Thursday, November 17, 2022

La Mirada News Briefs Nov. 17, 2022

Veterans Day Ceremony Notes later in post

Local elections

With more than 332,000 ballots remaining to be counted in Los Angeles County late Thursday afternoon , it's looking increasing more likely that challenger Lorena Vidaurre will pull an upset by ousting incumbent Jorge Tirado for a seat on the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board.

Trailing Rob Cancio by just two votes for the top spot yesterday, Vidaurre took the lead for the first time today and now leads by four votes. 

Tirado remains in 6th place where he has been stuck for about a week, trailing Norma Amezcua by 547 votes for the 4th and final open seat on the board.  Amezcua picked up some more breathing room today over Casey Chattle  who is 514 votes behind in 5th.

Narcis Brasov continues to be in the number three spot. Just 53 votes separate the top three candidates. 

The top four vote getters will likely make up the last board members elected at large with representation expected to transition over to district elections by 2024.

A new update is expected on Friday afternoon 

In the other local elections, Dr. Zurich Lewis wins a third term on the Board of Trustees of Cerritos Community College, edging out Angelo Gandalf Maldonado by a 2 to 1 margin with 66.56% of the votes.

Measure CC, a Cerritos Community College $425 million bond measure appears headed towards a narrow victory with 56.79% of the votes tallied so far giving the nod. The measure requires voter approval of 55% to gain passage.

Some eyebrows were raised in what was thought to be a guaranteed blowout in the 38th District to the House of Representatives when Republican candidate Eric Ching of Walnut got off to a fast start in early returns trailing Linda Sanchez  55-45% in a solid blue district with only 21% of registered voters identifying as Republicans.

The Associated Press waited until late Friday evening until it felt enough ballots had been processed before sending out an alert to subscribers declaring Sanchez the winner of an 11th term in D.C. 

The lead held by Sanchez has widened since last Friday to 57.77%, and 42.23% for Ching as more vote by mail ballots continue to be counted.

Veterans Day 

About 150 turned out to observe the annual Veterans Day ceremony in the City Hall Plaza Friday morning.

Attendees heard La Mirada Mayor Dr. Anthony Otero speak about the sacrifices war veterans and enlisted service members make for the country that sometimes includes giving their lives for the safety, and security we enjoy as Americans  Otero served the country as a Marine before becoming a police officer.

Dr. Otero is one of the leaders of Boys Scout Troop 438 which played a big part of the ceremony including the posting of the Nation's colors and a rendition of 'Taps'. Troop 438 members are active in La Mirada with scouts volunteering service to the community in a number of ways including placing flags at the gravesites of local veterans at Olive Lawn Memorial Park on Memorial Day.

Mayor Anthony Otero addresses the crowd

Members of Boy Scouts Troop 438 prepare to present colors 

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