We Hear You America: Mayors of the Week

View as Slideshow

Mayor Louie Aguiñaga, South El Monte, CA

Mayor Louie Aguiñaga, South El Monte, CA
What's makes South El Monte special?

The City of South El Monte is a very family-oriented and friendly community. We pride ourselves on knowing that through hard times the community will get together and help each other out.   I make it a priority to know everyone in this community and make sure the families are growing up safe, happy and healthy. This year alone we have changed our city-hall policy on providing junk food at city events as an example to residents.  We are very involved in this new direction to a healthier and happier way of living through healthier vending and more active family events such as bike rides with the Mayor and Council.

If South El Monte is a Reader's Digest We Hear You America winner in 2012, what's a city project that could use the funds and promotional support and why?

The City of South El Monte has been trying for several years to get our youth a skate park, and a family gym.  We do not have these facilities anywhere near our city so we are in desperate need of funding to provide an inexpensive way for families to get healthy. We have applied for grants to add safe walkways and bicycle routes but have been turned down due to budget constraints.

Can you share any ways you plan to get others to vote for South El Monte?

Our community is very involved on our city Facebook page.  We can definitely get the word out and ask for support on the Facebook page, plus the city newspaper, webpage and reader board.

Mayor Rudy Wright, Hickory, NC

Mayor Rudy Wright, Hickory, NC

What makes Hickory special?

Its people – industrious, self-sustaining, always anxious to help their neighbors and willing to accept things they can’t change.  We are also blessed with a wonderful climate!

If Hickory is a We Hear You America winner in 2012, do you know where the money will go?

Yes! It's very important that we maintain help lines to people who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances. So we want to expand the service levels and capabilities of the dental care element at Cooperate Christian Ministry. For $40,000, we can fulfill this dream!

What can you share with others who want their towns to be heard?

We had fun with last year's "We Hear You, America" campaign, and learned some things that really worked. One is Facebook: On my Facebook page, people would post that they voted for our town and I enjoyed responding that they needed to go out and get 10 more people to vote! If we had gotten the word out earlier, we may have won.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.