By Elpidio Estioko
MILPITAS – Mayor Richard “Rich” Tran led the city council in recognizing the 156 city commissioners for their efforts, services, and dedication in making the city of Milpitas a great city last April 29 during the 2017 Commissioners’ Recognition Event held at the city’s Community Center.
“Today is about our city commissioners making the city a place we call our home. I think about people of Milpitas… having families… and today we celebrate our relationships with our commissioners… the true leaders of our community,” Mayor Tran said in his welcome remarks.
For his part, City Administrator Tom Williams said, “Great community… great city, great citizens being involved in making a high quality of life. I am happy to be a part of the city. We have an active citizen participation, and because of this, our city is a progressive city”.
“On behalf of all residents and the staff of Milpitas, we are thankful, grateful and appreciative in all you do (referring to the commissioners). You care… and give your time and money for all the services you render to the city. You make the city progressive, not only just roads and bridges… but as a family. Thank you for your services, from the bottom of my heart and I love you all!”
Other than Mayor Tran, the following members of the city council were present: Vice-mayor Marsha Grilli, Councilmembers Bob Nunez, and Anthony Phan. Councilmember Garry Barbadillo had a previous engagement.
There are 14 commissions in the city whose roles are to advice the Mayor and the City Council in their respective areas. These arethe planning commission, veterans, arts, bicycle pedestrian advisory, community advisory, emergency preparedness, library advisory, parks, recreation and cultural resources, telecommunications, recycling and source reduction advisory, senior advisory, economic development, sister cities, and the youth advisory commission.
Of the 156 commissioners, about 16 are Filipino-Americans. Among them are Ray Maglalang and Evelyn Chua, Planning; Elpidio Estioko, Hellie Mateo and Trining Aoalin, Library Advisory; Thelma Batilo and Mike Bilbao, community advisory commission.
Both Mayor Tran and City Administrator Williams also thanked the management team and the city commissioners for jointly making Milpitas a premier city in the country. The Police Department has the best response time in the country at 2 minutes and 6 seconds. It has the safest drinking water in the country with a state-of-the-art recreation facilities.