In key local elections Tuesday, a proposed ban on overnight parking was defeated in Monrovia, a controversial redevelopment project was approved in Baldwin Park and South Pasadena residents made it clear they want to continue fighting expansion of the Long Beach Freeway.
San Gabriel Valley voters also had their say on other local issues and selected a judge and several school board members.
All of the area incumbents in Congress and the state Senate and Assembly won reelection.
In the only close race, Assemblywoman Sally Tanner (D-El Monte) defeated Republican challenger Henry J. Velasco by 27,070 to 22,881 in the 60th Assembly District. Libertarian David Argall got 806 votes. There are 101,451 registered voters in the district.
Velasco spent about $200,000, most of it contributed by Assembly GOP leaders. Tanner was the only San Gabriel Valley legislator on a list of 15 Democratic targets compiled by Assembly Republican leader Pat Nolan (R-Glendale).
After her victory, Tanner, who said she spent about $70,000 on her campaign for a sixth term, said Nolan's support of Velasco was an attempt to consolidate his influence in Sacramento by gaining victory in a solidly Democratic district.
The 60th district is composed of Baldwin Park, the City of Industry, El Monte, La Puente, Rosemead and part of West Covina.
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The issue of overnight parking in Monrovia was tossed back to the City Council when voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have outlawed parking on city streets during early morning hours.
Residents rejected the measure, Proposition X, by a vote of 4,342 to 4,083.
However, they voted overwhelmingly in favor of Proposition Y, an advisory ballot measure that asked whether parking should be restricted to alternate sides of the streets one day a week to facilitate street cleaning if Proposition X was defeated.
Proposition Y was approved 5,092 to 2,981. There are 15,076 registered voters in the city. The alternate-side parking restriction is expected to be discussed by the council when it meets on Nov. 18.
'People Have Spoken'
"The people have spoken," said Wanda Wardwell, who led the fight against Proposition X.
"I'm very disappointed, but not terribly surprised," said Pat Myers, a spokesman for Citizens for Cleaner, Safer Streets, which favored the ban.
She said residents who voted against the restriction put "personal inconvenience" over what is best for the community.
"Now we have the largest unmoving parking lot in the San Gabriel Valley," said Myers, who added that her group opposed Proposition Y because there is insufficient parking on only one side of the street.
"The people who voted for Y have yet to see what inconvenience is," she added.
Before the election, Councilman John Nobrega called overnight parking "the most controversial issue in the city."
Residents of this city of 32,650 have been almost equally divided over the issue, which surfaced in 1984 when street-cleaning problems prompted the city to send questionnaires to each household, soliciting opinions on overnight parking.
Nearly 54% of respondents wanted a ban on overnight parking, and an additional 35% favored some other kind of parking restriction.
But city administrators received only minimal cooperation when they asked car owners to voluntarily keep vehicles off the street on cleaning days. After two poorly attended public hearings, the council voted in January to ban overnight parking.
Although the measure was never enforced, residents in the central portion of the city, where driveways and garages of many older homes do not provide enough off-street parking, balked.
City Atty. Richard J. Morillo had estimated that enforcement and administration of the ban would have cost the city from $15,000 to $30,000 yearly. He said revenue from parking citations probably would have covered the cost.
The beleaguered Sierra Vista Redevelopment Project moved a giant step closer to realization when voters approved a ballot measure giving city administrators the go-ahead on the project.
Of the city's 15,806 registered voters, 4,210 voted in favor of the project and 3,253 against it.
"This project will be a big, big help to everyone," said Mayor Jack White on Wednesday. "We will go forward with our project and it will be done responsibly."
Frank Fitzgerald, a member of Baldwin Park's Planning Commission, said the Sierra Vista project will create jobs and wipe out what he called a blighted area.
Attracting New Business
The city hopes that the site along the San Bernardino Freeway, which is now dotted with deteriorating structures, will attract a variety of new businesses, Fitzgerald said.
"Anybody who sees our freeway corridor knows it could use some improvement," he said. "It's good for the future of the city."
However, opponents, who see the project as sacrificing the rights of homeowners and small businessmen to the interests of developers and large corporations, disagree.