Diamond Bar and Walnut Residents to Head to Polls Today

Local races include the Diamond Bar City Council, the Walnut Valley Unified school board, the Pomona Unified school board, and the Rowland Unified school board.

Voters across the Southland, including Diamond Bar and Walnut residents, will head to the polls today for local and municipal consolidated elections.

The total number of contests on the ballot involve 21 cities, 58 school districts, 9 county water districts, 3 other districts, 6 city measures, and 1 school district measures, according the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Races across the county include 519 candidates vying for 114 seats. 

Local candidates are vying for Diamond Bar City Council, as well for school boards for Pomona Unified, Walnut Valley Unified, and Rowland Unified.

Candidates for Nov. 5 election.

Diamond Bar City Council
  • Nancy Lyons

Walnut Valley Unified School District candidates: 3 seats

Pomona Unified School District candidates: 3 seats

  • John Mendoza
  • Andrew S. Wong

Rowland Unified School District: 3 seats

  • Wild Chang
  • Cary C. Chen
  • Lynne Ebenkamp
  • Phillip R. Estrada

  • Anne Ma
  • Angelina Marie Pride
  • Gilbert G. Garcia
To see a video of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council's recent candidate's forum for the Rowland Unified school board race, click here.

Voters can visit www.lavote.net to search for their polling place and view a sample ballot online. 


Concerned Parent November 05, 2013 at 01:49 PM
Do not vote for incumbents in Walnut, please!
Bob November 05, 2013 at 05:44 PM
There's a reason why we live here in Walnut. We are and have been fortunate to have such a strong school district and that takes experienced, dedicated, school board members with integrity. I am voting for the incumbents and if you want to continue on the road of success, you should too.
Vito Spago November 05, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Bob: Our school district has gotten worse in the last several years under the current school board. Just a note that our school district is not nearly as good as it used to be. That means our city is going downhill, which is typical of mature cities where people keep the 'status quo'.
shazaam November 06, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Bob - It's the community that makes up the school district, not the board members. Integrity? How do you explain the negative certification that these so called experience board members have gotten WVUSD into?
shazaam November 06, 2013 at 11:22 AM
It looks like it doesn't matter anymore. The two that needed to be booted out looks like they got re-elected. SMH.
Vito Spago November 06, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Voting seems to go by name recognition only. No wonder all politicians want to do is get their photos in the paper and give speeches. I bet most of the city does not know of the negative cert or what it even means. Their is NO investigative reporting to let the public know. Just as there was no investigative reporting to let the public know that Obama was lying during the 2012 presidential election. Obama could have said you can keep your insurance and Romney would have said no you can't and it would have just been a 'he said/she said'. With investigative reporting, the reasons you could not keep your insurance would have come out and Obama would have been caught in a lie. Walnut has low information voters because no publication is there to tell them the truth.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) November 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM
I wrote several stories about the district's budget and negative certification Vito. If you want more beyond that, feel free to start a blog to help keep your community informed.
Vito Spago November 06, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Sorry, Melanie, I did not mean community newspapers but papers such as the LA Times, OC Register and print magazines such as Time. TV such as 60 minutes come to mind also. Stories such as has happened in Bell, Vernon and Irwindale (Srarachi) make the big news. Perhaps if someone on the school board was accused of criminal acts and was arrested it would hit the big news and folks would be made aware. My guess is that in elections such as these, the turn out is very low. Most folks do not turn out and you essentially get all the political friends of the encumbents to show up to vote. New candidates do not have a chance because they do not have a political following.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) November 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Well Vito, a school district filing a negative certification isn't a national news type of story, especially since they can get back to positive by making a few cuts or budget adjustments. Now, if a district was taken over by the state, such as I think Inglewood Unified was, than the bigger newspapers might have more interest in the story.
Vito Spago November 06, 2013 at 04:23 PM
You are so right. I still cannot figure out how the incumb ents got back in. Perhaps someone else has an idea other than the voters are stupid.
Vito Spago November 06, 2013 at 08:09 PM
Here is a local story that made the LA Times. I think some foreign citizens are so used to politicians being crooks, that they reelect them anyway. This is about Chang being reelected in Hacienda Heights. It is OK that he stuffs his pockets. Beyond belief. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-hacienda-school-board-reelected-20131106,0,5771723.story#axzz2juwcIJEg
shazaam November 07, 2013 at 08:22 AM
There is rarely a true, transparent, genuine, and sincere politician. Most of these individuals are in it for their own benefits and perks. It's sad.


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