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YEAH,

[ CALL TO ORDER: Council Chamber INVOCATION: City Attorney/Legal Counsel Jones PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Councilmember/Director Simonian ROLL CALL: Mayor/Director Espinoza Mayor Pro Tem/Director Medrano Councilmember/Vice Chair Gomez Councilmember/Chair Shaw Councilmember/Director Simonian]

GOOD EVENING.

I WILL NOT CALL TO ORDER THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL AND THE REGULAR JOINT MEETING WITH THE CITY OF LA BARBARA HOLOCENE AUTHORITY OF MARCH 1ST, 2021.

LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT IT IS 6:30 PM.

THE INVOCATION WILL BE GIVEN BY CITY ATTORNEY LEGAL COUNSEL, RICHARD JONES FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY COUNCIL MEMBER, DIRECTOR SIMONIAN.

IF YOU WOULD ALL, PLEASE RISE, ASK YOU TO PLEASE BOW YOUR HEADS.

DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER, AS WE GATHER THIS EVENING TO DO THE IMPORTANT BUSINESS OF THE CITY OF LA HOMBRE, WE'RE FULL OF GRATITUDE FOR THOSE WHO ARE SERVING OUR COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS WHO ARE REACHING OUT TO THOSE MOST IN NEED.

WE'RE ALSO GRATEFUL FOR OUR PUBLIC SAFETY EMPLOYEES AND THOSE WHO SERVICE OUR COMMUNITY.

WE ASK A SPECIAL BLESSING THIS EVENING UPON OUR CITY COUNCIL, THAT THEY WILL DELIBERATE WITH THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL THE HARBOR IN MIND, THAT THEY WILL ACT WITH INTEGRITY WITH A SENSE OF PURPOSE FOR THAT, WHICH IS BEST FOR ALL.

AND WE SAID, THESE THINGS HUMBLED, THE NAME OF THY SON, JESUS CHRIST.

AMEN.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN SALUTING THE FLAG.

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE LAMINATION.

THANK YOU, DICK.

AND STEVE, WILL THE CLERK PLEASE CALL ROLL.

COUNCIL MEMBER, DIRECTOR SIMONIAN, COUNCIL MEMBER, CHAIR, SHAW COUNCIL MEMBER, VICE CHAIR, GOMEZ, MAYOR PRO TEM DIRECTOR, MAGENTO MAYOR DIRECTOR ESPINOSA HERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THERE ARE NO CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENTS.

CORRECT? OF COURSE.

[ CLOSED SESSION ANNOUNCEMENT: PROCLAMATIONS/PRESENTATIONS: RECOGNIZE OUTGOING COUNCILMEMBER/MAYOR BEAMISH FOR HIS SERVICES AS COUNCILMEMBER FROM DECEMBER 2004 THROUGH DECEMBER 2020.]

THE FIRST THING WE'RE GOING TO DO IS, UM, THE PROCLAMATION AND PRESENTATIONS TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTGOING COUNCIL MEMBER, MAYOR BEAMISH FOR HIS SERVICES AS COUNCIL MEMBER FROM DECEMBER, 2004 THROUGH DECEMBER, 2020.

NOW, HOW, IF IT'S GOING TO PROCEED, WE'RE GOING TO PLAY THE VIDEO FIRST, RIGHT? THANK YOU, TOM.

IT'S BEEN 16 YEARS.

YOU'VE BEEN ON THE COUNCIL SINCE 2004.

I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW QUICKLY THOSE YEARS HAVE GONE BY I'VE ENJOYED EVERY MEETING.

WE'VE HAD EVERY EVENT WE EVER ATTENDED ALONG WITH THE REST OF THE COUNCIL.

AND YOU WILL SOLELY BE MISSED.

THERE WAS GOING TO BE A LOT OF EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS THAT WERE TO TAKE PLACE AS YOUR ROLE AS MAYOR IN 2020.

AND OF COURSE THE PANDEMIC CAME ALONG.

THERE WERE CELEBRATION AND EVENTS, BUT NOT TO THE SCALE THAT WE HAD HOPED, UH, UNFORTUNATELY, BUT, UH, I DID ENJOY SPENDING TIME WITH YOU WORKING ON THOSE INFOMERCIALS AS WELL TO REMIND PEOPLE TO STAY SOCIALLY DISTANCE IN WASHINGTON HANDS.

AND, UH, YOU SAID THEM IN ENGLISH AND I SAID THEM IN SPANISH.

UH, BUT, UH, IT IS WHAT IT IS.

I'VE ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT.

I'VE BEEN HERE WITH YOU.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

UM, THANK YOU FOR BEING THE CALM IN THE STORM.

I KNOW THIS IS NOT THE END, AS FAR AS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY AND I WISH YOU WELL AND I'LL SEE YOU AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOODS.

UH, BUT, UM, THANK YOU.

I GREATLY APPRECIATE IT.

AND I'LL, I'LL BE FOLLOWING YOUR LEAD COME SOON, UH, IN FOUR YEARS, BUT, UH, MY BEST TO THE FAMILY, MY BEST TO YOU AND STAY HEALTHY AND KEEP SIX FEET APART.

TAKE CARE, TOM.

CONGRATULATIONS, 16 YEARS OF SERVICE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND MY FAMILY, THE MEDRANOS THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR RETIREMENT.

HEY TOM, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON YOUR RETIREMENT FOR THE LAVA CITY COUNCIL.

YOU HAVE TRULY BEEN A CHAMPION FOR ALL THE RESIDENTS HERE IN LA HABRA.

THAT'S LIKE TO THANK YOUR BEAUTIFUL WIFE.

WE'VE GOT A TWOFER WITH NANCY ON THERE, AND HE ALWAYS SERVED WITH PASSION AND JUST DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND WE'RE TRULY GOING TO MISS YOU.

SO ON BEHALF OF MYSELF, MR. LAHABRA ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT BY NOW.

SOMETIMES COUNCIL MEMBERS MIGHT BE AFRAID TO ASK THE QUESTION DURING THE COUNCIL MEETING.

THAT IS NOT TOM BEAMISH.

SO TOM HAS BEEN A QUICK, DAN ASKED TOUGH QUESTIONS OF THE STAFF REALLY PROBE INTO THE DETAILS OF A POLICY WE'RE LOOKING AT, BUT TOM, IT'S JUST BEEN GREAT.

HAVING YOU ON THE COUNCIL THE WHOLE TIME I'VE BEEN ON THE CITY COUNCIL WITH YOU THESE LAST 12 YEARS, YOU'VE JUST BEEN, UH, A FRIEND AND A MENTOR

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AND DONE A FANTASTIC JOB.

AND YOU'RE LEAVING.

LAHABRA A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF YOUR SERVICE.

AND WE WISH YOU, UH, I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN THE FUTURE, TOM, STEVE SIMONIAN HERE.

I THOUGHT IT APPROPRIATE THAT YOUR REPLACEMENT ON THE COUNCIL SAY JUST A COUPLE WORDS, WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I'M ACUTELY AWARE AS EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY IS THE NUMEROUS HOURS THAT YOU'VE DONATED AS A MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL.

AND THEN YOU ADD ON TOP OF THAT, UH, MAYOR PRO TEM AND MAYOR, AND THEN ON TOP OF THAT, YOUR POSITION ON THE LIONS CLUB, AND YOU'VE JUST GOT A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF HOURS, UH, GIVEN TO THE BENEFIT OF THIS COMMUNITY.

I THINK THAT EVERYBODY WOULD AGREE THAT EVERY DECISION THAT YOU MADE, EVERY STAND THAT YOU TOOK, YOU TRULY WANTED LAHABRA TO BE THE BEST THAT IT COULD BE.

NOBODY DOUBTS THAT.

AND THE AMOUNT OF HOURS THAT BOTH YOU AND NANCY PUT IN AGAIN ARE MONUMENTAL.

SO ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US TO ALL OF YOU, THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH.

UH, WE'RE WISHING THAT YOU HAVE A FUN FILLED RETIREMENT FILLED WITH LOVE AND HAPPINESS AND ENJOYMENT.

SO TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU BOTH.

HELLO, MR. BEAMISH ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE HARBOR CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, OUR CABINET MEMBERS, THE STAFF, THE STUDENTS, AND ALL OF OUR FAMILIES.

I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.

UH, YOU HAVE BEEN SUCH A REMARKABLE SUPPORTER OF OUR DISTRICT SINCE I ARRIVED IN 2017, I REMEMBER OUR FIRST MEETING AND IT WAS, UH, BASICALLY VERY APPARENT THAT YOU AND I BONDED ON WHAT WE FELT WAS BEST FOR CHILDREN.

SO AS A COUNCIL MEMBER AND AS A GRANDPARENT OF A CHILD IN OUR DISTRICT, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

YOU WILL BE MISSED.

AND THANK YOU FOR THE SERVICE THAT YOU HAVE PROVIDED TO THE LAHABRA CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND TO OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU.

HI, MY NAME IS MARIE.

LOVE YOGA.

IT'S A LITTLE HOBBIT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE.

ALONG WITH MARK SANDERS, THE CHAIR OF OUR BOARD.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU, MAYOR.

BEAMISH FOR THE WONDERFUL JOB YOU'VE DONE THIS YEAR.

I KNOW IT'S BEEN A ROUGH YEAR WITH COVID, BUT YOU STAYED THE COURSE.

YOU SUPPORTED SMALL BUSINESS.

YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB AND NANCY, THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH.

WE OWE YOU SOME FLOWERS AND WE HAVE A NICE PLAQUE FOR MERE BEAMISH.

THANK YOU.

AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT, TOM.

BEAMISH GOODBYE.

AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SO MANY YEARS AND PARTICULARLY FOR BEING MY FRIEND, YOU AND NANCY AND YOUR KIDS AND YOUR GRANDKIDS.

UM, WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER FOR YEARS.

YOU CAME CLOSE TO WORKING FOR ME AS A TEACHER.

UM, I'M GONNA MISS YOU AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO MISS YOU, BUT PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH AND GOOD LUCK AS YOU GO ONTO THE NEXT ADVENTURE.

I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE WONDERFUL THINGS HAPPEN AND YOU'RE GOING TO TOUCH LIVES AS YOU TRAVEL ON JUST LIKE YOU'VE DONE ALL ALONG.

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE STAY IN TOUCH.

STAY MY FRIEND.

THANK YOU.

BYE.

HI TOM.

THIS IS FRANK CATHERINE.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU'VE DONE FOR THE CITY.

HEY TOM.

WELL, HUMMER WAS REALLY LUCKY TO HAVE YOU FOR ALL THOSE YEARS, FRANK AND I WISH YOU AND NANCY, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING IN YOUR JOURNEY AHEAD.

I LOVE YOU.

HEY, TOM MARK HERE FROM UNIVERSITY PRINTING, KATHY AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SERVICE YOU'VE GIVEN THIS COMMUNITY OVER THE YEARS, ALL THE GREAT THINGS YOU'VE DONE FOR IT.

THE HONDA IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND YOU'RE PART OF THE REASON IT IS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FROM UNIVERSITY PRINTING AND ON A SIDE NOTE, ROCK ON BRO.

OH, THAT THAT WAS A BEAUTIFUL VIDEO.

UM, TRIBUTE TO OUR FORMER MAYOR, TOM V MENTIONED, I'M JUST HONORED.

AND AS IT'S THE SCREEN SAYS, YOU WILL BE MISSED IMMENSELY AND WE HAVE VARIOUS RECOGNITIONS.

I'M NOT SURE WHAT, HOW IT'S GOING TO GO, BUT WE DO.

THANK YOU, MADAM MAYOR.

UM, SO I'VE BEEN ENLISTED TO BE VANNA WHITE TONIGHT.

SO, UM, LET ME SEE IF I CAN GET THIS RIGHT.

OKAY.

SO FIRST OFF WE HAVE OUR, UM, OUR PLAQUE.

WE DO EVERY YEAR FOR THE OUTGOING MAYOR WITH THE GAVEL ON IT, THAT YOU HIT NUMEROUS TIMES IN YOUR LAST YEAR TO CONTROL EVERYTHING.

SO THANK YOU.

UH, THE NEXT PLAQUE WE HAVE IS FROM THE CITY, RECOGNIZING YOUR CAREER AS A COUNCIL MEMBER.

UM, WE WERE ABLE

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TO FIND A PLAQUE BIG ENOUGH TO HANDLE ALL THE YEARS.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO FIT ALL THAT ON THE PLAQUE.

THE THIRD PLAQUE IS FROM THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, RECOGNIZING YOUR YEAR AS MAYOR AND THANKING YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THIS IS FROM THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, A LITTLE A MEMENTO OF YOUR SERVICE FOR THE CITY.

YEP.

AND, UH, YEAH, THE SIGN.

UM, WE HAD A LOT OF OPTIONS WITH BEAMISH PLACE.

BEAMISH CIRCLE BEMIS STREET, BUT YOU KNOW, IN RETROSPECT FOR ALL THE YEARS WE'VE WORKED TOGETHER, BEAMISH WAY SEEMED THE MOST APPROPRIATE BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEAMISH WAY OR NO WAY.

SO, AS I RECALL, AND THEN FINALLY, A LITTLE MEMORY BOOK THAT WE PUT TOGETHER, A BRIANNA DID A LOT OF HARD WORK PULLING TOGETHER PICTURES FROM A LOT OF FOLKS, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND COLLEAGUES AND DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS.

AND HOPEFULLY IT GIVES YOU A LITTLE, A BIT OF A MEMORY OF YOUR TIME ON, UH, SERVING THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS SOME PERSONAL NOTES TO YOU FROM VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS.

AND, UH, WITH THAT, WE HAD YOUR NAME PLATE ALSO FROM YOUR LOCKER.

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH, SO WE'RE GIVING YOU THE NAME PLATE BACK.

SO IN CASE YOU FORGET WHO YOU ARE AT HOME, YOU CAN PUT THAT ON A CLOSET OR SOMETHING TO LET NANCY KNOW THAT THAT'S YOUR CLOSET.

AND SO WITH THAT, UH, THE CLOSET.

SO IF ANY COMMENTS, THE FLOOR IS YOURS, I'LL KEEP IT KIND OF SHORT, BUT I APPRECIATE YOU RECOGNIZING ME TONIGHT BECAUSE I REALLY WANTED TO THANK YOU ALL BECAUSE 24 YEARS, 23 YEARS GOES BY VERY QUICKLY.

UM, IT'S AN HONOR A PRIVILEGE TO SERVE THE CITY OF ALHAMBRA IT'S.

IT WAS CHALLENGING AT TIMES, UH, FUN AT TIMES.

AND THE BEST PART THOUGH FOR ME, WAS SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF THE COMMUNITY.

I LEARNED TO BE A VOLUNTEER WHEN I MOVED TO A HARBOR IN 1982, UH, WORKING WITH MY CALL, VARIOUS COLLEAGUES ON THE CITY COUNCIL.

WE ALL I FEEL HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR THE COMMUNITY.

AND IT WAS A JOY TO BE ON THEIR STAFF HAS ALWAYS BEEN GREAT, UH, GOOD RELATIONS WITH EVERYBODY.

AND THIS IS WHERE I CUT MY TEETH ON HOW TO DO, HOW TO BE INVOLVED IN POLITICS.

AND LIKE MOST OF US, I DIDN'T REALLY DIDN'T LIKE CAMPAIGNING TOO MUCH CAMPAIGNING WAS OKAY, THE RAISING OF THE MONEY I DIDN'T LIKE, BUT, UM, I'LL BE MOVING ONTO A NEW COMMUNITY AND I'M ALREADY THINKING WHAT, AND HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER IN THAT COMMUNITY? SO I'M THINKING OF POTENTIALLY VOLUNTEERING WITH ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFFS AND, UH, MAYBE I'LL TAKE A RUN FOR COUNCIL OUT THERE.

I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE NOT IF NANCY LET ME, BUT, UH, LAST OFF I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY WIFE, NANCY, WHO, UH, WE AS A TEAM SPENT A LOT OF YEARS IN TOWN VOLUNTEERING WAS WHETHER IT WAS AT THE DEPOT THEATER, UH, THROUGH THE SCHOOLS THAT MY CHILDREN ARE RAISED IN ON COUNCIL.

SHE WAS INVOLVED IN THE CAMPAIGNS AND ALL THE ACTIVITIES WE USED TO DO AS COUNCIL MEMBER AND WIFE AND MAYOR AND WIFE.

SO I HAVE ONLY FOND MEMORIES OF ALL OF THE HARBOR OF THE PEOPLE HERE, AND I WISH YOU ALL WELL, AND I WOULD HOPE THAT THE COUNCILS IN THE FUTURE ALSO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR LAHABRA BOTTOM LINE.

SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, WOULD ANYONE ON THE CONSOLE ADD, LIKE TO ADD MORE COMMENTS, GO AHEAD, COUNCIL MEMBER.

GOMATH TOM.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE HERE WITH THE COUNCIL.

AND YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN A VERY, UH, DEDICATED TEAM PLAYER, UH, EARLY ON, WE WERE GOING TO BOTH RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL AND YOU GRACIOUSLY STEP ASIDE.

SO I COULD RUN FOR CITY COUNCIL AND YOU'VE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A TEAM PLAYER.

AND THE BEST PART OF IT IS ALWAYS YOU AND NANCY TO GO TO EVENTS.

AND IT'S ALWAYS YOU AND NANCY AND, AND JUST HAVE A TREMENDOUS PASSION AND I ON A PERSONAL ESPECIALLY APPRECIATE YOU, ALWAYS BEING THERE FOR MY PARENTS, ALWAYS LOVE YOUR PHONE CALLS AND YOU CHECKING IN ON THEM.

AND, UH, THEY ALSO SEND THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL.

YOU ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR THEM, AND CLEARLY YOU HAVE LEFT OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE BY ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION.

UM, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, TOM, JIM AND I, I STEPPED ASIDE BACK IN 2002 BECAUSE I WAS SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW NOT TO RUN AGAINST JIM GOMEZ.

IS THERE ANYONE ELSE FROM THE COUNCIL MEDRANO? I WILL.

UH, TOM, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR FRIENDSHIP.

AND I KNOW IT'S ONLY BEEN A LITTLE OVER TWO YEARS, BUT EVEN WHEN I WAS RUNNING FOR CITY COUNCIL, YOU, YOU DISPLAYED THE UTMOST COURTESY.

YOU WERE A TRUE GENTLEMAN WHEN I WAS CAMPAIGNING AND I SINCERELY APPRECIATE THAT YOU, UH, YOU, YOU TOOK THE TIME TO TALK TO ME ABOUT, ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS AND I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT AND THEY GET TO KNOW YOU AND NANCY A LOT BETTER, UH, WAS, WAS THE BEST THING ASIDE FROM HAVING

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YOU AS A COLLEAGUE ON COUNCIL.

UH, SO THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE MISSED AND, UH, I'LL BE CALLING ON YOU FROM TIME TO TIME.

SO YOU'RE PROBABLY GOING TO GET SICK OF ME, BUT THERE'S STILL A SOCCER GAME.

WE HAVE TO GO WATCH.

I APPRECIATE YOU.

AND PLEASE ARE OUR BEST TO NANCY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY.

THANK YOU, TOM COUNCIL MEMBER SHAW.

WELL, TOM AND I, UM, WOULD RUN TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME.

SO IT WAS FUN HAVING HALF OF MY CAR WITH BIMA SIGNS AND HALF A SHAW SIGN.

SO WE WERE VERY MUCH A TEAM OUT THERE AND I JUST LOVED TOM.

UM, I KNOW YOU KNOW THAT TOM AND, UH, JUST BEEN GREAT, UH, HAVING USED AS MY FRIEND ALL THESE YEARS AND YOU JUST, UH, DID ALWAYS DID SUCH A GREAT JOB.

I, I ALWAYS THOUGHT, UM, YOU KNOW, HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET OUT? HOW ARE WE GOING TO COME GET OUT OF THIS ISSUE OR WHAT'S THE RIGHT PATH TO GO? AND I ALWAYS KNEW TOM WOULD, UM, ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION AND COME UP WITH THE RIGHT SOLUTION.

SO I REALLY, I CAME TO RELY ON YOU.

SO, UH, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR YEARS OF LEADERSHIP IN OUR CITY.

THANKS TIM COUNCIL MEMBER SIMONIAN, TOM.

MOST OF WHAT I WANTED TO SAY, I SAID IN THE FILM, BUT, UM, I THINK THE THING THAT STAYS WITH ME THE MOST WAS WHETHER WE WERE ON THE SAME SIDE OF, UH, AN ISSUE OR, OR AGAINST EACH OTHER ON AN ISSUE, UH, YOU WERE ALWAYS COURTEOUS AND KIND, UH, WHAT I REALLY ENJOYED WAS THE FACT THAT YOU DID YOUR HOMEWORK.

YOU KNEW THE ISSUES, YOU READ THE REPORTS, YOU WENT OFF TO SITES AND LOOKED AT THINGS, TALK TO PEOPLE AND THAT, UH, THAT'S, THAT'S A RARITY.

I VERY, VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR WORK ETHIC.

AND THE FACT THAT I KNEW THAT EVERY DECISION WHETHER I WAS FOREIGN OR AGAINST IT, I KNEW THAT YOU BELIEVED IT WAS THE RIGHT THING FOR THE CITY.

AND THAT IS A REMARKABLE PERSON.

AND FOR THAT, I WILL ALWAYS BE THANKFUL.

I APPRECIATE YOUR ENDORSEMENT.

I APPRECIATE YOUR FRIENDSHIP OVER THE YEARS AND YOU WILL BE MISSED.

THANK YOU, STEVE.

WELL, TOM, UM, I KNOW LAST YEAR, UM, YOU, AS YOU BECAME MAYOR WHO WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT COVID WOULD HAVE HAD A, AND IT JUST TOOK US ALL STAFF, EVERYONE TO THE WHOLE WORLD FOR A SPIN AND JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO NEXT.

AND, UH, I WAS HAPPY THAT I WOULD NOT MAYOR THAT CAUSE, UH, IT WAS GOING TO BE A ROUGH YEAR AND YOU HANDLE IT SO PROFESSIONAL.

UM, AND YOU WERE JUST A ROCK FOR US AND I WAS SO HAPPY THAT YOU WERE THERE.

UM, AND I CAN ASSIST YOU IN WAY POSSIBLE, BUT YOU PRETTY MUCH KNEW WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO.

UM, YOU HANDLED IT VERY PROFESSIONAL.

UM, WE JUST, IT WAS STREAMLESS IT JUST SEAMLESS.

IT WAS JUST WEIRD.

IT JUST WENT SO SMOOTH.

AND, AND, AND I WAS VERY HAPPY OF COURSE, FOR THE STAFF AS WELL, GIVING US SOME GUIDANCE TO HELP AS WELL.

UM, BUT, UM, NOW THAT I AM MAYOR, I WATCHED YOU THE WHOLE TIME.

I WATCHED YOU SO CLOSELY TO SEE HOW EVERYTHING YOU HAD, THE PROCESS, THE PROCEDURES, AND, UH, THE COVID AND HOW WE WOULD HANDLE ALL THIS.

AND, UH, I WATCHED YOU THAT WHEN I BECAME MAYOR MYSELF, I DIDN'T, UH, I WASN'T, I DIDN'T HAVE ANY AS FEARS LIKE YOU, YOU MAY HAVE HAD, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU DID OR DID NOT, BUT I, I KNOW THAT, UH, I HAVE NO FEAR THEN I WAS, IT WAS, IT WAS ALL DUE TO YOU BECAUSE I COULD SEE JUST HOW YOU HANDLED IT AND YOU HANDLED IT VERY PROFESSIONAL.

SO WE WERE, WE ARE, WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU.

OF COURSE, THERE WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT AND WE, BUT WE WERE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU HERE.

I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE YOU HERE ALONG MY SIDE, UM, THE CONVERSATIONS WE HAD ON THE ISSUES, YOUR SIDE OF THE ISSUE, AND IT JUST GIVE CLARIFICATION TO WHAT THINGS MAY I MAY HAVE NOT THOUGHT ABOUT.

SO I WAS DEEPLY INDEBTED TO YOU.

I RESPECT YOU.

AND I THINK WE ALL RESPECT YOU.

UM, AND I'M VERY, VERY HAPPY THAT, THAT YOU WERE HERE WHEN I WAS RUNNING.

I MEAN, WE WOULD SEE EACH OTHER WHEN WE WERE OUT THERE, I WAS WALKING THE PRECINCT AND I'D SEE YOU, BUT IT WAS, UM, IT WAS JUST A GOOD TIME, EVEN THOUGH I LIKE YOU, I DON'T LIKE TO RAISE MONEY EITHER.

SO THAT'S WHY I PROBABLY RAISED LESS THAN YOU DID, UH, THERE.

BUT ONE THING WE DID WAS WALK THE PRECINCT AND THAT'S HOW WE GOT OUR RESULTS TO, TO RETURN BACK TO THE DIOCESE.

BUT, UH, I WISH YOU A SAFE JOURNEY IN LIFE.

YOU AND NANCY ARE BEST TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

UM, I JUST, I'M JUST GONNA MISS YOU.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT, ENJOY LIFE.

AND, UH, YOU KNOW, I WILL BE CALLING YOU AS WELL.

SO DON'T BE SURPRISED.

DON'T CHANGE YOUR NUMBER ON ME.

OKAY.

I WILL KEEP