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‘Jerry’s Journey’

by Jerry Jambazian

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I will preface my ensuing remarks by saying this is my opinion and mine only. Temple City has changed in the last three years more than in the last thirty years!! Temple City government operated in a vacuum for many years. There was hardly any public forums or public input desired or sought. Many times you would see the completed project, good or bad after the fact with people scratching their heads.

I have personally attended more public meetings in the last three years than the last thirty combined. This Council is genuinely interested in public input from its citizens. Just recently public input was given for several projects including Parks and Open Space, Master Plan Update, Zoning, Las Tunas Improvement, Rosemead Boulevard Improvement, Sign Ordinance Update.

The latest opportunity took place on December 12 as consultants and city leaders conducted “Make TC Happen” by planning it, prioritizing it, and making it happen. This was just the second meeting of strategic planning to engage public input. In my opinion successful planning takes place when the people that it affects take ownership and become a part of the plan.

The Community Outreach Meeting goal was to develop a Strategic Plan to guide the future policies and decision-making for Temple City. The visioning process seeks resident and business owners input to help inform City policymaking and resource allocation based on nine City Council established goals: Vision and Long Range Planning, Sound Fiscal Policy, Public Health and Safety, Sustainable Infrastructure, Economic Development, Basic City Services, Redevelopment, Quality of Life, and Citizen Education and Communication.Temple City Tweets:

• Temple City recently had another Lights On Temple City which included twenty-five tons of snow, visits by Santa, a parade on Las Tunas, performances by the Pride of Temple Marching Band who will also be playing in the 2014 Rose Parade, the Brighter Side Singers, crafts, and culminating with the lighting of the 100-foot tall redwood tree by Mayor Sternquist and Santa. Over 1,000 attendees got into the holiday spirit Temple City Style. Kudos to Cathy Burroughs and Mike Koski for another memory making family event.

• Temple City is now part of the 27th Congressional District served by Congresswoman Judy Chu. She has a big district, which includes 19 cities including ours. Judy thinks so much of Temple City that she decided to have her annual Christmas Party and Toy Drive at Live Oak Park in Temple City. Over one-hundred-fifty people attended, including many state and local elected officials. Entertainment was provided of course by Temple City High School Brighter Side Singers and band members.

I am happy to announce my new website dedicated to everything Temple City. It captures the spirit and community of a great city. Check it out at: to see recent photo and video events. You can also like us on Facebook. I would welcome your comments at

See you soon.

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
‘Jerry’s Journey’