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Ceremonial Swearing-In Held For Incoming Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez:

A ceremonial swearing-in and reception was held for incoming Santa Monica mayor Tony Vazquez on Sunday night at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel.

The event was held on the eve of the one year vote where Councilman Kevin McKeown was elected Mayor of Santa Monica by his fellow council members for a one-year term, with Vazquez elected Mayor Pro Tempore for a one-year term.

The Dec. 9, 2014 vote took place following the swearing-in ceremony of a new Santa Monica City Council with returning members former-Mayor Pam O’Connor and Councilman Kevin McKeown, and new Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich taking office.

The Council opted at that meeting for a different line-up for its second year; council members voted that Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez will be Mayor and Councilman Ted Winterer Mayor Pro Tempore.

Vazquez will officially take the Mayor’s seat at the Dec. 8, 2015 City Council meeting while Winterer will officially take the Mayor Pro Tempore seat.

At Sunday’s event, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-41st District) provided the swearing-in pre-amble for Vazquez.

“For Antonio ‘Tony’ Vazquez, this ceremony is a reaffirmation of his commitment to the City of Santa Monica and its 90,000 residents,” Roybal-Allard said. “And his commitment to this fine city is one not of words…but of actions and arduous work on behalf of all who reside and do business in Santa Monica.”

The son of immigrants, Roybal-Allard said Vazquez learned at an early age what it means to serve and what it means to forge partnerships for the common good.

“As a former teacher and teacher trainer, Vazquez learned the true power of education; the power to shape thoughts and help young students better understand their role in society,” she said. “As an organizer for the United Way he learned how communities can come together for the common good and make lasting changes that help better daily lives of all people. No community is perfect and no community can survive without those who work on its behalf.”

Vazquez has been a resident of Santa Monica since 1984 and first served on the Santa Monica City Council from 1990 to 1994. He was again elected to the Santa Monica City Council in 2012.

Vazquez has been a strong supporter of controlled growth and affordable housing. He helped add 300 affordable housing units in the city, and was also instrumental in bringing earthquake relief for Santa Monica residents after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

A former School Teacher and teacher trainer, Vazquez is a graduate of the University of Southern California. As a former community planner for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, he facilitated funding for community programs throughout the San Fernando Valley.

As the former District Director for then Los Angeles City Councilman, Richard Alarcon, he was instrumental in revitalizing the poorest areas of the northeast San Fernando Valley and redeveloping the former General Motors plant.

Vazquez also served as the southern California regional director for California Futures Network, which is a non-profit organization that promotes smart growth policy and legislation in the state of California. He has devoted his life to education and quality of life issues and is committed to improving the quality of life issues for all Californians especially those who live in the communities where environmental injustice runs rampant.

Currently Vazquez heads his own political consulting business Vazquez and Associates.

Prolifically active in his community, Vazquez serves or has served on several boards including: Woodcraft Rangers, the San Fernando Valley Opportunity Through Education program (OTE), the San Fernando Valley Habitat for Humanity, Citizens United to Reform Elections, the Parent Teacher Association, Martin Luther King Committee and the Liberty Hill Environmental Justice Funding Board.

Vazquez is married with two children. His son and daughter attended public Schools and his son, like him, graduated from USC. His daughter attended New York University and is a graduate of the Tish Film school class of 2015. His wife Maria is a graduate of Hastings School of Law and currently serves on the Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School Board. Vazquez is proud of his Mexican heritage and his immigrant parents who worked hard to put him and his siblings through college.

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