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Sunada thanks supporters, announces new activist group

Eric Sunada, who lost to incumbent candidate Stephen Sham in the Alhambra City Council race by 369 votes, announced Wednesday his new activitist group, Grassroots Alhambra. The nonprofit organization will work to increase community participation in local government, he said.

"Its mission will be to inform residents and hold accountable elected officials to bring more community participation and transparency to local decision making," Sunada said in an email to Alhambra Source.

Despite his defeat, Sunada will stay involved in local government, he said, focusing on development, green space, the environment, walkability, bicycling, and public infrastructure.

Sunada thanked his supporters for "stepping up" to the challenges facing his campaign, and said he considers his small margin of defeat a victory. "This is a remarkable feat given we were up against an absurd amount of funding from special interests, the combined pooling of resources from the other four council members, the help of an outside attack PAC, a Chinese press that facilitated divisions along racial lines, and the special treatment and access afforded the incumbent," Sunada said. 

"We put a lot of people on notice," he continued. "But the way I see it, we're just getting warmed up."

A Grassroots Alhambra introductory meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Alhambra Civic Center Library, 101 S. First St. The inaugural meeting will include a presentation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Alhambra's groundwater.

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4 thoughts on “Sunada thanks supporters, announces new activist group”

  1. “a Chinese press that facilitated divisions along racial lines” — I don’t want people get an impression that most Chinese voted for Mr Sham. I voted for Mr Sunada because I am not happy with the competence and attitude of the current Council members. My 83-year-old ex-landlord, from Taiwan, also voted for Mr Sunada, becasue she is uhappy about the over-development, concentrated on Main Street.

  2. “”We put a lot of people on notice,” he continued. “But the way I see it, we’re just getting warmed up.”

    The 2016 election will be the beginning of the “out with the old, in with the new” movement in alhambra politics. City Hall will be changing.

  3. Count me in!Hopefully this might be a start to hold our elected and city staff ACCOUNTABLE & TRANSPARENT & hopefully try to keep big money special interests out of Alhambra decision-making.

  4. Mr. Sunada, Thank you for running for council. I am so glad you are still going to represent the community through your new organization. Your campaign reached many residents that were concerned about the lack of transparency in government, over development and influence of outside interests. Despite the big money and dirty campaign against you, a message was sent that we need to change the way this city operates. I will attend your meeting and invite my friends. All of us must participate to make a difference.
    Gale Ruben