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ARCADIA, CA – Votes have been cast and the unofficial results of Arcadia’s November 8, 2022, General 
Municipal Election are in. This year, voters turned out to decide three City Council seats and three 
ballot measures, and the results are history-making. 

Data from the 2020 Decennial Census and 2021 American Community Survey show Arcadia’s population 
is nearly 70% Asian and 53% female. Until this past election, the community’sdemographic profile 
was never well reflected on the City Council. This November, Arcadia voters opted for change. For the 
first time, the Arcadia City Council will have majority-Asian and majority-female representation. 

On this year’s ballot, voters were asked to select between nine City Council Candidates for seats in 
Districts 2, 3, and 5. Arcadia voters elected first-time City Council Membersin all three districts, with 
Sharon Kwan winning 40.9% of the vote in District 2; Eileen Wang winning 62.5% of the vote 

in District 3; and Michael Cao winning 42.3% of the vote in District 5 (percentages reflect the unofficial 
election results per the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office, as of 3:30 p.m. 
on November 17, 2022). 

The election of Kwan, Wang, and Cao usher in a historic era for the community. When asked about the 
significance of these changes on the City Council, Council Member April Verlato said, “I have found 
that the work of the City Council is only further enriched by new and different perspectives. I am 
thrilled to welcome more women to the City Council and look forward to collaborating for the betterment 
of Arcadia.” 

At the December 6, 2022, City Council Meeting, the current City Council will reorganize, and Mayor 
Pro Tem Paul P. Cheng will begin his tenure as Arcadia’s Mayor. During this meeting, the three newly 
elected City Council Members will take their Oath of Office, and outgoing Mayor Tom Beck, Council 
Member Mike Danielson, and Council Member Sho Tay will be recognized for their service to Arcadia. 

In addition to City Council elections, the November ballot had three important questions for Arcadians 
to decide. Residents were asked to cast their vote on modernizing and amending the City Charter 
(Measure CA), increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax – known as the Hotel Tax -from 10% to 12% 
(Ballot Measure HT), and establishing a Sports Wagering Tax (Measure SW). All three ballot measures 
were approved by voters. 

Election results are unofficial until the final certification by the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters, 
which is expected the first week of December. For more information on the results of the 2022 elections 
or the City of Arcadia Ballot, visit and 



We are excited to announce Monrovia's first ice skating event! Join us Friday, November 25, 
through Sunday, November 27, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for an opportunity to “ice skate” 
near the fountain at Library Park. Admission is first come, first serve and $8.00 per person 
for a 20-minute session. Open to all ages. Skates will be provided.
For more information, please contact the Monrovia Community Center at (626) 256-8246. 


2022 Holiday Home Decorating Contest 

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays by decorating your home! Monrovia residents are invited 
to enter the Holiday Home Decorating Contest. The contest is free and open to Monrovia 
residents only. Residents must register for the contest by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 5. The 
contest judging will take place from December 12, through December 14, and the winners 
will be announced on December 16, and be recognized at the December 20, City Council 
A map will be published with the addresses of all the participating homes on December 16, 
for the community to take a driving tour and see the festive displays.
The City will recognize and provide awards in the following categories:

• Best Still Display – Best decorations with no movement 
• Best Outdoor Display – Overall best outdoor decorating 
• Most Effective Use of Lighting – Best outdoor lighting display 
• Best Neighborhood Effort – Street (s) with many homes decorated in a similar theme 
• Santa's Workshop Award – Best use of homemade holiday decorations 
• Holiday Spirit Award – Most festive display 
• Judges Award – Judges' choice 
• Children's Choice Award – Best display that depicts a youthful themeFor any questions, contact Recreation Supervisor Tiffany Peterson at (626) 256-8246. 
Dr. Louis Tuthill, Professor from Azusa Pacific University, has been the program evaluator for the 
Youth centered Public Safety Programs in the City of Duarte -in particular the DART (Duarte Area 
Resource Team) and A-Team programs. 

Dr. Tuthill was able to provide a report covering the measurable positive results that have been ex-
perienced in Duarte. These results were measured against a control group - a city in the San Gabriel 
Valley with similar demographics, but no Youth centered safety programs. 

Since 2010, Duarte Public Safety has been awarded $2.6 million in grants for their programs. There 
have been over 1000 youth involved in 9 programs during that time and there has been a 97% drop in 
arrests. In 2018, there was a 62% drop in youth arrests in Duarte, while in the control city there was a 
41% increase in youth arrests. Dr. Tuthill shared that this partnership has expanded between the City 
of Duarte and APU to include opportunities for training, mentoring and coaching for APU students 
and has most recently led to a partnership with the Psychology Department to provide mental health 
services to youth in Duarte. Participation in the DART program is seen as a positive status for kids - 
and they are proud to be a part of the program. 

Duarte Kiwanis is proud to provide ongoing financial support to the DART program and is espe-
cially proud to celebrate Duarte Kiwanis Board Member, Aida Torres who heads up the Youth Public 
Safety programs. Pictured (from left) Aida Torres and Dr. Louis Tuthill 

If you are interested in joining the Duarte Kiwanis or presenting at a future meeting, please contact 
Tina Carey at