Hai-Sou Chen to Vie for City Council Seat

Hai-Sou Chen
Hai-Sou Chen

Longtime San Marino resident Dr. Hai-Sou Chen has recently thrown his hat in the ring as a contender for City Council in the November election, pushing the pool of candidates to three.
Chen, a San Marino resident since 1982, has run his dental practice in San Gabriel since 1979 and most recently contributed to city government affairs as a member of the Design Review Committee for five years, chairing the committee in 2015 and 2016.
Given that experience, Chen said in his candidacy announcement he plans to focus on preserving the “classic appearance” of San Marino to keep up the city’s unique look within the San Gabriel Valley, if elected. He added he hopes to streamline the design review process and help decrease costs for homeowners and developers in the process.
Citing concern over the growth of residential burglaries and financial crime, Chen said he supports additional funding for the city’s police department to help it acquire new surveillance equipment to help prevent and address crime.
Drawing attention to the number of Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants who have made San Marino home, Chen also said he would push for the hire of an additional receptionist at City Hall who speaks both English and Mandarin and for bilingual options on the city’s website to help those residents.
On the note of helping new residents acclimate to life in San Marino, Chen said he will work to create a volunteer unit to help new residents learn the history of the city and adapt to the various rules and regulations for residents.
Chen is currently a member of Chinese Club of San Marino (for which he was president in 2016), the San Marino Historical Society, the San Marino City Club and Rotary Club of San Marino. His wife, Linda, also has presided over the Chinese Club and helped campaign on the most recent tax measures for the city and San Marino Unified School District.
Chen earned his dentistry degree from Northwestern University and also a post-graduate diploma from the University of Illinois. He and his wife have three children, two of whom are doctors and the third is a freshman at San Marino High School.
There are three at-large City Council seats up for election in November. Other announced candidates are Susan Jakubowski and Calvin Lo.

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