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Holden, Lowe Get Top Votes In 41st Assembly Race

Pasadena councilman Chris Holden will face tea party member Donna Lowe in the 41st Assembly race this November.

and pulled the most votes in the 41st Assembly race Tuesday—each scoring a spot on the November ballot.

Holden brought in 29.6 percent of the votes and Lowe 23.2 percent. had 17.8 percent, 15.6 percent and 13.8 percent.

A Long-time Pasadena Councilman with a slew of endorsements, Holden leading up to June 5. 

“There's a lot that goes into the races,” he told Patch Tuesday night.

“I think we did a good job getting out and doing meet and greets throughout the district. It helps in terms of making connections and talking about issues happening in the 41st Assembly district."

Lowe, who raised $57,614, is a member of the Tea Party. Her campaign focused heavily on pro-business and anti-union. 

Patch Asks: Check back with us for reactions from residents and candidates. What do you think of the results? 

reality check June 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Please educate your neighbors on Chris Holden's 710 freeway stance. This Cargo truck freeway will do more damage to our area than any other issue: Chris Holden “a longtime proponent of finishing the 710 Freeway” when it was a surface freeway http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/30/news/mn-37728) has been pushing for years to complete the 710 freeway for use by the LA/LB ports cargo trucks. Holden only mentions his support for the EIR of the tunnel in current news articles because he realizes as people find out the damage it would really do to our area they would stop supporting him. Ask yourself: Why is he now fighting to build a toll freeway that will only clog our streets with diverted traffic from cars unwilling to pay the tolls required to finance this tunnel, instead of supporting alternatives like the GRID and electric train systems for goods movement? Do you think this indicates there is big money involved in Holden’s campaign? Doesn’t it look like Holden is selling us out to the ports and freeway construction firms like Parsons Brinckerhoff so we can suffer from traffic and pollution that a cargo freeway will bring to this area while the greedy few line their pockets?
Steve Lamb June 06, 2012 at 01:51 PM
This is the EXACT same piece Mr. Reality Check wrote on Chu. Is Mr Reality a paid propagandist?
S. Ray June 06, 2012 at 06:56 PM
All we need to do to know what Chris Holden's motivation is for his position on the 710 freeway is look at who is supporting him. According to Patch, his top donors are: IBEW Local 18 Water & Power Defense League, $7800 AFSCME CA People, $7800 SEIU United Long Term Care Workers Local 6434 State PAC, $7800 California Real Estate PAC, $7800 California Teachers Assn/Assn. For Better Citizenship, $7800 Faculty For Our University's Future, $7800 Laborer's Int'l Union of North America Local 777, $4900 These 7 labor unions alone put up more than 25% of his reported support. Now that the primary is over, there will no doubt be more where that came from. It's no secret that the unions have long supported the completion of the 710 freeway as a union job creation vehicle. Holden's views on the freeway completion are being bought and paid for with union dues, and no one will ever be able to create a convincing argument otherwise. He will never be a friend of freeway opponents. The alternative systems are too far into the future for Holden and his union cronies. They want to start building the thing, and for them, the sooner the better.
Sam Burgess June 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Hey, Kristen, ONCE AGAIN!!! I submitted comments (responding to Steve Lamb's comment) and, ONCE AGAIN, those comments disappeared!!!!!! I really do not wish to complain but........ And, Steve Lamb, Realty Checks's comments have appeared on several blogs. Some at great length. Read them carefully. Realty Check is a propagandist for the GRID project. Sometime this summer I will writ a blog on the obscenity of the GRID project.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 10:16 PM
@Sam: Thanks for letting me know about the comment problem. I will look into this.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Can a Republican win the 41st Assembly district? Check back with Patch to hear what the candidates have to say.
Steve Lamb June 07, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I thought Portantino was a Republican, well except for his views on guns.
Steve Garcia June 07, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I thought that under the new redistricting commission, there were not supposed to be any "safe" districts. The whole thing does not appear to have worked out that way, particularly considering how the Democrats gamed the system. In the long run, though, I don't think that November's election will be so much about Republican or Democrat as it will be about who the voters trust more with the economy.
reality check June 08, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Sam, I’m not a propagandist for the Grid. In fact I wish that only the storage and sorting system of that project would be implemented. The Cargoway concept for distribution actually accomplishes all of the requirements set up by the ports. It is able to do local warehouse distribution and makes use of an inland port for redistribution. Just because you don’t like one aspect of the Grid doesn’t mean everything in the concept should be ruled out. Don’t toss the baby out with the bath water. I’ve ignored the comments you aimed at me elsewhere because I didn’t feel you were doing much damage to my cause, which is informing those living in the affected areas as to the true devastation the 710 freeway would do to our area. I suggest alternatives to a cargo freeway to show there are better solutions than to add more congestion and pollution to the LA Freeway system. Please read all of the info I have posted which includes SCAG DAILY TRUCK VOLUMES expected with the ports expansion. I’ve duplicated the info in the communities that will be affected as a form of Outreach. Just because you may read Altadena’s Patch along with SP Patch doesn’t mean that people from other cities read each other’s Patch’s so duplication is necessary. Those who will be affected have a right to the info that Metro is hiding from us. We can only protect ourselves from this freeway if we are informed. We are on the same side last I checked – we need to support each other.
reality check June 08, 2012 at 02:26 AM
If you are going to write a blog about the Grid – please read about the changes that have been made to the concept. It has morphed a great deal since you first learned about it, so you need to update yourself. Then if you still don’t like certain aspects, comment on those, but you must admit the storage and sorting looks promising. Would be nice to see it change from that point and have the electric/CNG CargoWay Trams receiving the containers and have those run along the freeway system and rail lines.
reality check June 08, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Steve Lamb, Not quite the same piece. The common thread is that Chris Holden and Judy Chu are both avid supporters of building the 710 freeway from the ports for the shipment of goods. The links backing up this statement are different for both politicians. The one for Holden is from an LA times article http://articles.latimes.com/1997/sep/30/news/mn-37728 The one for Chu is actually from a pro-freeway site published by 710 lobbyist Nat Read: http://www.710gap.com/support/409a.htm Judy Chu’s husband, Mike Eng, is also promoting building this freeway: http://710freeway.wordpress.com/ This info at one time was posted on a web blog by Leland Dolley who is a paid “lawyer” who functions in a lobbyist capacity promoting the 710 freeway for the city of Alhambra. That blog has since disappeared and is replaced with the same write up, this time posted by a by a PR firm. You will also see in this link that FMR Gov. Schwarzenegger, Gilbert Cedillo, along with FMR SP councilmenbers Mike Ten, and David Sifuentes (and of course all of the Alahambra city council) have actively promoted construction of the 710 freeway. Please check my other postings to find out why the 710 freeway would damage this region. Click on the links I include, they are important sources of info. http://southpasadena.patch.com/users/reality-check-7/comments And no, not a paid propagandist LOL. Just one of many of Metro and Caltrans’ potential future CARGO freeway victims.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Who Will Win The 41st Assembly District? http://patch.com/A-tTQX
Kristen Lepore (Editor) June 08, 2012 at 10:26 PM
@Steve Garcia: LA Times editorial today says top-two primary combined with redistricting makes for effective government. You feel that didn't happen in 41st district Tuesday? http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-schnur-california-election-20120607,0,993362.story
S. Ray June 11, 2012 at 01:18 AM
In response to one of Reality Check's earlier posts, it should be pointed out that Leland Dolley used to be the City Attorney for the City of Alhambra.

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