On the agenda: Canceling elections for two Council seats, $1.5 million for Alhambra Nissan expansion

Alhambra City Council will vote Wednesday on canceling the elections for three unopposed city incumbents. If approved, council members Barbara Messina and Luis Ayala, as well as Alhambra School Board member Robert Gin, will be automatically re-appointed.

Council will also vote on canceling the elections for the Fifth District seat on the School Board. Chester Chau, the only candidate, did not obtain the required number of signatures from registered voters in his district to be nominated, according to Alhambra City Clerk Lauren Myles.

City officials can cancel municipal elections if no one or only one person has been nominated for that position, according to California Election Code. Officials can then appoint the nominated candidate to office or appoint an eligible elector if no one has been nominated. Alhambra canceled municipal elections in 2010 for the first time when all City Council and School Board incumbents ran unopposed.

The first district City Council seat is still up for election in November. Challenger Eric Sunada will face off against incumbent Stephen Sham.

City Council will also vote Wednesday on transferring $1.5 million from the city's CDBG Economic Development Jobs Creation account to the operators of Alhambra Nissan and Garff Properties. The funds will go toward acquiring the property at 801 E. Main St. and expanding the existing car dealership at 726 E. Main St.

Nissan representatives presented on June 23 the proposed expansion design. The current car dealership will be used for used car sales and selling other brands, while the new proposed dealership will sell new Nissan cars, said Steve Craney from Goree Architects and Tony Kraatz from Kengraff Automotive Group.

City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.

3 thoughts on “On the agenda: Canceling elections for two Council seats, $1.5 million for Alhambra Nissan expansion”

  1. It’s a shame that there aren’t any NEW candidates for those two council seats. We’ve had the same folks in office for years and years and years. It’s time for some new blood. If you have any interest in participating in the leadership of our city, PLEASE consider running for the city council. I don’t even want to guess the average age of the City Council members, but I’d love to see some younger members. And, yes, I do fall into the classification of “senior citizen.”

  2. The money will be coming from the “CDBG Economic Development Jobs Creation account”. How many new jobs will be created?

    I’m not sure why I feel this way, but if it was Toyota, I would say do whatever it takes to keep them here. I have no plans to own anything other than a Honda or Toyota.

    Notice that Goudy Honda is basically rebuilding itself, I wish Toyota would do the same.

    The city of Alhambra has an obvious important relationship with the car dealers here and I am going to just have to trust them that the city knows what it is doing in this regard.

  3. Wow! 1.5 million to a car dealership. Community grant money should go to the community to enhance our quality of life and not to used car lots. This is the problem here that the city does not focus on the residents. That money could have repaired the Story Park pool and my kids would have a place to swim. Someone tell me why we cannot use federal grant money to improve our neighborhoods? Other cities do it. This is outrageous! Makes me angry!!

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