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MayorCity of Moreno ValleyNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Moreno ValleyMayor

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Moreno Valley Mayor / Teacher
17,537 votes (33.96%)Winning
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  • To Make Moreno Valley Work for You by increasing police patrols and fire protection!
  • Attracting more local jobs!
  • Expanding upon youth and seniors programs!
Profession:Mayor of Moreno Valley (Current)
Special Ed. Teacher and College Instructor, Moreno Valley Unified School District and Moreno Valley College (2007current)
Moreno Valley Mayor, City of Moreno Valley — Elected position (2016current)
Mayor, City of Moreno Valley — Appointed position (2016current)
University of Southern California Certificate, Public Policy in Executive Education (2015)
Northcentral University Doctorate, Education (Special Education) (2013)
Chapman University Credentials, Special Education (Education Specialist) (2007)
California Baptist University Bachelor's Degree, Liberal Studies (Human Development) (2005)
Bible Study Teacher, Churches (2013current)

Mayor Dr. Yxstian A. Gutierrez has served on the City Council since 2013. He has served as Mayor Pro Tem (Vice Mayor) and now Mayor this current year.

Mayor Gutierrez is committed to sustainable job growth in Moreno Valley through a stimulated economic development program that brings employment opportunities and revenues to maintain a solvent city budget. He also understands the importance of supporting public safety resources to maintain a safe and growing community. Mayor Gutierrez proposed the award winning Hire MoVal program that encourages businesses to hire MoVal residents!

Gutierrez founded and expanded an innovative arts/music program for children enrolled in an after school program. Additionally, Mayor Gutierrez proposed the City Council adopted Emerging Leaders Council which identifies Moreno Valley college students between the ages of 18 – 25 who have strong leadership skills and aspirations to become community leaders.

Mayor Gutierrez is the first of his family to complete college. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, a Masters of Education degree from American Inter Continental University, and at the age of 27, a Doctorate of Education from Northcentral University. He completed his teaching credentials in mild/moderate disabilities from Chapman University and also completed graduate level certificates in teaching Reading and English as a Second Language from the University of San Diego. He is also an alumnus of the University of Southern California Public Policy Program in Executive Education.

Mayor Gutierrez is an educator who is employed as a Resource Specialist with the Moreno Valley Unified School District and has worked for Moreno Valley College as a reading instructor.

Mayor Gutierrez has been a Moreno Valley resident for more than 20 years. He previously owned and operated Berrybean Café and is a member of the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce and Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. On a personal level, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as hiking and meeting constituents with his two dogs – a beautiful Labrador Retriever, Kayla, and a Beagle mix, Lassie.

  • Richard Stewart - Fmr. Mayor
  • Richard Stewart (Fmr. Mayor and Council District 2)
  • Wraymond Sawyerr (Fmr. Val Verde School Board President)
  • United Democrats of Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley School District Trustee
8,970 votes (17.37%)
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  • Foster strong economic growth for our city with permanent job opportunities for our residents
  • Ensure safe neighborhoods, downtown area, collaboration with school system and city unity
  • Foster after school programs for our youth and advocate for a performance art center and aquatic center
Profession:School Board Trustee/Realtor/Adjunct Professor
Realtor, Realty One (2014current)
Vice President School Board, Moreno Valley Unified School District — Elected position (20122016)
Argosy University Doctor Degree, Education (2008)
University of Phoenix MBA, Business (2004)
Volunteer, Soroptimist (2014current)
Director, Harvest Community Development Center Non profit charity (1998current)
Advisory Board Member Appointed , In Home Support Services (2015current)
Advisory Board, Parkview Community Hospital (2013current)
  • California School Employee Association (CSEA)
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Council Member
6,443 votes (12.48%)
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  • Increasing Public Safety
  • Continue to seek local good livesble wage jobs for our community
  • Continue to work to maintain a balanced budget,without increasing taxes
Profession:Retired as first Dir. of Parks & Recreation for Moreno Valley, Councilman District 3
Councilman, District 3, City of Moreno Valley — Elected position (2014current)
Councilman District 3, City of Moreno Valley — Appointed position (2014current)
Director, Parks & Recreation, City of Moreno Valley (19902016)
Director, Parks & Recreation, City of Moreno Valley (19902016)
Owner/ Principal, Parks & Recreation Consulting Group (20062014)
Senior Field Representative, Assemblyman Paul Cook (20062012)
Director, Parks & Recreation, City of South Gate (19851990)
UCR Certificate , A. Gary Anderson School of Management (2001)
California State University, Long Beach B.A. Degree Certificate, A. Gary Anderson school of Mangement, UCR, Recreation Administration (1972)
Cal State University, Long Beach Bachelor of Arts, Recreation Administration (1972)
Member Board of Directors, Altura/Visterra Credit Union (1995current)
Founding member and twice President, Morning Optimist Club of Moreno Valley (1991current)
Board member, Moreno Valley, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2016current)
Member Advisory Committee, Salvation Army of Moreno Valley (20062014)
Board member, Moreno Valley Community Hospital (19922001)

George moved to Moreno Valley in 1990 to become the City's first Parks and Recreation Director.  He worked in that profession for nearly 40 years.  Immediately after arriving in Moreno Valley he became active in the community working to make it a better place to work, live and play. Following a family tradition (his father was Citizen of the year in Santa Fe Springs) he was the founding President of the Morning Optimist Club of Moreno Valley and is still active today.  He worked with a local teacher to create a program to provide Varsity Jackets for financially challenged student athletes.  To date over 60 jackets have been given out.  He serves as a Boardmember for Altura Credit Union as well as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  For his continued contributions to the community, he has been honored as Citizen of the year by the Moreno Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He has also be recognized for his community service by the Moreno Valley College, the Boy Scouts of America, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Unforgettables Foundation.

George and his wife of 43 years Vicki, have two children and four grandchildren.  In his spare time, George enjoys playing golf, snow skiing watching sports and listening to music.

  • Cal Fire
  • Cal Fire
  • Riverside Sheriff Association
  • County Supervisor John Tavaglione
  • MVUSD School Board member Tracey Vackar
  • County Supervisor Marion Ashley
  • MVUSD board member Gary Baugh
  • State Senator Jeff Stone
  • Murietta Mayor Randon Lane
  • Perris Mayor Daryl Busch
  • Congressman Paul Cook
  • Grow Elect
  • Riverside County Republican Party
  • Inland Empire BizzPAC
  • California Apartment Association
  • AFL-CIO
  • Inland Valley Association of Realtors
  • Cal Fire
  • Riverside Sheriffs' Association
  • Darrel Thomas, retired L.A. Dodger
  • Assemblyman Chad Mayes
  • Mark Hawkins, CEO Altura Credit Union
  • Norm King, Retired, Moreno Valley City Manager
  • Alice Reed, Retired City Clerk
  • Gene Rogers, retired Moreno Valley City Manager
  • Duane Chamblee, Retired Moreno Valley Fire Chief
  • Wes Alston, retired Moreno Valley Fire Chief
  • General Dan Pemberton (ret) CA Air National Guard, USAF
  • Richard Coz, retired Moreno Valley Chief of Police
  • Lt. Col. Ronn & Virginia Boll USAF
  • Jan Zuppardo, small business owner
  • Suzy Zuppardo, small business owner
  • Col Phil Rizzo (Retired) USAF
  • Col Paul and Mary Ann Gill, USAF Retired base commander
  • Steve Chapman. Retired Finance Director
  • Rick Teichert, Finance Director (CFO)
  • Al Phannox, youth sports coach
  • Michael O'Connor, local businessman
  • Gilbert Espinosa, small business owner
  • Larry Froehlich, retired Air traffic controller, USAF
  • Marsha Locke, retired educator
  • Jamil Dada
  • Former Mayor Bill Batey
  • Chief of Staff Jaime Hurtado
  • Former Mayor Frank West
  • Former Mayor Patty Goodwin
  • Former Mayor Bill Batey
  • Former Mayor Charles White
  • Former Moreno Valley Mayor Judy Neiburger
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Jesse L. Molina

Council Member
5,525 votes (10.7%)
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Darrell A. Peeden

Nonprofit Entrepreneur / Father
5,409 votes (10.48%)
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County Commissioner / Professor
3,447 votes (6.68%)
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  • Unite the City by creating a City Center for a library, performing arts centers, restaurants, and mixed residential and business use
  • Propel us into the future by attracting diverse industries to create a strong local job base
  • Ensure safe and sustainable communities. I support Measure L which will bring more revenue to the general fund to support public safety and city services.
Profession:County Commissioner/Professor
Core Adjunct Professor, University of Redlands (2001current)
Commissioner, Riverside County Commission for Women — Appointed position (2015current)
Member, Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee Measure M, Moreno Valley Unified School District — Appointed position (2015current)
Director of Enterprise Services, Information Technology Services, University of Redlands (20072010)
Senior Telecommunications Engineer, University of California, Riverside (19992005)
Operating Location Chief, Pruem Air Station, Germany, United States Air Force (19961998)
Argosy University Doctor of Business Administration, Business (2010)
University of Colorado - Boulder Master of Science, Telecommunications (2000)
Troy State University Master of Science, International Relations (1998)
Chapman University Bachelors of Arts, Social Science (1995)
Community College of the Air Force Associate in Science, Electronic Systems Technology (1988)
Member of the Board of Directors, Community Connect - non profit 501(c)(3) (1996current)
Life Time Member , Veterans of Foreign Wars – Post 8547 Moreno Valley (2014current)
Member , Moreno Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2014current)

County Commissioner Dr. Keri Then is a candidate for the City of Moreno Valley’s historic first elected Mayoral seat. Following her career in our nation’s military, Keri has been committed to serving our community as an active volunteer, educator, and county commissioner.

As a military operating location chief who served with distinction in the United States Air Force, Keri is a proud veteran of Operation Desert Storm and the Bosnian Conflict. Her military career spanned over 20 years earning her a number of honors which include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Services Medal, and the NATO Medal. Keri retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1998 as a Senior Master Sergeant.

After honorably serving our nation, Keri moved to the City of Moreno Valley where she has committed herself to giving back to the community. She is a member of the board of directors for Community Connect, a non-profit organization that serves Riverside County residents. As a member of the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee for Moreno Valley Unified School District, Keri is working to ensure that bond funds are appropriately being invested in our local schools. She also serves on the All Service Veteran’s Committee that is currently helping commemorate our nation’s heroes with the planning and construction of a Veteran’s Memorial Park in Riverside County.

Keri holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Argosy University. She is an adjunct faculty for the School of Business at the University of Redlands. Keri is also the 5th District appointee on the Riverside County Commission for Women where she advocates for women and families regarding health, the workplace, family, education, violence, law, and society. Keri is the past Budget Officer for the Commission.

Keri has been married to Robert, also retired from the U.S. Air Force, for 25 years. They and their two daughters, Christina and Elizabeth, have resided in Moreno Valley, CA for nearly 18 years.

  • Dr. Anne L. Viricel, San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees
  • Riverside County Office Teacher’s Association
  • Sonja Martin, Former Vice Chair, County Commission, Senior Legislative Expert, and Campaign Advisor
  • Meghan Kennedy, Executive Director, Non-Profit and Former City Librarian
  • Roberta Neff, Former CEO, Community Connect
  • Karen Cheng, Non-Profit President
  • Fonda McGensy, Chair, County Commission
  • Edna Vitug, R.N., Small Business Owner, A’s Home Health Care
  • Tom Chelbana, Retired MVUSD Teacher
  • Sonja Ponce, IT Professional and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Teri Chelbana, Retired MVUSD Teacher
  • Elizabeth Murphy, M.Ed. and campaign advisor
  • Dr. Fabienne Chauderlot, Dean, Santa Monica College
  • Delrine Jillekeratne, Sunnymead Montessori School
  • Paul Murphy, Owner, Inland Empire Brewing Company
  • Kama Burton, Realtor, Real Estate Professional Group Director, and Campaign Advisor
  • Norma Perez, Owner, Machine Shop and Daycare
  • Lori Nickel, R.N., Planning Commissioner
  • Dick Losee, Program Rep, Bureau of Auto Repair, State of CA
  • Cathy Losee, Church Volunteer
  • Sidney Green, Retired CW04, U.S. Coast Guard, and Local Realtor
  • Rick Martinez, Past President of a Moreno Valley Veterans Organization
  • Lisa LeQuire, Owner, Citrus Escrow and Retired U.S. Air Force
  • James Vass, Past President, Moreno Valley Veterans Group
  • Tim Crocker, Lieutenant, City Police Officer
  • Steve Hernandez, Retired State Probation Officer, Retired Deputy Commissioner of California State Board of Parole Hear
  • Lachelle Crivello, Riverside County Probation, Manager of Victim Restitution Division and former President of CA Crime

I am proud to call Moreno Valley my home and I am asking for your vote to become our first elected mayor.  I will work to unite our City, create business opportunities that will propel us into the future, and ensure safe and sustainable communities. I will put your wellbeing ahead of special interests in the fight for good jobs, quality education, and public safety.

My life is devoted to service and I have over 35 years’ experience making impactful decisions. I am a retired military veteran and have worked as a university IT Director and engineer.  As a professor, I now teach the use of information technology in business.  I am a County Commissioner and advocate for women and young families.  I am also a member of the school district’s Citizen’s Oversight Committee, where I am focused on ensuring accountability of your tax dollars.

I am not a career politician.  I am endorsed by small business owners, veterans, seniors, community leaders, and Moreno Valley's hard working families.  I owe no allegiance to anyone other than you and I will have your best interest in mind as the basis for every decision I make. 

Report to Riverside County Commission for Women: Forum on Aging, Women and Poverty in California

Summary

Report from Commissioner Keri Then, 5th Supervisorial District, to Riverside County Commission for Women reference conference issues related to women and aging submitted June 23, 2016


 

 

 

Commissioner Martin and myself attended the forum on "Aging, Women, and Poverty in California" on June 3, 2016, sponsored by the CA Commission on the Status of Women, the CA Commission on Aging, and the CA Women's Law Center. The opening speakers commented that over 10,000 people in CA turn age 65 each day (1.8 million) and women represent 40% more of that population than men. 

 

The opening session speaker included L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who is the 1st Woman DA in LA.  She spoke about scam artists that prey on older women and told a story about what happened to her Mom. A scam artist had lifted pictures from a family Facebook page to get just enough information to convince her Mom to wire money to a person in order to release her jailed son. She almost wired the money but checked with her D.A. daughter first, who then ensured her Mom did not wire money as her brother was fine and not in jail.

 

I spoke with Lindsey Sin, Deputy Secretary, CA Women’s Veterans Affairs. Her office is trying to carve out money from California Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act, also known as Assembly Bill 639 or HHA, to support homeless women vets.  HHA was approved by voters in 2014. I asked her about identifying homeless women veterans during the annual Point in Time (PoT) surveys.  She agreed that PoT surveys on homelessness do not define homeless vets by gender but other sources state it is rising. 

 

- Session related to the “Elder index” (2007) which is used by State programs for planning vs. the Federal Poverty Index (FPL), which is 50 years old.  The FPL only uses the CPI to adjust allocations and payments. The Elder Index considers additional factors and regional or County issues that go beyond the FPL. The speaker stated that women are twice as likely to be in poverty and elder women may be an additional 20%. This is called the hidden poor. Single older women that rent are impacted the most. Presented by Ms. Padilla-Frausto, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.  

 

-  Session on Elder Justice. See photo for definition. This speaker asked for parity to support seniors in comparison to other classes such as children. It's not an either/or situation that either seniors or children get funding. Speaker is an advocate for African American Seniors. The Coordinated Care Act offers info about health care but the outreach is not in specific communities. One of the taboo discussions for African American Seniors is depression. Seniors of color are also forced into nursing homes at higher rates. It is later in their lives where disadvantages experienced during their life converge such as class, race, education, gender, sexual orientation, and financial, computer and reading literacy, etc. Difference in wealth begins at age 25 and by 65 this gap greatly widens. Speaker stated "Later life is not the end of inequality, it's inequality's end game." Quoted statistics that indicate that 90% of African Americans over 80 do not use the Internet. Presented by Karen Lincoln, Ph.D., MSW, Associate Professor and Director, USC Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, founder and chair of Advocates for African American Elders.

Report to Riverside County Commission for Women: Field Hearing Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans' Affair

Summary

Report from Commissioner Keri Then, 5th Supervisorial District, to Riverside County Commission for Women reference Field Hearing Economic Opportunity Subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on January 20, 2016 at Riverside City College.

 

 

I would like to offer comments regarding the Field Hearing that I attended held by the economic opportunity subcommittee of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, on January 20, 2016 at Riverside City College.  The topic was veterans’ issues and homelessness.  The hearing was held by the Chair, Rep Wenstrup, 2nd District R-OH.  Also participating was the ranking member of the committee, Rep. Takano, 41st District D-CA, and other members of Congress, including Rep. Ruiz, 36th District D-CA; and Rep. Torres, 35th District D-CA.

 

Several witnesses at the hearing commented on the unique circumstances surrounding veterans’ homelessness and in particular, women veterans’ homelessness.  Mr. Nguyen (when), of the Veterans’ Association of Real Estate Professionals stated that women veterans account for 9.7% (or 185,000) of the 1.9 million veterans living in California and as many of you know, I am one of them, as a retired USAF veteran.

 

Mr. Nguyen further stated that compared to the general population, male veterans are less likely to progress from stability into homelessness but male vets living in poverty are 1.2 times more likely to progress to homelessness when compared to the civilian population.  Women veterans, however are twice as likely as civilians to move into homelessness and women veterans in poverty are 2.7 times more likely to move from poverty to homelessness than other adults living in poverty.

 

Rep. Ruiz commented that homelessness and shelter are a determinant of health and asked the witness panel; What are the unique problems for women veterans?  Women risk the loss of custody of their children when they seek shelter even when offered. 

 

Mr. Peck, CEO of U.S. Vets stated during his testimony that there were empty beds reserved for women at the U.S. Vets Long Beach facility until they understood many women veterans needed different counseling than male vets to include help with sexual misconduct and the trauma experienced as related to these types of incidents.  They also needed food and shelter vouchers for themselves and their children. Women in their 30s to their 50s experienced the greatest problems with housing destabilization and homelessness.  He included in his remarks that women serving in the most recent conflict experience problems maintaining stable housing once they become a veteran.

 

I would like to request that this Commission move to review our annual strategic objectives this coming year and include a focus on the unique issues experienced by women veterans in Riverside County and their specific issues as related to homelessness. 

 

Madame Chair, this concludes my comments.

— October 7, 2016 Daniel Sanchez

Dr. Then holding a meet and greet in a 55+ community with comments from attendees.

— October 7, 2016 Daniel Sanchez

Dr. Then stating why she's running and speaking about issues impacting Moreno Valley, CA

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Small Business Owner
3,243 votes (6.28%)
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1,059 votes (2.05%)
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