Davis named district’s Woman of the Year

Assemblyman Anthony Adams, in dire need of some positive press after he has taken a beating on the state budget from fellow Republicans, has named Glendora Mayor Karen Davis the Woman of the Year for the 59th Assembly District.

Davis just won reelection in Glendora as the highest total vote getter in that election. It was her first bid for reelection since being first elected in 2005.

Davis is also a Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Glendora.

Release to follow:



SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Anthony Adams (R-Hesperia) today honored Karen Davis as the 2009 Woman of the Year for the 59th Assembly District during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol. Davis currently serves as Mayor of the City of Glendora and has been a Pastor at First Christian Church for over 15 years.

“Karen has shown extraordinary leadership within her community that extends far beyond her civil service as the City’s mayor,” said Adams. “She leads by example through her philanthropy and inspires others to engage in and participate in their community. I appreciate all that she does to make the City of Glendora and California a better place to live.”

Davis was elected to the Glendora City Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, currently serving as the City’s Mayor. She has been involved in many youth programs and committees including the Glendorans for Drug Free Youth and the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth. She helped organize the Community Forum on Teen Drug Abuse, Teen Violence & Tolerance and has been serving as volunteer chaplain for the Glendora Police Department since 2002. She is past president of the Glendora Community Coordinating Council, receiving the Humanitarian Award in 2001 and received the YWCA Women of Achievement award in 2005. In addition, she has organized and participated in numerous philanthropic activities and events with various churches within the community.

“I’m very humbled and appreciative of having this honor bestowed upon me,” said Davis. “I encourage women and men alike to always give their best and serve their community with pride.”

Held annually, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. Started in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month, the event has become one of the Capitol’s most anticipated celebrations of community service each year. Honorees are presented with a certificate from the State Assembly recognizing their outstanding contributions to their community during a special ceremony in the Assembly chambers.

West Covina meeting preview

West Covina’s council meeting is tomorrow. There are a few things of interest:

1. Updates on “existing litigation” and “anticipated litigation.”

CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION Pursuant to Government Code 54956.9(a) Chung v. City of West Covina, Roger Hernandez, et al.

Pursuant to Government Code 54956.9(b)
Claim of S. Williams

2. Adoption of the parking fees at City Hall.

3. Councilman Mike Touhey wants the council to adopt Glenn Kennedy’s idea that would develop a volunteer tagging clean-up crew for the eyesores along the 10 Freeway.

Seeking opinions on Montebello Hills development

Cook Hill Properties LLC wants to hear what individuals are looking for in proposed homes in the Montebello homes, according to a recent news letter.

Cook Hill Properties LLC submitted the Montebello Hills Specific Plan December 2007 to build 1,200 residential homes, a series of trials and a public park on nearly 480 acres of open space.

Cook Hill is a development consultant for Plains Exploration & Production Co., which owns the property.

Cook Hill is seeking the opinion of residents and is asking them to fill out a 16-question survey.

To fill out the survey click here.

Add another name to the hat

Another candidate for Solis’ former seat:

David Truax for Congress Post Office Box 5082
Covina, CA 91723
Contact: David Truax, Candidate


David Truax to run for 32nd District congressional seat.

David Truax, community volunteer and former Mayor of Covina, has announced that he will be running in the special election for the U. S. House of Representatives, 32nd District of California.

David moved to the San Gabriel Valley with his family in 1962. He grew up in Covina, attended schools in the Charter Oak and Covina Valley Unified School Districts, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Management from Cal Poly Pomona, served six years of active duty in the United States Navy, and founded a small electrical design business that he has owned and operated for the last twenty-six years.

David is a Republican and has been a community activist and volunteer for the past thirty-eight years. In 1999, David was elected to the Covina City Council, serving his last two years as the Mayor of Covina. He continues to serve as a volunteer police chaplain for the Covina Police Department.

“The best way to stimulate the economy is to return tax dollars to the people who pay taxes”, says Truax. He strongly advocates returning congress to the six basic responsibilities of the United States Constitution as outlined in the preamble. Truax says, “Congress has particularly fallen short of their assigned goals of forming a more perfect union and of securing the blessings of liberty.”

Married for almost twenty-nine years, David has three children. He attends Faith Community Church in West Covina where he is a founding member.

“The most important need of the 32nd District today”, according to David, “is the need to send a trusted, discerning, hard working representative to Washington, one who is connected to the community and who will fight for the needs of all of the people in the district.”

Tran loses by 27 votes ***

For those of you wondering, here are the final numbers in the Rosemead election:

Margaret Clark: 2,231 votes
Steven Ly: 2,100 votes
Sandra Armenta: 2,084 votes
John Tran: 2,057 votes
Henry Lo: 1,849 votes
John Nuez:1,556 votes.

Close call.

****Thanks to the commenter who noticed my complete brain fart. Henry Lo got 1,849 votes, NOT Polly Low. She’s in the middle of a term. 

Walnut vs. Industry, round two


Round one was tons of backlash from Walnut officials to the proposed NFL stadium project in Industry.

Round two is this:

WALNUT – The City Council on Wednesday night directed its special attorney to move forward with a lawsuit against neighboring Industry over an environmental report for a proposed NFL stadium.

In a closed session, city officials directed attorney Jan Chatten-Brown to move forward with litigation, officials said. The city has taken a formal stance against the project and demanded Industry prepare a new environmental report for the project.

Developers want to build a 75,000-seat National Football League stadium on 600 acres northwest of the 57/60 freeway intersection. The project also includes a huge retail component similar to the Universal CityWalk.

A few months after the stadium was proposed, some in Walnut publicly expressed concern about the project’s impact on the quiet, affluent community.

Reporter Bethania Palma is working on a story for tomorrow’s paper.

One more endorsement for Chu

Just saw this in my inbox:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest financial resource for women candidates, today announced its endorsement of Dr. Judy Chu for the special election in California’s 32nd congressional district.

“With more than 20 years of public service and a strong record of working to improve women’s lives, Dr. Judy Chu of California’s Board of Equalization, is an impressive candidate for California’s 32nd congressional district,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY’s List. “While serving in the state Assembly, Chu authored a landmark tax amnesty bill that brought $4.8 billion in revenue to the state budget without raising taxes and passed vital legislation to protect victims of sexual assault and hate crimes. She will bring this record of service and problem-solving experience to Congress. EMILY’s List is proud to support Dr. Judy Chu in the special election to fill Secretary Hilda Solis’ seat in Congress.”

Here’s the group’s Web site….

Allred in the flesh


Seeing this front page article and picture on our Web site’s homepage just reminded me of my first, real-life encounter with notorious attorney Gloria Allred.

It happened earlier this week. I was serving jury duty at the Los Angeles County civil courthouse in downtown —– sitting down outside the court room waiting for the jurors to be called in when whizzing by went Allred herself, wearing a forest green pant suit, heels and tugging some sort of file holder/briefcase on wheels.

At first, I did a double take and thought to myself — “Was that Gloria Allred?”

Then, one word popped into my mind: “OCTOMOM!”

Then, the juror next to me asked my first question (above) out loud. We realized it was Allred.

She was much shorter in person than I thought she would be — of course that says nothing about her power and scope.

I know, it has nothing to do with local news except her connection to Nadya Suleman and Angels in Waiting …. but I thought I’d share anyway.