Lynwood's new City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to appoint Councilwoman Aide Castro as Mayor and newly elected Councilman Edwin Hernandez to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for the 2013-14 year.
The City Council’s reorganization took place immediately following the new members' Swearing-In Ceremony. Newly re-elected City Councilwoman Maria Santillan-Beas was sworn in by Pastor Rigoberto Rodriguez of Lynwood's St. Emydius Catholic Church. Newly elected Councilman Edwin Hernandez was sworn in by Rev. Gerald Murphy, President of the Century Sheriff’s Station’s Clergy Council, and newly elected City Councilman Jose Luis Solache was sworn in by Fatima Larios, a 6th grade honors student from Lindbergh Elementary School.
The nominations for the 2014 Mayor were kicked off by outgoing Mayor Alatorre, who named Councilwoman Castro for the seat. Castro accepted and the unanimous vote of the Council confirmed it. Councilman Solache then nominated Councilman Hernandez for the Mayor Pro Tem seat. Hernandez accepted and the vote was likewise unanimous.
Mayor Castro's comment exemplified the hopeful spirit of the evening nicely when she said: “Starting today, we’re going to start doing some amazing work together.” In the attached picture, Castro had just presented outgoing Mayor and now Councilman Sal Alatorre with an award for his year of service.