Littlerock Council loses 3
seeks community members to serve
This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Monday, September 29, 2008.
By JULIE DRAKE
Valley Press Staff Writer
LITTLEROCK - About two months after the Littlerock
Town Council welcomed two new members, President William Guild, Vice
President Irene Wilson and member Mary McMann resigned their seats
within a couple of weeks of each other earlier this month.
Councilmen Sam Cordova and
Dennis Tetu resigned this summer because business commitments conflicted
with their ability to donate time to the council.
"I just don't have the
stamina for it," said McMann, whose two-year council term would
have ended this year.
McMann has served on the
council off and on over the past 12 years. She said she has a part-time
job and two new puppies to care for and that she does not have the time
to devote to the council that it deserves. She stressed she has no hard
feelings and remains friends with everyone on the council.
Wilson, who has been on the
council off and on for five years, said she resigned her post due to
medical reasons, noting she has difficulty sitting for long periods.
Guild, who had one year
remaining on his term, said he resigned his post due to other business
interests. He has been on the council on and off since 1996. "I
think we've accomplished a great deal in that time," Guild said.
During that time the council
got its community standards in place; negotiated with Caltrans for a
three-lane road on Pearblossom Highway instead of a four-lane road as
previously proposed, because Guild said that would have "pretty
much destroyed the city," and also successfully pushed for stop
lights at 90th Street East and Avenue T and Avenue R and 90th Street
East near Jackie Robinson Park.
"It will change the
look of the town completely and I think do some wonders for it in terms
of what it will look like in the next 10 to 20 years," Guild said.
Guild said he will continue
to work toward a solution for the cargo container storage issue.
"We were very shocked
when we found out they had decided they were going to resign," said
Norm Hickling, field representative for Los Angeles County Supervisor
Michael D. Antonovich.
Hickling, who was not aware
McMann had resigned also, said he was sad to hear Guild and Wilson had
left the council and that he had called and asked them to reconsider, to
He said the council had been
working well together and had been effective in addressing problems in
"They were all just
good examples of people getting involved in their community and making
it a better place," Hickling said.
Five regular council seats
and two alternate seats will be up for election Nov. 4. The regular term
is two years but three of the seats are for one year to finish out the
terms of members who resigned.
"We really need people
to run and be part of the community," Guild said.
Applications are available
at Littlerock Hardware, Silly Tilly's Mercantile, 8300 Pearblossom Hwy.;
Penney Lynn Wind Toys, 8115 Pearblossom Hwy.; Littlerock Home N Ranch
Center, 8010 Pearblossom Hwy.; and the Littlerock Library, 35119 80th
St. West. Applications are due Thursday, Oct. 9.
The cost to apply for a seat
as an alternative is $25 and the cost to apply for a seat as a full
councilmember is $50.
Council Secretary Stephanie
Chase said she will run for re-election, along with the new president,
Patrick Hough, Vice President Penny Verble, and Treasurer Georgia
Chase said the absences will
be addressed at the next council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 9,
at the Alpine Grange Hall, 8650 East Ave. T-8.
"We're going to go
ahead and mention who's doing what and let the community know not to
worry … We're moving forward and we're moving forward in a very
positive way," Chase said.
Chase said there has been a
lot of interest from the community regarding the council and that anyone
with questions about the responsibilities expected of council members
can contact her at (661) 944-7592 or Hough at (661) 406-7006.