Mayor’s response to announcement of Federal Indictment of Councilmember
Mayor Rounds' response to announcement of Federal Indictment of Councilmember
I’m greatly disappointed – as every Santa Fe Springs resident must be – by the news that Councilmember Serrano has been indicted on Federal Bribery charges. I’m also saddened for the City because his indictment may be seen as another example of widespread political corruption in southeast Los Angeles County. Let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.
Government in Santa Fe Springs is clean and transparent. We play by the rules. We take seriously our moral and ethical responsibilities and the trust that has been conferred on us by the community. And, we will not turn a blind eye to criminal behavior. Councilmember Serrano’s alleged actions do not at all represent the City or any other City officials, elected or otherwise. Government in Santa Fe Springs has been and will remain clean, open, and transparent. This is evidenced by the City’s year-long efforts to eradicate unpermitted marijuana dispensaries from the City.
Councilmember Serrano’s indictment begins a legal process that will bear out the facts. He faces difficult choices in the days ahead. It is my expectation that he will make the right choices for the good of both his family and the community-at-large.
As for me, Mayor Pro Tem Moore, and Councilmembers González and Trujillo – we are focused on preserving the trust of our residents, who should be confident that those who represent them in Santa Fe Springs serve the legitimate interests of all our residents and businesses, and no others.
Frankly, we have a time of rebuilding ahead of us. But, the City Council also has an opportunity to show our residents that – at its core – the City of Santa Fe Springs continues to stand for the values of fair, responsible, and honest government.
Mayor Bill Rounds