By Randy Economy
Los Cerritos Community News
Friday, September 30, 2011
Mauricio Arroyo is campaigning hard for a seat on the Hawaiian Gardens City Council, yet official voting records indicate he has never voted in a past Hawaiian Gardens city council election, Los Cerritos Community News has learned.
Image via WikipediaThe first time candidate in the upcoming November 8th Hawaiian Gardens City Council election changed his voter registration just days before filing to become an official candidate in the campaign.
Image via WikipediaAccording to documents obtained from Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters Office, Los Cerritos Community News has confirmed that the 46-year-old Arroyo changed his voter registered status on July 8, 2011 and indicated a “change of address” to a residence located at the 21000 block of Claretta Avenue.
Additional certified records obtained by Los Cerritos Community News from County Registrar Dean Logan also confirms that Arroyo has only voted in one recent previous election, that being the November 8, 2008 Presidential election.
In an interview with LCCN Publisher Brian Hews, Editor Jerry Bernstein and Reporter Randy Economy on Monday, Arroyo said he has lived in Hawaiian Gardens for the past “five and a half months,” but that he had registered to vote in the one square mile city two years earlier, and that he recently moved “from one part of Hawaiian Gardens into another part” of the city.
Arroyo is the second candidate to have their residency called into question within the past two weeks. Previously it was discovered by LCCN that council hopeful Kathy Trimble moved into the one square mile community and registered to vote on June 1st of this year from a location in Long Beach.
Registrar Logan also confirmed that Trimble has participated in past elections as a voter during 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2008 and in the 2010 General Election. Her voting record does not show her taking part in a Hawaiian Gardens City Council election during the past 12 years.
Trimble has refused comment over the situation, and repeated calls to her by Los Cerritos Community News have gone unreturned.
|Arroyo at this weeks Hawaiian Gardens City Council Meeting|
He also said that his residency in Hawaiian Gardens should not be a detractor in his current campaign effort. Arroyo also said he wants to “bring down” the walls of communications between city council members and administrators.”
According to filings with the California Secretary of State’s office, Arroyo and his campaign treasurer Cecy Groom, a former member of the ABC Unified School District Board of Education, were issued an official campaign committee identification number that lists a location on the same 21900 block of Claretta Avenue as the primary location of the campaign committee called “Arroyo for City Council 2011. Vote to Clean Up City Hall.”