Role Reversal: One Bassett Unified school board winner goes from employee to boss

Art Sandoval had a wild night.

In the race for a seat on the Bassett Unified School District, his election day started with the superintendent of schools Jim Ballard – also his boss as Sandoval teaches in the district – calling the police to have him removed from a polling place for intimidating voters.

Sandoval was later vindicated as candidates are allowed to visit polls to check voter turnout.

Then, as the first results came in, Sandoval was behind.

But as the official results came in, Sandoval ended up winning a seat on the school board along with challenger Victoria Medina who ran on the same slate. Incumbent Paul Solano retained his seat, but incumbent Robert Fuentes was ousted.

“I am excited I was elected,” Sandoval said. “The community believes in me and is confident I will deliver.”

The stress of dealing with the issues on election day, the campaign itself, victory, and his school work studying for a master’s in education at Azusa Pacific University has weighed on Sandoval. He went home sick from work Wednesday and said his body needs to reenergize.

Once it does, Sandoval has a lot of work ahead. He will be forced to resign his job as a seventh grade language arts and social studies teacher for Bassett Unified as he can’t teach in the district and be a school board member.

He also has to start to build a working relationship with the superintendent, the person who supported the incumbents, called the police on Sandoval on election day, and is still his boss. Now Sandoval is Ballard’s boss.

“I don’t have ill thoughts toward anybody,” Sandoval said. “I don’t believe in vendettas. I am on a peace mission. I love my community too much.”

Tye, Everett and Chang unofficial winners in Diamond Bar

Incumbent Diamond Bar City Council candidates Steve Tye and Ron Everett were easily re-elected, according to unofficial election results.
Tye received over 3,000 votes, about 24 percent, and Everett pulled in about 20 percent of the votes.
Newcomer Ling-Ling Chang finished third, enough to win the remaining council seat, with about 19 percent of the votes. Chang, who works in the education field and serves on a local water district, says she is the first hometown candidate to be elected to the council.
It was a victory for supporters of the NFL stadium plan in neighboring Industry. All three winners supported the project and the Diamond Bar’s $20-million settlement with developer Majestic Realty Co.

Both El Monte school board results in

El Monte City School board member Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo, and challengers Eddie Zuniga and Roberto Cruz, won bids for three seats, according to unofficial results.
Salcedo finished first, with about 23 percent of the vote, followed by Zuniga (about 22 percent). Cruz won 20.64 percent of the vote, 45 votes ahead of fourth place.
In the El Monte Union High School District election, challenger John Tran and incumbents Carlos Salcedo and Theresa Velasco won seats, according to unofficial results.
Salcedo was the clear winner, with about 23 percent of the vote,
followed Velasco (about 16 percent) and Tran (15 percent).

Two incumbents, challenger unofficially win in crowded Rowland Unified

Incumbents Robert Hidalgo and Gilbert Garcia and challenger Cary Chen were elected to three seats on the Rowland Unified School Board in a crowded field that featured eight candidates.
Hidalgo received about 18 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. Chen, a business owner, came in second with about 17 percent and Garcia received about 16 percent.

Incumbents with clean sweep in Hacienda La Puente

In the Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board election, incumbents seemed to have ruled.
Incumbents Joseph Chang, Anita Perez and Rudy Chavarria easily defended their seats with each pulling in at least 20 percent of the votes, according to unofficial election results.
Chang and Perez were elected to their fifth school board terms, and Chavarria to his second.

Incumbent, challenger unofficial winners in Covina-Valley

Incumbent Chuck Kemp and challenger Richard White were elected to two Covina-Valley Unified school board seats, according to unofficial results.
Kemp pulled in 1,926 votes, about 31 percent, and White won 1,728 votes, about 27 percent.
Incumbent Teri Meister finished last, or fourth, with about 20 percent of the vote.
The district, like many in the region, is facing a projected $11 million deficit at the close of the 2011-12 school year.

Incumbent, challenger unofficial winners in Charter-Oak Unified

Incumbent Jane Bock and challenger Don Davis won the two Charter-Oak Unified School Board seats in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results.
Bock won just under 35 percent of the vote (about 1,200 votes). She served on the school board for the past four years and said she wanted to return for more.
Davis, associate vice president/chief information officer
for Azusa Pacific University, came in second with 31 percent or 1,100 votes.
Incumbent David Rose lost his bid for another term, garnering only 23 percent of the vote.

MONTEBELLO – Molinari, Barajas and Gomez win

MONTEBELLO — The votes are in and Bill Molinari, Art Barajas and Frank Gomez have been named to the city council.

Mayor Rosie Vasquez finished fifth in a field of nine candidates.

Councilwoman Mary Anne Saucedo-Rodriquez did not seek another term.

Council members Robert Urteaga and Kathy Salazar face a recall election that is expected to take place in February.

That recall stems from a 15-year exclusive contract the city awarded to Athens Services to hall all the commercial and residential garbage in the city.

Athens Services contributed the majority of the $548,000 they raised to political campaigns in Montebello this fall.

Molinari, Barajas and Gomez were not the benefactors of those funds.

Fellow’s lead widens over PCC board incumbent

PASADENA – Those PCC board candidates who were leading earlier this evening have maintained — and in some cases, deepened — their leads after an update by the Registrar.

Challenger Tony Fellow’s miniscule lead over incumbent Beth Wells-Miller widened. Earlier on Fellow was leading by less than one percent. Now he’s leading by over 2 points. Twenty-five percent of precincts have reported in that race to represent Arcadia.

If Fellow wins, he will hold a spot on both the PCC board, as well as the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District board. In the pas, he also held a spot on the El Monte City Council.

Connie Rey Castro maintained her lead over Berlinda Brown, and she’s ahead by over 7 points. Right now 21 percent of precincts are reporting in Area 3, representing Northwest Pasadena and Altadena.

Geoffrey Baum continues to lead over Steven Gibson for Area 1, representing La Canada Flintridge, western Altadena and western Pasadena. Baum leads Gibson by over 44 points with over half of the precincts reporting.