Mayor Dr Prakash Narain wins
2nd term on City Council
Cypress, California, Oct. 01, 2010
Dr. Prakash Narain, Mayor of the city of Cypress, California, has been appointed to serve his second four-year term on the Cypress City Council.
The City of Cypress had three open seats for the November 2, 2010 election. As of the close of the nomination period on August 6, 2010, there were no challengers to the incumbents Mayor Prakash Narain, M.D., Mayor Pro Tem Douglas Bailey, and Council Member Leroy Mills. A special meeting was held on August 17, 2010 pursuant to the State Election Code to appoint the incumbents to their second terms. With no longer a need for an election, the City of Cypress cancelled their local election for November, thereby saving the city nearly $80,000 in costs.
The 5 members of the Cypress City Council are allowed to serve a maximum of two four-year terms. Each year the Council votes on which of their members shall serve the next year as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. These are one-year terms. Narain served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2009. His current mayorship term will end in December 2010. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve this wonderful community for another term. I am very proud of what this City Council has accomplished in improving the infrastructure, maintaining a business-friendly environment, and providing quality programs for our residents,” said Mayor Narain. “We will continue to move Cypress forward in keeping with our tradition as a community of progress,” added Mayor Narain.
Cypress, located in Southern California’s Orange County, is a city with a population of almost 50,000 people. Its population is 65 percent Caucasian and 21 percent Asian; however, South Asians comprise only 0.2 percent of the voting residents. Dr. Narain has been very active in the community for many years. He served eight years on the Cypress Senior Citizens Commission and was then elected in November 2006 in his first attempt at public office.Prakash Narain is a physician with a specialization in internal medicine and geriatrics. He has been in medical practice at the Leisure World Health Care Center in Seal Beach, California, for 23 years and served as Chief of Staff at Los Alamitos Medical Center in Los Alamitos, California in 2005-2006. While serving as a City Council member, Narain has continued his fulltime medical practice and concurrently served two years as Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors of Los Alamitos Medical Center.
Narain grew up in Ranchi, India, attending St. Xavier’s College, and later Darbhanga Medical College in Bihar. Soon after his parents settled in Patna, Prakash immigrated to the United States, in 1980. He completed his medical residency in internal medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, and his fellowship training in geriatrics at UCLA Medical Center and the VA Westwood Hospital in Los Angeles. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Prakash and his wife, Veena, have been married for 30 years and have lived in Cypress since 1987. Veena was Narain’s campaign manager in 2006. Mayor Narain and his wife are often seen attending various events of the South Asian community in the Los Angeles area. Their son, Sachin, is a first year resident specializing in Anesthesiology at the University of Miami. Their daughter, Seema, works as a business consultant for Deloitte Consulting in Los Angeles and is a member of the NDM Bollywood Dance Troupe.
Dr. Prakash Narain’s second and final term on the Cypress City Council ends in December 2014.