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Commissioners and Appointees



In compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Government Code section 54970, the following appointment list is current as of December 22, 2016. It shows all current members of City Commissions and Committees appointed by the City Council and the dates of their terms of office as of the time of this posting.


Appointed Commissioners/Committee members must be 18 years of age or older and residents of the City of La Habra Heights.        

    · Planning Commission

    · Roads Advisory Committee 

    ·  Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority - Citizens Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC)

    · Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District


The term of office for the Planning Commission is set pursuant to the La Habra Heights Municipal Code.  Specifically, Sections 2.4.20 C. – E. read as follows:

C.  Planning Commission Members and Appointments. The Planning Commission shall be comprised of five (5) members and one (1) alternate who must be residents of the City. The alternate shall serve as an active member of the Planning Commission but shall not vote unless one (1) regular member is absent or abstains from voting, in which case, the alternate shall have the same voting power as a regular member. Each member of the City Council shall appoint one Planning Commission member. The City Council as a whole shall appoint the alternate. Appointments of Planning Commission members shall be announced and appointments of an alternate shall be made at a regular City Council meeting typically following the general City Council election. No Planning Commissioner shall hold any paid position in the City of La Habra Heights or otherwise be employed by the City.

D.  Planning Commission Terms of Office. Planning Commission members shall be appointed after the appointing City Council member takes office. Members shall hold office until a successor has been appointed. Should a Planning Commission vacancy occur for any reason, an appointment shall be made for the un-expired portion of the term.

E.  Planning Commission Removal from Office. A Planning Commissioner may be removed by the appointing City Council member or by any successor to that Council member at any time. Any Planning Commission member may also be removed, with or without cause, by an action of the City Council by a four-fifths (4/5) vote. The Alternate may be removed with or without cause by an action of the City Council by a quorum vote. Any Planning Commissioner or alternate who is absent from three (3) consecutive regular meetings of the Planning Commission, unless excused by the Presiding Officer, shall automatically forfeit the position as a Planning Commission member.


Larry Black, Chairman                                     appointed 03/24/2015                        term expires:  February 1, 2018

Greg Stefflre, Vice Chair                                  appointed 03/24/2015                        term expires:  February 1, 2020

Ray Fernandez, Commissioner                     appointed 06/13/2013                        term expires:  February 1, 2018

Loren R. Owen, Jr., Commissioner                appointed 03/24/2015                        term expires:  February 1, 2018

Alex Villanueva, Commissioner                     appointed 03/24/2015                        term expires:  February 1, 2020

Chester Jeng, Alternate                                   appointed 04/14/2015                        term expires:  None

Note: Meetings held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers; no stipend is provided.


The mission of the Roads Advisory Committee is to assist the City Council in developing a comprehensive program to attain and sustain a desired level of roads maintenance and repairs.

Objectives Include:

1. Reviewing various financing options for road maintenance.

2. Making recommendations as to the adequacy of the pavement management program and the overall plan for road maintenance.

3. Educating the public about road maintenance needs and methods.


Dennis Laherty, Chair                                        appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Paul LoNigro, Vice Chair                                   appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Tony Donato, Member                                       appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Derek Brent Grebbien, Member                       appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Glen Pedersen, Member                                   appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

John Richert, Member                                        appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

John Steele, Member                                         appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Donald Struble, Member                                   appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Stephen Blagden, Alternate                              appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Alan Boege, Alternate                                        appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Jack Sayler, Alternate                                         appointed 04/02/2016                        term expires: None

Note: Meetings held the 1st Mondays of the month at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers; no stipend is provided.


The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority Board has created an Advisory Committee to make recommendations on selected items that come before the Board. The Committee is made up of nine members. Three each are nominated from the Whittier City Council, La Habra Heights City Council, and the Office of the Supervisor of the Fourth District. The Board approves appointments onto the Committee. Each volunteer Committee position has a term of four years.

La Habra Heights delegates:

Suzann Chung                                          appointed 02/01/2013                        term expires: February 1, 2017

Catherine Houwen                                   appointed 02/01/2014                        term expires: February 1, 2018

Vacant                                                         appointed 02/01/2015                        term expires: February 1, 2019

Note: Appointment for a four year term; meets Tuesdays before the 4th Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Whittier Senior Center; no stipend is provided.


The District’s governing power is vested in its 35 members of the Board of Trustees. One trustee is appointed by each of the 34 cities and the County Board of Supervisors appoints one to represent unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. To be appointed, the member must reside in and be a resident voter of the representative city (or county for county member) in the District. Board member duties and responsibilities include setting policy, establishing the budget, approving expenditures, and retaining legal counsel. The trustees serve a minimum of two or four-year terms without compensation, but do receive an in lieu travel expense of $100 for attending each regularly scheduled board meeting.

La Habra Heights trustee:

Vacant                                                              appointed 01/17/2017                        term expires:  January 17, 2021

Note: Appointment of two or four year terms; meets the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Santa Fe Springs; a $100 travel allowance is provided.


Membership consists of local elected officials and staff, representatives of congressional offices, members of the community, the FAA, the ATA and LAWA Management. The group attempts to insure cooperation between the airport and affected communities in achieving noise impact reduction.

La Habra Heights delegate:

Brian Bergman, Council Member                    appointed 07/14/2011                        term expires: none

Dinesh Ghiya                                                       appointed 12/11/2015                        term expires: none


Note: The Roundtable meets on the second Wednesday of every odd numbered month and may schedule additional meetings as needed. All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. in Los Angeles; no stipend is provided.


WCCA provides for the proper planning, conservation, and environmental protection of the wildlife corridor between Whittier-Puente Hills and Cleveland National Forest.

La Habra Heights delegate:

Vacant                                                                   appointed 01/01/2017                        term expires: January 1, 2019

Note: A minimum of one vacancy; appointment is for two year terms; meets the 1st Wednesday of every other month starting in January at 5:30 p.m., meetings from January through June are held in Whittier, and meetings from July through December are held in Brea; no stipend is provided.


Donald Tilley                                                                        appointed 05/14/2015                        term expires: None

Note: No stipend is provided.


Dated: December 22, 2016