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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de IndioCandidato para Council Member

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Lupe Ramos Watson

Councilmember / Executive Director
6,235 votos (17.14%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Expanding Jobs & Economic Development
  • Continued Fiscal Responsibility
  • Planning & Vision for Indio



Profesión:City Councilmember/Mayor and Executive Director of Non-Profit
Executive Director, ACT for Multiple Sclerosis (2016–current)
Executive Director, ACT for Multiple Sclerosis (2016–current)
City Council, City of Indio — Cargo elegido (2004–current)
Chairwoman of the Board, Imperial Irrigation Energy Consumers Board — Cargo designado (2008–current)
Board Member/Presidnet, Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival — Cargo designado (2005–current)
Chairwoman of the Board, Coachella Valley Association of Governements Homelessness Committee — Cargo designado (2006–2016)


College of the Desert Associates of Arts Lberal Arts, Finance and Accounting (1997)

Actividades comunitarias

Worthy Matron, Order of the Eastern Star Coachella Valley Chapter (1999–current)
Member, Woman's Club of Indio (2004–current)
Mentor, Women Leaders Forum Young Ambassadors (2004–current)
Mentor, Ophelia Project for Girls (2004–current)
Mentor/Member, International Order of Rainbow of Girls (1975–current)


Ms. Lupe Ramos Watson has deep roots in her community, born and raised in Indio.  Her parents were immigrants working in the agricultural community who, early on in her life, established themselves as business owners in the downtown core of Indio.  She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Indio High School and, earned an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from College of the Desert where she has been inducted into the 2014 Outstanding Alumni Hall of Fame. 

Ms. Ramos Watson served the office of Assemblyman Brian Nestande from 2010 to 2015 as District Manager.  She also serves on the Indio City Council since 2004, serving as Mayor from 2007-2008, 2010 to 2011 and 2014-2015.


In her current capacity as Executive Director of ACT for MS she serves Coachella Valley residents living with Multiple Sclerosis and manages the local office. She chairs numerous committees and sits on multiple boards.  Her position on these Boards and Commissions comes with the responsibility of Oversignt over one Billion Dollars in annual budgets.  She is no stranger to working with teams, elected officials, and appointed individuals to achieve goals for the common good.

Lupe Ramos Watson has an extensive background as a community advocate and volunteer.  As someone committed to serving her community, Lupe Ramos Watson is a member of the Indio Womens= Club, the Order of the Eastern Star (Coachella Valley Chapter #360), the Indio Chamber of Commerce, and the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce where she was recognized as the Latina Businesswoman of the Year in 2005.

Ms. Ramos Watson believes in giving back to her community by mentoring our Youth.  Ms. Ramos Watson supports the Ophelia Project, The Young Women's Leaders and The International Order of Rainbow Girls and JOBS Daughters.  Her commitment to mentoring and affording young women internship opportunities has aided many young women in securing their community service and career goals.

Her private sector background includes working for community developers in the Coachella Valley.  Also, as a businesswoman, she held various positions in her family businesses specializing in civil engineering, real estate investment and development.  She also co-owned and operated a restaurant and micro-brewery in downtown Indio.

In addition to her political service, Lupe Ramos Watson is Chairwoman of the Imperial Irrigation District Energy Consumers Committee, Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival Board, Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG) Homelessness Committee and the Past Regional Councilmember for the Coachella Valley=s 66th District of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).  She serves/has served on

_    Indio Water Authority

_    Indio Redevelopment Agency

_    Indio Finance Committee

_    Indio/Coachella Waster Transfer JPA Executive Board

_     Indio, Palm Springs and Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Committees

_     SCAG Energy & Environment Committee

_     Southern California Air Quality Management District Business Council

_     CVAG Energy & Environment Committee

_     CVAG TUMF Nexus Committee

_     Coachella Valley Association of Governments Executive Committee and Human & Community Services Committee

_      Indio Housing Authority

_      Southern California Rail Advisory Committee

_      Riverside County Children & Families First 5 Commission

_      Riverside County Library Services Board

_      Riverside County Complete Homeless Count Committee

_      Coachella Valley Water District Water Policy Committee

_      E.R.I.C.A. JPA Board

_       Palm Springs Desert Resorts Convention & Visitors Authority Executive Board

_        Sunline Transit Authority Board

_        Coachella Valley Housing Trust Board of Directors

_        League of California Cities Executive Board Riverside Division 

Lupe Ramos Watson also has maintained memberships in several business organizations, including the California Homeowners Association, the Building Industry Association, the National Latino Leadership Council and the Student Advisory Council.

Lupe is a mother and, grandmother who enjoys yoga, off-road motorcycles and traveling with her family.  She is the eldest of 7, has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.  Her favorite quote is Aif we don=t stand up to protect the rights of others, then who will remain to protect ours

Lupe Ramos Watson has put her collective experience to use in her duties, where she is a consistent advocate for the community, balanced budgets, responsible spending.

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Featured Endorsements

  • Concepcion Calvillo Ramirez, 100 Indio Resident
  • Karl and Paula Karcher, CLK USA Company
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

Organizaciónes (6)

  • The Desert Sun - Gannett Palm Springs
  • CalFare Riverside County Firefighters Association
  • Desert Valley Bulders Association
  • Building industry Association Riverside Chapter
  • La Prensa Hispana - Al and Anna Vasquez
  • Inland Empire Biz PAC

Funcionarios electos (1)

  • Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff

Individuos (31)

  • George Vellardi, Chrysler-Jeep Indio
  • Marcellino Maldonado, Torre Nissan
  • Trevor Thiel, Fiesta Ford Indio
  • California Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R)
  • California Assemblymember Chad Mayes
  • Susan "Suz" Hunt, College of the Desert Foundation
  • California Assemblyman and Supervisor Bruce Nestance
  • Cheryll Dahlin, DSUSD Board of Trustees Candidate
  • Cole & Tracy Burr, Burrtec Industries
  • Harold Matzner, Palm Springs Businessman
  • Mayor Scott Mann, Menefee
  • Mayor Dana Reed, City of Indian Wells
  • Councilmember Harry Ramos, Murrietta
  • Eleanor Campbell, COD Student Council President
  • Carrissa Farley, Farley Paving Stone Company
  • Director Robin Dufault, Desert Board of Realtors
  • Nachhattar and Susana Chandi, Chandi USA
  • Board Member Nick Negosian, Date Festival
  • Board Vice-President E Romero, Board of Education
  • Board of Trustees Gary Tomak, DSUSD
  • Board of Trustees Pres. Wendy Jonathan, DSUSD
  • Board Trustee Aurora Wilson, College of the Desert
  • Board of Trustees MJ Sanchez, College of the Desert
  • Director Mark Mathews, Desert Health Care District
  • Former Councilmember Maggie Zepeda, Coachella
  • Former Mayor Rob Bernheimer, Indian Wells
  • Councilmember Ted Mertens, Indian Wells
  • Councilmember Robert Radi, La Quinta
  • Councilmember Lee Osborne, La Quinta
  • Councilmember Kristi Franklin, La Quinta

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

For experienced leadership in Indio re-elect Lupe Ramos Watson.

Your Pro-Business, Pro-Public Safety Council Member.

Vote Lupe for:

  • Continued Fiscal Responsibility
  • More Jobs and Economic Development
  • Support for Local Business
  • Enhanced Public Safety
  • Planning and Vision for Indio

Lupe has led our City in Promoting and Growing our local economy – projects bringing $100’s of millions of dollars and jobs in out City such as:

  • The new Jackson and I-10 Shopping Center
  • The new County Administrative Center

Lupe has been a leader in making a better quality of life in Indio:

  • Protecting police and fire service levels to safeguard our community.
  • Supporting education opportunities such as the new College of the Desert Campus in downtown Indio.
  • Enhancing recreation opportunities such as the new Senior Center, Teen Center and renovated Park System.

Re-elect Lupe Ramos Watson – Your experienced Pro-Business, Pro-Public Safety Leader for Indio City Council.

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Youth: Parks and Education


I was born and raised in Indio over a half century ago, I raised my family here and built several successful businesses.  And, now have the honor of serving the residents of Indio as your City Councilmember.  So, I know how important it is to have a City that provides for our needs within the City boundaries.  Like mine, most families in Indio work hard and want to be able to enjoy a quality of life that enhances our daily lives.

My commitment to the public parks in the City of Indio has and will continue to be to increase the parklands and enhance/improve our existing parks, including sports complexes and outdoor gathering places.  Over the past 12 years that I have been in office we have renovated and added many parks.  We have added more acreage to our park inventory.  And, we have secured Grants that helped us make our taxpayer dollars stretch.  I have also worked closely to reinstate our Quality of Life team that improves the safety and recreational spaces for all residents of Indio by dedicating staff to work with community members, faith-based organizations and neighborhood watch communities.  This is how we all work together in assuring a safe and enjoyable public space. 

My favorite park now, and always has been, Miles Avenue Park.  I grew up spending every weekend at this park with my brothers and parents.  So, I have very fond memories.  I also attended school down the street at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and spent many after-school hours in the park volunteering to keep the park clean.  At this present time we, at the City, are working with the neighborhood members to design the renovation of this park so that we can bring back the joy and beauty that it once had.

I have worked closely with both of our School Districts, our Community College and the Private Law College and Parents to make sure that we are approaching the achievement gap in schools from every angle.  Although the gap may seem to be becoming more apparent, the City of Indio has led the way in solutions that create opportunities by partnering with nonprofit organizations and public institutions that support our students and help them to learn all year long outside the school setting.  Ultimately, helping our children be better prepared in school.  We recognize that education is the key to success and have made our children’s future our priority.

The City of Indio has become the International epicenter of quality Music Festivals!  We are in the planning stages with several Youth Non-Profit program leaders to convert the owned Indio Performing Arts Center to engage youth of all ages into programming that will include everything from educational, musical, performing and the visual arts.  This is an exciting time in Indio and we have great partners in our community that are ready to help us meet the needs of our Youth. 

Thank you again for including me and I look forward to continuing our discussion after the election.


Unique Experience and insight Lupe Ramos Watson brings to the Indio City Council


I was born, raised and attended school in Indio. I spent my career working in Indio, growing my family’s engineering, investment property and restaurant/micro-brewery businesses. I watched Indio grow from a small town under 10,000 to nearly 100,000 residents. Today, I serve local families as a leader of a local non-profit, charitable organization. My unique history and experience allows me to understand and envision the opportunities that Indio residents and businesses have today.

As incumbent with 12 years experience, I led the City through good and tough times. I have shown vision and worked hard to support local businesses, enhance local economy, create jobs and bring new projects to Indio that create an attractive place to raise our families.

I have also shown leadership resulting in enhanced public safety, educational opportunities, public services and quality of life.  

I have the necessary experience that will allow Indio to continue to flourish.

What is your number one goal for the city? In concrete terms, how would you accomplish it?

Maintaining Indio’s quality of life so residents can continue to enjoy our community and businesses can continue to flourish is my number one goal. I will accomplish this by:

·    Safeguarding our community through maintaining high levels of police, fire and emergency preparedness services
·    Supporting students, education, career advancement and access to affordable education
·    Maintaining quality public services like our senior center, teen center and revitalized park system
·    Ensuring a business friendly environment at City Hall so local businesses can continue to prosper

What do you think the future of Indio’s downtown will be and how will you work to achieve that?

I remember when downtown was at its pinnacle - spending Saturday afternoons with my brothers at the movies, downtown shopping district and working at my family’s businesses is a memory that I treasure as a highlight of youth.  My vision today for a successful downtown includes a vibrant multi-modal transportation hub, shopping areas, unique indoor and outdoor dining experiences, an educational and performing arts cultural center, new business’ opportunities, visitor amenities and possibly even a new boutique hotel.  And, most of all to continue to expand on our forefathers’ vision as the 2nd County Seat and the City of Festivals!

I am dedicated to revitalizing downtown and have always supported an environment at City Hall that will allow this area to once again flourish. I will work to move downtown forward through thoughtful planning, quality development and collaborative private-public partnerships.

How do you think Indio can best take advantage of its partnership with Goldenvoice and the millions in revenue connected to the concerts every year?

Goldenvoice has been a great partner for over 20 years and the relationship is continuing to grow now with Desert Trip - Indio. The festivals contribute millions of dollars in economic benefit directly to Indio and the surrounding communities.

Each year Goldenvoice generously invests in our City from local youth and community programs to infrastructure that makes Indio a better community. I am dedicated to continue to cultivate this partnership by keeping a good working relationship with Goldenvoice so we can continue to strengthen and build on the success and notoriety these events have brought the City of Indio. I reside in the festival area and have remained available each year to assist residents address any matters that may arise during the event.  That is why I am also dedicated to safeguarding and managing the impact the festivals have on our residents, community and business interests through smart, balanced proactive planning.

If marijuana is legalized in November, would you be in favor of reversing the city’s ban on cannabis businesses?

Yes.  If legalized, the industry will have the right to operate just like any other small business and will be held to the same City standards by adhering to proper City zoning, planning and permitting guidelines.

Videos (4)

Published on Aug 25, 2015

Indio, California, is home to two of America's biggest music festivals, Coachella and Stagecoach, as well as the International Tamale Festival and the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, among others. In fact, its nickname is "City of Festivals." Indio Mayor Lupe Ramos Watson explains that a successful festival isn't just about a good marketing plan but about a desire in the community.

— October 4, 2016
Published on Oct 3, 2012

The City of Indio has experienced incredible growth over the passed 8 years, during my term in office. My vision for Indio's future is to be the center of commerce for this region. I am a common sense, business approach leader who has a proven record of success. Please vote Lupe Ramos-Watson November 6th!

— October 31, 2016 Friends to ReElect Lupe Ramos Watson Indio City Council 2016

The City of Indio is Open for Business as we implement our Economic Development Strategy

— November 1, 2016 Friends to ReElect Lupe Ramos Watson Indio City Council 2016

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