Voters Approve Ballot Measures in Monterey Park and Commerce

By Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou, EGP Staff Writer

While much of the media attention has been focused on the elections in corruption-plagued Bell, voters in several other local cities also were at the polls on Tuesday. Among them, the cities of Commerce and Monterey Park.

Incumbents Keep Seats in Monterey Park; Trash Contract Measure Passes

Monterey Park council race candidate and incumbent Mitchell Ing points to the number of votes that put him in the lead on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Mitchell Ing)

Trash contracts will be required to go out to bid in Monterey Park with voters passing Measure BB by a wide margin on Tuesday.

Incumbent Mitchell Ing and newcomer Teresa Real Sebastian, the top two winners in the contest for three vacant city council seats, were also vocal supporters of the measure. Incumbent Anthony Wong rounded out the top three.

Ing received 3,099, Sebastian received 2,546, and Wong received 2,223 votes in the unofficial count.
Just 143 votes separated Wong and Bob Gin who came in fourth with 2,080 votes. Luis Estrada trailed Gin with 1,973 votes.

Hans Liang, a top fundraiser, followed closely behind Estrada with 1,933 votes.

Measure BB passed 3,662 to 1,451.

On Wednesday, the city clerk’s office was still tallying up the number of provisional and vote-by-mail ballots that still need to be counted.

Ing said his win gives him the “assurance that voters like my approach.”

Sebastian’s win was a “pleasant surprise,” he said. Chinese media reporters who attended his victory party left early thinking the new council would consist of all Asian American members because of early numbers, he said.

Ing says he thinks Sebastian will be a good representative for non-Asian residents in the city, adding that part of her appeal was that she was the only woman running in these elections.

Sebastian told EGP on Wednesday that she is still taking in the news, but she is “eager and ready” for the job.

Voter turnout was 21 percent.

Commerce Contest Goes to Incumbent-Led Slate For Now; Term Limit Measure Passes
Commerce city council terms will be limited to three consecutive 4-year terms, or twelve years total, now that voters overwhelmingly passed Measure A on Tuesday.

Unofficial results have Incumbent Joe Aguilar, with 574 votes, and his running mate, newcomer Denise Robles, with 458 votes, dominating the field to win the two open city council seats. Together they took in nearly half the votes in a field of eight candidates.

Jaime Valencia came up short by less than a hundred with 372 votes. Jose Acero was not far behind with 312 votes, while his running mate, George Kevanian trailed with 201.

Measure A passed with 675 yes votes and 251 no votes.

The results could still change as there are still less then 67 provisional ballots and 166 vote by mail ballots that need to be processed, according to the city clerk.

Voter turnout at the polls was 16.52 percent, but this could increase when the vote-by-mail ballots are counted.

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