City Council —City of LakewoodMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
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- Maintaining the highest level of public safety with a focus on suppression, intervention, and prevention
- Investing in our community to preserve and enhance neighborhood quality of life, honor our seniors, and honor our veterans
- Preserving our fiscal stability, attracting meaningful and successful large and small businesses, and maintaining smooth streets and high quality infrastructure
- Entire Lakewood City Council
- International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1014
- Protecting our neighborhoods by improving community safety measures at all levels, and promoting traffic safety around our homes, schools and parks.
- Maintaining Lakewood’s single family character, modernizing our parks and recreational facilities, enhancing our Senior and Youth Services, and improving educational opportunities for Lakewood’s children.
- Effectively managing the city’s financial resources and budgets, and continuing to support and develop our strong business community, while managing our natural resources by embracing sustainability concepts.
I remember growing up as a child on Pioneer Blvd in the 1960’s how important Bloomfield Park was to me and my siblings. It was a great place to play, learn sports and hang out with our friends. As an adult I came to appreciate the benefits of having safe parks and neighborhoods where I could raise my family. And for the last twelve years I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve you on the Lakewood City Council and to make sure that today’s families have those same benefits and more. Lakewood’s motto is ‘Time change, Values don’t’, as a Council Member and Mayor twice I know the importance of holding on to our community’s values of safe neighborhoods, great services and strong fiscal management. And I’m proud of the job I and my colleagues on the City Council have done for our citizens. We’ve modernized our Parks and Programs, invested in vital infrastructure, roads and facilities. We’ve made our City greener thru recycling programs, the use of alternative fuel vehicles, installation of energy efficient LED street lights, and solar power systems to operate our Water Utility and maintenance facility. We’ve enhanced our great Seniors programs and programs such as Project Shepherd and Meals on Wheels to help those in need in our community. And, we’ve expanded our recreation facilities to include our four legged family members with the opening of Home Run Dog Park. And all the while we have maintained a balanced budget thru strong fiscal management and oversight, surviving the Great Recession years with no reduction in services or staffing.
I believe the experience, knowledge and leadership skills I’ve gained serving on City Council are more important now than ever before. As our City faces more fiscal and regulatory challenges from the State and Federal Government it is important that our elected leaders know how to respond quickly and protect our community values and priorities.
I ask for your support and your vote on March 7th so that I may continue to serve our community as your Council Member.
- Conresswoman Linda Sanchez
- Congressman Alan Lowenthal
- California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
- California State Senator Ricardo Lara
- Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local #1014
- Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
- I will continue maintaining a balanced budget without using reserves.. Frugal budgeting ensures strong reserves while continung a high level of community service.
- Public safety will continue to be my number one priority. Lakewood residents deserve a safe community in which to live, work and play.
- I will continue to prioritize the support of local businesses. Lakewood's vitality is strengthened by their stability.
- Increase public safety for the community with increase in sheriff and reserve sheriff deputies.
- Increase infrastructure investment in Lakewood from our two college district.
- Get financial relief for Lakewood RV owners who have their vehicles in storage lots.
- Enhance civic engagement and voter turnout in our community, and make city government more responsive, transparent, and accessible to all residents.
- Improve public safety/health, and support middle and working class residents by pushing for affordable housing, education, healthcare, and childcare.
- Promote and empower our city’s local businesses, workers, unions, and civic organizations with an emphasis on job-growth, minimizing privatization, environmental awareness, and equal treatment.
I am a 30 year old teacher, father, husband, and homeowner here in Lakewood. I have been local to the area since 1999, and felt incredibly proud when my wife and I purchased our first home and planted deep roots in the city of Lakewood last year. I am running for city council because I am concerned about the many challenges we face as a nation and as a community, and I believe that we need proactive, responsive, and dynamic leadership to tackle these challenges head on. Issues faced by middle and working class families are too often disregarded by representatives in our various levels of government who are losing touch with today’s increasingly diverse electorate.
My generation recently became the largest living generation in the country. And yet our representation on governing bodies—including our City Council here in Lakewood—is practically nonexistent. So I believe that government should better reflect the citizens they represent, but also that improving our cities is the first step to improving our nation. Particularly as a teacher of political science, economics, and history, I am concerned with the direction our city. There is much to be done to improve government accessiblility, responsiveness, and community involvement. As such one of my main goals is to democratize Lakewood in as many ways as possible. This means spearheading a movement to register and energize more voters--last election in Lakewood saw a 13.78% turnout; this means actively soliciting the opinions of local business owners before passing relevant ordinances; this means leading a robust social media outreach campaign to involve younger residents--City Council currently has an almost nonexistent social media presence; and this means making government affairs more transparent and accessible to residents without unnecessary barriers. Lakewood would benefit from a fresh perspective to the many challenges we face. Above all my goal is to better represent the diverse people and interests of Lakewood.
- Los Angeles County Democratic Party
- Increase spending on public safety to combat the rise in Lakewood crime.
- Provide leadership to protect city programs demonstrating an efficient return on your investment, and re-examine programs failing to meet your standards.
- Advocate for increased Federal Community Development Block Grant funding (CDBG) to renew and reconnect blighted East Lakewood neighborhoods to the community.
Small government tends to be the most efficient government. I support contracting out city services to private vendors, collaborating with community stakeholders to resolve city challenges, and maintaining a balanced budget.