SELMA – Selma’s Planning Commission has two new members who say their hope is to bring their business experience to the group as the City takes step to grow in the future.
Mandeep Singh and John Trujillo were sworn in during the Commission’s October meeting when they took the oath of office on Oct. 23.
Other commissioners include Jim Ivory, Glenn Niswander, Danny Serimian, Ramza Coury and Johnny Gonzalez. Commissioners serve four-year terms and help the city with such issues as establishing present and future land-use policies and traffic and street issues. There are seven members on the Commission and they meet at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at Selma City Hall.
Singh owns MB Transporters Inc. and has been in business since 2010. He drives his own truck loads and dispatches other trucking owner-operators. He’s married to Lakhwinder Kaur and has one son, Navnidh Singh.
Singh said he’d been looking for an opportunity to serve the community and since he lives in town and is aware of their concerns, he felt he could be a voice for the people.
Singh said it was especially important to him to represent the Sikh community and help enlighten others about their customs.
“I feel that by joining here, we’ll come to know about each other more. The people around here will know about Sikh and Punjabi people in a better way by my serving on the commission.”
Singh said he sees Selma as a community that’s poised for growth so he’s hoping to make decisions that will bring more businesses to the area.
“People are very friendly, but Selma must grow more. We’re thinking to bring more businesses and more good people here. The more the City grows, we’ll be getting more jobs in the city. So that’s a main focus.”
Recalling the swearing-in ceremony, Singh said it was a proud moment not only for his immediate family but for his community.
“My family was very excited because it’s part of our culture that Sikh people came into this world just to help others. You see I’m wearing a turban and that’s so others will recognize that this person is always ready to help anyone. These are the beliefs we learn from our culture.”
Trujillo has worked in the tax preparation and bookkeeping business for 23 years. He’s also served as a sales person for a concrete company out of Visalia, National Cement, for 18 years.
Trujillo said he thinks his knowledge of building codes and experience with construction companies and developers will serve Selma well.
“I think the knowledge and experience I have since I’ve been involved with building bridges and buildings, and with all these construction companies and developers, I’ll be able to help out the City and give my input with the experience that I have.”
Trujillo has previously served on the City’s Streets and Signs Committee and Personnel Committee and says he now wants to help guide growth in town. Aside from his tax service, he also opened up a restaurant in downtown.
“When I opened Trujillo’s Tax Service in 2003, I’d sit out in front and thought, ‘we need a restaurant.’ The citizens themselves have to get behind the municipal government. The community members can’t wait for the municipal government to do things. That’s why I opened the restaurant,” he said of Max’s Brunch House Café that he opened in 2015. “I’m really open for the city to grow and I wanted to see more foot traffic in downtown.”
Trujillo has also been involved with redevelopment agencies and says growing and beautifying downtown is another concern.
“I’m hoping I can help out and bring an influx to the downtown while also helping the city grow on the outside. That’s the way we’ll actually produce a better city.”