Big turnout for election

     It wasn’t just the national elections that pulled in a big turnout of voters this past week. Folks turned out in droves Saturday for the Crescenta Valley Town Council elections.

Even with heavy rains during portions of the day, it was one of the highest number of voters in Town Council history, said Crescenta Valley Town Council Mayor Grace Andrus.

     This was despite the council’s earlier decision it wasn’t fiscally responsible to spend the funds necessary to send out mailers to remind all of the about 1,400 Crescenta Valley residents to vote, Andrus said.

     Council member Cheryl Davis, who helped man the polls at Crescenta Valley High School, the election site, was impressed with the number of voters. Davis said there were lines of people waiting to vote when the doors opened at 9 a.m.

     “It was almost like for a yard sale,” Davis joked.

     More than 450 Crescenta Valley residents cast their votes to fill the six open council and alternate positions.

     New council member Steve Goldsworthy, husband of Crescenta Valley Sun City Editor Robin Goldsworthy, got the highest number of votes — 248 — which earned him a full seat on the council.

     Incumbent council members Danette Erickson and Robert Thomas also earned full seats on the council. Erickson received 198 votes and Thomas came in a close third with 168 votes.

Full council members are each elected for a three-year term and are allowed to vote in legislative decisions of the council; whereas, alternates are not allowed to vote and are elected for a one-year term. However, they are expected to attend meetings, serve on committees and represent the council in the community.

     Longtime council and alternate member Charles Beatty, who received 127 votes, earned the first alternate seat. Incumbent alternate member Liz Arnold also retained an alternate seat with 123 votes.

      The third alternate seat went to Robbyn Battles, a lifetime Crescenta Valley resident, wife, mom and owner of Battles Realty in Montrose. Battles received 114 votes.

     Andrus released a statement after the election expressing the council’s sadness at the loss of alternate council member Dennis van Bremen, who lost his bid for re-election by two votes, coming in with 112 votes. Van Bremen is a guidance counselor at Crescenta Valley High School and served as an alternate on the council for the past two years.

     Council member Steve Pierce told the Valley Sun he would miss several qualities about van Bremen. “He’s such a delight. He’s a worker bee; always there when you need him. You could always count on him and when he was at the meetings, he sat and listened,” Pierce said, adding, “When he had something to say you listened — because he had something to say and it wasn’t just something to hear himself talk. But, as much as we’re all devastated, we know he will run again next year and we’re sure he will be back on the council then.”

     Also coming in with not enough votes to make this year’s council was La Crescenta resident, wife, mom and local business co-owner Christina Cauble. Cauble received 36 votes.

Andrus expressed the hope that Cauble will stay involved with the council and take on some committee duties in the coming year.

      New council members will be sworn into office during the Dec. 18 meeting. Their first official act will be to vote in the council’s election of its executive officers. In some previous years, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has been on hand to officially swear in the council members and officers. It’s not yet known if he will be available to perform that duty this year, Andrus said.


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