MONTEBELLO—City Councilman Jack Hadjinian appointed Poghos Iskajyan to the City’s Youth Commission on July 27. Iskajyan will enter the 11 grade this fall at Armenian Mesrobian School and is the fourth Armenian to be appointed to a City commission by Councilman Hadjinian. “I decided to appoint Poghos Iskajyan to the Youth Commission because he has demonstrated good leadership skills at Mesrobian School and in the AYF. His willingness to work with others makes me believe he will represent our community well on a City commission”.
Hadjinian announced three other appointments.
Erik Pulatian – Golf Course Commission
Erik Pulatian is the owner and operator of All Service Catering, a mobile food & special event catering company. Pulatian will bring a new perspective to the golf course operation since he understands the food concession business. Pulatian is a member of the Mesrobian School alumni and serves on the steering committee of the Holy Cross Cathedral’s Annual Armenian Food Fair & Festival. Erik Pulatian enjoys traveling and boating in Lake Tahoe with his family & friends.
Ashod Mooradian – Planning Commission
Ashod Mooradian currently is employed with the State Bar of California as a deputy Trial Counsel and formerly served on the City’s Traffic & Safety commission from 2010-2012. Ashod Mooradian is happily married with 3 children. A member of the San Gabriel Valley-ANC and a Mesrobian graduate class of 1987; he went on to attend the University of Southern California, and Southwestern Law School. Mooradian will bring his legal expertise to the commission as the only attorney serving alongside other members who are either civil engineers or businessmen.
Berj Aliksanian – Traffic & Safety Commission
Berj Aliksanian is a geotechnical specialty engineer with the firm EarthSpectives. Aliksanian is a licensed civil engineer and a Mesrobian School graduate class of 2004. While in high school Berj Aliksanian participated in an internship program Hadjinian organized with then Assemblyman Ron Calderon’s office and the Armenian Mesrobian School. “It was then as a high school student I realized Berj had an interest in public service, I remember the Assemblyman’s staff telling me he was always prompt and ready to help everyone”. Aliksanian is
Hadjinian also appointed George Pacheco Esq. to the City’s Investment Committee, Joe Lucero to the Civil Service Commission, and Vivian Romero to Parks & Recreation. Currently, there are two other Armenian Americans serving on City commissions; Denise Hagopian-Civil Service Commission, and Murad Minasian-Planning Commission.
Councilman Hadjinian currently serves on the Governing Board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, member of the Board of Directors of Gateway Cities, and serves on the Board of Directors of ACE Construction Authority with Supervisor Michael Antonovich. The ACE Construction Authority has 14 rail-roadway separation projects and has a total budget of $1.3 billion dollars.
The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Armenian National Committee of America is proud of the selection of appointments made by Hadjinian and looks forward to their professionalism as City Commissioner.