Election 2014: Los Alamitos City Council Results In!

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.

Work together.

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.

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2 Responses to Election 2014: Los Alamitos City Council Results In!

  1. Jb says:

    I’d be interested in learning why Gerri Graham-Mejia decided not to run for another term. I would also like to know more about Shelley Hasselbrink before she is appointed to the city council – if that is the decision of the current city council. I suspect there is much going on “behind the scenes” …

    • Dave Emerson says:

      JB: Thanks for raising some important issues. I’ve heard similar concerns voiced by others. Only time will tell, but let me fill in what I do know, based on a quick search of Shelley’s websites:

      Shelley is a long time resident and community volunteer who, with her husband, bought her first home in Los Al in 1993 and raised her two children here. She has an MBA from Pepperdine and a BS in Business Management from the University of Redlands.

      She has served on the Los Al Chamber of Commerce, Los Al Cable Commission, and has been an active volunteer with Los Al Youth Baseball, Los Al/Seal Beach Rotary, and The Youth Center. From what I can tell she’s smart and committed to our community and thinks for herself. That’s pretty much what I look for in a Council Member, especially combined with her experience as a Commissioner and in a variety of community organizations.

      Of course, time will tell, and ultimately Shelley can be judged by her actions.

      If it were the decision of our Council of 2 or 4 years ago, I’d suspect something behind the scenes, but not as much with the current group. But you never know, so it pays to remain vigilant.

      At this time, the only choices the Council has is to appoint the three candidates or go ahead with the election, costing the taxpayers money in the extremely unlikely event that a write-in candidate emerges and wins. My feeling is that if the candidate didn’t bother to file in the days after the deadline was extended, they don’t deserve a shot now.

      I think the lack of the need for an election on a continuing basis, as with the Los Al School Board, can be a problem, but on a one time basis, it saves Los Al money and a potentially divisive election.

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