City Council members have elected Charles Belba the city's new mayor.
Belba, a Lomita resident since 1960, has served on the City Council for 17 years and as mayor for four one-year terms. He also has been mayor pro tem for three terms.
Belba, 51, a computer science teacher at Orville Wright Junior High School in Westchester, replaces Harold Croyts, a five-year councilman who just completed his first term as mayor.
As provided in the city's code, officials select a new mayor and mayor pro tem each April. By Lomita tradition, after the mayor pro tem completes his term he is elected mayor.