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  • Fri, November 16, 2018 2:16 PM | Deleted user

    The Partnership’s Legislative Action Committee met this week to hear a special post-midterm elections presentation by David Siders, a POLITICO national political correspondent. Siders is a resident of Sierra Madre here in the San Gabriel Valley.

    Mr. Siders provided a detailed overview of several broad takeaways from the midterm elections, notably the significant increase in turnout – the highest for a midterm election since 1970. This turnout increase coincided with many younger voters turning out to the polls, along with minority voters who typically vote at lower rates than white voters. This electorate was a challenging one for Republicans across the country, as the GOP lost key voters in suburban districts which lead to the loss of their majority in the House of Representatives along with several governorships. While the Republicans managed to win a few Senate seats in places like Missouri, Indiana, and North Dakota, they lost two previously held GOP seats in Arizona and Nevada. In California, Republicans have now lost five House seats and are on the verge of losing a sixth, in addition to key losses in the State Senate and State Assembly, leaving Democrats with supermajorities in Sacramento.

    Mr. Siders turned his attention to the pivotal 2020 presidential election, noting that several major candidates like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris are already staffing up and preparing to run for president. He emphasized that many candidates will jump into this race from the Democratic side, while it is unlikely that President Trump would face a serious challenge from within his own party. In regards to Trump, this election defeat should show all Republicans – even those few who remain disaffected – that unless they rally around this candidate, their party is unlikely to prevail in future elections.

  • Fri, November 16, 2018 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Los Angeles Times: Democrat Gil Cisneros pulls ahead of Republican Young Kim as more votes are tallied

    Democrat Gil Cisneros pulled ahead of Republican Young Kim in one of California’s undecided congressional races Thursday, an ominous sign for a GOP already reeling from its loss of four House seats in the state.

    In updated vote counts released by the registrars for Orange and San Bernardino counties, Kim fell 941 votes behind Cisneros in the contest to succeed Republican Rep. Ed Royce in California’s 39th Congressional District. The 39th straddles Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties.

    The Nov. 6 midterm election has been devastating to Republicans in California. If Cisneros and Porter win, the party will have lost six of its 14 House seats in the state, essentially a wipeout in every contest that both parties spent heavily to win. The three Republicans already bounced from Congress are Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Jeff Denham of Turlock in the San Joaquin Valley. Democrat Mike Levin won the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista in the fourth district flipped so far.

    Los Angeles Times: Republicans lose a fifth House seat as Democrat Katie Porter ousts Rep. Mimi Walters

    In another blow to California Republicans reeling from defeats in the Nov. 6 election, Democrat Katie Porter has ousted GOP Rep. Mimi Walters in an upscale Orange County congressional district that was a longtime conservative bastion.

    At the same time, the updated vote count Thursday by the Orange County registrar of voters had Democratic House candidate Gil Cisneros pulling 941 votes ahead of Republican Young Kim in an adjacent congressional district.

    The Associated Press projected Porter’s unseating of Walters in the 45th Congressional District contest after Orange County’s tally found that the two-term incumbent had dropped 6,203 votes behind her challenger.

    It is the fifth House seat in California that Republicans lost in last week’s election. Democrats will control at least 44 of the state’s 53 seats in the House. It’s a new low point for a state GOP sorely damaged over the last two decades by the kind of hard-line immigration politics championed by President Trump.

    In an essay Thursday in the Washington Examiner, former California GOP Chairman Shawn Steel bemoaned the party’s near-collapse, saying Republicans were “completely outmatched” in fundraising and grass-roots organizing.

    “California Republicans, long in the wilderness, have now reached the point of desperation,” he wrote.

    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: Gold Line extension delayed due to steel tariffs, runaway construction costs, authority says

    Citing tariffs on imported steel, tighter immigration policies and rising wages, the Gold Line Construction Authority board Tuesday voted to build only half the Glendora-to-Montclair extension, saying runaway construction costs could prevent building out to Montclair.

    By a 5-0 unanimous vote, the board authorized the surprise staff recommendation that the 12.3-mile extension needs to be built in two phases due to costs rising 38 percent, from $1.5 billion to $2.1 billion.

    The Authority, which had scraped together $1.5 billion and had broken ground on utility replacement work, was about to award a design-build contract and make history as the first light-rail train extending from Los Angeles County to the Inland Empire when all four bidders said their costs would be way above the Authority’s estimated price tag.

    In order not to derail the entire project, the Authority will use the money to build the first eight miles and new stations in Glendora, San Dimas and La Verne two years earlier than planned, by 2024.

    The project from La Verne to Claremont, Pomona and Montclair becomes an iffy phase two, dependent on the economy, market forces and the agency finding the extra funding within the next two years.

    “We have high probability we will be able to build from Glendora to La Verne with the funds we have now. To go beyond that, we need the $570 million,” said Habib Balian, CEO of the Construction Authority at the special board meeting in Monrovia.

    CALMatters: Dan Morain: A landslide victory, supermajorities, and a fat budget surplus: It's good to be Gavin right now

    The good news just keeps coming for California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom.

    Not only did he win a resounding 60 percent-plus landslide, but he will be greeted by a two-thirds supermajority of fellow Democrats in both houses—more than sufficient to approve a tax increase. Not that he’ll need it any time soon.

    That’s because he’ll also inherit a $200-billion plus budget that, as it turns out, is in “remarkably good shape” heading into the coming year, with nearly $30 billion in combined reserves and unexpected tax revenue, the Legislative Analyst’s Office reported Wednesday.

    “By historical standards, this surplus is extraordinary,” the analyst wrote in its annual fiscal outlook for the 2019-20 budget year.

    So is Newsom’s luck, says Hoover Institution research fellow Bill Whalen, who worked in Gov. Pete Wilson’s administration. “This,” Whalen said Wednesday, “is living under a fortunate star.”

    One reason for the analyst’s projected surplus is that spending increases will be “very low” for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that under Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers have sought to limit increases in ongoing spending.

    San Gabriel Valley Tribune: LA Metro committee approves $500 million in 710 freeway gap dollars for local SGV road improvements

    For the first time since LA Metro killed the extension of the 710 Freeway, the agency on Wednesday approved 34 alternative projects, saying improvements to roads and major thoroughfares affected by traffic from the freeway’s northern terminus represents a new, cities-driven approach that flies in the face of Caltrans’ more-than-60-year desire to complete the 4.1-mile gap between El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena.

    The Metro Ad Hoc Congestion, Highway and Roads Committee unanimously approved the first set of projects worth a total of $514.4 million. The list must be approved by the LA Metro Board of Directors at their meeting in December.

    “A year ago, I would not have believed we could’ve put a project list like this together,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor and Metro committee member Kathryn Barger, who has led an effort to bring cities on opposite sides of the freeway fight together. “This is a bottoms-up approach. These projects are recommended by those cities impacted.”

    The cities of Pasadena and Alhambra — who have opposed and supported the freeway extension, respectively — are the big winners.

    Washington Post: Henry Olsen: How the GOP might win in 2020

    Tuesday’s midterm elections were important for the country’s future. They were also crucial for the Republican Party’s future. The GOP’s massive losses in traditionally Republican suburbs have set it irretrievably on a new path. Either it re-creates a William McKinley-style coalition based on the working-class voter or it dies.

    The party’s devastation in traditional, high-income suburban bastions is unmistakable. Nearly every House seat it lost was in these areas. Districts in suburban Atlanta, Houston and Dallas that voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 by between 15 and 24 points went Democratic. Districts that Republicans had held for decades outside Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia fell. The blue tide even swept away a GOP seat in Oklahoma City. This trend was more than a coastal fad.

    Republicans are used to being the party of the upper middle class, and their natural reaction will be to prioritize regaining these lost ancestral homes. But they should resist that urge, at least insofar as it would conflict with efforts to serve another, crucial part of the evolving GOP coalition: working-class, Obama-Trump voters.

    Those voters turned out in droves Tuesday, and their unexpected loyalty to their new party saved the GOP’s bacon. Their support captured two Minnesota House seats and rescued a number of other Republican candidates. They also propelled North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer, Indiana’s Mike Braun, Missouri’s Josh Hawley and probably Florida’s Rick Scott to victory in the Senate; had they not voted Republican, at least two of these seats would have stayed Democratic, and the post-election story line would be much different.

    Their votes also secured key governorships — in Ohio and Florida (pending a recount), specifically — for the party, preserving its control over redistricting there after the 2020 Census.

    Nonetheless, their importance remains drastically underappreciated by the GOP leadership. On Tuesday, in most states Obama-Trump voters’ support was high but still below 2016 levels. Had the party been willing to embrace them rather than ignore them, that support could have increased further, perhaps allowing Matt Rosendale to prevail in Montana’s Senate race. At least five House seats with large numbers of these voters also narrowly went Democratic. Overlooking these places was a mistake.

    Tuesday’s results should force the GOP to court these crucial voters more aggressively. That will mean looking at what they value and making a concerted effort to meet their concerns.

  • Fri, November 09, 2018 12:53 PM | Deleted user

    (L-R) Luis Cetina, Mehdi Emrani, Jason Lyon, Sam Pedroza 

    New officers for the Partnership Board of Directors were approved during the October board meeting. Please join us to welcome Luis Cetina, Mehdi Emrani, Jason Lyon, and Sam Pedroza. Below are their abridged bios. 

    Luis Cetina, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

    Luis Cetina is a principal government and regional affairs representative in the Legislative Services Section of the External Affairs Group at The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). Luis joined MWD in 1986 as a student surveyor, and is currently responsible for promoting water policy among the members of the council of governments various chambers of commerce and economic partnerships of the San Gabriel Valley and Gateway Region and the state and federal elected officials of those regions. 

    Luis earned his B.S. degree in Civil engineering with emphasis on the environment from the California State Polytechnic University of Pomona.

    Mehdi Emrani, Wells Fargo

    Mehdi Emrani is a Regional Vice President with Wells Fargo Bank’s Middle Market Banking Group in the Greater Los Angeles East Region. Mehdi joined the company in 2005 and has spent the majority of his 13 years at Wells Fargo with the Middle Market Banking Group. Before joining Wells Fargo, Mehdi worked as a chemical engineer with Eastman Chemical supporting operations at manufacturing facilities throughout the Midwest and California.

    Mehdi earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and his M.B.A with concentrations in finance and marketing from USC’s Marshall School of Business.

    Jason Lyon, Hahn & Hahn

    D. Jason Lyon is a litigator at Hahn & Hahn LLP, a 119-year-old general service law firm in Pasadena. His practice focuses on commercial disputes as well as trust and employment matters. Jason earned his BA in film and television from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to practicing law, he worked as a producer in documentaries and television commercials. Jason received his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law (Law Review, Michael T. Masin Scholar, Order of the Coif).

    Sam Pedroza, City of Industry

    Sam Pedroza has recently joined the City of Industry as its Public Affairs Manager. The newly created position will be responsible for the development and implementation of the city’s communication strategy and objectives. His responsibilities include the coordination of the city’s information, communications and public relations activities. Sam previously worked in the Public Information Section of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

    Sam has a B.S. degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from UCLA. 

  • Fri, November 09, 2018 9:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Los Angeles Times: Full Midterm Election Results

    Here's a linked to the Los Angeles Times' full election results page which tracks races across the country and here in California. Many races are still undecided as provisional and mail-in ballots are slowly being counted in states and counties across the nation. Recounts are underway in Florida and Georgia while here in California, several extremely close House races are still awaiting a final outcome which may not come for over a week.

    CALMatters: How Governor-Elect Newsom could shape California's future, issue-by-issue

    Gavin Newsom first ran for governor in 2010, an effort he abandoned and then relaunched in 2015 with the long, long campaign that crescendoed tonight. Now that California voters have given the 51-year-old Democrat the job he has sought for eight years, he is about to discover that winning was the easy part.

    Governing is hard, particularly in a state as big, complex, troubled and expensive as California. We have the world’s fifth largest economy and, with our cost of living, the nation’s highest rate of poverty.

    The shortage of affordable housing has pushed the middle class out of the state’s coastal jobs centers—or out of state altogether—while exacerbating a decades-long crisis of homelessness and sending college housing costs into the stratosphere. Pension costs weigh on city finances, wildfires rage nearly year-round, the academic achievement gap hobbles prospects for too many poor and brown public school students, and lately the state’s relationship with the federal government has been one of permanent litigation.

    Over the course of his very long candidacy, Newsom laid out a robust vision. In his words: “Guaranteed health care for all. A ‘Marshall Plan’ for affordable housing. A master plan for aging with dignity. A middle-class workforce strategy. A cradle-to-college promise for the next generation. An all-hands approach to ending child poverty.”

    He hasn’t always detailed how he would pay for his promises, nor which policies he would be willing to jettison in the face of political pushback or certain budgetary constraints.

    That changes on January 7 with his inauguration. On key issues, here’s what to expect.

    CALMatters Op-Ed: Gavin Newsom's dilemma: Making a change while following Jerry Brown's lead

    After the victory music had quieted, after the introduction by his wife was done, Gavin Newsom took to the stage at a Los Angeles nightclub and began to walk the fine line that will likely define his first year as California governor. Even as he laid out his vision for renewing California, calling it “a land of plenty but… far from perfect,” Newsom praised the man he will replace.

    “For literally my entire life, Gov. Jerry Brown has been blazing his trail. He’s been a role model for me, and tonight we all owe him a profound debt of gratitude,” Newsom said to loud applause from the crowd that included many campaign donors, lobbyists and Democratic legislators.

    It’s been more than 130 years since a Democrat followed another Democrat into the California governor’s office—and with this generational changing of the guard, Newsom will replace one who is particularly accomplished and popular. That means he’ll face a tension other recent governors have not: to both follow the path carved by his predecessor while also living up to his campaign slogan, “courage for a change.”

    “Too many Californians are being priced out of housing, health care and higher education,” Newsom said as he declared victory in his campaign against Republican businessman John Cox. “Too many children are growing up in poverty, starting school from behind. In many ways, in many places, we are simultaneously the richest and the poorest state.”

    Newsom’s priorities and connections are, in many ways, more of an extension of Brown’s than either camp tends to highlight. Both are Democrats eager to challenge President Trump’s approach to immigration and the environment. Both have roots in San Francisco and experience as big-city mayors. Even their family history is intertwined: Brown’s father was friends with Newsom’s grandfather; and Brown appointed Newsom’s father as a judge. Newsom has said he feels very connected to Brown’s legacy and is “inclined to protect it.”

    Los Angeles Times: GOP Reps. Rohrbacher and Walters lose ground in latest ballot count

    Democrats in two House races that remain too close to call in Orange County have gained substantial ground since the election on Tuesday, but tens of thousands of ballots have yet to be counted in each contest.

    The 2,682-vote lead that Democrat Harley Rouda established on election night over Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa jumped to 4,756 votes late Wednesday when the Orange County Registrar of Voters updated its tally.

    Another Republican, Rep. Mimi Walters, saw her 6,233-vote lead over Democrat Katie Porter shrink to 4,037 votes.

    “From the standpoint of the final count, I would rather be Katie Porter than Mimi Walters today,” said Porter strategist Sean Clegg.

    Walters, who represents Irvine, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita in the 45th Congressional District, is now ahead of Porter, 51% to 49%. But that edge is all but certain to narrow further, if not disappear. There are an estimated 70,000 to 90,000 more ballots to count in Walters’ contest as well as Rohrabacher’s.

    Governing: With a Divided Congress, States Will Likely Take Up the Slack

    It's never a bad idea to bet on Congress failing to act. With Democrats taking control of the U.S. House and certain to have contentious relations with President Trump, Congress is going to be doing even less than usual.

    "It's always been a substantial challenge to get anything meaningful through Congress," says Victor Riches, president of the Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank in Phoenix. "Obviously, that's going to be more difficult now."

    For the next two years, the House will hold hearings to investigate Trump, while the Senate will work to confirm his judicial picks. No doubt Trump will issue more executive orders, as President Barack Obama got in the habit of doing once he faced divided government.

    But there won't be much substantive legislation crossing Trump's desk. "That will leave a policy vacuum that the states will seek to fill," says Aubrey Jewett, a political scientist at the University of Central Florida.

    With conservatives and progressives alike being frustrated by Washington, they'll turn to states to push their favored policy agendas. Each will be able to find plenty of friendly outlets.

    Washington Post Op-Ed: Yuval Levin: The 2018 midterms told a tale of two weak parties

    In the wake of an election, we naturally tend to be struck by the strength of the winning side. Who now has momentum in our politics, and what sort of mandate have they won? But the peculiar mixed result of Tuesday’s midterms should help us see the distinct and troubling character of our politics now: It is the weakness of all sides, and the strength of none, that shapes this moment.

    This was evident in 2016, too. Both major-party presidential candidates were broadly unappealing people, and each was well-suited to lose. The question was who would turn off more voters. The binary character of presidential elections left us looking for explanations of the outcome in President Trump’s distinct strengths, but when you examine his razor-thin victory in a few decisive states, it’s his opponent’s weakness that really tells the tale. And Trump has since governed as a weak president alongside a weak Congress.

    Tuesday’s elections revealed the same pattern. Republicans had a very friendly Senate map, with 10 Democrats facing reelection in states that Trump won handily. Republicans walked away with roughly three more seats, giving them a slightly less narrow majority in a body that still requires 60 votes for real legislative work. Meanwhile in the House, the Democrats had an opportunity for major gains throughout the country, but they made modest gains in friendly suburbs — winning almost exclusively districts that Hillary Clinton won two years ago.

    In essence, each party won some marginal voters powerfully turned off by the other, but neither found a way to meaningfully broaden its coalition — which is what it would take to really show strength.

    City Journal: Joel Kotkin: Signs of Hope in California?

    Ronald Reagan is not coming back, but California may be avoiding a trip to the insane asylum. Yes, the GOP’s lackluster gubernatorial candidate, John Cox, lost by almost 20 points, and the only issue in the legislature is whether the Democrats regain their supermajority in both houses. But it could have been much worse.

    The GOP lost only two or three congressional districts in southern California and appeared to be holding its own in the interior. In my own district, to my surprise, Mimi Walters, who was out-campaigned and outspent, managed to win. Others, like the more contentious Dana Rohrabacher, did not.

    Without a change in approach, Republican growth potential is limited by changing demographics and an increasingly bifurcated state economy. At best, the GOP, running on its traditional anti-tax platform, can get up near 45 percent—as shown in the failed repeal of the gas tax, Proposition 6—but no further. This strategy still works marginally in places like Orange County and the interior but fails overall.

    In a sense, California elections are now about how far left the state is willing to go. Proposition 10, a measure to expand rent control, was soundly defeated by a massive ad campaign targeting homeowners fearful of seeing curbs on the prices that they could charge to rent their homes. The outcome suggests that if the business community appeals to the middle-class without the Trumpian baggage, voters will support more moderate positions. Perhaps even more important was the victory of Marshall Tuck, a Democrat running with Republican support for Superintendent of Education against the candidate of the teachers’ union. But the limits of moderation are always evident.  Steve Poizner, a registered Republican running for State Insurance Commissioner, appears to be falling behind Ricardo Lara, a far-left Democrat best known for leading the fight for single-payer health care.

    Despite improved earnings by lower-wage workers, Republicans remain in serious trouble in Latino and African-American communities. Simply put, a competitive California needs a racial realignment that adds to the shrinking base of white GOP voters. The best target for that goal is the Asian community, the state’s fastest-growing and arguably most successful ethnic group. Asians may be repelled by Trump’s immigration rhetoric, but they tend to be middle-class homeowners who care about schools and safety, and they won’t be happy if the Democrats move further left in terms of seizing zoning policy from communities or feeding the public sector with ever more middle-class taxes.

  • Wed, November 07, 2018 12:53 PM | Deleted user

    Voters across the country went to the polls and delivered mixed results at the federal level, as Democrats won 26 seats to win back control of the House of Representatives, while Republicans held the Senate and picked up three seats. Democrats also won significant victories in statehouses, picking up 7 governorships and flipping control of several state legislative chambers.

    Here in California, Democrat Gavin Newsom was elected governor by a wide margin over his Republican opponent, John Cox. Democrats won every statewide partisan office and defeated key Republican incumbents in the House. In the San Gabriel Valley, Republican Young Kim defeated Democrat Gil Cisneros is the open 39th Congressional District which covers Diamond Bar, Rowland Heights, Walnut, Industry, and Hacienda Heights here in LA County as well as parts of Orange and San Bernardino Counties. In the open 22nd Senate District, Baldwin Park Councilwoman Susan Rubio defeated former State Assemblyman Mike Eng. For full statewide office and SGV results, click here.

    Proposition 6, the repeal of the gas tax, went down to defeat as did Proposition 10, which would have expanded the ability of local jurisdictions to enact rent control. In LA County, Measure W, which places a property tax increase to fund stormwater clean up projects, appears to have passed narrowly with just over 67% of the vote. A host of local ballot measures passed to increase city sales tax rates or fund school maintenance operations. Click here for full statewide and local SGV ballot measure results.

    In SGV city council races, there were significant upsets of incumbents in West Covina and Pomona. For full SGV City Council results, click here.

    Stay tuned to the Partnership for additional analysis as results continue to come in locally and from around the country.

    At next week’s Legislative Action Committee meeting, there will be a full recap of the midterm election results, featuring national political correspondent for POLITICO David Siders. Mr. Siders will provide his analysis of the midterm results from a national and California perspective. We will also dive into the results of our races here in the San Gabriel Valley for city councils, school boards, water boards, and the fate of several important local ballot measures. This is a members-only event – please register to attend today.

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    Irwindale, CA – (Oct. 31) – The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership is delighted to announce the appointment of Bill Manis as its new President & CEO, effective January 1, 2019. The Partnership Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Manis, who currently serves as the city manager for the City of Upland, to succeed Jeff Allred, who will retire at the end of December.

    "We are most fortunate that Bill Manis has emerged as the outstanding candidate from a competitive field of several highly qualified applicants for this key leadership position," said Reyna Del Haro, Chair of the Partnership Board of Directors and Director of Public Affairs and Brand Communications for Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. "His long career and many accomplishments in economic development have been dedicated to attracting new businesses and creating jobs. Among his many strengths, Bill has strong connections to cities and the business community, all of which will enable him to be an effective leader in helping Partnership to move forward."

    A strong leader in economic development, Manis has had a 33-year career in the public sector serving eight cities.  He has a proven track record of enhancing the communities he has served by expanding their local employment and sales tax base, improving public facilities and infrastructure, and by providing a variety of housing opportunities. Notably, he has been involved in over 7 million square feet of development projects that have generated over 10,000 new jobs during his career. He was also part of the Executive Team that helped the City of San Bernardino exit bankruptcy.   

    "I am truly honored and extremely excited about taking on this opportunity with the Partnership, and serving our members," Manis said, stating his appreciation for the Board’s decision in selecting him as the new President and CEO.  "This is an exciting time for the Partnership as growth in the San Gabriel Valley and our local region is really taking off – from healthcare, aerospace, bioscience, and tourism to what is taking place at the Ontario International Airport – this growth all equates to amazing economic opportunities for the San Gabriel Valley, and the Partnership plays a key role."

    Allred, the outgoing President & CEO, expressed confidence in the board's choice. "Working closely with businesses, local governments, and education institutions to advance the economic vitality and quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley has been an exciting and rewarding labor love for me,” Allred said. “I'm confident Bill will ensure that the Partnership continues as a premier economic development engine for the region.”

    Manis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.  He is also a pioneer graduate from the Certified Downtown Professional Program of Cal State San Bernardino and the California Downtown Association.

    A resident of Claremont, Manis was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent a portion of his childhood attending school in Bristol, England, before returning to the United States and graduating from high school in Southern California. It was during his time in Europe that Bill realized his interest in downtowns, city planning, architecture, and landscape architecture. He and his wife, Judi, who is an executive with AT&T, have two adult children who both graduated from USC Marshall School of Business.

    For media inquiries, contact Regina Wang, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 626-856-3400 or

    The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (SGVEP) is a regional, not-for-profit corporation supported and directed by its members and committed to the continued successful economic development of the San Gabriel Valley. A collaboration of businesses, local government, higher education institutions, and non-profits, the Partnership pursues this commitment through three key areas of focus: providing professional business assistance, advocating public policy, marketing the San Gabriel Valley, and facilitating workforce development. For more information, visit

  • Fri, November 02, 2018 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Post: Democrats in prime position to take House, but polls show wild cards remain

    Democrats maintain a strong position to retake the U.S. House, but the party’s base of less-frequent voters and concerns about illegal immigration stand out as wild cards in the final days before Tuesday’s midterm elections, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll of likely voters in battleground congressional districts.

    Overwhelming majorities of both Democrats and Republicans are confident that their party will prevail, with both nearly as confident as Democrats were — erroneously, as it turned out — ahead of President Trump’s surprise victory two years ago. Voters also perceive high stakes in the event of a loss: At least two-thirds of Democrats and Republicans alike say a losing outcome for their party would be “very bad” for the country.

    Across 69 congressional districts identified by the Cook Political Report and The Post as competitive in late August, the Post-Schar School poll finds 50 percent of likely voters support the Democratic candidate, while 46 percent support the Republican.

    The Democrats’ four-point edge represents a superficial advantage with Republicans, given the poll’s 3.5-point margin of error. Still, the finding marks a sharp turn from 2016, when voters in these districts backed Republicans by a margin of 15 percentage points. With 63 of the battleground districts held by Republicans, that kind of shift in sentiment would be sufficient for Democrats to take control of the House. The party needs a net gain of 23 seats to win the majority.

    Los Angeles Times: Asian Americans hold the key to this Orange County district, and Democrat Gil Cisneros knows it

    For decades, Asian Americans in this district, a tri-county slice of suburbia built on the immigrant American dream, have supported their Republican congressman, a loyalty born from years of attendance at Buddhist temple ribbon-cuttings and Lunar New Year celebrations.

    Now Democrat Gil Cisneros is hoping to win a large share of their votes despite the fact that his opponent, Republican Young Kim, is a Korean American immigrant and former longtime liaison to the Asian community for the retiring Rep. Ed Royce.

    “Just because I may be Latino and my opponent may be Asian, we’re not going to cede certain demographics for that reason,” said Cisneros, 47. “They want the same thing everybody else does — they want healthcare, they want immigration reform, they want to make sure their kids are safe when they’re in school.”

    Cisneros has built a formidable operation in his bid for the Asian American votes that are up for grabs in the 39th Congressional District for the first time in years.

    The seat is one of four in Orange County that Democrats hope to take from Republicans. They need to net 23 seats nationally to win control of the House.

    Politico: White House prepares to spin defeat as victory

    President Donald Trump and his allies have crafted a face-saving plan if Democrats trounce their way to a House majority — tout Trump as the savior of Republicans in the Senate.

    In public and private, Trump and advisers are pointing to the president’s surge of campaigning on behalf of Republican Senate candidates — 19 rallies alone since Labor Day — as evidence that nobody else could have had a bigger impact in the states. The argument is classic Trump, who despite making the midterms a referendum on his own presidency, has a history of personalizing and then dwelling on his victories while distancing himself and diverting attention from his losses.

    Should Republicans pick up Senate seats, “that’s all they’ll talk about,” said Barry Bennett, a presidential adviser on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “That’s where the math is in our favor.”

    Even in the House, where Republicans are laboring to sustain their 23-seat majority, the White House is already dismissing any notion of a Democratic wave election on par with the Republican midterm pickups under former presidents Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.

    Los Angeles Times: A blue wave could crest in state legislatures

    Even as voters fixate on the fight for control of Congress, that other battle going on this election cycle — the one for power in the states — could prove most dramatic for the direction of the nation.

    Democrats anticipate significant wins, retaking majority control of as many as a dozen state legislative chambers. If that happens, it would shake up the political order from coast to coast.

    Since the early years of the Obama administration, Democrats suffered historic losses at the state level. That enabled the GOP to transform many state capitals into incubators for conservative ideology and policies. The legislative chambers have deeply cut spending, weakened organized labor and loosened gun safety laws. They have resisted action on climate change, curbed abortion rights and worked to unravel Obamacare, with many refusing federal money to expand Medicaid.

    If election forecasts hold, those conservative efforts will be stymied in many places when the next class of state lawmakers assume their seats.

    Moreover, Democrats appear to be positioned to gain full control over the governments of a few key states, including Colorado and New York, where power is currently split. Those states could join places like California in advancing liberal policies and more robustly challenging the Trump administration.

    Henry Olsen: The Midterms Won't End The Mad Melodrama of U.S. Politics

    Politics in America over the past month has been sounding much like an outlandish plot in a TV series. A Supreme Court Justice nominee faces last-minute accusations of sexual assault, gang rape, and habitual drunkenness; leading Republican politicians are frequently accosted in restaurants by angry mobs; Democrats and liberal media personalities receive homemade bombs in the mail, leading to a national manhunt and the arrest of an unhinged superfan of the President.

    But the synagogue massacre, blamed by many on the Left on Trump’s purportedly racist rhetoric despite the fact the suspect hated Trump, has upped the intensity to an entirely new level. Real life is making House of Cards seem tame.

    The emotions engendered by TV drama fade quickly because we know it is fiction. The emotions these developments have inflamed feed off each other because they are real. Rather than pulling together as a country in mourning, instead partisans blame and assign malign motives to the other side. The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan’s column last week appealing for calm in both sides’ rhetoric already seems quaint and naive.

    With the midterms less than a week away, you might think that these explosive events might move voters. In fact, many pundits surmised that the Kavanaugh accusations would hurt Republicans among women and swing voters. Instead, the polls show roughly what they did before those three weeks captivated the country. Partisan intensity is so great that each side views facts through their own set of highly coloured spectacles.

    This means we are likely to see a split verdict at the polls. Democrats have been energised by their rage ever since Trump’s election and remain united in their zeal to unseat him. The party has also won over millions of former Republicans, mainly in the country’s educated and well-off suburbs. This strong combination means most of the 25 Republicans who currently hold seats carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 will lose. Other Republicans holding seats in similar regions which Trump narrowly carried are also in danger. Together, this means Democrats should pick up the 23 seats they need to take control of the House – and perhaps quite a few more.

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