LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Alhambra officially welcomed three new City Council members with a swearing in ceremony on Monday evening.
Katherine Lee, Ross Maza and Adele Andrade-Stadler took the oath of office and delivered remarks about what they looked forward to accomplishing as city leaders.
Katherine Lee is the first Asian woman to be elected to Alhambra City Council, representing the 1st District. She spoke about talking with one resident about his World War II experiences and with another senior citizen who was afraid to cross the street, because the traffic lights change too fast for an older and wheelchair-bound person.
“These two residents and all the others I’ve met in the past several months made me realize that an elected official is most importantly a public servant,” Lee said. “That is be humble, be accessible and be a willing listener.”
Adele Andrade-Stadler is the first Latina to be elected to City Council and will serve as vice mayor for the next several months. After being sworn in by her sister, Vibiana Andrade, she offered words of thanks to supporters and non-supporters alike. “Our goals are the same,” she said. “We just have different ideas on how to get Alhambra where she needs to be.” She expressed her goals of making Alhambra “more transparent, more affordable [and] more accessible.”
Ross Maza, who was elected to the 2nd District seat, echoed Andrade-Stadler’s words, with an explicit call for reconciliation after an election characterized by sometimes contentious debate on housing, development and other issues.
“I would like to see unity and keep tension and separation to a minimum,” he said. “I’m hopeful that although our opinions may differ at times, we can always realize our interests are the same to improve our community now and for future generations.”
Mayor Jeff Maloney said that he had already met with the three new City Council members and was thrilled to work with them. “What it boils down to is that each of us wants to make Alhambra as best as it can be, so that it’s moving and growing in the right direction,” he said.
Watch the entire Alhambra City Council swearing in ceremony here.
Updated on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 at 12:15 p.m.