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 Edison 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:

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 the City by serving as a Board Member of various area organizations including the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the Southern California Association of Governments. Since 2016, Mayor Pro Tempore Davis has also served as the City Council representative on the Vernon Business & Industry Commission.

Over the past 50 years living in Vernon, Mayor Pro Tempore Davis has served the City and supported Vernon’s evolution and efforts to become a fiscally sound City committed to good governance.


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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 and re-elected to serve a second term in April 2021.

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

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.


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Crystal Larios, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2024)

Council Member Crystal Larios was elected to the Vernon City Council in June 2021 to serve in an unexpired term. Her term in office expires in April 2024. As a public official of the City, Council Member Larios is committed to leading with honesty and compassion and serving as a faithful advocate of Vernon’s residents while maintaining their trust in the City’s government.

A native of the Southeast Los Angeles region, she is familiar with the socio-economic plight faced by many of the families that reside in the area and hopes to assist and uplift Vernon’s residential community to its highest potential. Council Member Larios values the economic benefits and opportunity that businesses represent and believes in the City’s mission to support the prosperity of Vernon’s businesses.

Council Member Larios prides herself on being an independent thinker who will work alongside her fellow Council Members to set policies that will guide management in the pursuit of a brighter future for the City. She appreciates the opportunity to give back and aspires to instill a sense of community and pride in Vernon’s residents and businesses for many years to come.

During her tenure on the City Council, Council Member Larios will represent the City on the Board of Directors for Los Angeles County Sanitation District 23 and other regional boards.

Council Member Larios received a Bachelor of Science in Society and Environment with a concentration in U.S. Environmental Policy and Management from the esteemed University of California, Berkley and currently works in procurement for Boeing.


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Judith Merlo, Council Member (Term Expires - April 2025)

A native of Southern California, Council Member Merlo moved to the City of Vernon in 2017. As a resident of the City, Council Member Merlo appreciates the unique qualities that make the City a great place to live and raise a family. Looking to serve her community, Council Member Merlo has sought opportunities to serve the public, first as a member of the Vernon CommUNITY Fund Grant Committee and then as a member of the City’s Project Westside Development Stakeholder Committee.

As a mother of two school-aged children, Council Member Merlo is committed to expanding opportunities and improving the quality of life for Vernon's children and families. Recognizing the City’s role in the local and regional economy, Council Member Merlo also aims to support the industry in Vernon in order to secure the City’s future. With these goals in mind, Council Member Merlo looks forward to serving the residents and industry in Vernon and ensuring the City grows responsibly with clean government, and strong economic programs for residents and businesses alike.

Council Member Merlo was elected to the Vernon City Council in June 2021 to serve the unexpired term of former Council Member Diana Gonzales. As a member of the City Council, Merlo will represent the City on various external boards including the County of Los Angeles Sanitation Districts. Her term will expire in April 2025.

Council Member Merlo attended Mount Saint Mary’s College and currently works in the field of residential real estate.