Low is a key on Rosemead City Council

first_imgClark also is disappointed in Low’s vote that helped remove Clark from her delegate seat on the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. “She is capable of thinking independently, but she blew it on that one,” Clark said. Since Low has been elected, staff members said they think the council has started to make progress. It held its first strategic planning meeting on Friday in the city’s history. It approved $600,000 for upgrades of the council chambers, which hasn’t been improved since its construction in the 1950s. It is considering adopting a new set of guidelines that would prevent the “mansionization” of neighborhoods. It voted 3-2, with Taylor and Clark dissenting, to move the council meetings from 8 p.m. to 7 p.m. Even the diversity among the council members is starting to more adequately reflect the city’s demographics. Rosemead, which has 53,505 residents, has a predominastely Asian and Latino population. At council meetings, Low has often been the first to make a motion and to make comments to the residents during public comment. On Tuesday, she was the only council member to offer a $100 personal donation to the Rosemead Youth Association, which is experiencing financial hard times. Low, who has a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s degree in computer science, has also been outspoken against the high salary the Council members receive, calling it a serious misuse of public funds. Council members get paid $1,118 a month, not including community development committee payments. Low was born in Hong Kong. She and her husband have lived in the city for 20 years, and they have three children. She has been trying to get on the City Council since 2005, when she was vying for one of three open City Council seats. During that election, Low became the second Asian-American woman to run for a council seat in Rosemead. She ran against Tran, Nu ez, Clark and former councilmen Bill Alarcon and Joe Vasquez. Low, like Tran and Nu ez, was opposed to Wal-Mart. Low ran again unsuccessfully in the recall election, which sought to unseat long-timers Taylor and former Councilman Jay Imperial for their approval of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. But in her campaign this year, she ran with the hopes of moving forward, apart from the Wal-Mart decision. Wal-Mart supporters have assumed that Low will vote with Tran and Nu ez because of the shared views on the Supercenter. “She’s no one’s puppet,” said Jim Flournoy, community activist. jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now, council members, staff and residents are waiting to see how the March 6 election of Low is going to play out, although many have already associated her as the third vote to join Mayor John Tran and Councilman John Nu ez, both of whom were elected in 2005. Low, an aerospace software engineer manager for Raytheon, has so far proven to some that she is an independent thinker, though she declined to be interviewed for this story. She sided with Councilman Gary Taylor and Councilwoman Margaret Clark and approved a request to get a verbatim transcript from a council meeting, and also voted with them not to support paying for banners to honor the Chamber of Commerce’s 80th anniversary. But both Taylor and Clark – along with fellow supporters of the Wal-Mart – expressed apprehension about Low. While Low has helped the minority win small victories, they said her vote to approve hiring City Attorney Bonifacio Garcia might have exposed her true colors. ROSEMEAD – The city’s top vote getter in the March council election billed herself as someone who could bring change to Rosemead. “Rosemead has been stagnant for many, many years,” Polly Low said while she was campaigning. A little more than a month after Low was sworn on to the City Council, some say that it has been a constant state of change. Low, 45, faces a city that is attempting to rebuild itself after it was left deeply divided over construction of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. last_img read more

PACKED MEETING AS THE PEOPLE OF LETTERMACAWARD OPPOSE POST OFFICE AXE

first_imgThe huge crowd in Lettermacaward tonightTHE people of Lettermacaward came out in force tonight to send a message to Minister Pat Rabbitte: “We won’t let you close our post office.”Politicians from all sides united behind the local community as An Post admitted its review of their services could see the local post office closed.Under its policies, every time a post master or post mistress retires, and the post office business case is not met, it shuts it. But tonight people aged from nine to 90 said ‘No’ to the proposed closure.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher was among those who welcomed the large crowd that attended public meeting she called to save Lettermacaward Post Office.“The strength of numbers that turned out tonight has sent a strong message to An Post that the people of Lettermacaward will not sit idly by and watch local services stripped from their community,” said Cllr Gallagher“I would like to congratulate all those who took part and attended the meeting, there is a lot of work to be done between now and the deadline for submissions to retain the post office on the ninth of May, and I pledge my support to the committee. “There were many heartfelt contributions from the community of the importance of the retention of the Post Office to them individually and as a community.”Outgoing postmaster Brian Cannon spoke eloquently and pleaded with all present to stand together and fight for their community – and fight for their post office.A local committee was formed on the night and are meeting on Friday 25th at 8.30 to decide the next steps to retain Post Office services in Lettermacaward.Children drew posters in support of the post officePACKED MEETING AS THE PEOPLE OF LETTERMACAWARD OPPOSE POST OFFICE AXE was last modified: April 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Therese GallagherLettermacawardpost officePublic meetinglast_img read more