Ybarra Sworn In As Vernon City Councilman

By EGP News Report

Michael A. Ybarra was sworn in Tuesday morning following a win against incumbent candidate Daniel Newmire at the April 10 city council election.
He promised to keep the city on track toward reform during a speech he made after taking the oath of office.

“Ending our city’s old ways has not been easy. There is still more to be done. I promise to serve this community of Vernon with honesty and integrity,” he said.

Ybarra is the first councilman to be sworn in after an ordinance to prohibit city council appointments was put into place. “The election was a vote for change,” he said.

Newly-elected Vernon city councilman, Michael Ybarra, was sworn in on Tuesday.

Ybarra received 26 votes following an election night ballot count and a subsequent count of two provisional votes that both favored him. Newmire, received 19 votes.

During the election night ballot count, several challenges by Vernon Chamber of Commerce attorneys resulted in six votes getting disqualified. The city clerk had already disqualified two other ballots for inconsistencies in the voters’ signatures.

On Tuesday, Ybarra said Vernon also faces a financial challenge as it tackles a $16 million deficit in next year’s budget.

Ybarra has deep roots in Vernon. He was born and raised in Vernon, and his family’s history in Vernon dates back to the 1860s. He has also worked at a Vernon business for 23 years.

While it is known that his father Thomas A. Ybarra served 43 years on the Vernon city council, Ybarra revealed that he has another relative, Esteban Peralta who also served on the city council for 15 years in the 1930s.

Peralta is his great uncle on his great grandmother’s side of the family. He ran the city’s first store in 1905, the year Vernon was incorporated.

“This is a proud day for the Ybarra family…  I know that today, my dad and uncle are looking down on me with a large smile on their face,” Ybarra said.

The City of Vernon will hold another election to fill a seat vacated by the former mayor, Hilario Gonzales. Candidates Luz Martinez and Reno Bellamy will be running to finish Gonzales’ unexpired term.

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April 19, 2012  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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