Lawmakers to be fined for unreported gifts

SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press


SACRAMENTO
– Concert tickets to Billy Joel, a taping of the “The George Lopez
Show,” hotel stays and expensive meals are among the gifts that 31
California lawmakers acknowledged that they received but didn’t report,
and for which will pay a fine.

They fessed up after a review by
staff at the state’s campaign watchdog agency, the Fair Political
Practices Commission, found discrepancies with lobbyist reports.

The
lawmakers signed stipulations acknowledging failure to report the gifts
and agreed to pay the recommended fines, Roman Porter, the commission’s
executive director, said Monday. The commission will have the final say
at its Feb. 11 meeting.

“The commission has the ability to accept or reject them,” Porter said.

Enforcement
staff proposed a $200 fine for each of the 47 violations, which would
amount to $9,400 collectively in fines that will be deposited in the
state general fund. Failure to disclose gifts can bring fines of up to
$5,000 for each violation.

The commission in December sent
letters to 38 members of the Assembly and Senate for failing to report
gifts totaling thousands of dollars. The records document gifts
received in 2008, the last year for which such information is available.

Seven
lawmakers accused of reporting violations have pending cases, although
representatives for Sen. Mimi Walters, R-Mission Viejo, and Patricia
Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa, said the FPPC has dropped the violations


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against them. Others have challenged the FPPC findings, expect to be fined later, or did not return calls seeking comment.

Porter declined to comment on the outstanding cases.

Among
the gifts lawmakers said they did not report: meals at Ella’s, a
high-end restaurant in Sacramento; tickets to Billy Joel, Keith Urban
and George Strait concerts; a hard-to-get ticket to the 2008 Holiday
Bowl between Oklahoma State and Oregon; a taping of ABC’s “The George
Lopez Show;” and Sacramento Kings basketball games.

Assembly
Speaker Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles, agreed she failed to report meals
paid by AT&T, Chevron Corp. and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno
Mission Indians, which operates Pechanga Resort and Casino in Southern
California. Her attorney had previously characterized the mistake as a
bookkeeping error. Commission staff have recommended she pay $600.

Incoming
Republican Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, who failed to list
$101 worth of food and drinks from the California Professional
Firefighters, has agreed to pay $200. He has said his staff filed the
gift under the wrong year.

Representatives for several lawmakers
said violations were dropped after members showed the commission had
erred or lobbyists mistakenly reported a gift.

Democratic state
Sen. Ron Calderon of Montebello was initially informed that he should
have reported $1,077 in gifts from the Association of California Life
and Health Insurance Companies to his wife, Ana, including a stay at
Pebble Beach Resorts, known for its stunning oceanfront view and
world-class golf course.

Calderon is chairman of the Senate Banking, Finance and Insurance Committee, which oversees the industry.

“Unless
the elected official somehow enjoys or controls the gift, they’re not
required to report a gift to a family member so the FPPC backed off its
allegation,” said Calderon chief of staff Rocky Rushing.

The
commission in December said it would consider imposing greater
restrictions on gifts that go to relatives of public officials.

Commission
staff also found that Calderon had reported one other gift from the
same Pebble Beach stay and a July dinner from the Association of
California Insurance Companies on July 12, Rushing said. Nevertheless,
Calderon was fined $600 for failing to report a $189 meal from
Medtronic, $250 greens fees paid by the Cable and Telecommunications
Association and concert tickets worth $300 from Verizon. Rushing said
that’s because lobbyists had not provided the senator’s office with a
letter detailing the gifts.

“We’ll be taking independent steps from here on out to keep track of what gifts the senator receives,” Rushing said.

Challenger takes Garvey School District race

Lone challenger Antonio Ramos garnered top voter support and the biggest lead in Garvey School District’s board of education race, ousting incumbent Bob Bruesch from his seat.

Ramos, a computer systems analyst, won by more than 100 votes. Incumbent John Yuen led Irene Flores by just two votes for the remaining two seats, while Bruesch trailed behind Flores by seven votes.

“I believe the district is doing well, but people are interested in seeing change and that might have given me that boost to take the lead,” Ramos said.

This is the first public office position for the new board member and he said his first priority is to “learn the ropes” and get to know the district’s teachers, administrators and staff. He also hopes to improve communication between the district and parents and students.  

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.”

Final election results for SGV, Whittier-area water districts

– LA HABRA HEIGHTS CO WATER – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 2

BRAD COOKE               583     37.96
JEFFREY L HEINTZ       495     32.23
GEORGE L EDWARDS  458     29.82

– LA PUENTE VALLEY CO WATER – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

CHARLIE AGUIRRE           418     24.96
HENRY P HERNANDEZ     359     21.43
JOHN P ESCALERA          356     21.25
LOUIS PEREZ                   314     18.75
ELIZABETH BERMEJO      228     13.61

– ORCHARD DALE WATER – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

JOSEPH VELASCO III     493     30.41
R J “BOB” NOONAN       446     27.51
H C ESTABROOK           349     21.53
O “TOBY” CHAVEZ         193     11.91
ESTELA MACHORRO      140     8.64

– PICO WATER – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

ADRIAN L DIAZ                 837     18.07
VICTOR CABALLERO       803     17.33
JAMES B ROYBAL           696     15.02
SALVADOR M OROZCO   663     14.31
A (TONY) MARTINEZ         658     14.2
V AGUILERA GALARZA    603     13.02
A “ANDY” GONZALEZ       373     8.05

– VALLEY COUNTY WATER – BOARD OF DIRECTORS
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

MARIANA LAKE            1,356     18.02
LENET I PACHECO       1,329     17.66
ARMANDO MACIAS      1,178     15.65
DAVID SANO                1,025     13.62
KEN WOODS                1,006     13.37
HUGO L LAZO                  884     11.75
HENRY R KRAMER          748     9.94

Final election results for SGV, Whittier-area schools

– EL MONTE CITY SCHOOL         GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                          
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                    
                                                                             
   A R SALCEDO                                             2,271    22.91
   EDDIE ZUNIGA                                              2,191    22.11
   ROBERTO E CRUZ                                        2,046    20.64
   JANYE LEE IBERRI                                       2,001    20.19
   ROBERT M BARRIOS                                    1,402    14.15

– GARVEY SCHOOL                GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3  

   A “TONY” RAMOS                                               866    27.89
   JOHN YUEN                                                        750    24.15
   IRENE FLORES                                                   748    24.09
   BOB BRUESCH                                                    741    23.86

– MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL         GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   JOE A MORENO                                               1,105    26.42
   ROBERT L GRIFFITH                                         1,104    26.40
   ADAM C CARRANZA                                         1,042    24.92
   IRMA L ZAMORANO                                            931    22.26
                                                                            

– ROSEMEAD SCHOOL              GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   DENNIS MCDONALD                                              687    20.81
   RHONDA A HARMON                                              645    19.53
   FRED S MASCORRO                                              638    19.32
   FRANCES R CHAVEZ                                             426    12.90
   ROBERT KHAN TRAN                                             423    12.81
   TRACY L LOA                                                         346    10.48
   BARBARA MURPHY                                               137     4.15

– VALLE LINDO SCHOOL           GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   GLORIA OLMOS                                                 489    32.19
   RUDY T MARTINEZ                                             390    25.67
   DAVID R DEL RIO                                              368    24.23
   J “JACKIE” TOVAR                                             272    17.91

– EL MONTE UNION HIGH SCHOOL   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   CARLOS G SALCEDO                                        4,509    22.96
   T “TESS” VELASCO                                           3,204    16.31
   JOHN TRAN                                                       3,005    15.30
   BEN ESCOBEDO                                               2,808    14.30
   TONSON MAN                                                    2,616    13.32
   STEVE A ORTIZ                                                  1,919     9.77
   JANE M MYRING                                                1,580     8.04

– BALDWIN PARK UNIFIED SCH     GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   HUGO ANTONIO TZEC                                        2,284    33.28
   TERESA I VARGAS                                            1,667    24.29
   PAUL A FLORES                                                 1,311    19.10
   OLGA S MORALES                                             1,243    18.11
   JAMES MILLER                                                   359     5.23
                                                                            
– BASSETT UNIFIED SCHOOL       GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   VICTORIA A MEDINA                                           590    17.30
   ART SANDOVAL                                                 523    15.34
   PAUL SOLANO                                                   510    14.96
   TAIWAN A ALVARADO                                        479    14.05
   R “BOB” FUENTES                                              431    12.64
   ANDREA S ELIAS                                               359    10.53
   JOSHUA L ACEVEDO                                         229     6.72
   LIZET ANGULO                                                   105     3.08
   MARISSA V CASTRO                                          98     2.87
   FRANK T MORALES                                            86     2.52

– CHARTER OAK UNIFIED SCHOOL   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   JANE A BOCK                                              1,236    34.87
   DON DAVIS                                                  1,101    31.06
   DAVID R ROSE                                             816    23.02
   P “TRISH” DIAZ                                             392    11.06

– COVINA-VALLEY UNIFIED SCH    GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   CHARLES M KEMP                                          1,926    30.50
   RICHARD WHITE                                              1,728    27.37
   KIM ROGERS                                                   1,426    22.58
   TERI M MEISTER                                              1,234    19.54

– DUARTE UNIFIED SCHOOL        GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   REYNA E DIAZ                                               1,725    36.76
   KEN M BELL                                                  1,674    35.68
   TOM REYES                                                  1,293    27.56

– EL RANCHO UNIFIED SCHOOL     GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   RACHEL CANCHOLA                                       2,807    29.47
   RITA JO RAMIREZ                                           1,876    19.70
   JOE RIVERA                                                   1,849    19.41
   LUPE SALAS                                                  1,669    17.52
   LORRAINE DE LA O                                         1,323    13.89

– GLENDORA UNIFIED SCHOOL      GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   CHUCK GOMER                                                 2,535    31.29
   MIKE A GAUTREAU                                           2,072    25.58
   DENICE K DELGADO                                          2,051    25.32
   LINDA S BOYD                                                  1,443    17.81

– HACIENDA LA PUENTE UNIFIED   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   RUDY R CHAVARRIA                                     3,162    23.63
   ANITA PEREZ                                                3,068    22.93
   JOSEPH K CHANG                                         2,899    21.67
   HENRY E GONZALES                                     2,253    16.84
   MIKE ITOW                                                    1,998    14.93

– LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL     GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   SCOTT E TRACY                                             1,687    22.21
   SUSAN BOYD                                                 1,649    21.71
   JOEL PETERSON                                            1,574    20.72
   NEAL S MILLARD                                            1,244    16.37
   DAVE WILCOX                                                  749     9.86
   ERNEST J KOEPPEN                                        694     9.14

– MONTEBELLO UNIFIED SCHOOL    GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   HECTOR A CHACON                                         5,490    27.04
   EDWIN “ED” CHAU                                            4,913    24.20
   GERRI GUZMAN                                                4,306    21.21
   C M ILLINGWORTH                                            3,651    17.98
   MARYLOU SAAVEDRA                                      1,945     9.58

– NORWALK-LA MIRADA UNIF SCH   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   4                                                   
                                                                            
   ED HENGLER                                                 2,296    18.66
   ANA M VALENCIA                                           2,198    17.86
   MARGARITA L RIOS                                        2,174    17.67
   DARRYL R ADAMS                                          2,065    16.78
   CHRIS PFLANZER                                           1,890    15.36
   J G URQUIDI                                                    1,681    13.66

– ROWLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL       GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   ROBERT F HIDALGO                                       1,901    18.05
   CARY C CHEN                                                1,764    16.75
   GILBERT G GARCIA                                         1,667    15.83
   A KIMO MORRIS                                              1,464    13.90
   PHILLIP R ESTRADA                                        1,373    13.04
   CECILIA S ORNELAS                                       1,085    10.30
   C J GREEN                                                        722     6.85
   BRIAN A GUTIERREZ                                          557     5.29

– SAN GABRIEL UNIFIED SCHOOL   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   DENISE MENCHACA                                            1,257    21.44
   PHILIP HU                                                            1,243    21.20
   MATTHEW C STADTLER                                         978    16.68
   KEN K TCHENG                                                     945    16.12
   ANDREW L AMMON                                               724    12.35
   CYNTHIA L JUVINALL                                             715    12.20

– SAN MARINO UNIFIED SCHOOL    GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   C JOSEPH CHANG                                       1,655    32.19
   JENG YEN                                                   1,483    28.85
   NAM JACK                                                   1,465    28.50
   L “LINDA” WU                                                 538    10.46

– TEMPLE CITY UNIFIED SCHOOL   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   MATT W SMITH                                               1,165    39.80
   JOE WALKER                                                 1,058    36.15
   K KNOLLENBERG                                              704    24.05

– WALNUT VALLEY UNIFIED SCH    GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   NANCY A LYONS                                          2,972    26.26
   HELEN HALL                                                 2,586    22.85
   CINDY M RUIZ                                               2,252    19.90
   ANYORK LEE                                                2,142    18.93
   MICHAEL WEST                                             1,365    12.06

– WEST COVINA UNIFIED SCHOOL   GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   EILEEN M JIMENEZ                                           1,989    22.99
   JESSICA SHEWMAKER                                    1,792    20.71
   GEORGE FULLER                                             1,718    19.86
   MICHAEL T FLOWERS                                      1,596    18.45
   MINDY MIRACLE                                               1,557    18.00

– KEPPEL UNION SCHOOL          GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER                         
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   ROBERT M DUTTON SR                                      437    18.26
   CHRISTINE C SMITH                                            434    18.14
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Election results for SGV, Whittier-area cities

– BALDWIN PARK CITY GEN MUNI   COUNCILMEMBER                                   
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                    
                                                                             
   SUSAN RUBIO                                                2,178    29.74
   MARLEN GARCIA                                           1,673    22.85
   CRUZ BACA SEMBELLO                                 1,605    21.92
   ANTHONY J BEJARANO                                 1,275    17.41
   HENRY HUANG                                                592     8.08

– BALDWIN PARK CITY GEN MUNI   COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   SUSAN RUBIO                                                2,178    29.74
   MARLEN GARCIA                                           1,673    22.85
   CRUZ BACA SEMBELLO                                 1,605    21.92
   ANTHONY J BEJARANO                                  1,275    17.41
   HENRY HUANG                                                 592     8.08

– BALDWIN PARK CITY GEN MUNI   MAYOR                                          
                                                                            
   MANUEL LOZANO                                              2,491    58.46
   RICARDO PACHECO                                          1,770    41.54

– DIAMOND BAR CITY GEN MUNI    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   STEVE TYE                                                  3,081    24.01
   RON EVERETT                                             2,624    20.45
   LING-LING CHANG                                        2,408    18.76
   ROBERT L VELAZQUEZ                                 ,384    10.78
   DAVID T LIU                                                 1,291    10.06
   LUCY HUANG                                               1,148     8.94
   S DHAND                                                        898     7.00

– DUARTE CITY GEN MUNICIPAL    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   MARGARET E FINLAY                                       1,429    20.67
   T PARAS-CARACCI                                            1,292    18.69
   PHIL REYES                                                      1,104    15.97
   ROSALIE ZESATI                                                  883    12.77
   LIZ REILLY                                                            869    12.57
   BROOKS-WASHINGTON                                       399     5.77
   TONY SANCHEZ                                                   379     5.48
   ARTHUR L MOSS                                                  374     5.41
   M WILSON-BUCHANAN                                          84     2.66

– EL MONTE CITY GEN MUNI       COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   NORMA MACIAS                                          2,790    30.05
   J “J” GOMEZ                                                1,590    17.13
   RICHARD GARNER                                       1,515    16.32
   ART BARRIOS                                              1,379    14.85
   KIEN LAM                                                     1,280    13.79
   ANGEL RALPH NUNEZ                                    730     7.86

– EL MONTE CITY GENERAL MUNI   MAYOR                                          
                                                                            
   ANDRE QUINTERO                                             3,621    67.48
   ERNEST G GUTIERREZ                                       1,745    32.52

– EL MONTE CITY SPEC MUNI      MEASURE                                        
                                                                            
     RR – OVERNIGHT PARKING ADVISORY – YES         2,028    38.99
          (ADVISORY VOTE ONLY)       – NO                     3,173    61.01
                                                                            
      P – MAYOR/COUNCIL TERM LIMITS  – YES               2,153    41.53
          (MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST)   – NO                     3,031    58.47

– LA PUENTE CITY GEN MUNI      COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   DAVID E ARGUDO                                        1,083    31.14
   LOUIE LUJAN                                                  838    24.09
   RENEE CHAVEZ                                             785    22.57
   LOLA K STORING                                            772    22.20

– MONTEBELLO CITY GEN MUNI     COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   W M MOLINARI                                                 2,383    16.57
   A R “ART” BARAJAS                                          2,255    15.68
   FRANK A GOMEZ                                              2,006    13.95
   G “JOE” VENEZIANO                                          1,765    12.27
   R “ROSIE” VASQUEZ                                          1,603    11.15
   NANCY CADENA-PEREZ                                     1,364     9.48
   JAMSHID J JAVAHERI                                         1,213     8.43
   JORGE MANZUR                                                 1,143     7.95
   RICHARD GARCIA                                                  651     4.53

- MONTEBELLO CITY SPEC MUNI    MEASURE                                        
                                                                            
      M – PUBLIC SAFETY ORDINANCE    – YES             3,552   81.81
          (55% OF VOTES CAST)        – NO                       790     18.19

– PICO RIVERA CITY GEN MUNI    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   DAVID W ARMENTA                                              1,754    21.59
   GUSTAVO CAMACHO                                            1,605    19.75
   EA “PETE” RAMIREZ                                             1,190    14.64
   M “MARTY” MORONES                                          1,176    14.47
   RON BEILKE                                                         1,110    13.66
   LUIS ALVARADO                                                     931    11.46
   RAUL RIESGO                                                         360     4.43

 – SANTA FE SPRINGS CITY GEN    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   LOUIE GONZALEZ                                            1,155    18.87
   BETTY PUTNAM                                                 981    16.03
   JUANITA TRUJILLO                                             974    15.92
   MICHAEL MADRIGAL                                          855    13.97
   JOSE ANGEL ZAMORA                                       722    11.80
   LILLIAN C PUENTES                                            639    10.44
   ALBERT “AJ” HAYES                                           438     7.16
   GARY MENDEZ                                                    356     5.82

– SO EL MONTE CITY GEN MUNI    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   ANGELICA R GARCIA                                            638     35.46
   JOSEPH J GONZALES                                           539     29.96
   BLANCA M FIGUEROA                                           380    21.12
   RAUL PARDO                                                        242    13.45

– SO EL MONTE CITY GEN MUNI    MEASURE                                        
                                                                            
     SE – EXTENSION OF MAYORAL TERM  – YES              631    58.64
          (MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST)   – NO                       445    41.36

– SO PASADENA CITY GEN MUNI    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   2                                                   
                                                                            
   M A CACCIOTTI                                              2,346    39.09
   PHILIP C PUTNAM                                          2,033    33.87
   W “BILL” SHERMAN                                       1,623    27.04

– WEST COVINA CITY GEN MUNI    COUNCILMEMBER                                  
VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN   3                                                   
                                                                            
   SHERRI LANE                                                4,670    21.42
   MICHAEL TOUHEY                                         4,342    19.92
   SHELLEY SANDERSON                                 4,225    19.38
   FREDRICK SYKES                                         3,671    16.84
   COLLEEN B ROZATTI                                      2,974    13.64
   S GOMEZ-PEDROZA                                       1,915     8.79

WEST COVINA CITY GEN MUNI    MEASURE                                        
                                                                            
      D – COUNCIL ELECTION BY DIST   – YES                   3,057    37.08
          (MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST)   – NO                     5,187    62.92

 

Macias, Quintero, Gomez land seats in El Monte


Andre Quintero will be the next mayor
of El Monte and Norma Macias will have a seat on the city council.
The two candidates, who were heavily backed by city unions, dominated
in the city’s election.

The second city council seat up for
grabs will go to incumbent councilman Juventino “J” Gomez who
edged out Planning Commissioner Richard Garner by just 75 votes.

The other incumbent, Councilman Art
Barrios, came in fourth, more than 200 votes behind.

Despite an early lead that had him in
second place, Kien Lam came in fifth, followed by former city
employee Angel Ralph Nunez.

In the mayoral race, Quintero won
nearly 2,000 more votes than incumbent Mayor Ernie Gutierrez.

And in the treasurer and city clerk
races, both incumbents won.

Here is the vote breakdown.

City Council

Norma Macias 2,790
votes 30.05 percent

Juventino Gomez 1,590 votes 17.13
percent

Richard Garnder 1,515 votes 16.32
percent

Art Barrios 1,379 votes 14.85 percent

Kien Lam 1,280 votes 13.79 percent

Angel Ralph Nunez 730 votes 7.86
percent

Mayor

Andre Quintero 3,621 votes 67.48
percent

Ernie Gutierrez 1,745 votes 32.52
percent

City Clerk

Lorene Gutierrez 2,604 votes 57.07
percent

Bharat Patel 1,959 votes 42.93 percent

Treasurer

Henry Velasco 2,491 votes 54.51 percent

Richard Thomas 2,079 votes 45.49
percent

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.

Most incumbents keep seats on local school boards

Here is a wrap-up of unoffical results from school board races in the Western San Gabriel Valley. All results are according to the  Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s Office:

Duarte Unified (two open seats)                      Votes  Percent

REYNA E DIAZ                                              1,725    36.76 
KEN M BELL                                                 1,674    35.68                                             TOM REYES                                                 1,293    27.56

Temple City Unified (two open seats)               Votes  Percent

MATT W SMITH                                               1,165    39.80 
JOE WALKER                                                 1,058    36.15 
K KNOLLENBERG                                             704    24.05

Rosemead School District (three open seats)      Votes  Percent

DENNIS MCDONALD                                          687    20.81 
RHONDA A HARMON                                         645    19.53 
FRED S MASCORRO                                         638    19.32 
FRANCES R CHAVEZ                                        426    12.90 
ROBERT KHAN TRAN                                        423    12.81 
TRACY L LOA                                                    346    10.48 
BARBARA MURPHY                                          137     4.15

Montebello Unified ( three open seats)                Votes  Percent

HECTOR A CHACON                                        5,490    27.04 
EDWIN “ED” CHAU                                          4,913    24.20 
GERRI GUZMAN                                              4,306    21.21 
C M ILLINGWORTH                                          3,651    17.98 
MARYLOU SAAVEDRA                                    1,945     9.58

Garvey School District (three open seats)        Votes  Percent

A “TONY” RAMOS                                           866    27.89 
JOHN YUEN                                                    750    24.15 
IRENE FLORES                                               748    24.09 
BOB BRUESCH                                               741    23.86

Garcia, Acosta-Salazar and Shapiro win seats on Rio Hondo College board

Incumbent Angela Acosta-Salazar, as well as Norma Edith Garcia and Madeline Shapiro, have succeeded in their bid to win one of three open seats on the Rio Hondo College board of trustees.

In the race for the Area 1 seat, which covers the city of El Monte, Garcia bested opponent David Siegrist for the seat currently held by Andre Quintero, who was elected as El Monte mayor in Tuesday’s election.

Garcia won 59 percent of the vote — or 2,318 ballots — while Siegrist, a former Rio trustee, won 41 percent of the vote, or 1,611 ballots.

In the race for the Area 3 seat, which covers the city of Whittier and South El Monte, incumbent Acosta-Salazar easily won re-election with nearly 60 percent of the vote, or 1,923 ballots cast in her favor. Challenger Crystal Chavez received 1,289 ballots, or abot 40 percent of the vote.

In the race for the Area 5 seat, which covers East Whittier, Madeline Shapiro bested a bid  by former Rio trustee Michelle Yanez-Jiminez in Tuesday’s election. Shapiro got 2,109 votes, or about 57 percent of the vote, while Yanez-Jiminez received 1,582 votes, or 42 percent of the vote.