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Bigtime politicians attend Mike Eng’s Calif State Senate campaign kick off

By Abner Galino

Former Assembly Member Mike Eng (5th from left) is flanked by LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis (left side) and his wife Congresswoman Judy Chu (right side). They are joined by various local city mayors and executives, and by leaders of teacher and worker unions. Photo © Abner Galino

AN assemblage of political bigwigs in the San Gabriel Valley graced late last month’s kick off activity of the California state senatorial campaign of former Assembly Member Mike Eng in El Monte.

Among the political bigwigs who came and endorsed Eng’s candidacy last March 24 were Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Congresswoman Judy Chu (who is also Eng’s wife), Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon and the outgoing state senator Ed Hernandez.

Hernandez, who called Eng “a brother from another mother,” endorsed the former assembly member to replace him as he reached his law mandated term limits thus creating an opening for the 22nd Senate District seat.

“This man has the track record to show that he will continue to fight for San Gabriel Valley when he gets there,” Hernandez told the cheering crowd.

Solis, for his part, described Eng as the leader who “knows the lay of the land” and would get things done for his constituents.

“He will be there for us to help us on our water. He will make sure do to conserve and recycle, and hopefully, continue to have the luxury that we still have, that is the clean water,” Solis said.

Eng authored California Assembly Bill 685, also known as the Human Right to Water Bill, which was noted by the United Nations as an “inspiring example” for world governments.

The bill “instill a public policy to create universal access to safe, clean, and affordable water, and consequently, creates a duty for administrative agencies involved in water policy that impact domestic water use to consider Bill 685.”

Eng is also the main author of California’s Homeowner Bill of Rights, which was cited by the Huffington Post as one of the top six most significant progressive victories of 2012 in the U.S. in dealing with home foreclosures.

Several mayors in San Gabriel Valley also came to support Eng, chief of them Mayor Andre Quintero of El Monte who also hosted the program.

Eng, in response, said he will make it a part of his campaign platform to promote the idea of designating the Asuza-Amar intersection commercial area as Little Manila. (Read More: http://beyonddeadlines.com/2018/03/16/state-senatorial-candidate-endorses-west-covinas-little-manila-designation/)

“I totally endorsed this area as the next historic designation of Little Manila,” Eng told a crowd of Filipino American community leaders and members of the media during a meet and greet event at the Aztig Grill in West Covina about a week earlier before the campaign kick off.

Eng has served as a Mayor and City Councilman, State Assemblyman, and Community College Board Vice President. He has also served as Vice Chair of the State Board of Acupuncture; and President of the Monterey Park Library Board of Trustees.

While in the Assembly he chaired the Committee on Transportation; the Committee on Business and Professions, and the Committee on Banking and Finance.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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