CERRITOS, CA — An end of an era in the South Bay.
After 19 years as an elected official, former two-time Mayor Mark Pulido gave his final remarks as a Cerritos City Councilman through a council meeting via Zoom.
He gave thanks to his family, Filipino leaders, and organizations who supported him throughout his term.
“I can’t help but look back with gratitude and pay tribute to my family as a proud son and grandson of immigrants from the Philippines, World War II veterans both Navy and Army, displace day war in search of a better life in America… they found it in a place once known as Dairy Valley, now proudly known as Cerritos. They decided to plant roots here, and they did. They decided to plant it deep, deep down in my soul and nurture with generous amounts of love unconditional support and an unaided faith in God.”
Prior to working at City Hall, the Fil-Am had served 10 years for the ABC Unified school district.
“Those proud sons and daughters of Cerritos who graduated from local ABC schools, and went on to take on the real world and follow their dreams, who supported me, loved me and challenged me to be the best I could be — you also inspired me to come back home to give back in hopes to encourage more of us to do the same, perhaps raise our children together in the same schools we attended. The same parks and playgrounds we stomped on and the same gyms and multipurpose rooms we danced on.”
Many community leaders, colleagues, and fellow local officials honored Pulido, remembering some of his accomplishments — which included renovating facilities such as the parks, water system, and public library.
In a statement to ABS-CBN News, Pulido said he’ll continue to work as U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal’s deputy chief of staff, while he looks forward to spending time with his family.
He pledged to continue serving the community and pave the way for more Filipino Americans to get elected and appointed positions.