monterey Park residents here to support you so let’s work together,” said Monterey Park Mayor Peter Chan.

In addition to outlining her agenda, Andrade-Stadler thanked her husband, daughter and siblings for their support, as well as that of local community organizations, including the Alhambra Latino Association; the Alhambra Democratic Club; Grassroots Alhambra; the Alhambra Teachers Association, the union representing teachers in the Alhambra Unified School District and newly appointed Alhambra school board member Wing Ho.

She also thanked Maloney for his service as mayor. “Under your leadership, it has helped to make the city better and it is getting better, and you’ve done a great job,” she said.

Before stepping down, Maloney said that he was proud of achievements during his term, including getting clean power lines installed in Alhambra, thus bringing low-cost and green energy to the city; passing a tree ordinance; making Alhambra a Tree City USA, a recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation for excellent urban forestry management; upgrades to city parks; the recent approval of a grant application for urban greening program to fund the planting of 125 trees at Almansor Park; and the passage of an ordinance to allow residents to bring dogs into parks on leashes.

He congratulated the new city leadership. “I’m excited that we have our new mayor coming in, our new vice mayor, get ready for it, it’s fun, but it’s challenging” he said.

He also praised city staff and his City Council colleagues for working hard and always having Alhambra’s best interests at heart. “We don’t always agree on what that looks like, but I know that in each of our hearts, that’s the ultimate goal and it’s a pleasure serving with people who have that in mind,” he said.

Political leaders in attendance also recognized Maloney.

Eng, speaking on behalf of Rep. Chu, said, “She wanted you to know how much your public service means to the region,” before also presenting Maloney him with a Certificate of Congressional Recognition and then jokingly, a federal grant of $150 million.

Eng also gave a Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the new vice mayor, Ross Maza, who also thanked Maloney for his service and praised the rest of the City Council and staff. “I’m definitely excited for the next few years, I’m looking forward to implementing a lot of new ideas with our council and our city staff,” he said.

During a reception following the swearing-in, Maza spoke of his excitement for April’s strategic planning meeting, where the City Council sets priorities for city staff to achieve within specific timelines. “At that time, we’ll be able to get out there and talk about action items,” he said and listed his priorities of a preservation ordinance, revisiting Alhambra’s draft bike plan and building another senior center for residents living in the central or southern portions of the city.

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