City Council —City of San FernandoMarch 7, 2017 —Local Elections
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- Listens to the community, supported a moratorium stopping new apartment buildings.
- Ensures public safety, hired police officers and supported by the San Fernando Police Officers Association.
- Fiscally responsible, co-chaired the Measure A campaign, which saved the city from bankruptcy.
- SEIU 721
- Laborer' Local 300 Union
- San Fernando Police Officers Association
- State Senator Bob Hertzberg, 18th District
- Congressman Tony Cardenas, 29th District
- Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra,39th District
- Councilmember Eloy Morales, Jr., Inglewood 3rd District
- Mayor Pro Tem Sean Ashton, Downey
- Mayor Vivian Romero, Montebello
- Mayor Baru Sanchez, Cudahy
- Councilmember Tony Vasquez, Santa Monica
- Former Los Angeles Counilmember Dennis Zine, 3rd District
- Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch Englander, 12th District
- Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
- Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, 48th District
- Former Mayor Pro Tem Richard Ramos, San Fernando
- Former Mayor Dr. Jose Hernandez, San Fernando
- Councilmember Antonio Lopez, San Fernando
- Los Angeles County Democratic Party
- Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
- San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
- Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters
- Alex Reza
- Prevent the development of apartment and condominium complexes in our historic downtown.
- Revitalize city revenue by supporting local businesses and improve business opportunities within San Fernando.
- Invest in our infrastructure to ensure the safety and well being of all our residents in our schools and within our community.
Raised in Indiana and Kentucky, I was provided with a strong sense of community and social justice. I worked in hay fields, in tobacco fields, on farms, and with livestock in our community helping others provide for the needs of many from the age of 10. I began work as a professional actor by age 15 and carried all of that into college to achieve my Bachelors degree.
I moved to New York with $200 in my pocket and found work as a carpenter, an electrician and stage hand in the local theaters before achieving my own Off-Broadway and New York Theatre credits. I met my wife and, in 1998, we moved to Los Angeles where I was cast in the television show “Malibu, CA.”
I continued work in entertainment until my first teaching position was attained in 2001 and by then we had two wonderful children and a fantastic cat. We moved from Hollywood to Tarzana where we lived for 13 years before moving to San Fernando in 2012.
- SEIU Local 721
- Rodney Allen Rippy
- Residents for a Better San Fernando
- Luis Lopez
I witnessed many injustices growing up in Indiana and Kentucky and I am heavily influenced by my Grandfather who was active in the Civil Rights movement working with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to further the message of equal rights for all. I carry that message with me daily.
From 2001 to 2011, I worked with students with Emotional Disorders and Learning Disabilities at the elementary, middle and secondary. In January of 2012, I took over the Theatre Department at James Monroe High School and developed the Drama College to serve underprivileged and at risk youth with Advanced Placement English and Theatre classes. Our purpose was to increase graduation rates as well as post-secondary educational opportunities. We can boast a 100% graduation rate since 2013 with 80% of those students continuing on to post-secondary education.
My upbringing in the Midwest and the South, my family teaching me the value of Social Justice, my serving those in need, whether through my work in our farming community or my work as an educator, has taught me the value of one’s role within the community. I’m here to serve the community I live in and am a part of.
Apartments in Downtown San Fernando
I stand against to development of apartments and condominiums in the former JC Penny lot located in the middle of downtown San Fernando.
Our budget is in the red and development plans are in the works that will keep it in the red. Our city’s budget deficit is estimated at $3.5 million by the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year according to the budget report released last summer. I do not see this improving further should the moratorium on housing be lifted and the plans to raze JC Penny and other areas move forward. A gentrification movement has begun that is eclipsing the charm that brought many of us, and our families, here to begin with. Progress is inevitable and to stay stagnant is to fade away into obscurity however progress that ignores the needs and wants of a community is equally as damaging. San Fernando is unique and beautiful—we do not want to become just another suburb of Los Angeles.
When elected, I will vote NO on the planned apartment complexes at the former JC Penny lot.
The developers are leaving San Fernando with the financial responsibility of completely restructuring our city services, sewage, zoning, policing, traffic management, etc while they collect exorbitant rents from renters and businesses that would occupy the first floor of the complex.
We simply cannot afford apartments downtown. Instead, let us reinvest in businesses in our areas of need and fill those empty buildings with the services and enterprises that make San Fernando great. We need an reinvestment in our infrastructure and local business, not, nearly, 1000 apartments that strain our city driving us further into debt.
Police Officer Support
I admire and respect our Police Officers
Our men and women in blue need our support. They are understaffed and lack many resources. We, as a City Council, must support a Motorcycle Officer, continue to support our Canine unit and help to fund technology updates. The officers serving in the San Fernando are an integral part of our community and should have a working relationship with the City Council as well as our community at large.
- Prevent the further development of apartments in our small city
- Create a city-business partnership in support of keeping small businesses in bussiness
- Improve public safety through community involment and create a police department oversight committee
Age: 36, Roman Catholic
Education: B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA '12); Pepperdine University, Graduate School Education & Psychology, Masters of Psychology in Clinical Psychology specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy (Current, 3rd year est. 2017)
Profession: Payroll Coordinator, Sunkist Growers, Inc.
I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and at the age of seven my parents arrived at the difficult decision that the only way to secure a better future - a future free of political persecution and economic distress - was to emigrate to the United States. My parents settled in the city of Van Nuys where I attended Valerio Elementary, Fulton Middle School and Van Nuys High School where I graduated with honors. During my senior year I prepared to attend college and although our basic needs were being meet it was still financially impossible for my parents to send me to college. Adding to the financial strains of putting their second son in college was the now confirmed reality that our family was also living in the shadows as undocumented immigrants. I did not realize the full impact of what this news meant other than I could no longer pursue my dream of becoming the first college graduate in our combined family's history. With no real future and no real opportunity I had no choice but to join my mother in cleaning houses across the valley. It was during this period of uncertainty and many fears that I also learned I was to become a father at the age of nineteen. This certainly wasn't the future I envisioned for myself but nonetheless this was my reality and I took it with dignity. During the next few years the struggle was very real until our legal status changed and we were to continue pursuing the American dream.
When my daughter turned five I enrolled in Los Angeles Pierce College where the next phase of my life was to begin. When I started college I was already working as a full-time entry-level payroll clerk and was simultaneously taking up to four evening classes. Going back to school was a difficult decision not only because I now had a daughter to take care of but also fighting thoughts that going back to school was a mistake as that was an aspiration that stayed buried in the past. However, deep inside I knew that that the only way for me to secure an even better future for my daughter was to show her that I was able to complete college against the many obstacles I faced. Every great outcome sometimes requires great sacrifice and at that moment my parents' decision to immigrate for our sake made complete sense. This realization made a fundamental positive change in me as a parent and brought a new higher level of respect towards my parents. But what made going back to school a true reality was the support of my girlfriend, the mother of my daughter, who gave me the unconditional moral, spiritual and - yes, financial support that I needed to continue pursuing higher education. My girlfriend then and now my wife has been fundamental in moving us forward and pushing us to become successful. In 2008 I graduated from Pierce College with an Associates Degree and by the time I finished I had moved forward in my career in payroll and was now a Regional Payroll Lead at my current job. I wanted to push further in my career and schooling but again I questioned whether it would be the right decision. Once again my wife gave me the extra little push I needed and with her encouragement I applied to many schools and was subsequently accepted to every single one! In 2009 I enrolled at UCLA and so began the next - and frankly, the most strenuous academic endeavor to date.
I was ready to begin UCLA in the fall of 2009 when I received news that my father was diagnosed with cancer. It was a difficult time in trying to concentrate in school, working full-time while driving to UCLA from work in Westlake Village two or three times per week during my lunch breaks while dealing with my father's health crisis. My employer at the time made the special concession to allow me to take extended time to attend school during the middle of the day and come back to complete my work day. I had long days and nights and at times would have emotional days but through it all I pulled one of the hardest feats of my life - I graduated from UCLA!
In 2010 we moved to our first home in the City of San Fernando and since then I have wanted to get involved in the community where my children are being raised. My younger daughter attends Santa Rosa Catholic School and my oldest attends Bishop Alemany Catholic High School. They also attend one of our city’s dance schools and both are active girl scouts. My oldest will also be starting her second year as a Counselor in Training at the San Fernando Pool Park. Our daily routines and activities keeps us local and because we spend so much of our time in our community I deeply feel that I must get involved to keep San Fernando a good and safe community for families like ours. For the past five years I have talked to my wife and kids about the different ideas I have to keep San Fernando the small community it is and how we can improve our infrastructure and development without loosing our small community environment. I am against construction of apartment buildings in our city. I am in favor of bringing small businesses to our city and improving public safety. I receive the city council meeting notes, I vote in every election since becoming a U.S. citizen and I keep myself informed of city events. I have been involved even if not in a public way.
In 2013 I made another decision to continue my education and I applied to graduate school. I was accepted to Pepperdine University in their psychology program. I will be completing my Master's Degree next spring and my goal is to open a private practice in my city of San Fernando and serve in the city council to follow both my passions of helping people and helping my community. I have made a living in the fields of payroll and HR administration and I believe my work experience will help me in my future goal of becoming the next city councilmember. I have worked really hard to keep my aspirations alive and thriving and I will apply the same dedication and hard work ethics when elected to serve my city. I tell my daughters that I won't ask anything of them I have not personally achieved and therefore I have many, many goals to reach. It does takes take a village to raise a child and it will take all of San Fernando to keep the city we all love the kind of community we can all call home.