One of South El Monte’s married City Council members opts not to seek re-election

By Christopher Yee|

El Monte residents to go to the polls in November to extend the half-cent tax

EL MONTE >> Voters will decide in November whether or not to extend city’s current half-cent sales tax until 2029. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place on the Nov. ballot an extension of Measure GG, which is currently...

By Christopher Yee|

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    SOUTH PASADENA >> The City Council late Wednesday switched from at-large elections for council members to district-based voting after a Malibu attorney claimed the city was violating its citizens’ voting rights. Council members called the claim “legal extortion.” “Every fiber in my being wants to say ‘no,’ and that we should fight it,” said Councilwoman Marina Khubesrian. “But what I’m hearing is it is a huge,...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Voting districts

    Glendora council members miffed that voting is about to change

    Glendora is among the latest cities threatened with a costly lawsuit claiming it disenfranchises minority voters by holding at-large elections. The City Council hesitantly voted to begin the process to switch to by-district voting last week during a special meeting, after receiving a threat letter from a Malibu-based lawyer. Currently, Glendora voters get to select each of the...

    Claudia Palma
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  • Voting

    Lawyer to South Pasadena: Change the way you do elections or get sued

    SOUTH PASADENA >> Under threat of a lawsuit, the City Council must decide Wednesday whether to change the way voters elect council members — from at-large to individual districts. If it votes to keep the current system, it most likely will have to win an expensive court battle. City staff has given the council two options: begin the process for district-based elections that would start in November 2018, or send a letter to the plaintiff’s attorney saying the...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Court decisions

    Court rules Montebello Unified can postpone school board election to 2018

    Against a backlash, Montebello Unified School Board members will keep their seats for another year after a judge ruled the district may put off elections until 2018 to coincide with statewide elections. The decision stands in opposition to the wishes of many parents and students in the district who want to see the board, which for months has faced protests and accusations of corruption, face an

    Hayley Munguia
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  • Local Elections

    El Monte city councilwoman joins race for San Gabriel Valley’s state senate seat

    EL MONTE >> City Councilwoman Victoria Martinez is set to join in the race for the 22nd Senate District seat in 2018. Having made the decision in early June, Martinez announced her campaign late Thursday with an image in the style of the Hollywood sign reading “Martinez for Senate” shared on Facebook. The district — which includes the cities of Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, Rosemead, El Monte, South El Monte, Baldwin Park, Irwindale, Industry,...

    Christopher Yee
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  • Municipal governments

    Uncertainty remains in South El Monte as longtime leader vows not to seek re-election

    SOUTH EL MONTE >> Longtime City Councilman Joseph Gonzales, who for more than a year has been among the toughest critics of city policies following the arrest of South El Monte’s mayor on a federal bribery charge, said Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November. The announcement comes about three months after Gonzales lost a special...

    Christopher Yee
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  • Referendums

    West Covina residents against voting districts are collecting signatures to overturn new city elections

    Residents seeking to restore at-large City Council elections in West Covina have started circulating a petition in the community to force the city to put the issue before voters. As of Tuesday, residents Steve Bennett and Glenn Kennedy have collected between 100 and 200 signatures. They need to collect at least 5,192 certified signatures by late September to qualify the initiative for an election. “Lots of people are realizing that they’re not in favor of...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Local governments

    Longtime Valle Lindo school board member appointed to South El Monte City Council

    SOUTH EL MONTE >> The city council voted Wednesday to fill its open seat with a longtime Valle Lindo School Board member, who will remain there until at least November when another special election can be held. The council voted 3-1 to appoint Richard Angel, a school board member for more than 20 years, for the seat left vacant after Gloria Olmos was elected mayor in March. Olmos served with Angel on the school board, and nominated him Wednesday for the spot. “We...

    Christopher Yee
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