City of Vernon California

Councilmember Ybarra re-elected; Measure Q rejected

Press Release

Vernon, CA (April 17, 2017) – Election Officials from the City of Vernon revealed final results for the City's 2017 Municipal Election on Monday afternoon in a public canvass. After tallying the final votes, Vernon's registered voters re-elected Councilmember Melissa Ybarra and rejected ballot Measure Q.

In her first bid for re-election to the Vernon City Council, Councilmember Ybarra earned 39 'yes' votes of 41 canvassed. 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 rejected with a final vote of 23 votes in opposition to the ballot measure compared to 14 votes for it. Measure Q is a utility user tax measure that would have raised 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.

The final election results for the April 11 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: www.cityofvernon.org/elections