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Jones Pulls Papers for Council Run

Steven Jones has pulled papers and will likely run for one of three open seats on the San Marino City Council in the Nov. 8 election, according to the city of San Marino, which released the information on Tuesday morning.

Efforts to contact Jones were unsuccessful, and the city said that the public information resume, where they provide their contact information, isn’t turned in until they return their nomination papers.

Those papers were available on Monday, July 18, and the deadline to submit a declaration of candidacy will be Friday, Aug. 12. If incumbents fail to file a declaration of candidacy by the August deadline, the deadline will be extended to Wednesday, Aug. 17. 

The San Marino City Council will have three seats appearing on the ballot, with the terms of Mayor Susan Jakubowski and Council members Gretchen Shepherd Romey and Ken Ude ending in November. Jakubowski and Ude have already announced that they will not be seeking reelection, while Shepherd Romey recently stated that she will be running in November.

Council members Steve Talt and Dr. Steven Huang are currently serving their second terms, which will end in December 2024. Huang and Talt must leave the council due to term limits, but will be able to run again later.

The San Marino School Board will have four seats on the ballot, as the terms of Shelley Ryan and C. Joseph Chang will come to an end, and Corey Barberie and Julie Chan Lin resigned in 2021.

Under state law, an appointed candidate serving in a vacated seat may only serve until the next regularly scheduled election. Jane Chon, who was elected in November 2020, is currently serving the second year of her four-year term.

Also on the Nov. 8 ballot will be a proposed vacancy tax that — if passed — will generate about $2.8 million to help offset expenses associated with the upkeep of empty properties. The tax will require a 2/3rds majority vote to pass and will charge those who have not lived on their properties for 120 days $10,000 per parcel.

City Council candidates can email cityclerk@cityofsanmarino.org, and those interested in running for a school board seat may contact Jennifer de la Torre at jdelatorre@smusd.us.

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