Reece sworn in again as Foothill Gold Line board chair

Claremont Mayor Ed Reece was sworn in as chair for the second year running at the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday.

Glendora City Council member Mendell Thompson was sworn in as the board’s new vice chair.

The two were unanimously elected last month by peers and come with several years of experience working with the board. Both are set to lead the agency at a critical point in time, read a news release.

Claremont Mayor Ed Reece. Photo/courtesy of the City of Claremont

With the 9.1-mile, four-station project segment from Glendora to Pomona nearly complete, the agency continues to seek funding for an additional two station project segment that would include Claremont and Montclair.

“This year we will be laser focused on securing the funding needed to complete the project to Claremont and Montclair and bring the full benefit of this much-needed infrastructure project to fruition,” Reece said at the meeting. “Completing this project is essential to the future of this corridor and to the region. It will expand mobility opportunities by providing a reliable and sustainable transit option that connects people to where they are traveling each day — reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the quality of life for our residents, workers, students and visitors.”

The Foothill Gold Line board is made up of Reece, Thompson, Pomona Mayor and Metro Board member Tim Sandoval, La Verne Mayor Tim Hepburn, Ontario Council member Alan Wapner (non-voting), Pasadena Council member Gene Masuda (non-voting), and South Pasadena representative Dan Evans (non-voting).

The City of Los Angeles and California Governor appointees’ seats are currently vacant.

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