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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City CouncilCity of South GateMarch 7, 2017Local Elections

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March 7, 2017Local Elections

City of South GateCity Council

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (15/15).

About this office

Members of the city council draft and vote on city laws and appoint certain municipal officers and employees.
Source: 2:2017/03/07, 2:2013/03/05, 3:2011/03/08, 2:2009/03/03
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Educator/College Administrator
1,637 votes (21.2%)Winning
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  • Take Care of your tax dollar by balancing the budget every year
  • Work with police and neighborhood groups to improve public safety
  • Work with community leaders to establish a community non profit youth and family center
Profession:Community College Administrator/ College Professor Political Science
City University of New York, Baruch college/University of southern California/East L.A. College Master's , Bachelor's, Associate Arts, Public Administration, Public Affairs, Social Sciences (1992)
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Traffic School Instructor
1,559 votes (20.19%)Winning
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Email denisediazlopez@gmail.com
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William Bill De Witt

Mayor
1,345 votes (17.42%)
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  • Maintaining public safety
  • Improving economic and job opportunities within the City
  • Protect funding for municipal services
Profession:Business person
Nonprofit Development Director
799 votes (10.35%)
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  • Boost economic development that fosters diversity and education, benefits existing businesses and increases public safety.
  • Establish a colloborative between Southeast Los Angeles municipalities, nonprofit organizations and community groups to help decrease homelessness.
  • Develop mentorship programs and advocate for vocational studies that would directly benefit our youth.
Profession:Nonprofit Development Director
Director of Development, Herbalife Family Foundation (2010current)
Planning Commissioner, City of South Gate — Appointed position (20162016)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (2005)
Chief Operating Officer
797 votes (10.32%)
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  • Technology education programs for our youth
  • Small business and community development
  • Public safety and police response services
Profession:Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer, GBH Communications (2014current)
Vice President of Technology & Operations, Easynet Global Services (20102014)
Vice President of Operations - North America, BSkyB Easynet (20082010)
Head of Hosted and Managed Services, RCM Technologies (20072008)
Sr Manager of Operations & Technology, BT Global Services (20042007)

FOR MEMBER OF THE SOUTH GATE CITY COUNCIL
Name: Jose De La Paz, Age: 40

My name is Jose De La Paz, father of five young boys and husband to a South Gate lifetime resident. As a child growing up in a Hispanic household my parents taught me the value of family, community, human rights and service to others.

With nearly two decades of international technology experience, I have the strength and business skills that enable me to achieve success. As an executive, I have grown companies, been responsible for multi-million dollar budgets, negotiated complex deals, created jobs, lead innovation, created patent pending technology, and have been a key member of disaster recovery committees.

As a resident of South Gate for nearly 13 years, a father, husband, and successful executive I feel compelled to give back by serving the citizens of South Gate. I will work hard to restore prosperity to our city by assessing the budget, improving community development, improving public safety, focusing on after-school education programs and jobs. As a South Gate City Council member, I will bring real life experience and responsible change.

Realtor
726 votes (9.4%)
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  • Support our local businesses and increase City revenue by consuming, investing, and promoting in Our Community.
  • Increase civic involvement and express Our Voice by promoting communication at all levels, residents, businesses, and City hall.
  • Plan for Our future by developing a vision, plan, and the necessary accountability to ensure our goals are met.
Profession:Real Estate Consultant/Realtor
Real Estate Consultant, Capero Investments (2008current)
Steering Committee Member, Southeast Los Angeles Civic Leaders Network (SELA-CLN, http://civicleaders.weebly.com/) — Elected position (2012current)
Real Estate Consultant, Coldwell Banker (20032008)
Pepperdine University Master of Business Administration (MBA), finance (2011)
Pepperdine University Bachelor of Science (B.S.), management (2009)

I am a lifelong resident of the City of South Gate who cares about the City and is committed to serving this community to the best of my abilities. My strong management and financial background will contribute to moving the City towards a more prosperous future.

I am eager to begin working hard with city residents and leaders to make the City of South Gate a business-friendly environment that generates jobs for our residents and strengthens our neighborhoods and local economy.

As councilman, I will address the challenges facing South Gate, including infrastructure issues, limited parking and increased traffic, public safety needs, and most importantly, strengthening our local economy. The City of South Gate needs to develop a “culture of involvement” in which the community comes together not only to face future challenges, but also to capitalize on future opportunities.

I am the second oldest of four children raised by a hard-working Mexican immigrant couple. The value of knowledge, hard work, and sacrifice has always been a guiding force in everything I attempt in life —this is primarily due to my family’s upbringing.

I earned a Bachelor’s degree in management and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Pepperdine University. I have over 15 years of combined business experience in real estate investments, marketing, distribution, and inventory management within the automotive industry.

I have served my community alongside the Southeast Los Angeles Civic Leaders Network (SELA-CLN, www.civicleaders.weebly.com) and CSULB's Center for Community Engagement (CCE) organizing U.S. citizenship workshops, educational forums for parents on topics such as, charter schools, traditional public schools, and bullying. One of our most exciting projects as an organization was to be involved in CicLAvia in the City of South Gate and neighboring communities.

Community Volunteer
418 votes (5.41%)
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  • Economic Development ,that increase jobs opportunity for families and invest.
  • Protect the civil rights of all individual in the community.
  • Public safety building relationship between community and police department.
Profession:Occupation: Community Advocate , Public Servant and mother of four that has dedicated herself to our community.
Co/Insuctor, Pepperdine University (2005current)
South Gate Park Commissioner, City Of South Gate — Appointed position (20042006)
President, Los Angeles Unified School District Parent Collaborative (20052012)

Mary Johnson is a Co/Instructor of Urban Schooling at Pepperdine University GSEP, specializes in teaching racial and cultural differences in urban schools, affect the ways teachers, parents, and students interact. My expertise is as follows:

Area of Expertise: Urban Education, Parent Involvement/Engagement, ESSA, Equity, Parents and Students Rights and Education Reform.

 

Community Advocate Journey:

  • Fought against Albert Robles & corruption of City Council 2003 South Gate
  • Opposed Utility tax in the City of South Gate and won.
  • Spearhead movement to bring back traditional school calendar
  • Fought to save South Gate Police Department (2003)

 

Honor & Awards

  • LAUSD Parent Collaborative
  • Woman of Distinction, Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (2011)
  • Outstanding Community Hero-Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
  • Special Education Award, Loyola Marymount University (2007)
  • City Of South Gate Hero (2000)

Endorsement: 

Director Leticia Vasquez, Central Water Basin 

Araceli Dominquez, Community Leader

Edwin Hernandez, Pastor

Justina Paque, Community Advocate

Nick Godoy, Community Leader 

Website: www.votemary4southgate.org

 

  • Nick Godoy, Community Leader
  • Pastor Edwin Hernandez, South Gate Pastor
  • Leticia Vasque, Director. of Central Water Basin
Certified Nurse Aide
224 votes (2.9%)
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  • Social Justice and Livable Communities - We will work to confront the barriers of racism, sexism, heterosexism, class oppression, ageism, and the many ways our culture separates us from working together to define and solve the common dangers we face.
  • Grassroots Democracy - I am committed to mobilizing the participation of large numbers of people at the local level and I challenge the notion that only experienced politicians and expert bureaucrats are needed in City Hall and other elected offices
  • Community-Based Sustainable Economics - So long as the focus of our economy is on profit and corporate growth, we will not be able to protect and respect ourselves and our resources. We must shift our focus to people, sustainability, and economic jus
Profession:Certified Nursing Assistant
Assistant Canvass Director, Revolution Field Strategies (20162016)
Field Manager, Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. (20152016)
Delegate - Bernie Sanders, Democratic National Convention Committee — Elected position (20162016)
Delegate, Democratic National Convention — Elected position (20162016)
Board Member, City of Boca Raton Community Relations Board — Elected position (20122013)
Board Member, Community Relations Board - City of Boca Raton — Elected position (20122013)
Board Member, Community Relations Board - City of Boca Raton — Elected position (20122013)
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (2013)
  • Green Party of Los Angeles County
  • Evolve California
Pharmacy Technician
216 votes (2.8%)
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  • FIGHT GENTRIFICATION. MANY AREAS ARE BEING REVITALIZED, WHICH EVOLVES INTO HIGHER CRIMES RATES, A DECREASE IN PROPERTY VALUE, AND EVENTUALLY COMPLETE GENTRIFICATION. IF ELECTED I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO FIGHT THIS.
  • WE HAVE A GOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT. HOWEVER, CRIME IS ON THE RISE AND OUR CITIZENS ARE SCARED WE NEED TO BRIDGE THIS GAP AND CREATE A MORE INFORMED AND COHESIVE CITY
  • INFORMATION IS VITAL. SO MANY TIMES I SPEAK WITH RESIDENTS AND THEY ARE NOT AWARE OF MAJOR EVENTS, PROJECTS, CONSTRUCTION. NOT EVERYONE IS ONLINE. AGAIN WE MUST INFORM AND EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITY
Profession:PHARMACY TECHNICIAN/UNION MEMBER/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATE
Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy (20102016)
ADMINISTRATOR, WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/ SUBSTANCE ABUSE GET EDUCATED — Appointed position (20112016)
Senior Bank Teller, Washington Mutual/Chase (20082010)
Cashier/Clerk/PAC, Rite Aid (20002008)
Career Colleges of America CPhT, Pharmacy Technician (2010)
East Los Angeles College Dean's List, Criminal Justice (2005)
California State Unversity, Los Angeles General Education, Biology (2004)
  • UFCW LOCAL 770

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