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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Ciudad de Lake ForestCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Francisco Barajas

Account Manager/Commissioner
7,939 votos (15.4%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Maintain fiscal accountability and a balanced budget.
  • Ensure that our neighborhoods stay safe while continuing to provide quality community services.
  • Enhance economic opportunities for our local businesses.

Experiencia

Biografía

My parents both came to this country at a young age to live out the American dream for themselves and for their future children. Through hard work and a lot of perseverance, they managed to purchase their own home and get four kids through college. From them, we learned our work ethic, a love for a country that has given us so much opportunity, and a sense of civic duty. Seeing the look of excitement and pride in their faces the morning they were going to go and get sworn in as citizens remains one of our proudest moments. This passion is what has fueled my dedication and desire to improve my community.

While earning my undergraduate degree from California Baptist University, I interned with the Office of Governor Schwarzenegger and later Western Municipal Water District, working to improve communication efforts and making sure that constituents and rate payers felt heard and stayed well informed while also protecting local control through legislative advocacy. I also volunteered with the Colton Police Department for a special program working with at risk teens, giving me an appreciation for the efforts our public safety officials make to keep our communities safe.

After graduation, I went on to get my masters from the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, with an emphasis on state and local government, where I learned from the leading officials in the country on issues such as community policing, effective public budgetary practices and public infrastructure planning. 

During this time, I interned with Supervisor John Moorlach, now a state senator representing Lake Forest as a fiscal watch dog, and the Association of California Cities - Orange County, actively protecting local control from state government and tracking pension reform across all thirty-four cities in Orange County, making sure that their councils were putting tax payers first. 

Following my graduation from Pepperdine, I interned with Lake Forest's Department of Economic Development, working to promote our local businesses. My efforts included walking door-to-door to businesses throughout the city, talking with business owners and managers about what the city could do to make running a business in the city easier, while actively encouraging participation in our annual Shop and Dine Lake Forest Week. Even after completing my internship, I continued to volunteer with the team to support our city's businesses.

Since then, I have been working as an account manager at one of Orange County's fastest growing public affairs firms, Communications LAB, assisting various public agencies with community outreach on important large infrastructure projects, many of which have a direct impact on Lake Forest residents, including the Orange County Transportation Authority, the Orange County Public Works Department and the Transportation Corridor Agencies. I currently also serve on-staff with the Orange County Taxpayers Association, a non-profit led by former Orange Mayor Carolyn Cavecche, which stands up for Orange County taxpayers and promotes efficient government.

Aside from my community volunteer experiences promoting local business, I also serve Lake Forest residents as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, working with staff and community volunteers to improve and develop the amenities that Lake Forest has become famous for, from our annual events such as Dino Days to our award winning parks, such as our brand new Sports Park.

I hope to bring all of this experience with me to represent my fellow Lake Forest residents in a fiscally responsible manner. Having tracked and analyzed public agency spending throughout Orange County for years, I am witnessing first hand the negative effect ill-managed budgets are having on the quality of life for residents in other cities. As a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, I see first hand how powerful an impact our programs and amenities have on our community. I want to make sure that we maintain our fiscal responsibility and protect these amenities.

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