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Tony D’Errico sworn in as mayor of Manhattan Beach

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New Mayor Tony D’Errico with his family after being sworn in. Photo by Caroline Anderson

New Mayor Tony D’Errico (center) with his family after being sworn in. Photo by Caroline Anderson

Tony D’Errico was sworn in as the new mayor at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

The first term councilmember took over from Mark Burton, who became mayor last July.

With his family on hand, D’Errico laid out his goals for the next nine months, which included continuing those set by Burton: To make Manhattan Beach “the most fiscally responsible,” “customer-centric” and “safest city on the planet,” he said.

He pledged to create a long range plan to manage the city’s pension costs.

“Too many politicians — and I don’t include myself as a politician — have looked this problem right in the eye and ran away from it,” he said. “It’s very hard to deal with, has everything to do with money and for that reason is a very touchy subject. I will seek to bring us closer together, not tear us apart.”

The new mayor would hold regular office hours, he said.

“My door, ears and mind are open to your input and criticism,” said D’Errico. “I want to hear from you.” ER

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