CYNTHIA STERNQUIST NAMED TEMPLE CITY MAYOR
William Man to serve as mayor pro tem in annual appointment
Cynthia Sternquist (left) and William Man (right) are named Temple City’s Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem respectively at the city council’s annual reorganization. (Photo credit: Temple City Photos)
TEMPLE CITY (March 30, 2017) – City councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist was named Temple City’s new mayor and William Man as mayor pro tem at last Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
Both were unanimously appointed by their fellow council members and will serve in their respective roles for one year.
Sternquist, who was first elected to the council in 2009, replaces outgoing mayor Vincent Yu after serving the past year as mayor pro tem.
“It is a privilege and an honor to serve as mayor of Temple City,” said Sternquist, whose background includes experience on the city’s Parks and Recreation and Planning commissions. “I accept the challenges and responsibilities that this office and public service brings.”
Several projects will commence under Sternquist’s watch, including construction on the Temple City Library expansion, the opening of a new downtown parking lot at Workman Avenue and Temple City Boulevard and the redevelopment of two city-owned properties on Primrose Avenue.
Sternquist will also continue to serve as a commissioner of the County of Los Angeles Public Library system, a trustee of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District, a member of Foothill Transit’s executive board and president of the San Gabriel Valley Council of governments, noting that these relationships will only enrich the fabric of Temple City.
“It is through these organizations that I can help bring regional issues – and hopefully monies – to the City of Temple City,” Sternquist said.
Man, who was first elected to the council in 2015 and formerly served as a member of the city’s General Plan Advisory Committee, echoed Sternquist’s excitement.
“I really look forward to this coming year,” he said. “As mayor pro tem … anything you need, you can count on me.”
Upon his appointment, Man emphasized that helping members of the Temple City community is what makes his job rewarding.
“Tonight is very much more about everyone here and the residents we serve, the constituents whom we love” he said. “Having grown up here, I have a great appreciation for the time and dedication that (volunteers commit to their communities). You truly are the inspiration for myself. It gives me the motivation to really continue with this type of service.”
Yu, who concluded his second stint as mayor, said he thoroughly enjoyed the position and the opportunity to serve the residents of Temple City.
“It has really and truly been a joy to have been here the past few years, and in particular, to have been your mayor,” he said. “I wanted to thank all of you, all of the supporters. They encouraged me, no matter what.”
Yu plans to continue his work on the council, which he recently rejoined for a third term.
“I take this trust very seriously,” he added. “I look forward to working hard for you for another four years.”
Like many other cities, Temple City annually rotates the title of mayor between all members of the city council. Sternquist’s term will expire next March.