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New era: Carlisle, Lor to be sworn into council tonight

Two new Merced City Council members and Merced's re-elected mayor will be sworn-in tonight during special televised ceremonies of the seven-member body.

Oaths of office will be administered to new council members John Carlisle and Noah Lor and Ellie Wooten will begin her second term as mayor. Council member Michele Gabriault-Acosta also will begin her second term on the council.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in second floor council chambers at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The meeting is open to the public.

Today's meeting will mark the last session for council member Rick Osorio, who is termed-out for continued council service, and appointed Councilman Carl Pollard, who began his term in December, 2005. Osorio, who has served eight years on the council, lost the mayoral election to Wooten for the second time earlier this month.

At the Nov. 6 election, with three council seats up for grabs, Carlisle emerged as the top vote-getter, followed by Lor and Gabriault-Acosta, with challengers Pollard and Bob Acheson trailing.

Carlisle, 60, is a retired county probation officer and Lor, 43, is a county mental health clinician and part-time Merced College counselor and instructor. He is the first person of Southeast Asian descent to serve on the council.

The newcomers join council members Joe Cortez, Jim Sanders and Bill Spriggs. The latter three will be termed-out in November, 2009

The council's adjourned meeting will be televised live on Comcast Channel 96.

Associate Editor Doane Yawger

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