Reciting from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Rajan Zed plans to say “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he will then translate as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.” Reciting from Bhagavad-Gita, he proposes to urge councilmembers to keep the welfare of others always in mind.
Zed is a global Hindu and interfaith leader, who besides taking up the cause of religion worldwide, has also raised huge voice against the apartheid faced by about 15-million Roma (Gypsies) in Europe. Bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award; Zed is Senior Fellow and Religious Advisor to Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families, etc.
Female majority Hanford, whose tagline is "planning tomorrows"; is home to a Taoist Temple (built 1893), Center for Japanese Art and Culture and China Alley. Prominent people associated with Hanford include Nobel laureate James Rainwater, Alaska Governor Sean R. Parnell, pole-vaulter Cornelius Warmerdam, actors Jan-Michael Vincent and Slim Pickens, baseball player Ken Caminiti, basketball player Tyson Chandler and football player Lorenzo Neal. Lou Martinez, Gary Pannett and Darrel Pyle are Mayor, Vice Mayor and City Manager respectively.