Lakewood has a new mayor. Larry Van Nostran was elevated from vice mayor to mayor by his City Council colleagues at their annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night. He succeeds Jacqueline Rynerson as mayor.
Van Nostran, who was first elected in 1975, is the senior member of the council. This will be his fourth stint in the mayor's chair. He owns Larry Van's used car business in Long Beach.
The new vice mayor is Councilman Wayne Piercy, who served a term as mayor in 1974. The principal of Poly High School in Long Beach, he is serving his third non-consecutive term on the City Council.