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John Wuo: What’s best for Arcadia

Posted April 9, 2012:

Tomorrow is Election Day for the Arcadia City Council. I want to wish all 5 candidates, who are all eager to serve this great community of ours, the best of luck!

John Wuo

There were many issues during this election, and I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to share their thoughts with us. That is what is so great about our city and our country, everyone has the right and the opportunity to express their own opinions. Even though our thoughts and feelings on various issues may differ, we should always do what is in the best interest of Arcadia.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to say that I have always taken the high road during election campaigns. I do not believe in negative campaigns, and I will never partake in one. I am an independent thinker with no hidden agenda. I only want to preserve Arcadia and make the city even better for generations to come.

As this election comes to an end, I hope the citizens of Arcadia have voted for the 2 best candidates to serve our city. I want to thank all my supporters and volunteers for doing such a great job. Let’s work together to make Arcadia even better!

Posted March 31, 2012:

Arcadia is not like any other City! It is important to me that we retain our unique qualities and remain the emerald jewel in the San Gabriel Valley.

Arcadia is famously known for its beautiful homes, quiet neighborhoods, beautiful parks, protected open spaces, excellent education system and safe environment to live, work and raise a family.

Beyond that, however, we also have the lowest utilities rates, water rates and trash rates in the San Gabriel Valley. We also have our own police and fire departments which allow us to provide the highest levels of service and fastest response times for our residents.

As a previous member of the City Council I worked very hard to preserve all of these wonderful qualities about Arcadia. With the fiscal challenges facing our nation and state maintaining these special features will not be easy.

It is important that our elected city leaders not respond with short-term solutions that only create long-term problems. Our tax base and budget reserves are on solid footing. We should not rush to bring additional businesses and traffic to our community. Thoughtful planning and careful financial management will help us to preserve the Arcadia we all know and love.

On April 10th we will be conducting an election for Arcadia City Council. Every voter has been mailed a ballot. It is very important that those ballots be received by the City Clerk by 8 p.m. on April 10. A postmark will not be sufficient to get the ballot counted if it is received at a later time.

I would like to have one of your two votes for City Council. You can count on me to serve on the Council with the same thoughtful and serious decision making that marked my previous tenure on the Council. I hope I can count on your support.

Sincerely, John Wuo

Posted January 23, 2012

JOHN WUO 鄂 志 超

John Wuo was born in Taipei, Taiwan on February 18, 1950 and attended schools there until 1966. In 1959 John was diagnosed with a heart defect requiring open heart surgery. John’s parents decided to make arrangements to have the operation performed at UCLA Medical Center, whose success rate for the procedure was 100%.

Due to the difficulty his parents encountered in obtaining Visas, John traveled by himself to Los Angeles in June of 1966 to undergo the required surgery. After the surgery has been performed, John was taken home by one of the hospital volunteers to recuperate. John stayed with this family until his graduation from La Canada High School in June of 1968. After completing high school, John attended the University of Redlands and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1972.

John got his first job at Sheldon Industries in Monrovia as a Research and Development Engineer. He stayed with the company for five years, during which time he met his elementary school classmate, Jane, who had also come to America to study. They were married in 1974, and have three children, Jeff who is 34 and working for Swinerton Builders, Jennifer who is 30 and is a teacher at Arcadia Unified School District, Jonathan who is 26 graduated from UCLA with Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and is currently working for S.C.Edison.

John purchased his first home in Alhambra in 1975. In 1985 the family moved to Arcadia, and all three of Wuo children went through Arcadia schools.

John has been a avid volunteer. He began doing volunteer work with the schools and then expanded his volunteerism to the community. He has served on the Parks and Recreation and Centennial Commissions. Additionally, John has served as a Director of the Arcadia High School Athletic Booster Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross, the Arcadia Tournament of Roses, the Arcadia Chinese Association, the Arcadia Association of Realtors, and the Foothill Federal Credit Union (Supervisory Committee). John also served as President of the Arcadia Educational Foundation, Arcadia High School Chinese Parents Booster Club, Arcadia Association of Realtors, Multi-Regional Multiple Listing Services, Arcadia Historical Society, and American Cancer Society, San Gabriel Valley Unit. In 1997, John was selected as Realtor of the Year. John has just served as Chair for Methodist Hospital Foundation Board, and currently serving on the Board of Governor of Farmers Insurance Exchange and Board of Governor of L. A. County Nature History of Museum.

John has served as Centennial Mayor for the city of Arcadia in 2003, and again served as a full term Mayor in 2005-2006 & 2009-2010. John has dedicated himself to serving the people of Arcadia, and surrounding communities.

Current Titles and Positions:

President – Golden Apple Group International Inc. President – First Ave. Education Inc. President – Excel Institute Inc. Board of Governor – Farmers Insurance Group Board of Governor – L. A. County Nature History Museum Director – Friendly Hills Country Club

School & Community Involvements

Mayor – City of Arcadia 2005-2006 & 2009-2010 Chairman – Methodist Hospital Foundation Board 2010 President – Chinese -American Elected Officials 2007-2008 Founding President – A. H. S. Chinese Parents Booster Club 1993-1994 President – Arcadia Association of Realtors 1996 (First Asian President) President – Arcadia Educational Foundation 1996-1997 (First Asian President) President – Arcadia Historical Society 2001-2002 President – Multi-Regional Multiple Listing Services Inc. 2000 & 2001 President – American Cancer Society, San Gabriel Valley Unit 2002-2003 Chairman – Arcadia Relay for Life 2003 Chairman – Intercultural Committee 1994-1995 President-Elect Arcadia Chamber of Commerce 1996-1997 Vice President – Arcadia Chinese Association 1994 Director – A. H. S. Athletic Booster Club 1993-1995 Director – American Red Cross Arcadia Chapter 1994-1995 Director – Arcadia Tournament of Roses 1995-1997 Director – Arcadia Chamber of Commerce 1994-1997 Director – Arcadia Chinese Association 1993-1996 Director – Methodist Hospital Foundation 2002 to present, Founding Member – Youth Master Plan, Arcadia Unified School District Member – A. U. S. D. Educational Advisory Committee since 1994, Member – Arcadia Rotary Club 1992-2002 Member – Methodist Hospital Strategic Planning Committee 2006 Commissioner – Arcadia Parks & Recreations Commission 1994-1998 Commissioner – Arcadia Centennial Commission 1999-2002 Commissioner – Los Angeles County Human Relation Commission 2008-2009 Trustee – Arcadia Educational Foundation 1992-2002 Translator – Arcadia Police Department since 1992


La Canada High School Graduated in 1968 University of Redlands Graduated in 1972, Bachelor of Science in Engineering Glendale University College of Law – Attended from June 90’ to September 91’

Personal Information:

Date of Birth: 2-18-1950 Marital Status: Married with 3 children Nationality: U.S. Citizen Languages: Speak & Write English, Chinese Sports: Golf, Tennis (Member of Friendly Hills Country Club)


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