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SOUTH PASADENA // Holmes, Wade win two seats on commission

(ran Beach edition)

Dick Holmes lost narrowly the last time he ran for a seat on the City Commission.

Tuesday, he was the top vote-getter.

"Well, I think it's pretty neat," he said. "To be the top vote-getter, I'm very well pleased. It's good to have the monkey off my back, but I've got to feel like there's a tiger lurking around somewhere."

Incumbent Dottie Wade also was re-elected.

Holmes and his supporters, including outgoing commissioner Joe Catalfamo, awaited results at Ten Pin Lanes bowling alley.

"He's a good man," Catalfamo said of Holmes.

Holmes said he would strive to be positive and not take politics personally.

"To follow a class act like Catalfamo, all the better," said Holmes, 65. A self-described fiscal conservative, he pledged to keep the public purse in mind when voting on issues.

Catalfamo, who said he wants to travel, said he may run for office again.

Dottie Wade, 59, was confident of re-election. This will be her second term.

"I want harmony back in City Hall," Wade, a Realtor, said. She gathered with supporters at Wade Realty, which her husband owns.

"I would like to thank all my supporters, especially my husband," she said. "I will continue to work over 100 percent for the all the people of South Pasadena."

Her platform included providing transportation for the city's elderly residents. She also said the city should do more landscaping and consider purchasing land for parks.

She said early in the day she would look forward to working with whoever was elected. "I can work with whoever gets in," she said.

She and Holmes will be sworn in today.

Election day in South Pasadena seemed more like a gathering than a political race. Al Friend and Dan Calabria chatted under a tree near Bethany Tower, a polling site, as voters came and went. They both went to candidate Loretta Sandt's home to await results.

Sandt, along with candidate Fred Edwards, were campaigning late in the afternoon outside City Hall, the other polling site.

"I'm burned to a crisp," said Sandt, 58.

Her platform included a study of the city's traffic. The five-year South Pasadena resident also called for longer open forums during commission meetings.

Edwards, a retired Marine, former business owner and freelance writer, said he wanted to keep taxes low and maintain patrols by the Sheriff's Office.

Friend, a former commissioner, got into the race weeks after other candidates. He filed on the last day of qualifying. He said he got into the race because he objects to action the town has taken regarding wireless communication towers.

Calabria, 60, called for more activities for seniors and a city newsletter. He also said he would consider a yellow flashing light on Pasadena Avenue near Palms of Pasadena Hospital, to slow traffic.