Candidate Profile: Dr. Miguel Lopez, contender for Mayor in May 1 special recall election

By Dr. Miguel Lopez

For many of us, the Oxnard Recall Election is more than just about measure M and wastewater rates. It is about our families, our safety, our business community, and all of you. It’s about all of us!

In reality, Oxnard is not any better today than we were the day after the last election. In many respects, we are more vulnerable and even more fragile.

I fundamentally disagreed with Tim Flynn in 2016 when I challenged him then, and still do not have confidence in him, his leadership, or his ability to lead Oxnard. In fact, it was in large part Tim’s failed leadership that could not defend his vote with the voters and spare us all of the wasteful spending in the first place.  While folks are quick to point out the election is going to cost over $491,000, Tim Flynn said at the Oxnard Chamber Forum last week, that figure was closer to $1 million after we account for all the legal fees associated with the recall.  In my humble opinion, Tim shares a great part of responsibility here.

I was born and raised in Oxnard, attended Hueneme High, earned my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara, and my Master’s and Ph.D. at UCLA. I also completed an Executive Education Leadership Certificate Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

I’ve organized on a local level, advocated at the state, and worked (and as I like to say, experience dysfunction at the highest of levels) in Washington D.C.  I have had great success in government, in education, working with the private sector and in non-profit management.  I know what it means to organize, to build coalitions, to develop partnerships, and about seeking and seizing opportunities to collaborate.  I know what it means to lead, and to work tirelessly with stakeholders to address our greatest challenges. I have done it.

I returned to serve as your Community Affairs Manager with Oxnard Police during what many would describe amongst the most difficult years for for our city. I was recognized for my work and was the last honored City of Oxnard Employee of the Year (2015). I championed community outreach and public engagement through difficult times, and brought focus to our underserved neighborhoods. We rebuilt relationships, established partnerships, and were recognized also by the State and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Many families – including mine – remain concerned about the City of Oxnard. Let’s re-prioritize. Let’s focus. Let’s work together to improve our neighborhoods, public safety and our quality of life. Let’s get things done!

It is because of you, and your stories, and your hopes for a better, safer and stronger Oxnard that I am running today. I appreciate your vote and your support. Let’s win this! Together, we win.

On May 1, 2018, Vote ‘Yes’ to Recall Tim Flynn, and Vote ‘Miguel Lopez’ for Mayor.

Endorsements

“We know him. We’ve all worked with him. We trust him, and we respect him. He has earned our vote of confidence, and we strongly encourage you to give Miguel Lopez your support for Mayor of Oxnard.”

–        Blair Martin, Oxnard Firefighters Association (IAFF 1684) President

“The 2015-16 City Budget championed by Mayor Flynn had a devastating effect on public safety.  It laid off our booking officers and eliminated current vacancies taking our personnel from 253 down to 237 sworn officers.  This was equivalent to losing over 600 less hours of pro-active community policing per week.  We are looking forward to working with a true champion for public safety that puts all of us and your family’s safety first… The OPOA is proud to endorse candidates who we feel will better serve our community, have the insight and experience to make the tough decisions as elected leaders, and who have the vision to ensure our community is safe so that residents can live long, healthy, and prosperous lives.  That candidate for us is Miguel Lopez.”

–        Mike Johnson, Oxnard Peace Officers Association (OPOA)

“Leaders like Miguel, come once in a generation. It is that time, Oxnard.  Miguel has worked and had great success in government, education, with public safety, in the private sector and non-profit management… As a Ph.D., he understands the complex issues Oxnard is facing, and our membership representing 700-plus strong in Oxnard stand by him with our support, our endorsement, and ready to vote!”

–        Anthony Mireles, LiUNA Local 585 Business Manager – Secretary/Treasurer

 


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