Sun Village candidates
Elections coming soon
Sun Village, CA - Next Saturday, residents of the small town of Sun Village will go to the poles. Two seats in the Town Council are open this go round.
Four candidates are running for the positions, including incumbents Caroline Hicks, William Shaw and Rock Glaser, who is currently an alternate member. David Orso, who is a member of the Antelope Valley Trucker Organization, is also running. He is, in fact, a Littlerock native who has been asked to run for the Town Council seat by members of the Littlerock Town Council.
While each candidate brings something different to the table, most of the incumbents share a relatively common ground with their vision for the small town. Progress and growth seemed to be the reigning theme of the candidates.
Shaw has lived in the town for 52 years and involved with the Town Council off and on for the last 12 years. As one of the pioneers of Sun Village, Shaw wants to see residents participate more freely in the community and have access to resources.
“I hope Sun Village will become a community where people can live, be able to participate, and be proud of their community,” he said.
When asked where does he see the town going in the next five years, he said, “It’s hard to really tell because we need jobs in the area and the main thing is to work hard and have a community that can work, but don’t have to travel so far for work.”
He says his main concern at this point is that someone who has the interest of the Sun Village community will be elected for the seat.
Glaser has been a resident of Sun Village for over 25 years and has been involved with the Town Council for over 10 years. He says he wants to keep and preserve the town’s essence and continue building a better community.
“I want to go with the flow of the population and thinking (of the community) and have a better community,” Glaser said. “Rather than let things go down the drain, at least let the board of supervisors know what our needs are up here.”
Working in construction for 40 years, Glaser is familiar with code enforcement and infrastructure needs. He says some of the top issues Sun Village is currently facing include traffic lights, safety concerns, and community awareness.
Caroline Hicks has been a resident of Sun Village since 1977. She is now retired from Los Angeles Parks and Recreation and has participated on the Town Council for 15 years. Her objective as an incumbent is to preserve town history and also promote progress.
“I am running to bring change and independence for Sun Village and to keep the legacy going,” she said. “If I am re-elected, I want to just keep the legacy alive and try to enhance Sun Village and make things better for people who are to come and for the people who are here already.”
Hicks would like to see more signs that identify the community posted along the highway and freeway. She says the community is about progress and does not want anyone to hold it back.
Orso refused to speak to OurWeekly until his political advisor gave further notice. Orso currently receives advice from Littlerock Town Council members and resides on the borderline of Sun Village and Littlerock. According to James Brooks, Sun Village Town Council president, the candidate claims to have the interest of the community, however.
The election will be held at Jackie Robinson Park on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone residing within Avenue Q to the north, Avenue T to the south, 80th Street to the west, and 135th Street to the east are permitted to vote.
Five candidates did not attend the Watts forum: realtor Rebecca Chambliss, businessman Frank Pereyda, small business owner and former 15th District Councilman Rudy Svorinich, and write-in candidates Emery Soos and Timothy Weaver.
To give residents an opportunity to learn even more about the candidates for the 15h District Council race, we sent an survey to each of the 15 people running. Following you will find their answers as well as other pertinent information. Some candidate did not respond, despite repeated calls and e-maiL.
First, thank you to Our Weekly and to Stevie Wonder’s KJLH FrontPage. Together, they supported and promoted last weekend’s community gathering to ‘Craft A Black Political Agenda for California,’ held at the Vision Theater in Leimert Park and hosted by the California Black Think Tank.
The City of Inglewood begins accepting nominations Monday for candidates interested in finishing out the unexpired term of former Mayor Roosevelt Dorn.
Papers must be returned to the city clerk’s office by March 2.
Dorn was forced to retire because of a plea bargain agreement he made with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. He pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of conflict of interest involving a homeowner loan he took from a city program.
This week there was another important election. It was just in time to remind us all of what democracy really means—citizen participation in the regular process of choosing representatives to make public policy choices for us. Governance by the governed it is called.
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The results of Tuesday’s primary election went pretty much as expected, with Garcetti and Greuel jumping to early leads in the eight-candidate race and never relenting, but both falling short of the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff.