Mayor Gary Baland handed the gavel over to Vice Mayor Steve Alvarado Wednesday, December 5, 2012 as Alvarado began his new public service as the Mayor of Live Oak.
Baland served on the City Council four years, two of those as Mayor and was elected to serve another four years at the November 6, 2012 elections.
Lakhvir Ghag, very well known in the town of Live Oak, was sworn in as a Councilman taking the place of Councilman Rob Klotz.
Ghag was instrumental in the formation of the Live Oak Kiwanis Club following membership in the Yuba City club and seeing a need for Live Oak.
He currently serves as Lt. Governor for Division 14 and the local Kiwanis Club has become very involved in the community in a short time. Besides holding a fireworks fund raiser, they hosted a Fresh Crab Dinner, the Pancake Breakfast at the Relay for Life the past two years, and for Live Oak High School Grad Night.
He is co-owner of Sutter Buttes Realty and has lived in the Gridley/Live Oak area since 1994.
Ghag thanked his parents, wife, daughter and sons who were in the audience and mentioned he had met many wonderful people while visiting door-to-door during his campaign to become a council member.
Baland agreed stating that it might be a good idea to have all the council members visit door-to-door during a non-election year to hear the concerns and thoughts of the residents of Live Oak.
Baland mentioned the positive accomplishments coming up for the town such as a new animal shelter, in the next four years, a $1.85 million soccer complex and a second stoplight for the town coming to Elm Street and Highway 99.
“It's been a lot of fun as Mayor having kids in the community get to know the Mayor and how the office works. I am referred to as the “Soccer Mayor,” by one child.”
“It is fun to have kids look up to you and maybe aspire to get involved in the future,” Councilman Baland stated.
For the rest of this story, please pick up a 12/12/12 edition of The Gridley Herald.