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City of Moreno ValleyCandidate for City Council, Council District 4

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Ulises Cabrera

Councilman / Business Owner
5,150 votes (52.06%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increasing public safety, improving response times, and expanding our use of technology, such as the city-wide camera system.
  • Fixing our roads, and expanding the $3M investment made this year.
  • Continue to tackle the growing homeless population, and expanding our Homeless to Work program

Experience

Biography

Dear neighbors,

My name is Ulises Cabrera, the youngest elected City Council Member in the history of Moreno Valley, California. I never imagined I’d be in this position, but the need for honest leadership, new ideas, and true servitude in government was so immense, that I decided to run for local office. Some may be familiar with my story, but for those who aren’t, I’d like to share with you where I come from, what I stand for, and how I became a City Council Member at the age of 22.

The story begins in 1995, when I was born deep in the heart of Los Angeles, California. Both my mother and father immigrated to the United States from Mexico in the 1980’s, seeking opportunity and a life that was not available in their native home. For 10 years, we lived in Compton, where I attended private school until the 6th grade. Months before the Great Recession, my parents sold our home, after which we moved to the big state of Texas. The lone star state was a completely different world for us, but it became home for nearly 10 years. We briefly returned to California in 2009, where I attended Valley View High School for a year, before returning to Texas by myself. In 2012, I graduated high school and started my collegiate studies at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas.

Throughout high school and college, I worked in restaurants bussing tables and serving food. At the age of 18, I moved to Austin, Texas, where I worked at a call center Monday through Friday. This was the year that I ran for office for the first time. During my 30 minute lunch breaks, I would drive to the capitol building to submit paperwork for my candidacy. Although I did not win, the experience taught me valuable information that would propel me into the future. Shortly thereafter, I graduated from Lone Star College in Houston with an associates degree. During my final year in Texas, I worked as a valet at Memorial Hermann Hospital, a job that I very much enjoyed.

After 10 years in Texas, my return home to California arrived during Christmas 2015. Now, my family and I have set roots in Moreno Valley, and have done everything possible to help our community progress. Since returning, I’ve attended Moreno Valley College, started a business, started a non-profit organization, and regularly volunteer at my church’s food pantry. Running for City Council was never in my plans, but the opportunity arose, and I decided to take on the responsibility of helping 50 thousand residents. In June of 2016, I was elected to represent District 4, and became the youngest councilmember in Moreno Valley history.

It has now been one year since I joined the City Council, and so much has been accomplished in a very short time. Our city hosted its first ever Latin Film Festival in October 2017, and also had our inaugural El Grito event at Moreno Valley College. In December 2017, the City opened its second library branch inside the Moreno Valley Mall. That same month, we started the Homeless to Work program, an effort to decrease our homeless population by connecting them with jobs, while simultaneously cleaning our city. Thus far, the program has helped 18 individuals get back on their feet, and into full time employment. Additionally, the City Council invested over $50k toward helping Moreno Valley College students pay for their college education. This year, the City Council started a new initiative, wherein we installed cameras around city mailboxes in an effort to tackle mailbox theft. Furthermore, in June 2018 we allocated $3M toward repaving and repairing city roads. This investment is huge because roads throughout our region are in desperate need of attention. These repairs will begin this summer, and will be complete by fall 2018. This year we also had the first ever Artfest, My Moval Summit, and Food truck festival. Within only one year, I have been a part of accomplishing these tasks, and have fought diligently to improve the lives of residents in District 4. For this reason, I was entrusted with these responsibilities, and I have done everything possible to improve public safety, educate our community, and bring jobs to our city.

There are many things to look forward to in the near and distant future. For example, we are currently working on building Downtown Moreno Valley, which includes a new amphitheatre and community garden. Even more exciting is the fact that Lake Perris will be host to the 2028 Olympic Games. For these reasons and more, I am running for re-election as Councilmember of District 4. I believe we will continue to improve our quality of life, and I will work relentlessly to ensure that you receive representation that goes above and beyond the duties of my office.

Sincerely,

Ulises Cabrera

Councilmember | District 4

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