Tuesday, April 9, 2019

La Mirada council elects new Mayor and Pro-Tem

La Mirada-  The La Mirada city council selected Steve De Ruse as its new mayor during its annual reorganization Tuesday evening and councilmember John Lewis was chosen to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem. Traditionally the Pro-Tem will become the new mayor when the council reorganizes next April.

De Ruse, the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Artesia was first elected to the city council in 2011.

Mayor Pro-Tem John Lewis an attorney, and Managing Partner at the Law Office of Lewis & Lewis based in La Mirada enters the third of a five-year term on the council. 

Lewis previously served on the city Planning Commission from 2012 until winning election to represent council District #1 covering the northwest section of the city including the Foster Park, Gardenhill Park, and neighborhoods near Biola University.

Mr. De Ruse, who had been elected to serve as the La Mirada Mayor during his first term takes over for councilmember Larry Mowles who had held the seat for the past year.

The fondness that runs deep in the community for Mr. Mowles was on display in the many sincere thanks and accolades offered by those in attendance and were perhaps portrayed best in a light-hearted pictorial narrated by Mayor Pro-Tem John Lewis as Bobblehead Mayor Mowles traveled around the city giving a 'thumbs up' at each stop.

Speed limit increased

The city council reviewed the results of a recently completed traffic survey from which speed limits are established from approving one change.

The speed limit will be lowered on Firestone Blvd. North from Knott Avenue to Phoebe Avenue from 45 to 40.  The change is based on conditions in the area have caused free-flowing traffic to travel at a lower speed.

Will it really indoors?

Spoiler Alert: It will rain on stage during performances of  'Singin in the Rain' opening Friday, April 19 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts produced by McCoy-Rigsby Entertainment.

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