Election roundup story: New school board members elected in Pomona, Claremont

Local voters on Tuesday elected new school board members in Pomona and Claremont, re-elected two governing board members at the Chaffey College district, and approved a utility-tax measure in Pomona.

In Diamond Bar, voters re-elected two incumbent City Council members and elected newcomer Ling-Ling Chang. All incumbent candidates were re-elected Tuesday in races for the governing boards of Mt. San Antonio College, Citrus College, and the Walnut Valley Unified School District.

For complete vote tallies in local races, click here and here.

In perhaps Tuesday’s most surprising result, Jason Rothman, son of Pomona Mayor Elliott Rothman, unseated incumbent Pomona school board member Steve Lustro in a tight three-candidate race for a two-year seat on the PUSD board.

Rothman, a recent graduate from Cal Poly Pomona in his early 20s, received 2,113 votes to Lustro’s 1,984 votes. Nancy A. Matarrita finished third with 1,746 votes.

In the other Pomona Unified school board race for three four-year seats, two incumbents won re-election, and challenger Roberta Perlman unseated incumbent John Avila. Robert Torres, son of former Pomona mayor and current state Assemblywoman Norma Torres, finished in a distant last place among the seven candidates.

Finishing with the most votes was incumbent Andrew Wong, with 3,014 supporting his candidacy. Perlman finished second with 2,897 votes, and incumbent Adrienne Konigar-Macklin finished third with 2,309 votes. In the final four positions were Avila (2,186 votes), Frank Guzman (1,914 votes), Hank Mollet (1,768 votes) and Torres (985 votes).

Pomona voters also passed a utility-tax measure that broadens the city’s telecommunications utility users tax to include new forms of telephone communication, such as cell phones, text messaging, and some Internet phone technology. The tax rate will remain at 9 percent with the passage of Measure PC, which was supported by 59.65 percent of Pomona voters. It needed a majority to pass.

In Claremont, incumbent school board members Mary Caenepeel (3,023 votes) and Steven Llanusa (2,121 votes) won re-election, while newcomer Jeff Stark won a seat on the board with the second-most votes (2,975). Challenger Jeff Hammill finished with the fewest votes (1,855) among the four candidates.



Two incumbent governing board members at the Chaffey Community College District easily fended off three challengers Tuesday. Katie Roberts finished with 12,971 votes and Kathy Brugger received 12,114 votes. Finishing respectively in the third, fourth and fifth positions were Ontario-Montclair school board member Paul Vincent Avila (4,682 votes), Irene Hernandez-Blair (4,609 votes), and Christopher Agrella (2,790 votes).

Two incumbent city councilmembers and a newcomer easily won election in Diamond Bar, where the nearest challenger finished with more than 1,000 votes fewer than the third-place finisher Ling-Ling Chang.

Finishing with the highest number of votes was Steve Tye (3,081 votes), followed in the top three positions by Ron Everett (2,624 votes) and Chang (2,408 votes). In the final four positions among the seven candidates were Robert Velazquez (1,384 votes), David Liu (1,291 votes), Lucy Huang (1,148 votes), and S. Dhand (898 votes).

Winning re-election on Mt. San Antonio College’s governing board were incumbents Judy Chen Haggery (26,403 votes) and David K. Hall (24,538 votes). Challenger John Mendoza finished a distant third in the race with 11,419 votes.

Incumbent candidates from the Citrus College governing board also easily won re-election. Gary Woods finished with 631 votes to challenger Richard James Lugo’s 217 votes in the district’s Area 1 race. In Area 3, incumbent Edward Ortell defeated David Hooper with nearly 73 percent of the vote.

In the race for three seats on the Walnut Valley Unified school board, three incumbents won re-election despite a strong showing by two challengers. Finishing in the top three positions were Nancy A. Lyons (2,972 votes), Helen Hall (2,586 votes) and Cindy M. Ruiz (2,252 votes). Newcomer Anyork Lee finished less than a percentage point behind Ruiz with 2,142 votes. Newcomer Michael West garnered the fewest votes among the five candidates, with 1,365 voters supporting his candidacy.

All precincts in: Race-by-race election results

CLAREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
MARY A CAENEPEEL   3,023 30.31
JEFF K STARK   2,975 29.83
STEVEN LLANUSA   2,121 21.27
JEFF HAMMILL   1,855 18.6

Registration 24,388
Precincts Reporting 18
Total
Precincts
18
% Precincts
Reporting
100

POMONA UNIFIED SCHOOL – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
ANDREW S WONG   3,014 20
ROBERTA A PERLMAN   2,897 19.22
ADRIENNE K MACKLIN   2,309 15.32
JOHN J AVILA   2,186 14.5
FRANK C GUZMAN   1,914 12.7
HANK MOLLET   1,768 11.73
ROBERT S TORRES   985 6.53

Registration 59,473
Precincts Reporting 39
Total
Precincts
39
% Precincts
Reporting
100

POMONA UNIFIED SCHOOL – GBM TERM ENDS 12/11

Candidate   Votes Percent
JASON A ROTHMAN   2,113 36.16
STEVE LUSTRO   1,984 33.96
NANCY A MATARRITA   1,746 29.88

Registration 59,473
Precincts Reporting 39
Total
Precincts
39
% Precincts
Reporting
100

POMONA CITY
SPECIAL MUNI – MEASURE


  

MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST

MEASURE
  Votes Percent
PC – UTILITY TAX ORDINANCE – YES 2,668 59.65
NO 1,805 40.35

Registration 49,839
Precincts Reporting 33
Total Precincts 33
% Precincts Reporting 100

DIAMOND BAR CITY GEN MUNI – COUNCILMEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
STEVE TYE   3,081 24.01
RON EVERETT   2,624 20.45
LING-LING CHANG   2,408 18.76
ROBERT L VELAZQUEZ   1,384 10.78
DAVID T LIU   1,291 10.06
LUCY HUANG   1,148 8.94
S DHAND   898 7

Registration 29,877
Precincts Reporting 17
Total
Precincts
17
% Precincts
Reporting
100

MT SAN ANTONIO COMM COLL – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 2

Candidate   Votes Percent
JUDY CHEN HAGGERTY   26,403 42.34
DAVID K HALL   24,538 39.35
JOHN MENDOZA   11,419 18.31

Registration 340,701
Precincts Reporting 245
Total
Precincts
245
% Precincts
Reporting
100

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – GOV BD MEMBER TR AREA 1

Candidate   Votes Percent
GARY L WOODS   631 74.41
RICHARD JAMES LUGO   217 25.59

Registration 13,855
Precincts Reporting 19
Total
Precincts
19
% Precincts
Reporting
100

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – GOV BD MEMBER TR AREA 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
EDWARD C ORTELL   1,938 72.78
DAVID D HOOPER   725 27.22

Registration 20,021
Precincts Reporting 20
Total
Precincts
20
% Precincts
Reporting
100

WALNUT VALLEY UNIFIED SCH – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
NANCY A LYONS   2,972 26.26
HELEN HALL   2,586 22.85
CINDY M RUIZ   2,252 19.9
ANYORK LEE   2,142 18.93
MICHAEL WEST   1,365 12.06

Registration 31,592
Precincts Reporting 23
Total
Precincts
23
% Precincts
Reporting
100

All precincts in: Roberts, Brugger win re-election in Chaffey race

Last updated on 11/3/2009 11:35 PM Next update at 11/6/2009 5:00 PM
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GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER – CHAFFEY CCD
Vote For 2
478 of 478 Precincts Reporting (View Map)
CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
KATIE ROBERTS 12971 34.90%
KATHLEEN (KATHY) BRUGGER 12114 32.59%
PAUL VINCENT AVILA 4682 12.60%
IRENE HERNANDEZ-BLAIR 4609 12.40%
CHRISTOPHER AGRELLA 2790 7.51%

Nearly all precincts reporting — election results roundup

CLAREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
MARY A CAENEPEEL   2,962 30.31
JEFF K STARK   2,920 29.88
STEVEN LLANUSA   2,076 21.24
JEFF HAMMILL   1,815 18.57

Registration 24,388
Precincts Reporting 17
Total
Precincts
18
% Precincts
Reporting
94.44

POMONA UNIFIED SCHOOL – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
ANDREW S WONG   2,709 19.73
ROBERTA A PERLMAN   2,615 19.04
ADRIENNE K MACKLIN   2,101 15.3
JOHN J AVILA   2,022 14.72
FRANK C GUZMAN   1,741 12.68
HANK MOLLET   1,629 11.86
ROBERT S TORRES   915 6.66

Registration 59,473
Precincts Reporting 33
Total
Precincts
39
% Precincts
Reporting
84.62

POMONA UNIFIED SCHOOL – GBM TERM ENDS 12/11

Candidate   Votes Percent
JASON A ROTHMAN   1,931 36.41
STEVE LUSTRO   1,786 33.68
NANCY A MATARRITA   1,586 29.91

Registration 59,473
Precincts Reporting 33
Total
Precincts
39
% Precincts
Reporting
84.62

POMONA CITY
SPECIAL MUNI – MEASURE


  

MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST

MEASURE
  Votes Percent
PC – UTILITY TAX ORDINANCE – YES 2,461 59.82
NO 1,653 40.18

Registration 49,839
Precincts Reporting 28
Total Precincts 33
% Precincts Reporting 84

DIAMOND BAR CITY GEN MUNI – COUNCILMEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
STEVE TYE   2,939 23.95
RON EVERETT   2,530 20.62
LING-LING CHANG   2,291 18.67
ROBERT L VELAZQUEZ   1,339 10.91
DAVID T LIU   1,245 10.15
LUCY HUANG   1,074 8.75
S DHAND   853 6.95

Registration 29,877
Precincts Reporting 16
Total
Precincts
17
% Precincts
Reporting
94.12

MT SAN ANTONIO COMM COLL – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 2

Candidate   Votes Percent
JUDY CHEN HAGGERTY   24,179 42.52
DAVID K HALL   22,602 39.75
JOHN MENDOZA   10,083 17.73

Registration 340,701
Precincts Reporting 220
Total
Precincts
245
% Precincts
Reporting
89.8

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – GOV BD MEMBER TR AREA 1

Candidate   Votes Percent
GARY L WOODS   631 74.41
RICHARD JAMES LUGO   217 25.59

Registration 13,855
Precincts Reporting 19
Total
Precincts
19
% Precincts
Reporting
100

CITRUS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – GOV BD MEMBER TR AREA 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
EDWARD C ORTELL   1,922 72.75
DAVID D HOOPER   720 27.25

Registration 20,021
Precincts Reporting 19
Total
Precincts
20
% Precincts
Reporting
95

WALNUT VALLEY UNIFIED SCH – GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER

VOTE FOR NO MORE THAN 3

Candidate   Votes Percent
NANCY A LYONS   2,972 26.26
HELEN HALL   2,586 22.85
CINDY M RUIZ   2,252 19.9
ANYORK LEE   2,142 18.93
MICHAEL WEST   1,365 12.06

Registration 31,592
Precincts Reporting 23
Total
Precincts
23
% Precincts
Reporting
100

Rothman widens lead in race for Pomona school board seat

Jason Rothman, son of Pomona Mayor Elliott Rothman, has widened his lead in the race for a seat on the Pomona school board.

With 17 of 39 precincts reporting, Rothman leads each of the other two candidates in the race by nearly seven percentage points.

Rothman has 1,409 votes, incumbent Steve Lustro has 1,156 votes, and Nancy A. Matarrita has 1,088 votes.

When Rothman was appointed to the Pomona Planning Commission in January, some questioned whether he was qualified for the position as a 21-year-old college student.

In a January story on his appointment to the Planning Commission, Daily Bulletin reporter Monica Rodriguez reported that Rothman graduated from Diamond Ranch High School, and was expecting to graduate in June this year from Cal Poly Pomona with a biotechnology degree.

Here’s Rothman’s responses to a Daily Bulletin Q&A feature published Oct. 23:

Q: The Pomona Unified School District is facing difficult financial times and will have to make cuts to balance out the 2010-2011 academic year budget. What are do you think should be considered for cuts that has not been considered up to this point?

A: I feel that there are several areas of excess in the school district. First and foremost, I would like to see a moratorium placed on the retention of consultants. The Pomona Unified School District has a vast and valuable employee base that does not require the extraneous expense of consultants. I would also like to see a modification in the funding of programs. I feel that programs that have been proven to be valuable should be enhanced, while programs that have money simply thrown at them, with very little benefit should have funding reduced.

Q: Are you prepared to cut teachers and other certificated personnel in order to balance the district’s budget should it be necessary?

A: I am prepared to comb through the entire budget of the Pomona Unified School District, and examine the cost and benefit that each expense has. I am not prepared, nor do I intend to, lay off scores of teachers and certified employees based on the assumption that it’s the only thing to do. As your new school board member, I will seek out and acquire all available federal, state, local, and award funds for the Pomona Unified School District.

Full results:

Roberts, Brugger widen leads in Chaffey race

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Last updated on 11/3/2009 10:49 PM Next update at 11/4/2009 1:00 AM
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GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER – CHAFFEY CCD
Vote For 2

304 of 478 Precincts Reporting (View Map)
CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
KATIE ROBERTS 12400 34.96%
KATHLEEN (KATHY) BRUGGER 11565 32.60%
PAUL VINCENT AVILA 4481 12.63%
IRENE HERNANDEZ-BLAIR 4379 12.34%
CHRISTOPHER AGRELLA 2647 7.46%

Roberts, Brugger lead in Chaffey College race

Last updated on 11/3/2009 8:05 PM Next update at 11/3/2009 11:00 PM
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GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER – CHAFFEY CCD
Vote For 2 46 of 478 Precincts Reporting (View Map)
CANDIDATE VOTES PERCENT
KATIE ROBERTS 10742 34.99%
KATHLEEN (KATHY) BRUGGER 9930 32.34%
PAUL VINCENT AVILA 3956 12.88%
IRENE HERNANDEZ-BLAIR 3764 12.26%
CHRISTOPHER AGRELLA 2311 7.53%