City of Vernon California

City Council

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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 Council members 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.


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William "Bill" Davis, Mayor Pro Tempore (Term Expires - April 2023)

Mayor Pro Tempore Davis was born in Manila, Philippines and came to the United States in 1969, becoming a resident of the City Vernon in 1970. Mayor Pro Tempore 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. Mayor Pro Tempore 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, Mayor Pro Tempore Davis held numerous positions - working as a lineman, then a foreman and finally as a service planner.

Mayor Pro Tempore 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).

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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.


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Diana Gonzales, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2025)

A resident of Vernon for over two decades, Council Member Gonzales has been an active supporter of the community, often serving as an advocate of residents' needs and a champion of the local elementary school.

Council Member Gonzales was elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term of former Council Member Yvette Woodruff-Perez who resigned in May of 2019. As a sitting member of the City Council, Council Member Gonzales currently represents the City of Vernon as an appointed member on the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts Board of Directors for District No. 23. Her seat on the City Council will be up for re-election in April 2025.

Council Member Gonzales aims to serve all members of the Vernon community - residents, students, and businesses alike. She is committed to working hand-in-hand with her colleagues on the City Council and the City’s Executive Team to secure a fruitful future for her beloved Vernon.

 

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Leticia Lopez, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2026)

A resident of the City of Vernon since 2014, Council Member 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, Council Member 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 and the Independent Cities Finance Authority. Council Member Lopez was also appointed by her fellow Council Members to serve as the City Council representative on the Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee where she currently serves as the Chairperson.

An advocate for families, Council Member Lopez is currently a social worker focused on assisting families in the surrounding cities and provides case management support services to improve living conditions and quality of life for children and their families.

Council Member 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.

Council Member Lopez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from California State University Long Beach and a Master's Degree in Human Development with a concentration in Leadership in Education from Pacific Oaks College.