by Winston Chua
SAN GABRIEL – The list of San Gabriel City Councilcandidates was released last week. They are made up of current San GabrielCouncilwoman Juli Costanzo, community organizer Chin-Ho Liao, lawyer JohnHarrington and San Gabriel schoolboard member Philip Hu.
Here is abrief summary of three of the candidates, Costanzo, Liao and Harrington.
Former mayorCostanzo said she will offer “continued energy and experience in getting thejob done as a long time resident, business owner and former Executive Directorof the Chamber of Commerce.”
In addition,she has been a part of what she calls the most aggressive Captial ImprovementProject in the city’s history.?
She said shehas not missed a San Gabriel City Council meeting in eight years and iscommitted to making sure that citizens and business owners of San Gabriel getthe best value of every dollar they spend.
Chin-Ho Liaosaid during his press conference announcing his candidacy that he promises tobe a liaison for the diverse San Gabriel community and create more economicdevelopment. He wants to stimulate business growth in the Mission District, solong as the standards of the old mission are kept and there is no unnecessarytraffic in that area.
Liao, thecurrent San Gabriel Rotary Club president, has been a part of variousorganizations (such as the Asian Youth Center, YMCA, San Gabriel Mission, SGVMedical Center) for the past 20 years and says he will work in the bestinterests of San Gabriel’s school district.
Harrington isself-employed with his own law practice, specializing in consulting forconstruction companies. He is married with two daughters and has coached hisdaughters in PONY baseball, AYSO soccer as well as the San Gabriel Girls fastpitch softball league.
He said he iscommitted to making the community a better place. In 2005 he helped found theFriends of La Laguna and prevented the historic La Laguna playground in VincentLugo Park from being demolished. He went to St. Francis High School in LaCanada before graduating from Loyola Law School.
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