At Tuesday’s City Council meeting Tony Vazquez was installed as Mayor of Santa Monica and Councilmember Ted Winterer as Mayor Pro Tempore, positions which they will serve in for the next year.

Mayor Tony Vazquez is a proud 30-year resident of Santa Monica, homeowner and longtime community advocate. He and his wife, Maria, have two grown children who are both graduates of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. First elected to Santa Monica City Council in 1990, Vazquez served for four years and was elected again in 2012. He served as Mayor Pro Tempore this last year.

Vazquez has over 20 years of business and government experience involving strategic and long-term planning, business development and municipal and legislative advocacy. For his current term, his main areas of focus will be responsible growth and development, fiscal responsibility, public safety, homelessness, the future of Santa Monica Airport, open and responsive government and education.

Mayor Pro Tempore Ted Winterer was elected to the Santa Monica City Council in November 2012. He previously served the City as a Planning Commissioner and Recreation and Parks Commissioner. He’s also been involved in the Santa Monica community as the president of the Ocean Park Association, a steering committee member of Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), and a member of SMMUSD’s Bond Committee.

Winterer graduated from Dartmouth College in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Film Studies. He spent many years as a development and production executive in the motion picture industry and is currently works in residential real estate sales. Winterer lives in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park neighborhood with his wife and two kids.

— Submitted by Debbie Lee, Communications and Public Affairs Officer