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Whittier cancels District 3 City Council election

WHITTIER — The City Council Jan. 26 canceled its April 12 municipal election for District 3 and appointed incumbent Cathy Warner to a new four-year term.

Warner, who has been on the City Council since 2004, was the only candidate to file for the District 3 office by the Jan. 15 deadline.

In another election item, Lisa Lopez, a business consultant, announced she would not campaign for the post of mayor even though she filed her petitions by the deadline and her name was certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Office in Norwalk

Her withdrawal came too late to remove her name from the ballot, a city clerk spokesperson said.

That left three candidates certified to run for the two-year mayor’s term in the citywide vote April 12.

They are Mayor Pro Tem Joe Vinatieri, an attorney; Councilman Owen Newcomer, a retired college government teacher; and Nick Donovan. Donovan was an unsuccessful candidate for City Council two years ago.

This year the city has switched to a district vote in which a candidate must live in a certain area and may be elected only by voters in that area.

That settled a lawsuit in which some alleged that the at-large election was unfair to minorities. Residents approved a City Charter change in June 2014 to vote by district except for the mayor position.

Three newcomers have been certified to run in District 1. They are: Josue Alvarado, a marketing professional; Robert Canales, who listed himself as a volunteer; and David Gonzalez, an assistant professor of public administration.

No incumbents live in District 1.

Residents may get a look at the candidates and their issues at a forum to be conducted by the League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. March 1 in the City Council chambers, 13230 Penn St.

The City Council approved use of the facility and city equipment to televise the event live on the city cable channel, Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez said.

A fee of $200 was waived and the city will absorb the cost, as it has done in previous city council and school board races, she added.

The council also approved the request of league President Margo Reeg to allow her group to have a DVD of the event and a second one to be placed in the city library for public use.