Commissions / Committees

In compliance with the requirements of the Maddy Act, Government Code section 54970, the following appointment list is current as of December 22, 2016. It shows all current members of City Commissions and Committees appointed by the City Council and the dates of their terms of office as of the time of this posting.
  • Appointed Commissioners/Committee members must be 18 years of age or older and residents of the City of La Habra Heights.
  • Planning Commission
  • Roads Advisory Committee
  • Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority - Citizens Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC)
  • Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District

Planning Commission


The term of office for the Planning Commission is set pursuant to the La Habra Heights Municipal Code. Specifically, Sections February 4, 2020 C. - E read as follows:

C. Planning Commission Members and Appointments. The Planning Commission shall be comprised of 5 members and 1 alternate who must be residents of the City. The alternate shall serve as an active member of the Planning Commission but shall not vote unless 1 regular member is absent or abstains from voting, in which case, the alternate shall have the same voting power as a regular member. Each member of the City Council shall appoint one Planning Commission member. The City Council as a whole shall appoint the alternate. Appointments of Planning Commission members shall be announced and appointments of an alternate shall be made at a regular City Council meeting typically following the general City Council election. No Planning Commissioner shall hold any paid position in the City of La Habra Heights or otherwise be employed by the City.

D. Planning Commission Terms of Office. Planning Commission members shall be appointed after the appointing City Council member takes office. Members shall hold office until a successor has been appointed. Should a Planning Commission vacancy occur for any reason, an appointment shall be made for the un-expired portion of the term.

E. Planning Commission Removal from Office. A Planning Commissioner may be removed by the appointing City Council member or by any successor to that Council member at any time. Any Planning Commission member may also be removed, with or without cause, by an action of the City Council by a four-fifths (4/5) vote. The Alternate may be removed with or without cause by an action of the City Council by a quorum vote. Any Planning Commissioner or alternate who is absent from 3 consecutive regular meetings of the Planning Commission, unless excused by the Presiding Officer, shall automatically forfeit the position as a Planning Commission member.


 Member  Appointed  Term Expiration
 Larry Black, Chairman  March 24, 2015  February 1, 2018
 Gregg Stefflre, Vice Chair  March 24, 2015  February 1, 2020
 Ray Fernandez, Commissioner June 13, 2013 February 1, 2018
 Loren R. Owen Jr., Commissioner March 24, 2015 February 1, 2018
 Alex Villanueva, Commissioner March 24, 2015 February 1, 2020
 Chester Jeng, Alternate April 14, 2015 None

    Note: Meetings held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers; no stipend is provided.

Roads Advisory Committee


The mission of the Roads Advisory Committee is to assist the City Council in developing a comprehensive program to attain and sustain a desired level of roads maintenance and repairs.

Objectives Include


  1. Reviewing various financing options for road maintenance.
  2. Making recommendations as to the adequacy of the pavement management program and the overall plan for road maintenance.
  3. Educating the public about road maintenance needs and methods.
 Member  Appointed  Term Expiration
 Dennis Laherty, Chair April 2, 2016 None
Paul LoNigro, Vice Chair April 2, 2016 None 
Tony Donato, Member April 2, 2016 None 
Derek Brent Grebbien, Member April 2, 2016 None
Glen Pedersen, Member April 2, 2016 None
John Richert, Member April 2, 2016 None
 Donald Struble, Member  April 2, 2016 None
Stephen Blagden, Alternate April 2, 2016 None
Alan Boege, Alternate April 2, 2016 None
 Jack Sayler, Alternate  April 2, 2016 None
    Note: Meetings held the 1st Mondays of the month at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers; no stipend is provided.

Investment Advisory Committee (IAC) 

The Investment Advisory Committee is to provide advice to City Council regarding the City’s investments, annually review the City’s Investment Policy, review the City’s Investment Portfolio quarterly, and consult the City Treasurer with insights on investment opportunities. Committees are only advisory in capacity and authority to invest still rests with the City Treasurer. Typically, such committees consist of some combination of the following: one or two Council Members, the City Treasurer, and three to five resident members who are industry specialists. In La Habra Heights, staff support would be provided by the City Manager and Finance Department.

 Delegates  Appointed  Term Expiration
Council Member, Brian Bergman   May 11, 2017  May 11, 2021
 City Treasurer, Don Tilley May 11, 2017 None
 David Little   May 11, 2017  May 11, 2021
 William Herzog May 11, 2017 May 11, 2021
 Lionel Bao May 11, 2017 May 11, 2021

Preservation Authroity - Citizens Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC)


The Puente Hills Habitat Preservation Authority Board has created an Advisory Committee to make recommendations on selected items that come before the Board. The Committee is made up of nine members. Three each are nominated from the Whittier City Council, La Habra Heights City Council, and the Office of the Supervisor of the Fourth District. The Board approves appointments onto the Committee. Each volunteer Committee position has a term of four years.

 Delegates  Appointed  Term Expiration
 Suzann Chung February 1, 2013 February 1, 2017
 Catherine Houwen February 1, 2014 February 1, 2018 
Roy Francis  February 1, 2015 February 1, 2019
Note: Appointment for a four year term; meets Tuesdays before the 4th Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Whittier Senior Center; no stipend is provided.

Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District


The District's governing power is vested in its 35 members of the Board of Trustees. One trustee is appointed by each of the 34 cities and the County Board of Supervisors appoints one to represent unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. To be appointed, the member must reside in and be a resident voter of the representative city (or county for county member) in the District. Board member duties and responsibilities include setting policy, establishing the budget, approving expenditures, and retaining legal counsel. The trustees serve a minimum of two or four-year terms without compensation, but do receive an in lieu travel expense of $100 for attending each regularly scheduled board meeting.

 Trustee  Appointed  Term Expiration
 Catherine Houwen  January 17, 2017 January 2017, 2021
    Note: Appointment of two or four year terms; meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Santa Fe Springs; a $100 travel allowance is provided.

LAX Community Noise Roundtable


Membership consists of local elected officials and staff, representatives of congressional offices, members of the community, the FAA, the ATA and LAWA Management. The group attempts to insure cooperation between the airport and affected communities in achieving noise impact reduction.

 Delegate  Appointed  Expiration
 Brian Bergman, Council Member July 14, 2011  None
Dinesh Ghiya December 11, 2015 None
Note: The Roundtable meets on the second Wednesday of every odd numbered month and may schedule additional meetings as needed. All meetings start at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles; no stipend is provided.

Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority (WCCA) - Appointments to the Advisory Committee


WCCA provides for the proper planning, conservation, and environmental protection of the wildlife corridor between Whittier-Puente Hills and Cleveland National Forest.

 Delegate  Appointed  Expiration
 Vacant January 1, 2017 January 1, 2019
Note: A minimum of one vacancy; appointment is for two year terms; meets the 1st Wednesday of every other month starting in January at 5:30 p.m., meetings from January through June are held in Whittier, and meetings from July through December are held in Brea; no stipend is provided.

City Treasurer
 City Treasurer  Appointed  Expiration
 Donald Tilley May 14, 2015 None
Note: No stipend is provided.