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Alex Padilla on Principles & Values

 

 


What drives my public service passion are issues of equity

What drives my public service passion since day one is issues of equity. The inequities that I've witnessed as a young Latino growing up in Los Angeles, you know, born in the '70s, kind of raised in the '80s and '90s, it was not always an easy experience to go through. And really inspired by the movement against Proposition 187, Latino scapegoating, anti-immigrant measure in the state of California.
Source: Washington Post on 2022 California Senate race , Mar 23, 2021

Son of Mexican immigrants; taught him value of education

My parents, Ernesto and Lupe Padilla, came to California in 1968. They met in Los Angeles, both recently arrived from Mexico. They got married and applied for green cards in that order.

I grew up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. It was there my parents taught us about the value of education. They taught us that no matter who you are or where you live you can be anything. That's the California Dream I was raised to believe in.

Source: 2022 California Senate campaign website Alex-Padilla.com , Dec 23, 2020

Became a teenage activist on crime, environmental racism

It was the conditions in his neighborhood growing up and the feeling that the Northeast Valley was always overlooked and left behind that awakened Alex's political activism. As a teenager, he had helped organize neighbors to take back the streets from crime. At the age of 15, he joined his mother to protest environmental racism and demand closure of the Lopez Canyon Landfill.
Source: 2022 California Senate campaign website Alex-Padilla.com , Dec 23, 2020

Dedicated to having as an inclusive democracy as possible

Padilla sees his life as a "full circle": "I started off as a young man trying to organize, to register people to vote to today, where I serve as the chief elections officer for the state of California. If Proposition 187 was an attempt by some to exclude Latinos and others from the California dream, I am dedicating myself to have as an inclusive democracy as possible."
Source: KCET San Bernadino on 2022 California Senate race , Oct 21, 2020

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