SIX OF SEVEN GLENDALE AND LA CRESCENTA ANC-ENDORSED CANDIDATES WIN IN GLENDALE 2003 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
COUNCILMAN GUS GOMEZ ALSO GETS FOUR MORE YEARS
GLENDALE–Glendale Mayor Rafi Manoukian and City Councilman Gus Gomez took easy victories Tuesday night to beat challengers for the City Council seats.
Both winners pledged to continue the work toward progress in the coming four years–beginning on April 14.
Manoukian received 29 percent of the overall vote–and Gomez–24 percent.
"We’ve worked hard and we’ve brought the community together; I think this is a victory for the community," Manoukian told the Glendale News-Press.
"I am looking forward to continuing the work that I’ve done – this gives me another four years to complete the agenda that I’ve set for myself," Gomez told the Los Angeles Daily News
About 19,000 (19.4 percent) of Glendale’s 98,000 registered voters turned out for the election.
Gomez–40–a prosecutor with the state Attorney General’s Office–and Manoukian–42–an accountant in Glendale–have both served as mayor of the city.
Issues of rent control–development–traffic–pedestrian safety and the looming state budget crisis were high on the pre-election agenda.
Both winners pledged to maintain Glendale’s quality of life in the face of proposed budget cuts.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BOTH ANC-ENDORSED CANDIDATES WINNERS
In a relatively close vote–three candidates were elected to the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees–with Kathleen Burke-Kelly getting the greatest amount of votes with 8,536–Anita Quinonez Gabrielian coming in second with 8,307 votes–and Ara Najarian third with 8,291. Quinonez Gabrielian and Najarian were endorsed by the ANCs of Glendale and La Crescenta.
One of the biggest challenges facing the College is the cut in funding from Sacramento. This multimillion-dollar decrease in revenue is a major problem that requires well thought out solutions to preserve the quality of educational services at the college.
Elected as interim trustee for the Glendale Community College Board of Trustees in April 2002–Quinonez Gabrielian is also a former Glendale College Foundation Board Member. Ara Najarian is a local attorney and the Chairman of the Glendale Transportation and Parking Commission. GUSD Board of Education
Two of the ANC-endorsed candidates–Mary Boger and Pam Ellis were elected to the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education; the third–Odalis Suarez did not win.
Ellis currently serves as the Vice President of the GUSD Board. She is a businesswoman who was first elected to office in 1995. Boger–the second incumbent–has been a community member for many years–and was appointed to the Board in 2002.
Ellis took the greatest amount of votes with 12,238 (32.3 percent); Boger came in second with 10,642 votes (28.1 percent).