Thursday, May 02, 2013

ACE names new chair, vice chair

The Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE) elected El Monte, Calif., Mayor Pro Tem Norma Macias as chair and Montebello, Calif., Councilman Jack Hadjinian as vice chair of its board of directors.

The $1.7-billion ACE program in the San Gabriel Valley calls for constructing 22 grade-separation projects and safety improvements at another 39 crossings.

"I appreciate this vote of confidence as ACE enters into the busiest period ever in its 15-year history," said Macias. "The ACE grade separations are needed to eliminate congestion, emissions from idling vehicles and safety hazards at crossings along the freight rail corridors through our communities, which accommodate about 60 percent of the goods arriving in Southern California, the nation's leading trade gateway."

"I appreciate the support of my colleagues in selecting me as vice chair," said Hadjinian. "I am confident that we can continue to make significant progress in moving the remaining ACE grade-separation projects through the environmental, design and property acquisition phases and into final construction."

Macias has been a member of the ACE Board of Directors since January 2012. First elected to the El Monte City Council in 2009, she currently serves as the city's delegate to the Governing Board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG) and to the League of California Cities.

Hadjinian has been a member of the ACE Board of Directors since March 2012. First elected to the Montebello City Council in 2011, he currently serves as the city's delegate to the Governing Boards of the San Gabriel Valley and the Gateway Cities COGs and to the Housing, Community & Economic Development Policy Committee of the League of California Cities.

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