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Council selects Mosca to parks and recreation commission

ENCINITAS — The Encinitas City Council selected a former San Gabriel Valley councilman to serve on the city’s parks and recreation commission.

Joseph Mosca was the unanimous choice to replace Cheryl Broom, who resigned her post in July after she moved out of the city.

Mosca, an attorney by trade, was elected to the Sierra Madre City Council in 2006, and was believed to be the San Gabriel Valley’s first openly gay mayor when he was appointed the ceremonial title in 2010. He resigned his post in 2011 after he and his partner and children moved to London.

Mosca, who previously lived briefly in San Diego following law school, said that while he feels that Encinitas has beautiful parks, trails and recreation facilities, he feels they can be improved.

“I think there is some room for improvement, and I would like to be a part of it,” Mosca said.

Mosca was one of three people who applied for the unscheduled vacancy. Former Cardiff Elementary School board member Rhea Stewart and David Hinkle were                the others.