Leftovers column

This week’s installment:

The November municipal elections are coming up, which means a lot of ongoing coverage about who is running, how much they’ve raised and what’s in their campaign platforms.

In El Monte, a dozen candidates are hoping to fill five seats in the city: mayor, city treasurer, city clerk and two city council seats.

Starting with the mayoral race, Ernie Gutierrez will face challenger Andre Quintero for the largely ceremonial post. Quintero is a deputy city attorney for the city of Los Angeles and a Rio Hondo College board of trustees member.

Gutierrez faced criticism last year when he allegedly showed up drunk at a Sister City event. Months later he was arrested on domestic violence allegations in a separate incident. No charges were ever filed in that case.

Moving on to the City Council, incumbents Juventino “J” Gomez and Art Barrios face four other candidates in their bids for reelection.

They are: Angel Ralph Nunez, a purchasing agent in the city’s finance department; planning commissioner Richard Garner; 30-year-old information security specialist Kien Lam; and architect Norma Macias.

City Clerk Lorene Gutierrez will face Bharat Patel, a hotel owner and planning commissioner, for her seat.

And City Treasurer Henry Velasco, who has held his post for 17 years, faces former El Monte Police Lt. Richard Thomas in that race.

**********In La Puente, there are two open seats in November’s City Council race, and only four people running.

Incumbents Lola Storing and Louie Lujan will face former Councilwoman Renee Chavez and former council hopeful David Argudo in the Nov. 3 election.

All are vying for four-year terms.

Here’s some brief background information on the candidates:
*Storing has been serving on the City Council for eight years. Her political career is familial too — her husband Charlie was on the council years back, and has served as mayor.

*Lujan is also running for his third term on the Council, as well as exploring the option of an Assembly seat run. He is currently the target of a District Attorney investigation alleging campaign contribution violations.

*Argudo is a business owner and La Puente High School graduate. He ran for council in 2007, but lost to Councilman John Solis by just 27 votes.

*Chavez ran for council in 2007, but as an incumbent. She too lost, coming in 94 votes behind Solis. But that’s not Chavez’s only failed run for political office.  She has run unsuccessfully for La Puente council before, and as a democrat e 57th Assembly District seat in 2006.
At the time, she was trying to fill the seat being vacated by her husband, Ed Chavez, who was termed out.

*********Looks like West Covina will be $1.1 million richer over the next two years, thanks to Fire Department employees who agreed to defer their raises.

Ben Baeder reported last week that the Fire Fighters Association and Fire Management Association have opted against a 5-percent raise they were supposed to receive beginning in January to help with the city’s budget deficit.

Now, they’ll get half of that proposed raise in July 2011 and the other half in January 2012.
All Fire Department employees will also get 36 hours of vacation time.

The city’s police union cut a similar deal in July, saving West Covina $1.8 million.

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    WE DO NOT NEED CANDIDATES WHO ONLY ANSWER TO POLICE UNION OR FIRE UNION POWER BOSSES

    WE DO NOT NEED CANDIDATES TOO ENTANGLED WITH SHADY DEVELOPERS OR STINKY WASTE HAULERS

    LET’S WRITE-IN THE TYPE OF CANDIDATES WE WANT AND DESERVE.

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

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    THIS YEAR, LET’S REALLY SHAKE THINGS UP.

  • Anonymous

    I really do hope that for a change we get a city council majority that represents the voters and is not only interested just satisfying the money contributors to their campaigns…..but I won’t hold my breath.

    God Help our Dear City.

  • Anonymous

    If you have something to say about an individual, why do you choose to hide behind your words with anonymity? I question your integrity the five of you with your negative comments. You make me question the individuals that you choose to support. I know none of you but before I would publicize my opinion as I am doing, I would check my grammar and spelling before I put it on display for the world to see.
    Why do I choose to be anonymous because none of you know me so it is not important who I am but it is obvious that you all have a connection with each other and are out to prove a point? It might be better taken if you would sign your John Hancock to it but to hide, makes you wonder, at least it makes me wonder

  • Go Write-In

    Anonymous from 12:01 PM seems very incoherent and inconsistent in his or her point. Still, I respect her right to speak,…even if it is nonsense.

    At any rate. I to am really really excited about some sort of a write-in candidacy. I like some of the write-in names I have heard so far. I’m pretty disillusioned with the folks already on the ballot.

  • Resident

    Why does the Tribune neglect to inform the citizens that Richard Garner is not only a planning commissioner, but he is a retired city employee, collecting a generous city retirement.

  • Anonymous

    Why does the Tribune only quote Police Union presidient and police union lawyer Dieter Dammeier every time they want a quote on the city budget?

    It’s almost as if the union makes a point of contacting the paper to get their spin on stories out.

    It’s almost like the reporters are sooooo lazy that they are content to simply quote POA press release verbatim without scrutinizing the assertions contained in those documents.

    It’s verification source information one of the first rules of journalism?

    Maybe Tania doesn’t have the time.

  • Another Relay Participant

    Shame on you for using The American Cancer Society to post your inadequacies, you obviously could not have been a part of Relay La Puente OR you would have witnessed Leadership led by example. Go to http://www.relayforlife/lapuenteca and let the facts speak for themselves.

    Argudo was a top contributor. Most of the top participants and teams came from his efforts. He challenged his committee, participants and teams as he pushed hard to try and achieve and break all previous records. Relay raised $38,000.00 dollars.

    At the City council meeting he publically challenged the City of La Puente to become more active participants and form a team. Listen to the City Council audios, witness first hand Argudo at work.
    The City of La Puente came in first place, raising thousands of dollars.
    I say the City of La Puente needs leaders that are business minded, solution oriented and just plain HARD Workers!!!!!

  • REAL CHOICE

    WRITE-IN CANDIDACY WINDOW PERIOD IS SEPTEMBER 8 THROUGH OCTOBER 20.

    TAKE A LOOK AT CHAPTER 5 OF THE L.A. COUNTY REGISTRAR’S HANDBOOK.

    BEING A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE COULDN’T BE EASIER…..AND COULDN’T BE MORE NEEDED.

    http://www.lavote.net/VOTER/PDFS/CANDIDATE_HANDBOOKS/11032009_web.pdf

  • EM Gang Fighter

    I want everyone here to know about all those
    EMCLP clowns.

    Carlos Saucedo- Arrogant chubster who hires and promotes only his friends. Grow a back bone.

    Bobby Saucedo- Brother of Carlos Saucedo, all this guy is concerned about is promoting the girls he sleeps with from all the different high schools.

    Andre Quintero- Well, I don’t even have to tell you what this guy is about. OPPORTUNIST!

    Norma Garcia- This drunk is all talk, who pushes “latino only” issues.

    Ben Escobedo- “Yes” man for Carlos Saucedo, who hasn’t done crap for our city of schools.

    Again, my friends I want you all to know what these people are about. They will say anything and everything to get your support.

    Remember to slam your door on these people when they come knocking. They are all bought and paid for by special interest and the
    EL Monte Polcie Department along with people from the Titan Group.

  • REAL CHOICE

    While I am intrigued by the formation of a write-in candidate slate, I do not endorse the comments made above. This election is about issues not personalities. It’s about having a council answerable to the people and not to special interests.

    Let’s demonstrate to the other side and to the public that we are better than that. I understand your frustration, but let’s hold ourselves to a higher standard of discourse.

    EL MONTEAN FOR REAL CHOICE

  • EM Resident

    If you do your research on Measure P which Slick Andy was pushing so hard back then, you will find out that several of those other cronies of EMCLP were behind this whole thing. Here are there names and what they running for:

    Carlos Saucedo- Running for school borad EMUHSD
    and just another arrogant fat guy who promotes all his friends. Someone tell this guy to tuck his gut into his pants, and grow a spine. His ego is as big as his belly. There is no place for this in our district.

    Bobby Saucedo- Brother of Carlos Saucedo who is running for school board on the EMC district. All this guy does is go around and sleep with different teachers and promotes his own friends just like his brother.

    Norma Garcia- Running for Rio Hondo College Board. This girl is a drunk who runs around the city talking a big game. Last I heard she was fired from Supervisor Molin’s office for showing up drunk to work. Can someone also do a gender check on her please.

    Ben Escobedo- Running for EMUHS district. Just another “yes” man for Carlos who hasn’t done crap for our community. Who is this guy??

    Residents beware of these shady people here when they come knocking on your door. All of these people have ties to the El Monte Police Department.

    We need independent thinkers who are going to work for the residents and not promote their friends and themselves.

    Vote for Siegrest, Velasco, Man, Ortiz, Cruz, Iberri, Barrios.

    Enough of these idoits who’s only purpose is promote themselves and line their pockets

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