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27th Congressional: Chu, Orswell Move On to November

One of Arcadia's next members of congress will either be Judy Chu (D-El Monte) or local businessman and Republican challenger Jack Orswell after the two finished as the top vote-getters in Tuesday's primary.

Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-El Monte) cruised to an easy 27th Congressional district primary victory Tuesday night and will face runner-up , a Monrovia businessman, when the two square off in the November general election.

Chu currently represents the 32nd Congressional district that was reshaped by last year's redistricting process. Now running in the 27th, Chu said Tuesday that she looked forward to campaigning further in a new district that she characterized as very politically active.

Chu received nearly 59 percent of the vote with 90 percent of the precincts reporting as of 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. Orswell bested fellow Republican Bob Duran, garnering 23 percent of the vote to Duran's 18 percent.

"I'm honored to get the votes of so many people," Chu said in an interview with Patch. "I'm looking forward to representing this district because it has so many active people in the community."

Chu attributed her success in the primary to outreach she did and will continue to do in the area.

"I presented a positive vision for what I thought we could do in the district," she said. "I talked about what things I had done so far in congress and, most of all, I wanted to communicate to them that I was going to be a very active congress member in the district."

Chu identified transportation as a key issue facing the 27th district, which includes Arcadia, Altadena, Monrovia, South Pasadena, San Marino, and Glendora. She said she would work to make sure the Gold Line Foothill Extension is completed to Claremont and eventually Ontario.

Environmental issues facing the 27th would also top Chu's priority list, she said. She wants to clean up contamination in the area's underground aquifers and work toward getting the San Gabriel Mountains recognized as a national forest.

Orswell said in an interview late Tuesday that he was pleased with early results even though Chu was ahead by a wide margin. After taking down Duran, Orswell said he will now be able to consolidate his party's support.

But he also acknowledged that he will need to court independent voters and some Democrats if he hopes to defeat Chu in November.

"Up to this point the campaign has been focused on my Republican opponent, making sure I get to the general election," Orswell said. "I need to get all the Republicans voting for me and I also need to get the independents and Democrats."

reality check June 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Please educate your neighbors on Judy Chu's 710 freeway stance. This Cargo truck freeway will do more damage to our area than any other issue: Judy Chu has been supporting the freeway EVEN as a SURFACE freeway http://www.710gap.com/support/409a.htm and has been pushing for years to complete the 710 freeway for use by the LA/LB ports cargo trucks. Ask yourself: Why is she and her husband Eng 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 where the money comes from to get them elected to office? Doesn’t it look like Chu 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?
reality check June 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM
The 710 Freeway is being built for use by the LA/LB ports for "GOODS MOVEMENT". http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/metro-transportation-projects-2011/ In this article, Doug Failing FROM METRO gave information to the reporter explaining that while 18 projects” in the works “are designed primarily to give people a better commute” – 3 other projects; the I-710 south, 710 NORTH gap closure, the High Desert Corridor are intended to “ADDRESS THE DEMANDS OF COMMERCE — specifically goods movement” (this means trucks) The 3% figure (lie) they are giving us now is based on the trucks currently using the route (because there is no freeway past Valley Blvd.) After the ports expand, quadrupling DAILY TRUCK TRIPS to 140,000... it wont be a measly 3% using their “specifically goods movement” corridor. Also, is everyone aware that the tunnel will have no on or off ramps? It’s obviously not intended for local traffic congestion relief (another aspect Metro doesn’t advertise).
reality check June 06, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Quote from Metro regarding increased truck traffic from the ports: http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/images/final-2009-LRTP.pdf page Sec1:42 5th paragraph "This trade activity, in turn, will result in DAILY PORT-generated TRUCK traffic increasing from 60,000 in 2005 to 140,000 truck trips PER DAY by 2030 despite significant efforts by the Ports to increase on-dock rail capacity and usage." http://www.metro.net/projects_studies/images/2009_lrtp_techdoc.pdf PG 18 "Currently, goods movement-related traffic is growing at a faster rate than that of automobiles. DAILY TRUCK TRAFFIC on I-710 ALONE is expected to increase from 38,000 to _approximately 90,000 trucks A DAY by the year 2035."
reality check June 06, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The 710 Tunnel = tolled freeway: http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/transportation/PDFs/2008%20Draft%20RTP%20Tunnel%20Financial%20Assessment.pdf Pg 4 “Trucks would pay an average of $15.23” this is how they recoup the cost. Unless it's used as a trucking corridor they wont be able to show enough income to conclude a Public Private Partnership deal. SCAG has estimated 35% of the traffic will exit to avoid tolls and drive through the local neighborhoods. Tolled freeway costs can skyrocket: http://news.yahoo.com/states-looking-tolls-pay-highways-161604357.html;_ylc=X3oDMTNuNGRpcmEyBF9TAzIxNDYwMjEzNzMEYWN0A21haWxfY2IEY3QDYQRpbnRsA3VzBGxhbmcDZW4tVVMEcGtnAzg1ZGFmYWVmLTc1MDMtMzc2My1hYjQzLThhMjVlZjA3N2M2NARzZWMDbWl0X3NoYXJlBHNsawNtYWlsBHRlc3QD;_ylv=3 5th to last paragraph: “Some tolling agencies could also use "a dose of sunshine," Baxandall said. Because many are quasi-governmental, public disclosure, open meeting and other transparency rules don't always apply, he said. As a result, they frequently operate out of public sight, creating opportunities for corruption or manipulation by industry, he said.” 3rd to last para: “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey recently raised cash fares on six Interstate bridges and tunnels to $12 for CARS. By 2015, it will cost a five-axle TRUCK paying cash $105 to cross between New York and New Jersey, three times as much as for any other bridge or tunnel in the country, according to the American Trucking Association.”
reality check June 06, 2012 at 12:54 PM
The 710 freeway EIR is a joke. Having attended the outreach meetings that Metro has been hosting about the EIR we have learned that they are not looking at the alternatives as they have promised. What is taking place right now appears fraudulent. And political proponents are either asleep at the switch or in on the deal. Here are 3 alternatives that the ports could use instead of killing our area with CARGO TRUCK induced CONGESTION and pollution: 1) the GRID - a sorting and zero-emission container supply chain http://planetforward.org/idea/the-grid-project-green-rail-intelligent-development/ 2) CargoWay - flexible (CNG/electric) trams that travel on both roads and rail lines. http://www.megarail.com/pdf/CRLBLA-7a.pdf 3) Freight Shuttle – Electric powered transporters over elevated guideways. http://www.freightshuttle.com/

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