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Cerritos City Council reorganizes

April 22, 2016

George Ray was selected as mayor of Cerritos and Naresh Solanki as mayor pro tem by their colleagues during the City Council's annual reorganization meeting and mayoral transition on March 16.

Mayor Ray was elected to the Cerritos City Council in 2013. He previously served as a Cerritos Planning Commissioner, Cerritos Fine Arts and Historical Commissioner and on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. A Cerritos resident since 1969, he was also a member of the Los Angeles County Parks Commission.

Mayor Ray serves on the City Council's Budget/Finance, Performing Arts, Personnel and Auto Mall committees. He is the delegate to the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee, Gateway Cities Council of Governments and Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 and 19/Waste Management.

A resident of Cerritos since 1988, Mayor Pro Tem Solanki was elected to the City Council in 2015. A grocery store chain owner, Solanki served on the Planning Commission for eight years. He is a member of the City Council's Budget/Finance, Performing Arts, Personnel, Business and Industry and Senior Services/Senior Center committees. He serves as the Council's delegate to the Southeast Water Coalition Joint Powers Authority and the SELACO Workforce Development Board – Policy Board. Solanki is the alternate delegate to the California Contract Cities Association, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments – 91/605/405 Corridor Cities Committee, Sanitation Districts 2, 3, 18 & 19/Waste Management and the Southern California Association of Governments.

Mayor Pro Tem Solanki is active in the Cerritos Chamber of Commerce, the Cerritos Optimist Club and Blind Start of America.

Outgoing Mayor Carol K. Chen was honored at the meeting for her many contributions to the community during her term. Chen was elected to the City Council in June 2008, re-elected in March 2009, and served as mayor of Cerritos from 2011–2012. She was re-elected to the City Council in 2013 and became mayor again in 2015. She is a member of the City Council's Performing Arts, County Health Department/Health Insurance and Legislative committees.

Jim Edwards was elected to the Cerritos City Council in 2005. He was re-elected in 2009 and served as mayor from 2008–2009 and 2012–2013. Edwards was elected to the City Council again in 2015. A Cerritos resident for more than 35 years, he was a Cerritos Parks and Recreation Commissioner and a Cerritos Community Safety Committee Member. Active in the Cerritos Optimist Club and Vietnam Veterans Association, Edwards is a retired ABC Unified School District teacher. He is a Council liaison to the ABC Unified School District and the Council liaison to the Cerritos Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the City's Performing Arts and Parks and Recreation committees.

Mark E. Pulido was elected to the Cerritos City Council in 2011 and served as mayor from 2014–2015. He was re-elected to the City Council in 2015. He served on the ABC Unified School District Board from 2001–2011, including a term as board president in 2007–2008. Pulido serves on the City's Performing Arts and Library committees and is a Council liaison to the ABC Unified School District and the Council liaison to Cerritos Community College.

For more information about the City Council reorganization, call the City Clerk's Office at (562) 916-1248.

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