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City of Culver CityCandidate for City Council

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Jay B. Garacochea

Corporate Security Manager
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Maintaining the core building blocks of a great notch police and fire service
  • Bring fiscal stability, thriving business and entertainment, first rate education in our schools and innovative ideas in city government at every level.
  • Be sure that the city is kept going in a positive direction.



Kansas State University Bachelor of Science, Bakery Science and Management (1992)


Jay B. Garacochea, a Westside native, was born and raised in Santa Monica.  After graduating Santa Monica High School in 1988, he earned a B.S. in Baking Science and Management from Kansas State University.  After graduation he began to work for the family business, Pioneer French Bakery, in Venice, CA. Jay’s emphasis at Pioneer was product development, sales, and management.  He also mastered the family's century old secret sourdough bread recipe.

With a deep commitment to public service, Jay became a Reserve Culver City Police Officer in 1993.  After his academy and field training, Jay volunteered countless hours to the Culver City community as a Reserve Police Officer while still employed full-time at Pioneer Bakery.  In 1997, Jay left the family business to pursue his law enforcement dream when he was hired as a Police Officer for the MTA Police Department.  In 1998 the Culver City Police Department had a full-time opening and Jay happily returned to his home department as a Police Officer at the Culver City Police Department.

 Jay excelled as a police officer over the course of his 14 year career.  He worked as a Field Training Officer, a Motorcycle Officer in the Traffic Bureau, and as a Detective in the Investigations Bureau.  Combining his gregarious nature and a dogged determination to represent victims of violent crime, Jay found his true home as a Detective.  While working the elite Robbery/Homicide Desk, Jay had one of the highest case clearance rates at C.C.P.D. in years.  Jay was responsible for the investigation, arrests and convictions of both a gang related homicide in the Culver City Hayden Track and the murder of a mother and her unborn child at the National Guard Armory.  Jay investigated countless other crimes, including robberies, assaults and attempted murders, on behalf of the citizens of Culver City.  Jay's commitment to his job won him the respect of his peers and supervisors, but his true satisfaction came from a profound sense of justice and a desire to seek closure for the victims.  Jay's work ethic was formally acknowledged by the organization when he was awarded the prestigious Officer of the Year Award in 2007.

 Jay now works Corporate Security for American Honda Motors in Torrance, CA.  He manages the nationwide Corporate Communications Center and is directly responsible for maintaining safety and security of 52 sites across the United States.

 Jay is married to his beloved wife Silvia and has lived in Culver City since 1998.  Backed up by years of public service, Jay continues to have a deep sense of pride and commitment to what makes Culver City special.  In his continued spirit of community involvement, Jay is a member of the Culver City Historical Society and the Exchange Club of Culver City.  The Culver City Council recently appointed Jay as the Culver City Representative to the Board of Trustees of the L.A. County West Vector and Vector-Born Disease Control District.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Culver City Police Officer's Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy


For nearly 20 years I worked these streets and have a clear understanding what it takes to keep them safe.  I know the men and women of our police and fire departments, and they know me.  For a city to thrive and become the best it can be….it needs to have a solid foundation.  For years I was part of that foundation and I want to continue to be part of it……I want to make sure that it continues at the level we’ve all come custom to expect.


Although my strongest expertise is with emergency services, I also have management experience in a successful business, a corporate perspective with my current security position with a mega corporation and many other positive ideas for our city like community programs for our youth. With all this, I think I also bring a fresh new approach to politics because I really listen to the people who trust me with this position. Politics really work when a representative can stand shoulder to shoulder with the average citizen and really listen first, and follow that up with concrete actions to find a solution. I did it day to day as a police officer, with some of the most complex problems people can face, so I am well prepared when the people come to me with issues that affect their day to day lives.


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