Mowles Begins Term as New Mayor of La Mirada E-mail
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Friday, 28 March 2014 17:35

Larry Mowles was selected to serve as Mayor of La Mirada at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  Pauline Deal was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem Photo Tony Aiello

La Mirada~The La Mirada City Council selected Larry Mowles to serve as Mayor at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  Councilmember Pauline Deal was selected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem.  The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem each serve one-year terms and are elected by the City Council.

Mayor Mowles has served on the City Council since 2011.  He has been a resident of La Mirada for more than 35 years and works in the insurance industry.  This will be his first term as Mayor.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Mayor Mowles served on the Planning Commission from 2009-2011.  He also served on the Public Safety Commission from 2007-2009, and the Community Services Commission from 2000-2007.

Mayor Mowles is a founding member and Past President of the La Mirada Community Foundation where he served from 1999-2007.  During this time, he was responsible for the operation of the “4 La Mirada Kids” Community Carnival, which raises funds for youth programs and community organizations.

Mayor Pro Tem Deal was first appointed to the City Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2013.  She has been a resident of La Mirada since 1980 and serves as the Assistant Controller for an area business.

Prior to serving on the City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Deal was elected to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education four consecutive times, serving from 1995-2011.  She twice served as President of the School Board in 1999 and 2006.  She also served on the Southeast Regional Occupation Program (R.O.P.) Board for four years.

Mayor Pro Tem Deal has been active locally in youth sports leagues, where she served as the Treasurer/Board Member and Coach for the La Mirada Girls Softball Association for seven years.  She has also been active with the Parent Teachers Association for the past 26 years, where she has served in several capacities, including as Auditor for the Norwalk-La Mirada Council of PTA’s and President. 

The La Mirada City Council. [l to r]Councilmember Andrew Sarega, Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Deal, Mayor Larry Mowles, Councilmembers Steve De Ruse and Steve Jones Photo City Services

Also serving on the City Council are Steve De Ruse, Steve Jones, and Andrew Sarega.

NLMUSD Board President Hengler Voted Out of Office E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:02

Norwalk~The evening started with seven candidates, including four incumbents, hoping to capture one of four opens seats on the Norwalk-La Mirada School District Board of Education- when it ended the president was voted out of office.

In what some would call an upset, board president Ed Hengler, 80, a retired educator and on the panel since 1997, was ousted Tuesday night by challenger Sean Reagan, 38, a teacher at Cal High in the Whittier High School Union District. Hengler finished in sixth place.

Incumbent Margarita Rios, 43, a police sergeant for the Los Angeles School District led all candidates with 2,128 votes and incumbent Darryl Adams, 52, a teacher, finished second with 1,965 votes.

Reagan was third with 1,758 votes and incumbent Ana Valencia, 46, a teacher, received 1,637 votes, rounding out the field of winners.

Challenger Salvador Limon, 26, a special education teacher received 1,460 votes finishing fifth, 177 votes shy of Valencia. Mark White, 53, a field technical engineer, placed seventh with 959 votes.

At one point during the night, it appeared another incumbent might be in trouble when Limon pulled within less than 100 votes of Valencia, but she was able to hold him at bay.

Leading up to the election, Hengler criticized Reagan for running for a spot when his own child doesn't even attend school in the district. Reagan lives in Norwalk and has stated child care convenience as the reason his child attends school in Cerritos and not in the NLMUSD.

Voter turnout was poor. The district area has a registered voter base of over 60,000 and there are 19,000+ students enrolled in the NLMUSD, yet it appears well under 10 percent of people turned out to vote.

Table courtesy County of Los Angeles Registrar Recorder

Seven File for Four Spots on Norwalk-La Mirada School Board E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Sunday, 15 September 2013 15:16

Norwalk-Three candidates will challenge incumbents for four available seats on the Norwalk-La Mirada Board of Education in the local and municipal elections on November 5th.

Incumbents Ana Valencia, Ed Hengler, Margarita Rios and Darryl Adams have all filed necessary papers for re-election.

The three challengers include Sean Reagan, Salvador Limon and Mark White.

Four of the seven have listed teacher as their main occupation. Hengler is a retired teacher and White lists Field Technical Engineer and Rios, a parent, as their occupations.

Final Unofficial La Mirada City Council Results E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 19:41


Pauline Deal 1,903

Andrew Sarega 1,451

Steve Keithly 1,440

Gabe Garcia 980

Randy Gary 795

All Ballots to be Recounted in La Mirada City Council Race E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:29

La Mirada~In a race too close to call, all ballots will be recounted in the La Mirada City Council race along with 326 additional ballots not yet counted.

There are five candidates running for two open seats.

When vote counting ended last night late, Pauline Deal led all candidates with 1,693 votes. For second place however, Steve Keithly leads Andrew Sarega by only nine votes, 1,300 to 1,291. There are still 326 provisional ballots to be counted today, so the race for second had to wait.

However, it was announced this morning, ALL ballots will be recounted today, before the provisional, due to mechanical issues experienced last night.

The recount will take place today at 2 p.m. at City Hall.

The ballot-counting was plagued with problems last night, forcing the city to use a back-up machine, delaying the process.

Deputy City Manager Anne Haraksin told us this morning that the firm they use, Martin & Chapman advised them to recount, “They told us that due to the race being so close it would be a good idea to run all ballots through a machine again.”

She said ballot operators provided by the company experienced problems throughout the evening.

Martin & Chapman is an election and consultation service company based in Anaheim. According to their website, they “are the primary election consultant and supplier for the 65+ cities who conduct their own elections in Los Angeles County.”

Today, the firm will bring two different machines to count the ballots.

Haraksin reiterated, “No candidates contacted us to demand a recount, we are strictly going by the advice given to us by Martin & Chapman.”

After a second machine was brought in last night, and some issues still persisted, Haraksin said, “We think it might be some sort of power problem.”  She said that issue will be resolved today as well before the recount.

In a different twist, the provisional ballots have not been counted at all yet, and will probably decide the race for second.

Those uncounted vote-by-mail (VBM) ballots will be tallied around 4 p.m. today, shortly after the recount.

173 of those are ballots received at city hall Monday after the city inspected the initial VBM ballots and sealed the box at a decided time, a normal process, said Haraksin. After the boxes were sealed, the city received additional ballots by residents at City Hall, as well as additional VBM ballots picked up from the P.O. Box at the Post Office, again, a normal process.

The remaining 153 VBM ballots are from residents who applied to vote-by-mail, who then decided to drop off their ballots at different polling locations throughout town.

Haraksin said the 173 additional VBM ballots received after the box-sealing is the most ever for the city, probably attributed to the fact that more La Mirada residents chose to vote by mail this time around.

She said 2,000 more people voted this way than the last election two years ago.

As of know, Mayor Gabe Garcia has captured 855 votes with Randy Gray grabbing 725.

UPDATE: Ballots not yet counted is now up to 391 with the addition of 63 additional true provisional ballots. City offiicials have been unable to get a machine to work properly at City Hall. The latest is all ballots from last night are to be counted by hand, and then the 391 additional VBM and provisional ballots will be counted immediately following.


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