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Yuan awaiting outcome of felony vandalism charges
February 28, 2014 5:00 AM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

ADELANTO • An Adelanto woman has been removed from her local government position as she awaits the outcome of felony charges against her for vandalism of an elementary school classroom, officials said Thursday.

Lori Yuan had served as the chair of the Adelanto Planning Commission before the City Council voted 5-0 to remove her Wednesday night. Adelanto Mayor Pro Tem Steven Baisden nominated her for the commission in December 2010 and put the item on the agenda to oust her.

“I think it was just in the best interest of the city to sever ties with everything she has going on right now,” Baisden said.

City officials had previously said they would wait for the outcome of Yuan’s case, but the council on Wednesday decided to go forward with the ouster while the criminal case is still undecided.

“I think it was, at this point in time, the right decision for the city,” Adelanto Mayor Cari Thomas said, “and I support Mr. Baisden in his efforts.”

Yuan will be replaced by Jesse Flores, a longtime resident of Adelanto who previously served as a representative for former San Bernardino County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, Thomas said.

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