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Hurtado To Run Again for Seat in South Gate City Council

South Gate’s current Vice-Mayor hopes to win one of the two council seats that will be up for grabs in the up and coming municipal election.

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South Gate Vice-Mayor Gil Hurtado, 53, a resident of South Gate for close to 30 years and councilmember since 2005, sat down with Patch to talk about the reasons why locals should re-elect him for another four year city council term on March 5th

Hurtado, who works for the United States Postal Service as a supervisor in Downey, pointed to the handling of the economy by the current council, along with his involvement, as a positive in his candidacy.

“The economy was bad and I could have used that as an excuse to fail,” said Hurtado. “I felt that was more of a reason to work harder.”

Hurtado listed South Gate’s successful attainment of millions of dollars in grants as an example of how he along with the council helped bring outside money to improve local programs.

“We have been very aggressive,” said Hurtado.

South Gate’s current Vice-Mayor, who has also served as president of the South Gate Junior Athletics Association for the past two decades, was last re-elected as a councilmember during an uncontested election in 2009.

The approval of the Azalea Retail Project, the shopping center that is being constructed on the corner of Firestone Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue, was another recent economic success cited by Hurtado.

“The project over at Firestone and Atlantic, and all the jobs [that] it’s going to create [are] going to reduce unemployment,” affirmed Hurtado, who voted in favor of the measures that led to the approval of this shopping mall.

This is a project that has the potential of keeping sales tax dollars within South Gate.

“It is going to bring over a lot of revenue,” said Hurtado.

During the interview Hurtado confessed that he was originally worried about the probability of a Walmart opening within the Azalea Retail Project. Eventually Hurtado supported the project, because he felt that most residents did not share his concern.

“As an elected official I pushed my views aside,” said Hurtado. “I voted for the project because that’s what the community wanted.” 

Watch for future Patch Latino interviews with the other candidates running for South Gate City Council.

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Cynthia January 22, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Thanks for all your hard work Mr. Hurtado.
Virginia Johnson January 22, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Something not mentioned is that Vice Mayor Gil Hurtado has spent thousands and thousands of hours volunteering to help our South Gate Youth for over 20 years. He works full time but finds time to help in anything he can to make our City great. Gil mentioned being President of the S.G. Junior Athletic Association but did not mention the massive amounts of time this entails to keep our children off the streets and out of trouble. Gil Hurtado also helps with all aspects of our City because he cares.
Mary C January 22, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I feel this is what we need to be aware of, Candidates that in fact get involved in Our Community. I urge Our Residents to be very aware on how we need to get involved , this will allow us to see how all our iunput does make a difference in Our Quality Of Life. We need to go out and vote 3/5/2013,and keep South Gate moving forward.
Cynthia January 22, 2013 at 11:13 PM
I agree with Ms. Johnson and Mary C. Bill Dewitt and Gil Hurtado have demonstrated years of involvement to our Community. That's why they should have our support and Vote on March 5th 2013.
Virginia Johnson January 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I hope the Patch does more input on Mayor Bill Dewitt and Vice Mayor Gil Hurtado to let the Public know that they are doing a fantastic job. Everyone who knows Gil and Bill is aware of their outstanding Honesty and all the hard work these 2 have done for our City. It is hard to find good people especially in our South East Cities for some reason but we found them, so LET'S KEEP THEM.
sandy March 06, 2013 at 08:39 PM
There are many hard working volunteers out there. Just because you are a great volunteer, Does not makes you a great council member. No disrespect, but I think it is time for new leaders in our community to take office. We are progressing in some areas and in others getting worse. I just hope the elected officials work harder to improve our community !...I feel they are getting too comfortable.
Virginia Johnson March 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
To Sandy. Then go to Council Meetings, tell them how you feel. Find out what they have actually done and not done. Voice your complaints and concerns. Find out about these 2 courageous men that you "feel emotions about" but do not know.
Cynthia March 06, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I agree with Sandy to a point, We do need more young people involved from our Community. But not one's that move into our city a few months before an election, just using South Gate as a stepping stone. We've had that in the past, we don't need that in our future.
sandy March 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I say what I say not just to say it, but because I feel strong about the issue. I don't think I must go to a Council Meeting to be heard. A GOOD council member returns calls, emails etc, to show true support and care. They should not wait for a crowd to be present in order to do so. I have no "emotions" for the.. just speaking the truth. If they claim their community is so important to them , then my question is why don't they worry or take some time to read and white to the community they claim they care so much for. Why do they only show they care in a board meeting! Can you explain that? These people are here for a reason and that reason is SG Residents. If they are not fulfilling their duties or promises then what are they doing??!
Cynthia March 06, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Well Sandy, Gil Hurtado and Bill Dewitt do return calls and emails. They do go to many events and meetings in the City. They do send out info. But how are they to know of every concern if we (the residents) don't call and let them know. And you do seem very angry. Let me ask you this when is the last time you went to a meeting, City Council, Planing Commission, Parks and Rec. Town Hall, Community in Action, Churches in Action. When is the last time you went to City Hall and voiced your concerns, And yes you do have to go to Council Meetings to have your concerns heard that is the proper forum. And these two men are GOOD Council members.
sandy March 06, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I am NOT angry, just concern of what our council claims they do, but is not doing. Of course they go to many events and meeting in the City. It is their duty. It would be a shame if they didn't. I don't feel the need to say when I attended the last meeting, the point here is they don't take the time to respond to SG residents small request/ concerns. Maybe its because its not in a public setting. I think this is unnecessary. With that said...I hope they take advantage of the next two years and really show how "Good" they and help "all" of our community, not just the interest groups. I hope the community of South Gate stands together to make sure this happens.
Virginia Johnson March 06, 2013 at 11:26 PM
I also hope you will extend the olive branch as a responsible community member to find out just what Mr. Hurtado and Mr. De Witt have done for our City of South Gate. You will be very surprised if you keep your eyes, ears and heart open.
Cynthia March 06, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Sandy you do seem a little angry and your NO speaks for it's self. And they do make time to listen to the residents, and the proper forum for that is they City Council meetings. Call City Hall (323/ 563-9502) and ask them to return you call, they will. And if you don't attend the meetings and voice your concerns how are they to know them?
sandy March 07, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Why do you both keep defending them! Like I said I didn't just say it to say it. I said it because I have experienced lack of response from them already. I am sure there are many other residents that feel this way. Please don't tell me what to do. I know what needs to be done. (period)

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