Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg

We Mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg

Today, the world lost a champion of the law and a fighter for equality. Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg not only helped shape the highest court in the land during her time on the bench, but shattered gender barriers, both professionally and personally, as she became a role model for young women everywhere. She was a force of nature – someone who made history with her opinions as well as her fiery dissents. I had a special affinity for Judge Ginsburg because she and I both studied at Lund University in Sweden. She conducted research and took part in a comparative project at Lund University in the early 1960s and subsequently published the book “Civil Procedure in Sweden” together with judge Anders Bruzelius. She was someone who made her mark everywhere she went, and the world is quite simply a better place because she was in it. Today is a sad day, but thanks to her tireless efforts to promote women’s rights, civil rights and LGBTQ rights, our country has moved forward. There is still much to accomplish, and all of us in elected office stand on her shoulders as we work to complete her unfinished work.

ICA Condems Shooting of Two LASD Deputies

PRESS RELEASE   |   September 13, 2020

Independent Cities Association (ICA) was heartbroken when it learned about the senseless ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies yesterday evening while sitting in their patrol vehicle at the Metro A (Blue) Line station in Compton.

On behalf of ICA, we would like to send our thought and prayers to the families of the deputies and to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. We are all praying for a speedy recovery.

ICA and its member cities condemn this and all acts of violence. We also offer our support to help identify, locate, and prosecute the person who is responsible for such a deplorable act.

In Sympathy and Service,
Sean Ashton

ICA Installation Ceremony

PRESS RELEASE   |   September 10, 2020


This evening, the Honorable Sean K. Ashton was officially sworn in as the President of Independent Cities Association. Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn administered the Oath of Office in the City of Downey Council Chambers.  Ashton’s wife Tammy and their two sons, Dylan and Nolan attended the ceremony.  California State Senator Bob Archuleta also attended in person along with a few close friends. California State Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia also showed her support in virtual attendance.

Independent Cities Association (ICA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1960 with over 40 member cities, representing more than 6.6 million residents.  ICA is the premier educational association in Los Angeles County.  ICA’s focus is to provide up to date information on issues important to cities like public safety, education, infrastructure, legislative advocacy, intergovernmental relationships, and other major issues that transcend the boundaries of its member cities.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to serve as ICA’s President by my colleagues,” said Ashton who has served on the ICA Board of Directors for over 5 years.  “I am looking forward to the challenge of leading this great organization during these uncertain times.”

“We are very pleased to have Sean take the reins of the Independent Cities Association. He will be the third President from Downey, following in the footsteps of former Mayors Barbara J. Riley and Mario Guerra, continuing the longstanding support for ICA’s service and representation to member cities,” said Interim Executive Director Sam Olivito. “Sean’s administration will take on the important issues facing local government with leadership and passion for finding the appropriate resolution for our member cities in Los Angeles County”

Along with Ashton, the 2020-21 Independent Cities Association Board of Directors includes:

  • President-Elect:  Göran Eriksson, Mayor, Culver City
  • Vice President: Nils Nehrenheim, Councilmember, Redondo Beach
  • Treasurer: Stacy Armato, Councilmember, Hermosa Beach
  • Secretary: Jack Hadjinian, Councilmember, Montebello
  • Past President: Richard Montgomery, Mayor, Manhattan Beach
  • Director: Marco Barcena, Councilmember, Bell Gardens
  • Director: Dr. Julian Gold, Councilmember, Beverly Hills
  • Director: Tana McCoy, Councilmember, Compton
  • Director: Mark Henderson, Councilmember, Gardena
  • Director: David Fredendall, Councilmember, Glendora
  • Director: Roberto Uranga, Councilmember, Long Beach
  • Director: John Lee, Councilmember, Los Angeles
  • Director: Yvonne Yiu, Mayor Pro Tem, Monterey Park
  • Director: Robert Gonzales, Councilmember, San Fernando
  • Director: Jason Pu, Councilmember, San Gabriel