GROW Elect Update
GROW Elect Sponsors Latino Republican Network in Sacramento
Last week, GROW Elect sponsored the first gathering of the Latino Republican Network. GROW Elect’s president Ruben Barrales provided a welcome and an update on GROW Elect activities. Assemblyman Eric Linder gave remarks regarding the Latino Republican Network, and Assemblyman Rocky Chavez provided a briefing on Latino Republican voters in California. Successful GROW Elect elected officials including Michelle Rivas of the Twin Rivers Unified School District, Saul Hernandez, of the San Juan Unified School District, Rich Lozano of the Cosumnes Community Services District Board of Directors, and John Valdivia, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of San Bernardino were able to also attend and provide additional inspiration to attendees.
Olmos Leads Effort to Clean Up City Corruption
South El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Gloria Olmos is leading the charge to stop corruption and clean up the mess in her city after Mayor Luis Aguinaga agreed to plead guilty to federal bribery charges. Olmos is calling for a complete review of all the city’s financial policies, including how contracts are awarded, after revelations of contractors receiving money under questionable circumstances.
Photo by Watchara Phomicinda — Southern California News Group
Olmos also led the successful effort to force out City Manager Anthony Ybarra, who was found to have handed out contracts without council approval and failed to provide proper financial oversight on a number of contracts. Olmos is only the latest of a number of GROW Elect’s successful candidates who have found themselves battling corruption and fighting for financial accountability and transparency in their local government. GROW Elect’s elected officials are making a real difference in their communities.
GROW Elect Focuses on Mayoral Elections
GROW Elect has been proud to support the successful election of a number of our candidates as Mayor. These Mayors are responsible for leading meaningful change in their cities, as evidenced by two GROW rising stars, Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez and Hawthorne Mayor Alex Vargas. During the next year, GROW Elect is focusing on key mayoral races in 2016 and 2017 throughout California. Our targets include former Councilman Richard Loa in Palmdale in Los Angeles County, Roland Velasco in Gilroy in Santa Clara County and City Councilman Rob McNelis in Santee in San Diego County. These races are part of GROW’s effort to have a major impact on cities across the state.