Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Los Alamitos City Council.
Troy Edgar, Shelley Hasselbrink and Warren Kusumoto locked up impressive wins in their bid to be members of the Los Alamitos City Council for the next four years. The total amount spent by all three candidates in their impressive win was the cost of the filing fees. There was no campaign signs for any of them anywhere in the city. There was no flyers with their names on it, in either the positive or the negative. There were no debates and for the most part, this is a good thing.
Why was this a good thing? Because after years of pitting one section of the two square mile community of 10,000 against another section; after years of animosity and “us” verse “them” mentality; after years of “I’m gonna get you, and your little dog too.” we seem to have found the most workable solution to operating the City Council.
For the last two years (since Mrs. Poe left the City Council) the City Council has actually been able to function as a governing body. While credit should go to all five of the members who currently sit on City Council, even more should go to the voters who were sick and tired of the divisiveness that has existed since the days when Parker and DeBolt were shut out by a majority that felt free to discount them, and all the residents that voted for them.
With only three qualified candidates running for City Council, and there being only three open seats, the election ended tonight at 5:30PM without one vote cast.
With this we say goodbye to sitting Mayor Gerri Graham-Mejia and hello to incoming first timer Shelley Hasselbrink. If rotation is kept we will see Mayor Murphy this January and then Mayor Grose… the balance of the rotation for the next two years after that should be established by the votes in this election (the cycle being that the top most vote getter’s should be the next two mayors, but this is always open to interpretation – and another article).
So, please feel free to get involved and stay involved this election cycle by looking very close at the LAUSD race, as that is the local race that will affect you the most.