LocationAlhambra , CA
Alhambra Source reached out to each candidate asking for a biography, platform statement and a few reader-generated questions.
Click through for each response from City Council and Board of Education candidates running in the Nov. 3 election.
For the City Council race, the District Four incumbent is Mayor David Mejia. He is being challenged by Sasha Renée Pérez and Karsen Luthi. The District Three incumbent is Jeff Maloney challenged by Chris Olson.
For the Alhambra Board of Education, the District One incumbent is Wing Kim Ho. He is being challenged by Marcia Wilson. The District Two incumbent is Jane Anderson challenged by Ken Tang. The District Three incumbent is Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh challenged by Kaysa Moreno.
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City Council Candidates
David Mejia is a Sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department and council member of the fourth district. He was born and raised in Lincoln Heights and now lives in Alhambra. He earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Administrative Justice from East Los Angeles College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Los Angeles. Prior to being elected to the Alhambra City Council, he served eight years as a commissioner for both the Housing and Community Development (HCDA) Citizen Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Commission. Mejia was elected to Alhambra City Council as mayor November of 2016 and is running for re-election.
Sasha Renée Pérez
Sasha Renée Pérez is an educator, community organizer and policy advocate. Born and raised in Alhambra, Pérez grew up in a working-class Latino household. After graduating from Mark Keppel High School, she went to California State University Los Angeles and became the first in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. In college, Pérez discovered her passion for public service and has continued working on pressing policy issues after graduating. She currently serves as a Housing Commissioner for the City of Alhambra, a Delegate to the California Democratic Party and a board member to Asian Youth Center, a 501(C)3 non-profit dedicated to empowering low-income, immigrant, and at-risk youth.
Karsen Luthi is a long-time resident of Alhambra and serves on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Alhambra Business Association and the Alhambra Committee for Arts and Cultural Events. He attended Mark Keppel High School (class of 1975) and California State University Los Angeles. Luthi has worked for the County of Los Angeles and clerked in the Superior Court, as well as administered attorney disciplinary hearings for the State Bar of California. He then worked in the private sector and sold a profitable business. Luthi wants to help rebuild small businesses so that Alhambra remains a city with a small-town feel.
Jeff Maloney is the Chief Attorney for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and council member of the third district. He completed his undergraduate studies at U.C. San Diego and attended law school at USC. As a councilmember, Jeff has prioritized environmental reform, expansion of parks, affordable housing, traffic reduction and enhanced quality of life. He has also been actively working on Alhambra’s first sustainability action plan, its first inclusionary affordable housing ordinance, and its first historic preservation ordinance. Maloney was elected to City Council in 2016 and is running for reelection.
Chris Olson is a lifelong resident of the San Gabriel Valley and has built her career in the nonprofit sector as a grant writer and fund development consultant. She earned a B.A. in Sociology from California State University Los Angeles and worked in organizations advocating for the empowerment of women and girls. Olson also serves as the President of Alhambra’s Design Review Board and is a member on the Board of Directors of Grassroots Alhambra. She is a passionate advocate for historic preservation, and was a founding board member and former President of Alhambra Preservation Group. Olson now works as an independent consultant for nonprofits.
School Board Candidates
Wing Kim Ho
Wing Kim Ho is a project construction manager and was appointed to the Alhambra Unified School District board in January of 2019. He is the incumbent for the first district. Until then, he served as a commissioner for the City of Alhambra Planning Commission, and the Alhambra Design Review Board for eight years. Ho grew up in Hong Kong and moved to the states when he was 18 years old, and obtained a Bachelor of Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Ho and his family have lived in Alhambra for more than 19 years.
Marcia Wilson is an educator and mother. She is the Dean of Pathway Innovation and Institutional Effectiveness at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and an adjunct professor at USC’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. She’s been involved in the Alhambra Unified School District in various roles since 2000, including serving as the District Advisory Council Representative for Alhambra High School and being on the Board of the Alhambra Educational Foundation. She earned her B.A., MSW and Ph.D. degrees from USC and has a grant-writing, program evaluation and consulting business that focuses on small grassroots non-profit organizations.
Jane C. Anderson
Jane Clay Anderson is the school board Member of the second district and Vice President of Alhambra Unified School District. She has served on the school board for 14 years and taught in the district at the elementary level for 35 years. Anderson earned her B.A. and California Teaching Credential from U.C. Santa Barbara and her M.A. in Education from California State University Los Angeles. She is also involved in the community in various ways, including serving on the Library Board and being part of the Rotary International. Her mottos are “Kids First” and “Experience Counts!”
Ken Tang is an elementary school teacher in the neighboring Garvey School District, a labor leader and community organizer. He is a first-generation immigrant from Vietnam and a product of Alhambra Unified schools. Tang earned a B.S. in Child Development and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at California State University Los Angeles. Outside of the classroom, Tang is a parent and fierce advocate for his students and his fellow educators through his involvement in his local, state and national teachers association where he’s lobbied at all levels for more funding and better policies. In addition, Tang is also an active member of Garvey Education Foundation as well as his school and district’s PTA.
Patricia Rodriguez-Mackintosh is the school board President and serves as a member in the third district. She was born in East Los Angeles and attended cosmetology school after graduating high school. Rodriguez-Mackintosh has been involved in the Alhambra School District since 1982, as a parent, volunteer and board member. Currently, she is also a member of the Alhambra Educational Foundation Board and represents the Alhambra Unified School on the Parks and Recreation Commission and Joint-Use Committee.
Kaysa Moreno is a mom, PTA leader and a college professor at El Camino College. She is a proud daughter of immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from college. Her three children all attend schools in the Alhambra School District and her husband is a teacher at Alhambra High School. She serves as the current 2020-2021 PTA President at Fremont Elementary, is a member of the Los Amigos de Fremont Booster Club and is a Traffic Commissioner for the City of Alhambra.