Juventino “J” Gomez installed as ICA President
By Ken Rausch
El Monte, CA –El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Juventino “J” Gomez officially became the first El Monte City Councilmember to serve as President of the Independent Cities Association (ICA) when he was sworn in at the organization’s Installation Dinner of Officers and Members of the Board of Directors Thursday, Sept. 13 at the El Monte Community Center.
The ICA is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that was established in 1961 by the full service cities (cities that provide their own police and/or fire services) in Southern California to represent the interests of member cities collectively. The organization is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors elected by the member cities. The combined population of the 48 ICA member cities is approximately seven million.
“It is an honor to accept this position and I will dedicate my efforts to make our cities a better place,” Mayor Pro Tem Gomez said. “It is my intention to visit each of our member cities and stress the importance of being a member.” Gomez further stated that the ICA must take the lead on vital issues such as “realignment” which allows the transfer of many state prison inmates to local city jails.
The Installation Dinner was well attended. Many city dignitaries including Mayor Andre Quintero and the entire City Council were on hand to offer their congratulations. Also, Assemblyman Mike Eng addressed the guests and offered his praises and congratulations as well.