Trinidad Perez appointed to serve until 2012
January 07, 2011 9:04 AM
Natasha Lindstrom

ADELANTO • A former councilman ousted in November’s election was reinstated to the Adelanto City Council through an appointment on Thursday night.

The City Council unanimously chose Trinidad Perez out of 11 original applicants seeking to fill a seat left vacant when Councilwoman Cari Thomas was elected mayor.

“I am just happy,” Perez said Thursday night outside City Hall. “It’s home. This is my community and I want to continue to do some things for it. God has granted that.”

Perez said he thinks it’s experience with the city that earned him the seat: He’s spent eight years on the council and served on the Planning and Parks and Recreation commissions. The 16-year resident has also had leadership roles on Adelanto Little League, Victor Valley Boys and Girls Club and the AYSO All-American football league.

Perez, 52, was the next runner-up in the 2010 election. Perez and former Councilman Gene Piehe both lost their seats amid public outrage over recent water hikes that had doubled and tripled some bills.

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