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Cudahy bribery scandal: Five apply to replace former mayor

August 21, 2012 |  6:50 pm

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Five people have submitted their names for appointment to the Cudahy City Council for the post that was vacated when Mayor David Silva resigned after being charged with extortion and bribery.

Silva and Councilman Osvaldo Conde, who also resigned, have since pleaded guilty.

The council decided to appoint someone to fill Silva’s seat, which expires in March, and then hold a special election that month to fill Conde’s position, which runs through 2015.

Those applying include Ruby Lucero, a property owner and manager; Rudolpho Perez II, a community health worker; and Blanca Amezcua Ramos, who founded Cudahy Assn. -- Unidos Salimos Adelante, after the FBI arrested three city officials.

The other applicants are Jack M. Guerrero, a corporate executive and investment banker who is the Republican candidate in the 63rd Assembly District, and Norma A. Contreras, a volunteer community representative parent outreach community leader with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The council is expect to fill the vacancy at its Aug. 28 meeting.


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Photo: Cudahy residents Salvador Birriga, center, and Jorge Reyes hold signs after city officials announced the resignation of Cudahy Mayor David Silva. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times