Tran, Nunez appear to have been swept out of office in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD — A new majority in the city could mean big changes down the road.
The six candidates faced off on two opposing slates, with future development as a central battlefront.
Maggie Clark won with 1,914 votes, according to an unofficial tally provided by the City Clerk’s Office. Clark was followed by Sandra Armenta with 1,809. Armenta and Steven Ly, who had 1,790 were nearly tied all night. Three seats were up for grabs.
Mayor John Tran, who appeared to have been bounced from office, tallied 1,679. Newcomer Henry Lo and incumbent John Nuez also trailed with 1,511 and 1,280 respectively.
“I’m ecstatic, I think it’s wonderful,” Clark said. “I think the people want to have more control back in their hands.”
The slate backed by Clark swept the elections. The winners will join councilwoman Polly Low, who usually voted with the former majority, and Gary Taylor, who typically voted with the Clark. Low and Taylor were not up for reelection.
Under the new council, Low will likely be outvoted on most issues by a 4-1 margin.
Each slate included incumbents and newcomers. On one side Mayor Tran and Councilman Nuez teamed up with Lo, a member of the Garvey school board; on the other, Councilwoman Clark teamed up with Ly, an entrepreneur, and Armenta, a special education teacher at Sanchez Elementary.
Clark’s slate asked voters to reject the direction the city has been headed since Tran and Nuez took over as part of the council majority four years ago. They pointed most fervently to the city’s new general plan, a blueprint for future development that was approved by the council majority last year.
Their campaign alleged the general plan would result in a development boom and population increase, creating more traffic and less parking, and vowed to amend the plan.
“We’ll put it back to what it was, so each project would stand on its own merit,” Clark said.
Tran, Nuez and Lo countered that the new plan manages growth based on smart-growth principals. They said it would help bring development to struggling parts of the city and improve public transportation opportunities.
All of the candidates pledged to bring more mainstream retail to Rosemead, improve public safety and improve relations among residents of the diverse city.
Before becoming a teacher, Armenta, 36, worked for the city of Rosemead. She has lived in the city for more than 30 years and has also volunteered to direct local youth teams.
Clark has been on the city council for 18 years and lived in Rosemead for more than 40 years. She also served on the city’s planning commission for three years and on various regional boards and commissions and holds a teaching credential.

Ly, 23, served as vice president of public policy on the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce last year and is starting his own business in real estate and consulting.

 

21 thoughts on “Tran, Nunez appear to have been swept out of office in Rosemead

  1. John Nunez,

    Your arrogance is the main reason for your loss.

    When you spoke in favor of the proposed NFL football stadium in Industry, you violated the unspoken “good neighbor” rule. Why should you, as a member of the Rosemead City Council, openly speak in favor of a project that doesn’t affect your city but will ruin the 90,000 residents of Diamond Bar and Walnut?

    Your loss is Rosemead citizens’ gain.

  2. Congratulations Mayor Clark and newly elected Councilmembers Armenta and Ly. We wish you all well as our newly elected representatives. We expect nothing but the best from you three. It was a fight to the finish. Truth, honesty and integrity rule once again in Rosemead.
    God Bless you all.

  3. Tran-Nunez were a bad combo to begin with. Their lies simply backfired. However, Clark-Armenta-Ly need to prevent Rosemead from going back into the “stone age” again. The next shake up may just be around the corner in 2 years. People should never take council position for granted. With authority comes great responsibility to carry out improvement and most importantly PROGRESS!

  4. Congratulations to Mayor Maggie Clark and newly elected Councilmembers. It is gratifying to see that the people in this city voted for honesty and integrety. We are blessed to have you lead this city and that you will serve us well & always do the right thing. We expect that you will dive right in and start taking care of business right away. God bless!

  5. I hope this sends a clear message to ALL politicians regardless of what city they plan to run in that citizens are fed up with developer monies overruling the needs and concerns of residents.

  6. YEA!!!! Congratulations on your win Clark, Ly and Armenta!! I know that you will serve us well with your integrity and honesty and well wishes for the city that you live in.

    Linda JK

  7. Tran and Nunez where are your anti Wal-Mart supporters now. You showed your true stripes and proved you were just out for yourself and did not care about your city. Now the city of Rosemead has an opportunity to correct all the damage you caused. Hey Polly, guess who is next?

  8. Rosemead will once again become a stagnant “do nothing” city again. Clark, Armenta and Ly’s campaign was based on lies and deception! The improvements that happened in this city the last two years is over. Clark will continue her role as a traveling do nothing council member, while Armenta and Ly haven’t got a clue on how to better this city. Armenta and Ly have now become the puppets for Clark and Taylor. Lets see what these 4 council members will do to better Rosemead. If past history holds true, Rosemead will once again become the dirty, stagnant city it has been in the past.

  9. let’s see what happens NOW! This city was on its way to an improved city with a badly needed face lift. What politician’s are clean? They all have a dirty back yard. Here we go, more of the same ol same ol. At least with the new fresh council we knew it would not be more of the same. To Clark & Taylor enough is enough! Your time is up, move over an let fresh ideas fresh faces with good spirit energy come to play.

  10. Honesty and integrity had very little to do with this election outcome. More like lies, smears, and divisiveness. Eminent domain? Cutting our sheriff’s protection? Avian flu? Where is the integrity in accusing your opponents of things you know to be false?

    This is just sad. People are complaining about “overdevelopment,” yet we have all those empty lots and empty store fronts on Garvey and Valley. Stagnent water is only good for breeding mosquitos.

  11. I am so very proud of the citizens of Rosemead for voting against the three amigos. It is truly a positive step towards building a better city that is fiscally responsible and not subjected to outside influences of the political machine that lied to the citizens of Rosemead when Tran and Nunez were elected a few years ago. The record is blatantly obvious that the three amigos had no place in the City Council. Im sure many are glad the errors of the past are fixed. No need for comments from the losing ticket supporters unless they are positive. The people have spoken and if you truly care about Rosemead you will put this behind you and work with the new council.

    Have no fear, Maggie Clark and Gary Taylor teach the new council members ethics and will work for a better Rosemead, that is properly planned and all issues are addressed. The decision-making process will be open and factual. It will be a time of leadership training for the new council members. Rosemead will be in good hands.

    My father once said, “the good will win in the end, it sorts itself out”

  12. Congratulations to Maggie, Steven, and Sandra. The real winners are the people of Rosemead. Tran and Nunez discovered that a diet of BS makes voters sick. Thanks Rosemead for seeing through the lies and returning honesty, integrity, and responsibility to The Council. Please countinue with the parade and summer concerts in the park and thanks to the volunteers who make them possible. Fred and Diana

  13. My view of Mt. Wilson is lost forever thanks to the redevelopment plan. Now all I see is an ugly three story building with people staring back at me from there condos. Thanks you Morons.
    I havent seen any businesss moving in to the bottom floors of said monstrosity and with this economy I dont see any future there either.

  14. Congratulations to the new council members. Let’s make Rosemead a better place to live. We need less traffic and most importantly, an American supermarket would be well appreciated by many. You are definitely the 3 we need to make changes happen.

  15. I don’t know who are liers and who are not. But I need the city hall staff should make their government process a lot more transparent. Lessons learned:
    (1) I hate politicians who make a lot of big voices when they run for offices and then stay silent and errogant after they are in office. Be humble, appreciative and actively communicating with the residents after you get the seats or else you will be outsted next.
    (2) To get a seat doesn’t mean one can go in and turn everything around without getting at least 50% of residents involved. Else, you will stir up a lot of worries and concerns (like Clark has used this as her successful weapon agains John). Soon, you will realiaze that you are digging a hole for yourself.
    (3) If clark and her team returns back to the old days, after 18 years in services, she will ousted next too. Clark needs to learn to progress like a eager-to-learn student.
    (4) I don’t think I have seen a big change here. Look to me same old same old. We need someones who are genuinely humble, intelligent, non-errogant, and effective to learn this city. I wish to see some new and humble faces. Just hope that clark and her gang could learn a new lesson and show that they can communicate with the city residents in a more dynamic, transparent, effective, and progressive fashion.
    Good luck to all Rosemead city residents.

  16. I am still waiting to hear what positive changes that Clark and Taylor have accomplished in Rosemead for the past 20-30 years. It just goes to prove that if you run an honest campaign, based on the truth, you are not quaranteed to win an election. Margaret Clark and her “cronies” won by smears and lies. If you have nothing positive to claim in your 18 years as a councilwomen (Clark), you lie, lie, and lie somemore to try to make your case. That is exactly what Clark did! She has done nothing more in her 18 years of service (or lack of)than to divide a city that was finally moving in the right direction. Maggie, if you think you can get away with your deception, think again. Let’s see if you hold your word on not letting walmart become a 24 hour store. We are watching you closer than ever.

  17. I am still waiting to hear what positive changes that Clark and Taylor have accomplished in Rosemead for the past 20-30 years. It just goes to prove that if you run an honest campaign, based on the truth, you are not quaranteed to win an election. Margaret Clark and her “cronies” won by smears and lies. If you have nothing positive to claim in your 18 years as a councilwomen (Clark), you lie, lie, and lie somemore to try to make your case. That is exactly what Clark did! She has done nothing more in her 18 years of service (or lack of)than to divide a city that was finally moving in the right direction. Maggie, if you think you can get away with your deception, think again. Let’s see if you hold your word on not letting walmart become a 24 hour store. We are watching you closer than ever.

  18. Ok, let’s look at the real facts.
    Rosemead now have a very congested Walnut Grove Ave as a result of the Walmart. I do go to Walmart to shop and buy thing conveniently but that is totally unrelated to the question: “Have the people responsible of bringing in Walmart thought carefully about the traffic, the city planning, the congestion?” The red light at the Walnut Grove and Hellman is now a nightmare to me. Sometimes, there is not much traffic on one side but the light is still green on that side.
    The city wants tax money, yes. But the politicians must know that the residents do not want congestion and disorders. Clark, please do something here to fix your original Walmart plan.
    I don’t look at the past until the next election, but for now, change yourself, fix the mess. Or else, at the next election, you will be labeled and attacked the same way as you did to John.

    I personally don’t like the John gang either. Before the election, tons of flyers go to your house, after the election. Not a single letter of thanks or communication come. When something comes, it is the same old “election campain flyer”.

    Are all politicians act the same way? Do they communicate or listen outside of the campain period? This is why I hate our elected officials.

    I always vote for the people who show a genuin heart and passion to their jobs. If Clark has been there for 18 years, the next few years must be very different or Clark will be WIPED off.

  19. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEWLY ELECTED CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS. I have lived in Rosemead for 52 years and was not concerned with the direction the city was going until some of our residents could not see the value that Wal Mart could bring to the city. It was unfortunate that the City Council Members that could see its value were unseated at the next election. I noticed that Tran, Nunez and Low did not have any trouble spending the revenue that Wal Mart brought to the city. Their aggressive policies was too much for our residents, so they were unseated. Our newly elected City Council Members are not against growth. They will still continue to clean up our city and continue to have the city grow but at a more moderate pace and still maintain the city’s small town atmosphere. I believe that Ly and Armenta will be free thinkers and will not be pawns of Clark and Taylor.

    Michael A. Saccaro

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