Alhambra Mayor Jeff Maloney names environment, expanding green space as priorities

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Alhambra , CA United States

Jeff Maloney named environmental sustainability as his top priority after being sworn in as Alhambra mayor last Tuesday evening.

Maloney called on Alhambra to join other American cities in becoming a net-zero emission city or a city that makes no net release of carbon to the atmosphere.

“It is a lot of cities from around the country that realize that this is not just an environmental issue, which it is, it’s a fiscal issue as well — how do we reduce our emissions and our energy usage to the point where we’re saving money and we’re making our environment as healthy as it can be,” he said.

Alhambra city council members take turns as mayor. Maloney will serve a nine-month term.

Maloney also discussed Alhambra’s accomplishments so far on the environment, mentioning its membership in the Los Angeles Clean Power Alliance, which will give Alhambra access to electricity from renewable sources and reduce utility costs.

Other priorities of Maloney’s include expanding parks, open space and recreational opportunities, including planning for a long-promised dog park. The mayor also directed staff to study innovative economic and transportation trends, so that Alhambra could adapt to attracting forward-thinking enterprises and alleviating traffic issues through new technologies like self-driving cars.

“Our main is goal is to make sure that we have a sustainable community for generations to come,” Maloney said, encouraging residents to show up at public meetings and keep in touch through social media.

Luis Ayala was also sworn in as vice mayor on Tuesday. The long-time city council member, who is stepping down next year due to term limits, took the opportunity to commend the Alhambra City Council for all it had accomplished.

“I always like to tell residents and neighbors that the best way to tell whether or not we’re successful here in the city is to simply drive around, look at our parks, look at our economic development, look at our housing, look at how many streets we’ve paved, look at so many different restaurants, the diversity that we can all be proud of in the city,” he said.

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