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Pauline DealMAYOR PAULINE DEAL
CITY OF LA MIRADA

Mayor Pauline Deal was appointed to the La Mirada City Council on July 5, 2011, and re-elected on March 5, 2013. Mayor Deal is an active member of the La Mirada community. She was elected to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education four consecutive times, serving from 1995-2011. She twice served as President of the School Board in 1999 and 2006. She also served on the Southeast Regional Occupation Program (R.O.P) Board for four years.

Mayor Deal serves as the Assistant Controller for an area business. She has  been active locally in youth sports leagues, where she served as the Treasurer/Board Member and Coach for the La Mirada Girls Softball Association for seven years. She was also active with the Parent Teachers Association for over 26 years, and has served in several capacities, most recently, as Auditor for the Norwalk-La Mirada Council of PTA’s, where she is also a Past President. In 1995, she received the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s Superintendent's Community Service Award.

Mayor Deal has been a resident of La Mirada since 1980. She and her husband Jeff have two children, Jered and Melissa.

Mayor Deal enjoys spending time with her family and participating in church activities.

To contact the Mayor, please call (562) 943-0131 or  email pdeal@cityoflamirada.org.
 

City CouncilMAYOR PRO TEM STEVE DE RUSE
CITY OF LA MIRADA


Mayor Pro Tem Steve De Ruse was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 8, 2011, and re-elected on March 3, 2015. He works as a senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Artesia after serving nearly 13 years as a senior pastor at a church in La Mirada. He has been a small business owner, track coach for John Glenn High School, television program host, radio guest commentator, and featured speaker at men’s ministry conferences. 

Mayor Pro Tem De Ruse served on the City’s Community Services Commission from November 2006 to March 2011. He served as Chairman of that commission from August 2008 through August 2010. Mayor Pro Tem De Ruse also served on the Citizen Task Force on City Finances and Operations from November 2009 to April 2010.

Mayor Pro Tem De Ruse is a member of the La Mirada Clergy Council and served as President of that organization from 2001 to 2005. He is also a member of the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club, where he previously served as President.  Mayor Pro Tem De Ruse is the Vice Chair of the Southeast Area Social Services Funding Authority (SASSFA) Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves on the Executive Board for the Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association.  

Mayor Pro Tem De Ruse holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Doctor of Ministry Degree both from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He has been a resident of La Mirada since 1976. He and his wife, Mary Ann, have been married for 42 years and have two daughters, Adrienne and Elaine. 

To contact the Mayor Pro Tem, please call (562) 943-0131 or email sderuse@cityoflamirada.org.


Ed Eng

COUNCILMEMBER ED ENG  
CITY OF LA MIRADA

Councilmember Ed Eng was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 3, 2015. Councilmember Eng has over 20 years of executive management experience leading large companies in both the private and public sectors. Councilmember Eng is currently the Executive Director for the Economy and Efficiency Commission, an independent advisor to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Previously, he was the Vice President/Western Regional President for the Los Angeles Times. He also spent 15 years in the utility industry in various senior managerial positions. Additionally, he has served as a corporate board member for several companies.

Councilmember Eng earned his Bachelors of Science Degree from UCLA and was a registered professional engineer in the State of California. He received his first Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles, and earned his second Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, with emphasis in management and strategy formulation. He has also taught marketing and management courses at UCLA’s School of Business and the University of Phoenix.

Councilmember Eng served on the City’s Community Services Commission from 2011 to 2015, and was Chairman from August 2014 until his appointment to the City Council. He has also served as President of the Matador Scholar Academy Booster Club at La Mirada High School, President of the High School’s Boys Basketball Booster Club and board member and coach with National Junior Basketball League.

Councilmember Eng has been a resident of La Mirada since 1990. He and his wife Cathy, a tenured teacher, have one son, Brandon.

To contact the Councilmember, please call (562) 943-0131 or email at citycouncil@cityoflamirada.org.


City Council

COUNCILMEMBER LAWRENCE P. MOWLES
CITY OF LA MIRADA 

Councilmember Lawrence P. Mowles was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 8, 2011, and re-elected on March 3, 2015. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years. 

Councilmember Mowles served on the City’s Planning Commission from May 2009 to March 2011. He was a member of the City’s Public Safety Commission from May 2007 to May 2009. He was also a member of the City’s Community Services Commission from November 2000 to June  2007.

He is a founding member of the La Mirada Community Foundation where he served from August 1999 to May 2007. He served as the Foundation President from  November 2000 to June 2007. While serving as a member of the Foundation, he was responsible for the operation of the “4 La Mirada Kids” Carnival, which raises funds for youth programs and community organizations.
 
Councilmember Mowles served as a member of the Citizen Task Force on City Finances and Operations from November 2009 to April 2010. He received the City of La Mirada’s “Volunteers in Action Award” in 2008. 

Councilmember Mowles has been a resident of La Mirada for over 35 years. He and his wife, Paula, have four grown children and nine grandchildren.

To contact the Councilmember, please call (562) 943-0131 or email lmowles@cityoflamirada.org.
 

Andrew Sarega (temp)COUNCILMEMBER ANDREW SAREGA
CITY OF LA MIRADA

Councilmember Andrew Sarega was elected to the La Mirada City Council on March 5, 2013. He has been a resident of La Mirada for over 25 years during which time he attended Escalona Elementary School, Benton Middle School, and La Mirada High School, graduating in 2005 with highest honors. After attending Biola University, Councilmember Sarega moved to Europe for two years where he played professional soccer for various European clubs.

Upon returning to the United States, Councilmember Sarega completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.  He is currently a police officer with the City of Newport Beach.  In 2012, he was awarded the Life Saving Award for his actions while on duty. He is also a small business owner, which he currently runs with his father, John, and brother, David.

Councilmember Sarega serves as the chairman of the Contract Cities Membership Committee and represents the City of La Mirada on other regional organizations.

Councilmember Sarega lives in La Mirada with his wife, Susan. 
 
To contact the Councilmember, please call (562) 943-0131 or email asarega@cityoflamirada.org.


Updated:  March 12, 2015

Last updated: 4/23/2015 11:13:57 AM