Huntington Park : Teacher-Activist Appointed to Vacant City Council Seat

The Huntington Park City Council has appointed a local high school teacher and community activist to fill the unexpired term of longtime Councilman Jack W. Parks, who died of a heart attack Aug. 28.

Richard Loya, 45, a health teacher at Huntington Park High School, will fill the council seat until April, 1992, when Parks' term was due to expire. Loya said he then plans to seek election to a full four-year term. Four other residents had sought the appointment.

Loya, who ran unsuccessfully for election to the City Council three times, said one of his goals is to hold council meetings at various sites in the city to encourage more public participation.

In other action Monday, the City Council chose Councilman Raul Perez to succeed Parks as mayor, a largely ceremonial post. Councilman William P. Cunningham was named mayor pro tem.

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