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Incumbents running as slate in Maywood City Council race

MAYWOOD — Mayor Pro Tem Veronica Guardado and Councilman Oscar Maganã are running as a slate against two challengers in the Nov. 3 election.

The challengers are City Clerk Sergio Calderon, a former council member and currently president of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California; and businessman Ramon Medina Mojarro, who headed a recall effort against Magaña and Guardado the past year that never got off the ground.

Magaña said that while his opponents’ campaign is based on negative aspects of the city, he and Guardado are promoting the city’s accomplishments.

“I am going door to door talking with people,” he said. “I believe the more people I talk with the better my chances are.”

A resident of the city for 23 years, he is an educator.

“I enjoy teaching leadership to our youth,” he said.

Magaña was first elected in 2011, also on a slate with Guardado. They have formed a council majority with Mayor Eduardo De La Riva. Councilmen Thomas Martin and Ricardo Villareal supported the recall as did Calderon.

“My goals are fiscal responsibility for the city, public safety through community policing and community service through private partnerships,” Magaña said, referring to the lease of the Community Center to the YMCA, which runs programs there.

A question has arisen on whether Calderon could serve on both elected bodies, the Water Replenishment District and the City Council.

“There is a conflict. That’s why he had to leave the council before I got on it,” Maganã said.

“The WRD raised [water replenishment] rates to the Maywood water providers and they passed along the cost to customers,” he added.

Calderon could not be reached for comment on the issue.

He was elected to represent Division 4 of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California in November 2006.

Calderon works for the Los Angeles Unified School District Division of Adult and Career Education.

He attended Heliotrope Elementary School, Nimitz Jr. High School, Bell High School, East Los Angeles and Cerritos colleges, Cal State Long Beach and completed his teacher credential course work at the University of San Diego, according to his biography on the water district website.

Calderon is also a member of the California Council for Adult Education, Huntington Park/Bell Adult Leadership Advisory Board, and LADWP Association.

Guardado was first elected to the Maywood City Council in November 2007 and served as ,ayor in 2009.

She was the subject of a recall election on Dec. 9, 2008 along with fellow council members Ana Rosa and Felipe Aguirre. The recall was unsuccessful and the voters passed an ethics measure, which she brought forth, according to her website.

Guardado has been involved with Cal State Fullerton with the city’s annual Education Fair.

The focus is to create a college culture in Maywood,” she said.

Medina Mojarro did not respond to requests for information.