PALMDALE — The City Council’s first meeting of the new year will see newly appointed Councilman Richard Loa take the oath of office for the second time today, this time to be administered by Judge Mario Barrera.
“Even though he was sworn in by the city clerk we thought it only fair that he also get sworn in by a judge,” City Manager James Purtee said Monday.
The city council will meet at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway.
The council appointed Loa, an attorney and former Palmdale City Councilman, to serve the remaining two years of Mayor Steve Hofbauer’s term at the Dec. 11 meeting. Hofbauer represented District 2 on the council prior to his election as mayor on Nov. 6.
Council members will also discuss and take possible action in regard to council committee appointment. The various boards include the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District; Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District; Antelope Valley Transit Authority; California Contract Cities Association; Los Angeles County Sanitation District; North Los Angeles County Transportation Coalition; The Palmdale Aerospace Academy; and the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council.
Councilwoman Laura Bettencourt served two three-year terms on The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s board of directors. Last July the council appointed Tony Gagliardo, the former director of technical learning and development at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to fill Bettencourt’s seat. Gagliardo resigned from the school board last fall after he got a job out of state, so the council will need to appoint someone to take his place.
“I’m trying to get the Aerospace Academy to give us that nomination,” Hofbauer said. “They know the people out there that are already coming, that are already engaged.”
Hofbauer added he wants to get more people involved in more things. For example, rather than appoint another council member to the charter school board he would like to appoint someone with expertise in the area who is already engaged.
The council also will name a new mayor pro tem. Councilman Juan Carrillo served as mayor pro tem last year.
Hofbauer said he needs someone who can be more engaged with the city.
“I need a partner who can help me … and to be able to step in when I’m not available,” Hofbauer said.
Whoever the council selects as the mayor pro tem, Hofbauer said he hopes it is someone who will work to advance the city’s agenda and who can mutually support the mayor.
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