At the front of the room, City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares (R) and Chief of Police Armando Corpuz (middle) present Marsha Grilli (L) with an American flag.

At last night’s Council meeting, two outgoing Councilmembers — Garry Barbadillo and Marsha Grilli — were thanked for their four years of service on the Milpitas City Council.

“Both of you have represented the City on various boards and commissions and spent countless hours responding to community needs,” said City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your service. It has been a pleasure working with you, myself, as your City Manager over the past year.”  

Barbadillo and Grilli were each presented with a United States Flag; both flags had been flown over the Cesar Chavez Plaza.

Left to Right: Garry Barbadillo, City Manager Julie Edmonds-Mares, and Chief of Police Armando Corpuz

In thanking Barbadillo, Edmonds-Mares drew attention to the ways in which he has supported and benefited the City; she mentioned his knowledge on land use issues, which helped to shape the General Plan, along with his time spent on the Santa Clara Valley Water Commission. She also spoke of his work prior to his Council position, when he served as Planning Commissioner and also as a Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Commissioner.

Grilli’s work on the Silicon Valley Energy Initiative, which helped to propel the City’s sustainability goals, was cited by Edmonds-Mares, as well as her time as Chair of the Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Authority. Her leadership on the Suicide Prevention Policy and Task Force, and her efforts to fearlessly draw attention to the topic of suicide, were acknowledged, too.

Soon after, incoming Councilmembers Karina Dominguez and Carmen Montano were sworn in and officially stepped into their positions.

Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.

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