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City of San DimasCandidate for City Council

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Denis Bertone

Councilmember/Retired Educator
1,860 votes (27.08%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Conservative Fiscal Policy: Financial stability, no deficit spending, a balanced budget with substantial reserves. No new Taxes!
  • Environment: We must protect our environment. The northern foothills should be preserverd from over-development and kept as open space.
  • Public Safety: It is the City's responsibility to keep our community safe. We are lucky to have our own Sheriff's stations. I have been endorsed by the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.



Profession:Educator and High School Counselor for 37 years
Council Member, City of San Dimas — Elected position (1988–current)
Board of Directors, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) — Appointed position (2013–current)
Member, Gold Line Foothill Extension Authority — Appointed position (2001–current)
Governing Board, San Gabriel Rivers and Mountains Conservancy — Appointed position (1999–current)
City Council Liaison, San Dimas Senior Citizens Commission — Appointed position (1990–current)


California State University, Los Angeles Bachelor's Degree, Government
California State University, Los Angeles Master's Degree, Political Science and U.S. History
California State University, Los Angeles Secondary Teaching Credential
UCLA Counseling Credential

Community Activities

Board of Directors, San Dimas Chamber of Commerce (not availa–current)
Board of Directors, San Dimas Festival of Arts (not availa–current)
Volunteer, La Verne / San Dimas Meals on Wheels (2006–current)
Co-Chair, San Dimas "Toast of the Town" event (2016–current)
Member, Bonita Unified School District Teacher of the Year Committee (2011–2014)



My wife and I moved to San Dimas in 1975, where we purchased our first home.  I grew up in Alhambra and met my wife at Alhambra High School.

I attended California State University at Los Angeles where I received a BA in Government, and a Master’s degree in Political Science and US History.  I received a Counseling Credential from UCLA.  I taught Government and U.S. History, and then became a High School Counselor.  I ended my Education career as a Counselor at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles.

Diana and I got married when we both graduated from College.  She became a Social Worker for the Department of Adoptions, and then worked with the Developmentally Disabled citizens at the Regional Center.  She presently is a volunteer and is on the Board of Directors for the La Verne/San Dimas Meals on Wheels.

I first got involved in San Dimas when Los Angeles County was attempting to commercially develop Bonelli Park, which is totally within San Dimas.  They wanted to build a 10,000 seat amphitheater, a Hotel, and much more in the park.  I formed a group called the Coalition to Preserve Bonelli Park, and fought the project with the County, and won!

I’m the City Council’s representative to our Senior Commission and have worked hard to maintain our superior programs.  We also have outstanding programs for our youth.  The City’s financial position is also extremely important, and I along with the rest of the Council and City Manager have worked hard to keep the City in excellent financial shape.

My strong support for public safety and law enforcement have earned me the endorsements of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff’s Association (ALADS), and the Los Angeles County Fire Fighters Local 1014.

My work to preserve Open Space and protect the environment in San Dimas has brought several awards: The “Conservation Award” twice from the Sierra Club, and the “Champion Award” from the “San Gabriel Mountains Forever” organization.

I’m active in San Dimas in many ways:  Besides being on the City Council, I am also on the Board of the Festival of Arts, and the Board of Directors for the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce.  I am also a Volunteer for the La Verne/San Dimas Meals on Wheels.

To learn more about me, go on line to my website:

Contact me: or phone me at (909) 599-7431.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
  • L.A. County Fire Fighters Local 1014

Elected Officials (2)

  • Curt Morris, Mayor of San Dimas
  • John Ebiner, San Dimas Councilmember

Individuals (1)

  • Alta Skinner, Civic Leader

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