Macias and Hadjinian Elected as Ace Board Chair and Vice Chair
El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias has been elected as Chair and Montebello Councilman Jack Hadjinian elected as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE). The $1.7 billion ACE program in the San Gabriel Valley calls for constructing 22 rail-roadway grade separation projects, where the road goes over or under the railroad, and safety improvements at another 39 crossings.
“I appreciate this vote of confidence as ACE enters into the busiest period ever in its 15-year history,” said Macias, elected Chair at the ACE Board meeting on April 22. “The ACE grade separations are needed to eliminate congestion, emissions from idling vehicles and safety hazards at crossings along the freight rail corridors through our communities which accommodate about 60 percent of the goods arriving in Southern California, the nation’s leading trade gateway.”
“I appreciate the support of my colleagues in selecting me as Vice Chair,” said Hadjinian. “I am confident that we can continue to make significant progress in moving the remaining ACE grade separation projects through the environmental, design and property acquisition phases and into final construction.”
Macias has been a member of the ACE Board of Directors since January 2012. First elected to the El Monte City Council in 2009, she currently serves as the City’s delegate to the Governing Board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG) and to the League of California Cities.
Hadjinian has been a member of the ACE Board of Directors since March 2012. First elected to the Montebello City Council in 2011, he currently serves as the City’s delegate to the Governing Boards of the San Gabriel Valley and the Gateway Cities COGs and to the Housing, Community & Economic Development Policy Committee of the League of California Cities.
Elected officials from the cities of El Monte, Industry, Montebello, San Gabriel, Pomona, the County of Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments serve on the seven-member ACE Board.