Claremont COURIER/Saturday, November 10, 2012
enator Carol Liu, CongresswomanJudy Chu and Chris Holden, all De-mocrats, have been elected to repre-sent the newly redrawn 25th Senate, 27thCongressional and 41st Assembly districts,including the city of Claremont. The newly-appointed legislators will be sworn into of-fice this December.
Californians showed up to the polling places inrecord numbers Tuesday to cast their votes. Claremontresidents were no exception, said Sonja Stump, an elec-tion volunteer in Claremont for more than 30 years.When she arrived for work at the Sycamore Elemen-tary polling place prior to its 7 a.m. opening, a long lineof voters were already gathered in anticipation.“One lady had been waiting since before 6:30,” Ms.Stump said.Ms. Stump credits the high turnout with the notableballot measures and residents’ increased frustration onissues ranging from jobs to healthcare to education.“It’s not just the national issues. There are importantlocal California issues on the ballot, too,” she noted.“People in Claremont care and are studying up.”Later that night, while early results showed PasadenaCouncilmember Chris Holden with only a slim, onepercent lead over businesswoman and Claremont resi-dent Republican Donna Lowe, the gap widened to 14percent as the votes rolled in. At the end of the night,Mr. Holden won by 57.6 percent, or 84,094 votes toMs. Lowe’s 42.4 percent, or 61,899 votes.Two days following Election Day, Mr. Holden is al-ready in Sacramento along with fellow legislators, get-ting acclimated. Though he says the fact that he willnow take his service at the local level to the state capi-tol hasn’t completely hit him, he is eager to waste notime in getting started.“There is a lot to be done. [California residents] havehigh hopes and aspirations not only for me but for theirlegislative body,” Mr. Holden said.Keeping the pressure on Metro to get the Gold Linefunded through Claremont and getting California backto work are among his top priorities.“California has great entrepreneurial spirit and in-dustry opportunities to grow and develop in ways thatwill work well for the future of our state,” Mr. Holdensaid, adding, “I’m looking forward to this great oppor-tunity to now move on things people talked about dur-ing the campaign.”Ms. Lowe conveyed her disappointment in the elec-torate and the elected Democratic supermajority.“It just goes to show you that all people care about inthis state is a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ by a name and not the char-acter of the person,” she said. “Every one of those leg-islators is just a puppet for public unions going tofurther public union agenda. They won’t tackle onething that would make California become a better state.We will continue to plummet in education scores andwe can’t get any worse than the current business cli-mate.”On her Donna Lowe for Assembly Facebook page,Ms. Lowe gave thanks to her supporters for their assis-tance during the campaign, while highlighting her dis-may at the impact of labor unions on the politicalprocess.“Thank you to all the amazing supporters who helpedwith this campaign. We really kicked butt and held onall night. We can’t help that Democrats are so blindedand don’t see the demise of our state and country arecoming at a fast pace. My opponent didn't give anysweat equity, he kicked back with his labor union sup-port while we fought hard. We will fight on.”As for her future in politics, Ms. Lowe stated that shewill not be running for Claremont City Council and hasno comment at this point on whether or not she will runfor state office again.“I am on the side of God and whatever journey hehas planned,” she said.In the senate race, Senator Carol Liu returns to of-fice with a lead of 60.3 percent, or 161,649 votes, toRepublican opponent Gil Gonzales’s 39.7 percent, or106,344 votes. Preparing to serve her second term inthe State Senate—elected in 2008 after serving 2 termsin the State Assembly—Ms. Liu says her focus onworking across party lines to better education and jobopportunities in California has not changed.“I love working on the policy issues. I love the ideathat we can problem-solve these things together,” Ms.Liu said in a recent COURIER interview. “There aremany, many things we need to work together on re-garding infrastructure, education and dealing withhuman resources that we have or don’t have. I do thinkall these things are solvable, and I’m committed toworking on them until I get too tired.”Congresswoman Judy Chu will also remain in herCongressional seat, defeating retired FBI agent JackOrswell, 63.4 percent (115,910) to 36.6 percent(66,777). Ms. Chu, who has served the San GabrielValley in elected office for the last 27 years, said thatdespite the changing district, her core values and com-mitment to serve remain the same.“I will honor that trust by fighting for their needseach and every day in Congress,” Ms. Chu said. “I rep-resented the cities of the 27th District while serving inthe State Assembly and the Board of Equalization, andam excited to now represent them in Congress. It hasbeen a privilege to fight for the needs of the 32nd Dis-trict over the past 3 years, and residents can count on meto continue my efforts to strengthen the entire SanGabriel Valley.”In addition to electing new local representation,Claremont citizens affected change through state bal-lot measures. Last month, the Claremont City Councilpassed a resolution 3-0 to support Proposition 30, atemporary quarter-cent tax increase to fund educationand public policy. The 7-year tax increase passed Tues-day with a slim lead, 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent.The city council also passed a resolution 3-0 againstMeasure J, continuing the quarter-cent tax to fund pub-lic transportation through 2069. The measure was un-favorable to council members because the fundingpreviously alleged to help fund the Gold Line throughClaremont would no longer hold true to that promise.California voters felt the same way, as Measure J failedto receive the two-thirds majority vote required for itspassage. With 64.72 percent of the vote, the tax exten-sion missed the needed amount by 2 points.For full election results, visit www.lavote.net.
Elected officials waste little time getting ready for work
Final proposition results
, temporary taxes to fund education passed53.9 percent to 46.1 percent.
, state budget, state and local government,failed 60.8 percent to 39.2 percent.
, political contributions by payroll deduction,failed 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent.
, auto insurance prices based on driver his-tory, failed 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent.
, death penalty, failed 52.8 percent to 47.2percent.
, human trafficking, passed 81.1 percent to18.9 percent.
, three strikes law, passed 68.6 percent to31.4 percent.
, genetically engineered foods labeling, failed53.1 percent to 46.9 percent.
, tax for education, early childhood pro-grams, failed 72.3 percent to 27.7 percent.
, business tax for energy funding, passed 60.1percent to 39.9 percent.
, redistricting state senate, passed 71.4percent to 28.6 percent.From conflict of interest codes to elec-tion consolidation, Tuesday, November13 is gearing up to be a busy night for theClaremont City Council.Councilmembers will vote on changesto the city’s conflict of in-terest policy beginning at6:30 p.m. in the CityCouncil Chamber. The city’s conflict of interest code clarifies standard provisionsof the Fair Political Practices Commissionamong other responsibilities. It is re-viewed on a biennial basis and changed if deemed appropriate by the city attorney.If approved, the amended code wouldprovide that the city clerk not be requiredto release the financial statements of thecity manager, city attorney, treasurer,mayor and members of the city counciland planning commission, finance direc-tor and financial consultants. In addition,officials will not be obligated to releaseinformation regarding contributions orloans to an election campaign. If ap-proved, changes will go into effect 30days after the vote.Also, the policy will maintain thatcouncilmembers may abstain from avote citing a conflict of interest withoutthe mandatory requirement that they re-veal the nature of the conflict.The council will also review the po-lice department’s request to purchase anew mobile emergency command cen-ter. In April, council approved the sale of the police department’s mobile com-mand center to make way for a vehiclethat was larger and more extensive. Itwas sold to the city of Calexico for$100,000.The new mobile command center willtake the place of the department’s currentstationary emergency operation centerlocated above city hall. The operationscenter does not meet county space re-quirements, noted Claremont Chief of Police Paul Cooper at last April’s meet-ing.The police are asking for permissionto purchase the new emergency opera-tions center with the $100,000 receivedfrom Calexico; with a $1.1 million techgrant received in 2009 for the purchaseof such mobile command centers;$300,000 from the Impound Lot fundbalance and a loan of $183,600 from theGeneral Fund, to be paid back over thenext 3 years.The council also will discuss approv-ing $24,000 from the city’s general fundto remove 89 trees from a portion of theThompson Creek Trail. The Metropoli-tan Water District—the organization thatowns and leases the Thompson CreekTrail to the city—has asked for assis-tance in removing the trees on or near thewater line for fear of damage.The council will consider consolidat-ing city elections with the county, thoughstaff is not recommending the change,and will deliberate on ceasing the city’sparticipation in assisting the police withbicycle licensing.Before the general meeting, the citycouncil will once again meet in closedsession water negotiations at 5:15 p.m.The council will take public commentbefore recessing into closed session. Thecity council meets in open session at 6:30p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 225W. Second St. View the night’s fullagenda at www.ci.claremont.ca.us.
Council to review conflict of interest policy, public access to documents