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Councilman whose election made history in tiny city of Vernon dies
Councilman whose election made history in tiny city of Vernon dies

The first council member to get elected in a competitive race since the Nixon presidency in the small city of Vernon — population about 100 — has died. Michael A. Ybarra, who was elected as a reform candidate in 2012, died Sept. 26 after a softball game in Lodi, near Sacramento, his wife, Susana Ybarra, said Tuesday. She said they were walking to their car after the game when “the next thing I knew he was on the ground. It was sudden.” The 61-year-old Ybarra was elected the year after Vernon narrowly averted a disincorporation campaign launched by then Assembly speaker John Perez, who declared the southeastern Los Angeles County city a corrupt fiefdom. Vernon...

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