Candidates Announced for 2017 EAA Elections

eaa_logo_shield_2c_500As is customary for this time of the year, the Engineers & Architects Association is conducting its annual elections to fill seats in the Board of Governors and Unit Councils that are vacant or soon to be vacated. With the petition for candidacy window long since closed, the EAA Election Committee recently convened a special session to review and approve qualifying applications from participating members. 

Before we reveal this year’s selection of candidates, it should be noted that ballots for the 2017 EAA Elections will be mailed Thursday, October 26th. This also marks the official start to 2017 EAA Elections voting period. Completed ballots must be received by the post office by no later than 8:00a November 17th. Only voluntary dues paying members are eligible to vote. For more information regarding EAA Election rules, refer back to the original 2017 EAA Election Announcement

And now without further ado, this year’s candidates:

  • Gonzalo Barriga (Incumbent)
  • Marc Wagner
  • Larry Day (Incumbent)
  • Yul Johnson
  • Carl Paneno (Incumbent)
  • Serene Chen-Pang
  • Diana Galaviz (Incumbent)
  • John Garner
  • Ho Jeong Eun
  • Bhupendra Patel (Incumbent)
  • Laura Castellanos
  • Anna Robinson

Candidate Statements

Gonzalo Barriga
Running for:
Governor At-Large

Gonzalo Barriga_EAA Election 2017Dear Fellow EAA Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Gonzalo Barriga, Sr. Environmental Compliance Inspector for the Bureau of Sanitation, Watershed Protection Division. I have been a City Employee and EAA member since November 2006. I served EAA Members as a Union Steward and Unit Council since October 2011. On February 5, 2014, I was appointed by the Board to EAA At-Large Governor and in November 2014 elected to stay on and continue my service. In December of 2016 I was honorably elected by the Board of Governors to Board President. In my first year, we have established a monthly audit of Union expenses, a full review of our Constitution and By-Laws, identified a new Executive Director, and pursued the purchase of a building.

In the over 100 years of EAA history, we have never invested in our members future. It is my goal and the intent of the Board of Governors to establish a permanent home for EAA brothers and sisters. Additionally, I have instructed the Membership Committee to pursue additional benefits for out EAA members such as medical insurance that includes cancer coverage, life insurance, death benefits, and enhancements to our current dental, vision, and chiropractic benefits. Also, we are pursuing benefits through our affiliate IBEW Local 11.

My education accomplishments include a Bachelors of Arts in Biology, and a Masters of Science degree in Environmental & Occupational Science from California State University, Northridge. These are still difficult times, and as your At-Large Governor and President, I will continue to protect your current and future interests. My goal, if elected, is to continue to effectively and aggressively defend EAA members’ rights, and MOU proposals at bargaining sessions. These goals can only be completed through hard work and persistency. This is why I ask that you vote for me to serve as you EAA At-Large Governor.


Marc Wagner
Running for:
Governor At-Large

Marc Wagner_EAA Election 2017For the last five years I have devoted much of my free time to the betterment of the EAA and to forward the interests of EAA membership. I have been an active EAA Steward during that time and have participated in EAA servicing of many members grievances. In one notable case where I participated as The EAA Steward, a probationary employee who was terminated got her job back as a result of the Unions efforts. I have attended three Meet & Confer Sessions between the Office of Finance and the EAA; invited by the union to act as an expert on the workplace. Also, I have been invited to speak with The CAO Miguel Santana & Mayor Eric Garcetti to communicate and represent The EAA during contract discussions in recent years.

For the last three years I have served as the EAA Membership Committee Chairman. The committee is charged with administration of all stewards, to administer The EAA Website, and in general, to forward member interests by initiating various campaigns to provide new services for the members. As chairman, I have led the committee in making positive changes at EAA. If I am voted onto The EAA Board of Governors, you have my pledge that I will continue to work on your behalf to the best of my ability.

Larry Day
Running for:
Governor, MOU 19

Larry Day_EAA Election 2017Greetings MOU 19 Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Larry D. Day and I have been an active dues paying member in Engineers and Architects Association (EAA) for the past 29 years as a city employee and served as your MOU Governor since 2011. I am employed at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Technical Investigation Division Photography Unit as a Principal Photographer. Over the span of 1988 to the present, I have been in the Technical MOU’s 21 and 19. My current administrative/supervisorial position has awarded me with tools and skills, I believe, benefit the membership of our Union.

At this point in time, our MOU needs a continued strong voice and guidance to continue the path of our Union to effectively work to retain ground, with respect to past bargained (and won) benefits and wages as well as your new proposals. The time has come for me to serve you as your Governor of MOU 19 for another term, We need to maintain the momentum of Members First in this great organization EAA. Let’s keep EAA respectable and strong. I ask that you cast your vote for me as your MOU 19 Governor.

Thank you.

Yul Johnson
Running for:
Governor, MOU 20

My name is Yul Johnson and I am running for the position of Unit Governor-MOU 20. I am currently a Unit Council member and Shop Steward for MOU 20. I am motivated, energetic, and an active participant in the Membership, Election, and Holiday Party Committees. Giving my assistance with the Community Outreach Programs – Dolores Mission, attending training and meetings to represent and inform members of my shop and represent EAA.

If elected as Governor-MOU 20, I will continue to encourage active participation and representation within the membership. My hope is to create a core cohesive and harmonious relationship between EAA and labor.


Carl Paneno
Running for:
Governor, MOU 20

Carl Paneno_EAA Election 2017My name is Carl Paneno and I am asking for your vote as your MOU 20 Governor. I am your current Governor for MOU 20, a Unit Council member, Union Steward, and I am on the Membership Committee. Please consider voting for me!

Ho Jeong Eun
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 1

NO STATEMENT


Diana Galaviz
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 1

Diana Galaviz_EAA Election 2017Hello EAA brothers & sisters,

My name is Diana Galaviz. Since 2011, I have been part of the City of Los Angeles family. My career started as Tax Auditor with the Office of Finance. I served as a Steward since 2012 and MOU 1 Unit Council member since 2014. I am also on the EAA Scholarship Committee helping evaluate and select winning candidates. Most recently, I transitioned to the Controller’s Office as an Internal Auditor, conducting performance audits of City programs and departments. With your support I will strive to continue serving you all to the best of my ability.


Serene Chen-Pang
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 1

Serene Chen-Pang_EAA Election 2017EAA not only represents technical and administrative personnel, but most importantly, looks out for members welfare. As a unit council member for MOU 1, I want to represent you and voice your concerns, and facilitate communications. My goal is to produce knowledge that can be informative on policies and procedures to ensure workplace efficiency and improve processes.

I believe that advocacy is critical to the success of our representation. I graduated from ULV with a BS in Public Administration (2013) and an MBA (2016), and currently working in the Office of Finance. I humbly await your vote and support and would be honored to contribute with renewed commitment.


John Garner
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 1

John Garner_EAA Election 2017For almost 40 years, the EAA has been the exclusive representatives of the Administrative Unit for the City of Los Angeles. The work done by the EAA is important and critical to the success of a variety of positions. Many members of the association take that work for granted and don’t concern themselves with the important details affecting their work-lives balance. I encourage all members to read the newspapers and e-mail notices affecting their working conditions. Speak up for your concerns, support experienced leadership, and become as involved as time permits.

Although we do not currently have a shop steward for my office, I have served as the informal liaison between our office with the EAA administration, assisting in disciplinary issues and with the re-accretion of a dozen employees who were removed as members of the EAA by the City, without consent or employee input.

I have been with the City of Los Angeles for 3 ½ years, having previously worked for the City of Ventura Police Department for 35 years. During that time, I served on two association boards, including the board serving the rank and file officers, holding 2 year terms in the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, and President.

As for Unit Council Representative, I will vigorously support all the members of our bargaining unit. I look forward to serving EAA membership and ask for your support.

Bhupendra Patel
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 19

NO STATEMENT

Jill Woo
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 20

NO STATEMENT

Donald Jojola
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 21

NO STATEMENT


Laura Castellanos
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 21

NO STATEMENT


Anna Robinson
Running for:
Unit Council, MOU 21

I have previous union steward experience with Communications Workers of America (CWA). I am a great team player and very energetic. I am willing to assist and represent MOU 21 to the best of my ability. I will work hard and will be very diligent at getting to the bottom of any issues that we may encounter in order to get positive resolutions.

I am the one for the job and I will represent you to the utmost.

A Message from EAA Election Committee Chairperson Robyn Myers

Robyn Myers Headshot_EAAPlease take a moment, when your ballot arrives, to fill it out and mail it back. The ballots MUST be in the American Arbitration Mailbox on the morning of November 17th. You may NOT deliver the ballot to the EAA Office. PLEASE remember to SIGN THE ENEVELOPE in the signature block area. We need a SIGNATURE, as a return address label by itself will not count. YOU NEED TO SIGN the signature block in order for your vote to be counted.

The ballots were mailed today, October 26th. If you do not receive your ballot within a week, please contact the EAA office at 213.620.6920 to get replacement mailed promptly to you. Should you vote, and then change your mind, you may request a replacement ballot. The envelopes are coded with your individual information and only the later ballot will be counted.

The Election Committee invites all members to observe the counting, which will take place on the morning of November 17th at the EAA Offices. The ballots are to be picked up from the post office at 8 a.m. They are then sorted and verified before the actual counting begins, usually around 9:30a, depending on how many ballots are received.

We urge you to exercise your right as dues paying members and VOTE. Fill out the ballot; SIGN the pre- paid envelope; and drop it in the mailbox. That’s it!

Thank you.

Robyn Myers
Chairperson, EAA Election Committee