Another round of Leftovers

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It seems like every week now there’s something new in the race for Rep. Hilda Solis’ seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The latest round of politicians to announce their interest in the Congressional seat — which will be empty if Solis is confirmed as President Barack Obama’s labor secretary — are Blanca Rubio and Ed Chavez.

Rubio, president of the Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education, said she’s definitely running and thinks her experience would allow her to successfully serve the people.

Chavez, on the other hand, still is tossing the idea around. The recently elected Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District board member has formed an “exploratory committee to gauge the level of support” for his candidacy.”

Chavez lately has been taking some heat in the political community from residents and colleagues questioning why, months after getting elected to the water board, he would consider running for higher office.

According to a recent press release he sent out, Chavez said he wants to “fight for the people and not for the greedy corporate giants.”

If he runs Chavez (and Rubio) will square off against Board of Equalization Chariwoman Judy Chu, who recently was endorsed by two of the most powerful labor unions in the region — the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and Service Employees International Union.

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What a week in Industry.

First, 60 voters approved a $500 million bond for infrastructure improvements, about a third of which will go toward improvements around developer Ed Roski’s National Football League stadium slated for Industry.

Then, the City Council essentially paved the way for the stadium’s construction by approving its environmental impact report.

Of course not everyone is happy, including representatives from Walnut and Diamond Bar. Walnut Mayor Joaquin Lim has said Walnut would explore legal options if the EIR was approved.

Lim said he understands the NFL project could bring benefits to the region, but wished politicians would try to look at the project from Walnut’s point of view.

“I have always avoided saying anything about other cities,” Lim said. “But I wish some of the other leaders would put themselves in our shoes.”

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It’s official. After a few flubs and two swearing-in ceremonies, Barack Obama is our 44th president.

Residents and politicos alike spent Inauguration Day last week hosting parties and barbecues to watch the historic ceremonies that come with the official swearing-in of the president.

Locally, the Democrats of the San Gabriel Valley hosted their own shindig at Taste of Texas, a barbecue restaurant in Covina. The co-hosts were La Puente Mayor Louie Lujan, West Covina Mayor Roger Hernandez, Board of Equalization Chairwoman Judy Chu and Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, who was there in spirit because he actually was in Washington, D.C.

As a side note, organizers said the venue had nothing to do with Texas-native George Bush. The restaurant was chosen because it’s in the middle of the 57th District.

  • Early Bird

    “If he runs Chavez (and Rubio) will square off against Board of Equalization Chariwoman Judy Chu, who recently was endorsed by two of the most powerful labor unions in the region — the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and Service Employees International Union.”

    You forgot Carpetbagger One Bill Gil Cedillo from Los Angeles…

  • SGV Voter

    It is good to see someone from the SGV running for a seat to represent us for a change. My first choice is Ed Chavez and my second choice would be Blanca Rubio.

  • SGV Voter

    Did I also mention that I tend to choose losing candidates?

  • Anonymous

    I think Ed Chavez is a great person, but a terrible legislator.

    Blanca Rubio? What exactly as she done? Wasn’t she the lady that held two offices simultaneously? BPUSD isn’t exactly a shining example of education excellence. And more importantly, it has failed to improve during her watch. When she was on the water board, all that agency did was bicker and fight.

    Gil Cedillo? So why this congressional seat instead of Xavier Becerra’s? Did he decide that he likes the SGV more than his own district? Or did he decide he has a better chance of winning? Gotta love a career politician.
    http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/017576.html

  • A Veteran

    I remember, then State Assemblyman, Ed Chavez wrote the law that would create a living story of WWII soldiers. It would be included in the educational curriculum throughout California schools. What a great legacy for our veterans.

  • Interesting?

    This is an interesting race. The only one I know is Ed Chavez. That is all I need to know. He has my vote.

  • What is Ed Chavez thinking?!

    What is Ed thinking today? He is a lost career, do nothing politician without any credibility.

    I wouldn’t be surprises if he runs for Dog Catcher next.

    Him and his wife need to stop taking lavish vacations on the taxpayer dime.