2018 NWPC-GPA Endorsed Candidates
(** Indicates Elected Nov. 6, 2018)
Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio has received the endorsement of National Women’s Political Caucus of California for re-election to represent Assembly District 48.
Assemblywoman Blanca E. Rubio was elected in November 2016 to represent California’s 48th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, Duarte, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, West Covina, and the San Gabriel Valley unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including Bassett, Charter Oak, Citrus, East Arcadia, Ramona, Valinda and West La Puente. Assemblywoman Rubio has worked tirelessly to give her constituents a voice in the Capitol, placing advocacy for children, women, families, students, and immigrants at the forefront of her work. Since her election in 2016, Blanca has authored bills that support victims of domestic violence, create opportunities for children within the foster care system, ensure our youngest students are given proper support to succeed in school, and support for immigrant communities.
Before coming to the Assembly, Blanca Rubio spent 16 years as a teacher and 20 years in elected office, serving on the Valley County Water Board, and Baldwin Park Unified School District. Her students-first philosophy made Blanca a leader and champion for students in and out of the classroom. She was successful in her efforts to improve academic outcomes for students, aligning them with vital resources for college preparation.
Susan Rubio for State Senate Dist. 22**
Born in Juarez, Mexico, Susan’s upbringing and personal experiences taught her the importance of hard work. Susan is a product of public schools and earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University while working full time as a bookkeeper doing payroll and taxes for a small business. As a child, Susan Rubio struggled to fit in to the American school system. There were times that she and her siblings were quarantined from their peers because they were English as a Second Language students. The adults tasked with her education consistently told her not to strive for more, that college wasn’t in her future, but she was determined to defy the odds.
Susan became a teacher because she never wanted what happened to her to happen to another student again. As a lifelong educator, Susan started her teaching career in Baldwin Park Unified School District, and has been a teacher at Monrovia Unified School District for 15 years, including 3 years as Program Adviser and Assistant to the Principal. She is currently a full time 3rd grade classroom teacher.
Rubio has been a champion in the San Gabriel Valley for nearly two decades. She ran for elected office for the same reason she became a teacher: to make our community better for every family, regardless of any differences.
Susan Rubio was first elected as City Clerk in Baldwin Park in 2005, where she focused on providing equal service, transparency, best practices, and protecting democracy for city residents. Since 2009, Susan has served as Baldwin Park City Council member where she has helped balance the city budget during the recession, while protecting vital services like public safety. Susan understands that small businesses are economic engines and have driven job growth in communities across the state. That’s why she has been a champion for greater economic opportunities in Baldwin Park. Susan also focused environmental justice, as well as keeping our streets, neighborhoods and schools safe.
In addition to serving her community as City Clerk and City Councilmember, Susan Rubio is a community leader with a long record of volunteerism and partnership with local non-profits and community-based organizations. She has supported efforts to keep at-risk youth on the right track, provided mentorship and college scholarships for local students, and helped disenfranchised families get the tools they need. Susan is committed to working across party lines to find common ground to make healthcare, housing, and college more affordable. Her experience and proven record will make her an effective State Senator that will deliver for the San Gabriel Valley.
2018 NWPC-GPA Local Election Endorsed Candidates
**ELECTED Nov. 6, 2018
5 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
Alhambra City Council District 1
In these times, we need to take a stand and fight for the greater good. Since college, I have served the public as a high school teacher, community organizer and artist. It’s now time for me to give back to my community at a level that can transform the city to truly serve the people instead of a select few. I pledge my commitment toward this end, ready to do the hard work and fight for social equity, connection and democracy. I possess the optimism and passion, honesty and integrity.
-Development that prioritizes people, not profits: healthy green spaces, innovative economic development with infrastructure connections and improvements
-Open and transparent government that champions public participation and lifts marginalized voices
-Foster true community connections in our neighborhoods, across generations and public spaces
Alhambra City Council District 5
Joe, Ramona, and I have called Alhambra our home for nearly 30 years. For 14 years I have served as a school board member, three years as president, to the more than 17,000 students of Alhambra Unified School District.
As your council member I commit to working to keep neighborhoods safe from supporting “crimes of opportunity.” I will work to strengthen city services for our residents. I will advocate making major traffic thoroughfares work more efficiently. I will expand services for Alhambra seniors and veterans. I support affordable housing and pledge to find solutions to rising rental costs. I will find creative resolutions to help build parks and create a healthier living environment for our residents. Together let’s build a better Alhambra, one that preserves our past and prepares for the future.
El Monte City Council
As a career public school teacher of the El Monte community, a mother, wife, resident of the El Monte community, former policy analyst, and current City Planning Commissioner, Ms. Morales is proud of the work accomplished on behalf of our community families and children. Currently,
as a teacher and researcher, her focus remains to develop community, civic engagement, and academic partnerships to create a foundation where El Monte children can thrive academically, and residents can have access to high-paying, local jobs. Currently, as a Co-Chair of the City of El Monte Planning Commission, Ms. Morales is part of overseeing the El Monte one billion
dollar economic development, advocating for preserving greener spaces in the community allowing opportunities for children and families to have access to greener environments.
Pomona City Council
Nora Garcia has been a proud Pomona resident since the age of 3. The daughter of Mexican immigrants turned U.S. citizens, she was raised to be an active part of the community. Nora is a product of the Pomona Unified School District and understands the importance of a quality public education. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California, Nora is a teacher and college instructor. She believes that all Pomona residents deserve the best possible quality of life and is dedicated to building a better future together with her neighbors.
Growing up, the Pomona Library was essential to her family. Nora has worked to strengthen the library, serving as president of the Friends of Pomona Public Library and as the Mayor’s appointee to the Library Board of Trustees.
Nora is running for Pomona City Council District 3, because it’s time for change. For too long, the district has been denied resources and suffered from activities that would not be tolerated in other parts of the City. Pomona is beginning an important new chapter and District 3 cannot stay behind. Nora has the energy, the dedication, and the ferocity to fight for the community and help lead it into the 21st century.
South Pasadena City Council
After having spent my entire legal career working in local government, I am in a unique position to represent South Pasadena residents as a city council member. During my current term, through my efforts the city enacted a campaign finance ordinance, an unreinforced masonry ordinance, a self-executing water conservation ordinance and became the second city to join the Clean Power Alliance (CPA), among other things. My leadership on regional issues is reflected in my election as Chair of the CPA, serving as Supervisor Barger's appointee to the Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the county Safe, Clean Water initiative, and my status as immediate past Chair of the SGVCOG Water Policy Committee.
15 SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
Azusa Unified School District
Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez is currently running for re-election to the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education. She is a parent in the district and an active member of the community. She serves on the board of the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance, is a member of the Azusa Woman's Club and is the current Vice President of the California School Boards Association.
Azusa Unified School District
I started my advocacy in my community with “East Valley Organization (EVO)” in 1988, by going to Sacramento and speaking with legislators regarding issues affecting our Azusa community. I have volunteered for the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), Azusa Human Relations Commission with “Hands Across Azusa” for our AUSD students, the San Gabriel YWCA organization, and Blessings in a Bag Foundation in the Azusa community. I was a Girl Scout volunteer for a troop in Azusa. I worked at Azusa Unified School District and Azusa Parks and Recreation coaching sports and cheerleading. I was a youth director for an empowerment program that I developed for girls in the City of Azusa. I received my bachelor’s in liberal studies Cal State L.A. Participating in our Azusa neighborhood with different macro projects, lead me to Azusa Pacific University to pursue a master’s in social work specialization in Community Leadership and Program administration.
Hacienda-LaPuente Unified School District
It has been my honor for five years to serve as a member of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District’s Board of Education, working as your Clerk, Vice-President, and President during that time.
In 2013 I promised to bring dignity, transparency, and respect back to our School Board while concentrating on Student Welfare and Achievement, Salary increases, and the Safety and Facility upgrades needed for our schools and properties.
“Promises I Made, and Promises I Kept”:
- Balanced budget and fiscal accountability
- Passed Measure BB for 21st Century Classrooms
- New Track and Fields at Los Altos, Wilson, La Puente and Workman High Schools.
- New Pool and Kitchen at LPHS
- Technology Labs K-12
- Safety and security fencing, entrances, cameras, and fire alarms
- Shade structures and playgrounds
- Free breakfast
- Increased salaries 20% for all employees
- Digital marquees and signage
- Improved communication and public relations
- Natural Gas bus station
- Adult Education AA Degree and Job Center
- Early Childhood National Award
- Arts, Counselors, and Support TOSAs
- Spanish and Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Schools
Monrovia Unified School District
Selene is a parent of school-aged children in MUSD, a school volunteer, and has served on the School Site Council and PTA Board. She realizes how important it is to be informed and to understand all the complexities of our children's education in the 21st century. She has also come to realize that a new perspective is needed within the board - one that creates transparency and allows your voices to be heard.
Montebello Unified School District
Jennifer Gutierrez is an advocate, community leader, and a youth mentor. She is running for School Board because she is passionate about education and providing a quality education for MUSD students.
Jennifer Gutierrez is a proud product of MUSD schools and knows first-hand the challenges facing our school district. As a recent graduate of the district, she has firsthand knowledge of the issues facing our schools and is committed to empowering our youth. Since 2015, Jennifer Gutierrez has worked for College Bound Today (CBT) at Montebello High School and Bell Gardens High School, where she mentors both Juniors and Seniors to get them ready for the college of their choice.
As your School Board member, Jennifer Gutierrez will:
- Strive for college and career readiness
- Restore fiscal responsibility and transparency to MUSD
- Work to enhance and implement new technology
- Improve communication and involvement between students, educators, and parents.
- Push for student safety and equal representation
Montebello Unified School District
First let me explain my support of public education. I believe that public education is an important way to develop tolerance & appreciation for differences. In public school kids get to know people from every corner of their community, not just people of the same religion, social class or even outlook on education. Public education is the great equalizer, not by bringing everyone down to the same level, but by lifting them up. We need a free, public education system open to all, otherwise those who are born without money & power never will have a chance to make their lives better by developing new knowledge and skills.
I’m running for school board because our district is in dire need of new direction.
We need a board that always puts students first and always acts with integrity and transparency. Our students need a board that is available and responsive to the community and recognizes that the community consists of students, parents, teachers, other staff and anyone else who lives in the district.
Mountain View School District
Our Mountain View School District has been taking the District to a new level. They are implementing the Bond Program to improve the infrastructure of our schools. They are working to improve educational outcomes for our children and making sure that there is increased accountability for the dollars that are
spent by the District.
As a small businesswoman and educator, I know how important schools are for our community. Our local schools offer hope for our children. Our teachers provide our children the tools they will need to navigate a changing world. I am asking for your vote so that I can serve you on the Board of
Education. There are many important decisions that need to be made in the next few years that will impact our schools.
As a planning commissioner, I know that the City is going through changes. As someone who can bridge the gap between the City and our school district, I will be an advocate for the needs of our students and families to make sure that the City serves the best interests of our students . I am passionate about stronger education and financial literacy in our schools.
Mountain View School District
It is an honor to serve the students of El Monte/South El Monte. In my first term I have learned that our school district has had difficulties with many complex issues. Issues such as declining enrollment, affordable housing, state/federal funding and immigration. These complex issues are deeply entrenched in our community, and one person, however well intended, cannot solve them alone.
I want to be a champion for all our students but especially to our young women. To encourage them to dream, dream big and there is no obstacle that they cannot break through. That we will support them in achieving their dreams.
This will my second term and I have the distinct pleasure to be endorsed by both of our associations, the Mountain View Teachers Association and the California School Employee Association. When our teachers and staff succeed our students succeed.
Mt. Sac Community College, District 5
My beliefs are very strongly aligned with the core values of collocation, increased student engagement, equity, innovation and a strong commitment to public education.
I believe in stenting the community through educational partnerships. By working with those who support the community, both financially and idealistically, it is possible to strengthen the bonds between our schools and the local community. Then together we will help to place our students on a path to education success.
Education builds strength for all.
Rio Hondo Community College, District 5
NORMA E. GARCIA is a proud daughter of hard-working immigrant parents who instilled in her the importance of a higher education. She worked her way through college as a recreation leader and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UCLA, making her the first in her family to graduate from college.
Norma successfully led Rio Hondo College to be the first community college in Los Angeles County to offer two years of free tuition to students and in the process extend public education to 14 years. Norma’s relentless efforts to eliminate college costs as a barrier to college access for students were recognized with the 2017 Women of the Year award by the Los Angeles County Commission of Women and the 2018 Women of the Year award by the 22nd Senate District.
Norma is a proud co-founder of the El Monte Promise Foundation which creates a seamless cradle-to-college pathway for El Monte youth and increases the expectation among the community that all students can attend and succeed in college. Norma resides in El Monte with her husband and their 3 boys.
South Pasadena Unified School District
A lifelong advocate for children, Ruby Kalra is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric oncologist with three decades of experience, as well as a fifteen-year volunteer leader in the South Pasadena Unified School District. Her leadership highlights include president of the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, president of the South Pasadena Council PTA, president of the South Pasadena Middle School PTA, and the 2018 Golden Apple Award for outstanding service to South Pasadena schools. Ruby is also the mother of 3 boys who have attended South Pasadena schools since kindergarten, with the two oldest graduating from South Pasadena High School in 2016 and 2018, and the youngest a freshman at the high school this year. Ruby is running for school board because she believes that every child matters, and that every child deserves to be supported by a team of responsible, caring, and committed adults. If elected to the South Pasadena Board of Education, Ruby will continue to advocate for clear and open communication; parent and student engagement; student success and wellness; and fiscal responsibility.
South Pasadena Unified School District
I am deeply committed to our South Pasadena schools. As the parent of two SPUSD graduates – and as one myself – I’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of a quality public education. After nearly two decades of volunteer leadership and service to our schools, in 2013, I was honored to be elected and to serve as a SPUSD school board member.
It’s been an exciting and rewarding five years during which we have: successfully implemented common core standards; eliminated deficit spending to promote greater financial stability; narrowed key achievement gaps; passed a $98M facilities bond measure (and quickly began several building and improvement projects); expanded our elementary dual language immersion and other programs; and actively engaged our parents and community through local control and accountability planning.
While I’m proud of the work we’ve done, there are more opportunities and challenges ahead – which I’ll continue to tackle head-on in the spirit of collaboration and transparency. I hope to put my passion for our schools along with everything I’ve learned during these past five years to work for our students during a second term as a SPUSD school board member.
South Pasadena Unified School District
It has been an honor to serve on the school board for nearly 10 years and I am running for re-election because I love South Pasadena and I love our schools. I am proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure. All five schools have been designated a California Distinguished School. We have assembled an outstanding team to lead our schools and our district. We have implemented dual language immersion programs in Spanish and Mandarin, and we have developed academic pathways in computer science, engineering, biomedicine, broadcast journalism and the performing arts. Further, voters have overwhelmingly approved three parcel taxes, generating over $2.3 million annually to help ensure fiscal strength and educational opportunity. While our schools have thrived, property values remain high, outpacing neighboring communities.
South Whittier Unified School District
I was born and raised in South Whittier by two working-class Mexican immigrant parents. At an early age, I witnessed firsthand the disparities in educational attainment caused by income inequality. While I was able to celebrate my academic successes, I understood that my experience was unique. I began noticing the struggles of my classmates and how much harder they had to work in school just to get by. This ignited a passion within me to give back to my community in hopes to create better opportunities for the South Whittier School District.
As a governing board member, I want to ensure that our students have the right to dream of higher education, and for those that dream it, achieve it. I will maintain a student focused framework. I believe as a member of the board I can work to ensure fiscal accountability with district resources to ensure that the funds are utilized to best benefit the students. I will work towards ensuring that our teachers feel heard and supported. I will work towards building a stronger collaboration between the school board, community, and staff. I believe that talent is even distributed in our society, but opportunity is not. We owe it to our students.
West Covina Unified School District
My priorities as your elected WCUSD board member will be to be inclusive and engage our community to build partnerships to achieve a share goal-students learning. My platform is to A.C.T.= Accountability-we are responsible for student development and achievement, Community-recognize and respect our diversity and encourage active participation and open communication in our learning environments, Trust-build reliable, confident, and certainty in a shared vision of student learning outcomes.
2 WATER BOARD CANDIDATES
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, District 5
I am newly retired after working for the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works for over 30 years.
• In the Bureau of Sanitation issues such as water management, water infrastructure and conservation were common educational topics.
• At the Board of Public Works, I worked with Mayoral appointees who lead notable programs such as the One Water LA program, a collaboration of projects, programs and policies that will yield sustainable, long-term water supplies for the City of Los Angeles.
I have received the endorsement of the current Director, Raul Romero who has served two terms.
• He knows I’m in this for the right reasons.
• He knows I will advocate for our community and will do it in a fiscally responsible manner.
This experience and exposure leads me to where I am today, running to be your representative on the San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, Division 5. We need a strong candidate who understands that to make our community a better place to live, we must have clean water, increase our local water supplies, and continue greening our community. We need someone who understands that water policy is not simple, it’s complex.
Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District, District 5
I am a cancer researcher/cytogeneticist at City of Hope, a mother of two children attending public school, and a longtime resident of this community. Like you, as a water ratepayer, I believe it is imperative to elect individuals with the understanding of how our water system works and balance budgets similar to how we balance our household budget. I am independent of the water politics within the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District and will fight to do what is right for you and your family.
My research experience makes me equipped to be a leader when it comes to water contamination clean up, and it provides me with the necessary tools to be your voice on the water board. Our water district plays a significant role not only in ensuring a sustainable supply of clean water but also to invest and maintain much-needed system improvements to help limit cost when critical services are needed.
I will work to:
1.) Maintain a dependable water supply
2.) Continue to fight for the clean-up of our contaminated groundwater
3.) Identify cost savings to keep water affordable
3 ALTADENA LIBRARY BOARD CANDIDATES
Altadena Library - Special
Betsy Kahn has almost 25 years of professional library experience and a lifetime of using dozens of libraries, so she brings a passionate expertise to her role as Trustee. She is running to extend her current seat on the Altadena Library Board, where she serves as President and is already working to grow the Altadena Library District toward a stable, creative future.
My decision to run for the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees 4-year seat came as a result of my deep commitment to making a difference in my community and in the world. As a first-generation college graduate, coming from a disadvantaged family myself (my maternal grandmother quit school in the seventh grade to work after her father died; neither of my parents have college degrees), I understand the power of information and education.
As I learned more about the Altadena Library District, I realized that I had the ability to translate my experiences on various Boards, including the Raritan Valley Community College Board of Trustees, the Advisory Board of the Business/Higher Education Forum, and my attendance at the Intersegmental Committee of the CCC/CSU in Sacramento into this role.
My goals, as a Trustee, are to ensure that the above responsibilities are met fairly, promptly, and with transparency! As a candidate, I am running under the platform of COMMUNITY, TRANSPARENCY, SUSTAINABILITY, for I believe that moving forward, the Altadena Library Board of Trustees must develop a sustainable plan for the future that takes into consideration the necessary safety and ADA compliance and effectively and efficiently ensures their completion. Of key import, to me, is that transparency is ALWAYS upheld by the Library Board of Trustees as stewards for the library’s present and future. Finally, that its reputation is positive and always reflective of its standing in the community.
Katie Clark is running for a four-year term on the Altadena Library District Board of Trustees. A small business owner, artist, educator - and, naturally, avid reader - Katie has made Altadena her home for over a decade. With a PhD in history from Oxford University, she worked as a scholar in libraries worldwide. Now an entrepreneur, she is invested in the knowledge economy and keenly aware of the changing role of libraries in it. Katie has seen the erosion of faith in public institutions intensify, and she is committed to addressing that problem locally, in the places that educate, connect, and inspire Altadena.
"As a 34-year old first-time candidate, I'm proud to be part of a new generation of women entering politics. I am thrilled to have the endorsement and the support of NWPC in the fight to expect more from our representatives and institutions."
4 SUPERIOR COURT JUDGES
Endorsed by the National Women's Political Caucus' chapters: Los Angeles County Coordinating Council, The Greater Pasadena Area, Los Angeles Metro, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Westside, and South Bay
Judge Seat 16 (Dual Endorsement)
Patti has lived in Los Angeles her entire life. She graduated from Loyola Law School in the top 2% of her class, published on Law Review and clerked for a Federal Judge. She has been an attorney for over 30 years and has spent nearly every working day in a courtroom. She has dedicated her career to public service and public safety. She has practiced both civil and criminal law and has extensive trial and writing experience. Patti has been a prosecutor in the LA City Attorney’s Office for over 25 years. She was drawn to be a prosecutor because of the high moral and ethical obligations of a prosecutor. A prosecutor‘s goal is justice, not winning. Patti has prosecuted thousands of cases including domestic violence, weapons and restraining order violations to name just a few. She ensures that victims and their family are offered resources and support to help them stay safe. She understands that while defendants must be held accountable for their actions, they must be treated respectfully and fairly. Patti is dedicated to equal justice for all. These are qualities we need in judges. She not only has the qualifications and ability to interpret and follow the law, but will do so with integrity, empathy and fairness.
Judge Seat 16 (Dual Endorsement)
Sydne Jane Michel
I am uniquely qualified to be a Judge. I began my career as a Partner at one of the largest and most respected law firms in the Country, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. There, I practiced complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. I made partner after six years and, among other responsibilities, was put in charge of the firm’s pro bono assistance program, managing a legal team that provided free legal services to those in need.
After ten years, I left a lucrative civil practice to become a criminal prosecutor. I am the Senior Deputy City Prosecutor for the cities of Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach. I have worked as a prosecutor for almost thirteen years. I have prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases of all kinds, including serious violent crimes, sex offender and gang crimes.
I vow to be an independent judge and make decisions based on the law, not based on political pressure, or ideology. I promise to deliver justice equally and treat everyone equal regardless of their station in life.
Judge Seat 4
A. Veronica Sauceda**
My name is A. Verónica Sauceda and I am running for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Office No. 4. I am the only candidate in this race with judicial experience. I am a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner. I was carefully vetted and selected by the Los Angeles Superior Court Judges because all agreed that I had the skills and qualifications to do the job. They were right. I have the unwavering support of my supervising judges, the Presiding Judge, Daniel Buckley and Assisting Presiding Judge, Kevin Brazile (these judges supervise ALL the Los Angeles Superior Court judges and commissioners). I am rated “Well Qualified” by the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
Currently, I preside over family law at the Compton Courthouse. I have over 17 years of experience serving the public. I pursued a career in law to advocate on behalf of individuals and communities that lacked resources and meaningful access to the legal system. I worked as a non-profit attorney advocating for the most vulnerable members of our communities, I helped clients assert their rights, remove barriers and access justice. As a bench officer, I remain committed to providing access to justice in my courtroom and the legal system. I am fair and impartial; I am empathetic in applying the law to the facts in cases presented to me for adjudication. I would like to continue to do so, as a judge.
Judge Seat 60
Holly Hancock is a Deputy Public Defender III of Los Angeles County where she has worked for 12 years. She is a veteran of trial practice and has tried 55 cases to jury. She has currently won the last eleven. Two of the cases which initially ended in conviction have been overturned by the appellate court. She has spent much of her trial practice in felonies. As a defense attorney, she has had the unique perspective of viewing the case from all sides and then, determining the strategy best to serve her clients. She has seen standard sentencing and has championed alternative sentencing measures. She plans to continue her quest to push for collaborative courts. Many of the administrative decisions of our courts are determined by its judges, such as adding veterans and homeless courts, and creating a diversionary mental health court. Ms. Hancock champions reconciliation and restoration in our justice system when appropriate. Ms. Hancock has recently been accepted as a Judge Pro Tem for the Small Claims Courts.