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Placido, Chu, and Chau win local elections

Incumbents Dr. Steven Placido and Rep. Judy Chu (D-El Monte) were re-elected to represent Alhambra on Tuesday. Placido won a third term in Alhambra City Council and Chu will go back to D.C. for her third term in Congress. The Democratic victory continued with the State Assembly race, with Edwin "Ed" Chau, who was endorsed by Assemblyman Mike Eng (D), winning the 49th District which includes Alhambra.

Placido, representing Alhambra's fourth district in City Council, beat opponent immigration attorney Elizabeth Salinas with 52 percent of the vote to her 48 percent.

Salinas hoped that the election, the only Alhambra race not cancelled due to lack of candidates, would give Placido a new perspective on his position. 

"A lot of people did vote for me and it's a wake up call to everybody,” Salinas, who received 7,361 votes compared to Placido's 8,043, told Pasadena Star-News. “He has an opportunity here and he shouldn't waste it, and he should remember that he works for us.” 

Chu took the 27th Congressional District by a much larger margin, defeating Republican candidate Jack Orswell with 63 percent of the vote to Orswell's 37 percent. Chu issued a statement thanking supporters early Wednesday. “Tonight, voters from this region placed their trust in me again. I will honor that trust by fighting for their needs each and every day in Congress,” the Star-News reports. 

The State Assembly race went to Chau, who received 57 percent of the vote Tuesday compared to Dr. Matthew Lin (R) with 43 percent. Lin won the primary vote in June and many thought he was the favorite to win the election. But not all disputes are decided. Chau and Lin will face each other again in court on Nov. 27 to settle the alleged publication of Lin's wife's Social Security number in Chau's campaign material, L.A. Weekly reports.

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5 thoughts on “Placido, Chu, and Chau win local elections”

  1. I voted for Elizabeth Salinas because I am concerned about overdevelopment. I don’t want our quality of life or infrastructure compromised by irresponsible development.

    I hope the closeness of the election shows the city council that they need to listen to those of us with those concerns.

    Does anyone know the status of the old Mervyn’s store and the surrounding area?

  2. I also hope this is a wake up call for Alhambra residents to realize that the City of Alhambra is a breeding ground for “political family legacies” AKA


    A quick scan reveals several board commission members (remember, these council appointments are usually “launch pads” for down-the-road political/governmental ambitions) and shows members with last names that…um…just coincidentally are the same as several Alhambra council members. Linda YAMAUCHI (Environmental Committee), Trent YAMAUCHI (Parks & Recs), Michael PLACIDO (Transportation Commission), Patrick S. and Thomas J. PLACIDO, and Kristie SHAM (Youth Commission).

    Remember, long-time trough-feeder and former Mayor/Councilman (and now Chairman of the newly-created “Successor Agency to the Oversight Board of Alhambra’s Redevelopment Agency) Mark Paulson’s son Christopher Paulson once had a desk and a paid position at City Hall as an “adviser” to a wall mural project that never materialized.

    Well, here we are just a couple of years later and Paulson Jr. has now been promoted to the position of “Assistant to the City Manager.” The City manager position, as we all know, has one of the most lucrative salaries in the public sector. Alhambra’s is over the 200K annually range.

    By the way, this new agency referenced above also has Councilwoman’s Barbara Messina’s husband/developer Michael Messina as Vice-Chair.

    The City of Alhambra has historically reeked of nepotism.

  3. Only 672 votes decided the election so I think that tells us that a considerable number of residents are not agreeing with Placido that every thing is honky dorry. Overdevelopment is a strong issue here in Alhambra and I think there are at least half of the voters who do not think the current direction of endless condo development is the answer.

  4. Glad to see Salinas garnered so much support. She was willing to stand up for Alhambra neighborhoods. Now we’ll remain on a fast track to being a city of businesses and “wedged-in” condo/apartment developments to the detriment of our neighborhoods, particularly historic ones.

  5. Placido (as well as the rest of our [over]development-friendly council) should be concerned that an unknown newcomer was able to come so close in beating him considering she had a fraction of the [developer] money he had in his campaign war chest.

    And did you notice the abundance of Placido campaign signs on multi-unit properties? It’d be interesting to find out just who these “Friends of Placido” are and how much property they own throughout Alhambra.