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Amid Recount Plans, New Hermosa Beach City Councilmembers Take Oath of Office

Councilmembers Nanette Barragan, Hany Fangary and Carolyn Petty are replacing former Councilmembers Mayor Patrick “Kit” Bobko, Jeff Duclos and Howard Fishman.

The following information is from the city of Hermosa Beach:

Three new city councilmembers and a new city treasurer took the oath of office at the Installation of Officers on Tuesday night at the City Council chambers.

Councilmembers Nanette Barragan, Hany Fangary and Carolyn Petty are replacing former Councilmembers Mayor Patrick “Kit” Bobko, Jeff Duclos and Howard Fishman. City Treasurer Karen Nowicki is filling a vacancy. The newly elected city councilmembers will each serve a four-year term. The city treasurer is filling an unexpired term that will end in November 2015.

“We thank Kit Bobko, Jeff Duclos and Howard Fishman for their service on the City Council and their dedication to the community and to public service. It has been an honor to serve with them and to share in the many accomplishments the Council has achieved during their tenures in office,” said Mayor Michael DiVirgilio. “We extend a warm welcome to new councilmembers, Nanette Barragan, Hany Fangary and Carolyn Petty, and our newly elected city treasurer, Karen Nowicki. We look forward to working with you in building on our record of achievements for the residents of Hermosa Beach.”

A recount has been requested and is scheduled to begin on Dec. 3. If the outcome of the election changes as a result of the recount, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk will re-certify the election results, and the new councilmember will be installed at the next City Council meeting following the re-certification.

Councilmember Barragan, a South Bay native now serving her first four-year term on the Hermosa Beach City Council, is an attorney at a Los Angeles law firm where she specializes in employment law. Councilmember Barragan previously served as executive director of a philanthropic organization. Her public service experience ranges from her work at the White House in the Office of Public Liaison, to the California Supreme Court, where she worked for Justice Carlos R. Moreno.

Councilmember Fangary is an engineer and lawyer, who focuses on environmental engineering and compliance issues. Councilmember Fangary and his family have lived in the South Bay for 17 years. Among other volunteer activities, he has provided pro bono legal services to the Surfrider Foundation and served as a judge pro tem to help meet the needs of Los Angeles County’s overburdened courts.  He and his wife, Dina, have two children.

Councilmember Petty, a 19 year resident of Hermosa Beach, is a controller at a technology firm in Torrance as well as a dedicated philanthropist and community volunteer.  She also serves on the board of directors and as chief financial officer for Harbor Interfaith Services, a non-profit agency dedicated to empowering the homeless and working poor. Petty and her husband, Guy, are parents to twin girls. The family lives in Hermosa Beach.

Treasurer Nowicki is a Certified Public Accountant and Hermosa Beach business owner. She also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Care Harbor, a non-profit healthcare organization that puts on massive free health care clinics for the uninsured and underinsured. Treasurer Nowicki is a board member for the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Hermosa Beach, where she also serves as treasurer. Treasurer Nowicki, her husband, Ryan, and her two children have lived in Hermosa Beach since 2005.

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