El Monte race heats up

With the November elections coming up, you are going to be seeing a lot of coverage on this blog about who is running in your cities, how much they’ve raised and what their campaign platforms are.

Today, here’s a look at El Monte’s race, courtesy Rebecca Kimitch:

A dozen candidates are vying for five municipal posts up for election in November — mayor, treasurer, city clerk and two city council seats.

Council members Juventino “J” Gomez and Art Barrios, face four other candidates in their bids for reelection to their council seats.

They are:

Angel Ralph Nunez, a purchasing agent in the city’s finance department; planning commissioner Richard Garner; and 30-year-old information security specialist Kien Lam.
Garner, 60, worked for the city for 32 years in various posts, ending his career as environmental services manager.

Lam helps manage his family’s heating and air conditioning business, and works on information security for a biomedical company in Orange County.

The city council ballot will also include architect Norma Macias, who ran in 2007 and won 25 percent of the vote. Macias, 38, currently works overseeing infrastructure projects in South El Monte.

In the mayoral race, Ernie Gutierrez faces a challenger in Andre Quintero, a 34-year-old deputy city attorney for the city of Los Angeles and a Rio Hondo College board of trustees member.

The city’s treasurer and city clerk also faces challengers.

City clerk Lorene Gutierrez will face Bharat Patel, 42, a hotel owner and planning commissioner who has helped get city rules relaxed regarding how long guests can stay in local motels before they are considered residents.

City Treasurer Henry Velasco, who has held the post for 17 years, is being challenged by former El Monte Police Lt. Richard Thomas, 62.

  • El Residente

    Looks like the pickin’s are slim for Mayor and City Council.

    We can choose among fools and police union and fire union schills.

    What a choice.

    Can’t we just write-in Marian Powers for Mayor and Howard Owens for City Council.

  • Donald

    I’m all for writing-in Marian Powers and anyone else who hasn’t been BOUGHT and PAID FOR by SPECIAL INTERESTS.

  • em resident

    The options are an IMPROVEMENT compare to the current council we have now.

    Pat ( puppet to fire, loony ass husband that attempts to intimidate people when they do not side with him or his wife,), Ernie (town joke & thief of the City), Emily (POA puppet and only really cares about her stupid events) Jay (professional politician, only says somethings with its safe or popular)and Art (in the shadow) have done nothing for the City but destroy it.

    Donald Duck/ EM Resident = marian and howard

    If you really want people to write you in, do it on your own merits instead of trashing people. There have been moments when you have had valid points in CC Meetings but most of the time it seems Personal. You are just giving them a lot publicity at your expense. Instead, show register voters what QUALIFICATIONS you have that will make El Monte better. Do not give us that rhetoric that you care because that crap has been given to us! Give us examples of what you done to improve El Monte instead of wasting your time and energy on trashing people. Give us action and enough with cheap rhetoric! Show us how you are different from this current corrupt council (and this includes you friend Pat).It would also help YOU if you would talk to people instead of BARKING at them when they do not agree with you. Its called FREE WILL a gift God gave us!
    “ARE YOU LISTENING MARIAN?” “ARE YOU LISTENING HOWARD?”

  • REAL CHOICE

    LET’S ELECT the KIND of MAYOR WE DESERVE.

    ONE WHO ANSWERS TO THE VOTERS AND NOT TO UNION POWER BOSSES OR SHADY DEVELOPERS.

    WE NEED A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE OPTION

    WE NEED A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE OPTION

    WINDOW PERIOD FOR DECLARING WRITE-IN CANDIDACY IS: SEPTEMBER 8 to OCTOBER 20.

    LOOK AT CHAPTER 5 OF THE REGISTAR’S HANDBOOK FOR DETAILS:
    http://www.lavote.net/VOTER/PDFS/CANDIDATE_HANDBOOKS/11032009_web.pdf

    DON’T SETTLE ON THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS.

    VOTE FOR WHAT YOU WANT AND DESERVE.

    THIS YEAR LETS REALLY SHAKE THINGS UP.

  • Charles

    looks like the political Gods who think that it’s their right to rule el monte are pissed that some of us prefer a write-in candidate to the latest batch of cookie cutter puppets being offered.

    see how quick THEY are to trash poor Marian Powers and Howard Owens.

    WAKE UP PEOPLE: You are being RULED….with a capital “R” by arrogant self-important power brokers who care only about their personal financial wellbeing and the safety of their own political futures.

    We NEED A WRITE-IN MOVEMENT MORE THAN EVER. And we need it now.

  • The Taxpayer

    I see another dirty election comming………..fq6azq

  • Hey Charles

    RE: looks like the political God thinks that its their right to rule el monte……

    Marian Power is NO DIFFERENT THAN THEM! She is just as stubborn, arrogant, bias, and hostile as the rest. So save the poor bs angle! They are first to bitch, bitch and defame people but the moment she gets a taste of her own evil medicine – she is the victim.

    Their battles go way back…… centuries ago! Unfortunately, we get stuck in the middle, giving the Tribune something comedic to write about.
    We have enough with Ernie, and Emily & Pat drama shows. We do not need anymore!All these people need to grow up! Get a life!

    If they would use 1/100 of all that negative energy and time they waste, El Monte would be prospering instead of being in the gutter.

    For better or for worse, this November voters will decide their new council members ….. democracy! Bye Ernie, Jay and Art!

    Taxpayer- your right, this is going to be a trashy and Expen$ive election.

  • El Monte Resident

    November 3,elections are just a week away. Ask yourself, as to who you really want to stand up for you.
    There is one person that the only words that come out of
    her mouth are who she is endorsed by. Do we really need a yes person to those that endorsed her and the city of El Monte be placed on the back burner? She only says what she is going to do for the city after the other candidates have said it. No suggestions of her own. Nothing to offer. Attacking other candidates running for City Council only shows her character is lacking. We need a council that will put El Monte first, and nothing less. Fix the budget, beautify El Monte, lower sales tax, make it possible for people to be able to afford housing, be more business friendly, be able to keep the money in El Monte, but most of all be proud of the City you live in.

  • BEWARE

    BEWARE OF THE TROJAN HORSE CANDIDATES.

    BEWARE OF CANDIDATES WHO WILL ONLY ANSWER TO THE BRIAN GLICK’S POLICE UNION AND DAVE GILLOTTE’S FIRE UNION.

    GETTING RID OF THE COUNCILMEMBERS WHO HAVE PROVEN THEY CAN STAND UP TO SPECIAL INTERESTS IS NOT “CHANGE”.

    VOTING IN NEW PEOPLE WHO ARE DETERMINED TO REPEAT THE SAME BAD HABITS OF THE PAST IS NOT “CHANGE”.

  • Anonymous

    I just got a flier from “Taxpayers for Better Public Safety Candidates”. Who are these people? The return address was the Fire Dept. Local 1014 union hall on Fletcher Ave. Fire Dept personnel don’t pay taxes in El Monte. They take their high salaries to other communities. It can’t be from Quintero or Macias. They still live with their mommies and daddies. Their parents have to pay the taxes.

    The flier proclaimed that crime was up in 2008. The police cuts weren’t made until 2009. The numbers and salaries were up in 2008. Did we get our money’s worth?

  • Anonymous

    What is also funny is that crime is down in 2009 compared to last year.

    So maybe we should layoff some more.

  • Anonymous

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ADORABLE THINGS…when they think you aren’t listening.

    John Bishop, 2nd VP for Local 1014 said:

    Im ALL ABOUT IMPROVING SALARIES…for the membership…, AND THEN GOING FOR MORE.

    WOW! GOOD FOR HIM.

    BAD FOR TAXPAYERS

    Don’t take my word for it. Here is the link. They removed this from their main website but thanks to the internet you can read it in all it’s GLORIOUS GREED:

    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:mgQ57BAUlPwJ:www.1014elections.com/jb.htm+%22John+Bishop%22+%22improving+salaries%22+1014&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • Anonymous

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ADORABLE THINGS….when they think you couldn’t possibly find out.

    Smilin’ Johhny Smolin, Local 1014 Treasurer said:

    “Our current contract is one of the Local’s greatest successes in recent memory. No matter how you portray it, WE ARE SEEING NEARLY TWENTY PERCENT MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS.”

    ARE YOU SEEING 20% MORE IN YOUR POCKET THESE DAYS?

    WANNA’ GUESS WHERE SOME OF YOUR MONEY WENT?

    Here is the link:
    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:y56sX5s8hy8J:1014elections.org/js.htm+smolin+1014+%22twenty+percent+more%22&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • Anonymous

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ADORABLE THINGS….when they think you couldn’t possibly find out.

    Smilin’ Johhny Smolin, Local 1014 Treasurer said:

    “Our current contract is one of the Local’s greatest successes in recent memory. No matter how you portray it, WE ARE SEEING NEARLY TWENTY PERCENT MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS.”

    ARE YOU SEEING 20% MORE IN YOUR POCKET THESE DAYS?

    WANNA’ GUESS WHERE SOME OF YOUR MONEY WENT?

    Here is the link:
    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:y56sX5s8hy8J:1014elections.org/js.htm+smolin+1014+%22twenty+percent+more%22&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • Anonymous

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ARROGANT THINGS….When they think you’ll never find out.

    Dave Gillottee, President of Local 1014 lists these among the unions most notable accomplishments (but you won’t find cost cutting or safety listed anywhere)

    “RECORD CONTRACT with top step salaries that are the HIGHEST IN THE COUNTY and THE NATION18.5 % over 30 months19.9% compounded”

    “Three 10% increases33.1% compounded — in the County Contribution Rates for Medical, resulting in MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS”

    “Saved the City of Commerce Contract, and EL MONTE, Pomona and other contract cities have been POLITICALLY SHORED UP in a pro-active way TO NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH CUTS in a defensive way.”

    HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE “SHORED UP” EL MONTE?

    AND HE WONDERS WHY WE CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP A FIRE STATION OPEN

    Link:
    http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:vyYTWa6pO-QJ:1014elections.org/dg.htm+%22Dave+Gillotte%22+%22team+of+ten%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • Anonymous

    GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE

    MORE MORE MORE

    Looks like Local 1014, the fireman union, managed to finagle another increase in benefits for themselves and they are MORE than happy to brag about it with their members on their website.

    See the attached link to their webiste. You might also want to scroll to the attachment documents on the bottom of the page to get the break down of exactly how much more you will pay as taxpayers.
    http://www.local1014.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=139936

    No wonder we can’t afford to keep a fire station open.

    HOW COME WHEN EVERYONE ELSE CUT BACK, THESE GUYS WHO CLAIM THEY ARE PART OF OUR “FAMILY” ONLY WANT MORE.

    KNOW WHO IS BACKING YOUR CANDIDATES PEOPLE.

    THEN HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR WALLET.

  • Anonymous

    HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS ON THE “CRIME” ISSUE THAT THE POA IS TRYING SCARE EVERYONE OVER: These are based on FBI crime stats
    http://www.seattlepi.com/data/databases/crime2008.asp?appSession=419114329779653

    Number of Violent Crimes in El Monte

    Year End 2006 – 628 Violent Crimes

    October 9, 2007 – El Monte City Council votes to give the POA a 18 3/4% raise over three years.

    Year End 2007 – 686 Violent Crimes

    Year End 2008 – 800 Violent Crimes

    March 2009 – 17 Officers laid off

    October 2009 – There are no FBI crime stats for 2009 but it has been reported that violent crime is down.

    Question: If more money for police is the answer why did crime SPIKE the year after we gave them a 18 3/4% raise?(Can we ask for our money back since we didn’t get what we were promised by giving them this raise)

    Question: How can the layoffs be blamed for 2008 crime stats when the layoffs didn’t happen until March 2009?

    Observation: Isn’t it funny how crime is actually down in 2009 even with the layoffs. Maybe once certian officers realized their job security was no different than anyone esles, they started working harder.

    Observation: Maybe the generous raise given on October 9, 2007 has made it too expensive to hire officers since many make over $100,000 not including benefits.

  • Anonymous

    LOCAL 1014 IN DRAG?

    TAXPAYERS FOR BETTER PUBLIC SAFETY CANDIDATES IS A 527 COMMITTEE CREATED BY LOCAL 1014.

    According to their filing as noted on OpenSecrets.com

    There purposes is:
    “TO SUPPORT OR OPPOSE CANDIDATES WHICH FURTHER THE GOALS OF THE ORGANIZATION”

    “TO SUPPORT OR OPP0SE PROPOSITIONS, BALLOT MEASURES, AND INTITIATIVES WHICH FURTHER THE GOALS OF THE ORGANIZATION”

    Note that the “goals of the organization” are what it is intended to further….NOT YOU THE ACTUAL TAXPAYER.

    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:MzCDCiGYHG0J:www.opensecrets.org/527s/527new.php%3Fcycle%3D2006+%22Taxpayers+for+Better+Public+Safety+Candidates%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • anoyamous

    again, the police department wants to run the city, Henry Velasco, the currect city treasurer makes them accountable, now they are putting in an ex pollicemen who moved into the city in March, has been divorced 4 times, separated now (divorce proceedings were going on?) and says Henry Velasco has a questionable life style, as far as I know he has been married to the same person for over 50 years, volunteers in the community where he has lived in that long…do you think the reason the city is broke is because the police are getting pensions of over $100,000 (Thomas gets $120,000) don’t believe the lies in the junk mail they sent…yes, he had a DUI over 10 years ago, too bad the public cannot excess the record of a Police Officer??????????????????///

  • ananymous

    you are absolutely right, police officers records should also be open to the public if they run for office, however, they always cover up for each other….I heard he was married 6 tmes, 2 times to the same wife and now his wife lives in Whittier and he moved to El Monte in March to run for office…something smells…the city is broke because too much money is spent on salaries and pensions and lawsuits caused by roque officers.

  • Anonymous

    Want to know the truth about the DUI?

    It was a political set-up. Too bad Clayton didn’t put as much effort into polcing the conduct of his own officers.

    Don’t believe me:
    http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jul/08/local/me-54012

  • VOTER BEWARE

    HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS ON THE “CRIME” ISSUE THAT THE POA IS TRYING SCARE EVERYONE OVER: These are based on FBI crime stats
    http://www.seattlepi.com/data/databases/crime2008.asp?appSession=419114329779653

    Number of Violent Crimes in El Monte

    Year End 2006 – 628 Violent Crimes

    October 9, 2007 – El Monte City Council votes to give the POA a 18 3/4% raise over three years.

    Year End 2007 – 686 Violent Crimes

    Year End 2008 – 800 Violent Crimes

    March 2009 – 17 Officers laid off

    October 2009 – There are no FBI crime stats for 2009 but it has been reported that violent crime is down.

    THINK ABOUT IT – If more money for police is the answer why did crime SPIKE the year after we gave them a 18 3/4% raise?(Can we ask for our money back since we didn’t get what we were promised by giving them this raise)

    THINK ABOUT IT – How can the layoffs be blamed for 2008 crime stats when the layoffs didn’t happen until March 2009?

    THINK ABOUT IT – Isn’t it funny how crime is actually down in 2009 even with the layoffs. Maybe once certian officers realized their job security was no different than anyone esles, they started working harder.

    THINK ABOUT IT – Maybe the generous raise given on October 9, 2007 has made it too expensive to hire officers since many make over $100,000 not including benefits.

  • VOTER BEWARE

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ADORABLE THINGS…when they think you aren’t listening.

    JOHN BISHOP, 2nd VP for Local 1014 said:

    Im ALL ABOUT IMPROVING SALARIES…for the membership…, AND THEN GOING FOR MORE.

    WOW! GOOD FOR HIM.
    BAD FOR TAXPAYERS

    Don’t take my word for it. Here is the link. They removed this from their main website but thanks to the internet you can read it in all it’s GLORIOUS GREED:

    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:2MqpCY6Jy60J:1014election.com/jb.htm+%22John+Bishop%22+1014&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • VOTER BEWARE

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ADORABLE THINGS….when they think you couldn’t possibly find out.

    SMILING JOHN SMOLIN, Local 1014 Treasurer said:

    “Our current contract is one of the Local’s greatest successes in recent memory. No matter how you portray it, WE ARE SEEING NEARLY TWENTY PERCENT MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS.”

    ARE YOU SEEING 20% MORE IN YOUR POCKET THESE DAYS?
    WANNA’ GUESS WHERE SOME OF YOUR MONEY WENT?

    Here is the link:
    http://74.125.155.132/search?q=cache:y56sX5s8hy8J:1014elections.org/js.htm+smolin+1014+%22twenty+percent+more%22&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • VOTER BEWARE

    FIRE UNION BOSSES SAY THE MOST ARROGANT THINGS….when their convinced your to weak to do anything about it.

    DAVE GILLOTTEE, President of Local 1014 lists these among his proud accomplishments(but you won’t find cost cutting or safety listed anywhere)

    “RECORD CONTRACT with top step salaries that are the HIGHEST IN THE COUNTY and THE NATION18.5 % over 30 months19.9% compounded”

    “Three 10% increases33.1% compounded — in the County Contribution Rates for Medical, resulting in MORE MONEY IN OUR POCKETS”

    “Saved the City of Commerce Contract, and EL MONTE, Pomona and other contract cities have been POLITICALLY SHORED UP in a pro-active way TO NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH CUTS in a defensive way.”

    HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE “SHORED UP” EL MONTE?

    AND HE WONDERS WHY WE CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP A FIRE STATION OPEN

    Link:
    http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:vyYTWa6pO-QJ:1014elections.org/dg.htm+%22Dave+Gillotte%22+%22team+of+ten%22&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

  • VOTER BEWARE

    GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE

    MORE MORE MORE

    Looks like Local 1014, the fireman union, managed to finagle another increase in benefits for themselves and they are MORE than happy to brag about it with their members on their website.

    See the attached link to their webiste. You might also want to scroll to the attachment documents on the bottom of the page to get the break down of exactly how much more you will pay as taxpayers.
    http://www.local1014.org/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=139936

    NO WONDER WE CAN’T AFFORD TO KEEP A FIRE STATION OPEN!!

    BEWARE THE FIRE UNION’S TOJAN HORSE CANDIDATES.

    IF THEY WIN, HOLD ON TIGHT TO YOUR WALLET.

  • Anonymous

    THE TRIBUNE EDITORIAL BOARD WHEN GIVEN A CHOICE BETWEEN GUTIERREZ AND QUINTERO SAID:

    “We can’t support Quintero because of his ties to the police officers union.”

    GOOD JOB TRIBUNE.