Family and supporters of Mayor Elliott Rothman, District 1 Councilman John Nolte, District 4 Councilwoman Paula Lantz and District 6 Councilwoman Debra Martin, along with representatives of various Pomona organizations and service clubs filled up the City Council chambers. An overflow audience heard the proceeding through speakers outside the chambers.
Jason Rothman, president of the Pomona Unified School District board of education and the mayor's son, administered the oath to his father.
Mayor Rothman administered the oath to both Nolte and Martin and Deputy City Clerk Pamela Perkins administered the oath to Lantz.
Prior to the administration of the oaths, outgoing council members Danielle Soto and Steve Atchley were recognized.
Rothman presented each a copy of the statue of the Goddess Pomona for their service on the council along with a reproduction of a Pomona street sign with the words city of Pomona on one side and the outgoing council member's name on the other.
Soto thanked each of the council members and family members for their support.
Soto, the granddaughter of former Councilwoman Nell Soto, who served on the City Council, and, like her husband Phil Soto served in the Legislature, instilled in her the importance of public service and thanked voters for the opportunity to serve them.
Soto said she joined the council during a difficult economic period for the city and played a role in making budget decisions.
"Making all those tough decisions was not easy," she said, but she is proud to have made tough decisions in the best interest of the city.
Atchley said: "I'm here tonight with mixed emotions."
He thanked voters for allowing him to represent District 6 and welcomed the incoming council members.
"You join a group of people who have their heart in the right place," he said.
After the new and returning elected officials took the oath, each thanked their families, friends and supporters.
Nolte, an eight-year resident of the city, said that in the course of his campaign he found residents who have lived in the city for decades.
"I realized I am an extreme neophyte," he said. "I learned a whole lot and have a whole lot to learn."
Nolte said Pomona is a city with talented people who have gifts and talents that must be recognized and added that if everyone in the city works together Pomona can rise and move ahead.
Martin, a long-time resident of the city with a long history of volunteerism, made a commitment to residents.
"I will always make decisions based on what is best for all of the city of Pomona," Martin said.
Lantz said Pomona residents know her well and know they can count on her to always be clear about her position on an issue.
"I do call them as I see them," she said.
Rothman said he viewed his re-election as mayor this way: "I see this as one big vote of confidence."
As a result he plans to remain on the same path and not make any changes.
The city, he said, is going in the right direction.
"We're finally on the radar. We're moving forward."
Rothman spoke about Measure X, a parcel tax measure on last month's ballot that needed the support of two-thirds of the city's voters to pass.
Although the measure didn't receive the necessary two-thirds support, 60.63 percent of the vote supported Measure X.
"That tells me a top priority is to keep the library open," he said.
This is Rothman's second term as mayor. Rothman was elected councilman in March 1997 and served in that capacity until he was elected mayor in 2008.
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