Councilmember Ybarra maintains commanding lead in unofficial election results; Measure Q results remain tight
Vernon, CA (April 12, 2017) – Elections officials for the City of Vernon have unveiled
preliminary results for the City's 2017 Municipal Election with Vernon's registered voters
deciding in favor of Councilmember Melissa Ybarra and narrowly rejecting ballot Measure
In her first bid for re-election to the Vernon City Council, Councilmember Ybarra earned
24 'yes' votes of 26 canvassed on Tuesday night. Ybarra, who ran unopposed for the
second time, is the daughter of the Honorable Michael A. Ybarra, a former Vernon City
Councilmember who died in office in September 2014. Since 2014, Councilmember
Ybarra served the remainder of her late father's unexpired term. This will mark her first
official five-year term in office.
Councilmember Ybarra is the granddaughter of Vernon Mayor Pro Tempore Thomas A.
Ybarra who served on the city council for 43-years and great niece of former Vernon
Councilmember Esteban Peralta who served on the council for 15-years in the 1930s.
Meanwhile, ballot Measure Q was narrowly rejected with an unofficial final vote count of
12 votes in opposition to the ballot measure compared to 10 votes in favor of it. Measure
Q is a utility user tax measure that, if approved by voters, would raise an estimated $11
million in general fund revenues to enable city officials to halt the practice of transferring
millions of dollars annually from the Vernon Gas & Electric utility enterprise fund to support
the city's budgeted costs for public safety and other essential services.
Vernon City Clerk Maria E. Ayala said 26 ballots were canvassed and counted out of a
total of 43 ballots submitted by voters in the mail-in ballot election. Vernon has 86
As of 8:00 pm when the polls in Vernon closed, 15 ballots submitted at Vernon's two
polling locations remain to be canvassed pending voter signature verification by the Los
Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
A final canvass of the 15 remaining ballots and any additional ballots postmarked by
Election Day is scheduled for Monday, April 17. The final election results for the April 11
Vernon Municipal Election are expected to be certified by a vote of city council members
at their regularly scheduled meeting in City Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 18.
For more City of Vernon election information, go to: cityofvernon.org/elections
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Vernon was founded in 1905 to create jobs in California. Vernon's 1,800 businesses
create more than 105,000 jobs in the Los Angeles area – including 55,000 jobs within the
city's 5.2-mile boundary. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
designated Vernon as California's 'Most Business Friendly City.' Vernon generates more
than $330 million in state income and sales taxes, $1.1 billion in taxable spending.
Vernon's businesses provide more than 4.4 billion is salaries and wages annually for
workers in Los Angeles County. For more information, go to www.cityofvernon.org.