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City of San FernandoCandidate for City Council

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Jason Hayes

268 votes (9.61%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Prevent the development of apartment and condominium complexes in our historic downtown.
  • Revitalize city revenue by supporting local businesses and improve business opportunities within San Fernando.
  • Invest in our infrastructure to ensure the safety and well being of all our residents in our schools and within our community.



Profession:Educator, James Monroe High School
Lead Teacher, Chair of Electives Dept. and Director of Theatre, James Monroe High School (2012–current)
Board Member, Tarzana Neighborhood Council — Elected position (2012–2013)
Chairman, Tarzana Transportation Committee — Appointed position (2012–2013)
Teacher, Chair of Special Education Dept., Director of Theatre, Van Nuys Middle School (2004–2011)
Teacher, Poseiden School (2003–2004)
Teacher, Limerick Ave. Elementary (2001–2003)


National University Master of Science (M.S.), Special Education (2009)
Indiana State University Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Theatre (1996)

Community Activities

President, ESU English in Action (2016–current)
Board Member, ESU English in Action (2014–current)


Raised in Indiana and Kentucky, I was provided with a strong sense of community and social justice. I worked in hay fields, in tobacco fields, on farms, and with livestock in our community helping others provide for the needs of many from the age of 10. I began work as a professional actor by age 15 and carried all of that into college to achieve my Bachelors degree.

I moved to New York with $200 in my pocket and found work as a carpenter, an electrician and stage hand in the local theaters before achieving my own Off-Broadway and New York Theatre credits. I met my wife and, in 1998, we moved to Los Angeles where I was cast in the television show “Malibu, CA.”

I continued work in entertainment until my first teaching position was attained in 2001 and by then we had two wonderful children and a fantastic cat. We moved from Hollywood to Tarzana where we lived for 13 years before moving to San Fernando in 2012.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • SEIU Local 721
  • Rodney Allen Rippy

Organizations (1)

  • Residents for a Better San Fernando

Individuals (1)

  • Luis Lopez

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I witnessed many injustices growing up in Indiana and Kentucky and I am heavily influenced by my Grandfather who was active in the Civil Rights movement working with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to further the message of equal rights for all. I carry that message with me daily.

From 2001 to 2011, I worked with students with Emotional Disorders and Learning Disabilities at the elementary, middle and secondary. In January of 2012, I took over the Theatre Department at James Monroe High School and developed the Drama College to serve underprivileged and at risk youth with Advanced Placement English and Theatre classes. Our purpose was to increase graduation rates as well as post-secondary educational opportunities. We can boast a 100% graduation rate since 2013 with 80% of those students continuing on to post-secondary education.

My upbringing in the Midwest and the South, my family teaching me the value of Social Justice, my serving those in need, whether through my work in our farming community or my work as an educator, has taught me the value of one’s role within the community. I’m here to serve the community I live in and am a part of.

Position Papers

Apartments in Downtown San Fernando


I stand against to development of apartments and condominiums in the former JC Penny lot located in the middle of downtown San Fernando.

Our budget is in the red and development plans are in the works that will keep it in the red. Our city’s budget deficit is estimated at $3.5 million by the end of the 2016-2017 fiscal year according to the budget report released last summer. I do not see this improving further should the moratorium on housing be lifted and the plans to raze JC Penny and other areas move forward. A gentrification movement has begun that is eclipsing the charm that brought many of us, and our families, here to begin with. Progress is inevitable and to stay stagnant is to fade away into obscurity however progress that ignores the needs and wants of a community is equally as damaging. San Fernando is unique and beautiful—we do not want to become just another suburb of Los Angeles.

When elected, I will vote NO on the planned apartment complexes at the former JC Penny lot.

The developers are leaving San Fernando with the financial responsibility of completely restructuring our city services, sewage, zoning, policing, traffic management, etc while they collect exorbitant rents from renters and businesses that would occupy the first floor of the complex. 

We simply cannot afford apartments downtown. Instead, let us reinvest in businesses in our areas of need and fill those empty buildings with the services and enterprises that make San Fernando great. We need an reinvestment in our infrastructure and local business, not, nearly, 1000 apartments that strain our city driving us further into debt.


Police Officer Support


I admire and respect our Police Officers


Our men and women in blue need our support. They are understaffed and lack many resources. We, as a City Council, must support a Motorcycle Officer, continue to support our Canine unit and help to fund technology updates. The officers serving in the San Fernando are an integral part of our community and should have a working relationship with the City Council as well as our community at large. 


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