City of Vernon California

City Council

Melissa Ybarra, Councilmember

Melissa Ybarra, Mayor (Term Expires - April 2022)

Mayor Melissa Ybarra was born and raised in the City of Vernon. She is the daughter of the Honorable Michael A. Ybarra, a former Vernon City Council Member who died in office in September 2014. Mayor Ybarra was elected to the Vernon City Council in a Special Election in February 2015 and served the remainder of her late father’s unexpired term. Read MoreShe was re-elected to serve her first official term in office in April 2017 and appointed by her fellow Councilmembers as the City’s first female Mayor in 2017. She represents the City of Vernon as an appointed member of the Vernon Housing Commission and serves as a delegate to many boards outside the city.

Mayor Ybarra has worked for over 19 years as an Operations Manager for a printing company in West Los Angeles.

As a resident, Mayor Ybarra was an active member of the Vernon City Elementary School Site Council during the 2002-2003 school year and is currently an active member of the school site council for Linda Marquez High School, Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine (HPIAM). She was a parent volunteer for the Girl Scouts Troop 16795 and continues to support the Scouts at various events. Mayor Ybarra comes from a family who enjoys sports and continues to provide support for the next generation by being an active member of the Downey Ponytail Softball Association as a Team Manager for the 14 and under and High School divisions.


Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Councilmember

Leticia Lopez, Mayor Pro Tempore (Term Expires - April 2021)

A resident of the City of Vernon for almost two years, Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez was born and raised in the neighboring City of Huntington Park. She was elected to the Vernon City Council as a write-in candidate in April of 2016. Read More

As a sitting member of the City Council, Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez represents the City of Vernon as an appointed member on various external boards including the Board of Directors of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, the I-710 EIR/EIS Project Committee, the Independent Cities Finance Authority, and the Southeast Community Development Corporation. Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez was also appointed by her fellow Council Members to serve as the City Council representative on the Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee.

As a Family Advocate with the Head Start Program at Human Services Association, Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez works with families in the surrounding cities and provides case management support services to improve living conditions and quality of life for children and their families.

Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez feels privileged to serve the City of Vernon and takes great pride in working with her fellow Council Members to keep the City on its path to continued success. She serves a five-year term in office.

Mayor Pro Tempore Lopez holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from California State University Long Beach and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Leadership in Education at Pacific Oaks College.


Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Mayor Pro Tempore

Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2020)

Council Member Woodruff-Perez was elected to the Vernon City Council in April of 2015, and is serving a 5-year term. Her election to the city’s five-member council established the first-ever female council majority as well as the first-ever Latina majority in the City of Vernon’s 109-year history.Read More

As a Registered Nurse, Council Member Woodruff-Perez specializes in Critical Care and Emergency Services. She works in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for an underserved population, and is certified in Advanced Life Support and Public Health. For over a decade, she has worked in Public Safety Communications as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher and 911 Operator. Mayor Woodruff-Perez is also a professionally trained dancer, with artistic skills in a variety of dance genres. Since the age of 17, she has organized dance and music programs to benefit the youth in her community.

Her educational background includes a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary's University. In 2016, she was inducted into the prestigious honor society for nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, for leadership and academic excellence. Council Member Woodruff-Perez is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Advanced Nursing Practice.

With a strong dedication to public service, Council Member Woodruff-Perez is proud to serve the residents and businesses who have made this city their home. She is honored to work alongside individuals who have a commitment to good governance and a prosperous Vernon.


B. Davis

William "Bill" Davis, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2023)

Council Member Davis was born in Manila, Philippines and came to the United States in 1969, becoming a resident of the City Vernon in 1970. Council Member Davis was appointed to fill-in a vacant seat of the City Council in May of 1981, and was elected to his first four-year term in April of 1984. Council Member Davis retired from Southern California EdisonRead More in 1996 after completing 28 years of service. During his tenure at Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the nation, Council Member Davis held numerous positions - working as a lineman, then a foreman and finally as a service planner.

Council Member Davis has not only served the industrial community of Vernon as a City Council Member since 1981, but he has also represented his community by serving as a Board Member of area organizations:

  • Los Angeles County Sanitation - 23rd District since 1981.
  • Gateway Cities Council of Governments – since 2003.
  • Southern California Assoc. of Governments (SCAG).

Carol Menke, Council Member

Carol Menke, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2024)

A second generation Californian, Council Member Menke was born in Monterey Park, raised in the city of Norwalk and has been a proud resident of the City of Vernon since 2010. Intimately familiar with the Vernon area, Council Member Menke understands its uniqueness and embraces its diversity. Council Member Menke has been an engaged and active member of the community.  When the City faced disincorporation, she volunteered to travel to Sacramento to aid in lobbying efforts against the proposed disincorporation. Disincorporation was averted and the principles of good governance, reform and transparency were mandated.  As a member of the Vernon Housing Commission since July 2017, and now as an elected official, Council Member Menke is committed to ensuring that these mandates continue to be enforced.   She recognizes the importance of being elected to serve on the Vernon City Council and is honored to be of service. She considers this an excellent opportunity to aid the City as it balances being exclusively industrial while becoming inclusively residential.  Council Member Menke received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, in Fullerton, CA. Her experience in law, real estate and education, as a practitioner,  professor and administrator, lends itself well to serving the citizens of the City of Vernon.