A total of 16 residents have applied for the Chino Hills city council seat vacated by Councilman Ed Graham as of Tuesday’s deadline. 

Of the 16 applications, 10   were submitted on the last day. 

Applicants do not have to live in the fourth district because Mr. Graham’s seat was at-large but if they want to run in the November 2018 election, they must reside in the fourth district that encompasses Los Serranos and Fairfield Ranch.

Five of the 16 applicants reside in the fourth district: Gary Larson, Joshua Landis, Stephen Romero, Brian Johsz, and Ronald Eaton.

Applicants are, in groups of four:

♦ Paul Molinaro, an attorney and physician who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 election; Rossana Mitchell-Arrieta, an attorney and president of the Chino Hills Dog Park Committee who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 election; Gary Larson, retired, a former Chino Hills councilman and planning commissioner; and Jim Gallagher, retired, vice president of the Chino Valley Democratic Club and Chino Hills Dog Park Committee, and a spokesman for Save Tres Hermanos Ranch who ran unsuccessfully in the 2016 election.

♦ Joshua Landis, a planning manager for Foothill Transit who has lived in the city for two years, Stephen Romero, director of development for Mayans Development, Inc. and vice chairman of the Chino Hills planning commission; Brian Johsz, director of government affairs for Athens Services, a fire board director, and involved with several civic groups; Ronald Eaton, food service cashier at Disneyland, treasurer of the Chino Hills Historical Society, and lifelong resident of Los Serranos.

♦ Garry Poliakon, a certified public accountant, Al Matta, a retired physical education coach, Healthy Hills Steering Committee member, and regular council meeting attendee; Lou Alfonso, retired, Chino Hills citizens on patrol and volunteer for various organizations; Jennifer Holtkamp, homemaker and owner of an online jewelry business.

♦ Timothy Finneran, executive director for campus safety at Azusa Pacific University and retired lieutenant for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Bob Goodwin, distribution center manager for SG Companies, chairman of the Chino Hills public works commission, and Hope for the Hills president; Annabell Liao, Chapman University graduate and intern for State Senator Ed Hernandez in West Covina; and Bill Taylor, initiative director for homeless for L.A. County’s Public Social Services, vice chairman of the Chino Hills parks and recreation commission, Healthy Hills Steering Committee, president and boat parade coordinator for the Chino Hills Kiwanis Club, and board member of the Community Foundation.

The city council will discuss how to select an applicant at the Tuesday, Aug. 8 city council meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

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Whit the 'selection' of Johsz, the 'good ol white boy' network stays strong in Chino Hills.

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