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City Council — City of Azusa

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About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
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Candidates

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Top 3 Priorities
  1. Completion of downtown projects. All former redevelopment...
  2. Continue to be strong advocate for Quality of life...
  3. Continue to be fiscal responsible, insuring your tax...
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Edward J. Alvarez

Federal Auditor
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Maintain balanced budgets and continue to increase...
  2. Maintain public safety as a priority and attract businesses...
  3. Sustain and improve community programs
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Andrew N. Mendez

Businessman/Realtor
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Increase industrial and manufacturing businesses!...
  2. Building a thriving and complete Azusa Downtown. Building...
  3. Create Home Buyer incentive programs/grants to encourage...
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Robert Gonzales

Councilmember
2,075 votes (40.65%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Completion of downtown projects. All former redevelopment sites are currently under contracts & with our leadership finalize & complete these developments. As Chairman to the oversight committee ,we have worked hard to get parcels back to Azusa
  • Continue to be strong advocate for Quality of life issues. By continuing developing programs & projects that benefit the resident of Azusa,like annual Compost/mulch program, "Shred -a thon" & many others programs, being envriomentaly responsible.
  • Continue to be fiscal responsible, insuring your tax dollars are not wasted, but invested wisly. PUBLIC SAFETY, QUALITY ROADS & INFUSTRUCTURE, but also quality developlment & job creation.

Experience

Experience

Profession:insurance writer
Councilmember, City of Azusa — Elected position (2007–current)

Political Beliefs

DOWNTOWN

Summary

MY VISION FOR THE DOWNTOWN 

As chairman to oversight committee, myself & other boardmember have fought to get properties back from the state. The loss of redevlopment 6 years ago was costly, not only to AZUSA,but all ciites in California. Properties were not being developed for lack of vision or desire, but because of litigations with the state. As October 2015 We now able to move forward with these long awaited projects. Block 36 will be my priority to complete with my next 4 year term. Our council has worked hard to work together to maintain a level of professionalism that seperates us from other cities in San Gabriel Valley, we are now the envy of other cities!!  There is more to do,we will continue to work hard listening to our residents & trying to agree on more, then we disagree on issues.Now on block 36 (azusa ave/ foothill) & block 37 (san gabriel/ foothill) We will have 2 projects, after much debate to conversation , council worked hard to deliver both projects SERRANO GROUP as well as CHARLES CO projects.  which consist both a LAEMMLE theatre & BOWLING concept. We are excited to have both in downtown!      

Candidate Contact Info

Email robertgonzales@ci.azusa.ca.us
Councilmember/Federal Auditor
1,907 votes (37.36%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintain balanced budgets and continue to increase reserve funds.
  • Maintain public safety as a priority and attract businesses and homeowners
  • Sustain and improve community programs

Experience

Experience

Profession:Federal Auditor
Federal Auditor, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (2004–current)
Council Member, City of Azusa — Elected position (2013–current)
Audit Supervisor, Los Angeles Unified School District (1998–2004)
Financial Auditor, State of California Department of Health Services (1995–1998)

Education

Grantham University Masters in Business Administration, Business Administration (2016)
Cal Poly Pomona Bachelors in Accounting, Accounting (1994)

Community Activities

Vice President, Azusa Youth Program (1993–current)
Member, American Legion (1990–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (7)

  • Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 & 18
  • Peace Officers Research Organization (PORAC)
  • San Gabriel Valley Tribune
  • Azusa Police Officer's Association
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 721
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Elected Officials (4)

  • Mike Eng-Vice President Los Angeles Community College Board
  • Council Member Robert Gonzales
  • Mayor Pro-Tem Angel Carrillo
  • Mayor Joseph Rocha

Candidate Contact Info

Email ealvarez4azusa@yahoo.com
Businessman/Realtor
1,122 votes (21.98%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase industrial and manufacturing businesses! Bringing in new jobs and new tax revenue!
  • Building a thriving and complete Azusa Downtown. Building on vacant lots, and rehabilitating dilapidated buildings.
  • Create Home Buyer incentive programs/grants to encourage home ownership in the city.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Businessman/Realtor
Realtor, Century 21 Citrus (2007–current)
Special Projects Liason, Azusa Golden Days Committee — Appointed position (2016–current)

Education

Kaplan Certificate, Real Estate principals, finance, escrow, economics, property management, appraisal. (2008)
Mt. San Antonio College Certificate, Fire Technology/Fire Academy (2006)
Citrus College Certificate, Emergency Medicine (2005)

Community Activities

Founder/CEO, Azusa City News (2013–current)
Lodge Officer, Freemasonry (2013–current)
Shriner/Childrens Hospital volunteer., Shriners International (2015–current)

Political Beliefs

Downtown Azusa needs fresh perspective

Summary

Downtown Azusa badly needs to be rehabilitated with a fresh look and feel!

Block 36, which the current City Council voted for, then changed their vote after public outcry, is a stepping stone, not a destination.
With the Gold Line ending in the heart of our Downtown, it is critical that we capitalize on incoming pedestrians. 
Every city surrounding ours has a thriving downtown, most with small businesses owned by residents of the city.
We need to bring Azusa up to par with the rest of the San Gabriel Valley. Not parading around that after 11 years that a vacant lot will finally get something built on it. 
With my experience in Real Estate, I know the risk and rewards associated with opening a small business and the time and cost associated. We need to ensure that the process is a streamlined as possible. 

Candidate Contact Info

Email andrewforazusa@gmail.com

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