Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West named Gerardo Mouet as the City’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Marine. Mr. Mouet brings 28 years of local government experience in various leadership positions including overseeing parks, recreation and community services operations, human resources administration, and city-wide functions in budget development and contract administration.
Cynthia Kurtz, a retired Pasadena city manager, will serve as interim city manager, just two weeks after the City Council voted to remove Parks Director Gerardo Mouet as acting city manager and after Police Chief Carlos Rojas resigned.
The decision came on a 4-3 vote just as Mouet was preparing to announce his process for choosing an acting police chief, following Chief Carlos Rojas’ announcement last week that he’s leaving the city for a different police chief job.
After last week’s surprise ouster of City Manager David Cavazos, the extent to which there will be a significant shift in the city’s power dynamics will likely come down to the motivations of Councilwoman Michele Martinez.
Santa Ana’s leaders have pledged to make micro-farms a larger part of the city’s landscape. But little has been done so far, and the experiences of other cities show it takes targeted support for urban agriculture to grow.
A recent study showed Santa Ana is one of just a handful of large cities nationwide without a dog park. And while most agree a dog park would be good for Santa Ana, there is a disagreement over where it should go.
Irvine ranked eighth out of 100 big cities nationwide for the quality of its parkland, according to a study by The Trust for Public Land. Meanwhile, Anaheim and Santa Ana ranked 65th and 83rd, respectively.
Donald J. Trump’s campaign announced that the GOP presidential frontrunner will hold a rally Thursday at the OC fairgrounds. And if Tuesday’s Anaheim City Council meeting is any indication, things could get ugly, even by Trump standards.