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San Diego CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 1

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Alex Galicia

Small Business Owner
13,232 votes (12%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Encourage housing growth: Cut the red tape, encourage building, lower/eliminate costs.
  • Empower job creators: Let the job creators do what they do best!
  • Enhance Win-Win Border Partnerships:

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Owner, Veteran / Vet Advocate
Small Business Owner, BPI Plumbing (2006–current)
Chair, Chula Vista Veterans Commission — Appointed position (2010–2013)
International Sales Planner, United Airlines (1995–2010)
Logistics Planner, American President Lines (1994–1995)
Travel Agent / Assistant Manager, Council Travel (1992–1994)

Education

American Military University Master of Arts, Transportation and Logistics (2010)
University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics (1992)

Community Activities

International Trainee - Hungary, AIESEC (1990–1990)
Foreign Exchange Student - Switzerland, American Field Service (1984–1984)

Biography

Veteran. Business Owner. Volunteer.

Alex Galicia was born in Los Angeles in 1967.  Because his parents separation, Alex grew up spending time between Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Alex’s grandparents legally emigrated from Mexico to the US in 1915.  Alex’s maternal grandfather (and later his father) came to this country to help build and repair the railroads, both spending the majority of their careers at Southern Pacific.  Alex inherited his love of railroads, and later in life airlines, from his father and grandfather.

Though Alex never lost touch with his biological father, due to proximity, Alex’s other major father figure was his uncle by marriage, Benny Garcia.  Uncle Benny founded Alex’s company, BPI Plumbing.  He was a former Cuban Army Plumber.  Because Benny worked as a plumber in the National Congress, Presidential Palace and other government buildings he held a security clearance.  When Fidel Castro captured Havana, on December 31, 1958, one of his first acts was to order the execution of anyone that held a security clearance.  On January 3, 1959, Benny was working with two other plumbers, his childhood friends Pablo and Ivan, at National Congress.  They were arrested and taken to an old Spanish fort nearby in order to identify their identities.  The “identity verifier” was a childhood friend of the three.  He advised them that he would pretend they were “not themselves” because otherwise the next step was the execution chamber.  He allowed them to leave even providing them his own vehicle and a rifle.  His final parting words:  “Don’t go home to see your mother, don’t go see your girlfriends.  Get the heck out of Cuba!  I won’t be there to bail you out next time.”  They followed his advice by driving to the airport and commandeering a small plane.  Ivan was just beginning private pilot lessons.  He knew how to fly but not how to land.  They flew to Key West, FL.  By the grace of God, they landed safely but were immediately arrested by US authorities.  In early 1959, the US had no idea that Castro was a communist.  The three were finally released later in 1959 when the US government realized what was happening.

Uncle Benny’s influence went far and wide for Alex.  Besides gaining first hand knowledge of the horrors of the Cuban Revolution, Alex also learned from Uncle Benny’s American patriotism.  Uncle Benny, while a reluctant immigrant, finally accepted his fate and his deep gratitude toward the United States never subsided.  He repeatedly credited this country with providing him life saving sanctuary and allowing him to start a new life.  Uncle Benny was a staunch anti-communist his whole life.  Uncle Benny raised Alex to appreciate his country and to display his gratitude for being a natural born American citizen.  This played a key role in Alex later pursuing the military path.

In 1985, Alex graduated from Montgomery High School in south San Diego.  He enlisted in the United States Navy where he combined active and reserve duty until 1990.  Alex’s assignments included recruit training and subsequent service school at the Naval Training Center, San Diego, Naval Station Long Beach and a cruise aboard an oceangoing minesweeper, MSO-437.

After the Navy, Alex attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics.    Alex was a foreign exchange student (Switzerland) during high school and gain during college (Hungary).  As a result, his linguistic skills upon completion of college included fluent Spanish, fluent French and conversational Russian, German and Japanese.

During college, Alex’s many “student jobs” included working as an event staffer at the Student Union, as a Travel Agent at the campus agency and also as a plumber in the family business.  His time as a travel agent developed into a 20+ year travel industry career that included United Airlines, where his linguistic and international experiences resulted in assignment to the International Sales Planning division.  His focus included Latin America but also assignments with Japan and Australian focuses.  Alex received an early retirement from United Airlines. 

After college, and during his days at United Airlines, Alex felt the call to service once again so he reenlisted in the military, though this time, in the US Army National Guard (California).  He quickly attended Officer Candidate School, which he successfully completed, and received a Commission.  Alex’s Army National Guard time was initially part time but after 9/11, it became a full time endeavor for the better part of the following decade.  His major assignments included serving as a Staff Officer on Operation Noble Eagle (the post 9/11 Airport Security mission), Task Force Transportation Officer (successfully performing far above his paygrade) a Humanitarian Mission to Central America (Nicaragua and Honduras), a 15 month combat mission during Operation Iraqi Freedom (Kuwait and Iraq) where he led a company of 160 Soldiers on almost continuous convoy operations. 

After returning home from Iraq, Alex continued to serve and spent additional overseas time in Ukraine, helping train young Ukrainian Army Officers as military logisticians.  From there, it was a 2 year mission, attached to the US Border Patrol, on the US-Mexico Border Mission.  His role was that of Safety and Environmental Officer ensuring the well-being of both the young Soldiers as well as their immediate environment.  Finally, Alex spent the last 5 years of his career with a Sustainment Brigade, focusing heavily on several “war fighter” exercises as a Transportation Expert.  The intent of these warfighters was to share his combat experiences in the training of troops preparing to deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan.  Alex retired after 24 years (4 years as a Sailor, 20 years as a Citizen Soldier)  of service as a Major.

After getting off active duty in 2008, Alex returned home to take over the family business, the old Benny Plumbing, now BPI Plumbing.  Alex and a business partner successfully and profitably grew the business almost 10-fold.  Alex continues to run day-to-day operations.  They are active with local construction and veteran business associations.  Alex served on the City of Chula Vista’s Veterans Commission from 2009-2013, spending his last year serving as Board Chair.  Further, Alex has worked closely with Castle Park High school’s Industrial Arts program and sit on the board of the Home Building Institute via the Department of Labor’s Job Corps program in Imperial Beach.  In 2010, Alex was one of the signatories for proposition G in Chula Vista.  This referendum, which banned costly and exclusionary union-only construction agreements in Chula Vista passed with 56% of the vote.  Alex also served as signatory for Proposition A which similarly banned union-only construction agreements in all of San Diego County.  Proposition A passed with nearly 76% of the vote.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • San Diego County Republican Party

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Hello, I’m Alex Galicia. I’m a Chula Vista resident, Army/ Navy veteran and a small business owner. Before taking over my old family business, I was a civilian and military transportation planner. In the Army, I planned battle field circulation plans and I planned large scale logistical movements.  In civilian life, , my planning activities focused on tourism. I planned sales of international air routes.  I identified opportunities.  I analyzed business and tourism infrastructures and how to support them, then created a national sales strategy. I want to represent you at the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors, District 1 seat. here's my platform:

  • Exceptional Fiscal Responsibility: Manage tax payer money.
  • Encourage housing growth: Cut red tape, encourage building, lower/eliminate costs.
  • Empower job creators: Let job creators do what they do best! 
  • Enhance Win-Win Border Partnerships:
  • Fair and Open Competition: We owe it to our community, our workers and our taxpayers.

Exceptional Fiscal Responsibility should be the norm.

San Diego County is unique in California because its historical track record as one of the most fiscally responsible local California governments.  All Californians should expect but sadly don’t! In the era of bloated budgets, our County has consistently ranked among the best in our state in terms of being a good steward of tax payer money, in terms of living within its means and in terms of avoiding costly bond measures. It consciously avoids what many others excel at which is to over spend while kicking the proverbial can down the road. I want to keep us on this path.  We owe it to our children and grandchildren.

Encourage housing growth.

We must address that we have an affordable housing problem.  It especially hurts young families and our working class.  Bad housing policy also impacts  public health.  Case in point, the recent Hepatitis A outbreak amongst the county’s 10,000 homeless.  A recent report determined that over 500,000 county residents are one paycheck from homelessness.  Our local and state representatives seem intent on creating an endless stream of new bond measures or taxes to "address" this issue.  The issue is that demand far exceeds the supply, hence soaring prices and rents.  Initiatives that punish those that might create housing opportunities abound.   It is not the housing industry that is causing these issues, quite the contrary.  It is the housing industry that will solve these issues.  Government is not a creator, in fact, in many ways government is the problem.  I say we make government an enabler.  By reducing the cost and other financial barriers currently faced, we can encourage developers to build more, we can encourage current homeowners to build granny flats or build additions.  Simply by not standing in their way.

Empower job creators.

We need long-term, sustainable jobs, but the fact is that government does not create enough jobs.  It is private industry that creates jobs.  But private industry is only going to create these types of jobs if the economic and political conditions enable this.  As such, government is not a creator, rather it is an enabler.  Most of the time, the best thing government can do is get out of the way.   We can enable by encouraging investment rather than continuously thickening the amount of red tape, the regulatory hurdles and by reducing the risk of those that choose to undertake growing their businesses here.  Let’s offer the right environment to encourage expansion of our blue economy.  Let’s help maintain our strong local military presence by encouraging local research and development in communications, aerospace and bio technology sectors.  We should mostly not stand in the way but a well planned public-private partnership can be a positive part of local government’s involvement.  This is especially true of small businesses since these are the true job engines that have made this county, state and country what it is.

Enhance our economic well-being.

Enhance our economic well-being by taking advantage of our position as a cross roads between the United States, Mexico and the Asian Pacific region.  Let’s get past issues that impact confidence.  We need partnerships to be win win.  We must expect our regional partners to the south to work with us to maintain a safe border environment.  We can help ourselves by not trying the hands of our law enforcement officers to help us get rid of career criminals.  Sanctuary policies that protect felons are the ultimate in dysfunctional governance.  That is not win-win.  Further, having to periodically shut down our beautiful beaches because of raw sewage spills due to appropriate infrastructural investments not being made are also not win-win scenarios.  Fortunately, the positives that do contribute to win-win are alive and well.  Smart enhancements like the Cross Border Express, which offered our region easy access to low cost international air travel as well and joint tourism initiatives with Baja will encourage visitors from around the world to come spend their hard earned money in our region.  Those are win-win and as such, should be encouraged and enabled passionately.  Let’s roll up our sleeves and create a bright future via long term solutions.

Fair and Open Competition.

This can also fall along the lines of empowering job creators but as it’s a major local issue that merits mention.  Unions are excellent working class representatives.  Like them or not, they do get credit for our 40 hour work week, child labor law and increased focuses on safety.   All this is great when it’s voluntary.  When you make union membership mandatory, it wharps our free enterprise system.  Case in point:  Myself.  My company is across the street, from the Chula Vista Bay front project.  For those not familiar, it’s a 375 acre, $1.1 billion project expected to create 2,500 construction jobs.  Unfortunately, a project labor agreement, ostensibly to enhance local and minority participation, makes union membership mandatory.  As my employees chose not to be union members, they are excluded though they are overwhelmingly minority and local.  How does this make sense?

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