City of Vernon California

Vernon Voters Re-Elect William J. Davis to Vernon City Council and Approve Measure R

Press Release

Vernon, CA (April 18, 2018) – At the council meeting held on Tuesday, April 17, William J. Davis took his oath of office as an elected member of the Vernon City Council following the certification of the April 10 General Municipal Election results confirming his victory over candidate Marlene Elsa Ybarra.

Based on the final official vote count, Davis received 30 votes, while Ybarra received 23 votes.  A total of 53 ballots were received from the City's 87 registered voters indicating a voter turnout of 60.91%.  All 53 ballots were publicly canvassed by the canvass board to finalize the tally.

Following his oath of office, Council Member Davis briefly addressed members of the public attending the council meeting, saying, "I have been honored by the residents of the city that elected me to serve on the council.  I am happy to have their support and the support of the industry that we have here in the city."

As a member of the Vernon City Council since 1981, Council Member Davis has represented Vernon on the board of several area organizations including the Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Central Basin Water Association, Independent Cities Association, Eco-Rapid Transit and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.  Davis' re-election to serve on the city council for a full five-year term marks his final term in office.

Vernon voters of the April 10 election also approved the only measure on the ballot, Measure R.  Measure R was passed by a vote of Yes: 31 votes, No: 16 votes.  Measure R is a commercial utility user tax that will generate approximately $9 million in general fund revenues.  Implementation of the tax will enable city officials to discontinue the practice of transferring moneys from the Vernon public utility enterprise fund to support essential city services.

For more City of Vernon election information, go to: cityofvernon.org/elections

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The City of Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California.  Vernon's 1,800 businesses create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the City's 5.2 mile boundary.  The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending.  Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion in salaries and wages annually for workers in Los Angeles County.  For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.

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