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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 1993 | ROBERT BARKER
Ho Chung was selected mayor pro tem by his council colleagues Tuesday night. Chung, 59, the first native of South Korea to be elected to the City Council, promised to work hard "and do my best to make all residents proud of me." Chung's selection to the largely ceremonial position was limited to six months instead of the usual full term of 12 months after concerns were raised by council member Bruce A. Broadwater.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
An Orange County Superior Court judge this month refused to hold Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger in contempt of court for revealing evidence that someone put him under surveillance, court records show. On Dec. 13, Judge David Hoffer denied the contempt motion by the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. asserting that Mensinger and his attorneys violated a court order by publicizing confidential allegations that a GPS tracking device had been placed on Mensinger's truck during the 2012 election season.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1994 | KURT PITZER
Exposing fractured relations among officials in the 3-year-old city of Calabasas, the City Council has excluded one of its own from the post of mayor pro tem. Councilwoman Lesley Devine was passed over for the alternate mayor position, becoming the only member of the five-person council not to hold the job that usually leads to the largely ceremonial mayoral seat the next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Cathedral City Mayor pro tem Charles F. Vasquez was arrested and charged with stealing public funds, allegedly by using a program for computer purchases to buy MasterCard gift cards and other personal items. Vasquez, 52, was charged with three felony counts of misappropriation of public funds in excess of $2,000. The councilman was arrested at his Cathedral City home Monday at about 9 p.m. by investigators with the Riverside County district attorney's office. He was being held at the Indio jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.  Riverside County prosecutors are alleging Vasquez misused city funds provided to city employees and council members so they could purchase desktop computers, laptop computers or tablets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
Lou Lopez will serve a third year as mayor pro tem, despite a move by Councilman Tom Tait to nominate Councilman Bob Zemel for the honorary title. Councilwoman Shirley McCracken nominated Lopez for the role, and she was supported by Lopez and Mayor Tom Daly. Tait and Zemel, who are often in the minority on council votes, abstained. Zemel, elected to the council in 1994, has not yet served as mayor pro tem. Tait said his colleague should be selected based on his seniority.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 1985 | Roxana Kopetman
After what one council member dubbed a "Gilbert and Sullivan operetta" last week, City Council members Tuesday will again try to select a mayor pro tem. The appointment process began last Tuesday when Councilman Irv Pickler nominated Miriam Kaywood for the job. Mayor Don Roth then nominated Councilman Ben Bay. Kaywood lost 2 to 3. Bay lost 2 to 3. Kaywood then nominated Pickler and Mayor Pro Tem Lew Overholt nominated himself. Pickler received a 2-2 vote. Overholt lost 1 to 3.
NEWS
April 18, 1993 | JILL GOTTESMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Huntington Park Councilman Luis Hernandez's campaign violations in two municipal elections apparently will cost him the ceremonial title of mayor pro tem, which carries with it a chance to move up to mayor in a year. When the council reorganizes Monday, current Mayor Pro Tem Ric Loya is expected to take the mayor's seat, and veteran Councilman William Cunningham is expected to become mayor pro tem. Hernandez is being passed over for the third year in a row.
NEWS
April 29, 1993 | G. JEANETTE AVENT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Malibu City Council tried something new on Monday when it inaugurated a mayor and mayor pro tem: harmony. Councilwoman Carolyn Van Horn, who was the top vote-getter in the city's April, 1992, election, took the mayor's oath and Jeff Kramer was sworn in as mayor pro tem. As in other cities such as Beverly Hills, the posts are rotated among council members.
NEWS
April 19, 1990 | HOWARD BLUME, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Until Tuesday, choosing a mayor pro tem for Whittier was a nearly meaningless ritual. But this time, when incumbent City Council member Robert Woehrmann got the nod by the narrowest of margins, the results foreshadowed a potential power struggle that could have an effect on the city's future. The 3-2 split divided the council between the trio of incumbents and a pair of new members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 1999 | Marissa Espino, (714) 966-5879
A new mayor and mayor pro tem will be elected at the next City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 17855 Santiago Blvd. Bob Bell is the current mayor and Robert McGowan is mayor pro tem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
A Fountain Valley councilman is leading the charge to block a delegation of business and government officials from Vietnam, saying it will unleash a storm of protesters in the increasingly immigrant city. Mayor Pro Tem Michael Vo said an official visit from a country "without human rights and respect for freedom will not be accepted by the Vietnamese community, many who live here. " Vo said it would be fiscally irresponsible to pay for police services for a likely protest, which he predicted could draw hundreds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
Noodle shops and bakeries fragrant with pandan cake and coconut buns draw customers into aging Westminster strip malls. Daily papers compete for refugee readers with headlines screaming out news about Hanoi. Near the Civic Center, a statue of South Vietnamese and American soldiers stands tall. Yet in a city that gave birth to Little Saigon - the colorful capital of Vietnamese outside Vietnam - there has never been a Vietnamese mayor. In the decades since the fall of Saigon, voters in this central Orange County immigrant community have elected Vietnamese judges, a county supervisor, an assemblyman, and City Council members and school board trustees by the handful.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2012 | By Lauren Williams and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer has accused local employee associations of being behind a 911 call that led to an officer giving him a field sobriety test outside his home. "This has gone way over the line," Righeimer said at a news conference Friday outside City Hall. "I understand that pensions are a tense issue, that pay is a tense issue. I understand that some people may disagree, but when what looks like someone is paid to follow me around town and set me up for a DUI in front of my kids and my house, it's crossing the line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2005 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
Thousand Oaks Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Gillette and Councilman Ed Masry are both recovering from recent surgeries, but their medical problems have not kept them from doing their jobs this week. Gillette, 65, experienced a mild heart attack and had emergency surgery Sunday, and Masry, 72, had a femoral artery bypass operation March 1. In Washington, D.C., to attend a National League of Cities conference, Gillette had finished a meeting Friday morning with the senior staff of Rep.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2004 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
What happens if you promise someone a political post that ends up going to someone else? In the case of Santa Ana Mayor Miguel A. Pulido, you try to create a new post for your ally. Pulido has proposed establishing the new City Council job of deputy mayor pro tem, which would rank below mayor and mayor pro tem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000 | Dana Bushee, (714) 966-5636
The City Council tonight may set a fee for those arrested and booked into Cypress City Jail. The council is expected to vote to amend a resolution, creating a booking fee for arrested suspects. In 1998, more than 1,300 people were booked into the jail. The council will also elect its new mayor and mayor pro tem tonight, for one-year terms. Mayor Anna Piercy, who served as mayor pro tem in 1999, will also be awarded the Mayor's Plaque for her work.
NEWS
May 1, 1994 | MARY HELEN BERG and CITY COUNCILS MAYORS LOS ANGELES COUNTY -- GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Area city councils have reorganized their leadership following last month's municipal elections. Council members in Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood and South Gate annually select a new mayor and mayor pro tem, which are largely ceremonial positions. In Bell, mayor pro tem George F. Bass, reelected to his second term, replaces Ray Johnson as mayor. Councilman George Cole, who served as mayor from 1990-91, has been named by the council as mayor pro tem.
NEWS
April 18, 1985
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000 | KEVIN F. SHERRY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Mayor Manuel Lopez outraged fellow council veterans this week when he reappointed political ally John Zaragoza to the position of mayor pro tem. Lopez said he decided to keep all appointments the same to help the city continue running smoothly. "The mayor has a lot of confidence in me," Zaragoza said after Tuesday's reappointment. "He figures, why change the makeup of the City Council." But Lopez's decision has created a divisive, three-against-two atmosphere, said Councilman Tom Holden.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an emotion-packed ceremony Tuesday night, celebrity attorney Edward L. Masry was sworn in as the newest addition to the City Council and voted along with his colleagues to appoint Dan Del Campo as the city's next mayor. But in a change from the divisions that have made Thousand Oaks politics notorious in recent years, one of Masry's rivals nominated him mayor pro tem, and the council agreed.
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