Council appoints new member to Historic Preservation Committee

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On March 14, 2022, the Seal Beach City Council appointed Margo Wheeler to the town’s Historic Preservation Committee.

She was named at the request of District Five councilwoman Sandra Massa-Lavitt. Committee members are appointed for an indefinite period.

The board voted 4 to zero to approve Wheeler’s appointment. Wheeler, a resident of Leisure World, has significant experience in historic preservation.

Councilor Massa-Lavitt had an excused absence from the meeting.

“I look forward to being part of the Seal Beach community,” Wheeler said.

The Historic Preservation Committee, a city council, should not be confused with the non-profit entity called the Seal Beach Historical Resources Foundation.

The city received John Devlin’s resignation from the Historic Preservation Committee on Feb. 1, 2018, according to City Clerk Gloria Harper’s staff report.

Massa-Lavitt chose Wheeler to fill the vacancy.

According to her application, Wheeler has a bachelor’s degree in economics from California State University Los Angeles and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Southern California.

Wheeler wrote that she served as planning director in several cities and served as secretary of the Los Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, as well as the San Bernardino and Palm Springs Historic Commissions.

She taught historic preservation at Northern Arizona University from 2014-2022.

The committee has not had a meeting for a long time.

“Our records indicate that the Historic Preservation Committee last met on November 3, 2015,” City Clerk Gloria Harper wrote in a March 14 email.

Council appoints new member to Historic Preservation Committee

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