After a 5-0 unanimous vote, the City of South El Monte becomes the second city to formally approve a resolution endorsing the San Gabriel Valley Regional Bicycle Master Plan.
The uncontested decision came after an astute observation by Mayor Aguinaga, that his night time bike rides are a bit dangerous due to minimal lighting and tough road conditions. However, the stage was truly set when South Pasadena Council member and Air Quality Management District Board member Michael Cacciotti (also a bicycle advocate) made a brief stop during public comment to present new, green technology.
Mr. Cacciotti was sighted in the hallway as he easily hauled an electric lawnmower, leaf blower and hedge trimmer onto the council chamber floor. The "green" machines captured everyones attention as he invited the Mayor to demonstrate the battery operated, non-polluting, all-electric lawnmower indoor. The audience was astonished by the magic of no fumes, oil, or gas. The demonstration sparked a conversation among the council that reiterated their commitment to pursue green technologies and more sustainable development in South El Monte.
To no avail, the council effortlessly voted to approve the SGV Regional Bike Master Plan Resolution and assigned Mayor Aguinaga and Council member Joseph Gonzales to serve on the Blue Ribbon Committee, which will oversee the development of the bike plan.