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by Joe Castillo

by Joe Castillo

Election Time ….

Five candidates to join the San Gabriel City Council in the next scheduled municipal elections on March 5 are on the campaign trail. Only three council positions are up for grabs meaning that two candidates will return to the sidelines and three will join continuing council members John Harrington and Juli Costanzo. The candidates in this year’s elections include: Kevin Sawkins, Mario De La Torre, David Gutierrez, Chin Ho Liao and Jason Pu. Sawkins (Mayor), De La Torre (Vice Mayor) and Gutierrez (past Mayor) are all incumbents and want to return as council member. Ho, a structural engineer, and Pu, an attorney and community activist, are both trying to join the council for the first time.  Two other positions are also on the ballot, city clerk and city treasurer. John Janosik and Eleanor K. Andrews are both returning incumbents and are running unopposed in this year’s election.  All positions are four year terms. Also on the ballot is a Transient Occupancy (Hotel) Tax Measure which will increase the tax on visitors staying at San Gabriel Hotels and Motels from 10% to 12%. Perhaps revenues from the increased sales tax will be used to fix the growing number of potholes in the city. No other elected positions or measures are on the ballot. Ultimately, city voters must decide whether they were better off now than 4 years before. As a city resident, I’m not sure San Gabriel is a better place to live than 4 years ago. Seems like the city is more interested in big development than fixing the infrastructure (like big potholes).  …. Rosemead Star….  Senior Melody Gauthier became the All-Time scorer for the Rosemead Girls Varsity Basketball program when she scored 18 points in a 64-18 victory over Mountain View on Feb.6. Gauthier moved into the no. 1 scoring position with 1,509 points scored in her Rosemead High School career. The previous record of 1,500 points was set in 2010 by Evelyn Ramirez. This year Panther team is ranked 10th in CIF and will represent the Mission Valley League in this year’s playoffs. Congratulation Melody, thanks for the great memories! ….  In Memory …..  Long- time San Gabriel resident Pauline Falabrino Nicassio passed away on January 30th after a recent illness. Ms. Nicassio attended San Gabriel Mission Elementary and graduated in 1934. She was born on October 1, 1918. Her services were held at Pierce Brothers Mortuary in San Gabriel and her funeral mass was at the San Gabriel Mission. Burial services were held at Resurrection Cemetery   in South San Gabriel…. Mural Project…. Rosemead’s Public Art Ad Hoc Committee is meeting with the purpose of creating a mural on the outside of the Moose Lodge. The mural will depict scenes from Savannah Cemetery. The committee consists of one council member, a city staff member, a representative of El Monte Cemetery Association (Savannah), a representative from the Moose Lodge, and a representative from the public at-large. The committee has been meeting over the past six month and is expected to have a recommendation soon.

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