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City Will Change to District Voting for March 2017 Election E-mail
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Written by Brian Hews   
Thursday, 13 October 2016 17:46

The City of La Mirada has scheduled three Public Hearings to receive public testimony and gather input to consider modifying its elections from the current at-large system, where all voters elect all members of the City Council, to a by-district system, where only voters in a given district vote on the person to represent them.

The number of representatives on the City Council will remain at five.

The first Public Hearing was held on October 11, with the other two slated for October 25 and November 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers at La Mirada City Hall.

The City Council members made the decision they would elect by district rather than fight a lawsuit from the Latino voting rights group, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and face the possibility of having to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The city received the letter from MALDEF that stated, “We have received complaints from Latino voters in the city of La Mirada that the use of an at-large election system for the election of city council members results in Latino voter dilution. We reviewed the demographic and electoral information pertaining to your jurisdiction, based on our investigation we believe that the city of La Mirada is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and must convert to a by-district election system.

La Mirada is comprised of 36% Latino who are voting age however none of the five current members of the city Council is Latino and, with one exception, there have been no Latino city council members since the City’s incorporation.

Based on that, MALDEF concluded that the lack of success of Latino candidates results from the inability of Latino voters to elect candidates of choice due to racially polarized voting among the electorate.

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La Mirada City Council Election Results E-mail
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LA MIRADA CITY COUNCIL RESULTS 2015


Votes
Pct.
Tony Aiello
833
10%
Steve DeRuse
1,636
19%
Ed Eng
1,841
22%
Larry Mowles
1,521
18%
Dale Nowicki
1,272
15%
Mik Saenz
404
4%
John Sarega
1,160
13%

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La Mirada Voters to Cast Their Ballots for City Council E-mail
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La Mirada~In one of the most interesting La Mirada City Council election in recent times, La Mirada voters will hit the polls with seven candidates vying for three seats.

Two incumbents, Steve De Ruse and Larry Mowles are up for re-election and Steve Jones decided to not seek a fifth term.

The other candidates include Tony Aiello, Founder & Editor of this website: Ed End Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiencies Commission;  Dale Nowicki, an attorney; Michael Saenz, a business consultant; and John Sarega, a commercial property owner and father of current Councilman Andrew Sarega.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. To find the polling location in your precinct visit: http://www.cityoflamirada.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5742

 
City Council Candidates Forum This Thursday Night E-mail
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Friday, 06 February 2015 00:00

La Mirada~The 2015 La Mirada City Council race has proven to be one of the most interesting in recent memory as seven candidates are battling for three seats.

Residents will have a chance to get to know the candidates a little better as the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce in association with IQ Air will host a Candidates Forum Thursday, February 12th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The seven candidates include Tony Aiello, Founder & Editor of this website: Ed End Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiencies Commission; Incumbents Steve De Ruse and Larry Mowles; Dale Nowicki, an attorney; Michael Saenz, a business consultant; and John Sarega, a commercial property owner and father of current Councilman Andrew Sarega.

As of the writing of this article, all candidates are expected to attend.

Rick Bee, Senior Director of Alumni & Friends Development at Biola University will be the moderator and local attorney Gene Gleason will lead the Invocation Prayer.

The event will be held at the IQ Air facility located at 14351 Firestone Boulevard in La Mirada and there is no cost for residents to attend.

 
Seven File for Three Seats for La Mirada City Council E-mail
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Monday, 05 January 2015 16:19

La Mirada~Three seats are for grabs in the 2015 La Mirada City Council election and seven individuals have filed for a chance at a seat.

Councilman Steve Jones, first elected in 1998, has decided to retire and not seek a fifth term in a city with no term limits.

The two other seats available are Steve DeRuse and current Mayor Larry Mowles, both are seeking a second term after winning the seats of longtime Councilmen Hal Malkin and Pete Dames four years ago, after they retired.

DeRuse and Mowles will go up against challengers Ed Eng, executive director of the Los Angeles County Economy and Efficiencies Commission; Michael Saenz, a business consultant; Dale Nowicki, an attorney; current Councilman Andrew Sarega’s father, John, a commercial property owner, and the founder and editor of this website, Tony Aiello, a La Mirada native.

 
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