Council members and West Covina city staff gather in the minutes prior to the Jan. 17 meeting.

West Covina amends campaign finance rules

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor January 20, 2023

The West Covina City Council convened this Tuesday at the City Hall for its first meeting of the new year. This nearly four hours long meeting showcased the new dynamic within the five-seat council. The...

Ollie Cantos (center) alongside his mother, Lynda Cantos (left) and California State Senator Susan Rubio (right) at West Covina City Hall.

West Covina City Council has mixed attitudes in the final meeting of the year

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor December 23, 2022

The West Covina City Council closed out the year to a packed audience at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 20, residents gathered for the meeting headlined by swear-in ceremonies and Mayor Dario Castellanos’...

The bridge located at the border of West Covina and the City of Industry located at the intersection of Valley Blvd and Nogales Street. The bridge allows car and train traffic on Valley Boulevard to flow over Nogales Street, allowing straight forward access to and from the 60 freeway for residents. Photo courtesy of Ryan Cogswell/Flickr

Opinion: West Covina’s politics is a clique of the most influential

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor December 23, 2022

Local politics. It is something that to many seems uninteresting, however, local elected officials and their policies have profound impact on everyday life within these communities, in many instances,...

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Column: The hubris of a pariah

Bryan Jimenez, Editor in Chief December 16, 2022

An administration tarnished by wrongdoing and misconduct, a lousy response to social unrest and a pandemic, two impeachments and several criminal inquiries resulted in this surreal statement. “I’m...

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Column: Voters need to stay concerned about political extremism

Bryan Jimenez, Editor in Chief December 13, 2022

At this point, the midterm conversation has been done to death: The GOP whiffed this, they flubbed that, yadda yadda. And as true as it may be that the Republican Party brought the historic failure upon...

A replica Statue of Liberty holding the Christian cross outside of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo courtesy Kathy Drasky/Flickr

Opinion: How local churches influence their followers

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor December 9, 2022

As Christmas draws near, many of those who observe the holiday will be heading to their local churches as a part of the many traditions and festivities of Christmas alongside their loved ones. Over the...

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Opinion: Tesla is the symbol of everything wrong with California

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor December 2, 2022

Tesla, the electric car brand that you see everywhere and you can’t escape. The Tesla Model Y has been the most purchased vehicle in California this year, per the California New Car Dealers Association,...

Wolff (left) ran for city council District 4, while Diaz (right) is the Mayor Pro Tem and is set to take office as Mayor following Councilman Dario Castellanos departure from office. (Photos courtesy Yara Wolff for West Covina and the City of West Covina)

Tension flares in West Covina following elections

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor November 25, 2022

Since the conclusion of the 2022 election season, conflicts have risen inside of West Covina City Council, primarily surrounding Mayor Pro Tem Rosario Diaz and her husband William Elliott’s conduct and...

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Column: Republicans are in post-midterm disarray. Prepare for what comes next

Bryan Jimenez, Editor in Chief November 25, 2022

Ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections, liberals braced and conservatives heel clicked in anticipation of a red wave washing away Democrats’ thin congressional majority. Defying the odds and decades of...

Ollie Cantos (pictured) secures victory after a contested open seat election, as current Mayor Dario Castellanos opted out of seeking reelection earlier this year. Courtesy photo.

Disability rights advocate Ollie Cantos declares victory in District 4

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor November 18, 2022

Ollie Cantos, the Filipino American West Covina native best known for his record of working in Washington D.C., declared his victory in the West Covina City Council District 4 election, beating out his...

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West Covina election update: Wu, Cantos maintain leads, on track to secure seats

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor November 13, 2022

Editor's note: On Nov. 10, a SAC.Media article incorrectly stated that the West Covina election had ended and prematurely declared victors. The story has since been retracted. Vote counting continues...

A variety of flavored Juul pods. The FDA banned the sale of Juul products in June, however Juul products continue to be sold as the company appeals the decision. Courtesy of Vaping360/Flickr

Opinion: Proposition 31 is a modern-day Prohibition

Ruben Montoya, Opinion Editor November 4, 2022

One of many propositions on the ballot for the Nov. 8 midterm elections is Proposition 31, which if a majority vote yes, would prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products statewide, including “fruity”...

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