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Los Alamitos' Marilynn Poe Will Not Seek Reelection

The longtime Los Alamitos resident says she's proud of her 16 years on the council and plans to spend more time with her grandchildren.

Los Alamitos Mayor Pro Tem Marilynn Poe will not seek reelection, saying she made a promise to her family.

“My children reminded me that I promised I would only do one more term,” the long-time city resident told Patch Friday.  “I said ‘You know what, you guys are right.’ And to me, you know, a promise given is a promise that has to be kept.”

Though the longtime city resident pulled papers to run for City Council, she said her children convinced her not to file those papers.

Before her current four-year term, Poe served on the city council from 1994 to 2006 before term limits required her to skip a term. She also served on the Parks and Recreation commission and currently serves as the president of the .

Alice Jempsa, Poe’s longtime friend and former city mayor who served with Poe on the council, said Poe has been working for Los Alamitos for decades.

“She’s lived here since she was 2 years old,” Jempsa said. “She knows everybody and everybody knows her. And her heart is just here.

  • Check back later today to read the comment letter Poe sent to Patch about her time in the city.

In the past four years, Poe said there were a number of council accomplishments she was proud of such as halting the city's trend in deficit spending, ending the “revolving door” of city employees and filling empty positions in the police department.

With the support of the community and the council, Poe said she has been involved with a number of projects benefiting Los Alamitos since 1994, including:

  • adding medians with trees down Katella Avenue and Los Alamitos Blvd.
  • putting bathrooms in at Cottonwood Park
  • helping to open the Joint Forces Training Base pool to the public

Poe also said she was pleased with the city's trash contract with Consolidated Disposal Service, one of the more controversial issues to pass through City Hall recently. 

A pair of residents filed a lawsuit against the city alleging Los Alamitos Councilmembers such as Poe violated city code when they awarded its $24.5 million trash-hauling contract to a company that wasn't the lowest bidder. but ruled that the city

One of these plaintiffs, JM Ivler, said he was not sorry to see Poe go.

“I’m very happy she is stepping down,” he said.

“Marilynn Poe believed Los Al was Mayberry RFD,” said resident Ivler. “In the age of the Jetsons, it is definitely time for newer, younger people to step up.”

Despite criticism from her political foes, her supporters and even councilmembers who were often at odds with her on contentious city issues laud her dedication to the city.

“You never doubted Marilynn’s sincerity on anything," said Jempsa. "This was her home and she loved it.”

Poe says she’s proud of the work she’s done in the city.

With the end of her term approaching, she says she’s looking forward to spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She said she does not plan to run again in the future.

“It’s been an honor to be a public servant in Los Alamitos,” she said. “And I thank the people that supported me during the years that I was on (the council.)"

Vicki Ferguson August 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Marilyn Poe's stepping down from Los Alamitos Council and her years of dedication to the City of Los Alamitos was something that caught my eye in your email newsletter. Sad to me that The Patch would include quotes from Mr. Ivler in a story of a hard working dedicated Mayor / councilperson. The court ruled in council's favor not the plaintiffs. Newer and younger need to take the time to learn from the experienced. Los Alamitos is a Mayberry and most like it that way.
jb August 19, 2012 at 04:34 PM
You (and others) can claim that the court ruled in favor for the council all you want, but it will not change the fact that the court ruled in favor for the plaintiffs. The trash contract was declared invalid. The council made the choice to change the city code and award the contract again to consolidated. The year is 2012. The city of Los Alamitos is dysfunctional and/or corrupt, it is not a "Mayberry". I am glad Ms. Poe is stepping down.
Lisette Gabler August 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
You are not a class act JM and do not know when to shut your mouth. This town is not corrupt and you were never able to prove it in court. Even the judge told you that there was absolutely no evidence of corruption.
jb August 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Lisette, Please read my comment again, I am not "JM".
Lisette Gabler August 20, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Oh yeah, JM we all know who you are, you fool no one. Again, to have stated "no comment" to the Patch reporter would have been the gentlemanly thing to do but I don't think you even know the meaning of the word. I guess you never heard the expression to say nothing when you have nothing nice to say. Your comment about Mayberry is not agreed by the majority of people in Los Alamitos. Even your own Mejia stated that she wanted to keep the small town feeling in Los Al.
jb August 20, 2012 at 01:43 PM
ok, one more time, I will try to make it simple. I am not "JM". I do not use my full name because of people like you, Ms. Gabler. I agree with Mr. Ivler on this issue. I am happy to see Ms. Poe step down.
met00 August 20, 2012 at 10:40 PM
@Vicki. I was actually very nice to Mrs. Poe. I didn't call her a criminal, I didn't point to all the FPPC violations, or the fact that she voted to spend LOT's of taxpayer money on a project that was near property she owned. I was very cordial. I pointed out that she feels that we live in Mayberry RFD and wants it to stay that way (not something new, I even believe she said that once or twice). That in the age of the Jetsons we needed young (younger than me as well) people to come in and start to take leadership roles. There was a young man who lives around the corner from me who used to discuss local politics with me when we were fighting the Katella Wall issue. He was 21 then, be about 30 now. Smart, great ideas. Would love to see him, or someone like him, run for council. Cat, Ken, Art, myself, we are all too old for the gig. We need young people with vision and a willingness to not think outside the box, but to say "there is no bax". Then anything can be possible. Youth is like that. Our neighbors didn't stay in the past, and so we ended up paying the price. We don't need someone who things the best days are the ones behind us, but people who feel the best days have yet to come.
met00 August 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM
@jb. Yes, Citizens won. CDS settled. City got left standing there with their proverbial thumb up their rectum. Bought and paid for members of the City Council then elected to change the code to make what they did wrong "legal" and re-awarded the contract back to their political benefactor (dis you know that Troy took money from trash people before that vote for his Congressional campaign? Yep. Bought and paid for. All in public records no less). If Andy were actually running this town Poe, Stephens and Edgar would be in Andy's jail getting fed by Aunt Bee and looked after by Barney.
met00 August 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
@Lisa. Are you taking whining lessons from Troy Edgar? Go get Edgar's last campaign report from his Congressional Campaign (it available to the public) and look at who donated to him JUST BEFORE he changed the code and re-awarded the contract. Yep, CDS. You gotta love it when he is so blatant about it. At least Poe hides it through her involvement with the non-profits (they donate to her non-profits and then she does what they want).
met00 August 20, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Hi JB, glad you are not me. My wife would most likely get confused if we both turned up for bed.
met00 August 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM
No, the gentlemanly thing was to not discuss her many varied FPPC violations. The gentlemanly thing was to not discuss her quid-pro-quo using St. Isi's donations for her vote. The gentlemanly thing to do was not mention her voting to spend tax dollars where it benefited property she owned. The gentlemanly thing to do was not discuss that she has not been held responsible for her violations of the Muni Code. The nice thing to do was point out that I believe we should have young people who have a vision for the future running for office, not people who believe the best days of the community are buried in it's past. So, I was gentlemanly in ignoring her criminal behavior and just repeating something she has said (Mayberry RFD is her comments) and suggesting that today we need people with a positive vision for tomorrow that doesn't include going back to yesterday. I wasn't aware I had my very own Mejia. WOW! does it come with a digital gage? (Inside joke, sorry gentle readers). Lisa, you really need to see professional help, someone to help you get over your rage issues. I was very nice in my comments to the reporter. I am glad she is finally leaving. I am saddened that we don't have four candidates trying to fill her place that are under the age of 35. Or even one under the age of 30 would be nice.
met00 August 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM
@jb, But do you think we need to start to find young people to run? That is my biggest issue. I loved Cat, Ken and Warren and Gerri (and Brad). But, let's get real. We need some young blood. Kids with a love for the city and a vision for the future. Not old farts like me (and older farts like Poe - or really, really old farts like Sylva). I'm sure I will find two people to vote for in the upcoming election (or at least two people to vote against), but wouldn't it have been nice to have some young (under 30) person on the council that has a vision not impaired with what may or may not be possible from the disappointments of their own life? And yes, I know you are not me as I didn't even start reading this until after noon today.
Vicki Ferguson August 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Can't complain about trash contract, Los Al for residence and commercial is almost 1/2 of my cost in Long Beach for same. I do agree if opinions are voiced it should have the name of the poster. I raised my kids to respect adults, teacher, and anybody that is running the show. Your not gunna love all of them but if you can do better make it your goal. Anybody can run for office and if they get the votes then they are chooseing for the people. The ruckus with council and petty comments are sad. New & young cannot oust the experienced. 30 yr olds may have great ideas but not all work out. It is also a time of starting your life and council takes much time. I don't think sudden change is good and not just Mrs. Poe, but all the Poe's own property in this city they were born and stayed here. There is a box, it is Los Alamitos not much room to grow if any. My daughter summed it up in her college essay. What would you change about the city you live in. I live in small a city or orange county that is like a small town, we are surrounded by other large cities, but Los Alamitos is a strong community. Most of my teachers grew up and went to the high school, & neighbors the same. The entire community supports the high school sports and programs. Maybe there would be a few people that should take the time to see they are no better than others, but there is nothing I would change about the city I live in. I agree with her maintaining this city is more important than change.
Lisette Gabler August 21, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Don't listen to Met00 or JM or what he goes by, the man is a classless jerk who doesn't know when discretion is the better part of valor. He is part of a small group that took hundred of thousands of tax dollars from our treasury to pay for his stupid lawsuit that basically did nothing. We still have the same trash hauler that is much better than the one he wanted. JM wanted Athens to win the award. Athens owners have spent time in jail for bid rigging. This company is as without ethics as JM and his group are. JM makes all kinds of wild accusations and are unsubstantiated (even before a judge), his group had a child terrorized at school because his father is on the Council and had then tried to have that same Councilman fired from his job based on lies. Any group of misfits who would teach their children to bully another child shows that these people, in my opinion, are not fit to be parents. One of their members is a former Councilwoman who was drunk at a public event when she was Mayor and tried to "come on" to every man at the event. (I have 9 eyewitnesses to this debacle) She recently was arrested, per the police officer (from statements on the Patch for DUI.) The last City Manager told me that he never would have taken this job if he had known about these (meaning this group led by JM and Debolt) people. " He had never seen such EVIL people before." Those were his words,not mine.
met00 August 21, 2012 at 08:24 AM
@Vicki, This isn't about the solid waste franchise agreement. A Superior Court Judge already ruled that the City did NOT follow the Municipal Code. The code wasn't that hard to understand. "Lowest Responsible Bidder" and a judge agreed that the City didn't award the contract to the "Lowest Responsible Bidder". Residential rates between CDS and the LRB weren't more than pennies apart. The Commercial rates were 100% more. We are a city that has a council that is far from representative of the community. I would love to see it more representative. But if they don't run you can't vote for them, and I feel we all lose out when we don't have younger voices fighting for the future, their future, city. Tonight I was asked by someone why I don't like him. I explained I don't know him, so how can I say if I like him or not. I stated that I had major disagreements with how we see the world, he being a far right GOP and me being a progressive Dem. But I also said all I know of him is what I have seen publicly, and that wasn't very impressive. Now this person is running for City Council, he is one of the older people running and I will most likely be voting for the younger people, so chances are this person won't get my vote. Finally, most people moved to Los Al because of the school district. In fact, almost everyone I talk to in the city say that was either their number one or number two reason they moved here. Not for trash, politics, but for our kids.
met00 August 21, 2012 at 08:31 AM
Lisa, you don't know when to just shut up do you? Fact, not one penny of Los Al's tax dollars went to the suit (It was all paid for by CDS). Fact, a Superior Court Judge ruled that the Muni Code was not followed. Fact, JM wanted the award to go to the Lowest Responsible Bidder in accordance of the City Code. The rest of your warped fantasy rant is about as out of touch with reality as the facts I just presented to your first points. Oh, one final "fact". That last city manager and I sometimes enjoy cigars together. Seems he must like hanging out with "EVIL people". Now why don't you bundle yourself back into your little white jacket with the ties that keep your hands safely away from sharp objects and go back to your corner... PS: Making stuff up out of whole cloth because you are a failure at being a human being does make for fun and interesting reading. Time for your meds dear.
Lisette Gabler August 21, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Why is it JM that when your group does these vile things you and your group act like they never happened? I have all the names and eye witnesses to the events that I mentioned. This stuff is too bizarre to make up! You were told by a judge in a court of law that there was no corruption committed by the Councilmen you sued. Yet you continue to accuse the three of them. Only your group could have a child terrorized by a group of children. It was even mentioned at Council! Look at Driscoll, you seem to deny that too! That was written about in the Patch yet Driscoll remembers nothing and denies all. I guess she doesn't remember being arrested after hitting a tree with her car. You'll think that pleading ignorance makes these events go away and that your group has "clean hands"! You and your group have dirty hands and I can mention other vile events that your group have done in the name of politics. You and your people are evil, vile people. Jeff told me he had never seen acts like this done over politics. Well guess what, our group could do it too, but we won't because that would make us just like you and your group. I think you need medication other that your cigars.
Lisette Gabler August 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
A couple more thoughts JM, if Jeff smoked cigars with you it was only to find out what crazy things your group was up to, nothing more. Oh and by the way, Consolidated paid your legal bill but the citizens of Los Al will pay for it in the end with higher trash fees. Your buddies at Athens made their residents pay over $24.00 a month for trash. As I see it, the only person who would benefit the most by having Athens would be your co-complainant Art Debolt. All those apartment buildings would have cheaper rates so he could have more profit from those buildings. We all know how he gouges renters. He is so proud of it he's spoken about it. I have eyewitnesses to that event too!
met00 August 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
"Your group"? Who is in "Your group"? Last meeting Mr. Grose and I were both telling the City Council the same exact thing in the TUT (not to do it) for the exact same reason. Is Mr. Grose in "your group"? Both Mejia and Kusumoto supported the TUT, are they not in "your group"? You seem to think Ms. Driscoll is in "your group" I have spoken to and seen Ms. Driscoll ONCE in the last six months, and only because she lives two blocks away. In the last two years I have seen or spoken to Mr. Parker TWICE. You seem to see conspiracy yet you can't see that Art DeBolt is a very religious conservative Republican and I am a very irreligious progressive Democrat. You conflate that we agree on an issue or two with somehow we are then an organized mob with a common agenda. Lisette, as I have stated before, I am concerned about your mental health. There are any number of good professionals that are out there to help you. Please, if you are not seeking professional help from them, do so. I really don't want to see anyone continue to be a danger to themselves.
Lisette Gabler August 21, 2012 at 06:49 PM
We all know who your group of supporters are. They are the same ones who come to Council to speak whenever you want a large turn out. Oh yeah, they just all turn up like magic!They also put out those newsletters that no one signs at election time. I don't believe a word you say as you think the events I mentioned didn't happen.Eyewitnesses don't seem to be enough you as you think nothing your people do ever happens. As for Driscoll I would think such a good friend who you gave your"award" to when she left Council would be trying to help her. Weren't you Driscoll's campaign manager? I think I read some such boast from you before. The woman has a drinking problem, something I heard was that you have had a drinking problem in the past too? I would think that you would try to help her before she kills someone when she drives drunk! After all isn't it part of AA that one former drunk helps the drunk in need? Personally I don't care what your political affiliations are nationally. In that, I am more on your side of the issues. Local politics is different as no political affiliations matter and should not matter in my opinion. As far as Mr. Grose is concerned, yes I support his candidacy and will try to help get him elected. Aren't you supporting Richard Murphy? After all he has supported your candidates before. I heard he had a barbecue at his house to reelect your pal Mejia last time.
met00 August 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I'm sure you don't mind that you come off looking like a crazed loon when you make claims like these, but it would be unfair of me to not at least advise you that you do. Mr. Stewart and I share a number of common interests outside of local politics. First Jeff is a fine professional and I respect him as a professional. I assume he respects me for my professional expertise as well, but you would have to ask him. Additionally we both have children of the exact same age and we enjoy discussing how wonderful and proud we are of them. Since you don't have that kind of relationship (parent-child) I'm sure that this is a foreign concept to you and you may not be able to wrap your mind around how a parent could be proud of their kids and want to share that pride (I'm sure you never saw that in your home). Since we both have an interest in politics we have discussed everything from the Presidential race to the Congressional Race in this election cycle. We also discussed, the last time we met, how much he is enjoying his new job. Since you clearly don't have anything in common with us, including our enjoyment of fine cigars, I doubt you will be invited to attend our next get together, but feel free to fantasize about what it is you think we discuss if it makes you happy.
met00 August 21, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Wow, you heard I had a drinking problem? Actually I am an alcoholic. I have been dry for over 33 years. I didn't ever use AA so I wouldn't know how that works. I had a problem, I took care of it. Just like having Type II Diabetes, which I also have, I have a medical problem and I take care of it (lost over 40 lbs and work out @ 24 hour fitness four times a week). It is what I truly wish you would do for you medical problem. There are wonderful psychologists, psychotherapists and even psychiatrists who would be able to provide you with the help and support you clearly need.
jb August 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Lisette/Lisa, you need to shut up now. Better yet, please get the help that Mr. Ivler suggested. Please note that this comment is not from Mr. Ivler.
Vicki Ferguson August 21, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This is not an instant message system for 2 or 3 people. . This thread goes out to all that suscribe to the Seal Beach / Los Alamitos Patch. I am trying to find out how I delete my comments . I do use my name and don't like being a part of a thread like this. I merely started with a comment reguarding the many hours, days and years that Mrs. Poe has put into this city. But I don't see how to delete
John Crandall August 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hey Vicki, When you get the next update email update about the item, there's a sentence at the bottom that says "To stop receiving updates for this article click here." Hope that helps.
John Crandall August 21, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Hey folks, let's keep this discussion civil. Insults don't help anybody.
met00 August 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
@vickie, I went back and reviewed my responses to you. If you think any one of them was out of line, I apologize, but I think I stayed on topic and discussed my issue, the age of the City Council members and it's current lack of representation of the younger people within our community ("We are a city that has a council that is far from representative of the community."). This is very much in line with my original comment to Patch as to why I was happy to see Mrs Poe step down. You indicated you were "sad" that Patch called me to get my opinion. While I am sure that "happy news" where no one gives a unpleasant view would be nice, I was glad to respond since I am glad to see Madam Poe step down. I even expressed a "nice" reason as to why. Not attacking her for the many things I believe she did that were "wrong". I have no doubt that Mrs. Poe feels she can justify her actions that I feel negatively about with those actions that you laud her for, just as a guy who robs a bank to put food on the table for his children can justify the negatives with the positive. In no way is any of my response negating Mrs. Poe's commitment to her various charities, and at no time have I ever done that. My public statement, that you said was "sad" was just that it was time for her to go, and I still stand by the statement and my published reason for it. Again, that has nothing to do with Mrs. Poe's charitable and other civic involvements.
met00 August 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
John, first let me say it was a pleasure to meet you last night. After having met me, talked with me, gotten to know me a small bit, <sarcasm>I'm sure you noticed my posse that was hanging on waiting for me to lead them into political battle.</sarcasm> Please note that I had said and done NOTHING, other than my quote to you when this appeared in the comments "You are not a class act JM and do not know when to shut your mouth." That was the opening line of the first post by Lisette in this thread. Civility does NOT mean just sitting there and taking this kind of crap from a person, no mater what type of psychological problems she may have. Her continued paranoid attacks on me, why clearly indicating her psychological imbalance, can not be left to stand without at the minimum a vigorous denial. I am really quite serious about protecting my name and reputation from someone who has only one clear desire of trashing and tarnishing it. And I am very serious about my hope that she gets the professional medical care her condition seems to require. Electroshock therapy is no longer the only option, and there are some wonderful meds that have been developed that may help her with her condition so she can lead a more normal life.
Vicki Ferguson August 22, 2012 at 04:23 AM
met00 I did not think any of your response was out of line to me, you are welcome to your opinion but the trash contract has been done for a long time. I didn't know you were Mr. Ivler and those were your quotes. I subscribe to the patch to keep up on local news as it happens. Have even subscribed friends that want to know where I got info. This article was a Patch article about Marilyn Poe deciding not to run for re election. You were quoted in that story. I would have assumed The Patch could have just had a good bye Marilyn story. I would also assume you would be happy she was leaving and leave it at that. When I said I would like to remove my comments was I feel my comments with my name on it are now in the middle of a back and forth old problem. Run for council at 30 I never could have, I was building my bussiness acquireing rental property, getting married, having kids, 40 - 50- 60 maybe. It 's not the age, it is the ideas, hard work and willing to take criticism from the public. Tough job I am sure.
met00 August 22, 2012 at 06:48 AM
@vicki, As Lisette knows (and has posted elsewhere) with the exception of letsfixlosal where I post under my full name, I generally use a common handle in other posts (met00). In the first three pages of a google search on my handle I have six mentions (four are from technical forums). I have been using the handle for over 20 years so it's not that great a secret, if it ever was one. As for the mention in the article, I got a call from John while I was exercising and asked him to call me back when I finished. By the time he called back I had decided that I was going to be as nice as possible in saying "goodbye" and avoided talking about all the negatives that I believe Madam Poe has (mentioned in the comments) and made the need for younger blood at city hall the key statement. I felt that was the more "gentlemanly" way to say farewell. I am a big believer in what the founding fathers called civic duty. That it is the responsibility of those that can stand up to do so, no mater what their age or their other priorities. Of course all those that did were generally landowners, not sharecroppers or even tradesmen. But I do feel that youth mixed in with experience is the best mix for a workable system of governance. Forward looking with someone with experience having a brake on the right side of the car as well (I'm training my eldest child to drive, wish I had a right side brake). Hope to continue civil discourse with you. :-)

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