At a special meeting held on Tuesday, January 14, the four remaining members of the Los Alamitos City Council met to interview applicants to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Mayor Warren Kusumoto.

Mr. Kusumoto resigned to follow a job opportunity to the East Coast.

Two applicants were interviewed for the vacancy: Tanya Doby and Alex Duran.

Ms. Doby, who ran in 2018 for City Council and served on the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Commission, was selected to serve through the general election in November 2020. Mr. Duran, who currently serves as the Vice Chair of the same Commission, was encouraged to run for election in November.

(Ms. Doby lives in voting District 1. Mr. Duran lives in District 2. City Council members must live within the boundaries of the voting district that they represent. See below for more information about Los Alamitos voting districts.)

City Clerk Windmera Quintanar immediately administered the oath of office.

With her appointment as a member of the City Council, Ms. Doby must vacate her seat on the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Commission. Anyone interested in applying to serve on that Commission can find more information on the City’s website, or contact City Clerk Quintanar by email at [email protected] or by phone at 562-431-3538.

Los Alamitos voting districts

The general election in November 2020 will be the first under the new voting districts adopted in 2018. Under the original order of District elections, only voters in Districts 1 and 3 would have elected representatives. Districts 2, 4, and 5 would elect representatives in 2022.

However, since Mr. Kusumoto lived in District 2, that would leave District 2 with no representation until 2022.

Therefore, the City Council will consider (and likely approve) an amendment to the order of District voting to move District 2 from November 2022 to November 2020. That will be Item 11B on the agenda for the regular meeting of the Council scheduled for Tuesday, January 21.

The so-called Green district map was adopted by the Los Alamitos City Council on July 30, 2018. The general election in November 2020 will be the first under the new voting districts. Only Districts 1 and 3 would elect representatives under the original order. The City Council is expected to approve adding District 2 to the November 2020 election.

Before Ms. Doby, the most recent Council addition was Mark A. Chirco. Elected as Mayor Pro Tem in December 2019, Mr. Chirco was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Councilman Josh Wilson resigned in October 2017 to pursue a job opportunity in Idaho.