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Cerritos City Council Nixes Reappointment of Planning Commissioner Frank Yokoyama

By Brian Hews

In a stunning move, Cerritos Mayor Bruce Barrows and Council-persons Carol Chen and new-comer George Ray voted not to reappoint Planning Commissioner Frank Yokoyama during Thursday night’s meeting causing Mayor Pro-Tem Mark Pulido to leave the meeting in protest.

Council-member Cho argued in favor of Yokoyama, but to no avail.

Yokoyama, who was heavily backed by Pulido in the recent March city council election, was expected to be reconfirmed by the entire city council, but the matter was met with stern opposition.

Barrows and company, in an ironic twist, cited the story published by LCCN of Yokoyama’s failure to report to the State Bar. Yokoyama could not be reached for comment.

Pulido left the meeting in protest. “I did not want to legitimize this action by the city council,” Pulido told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper.
When asked if he felt this action against Yokoyama was political retaliation, Pulido said he didn’t want to “speculate what was going through the minds” of Barrows, Chen and Ray.

“The Cerritos City Council voted not to reappoint Frank Aurelio Yokoyama to the Planning Commission, and I left the meeting in protest,” Pulido told Los Cerritos Community Newspaper just minutes after the decision was made.

“I don’t want to legitimize their action,” Pulido said.

“This sets a dangerous precedent of silencing challengers or dissenting opinions,” Pulido continued.

Pulido said he believed that Yokoyama is the first commissioner in the 55 year history of Cerritos that a seated Planning Commissioner has not been reconfirmed for an appointment.

“The community needs to respond to this action,” Pulido said.

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Concerned resident
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Bunch of clowns running this city and wasting tax payers money… That’s an insult to clown professionals, I should say bunch of morons

Ding Dong
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Attributing Mr. Yokoyama’s removal from the Planning Commission to racism is intellectually shallow. The outcry over the Council’s decision is a complete overreaction. It is not unwarranted to feel or express disapproval, however, it is both immature and baseless to accuse the Council members of being racist. Not everything has to do with race. Viewing life through a racial lense is debilitating. Let’s rise above this decision, dust ourselves off and move on. I’m sure this is what Mr. Yokoyama himself is doing.

Carmelita
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This is for J Mcmahon: You seem to be the Mr Know It All! If you are so knowledgeable of everyone’s life and so critical of everyone especially the best of the best individuals, like Mark and Frank, what does that say about you? You must be a very unhappy person to get so negative about life and everyone! I feel so sorry for you! I always believe in truth and justice! Those two virtues will triumph at the end! The issue at hand here is the action by Chen, Ray and Barrows on the appointment of Frank at the… Read more »
McMahon, J.
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Monday, April 15, 2013 Hate to brag, I attended the following, where were} Mark | Frank | and the Filipino Community SLATE, when city held public meetings for the following, as none of you attended? I attended all of the following, where were you?? Seems like the Filipino Slate has limitations to support certain agendas only. Know for one thing, Carol and Joe were for the most part, not even in the USA for the following and do remember Bruce at some of the following. This is why I support resume applications for appointees, as many of the original residents… Read more »
Lydia K. Cerritos
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to: Rlinda90703

I too find it amazing that new Cerritos Counciman George Ray reappointed most of former Council Jim Edwards’ commissioner retreads. He did add two new ones, a former city employee Becky Lingad,(manager of finance) to the Planning Comm.and Dan Padelford, Artesia resident, to the Economic Development Comm. ARTESIA, HUH!! What the??
Come on George,surely there is one resident in our city of 45,000 plus who would qualify for this commission position.
Have you ever heard of any other city around here appointing a Cerritos resident any of their Commissions? I haven’t.
“GOOD OLD GEORGE”
Retreaders and out-of-towners,
How exciting!!

Viktoriya
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Our forefathers came to build this beautiful country with the dream that we all could pursue whatever dreams we wanted to with no oppression from the government. The city of Cerritos is blatantly spitting on everything that our country stands for by their treatment of Frank Yokoyama. Frank is hard working, brilliant, Harvard educated man. He followed his dream and ran for city council and was regretfully not elected. It is evident that Frank was viable enough of a candidate that he scared the two newly elected members into kicking him out of City of Cerritos politics. They think that… Read more »
Justice Fighter
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Amen, Viktoriya! I fully agree with every word you wrote. Barrows, Chen, and Ray have absolutely no conscience. They are evil. I pray that they wise-up for their own sake and for the City of Cerritos!

Mr Outraged
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Did Ray,Chen and Barrows meet in closed session to discuss their action prior to their vote to ax Yokoyama? If so,does the Ca Brown Act apply?

Randy R. Economy
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I cannot answer that question, because we cannot determine if Mayor Barrows, and Councilmembers Ray and Chen had any prior discussion with one and other about the vote against Commissioner Yokoyama. Perhaps, you should ask them directly…..

McMahon, J.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013 Mr. Outraged: BROWN ACT. During the recession, the Brown Act has Sunset, so no longer enforceable. DA Office will not investigate alleged violations. Both the Cer City Clerk and the City Attorney addressed this in the Council Chambers, during public comments, for the Special Hearing for the Protocol Manual. I addressed the CCC on said subject and was answered by the attorney and clerk. Brown Act Violation, constitutes a meeting of (3) elected members, with agenda and public hearing. Two (2) elected official can have private meetings at any time, as the red flag only emerges… Read more »
Chen, Barrows, Ray Don't Know Chit !
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Chen, Barrows, Ray Don't Know Chit !

The mother of Yokoyama cries that she worked so hard to elect Carol Chen? Now the 3 little pigs don’t know her? Get a clue Chit these ungrateful bastards don’t know you from Chinola! They use people, clubs and institutions to further their own agenda, sort of like your son did with the Hubert Humphery club and the Democratic Party? What did you teach Frank? Apparently he is not a real Democrat so why be surprised that his rabid republican pack turned on him and you?

casey
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Seems like this paper has almost all the discontented residences in one place. Unfortunately this “news” paper has elected to get wildly partisan and use the forum to basically not report news but rather to advance a political agenda. At least you have given Mcmahon something to do..now if he could just string words together that make a point…..

OMG
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Casey don’t see your point. The paper has reported what happened at the meeting, nothing else. It has allowed residents to promote comments PRO and CON.
Yet you choose to blame the paper for what was a blatant political move to take someone out who ran against the OLD CERRITOS REPUBLICAN GUARD. I applaud the paper for its guts and pointing out that BAROWS CHEN AND RAY are same old same old. Commissioners will never run for Council after this stunt, is that good for the city? You are myopic.

Rosemary Economy
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I am a former Cerritos Planning Commissioner (9yrs.) and I do watch the Commission meetings when I can. Frank is one of the best Commissioners I have ever seen, always prepared, asking the right questions and making wise decisions.
This really is a sad time in the history of the Cerritos Planning Commission. I am so very proud of Commissioner Frank Yokoyama, what a terrible injustice by the Cerritos City Council and truly a loss for our city.
Sorry Council, “BAD DECISION”

McMahon, J.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013.. Rosemary: Look back at yesteryears Planning Commissions ( PC) Era when you served on the PC, the demographics of staff and appointees were much different then today. Back then, appointees were native born of USA and knew beforehand of construction terminology, all performed due diligence and could foresee the outcome of urban planning. Today’s appointees barely know how to speak broken English, and at best, been in USA for aprox 2 decades. Also, the entire staff was seasoned, today, more newbie PT or intern staffers, who are not seasoned in the fields. If I was to… Read more »
RLinda90703
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I personally know that Councilwoman Carol Chen Barrows is a very vindictive person, and everyone knows that she doesn’t do ANYTHING without MAYOR BRUCE BARROWS telling her EXACTLY what to do literally 24 hours.

Why didn’t we just REWRITE IN former Councilman Jim Edwards instead of voting to elect George Ray during this past campaign?

Why did this George Ray reappoint all of Jim Edwards former Commissioners BACK INTO POWER…including that Hughlett woman, and that guy who runs that infested horse stable.

We can NOT TRUST GEORGE RAY or CAROL CHEN BARROWS every AGAIN!

Disgusted in Cerritos
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Disgusted in Cerritos

SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on Mayor Bruce Borrows, council members Carol Chen and George Ray, They need to put a stop their mean/spiteful election campaign paybacks. Enough already!
Memo of Warning: Attn. all Cerritos City Council appointees, DO NOT ever run against one of these three seated council members and lose. They are out for blood and will make your life a living hell!

Cerritos is now going to be the biggest joke of all the cities in South East L.A. County.

Chit Yokoyama, mother of Frank
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Chit Yokoyama, mother of Frank

I am very sad & cannot believe that Carol cannot even remember that when she was first running for City Council me & my husband supported her by letting her come to our office. We introduced her to our agents and got their votes. Now that she is on top of the world she cannot even think back how she got where she is now.

Carmelita
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well said, chit! Carol seem to have forgotten that had it not been for about 900+ Filipino votes she got she would had not been where she is sitting now. this action by the 3 councilmembers had created chaos, turmoil and division in the community. It is mind boggling why they didn’t think that if we disect each of the unknown reasons they have for doing what they did it will just backfire on them! Down with hypocrisy, injustice and abuse of power!

Carol Chen doesn't give a Chit!
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Carol Chen doesn't give a Chit!

I guess when Frank decided to run as a Democrat that upset the Republican Dynasty of Carol Chen, Bruce Barrows and George Ray. Remember Chit, when you support Republicans the elephant has a long memory!

Tatiana Yokoyama
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This is an unfortunate attempt at a pun considering Chit is pronounced like “CHIP” not “SHIP”.

Smitty
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Has the planning of Los Cerritos gone well or is the city a gridlocked mass with no parking like LA?

The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost!
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The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost!
“This is a dangerous president of silencing challengers or dissenting opinions” -Pulido. This is standard operating procedure! Wasn’t it Cho and Mark Pulido that sat silent as Jay Gray’s assault went uncommented on? Wasn’t it Cho that removed Fine Arts Commissioner Chris Fuentes from the commission for challenging staff on spending? As I recall it was George Ray that appeared at the city council meeting to support the decision to silence Fuentes – so what did you expect? The story here in not the gang of three; Barrows, Chen, Ray, its the failure of Cho and Pulido to stand up… Read more »
THE SHOE PINCHES CHO & PULIDO!!
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THE SHOE PINCHES CHO & PULIDO!!

Cho and Pulido have been thick as thieves voting with Barrows, Chen and now Ray so GOOD! This is a graphic example of their spineless machinations backfiring on them! Maybe Cho and Pulido will now vote to censure Barrows for his assault on Jay Gray?

McMahon, J.
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Friday, April 12, 2013. Republicans poured freshly brewed Manure Tea over (D) Frank, to kill his chance of running to replace termed out Battery Barrows seat in next election and also to shoot another arrow in to (D) Mark’s campaign future in politics. Remember Mark Pulido has already run in with the political law and flea bargained to escape prison time. Poor lame duck excuses by the Republicans to pour Manure Tea on the Democrats over Franks BAR charades, when Republicans have poisoned cabinet too: 1. (R)Cindy Yen Chen, PR Comm was hit with federal Trade Fines. 2. (R) Horseman… Read more »
George Medina
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I agree with Norman Carpio about stupidity and warn the Citizens of Cerritos, that, what comes after stupidity is CORRUPTION.
Just look at the City of Bell. It started with stupidity and ended up with corruption.

OMG
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This great little newspaper told all of you about these crooks with some hard-hitting reporting that most of you, believing Battery Bruce and Beijing Chen, thought was a lie. Now you have to live with them for years. HAHA Cerritos!

William
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Pulido has elevated with the help of LCCN the Cerritos City Council from non-partisan to hyper-partisan. When those who preferred to keep the position non-partisan are faced individuals (Pulido, Cho, Lowenthal, Sanchez) who will try any tactic to gain power, the days of the sit down and shut up Republican Party are over. Hopefully, the new council uses their majority to minimize the temper tantrum throwing Pulido.

OMG
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Help of LCCN. What the F%^^&! LCCN exposed Frank you idiot, and Mark Pulido voted to cut funding to one of the best newspapers in LA, you think he is a friend of the paper? Grow a brain.

Outraged
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“any tactic to gain power” such as overthrowing 55 years of tradition by taking advantage of the technicality of the formality of voting to reappoint an experienced commissioner to stay in power — I REMIND YOU, THIS WAS CHEN, BARROWS, AND RAY. PULIDO silently left the meeting in protest NOT a “temper tantrum throwing.”

William
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I sense outrage, yet where was the outrage when the unions purchased advertising equating Chen with Com/China. What I see is your boy getting a dose of the partisan politics. LCCN might have exposed him but in the end you endorsed him, claiming he was the best of the evils, while writing this glowing article about Valencia. Why did LCCN not endorse Valencia? My guess is his political positions were not in line with those of the ownership and staff of LCCN, and those political views are more in line with Lowenthal, Pulido, Sanchez and Chu. So Valencia recieved lip… Read more »
Justice Fighter
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William: You obviously WERE NOT THERE on April 11 and/or DID NOT WATCH the video of Mayor Pro Tem Mark Pulido walking out of the Council meeting. Because if so, and even if you only had half a brain, you would not describe Pulido as “temper tantrum throwing”. In fact, in all his years of public service, there has been no out of control behavior, no name-calling, no shred of violence from Pulido. Watch the video: HE STOOD UP AND WALKED OUT PEACEFULLY WITHOUT SAYING A SINGLE WORD! Pay attention, William, and you might learn a lot from Pulido, a… Read more »
Justice Fighter
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William: What exactly are you insinuating about Mayor Pro Tem Mark Pulido trying “any tactic to gain power”? Pulido runs nothing but clean, transparent campaigns. It is through his own formal education, employment experience, and work ethic combined with the sheer hard work of his broad-based, diverse supporters, that he wins elections. Wow, who would’ve thought? You see, William, great things CAN be accomplished under the right leadership with good people working together: In the 2011 Cerritos City Council, Pulido garnered the MOST VOTES (5,198) IN CERRITOS HISTORY. With that large of a constituent base, you cannot logically attribute it… Read more »
McMahon, J.
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Saturday, April 13, 2013. Reply: Justice Fighter Hmmmmm, we are reading different: Pulido –Vs- Frank Y…………….. Pulido was endorsed by Cecy Groom and then turned against here, when she was trying to only get the truth about the JV Proposal and bad mouthed Ms Groom. Don’t see clean politics here. Puildo did some under handed schanigans with Lowenthol and plea bargained to be free of prison time. Don’t see clean politics here. Pulido and Frank circulated an email, prior to 2013 election, stating Art G was terminated after the 2013 election, and already had interviewed a Long Beach Employee, to… Read more »
Justice Fighter
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To: McMAHON This letter was editied due to personal attacks by the writer. Get your facts straight No, there is no “Pulido vs Frank”. Pulido’s support of Groom started in the late 1980s when he was still in college and she was elected to ABCUSD. Groom reciprocated by endorsing Pulido over the years. Groom’s children are long-time friends with the Pulido family. \ What email? Back door dealings? Sacramento tricks? Dissing Tracy HS? Parachute in/out? DA Office? Water rates? FACT: Pulido’s appointed commissioners are a diverse group. Out of nine total, 3.5 are Asian, 3.5 are Filipino, 1 is Caucasian,… Read more »
McMahon, J.
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Sunday, April 14, 2013 TO: Justice Fighter | Reply 1. Mark & Frank ran on a pseudo slate. Always happens when a commissioner runs under its appointee. Lowenthol camp states same about both and furthermore, Lowenthol staffers state both Frank and Mark continually counsel Lowenthol. So Lowenthol has become part of their slate. My opine, we are indirectly being run by Lowenthol. Not saying this is good nor bad. 2. ABCUSD on the last session of Cecy holding trustee; Mark blasted Cecy and voted to remove Cecy. During Marks campaign, Cecy was asked by Mark to forgive him, but Cecy… Read more »
Bill Raabe
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Prior to the election, I was criticized by someone writing here because I didn’t know who Mr. Ray was. I’m sorry to say I now know who he is—a man as lacking in integrity as Barrows and Chen.

OMG
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Alas another Cerritos resident comes to the light.. a light that has been shining BY ITSELF for months and taking abuse for people who had blinders on. Hopefully those blinders are off now and you can see the real crooks here.

Carmelita
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An abuse of power shown by 3 Council members! Unbelievable! Keep your head up, Frank! We, who believe in you Frank and Mark, were stabbed by this Council action!

OMG
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Abuse of power and Bruce Barrows go hand in hand,rumor is he is trying to change term limits so he can run again. CORRUPTION!

Outraged
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Mayor Barrows and Council Persons Chen and Ray – SHAME ON YOU!

OMG
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This newspaper warned all of you myopic Cerritos about Barrows and Chen, the first act is to fire Frank. What a hypocrite Barrows! You assaulted a resident why can’t we fire you. And Carol,your $200 meals those are ok too? Maybe you will listen to this newspaper from now on.

Maria T.
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Now see…that never happened when Ann Joynt was on the Cerritos City Council….

McMahon, J.
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Friday, April 12, 2013. PLANNING DEPARTMENT: Cerritos has the ugliest residential homes, remodels are ugly Mansions, yet we have been serviced by many Cerritos realtors. Cerritos worries more about: |off street parking | trash cans | and RV’s | then the neighborhood structures. Cerritos have failed to positively uplift properties ( Lo lo Cost per Sq Ft resale) and values compared to: • Rossmoor • North Downey • Seal Beach Hill • Lakewood County Club and Village • Bellflower Chicago Heights • Long Beach Park Estates • Long Beach El Dorado Park Estates • Long Beach Virginia Country Club •… Read more »