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City of San GabrielCandidate for City Council

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John R. Harrington

City Council Member
2,931 votes (28.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • PUBLIC SAFETY is vital to a thriving community. Safety is Job #1. I will continue to provide vital support to our first responders. I will continue to be an advocate for safe paths to schools to protect motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  • PAVING at a historic pace. We have paved more roads since I was elected than in ANY other eight year period. San Gabriel has vastly improved our sewers under my tenure.
  • COMMUNITY EVENTS create an inviting atmosphere for everyone, I spearheaded an effort to fully fund San Gabriel's wonderful community events such as Summer concerts, Lunar New Year, Cinco de Mayo, Dumplings and Beer, and may more.



Profession:City Council Member
Staff Counsel, Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association (2013–current)
City Council Member, City of San Gabriel — Elected position (2011–current)
Council Member, San Gabriel Valley METRO Service Council — Appointed position (2012–current)
Board Member, Independent Cities Association — Appointed position (2017–2019)
Board Member, Independent Cities Association — Appointed position (2017–2019)
Committee Member, SGUSD Long-Range Facilites Master Plan Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2008–2011)


Loyola Law School Juris Doctor, Law (1996)
Cal State Northridge Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications (1993)


The voters elected John the San Gabriel City Council in March of 2011. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School. John has over twenty-three years of legal experience specializing in complex financial transactions, municipal law, and public works construction. In addition to being admitted to the California State Bar, he holds a real estate broker’s license and a general contractor’s license. 

John graduated from Saint Francis High School in La Canada-Flintridge and has maintained a strong bond with his Alma Mater. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications California State University Northridge.

John and his wife Sonia have two daughters that attend San Gabriel Unified Schools and one I college. The Harrington’s value our strong school system and the great family venues in our city. John has been actively involved in many community organizations. He has coached his daughters in PONY baseball, AYSO soccer, and in the San Gabriel Girls Fast Pitch Softball League. 

John is committed to expanding family venues and experiences through community events. He has focused efforts on developing and funding the activities that make living in San Gabriel a memorable experience.


Being a business-friendly city is of utmost importance. He has devoted countless hours to attract quality businesses to Gabriel. His top priority is to enable the community to pursue additional family-oriented companies and increase quality venues aggressively

In 2005 along with Eloy Zarate, Senya Lubisich, and Eric Kirchhoff, John helped found the Friends of La Laguna. This non-profit organization was necessary to prevent the City from demolishing the (now) historic La Laguna playground in Vincent Lugo Park. This event marked the beginning of John’s political involvement in San Gabriel. He has championed San Gabriel’s place in history. Along with a strong effort from staff, he helped usher in San Gabriel’s award-winning Historic Preservation Ordinance.

John is also the former Vice-Chair of the San Gabriel Unified School District Facilities Oversight Committee. The School Board appointed John to this Committee because of his expertise in school construction and development. He accepted this nomination because he believes that our schools are vital to the success of our community. 

Active involvement in many issues that directly affect both the City of San Gabriel and the San Gabriel Unified School District is essential to John. He understands the economic value that development can bring to a community while respecting the past, and believes that all development must be responsible and respectful to the community.


Actively bringing the community’s voice and representing their opinion to the elected bodies of the region is vital to John. For example, he serves the San Gabriel Valley on the Metro Service Council, bringing transportation issues to the forefront. He has spearheaded issues such as increased paving, reducing massage parlors, lowering taxes, preventing mansionization of homes, securing affordable housing and making the city more responsive and accountable to the residents.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • CA State Senator Susan Rubio
  • LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger

Organizations (4)

  • San Gabriel Police Officer's Association
  • BizFedPac - Representing over 400,000 Employers and workers
  • San Gabriel Fire Management Group
  • San Gabriel Police Management Group

Elected Officials (4)

  • SGUSD Governing Board Member, President, Dr. Gary Scott
  • SGUSD Governing Board Member, Vice President, Rochell Kate Haas
  • SGUSD Governing Board Member, Clerk, Andrew Ammon
  • SGUSD Governing Board Member, Cheryl Shellhart

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

We are a diverse and thriving city full of great people. The Council's job is to help everyone be a part of the community, to make us the best we can be. San Gabriel is a special place in the region. We need leadership that is tested, trusted, and transparent.



What separates me from other candidates is that I am honest about our problems and choose pragmatic and practical solutions. I have dealt with many difficult issues while on Council. I have lived up to my promise of always researching issues, finding solutions, and doing what is best for the ENTIRE community, not one group or special interest.


I stand on my record of service to the City and will continue to do so.



I strive to be the Community's voice on Council. As a Council Member, I have actively worked with hundreds of community members to resolve issues with the City, between neighbors, and with businesses. I take a hands-on approach when it comes to helping the residents of San Gabriel. I have an open-door policy, and I am very approachable.

Every candidate will promise to "pave the streets." Have you ever seen a Council Member vote "NO" on paving? I will never lie to the voters and say that the City will pave a specific street. However, I can say that San Gabriel has paved more roads since I have been on Council than in any other eight-year period.




As an independent, I do not bring an Agenda to my decisions on Council. I have been elected by the people, and for the people, so my decisions are for ALL the people. The City has come a long way since I was elected with transparency. We expanded our legal notice for projects to nearly DOUBLE the state requirements. We hold many more community outreach events for developments. 

The City publishes all documents on the website; also it broadcasts and archives all meetings for the public to see.


As we do the People's business, we must be open and transparent.


Videos (4)

— January 28, 2020 John Harrington

Keeping San Gabriel a vibrant and business-friendly community

— January 28, 2020 John Harrington

John has focussed on providing open space, community events, and programs for the youth.

— January 28, 2020 John Harrington

Good things to come! The Council has done an economic study showing big things coming for the Mission District.

John's 2018 State of the City Address.

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