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  Padilla, Alex
NameAlex Padilla
Porter Ranch, California , United States
Born March 22, 1973 (47 years)
ContributorSummer Intern
Last ModifedRBH
Oct 28, 2019 12:15pm
Tags Hispanic - Liberal -
InfoAlex Padilla was first elected to the Los Angeles City Council in June 1999, becoming the third-youngest person ever elected to City office. He was re-elected to serve a full four-year term after running unopposed in the April 2001 elections, and was first elected to serve a two-year term as City Council President in July 2001. Padilla was unanimously re-elected as Council President on July 1, 2003. Alex Padilla has led the City Council through critical times - among them, hiring a new police chief, developing a plan to redesign Los Angeles International Airport, and leading Los Angeles during uncertain times as Acting Mayor during the tragedy of September 11, when the Mayor was stranded in Washington, D.C.

Alex Padilla serves as Chair of the City Council's Rules & Elections Committee, as Vice-Chair of the Arts, Parks, Health & Aging Committee, and as a member of both the Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee and the Environmental Quality & Waste Management Committee. In addition, he serves as Vice-Chair of the Ad Hoc Stadium Committee, and served as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Democratic National Convention.

Some of Alex Padilla's major accomplishments include: identifying a site and providing the resources necessary for a new branch of the Children's Museum of Los Angeles at Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley; securing $9 million to fund the Valley Youth Initiative, a job-skills training program for Valley youth; developing a policy of open access for cable Internet service in the City of Los Angeles; creating a multi-million dollar program for infrastructure repair and economic development in the northeast San Fernando Valley; and starting a public-private partnership to bridge the digital divide for residents of the northeast Valley.

In the spring of 2003, Council President Padilla led his colleagues -- and won a veto-proof majority of Council votes -- in opposing the Mayor's budget plan that would have jeopardized the City's fiscal outlook. State seizures of local funds in early 2004 bore out the Council's projections, and the City's budget remained in the black as a result of the Council's caution and fiscal responsibility.

Alex Padilla's leadership with the League of California Cities put him in a position to spearhead Los Angeles' fight and eventual agreement with Governor Schwarzenegger to secure $49 million a year that the State has seized from local property taxes to balance its budget, and was a leading proponent of the successful state ballot Proposition 1A, which prohibits future State raids of local funds.

The Sacramento Bee has noted that "For Alex Padilla, it's been more that just his brand of politics that's made him a success." And the Los Angeles Times has written, "Padilla's rise has been nothing short of meteoric, even in an age of rapid political turnover."

Alex Padilla began his career in public service as an educational counselor at the University of the Pacific in Stockton. After completing a post-graduate program in public policy with the Coro Foundation, Alex Padilla worked in the office of United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) where he helped secure federal programs and services for Southern California. He then served as District Director for 39th District Assemblyman Tony Cardenas (D-Sylmar). In 1997, Alex Padilla was appointed by Mayor Richard J. Riordan to the City of Los Angeles Building and Safety Commission, where he considered health and safety code violation appeals from residential and business property owners.

Alex Padilla currently serves as First Vice President of the League of California Cities, is the immediate past President of its Latino Caucus, and is a board member of the National League of Cities. Alex Padilla was appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to the California Film Commission in April 2002.

The 7th Council District serves the communities of Arleta, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills,
North Hills, Pacoima, Panorama City, and Sylmar.

Alex Padilla was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and attended local public schools. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) with a degree in mechanical engineering, Alex Padilla was chosen by M.I.T. to recruit students from the Southwest.

Alex Padilla lives in Pacoima where he attends Mary Immaculate Church.

Source: Los Angeles City Council


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