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Local Elections : Most Incumbents Running in April Elections in 23 Cities

February 09, 1986

Fifty-three incumbents are seeking reelection April 8 when voters in 23 San Gabriel Valley cities select city council members.

A total of 126 candidates are vying for 63 four-year terms. Only 10 incumbents decided not to run again, most saying they thought they had served long enough and that new blood was needed in city government.

Some of the cities will select mayors, but most will vote only for council positions.

In Baldwin Park and Bradbury there will be no election because the incumbents are unopposed. Council elections are not scheduled in April in Alhambra, Pasadena and Pomona.

Voters in Azusa will cast advisory ballots on whether a waste-to-energy plant should be built there. La Verne will decide whether the city clerk and city treasurer should be appointed rather than elected. La Verne residents also will cast advisory ballots on whether fireworks sales should be allowed to continue there.

Here are the candidates and the cities in which they are competing:


Three council seats are open and only one incumbent, Dennis Lojeski, is seeking reelection. Under terms of the City Charter, Councilman Don Pellegrino cannot seek a third term and Councilman David Hannah has chosen not to run for reelection.

Hannah, 62, has served four years on the council and before that was a member of the board of trustees of Pasadena City College for four years.

"I will still be active in the community," he said, "but I won't be tied down as much as I would holding an elective office. I will take a year or two off and then run for something else. I feel comfortable about not running because there are several very qualified candidates."

In addition to Lojeski, the candidates are Lewis H. May, a physician who formerly served on the Arcadia Unified School District board; James Neumeister, a retired music teacher; Charles Chivetta Sr., an urban planning consultant; William T. Gahr, a retired controller; Roger Chandler, a lieutenant in the county Sheriff's Department; John D. Bon Eske, a retired planner; Robert C. Harbicht, president of Harbicht Research Co. and a member of the Arcadia Planning Commission; Andrew L. Bard, an investment banker, and William Carpenter, a financial planner.


The mayor's post and two council seats must be filled, and Mayor Eugene Moses is being challenged by Lucio D. Cruz, a retired government worker who serves on the City Council. Cruz, whose council term expires in 1986, will retain his seat if Moses defeats him.

In the council race, incumbents Armando L. Camarena, a data processing consultant, and Bruce G. Latta, assistant manager of the Riverside County National Date Festival, are being challenged by Richard M. Widman, a designer; Mike Falletta, a utility employee; Harry L. Stemrich, a businessman; Joseph Beaulieu, a retired building contractor, and Jennie B. Avila, a director of social services for the American Red Cross.

Voters will also be asked in an advisory ballot measure: Shall a waste-to-energy plant be allowed in the city?

Last month the City Council voted against a conditional-use permit for a proposed $160-million trash-to-energy plant.


There will be no council election because the three incumbents who filed for reelection have no opposition. They are Mayor Jack White and Councilmen Bobbie W. Izell and Robert H. McNeill.

City Clerk Linda Gair said the city will save $8,000 by not having the April election.


There will not be an election because incumbents Jeff Alkana and Beatrice La Pisto-Kirtley are unopposed. The city will save about $3,000 by canceling the election.


Three council positions are open but only one incumbent, attorney Terry Fitzgerald, is running.

Mayor Enid Douglas, elected as a councilwoman and then appointed by the council as mayor, said that eight years on the council is enough and that, although she still enjoys her duties, it is time for others to take part in city government. Incumbent Gordon Curtis, 56, a real estate broker, also said that four years on the council was enough and that it was time to step aside and give someone else a turn. Both he and Douglas, 59, a history professor at Claremont Graduate School, say they want to devote more time to their professions.

The challengers are Alex Hughes, a Claremont school district administrator; Nick Presecan, a civil engineer with a private firm; Diann Ring, a member of the city Planning Commission; Jess Swick, an insurance agent, and Wei Liang (Bill) Yu, a pediatrician.


Incumbents Robert G. Low and Henry M. Morgan are facing challenges from Nathalie Leone, a retired businesswoman, and Steven R. Romines, business executive. Two seats are open.


Three incumbents are running for reelection to the three open seats. Incumbents John Van Doren, Carlyle Falkenborg and J. A. Montgomery are being challenged by John Hitt, a certified financial planner, and Terry Michaelis, a certified public accountant.


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