City council approves District 1 election; hears I-15 Smart Freeway update

An update on the I-15 construction was presented during the Temecula city council meeting meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Valley News/Shawna Sarnowski photo
At the start of the meeting, presentations were held for both the incoming and outgoing mayor of the city. Council member Zak Schwank was congratulated for his year as mayor of Temecula, and Mayor James “Stew” Stewart was thanked for his services. Years of service pins were given to commissioners Gary Oddi and Adam Ruiz both for 5 years, James Richardson for 10 years, and Gary Watts for 15 years.A certificate of remembrance was also presented to the family of Lynn Fanene. Fanene was the former community services officer for the city of Temecula. Fanene’s loved ones shared about how much he loved his job, through representing the city, and through working with the neighborhood watch program. Fanene passed away from cancer Nov. 25, 2023. Those attending the presentation, stood up f
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