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Did you all vote Tuesday?

Here's what else is going on in San Gabriel this week.
Pu, Delatorre, Liao lead in tight Council race
Nguyen leads for City Clerk; Sawkins elected Treasurer
San Gabriel voters turned out to elect a new City Council Tuesday, marking the first test of a consolidated election in which the County conducts day-of-election operations for San Gabriel.
In results that will remain preliminary until final provisional and vote-by-mail ballots are counted, incumbent Jason Pu led the field with 18.3 percent of the vote.  The second, third and fourth place candidates finished less than one percentage point apart, with former Council Member Mario Delatorre capturing 17.1 percent, incumbent Chin Ho Liao capturing 16.6 percent, and challenger Denise Menchaca garnering 16.2 percent.
Council Member Kevin Sawkins, who announced his intention to not seek re-election for his Council position, was elected handily by voters to the City Treasurer seat.   
In preliminary returns for the City Clerk race, Thu 'Julie' Nguyen took the lead late in the evening with 41 percent of the vote, narrowly outpacing attorney Florencia Albert (37 percent) and community leader Mary Acuña Garcia (22 percent).
The 2017 election offered one of the largest candidate fields in recent San Gabriel history, with seven candidates running for City Council, three for City Clerk, and one for City Treasurer.
Election results began trickling in last night at approximately 8:30 p.m. when the vote-by-mail ballots were counted.   The last of seven precincts (six precincts plus vote by mail) posted results at approximately 12:15 a.m.  Counting was conducted at the Los Angeles County facility in Norwalk.
Estimated voter turnout was not available as of early this morning.  That figure will be critical because under recent changes in State law, cities that do not secure voter turnouts of 25 percent or greater will be required to consolidate their elections with Los Angeles County starting in 2022.  The City Clerk Department mounted a multi-lingual, three-month multi-media campaign to encourage voter turnout under the slogan, "Vote Local." 
Final election results will be certified only after the County completes its review of polling results and reports from its personnel.  Chief City Clerk Gloria Molleda reports that the City currently expects to certify results on Tuesday, April 4, at which time the new City Council, Clerk and Treasurer will be sworn in.
For full returns, check out the results at
  News from City Hall
Summary of Feb. 27 DRC meeting
At its Feb. 27 meeting, the Design Review Commission:
  • Approved a time extension to the Precise Plan of Design for a four-story mixed-use development consisting of approximately 17,000 square feet of commercial space and 159 residential condominium units at 201-217 S San Gabriel Blvd. (above left)
  • Approved a revision to a Precise Plan of Design for a new 10,210 square feet commercial building at 500 E Valley Blvd. The revision includes a reduction to the approved project from 10,210 square feet to 5,391 square feet. (above right)
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SG obtains approval for 2017-18 redevelopment wind-down plan
The City of San Gabriel, acting as the successor to the former Redevelopment Agency, recently obtained approval from the Department of Finance and San Gabriel Oversight Board to execute a Recognized Obligations Payment Schedule (ROPS) to repay the City/Agency Loan in addition to completing two other administrative tasks.  As part of the wind down process of Redevelopment, the State has directed that all properties owned and all obligations owed by redevelopment agencies be liquidated.

With the 2017-18 ROPS in place, the City is closer to finalizing its redevelopment activities. For more information, contact Finance Director and Oversight Board Vice Chairman Tom Marston at or at 626.308.2812, ext. 4610.
Staff appointments announced
Recreation Supervisor Dana Nava (above left) has joined our Community Services Department. She spent more than 17 years working in recreation and community services for Cerritos, Arcadia and Whittier. She will supervise our classes, aquatics and the Grapevine Guide as well as coordinating community-wide special events.

Street Maintenance Lead Chris Camacho has joined our Public Works Department. He comes to us from South Pasadena, bringing his experience to maintenance of streets, sidewalks, storm drains and sewers.

Permit Center Coordinator Chris Kalbaklian has joined our Community Development Department. He comes to us from the City of Costa Mesa. Chris is part of our Building & Safety Division and develops, plans and organizes activities related to permit issuance.

Senior Civil Engineer Algis Marciuska (above right) has been promoted to Principal Civil Engineer. Algis will manage the Engineering Division staff, prioritizing and delivering projects.

Maintenance Leadperson Ricky Munoz in our Public Works Department has been promoted to Signals and Lighting Lead. Ricky will manage the City's traffic signals, street lighting systems, signs and pavement markings.
Registration begins for spring classes
The Community Services Department is offering a variety of spring classes, including music, dance and fitness classes for youth and adults. Registration for spring classes begins on Monday, Mar. 13. Classes will begin Mar. 27.

For more information, click on the link below or contact Recreation Supervisor Dana Nava at or 626.308.2875.

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Lifeguard and instructor training offered
The Community Services Department is offering an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course 
sched uled for Mar. 12 and Mar. 19 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., with an online component to be completed prior to the class. A second session will be offered on Apr. 2 a nd Apr. 9. 

Students may also enroll in the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Training t o be held on May 21, 28 and 29. With the WSI certification, students can teach American Red Cross swim lessons. An online blended learning class must be completed before the first training date.

Click on the link below for more information or to register for these or other recreation classes or contact Recreation Supervisor Dana Nava at or 626.308.2875.
  Mission Playhouse
My Fair Lady takes the stage this weekend
Featuring one of muscial theatre's greatest scores
Temple City Performing Arts presents 'My Fair Lady' this Friday through Sunday, Mar. 10-12. This musical is the standard by which all other musicals are measured. 

Set in Edwardian London, working class flower girl Eliza Doolittle transforms to a lady of high society with the help of Professor Henry Higgins. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play 'Pygmalion,' with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, 'My Fair Lady' is gloriously triumphant.

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The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is owned and operated by the City of San Gabriel. Unless otherwise stated, all events are presented by independent producers and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. The Mission Playhouse is not responsible for the content of such events, artistic or otherwise. The views expressed by these independent producers do not necessarily reflect those of the Mission Playhouse or the City of San Gabriel. 
  ACE construction updates
ACE photo of the week
Questions? Call the project help line at 888.ACE.1426
Excavation for the new grade crossing to connect the trench to the existing railroad tracks east of Walnut Grove.  Photo: D. Grilley
  On the agenda
Upcoming City Council meetings
No upcoming study sessions.

  • Tues., Mar. 21 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Tues., Apr. 4 - 7:30 p.m., City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers
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Upcoming commission meetings
All meetings are held at City Hall in the Council Chambers.
  • Mon., Mar. 13 - 6:30 p.m., Planning Commission
  • Mon., Mar. 27 - 7:00 p.m., Design Review Commission
  • Mon. Apr. 3 - 7:00 p.m., Community Services Commission
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  Upcoming Community Events
Here is a list of events coming up in the San Gabriel community:
  • Wednesday, Mar. 8, 9 & 10, 3:30 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Binary Bracelets," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Thursday, Mar. 9, 11:30 a.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Computer Basics," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, Mar. 11, 2:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Teen Energy Source-erers," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Saturday, Mar. 11, 3:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Library, "Citizenship Clinic," San Gabriel Library, 500 S Del Mar Avenue.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 14, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce, "Tasty Tuesday," Shakey's Pizza Parlor, 866 E Las Tunas Drive.
  • Thursday, Mar. 16, 11:30 a.m.: San Gabriel Women's Foundation, "Annual Soup & Salad Luncheon," Padillo Room, 324 S Mission Drive.
  • Thursday, Mar. 16, 6:30-8:15 p.m.: San Gabriel Christian School, "Open House," San Gabriel Christian School, 117 N Pine Street.
  • Saturday, Apr. 15, 7:00 a.m.: San Gabriel Kiwanis Club and the City of San Gabriel Community Services Department, "73rd Annual Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt," Smith Park, 232 W Broadway.
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  We're hiring!
The city is recruiting for the following positions:
  • Administrative Assistant I - Continuous
  • Firefighter/Paramedic - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Stage Crew - Continuous
  • Mission Playhouse Usher - Continuous
  • Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Continuous
  • Police Assistant - Continuous
  • Police Cadet - Continuous
  • Police Dispatcher Clerk - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Entry Level Recruit) - Continuous
  • Police Officer (Lateral/Academy Graduate) - Continuous
  • Recreation Leader - Continuous
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