Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 20, 2024

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 20, 2024 

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 ARCADIA, CA – After 
12 years of service to 
Arcadia as its elected 
City Clerk, Gene Glasco 
has retired. The April 16 
City Council Meeting 
marked Gene’s last day 
officially holding the 
position. At this meeting, 
elected officials, 
colleagues and family 
members gathered 
to celebrate Gene’s 


"It has been a distinct 
pleasure serving in 
my capacity as elected 
City Clerk for the City 
of Arca-dia, and I 
encourage anyone to 
volunteer their time,” said Gene Glasco. “If 
they can volunteer to serve the City, I promise 
it will be an enriching experience like the one I 
have experienced.”


Gene’s connection to the Arcadia community 
spans nearly 70 years. In addition to being 
the City Clerk, Gene also served as the 
Commissioner and Chairman of the Arcadia 
Senior Citizens’ Commission, President of 
the Arcadia Historical Society, Vice President 
of the Arcadia Highlands Homeowners 
Association and Volunteer in Patrol with the 
Arcadia Police Department. Most notably, 
Gene was the driving force behind the creation 
of the Arcadia Vietnam War Monument. 
Unveiled in May 2016 at Arcadia County Park, 
this monument stands as a tribute to those who 
made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.


“Gene’s efforts over the years will always 
remain an integral part of his legacy,” said 
Mayor Verlato. “We’ve been so fortunate to 
have a dedicated public servant for so long and 
the City Coun-cil extends its deepest gratitude 
for Gene’s unwavering service to Arcadia.”


Gene’s dedication has earned him prestigious 
accolades. He was recognized as “Community 
Activist of the Year” by Congresswoman Judy 
Chu, and recipient of the “Make A Difference” 
award from California State Assemblymember 
Ed Chau, “Citizen of the Year” by the Arcadia 
Chamber of Commerce and bestowed with the 
“Military Service & Stewardship” award from 
the Monrovia Chamber of Commerce. 


Those interested in learning more about Gene 
and his accomplishments can visit a special 
Vet-erans Exhibit at the Gilb Museum of 
Arcadia Heritage. The exhibit features his 
uniform from his time serving in the United 
States Navy, along with some of his medals and 
military memorabilia.


Due to the evolving nature of this role, the 
elected City Clerk position has become largely 
cere-monial over time. As a result of this 
change, in 2022, Arcadia voters approved an 
update to the City’s Charter that eliminated the 
position of the elected City Clerk. With Gene’s 
retirement, the City Manager will appoint a 
City Clerk to perform the powers and duties 
outlined in the Charter. Most of the traditional 
City Clerk duties are currently performed by 
professional staff in the City Manager’s Office, 
ensuring uninterrupted service to the public.


Although the role of City Clerk is no longer 
an elected position, Arcadia residents are still 
encour-aged to serve their community in other 


For the November 2024 General Election, 
there are two council member seats available 
for those interested in serving Arcadia. These 
seats represent District 1 and District 4 and 
entail a four-year term. Arcadia utilizes a 
district-based election system in which the City 
is divided into five geographic areas, each with 
one City Council Member who resides in the 
district and is chosen by the electors residing in 
that district. The Nomination Period for City 
Council candidacy begins on July 15 and runs 
through August 9, 2024. Nomination papers for 
City Council candidacy can be obtained from 
the City Clerk’s Office and must be returned on 
or before August 9, 2024.


For those interested in serving in an advisory 
capacity, the City Clerk's Office is currently ac-
cepting applications from residents who wish to 
serve on a City Board or Commission. Positions 
are available on every Board and Commission, 
and details can be viewed at
Service. Citizen Service Resumes are being 
accepted in the City Clerk's Office through 
Thursday, May 16, 2024.

Glasco with Arcadia City Council


Monrovia is honored to be named a 2023 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day 
Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. 
This is the 30th year Monrovia has earned the national designation.

The benefits trees bring to urban environments are endless. Here are a few:

 Trees help absorb the sounds of traffic in urban areas by 40%. 

 Neighborhoods with trees are seven to nine degrees cooler than those

 without Trees reduce energy costs up to 25% by shading buildings and 

 protecting them from winter winds

 Homes with trees have higher property value

 Green space plays a major role in improving mental and physical health

 Planting and maintaining trees absorbs carbon dioxide in the

 atmosphere, mitigating the effects of climate change

Every year the City invests in its tree canopy. Currently, the City is planting in the 
southern region of Monrovia. 

Are you a Monrovia resident that lives below the 210 freeway and would like to 
have a city tree planted in the public right-of-way in front of your property? If so, 
please contact Brittany Jasso at or (626) 932-5562.

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