Editor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. What do Joe Marsico and Helen Keller have in common? Keller was “The Miracle Worker” – and Marsico wants that label to be designated as his occupation on the Whittier City Council ballot. No, says Whittier City Clerk Katherine Marshall. “Miracle worker” is not an occupation. “When he submitted `miracle worker,’ I pointed out that’s not a profession,” Marshall said. “So we couldn’t list it.” In a meeting with Marsico and City Manager Steve Helvey, Marshall said, she and Helvey offered other suggestions – such as futurist or transit operator. But Marsico rejected both labels, even though Marsico does have a bid submitted with the city to purchase one of Whittier’s old trolley buses. Marsico is rejecting the city clerk’s ruling, saying he now plans to take the city to court over his occupation label. “Mr. Helvey asked me, `What does a miracle worker do?”‘ Marsico said. “I have proved there are miracles in my life. I work hard and I pray. I pray for answers and get solutions to problems. I’ve been doing this for 30 years.” RAHDER REPORT: When former Whittier Councilwoman Helen Rahder did not return her nomination papers last week to run in the April 11 City Council elections, some were surprised. But after careful consideration, Rahder said she decided it just was not the right time for her. She had taken out nomination papers for the unexpired two-year position, created when former Councilman Dave Butler resigned and his appointed replacement, Councilman Doug Lopez, decided not to run. Whittier attorneys Alex Moisa and Joe Vinatieri and local church deacon Arthur Rock have filed papers to run for the seat. “When the vacancy came up, I had thought that it would be two more years of service and this would be a great time to finish off my contribution to the city of Whittier,” Rahder said. “When I run, it’s a big, big effort and I put my heart and soul into it. Right now, my personal obligations are such that I couldn’t do it.” Rahder, a current Whittier planning commissioner, served on the council from 1990-94. STATE OF THE UNION: The Mark Twain Democratic Club will hold a viewing party for President Bush’s State of the Union speech at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 15436 E. Whittier Blvd., Whittier. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.Mark- TwainDemocrats.org. REPUBLICAN MEETING: Barbara Stone, professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton, will speak at the 11a.m. Friday meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated meeting. The club meets at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive, Whittier. Business meeting begins at 11 a.m. For reservations, call Maybe Hendricks, (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax to (562) 698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022; or e-mail [email protected] AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!