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Archived News Release from 2005

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Council Appoints Alicia Aguirre to Fill Vacant Seat

Redwood City, CA - January 25, 2005 - At its meeting last night, the City Council of Redwood City appointed Alicia Aguirre to fill the seat which has been vacant since last fall.

Aguirre is a member of the Redwood City School District Board (an elected post from which she will resign to serve on the Council), and has been a professor at Cañada College for over 16 years. She is also currently on special assignment as Visiting Dean at the Sequoia Union High School District, serving as Director of English Learners. Aguirre has a Masters Degree in Education, has undertaken doctoral studies at the Universidad Iberoamericana, and has been honored as a Fulbright Exchange Professor.

The appointment of Aguirre came late in the evening after Council members heard presentations by the 11 people applying to fill the seat vacated by Ira Ruskin when he was elected to the State Assembly last November. Aguirre will serve on the Council until the November 2005 general election, at which time the seat will be open for special election to fill the remainder of the unexpired term. Aguirre has indicated that she intends to run for the seat in that election.

This is a great opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to the Council” said Aguirre. “This City is taking the lead on so many great things – our downtown renaissance, the recycled water project, addressing our affordable housing needs, partnering in the education of our youth, and building our community on the strength of its diversity - and I’m proud to be able to contribute as a Council member.”

Aguirre has been an active member of the community, serving on the boards of numerous organizations in San Mateo County including Youth and Family Assistance, Service League of San Mateo County, Latina Mentor Advisory Council of the San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City Library Foundation, Young Latino Leaders, Redwood City International, Hispanos Unidos, the Mt. Carmel School Board, and others. She is a long-time resident of Redwood City, and is married with two sons.

Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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