Daly City's 2nd Filipino Council Member Sworn In -- a Historic First
The 46-year-old lawyer was appointed last week to replace council member Maggie Gomez, who vacated her seat in February after pleading no contest to two counts of felony workers' compensation fraud, reports the Asian Journal, a Filipino-American newspaper.
Buenaventura, a criminal defense specialist and UC Berkeley alumnus, was one of nine applicants for the vacant seat. He will occupy the position until November, when a permanent replacement will be elected to finish Gomez's term, which ends in 2014.
More than half of Daly City's residents are foreign-born. Filipino-Americans make up one-third of the population of about 100,000.
Filipinos have gained elected office in other Bay Area cities, including Mayor Jose Esteves of Milpitas, Vice Mayor Rob Bonta of Alameda and Vallejo City Council member Hermie Sunga.
Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/12geB)