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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Pico RiveraCandidate for City Council

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Andre Eric Martinez

Freelance Journalist
2,219 votes (8.24%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A freeze on new city sales taxes — Pico Rivera already pays enough.
  • An end to rising homelessness — It's unacceptable and we must do better.
  • Safer streets, parks & riverbeds — Take back Pico Rivera and restore our quality of life.

Experience

Biography

Andre Eric Martinez is a longtime resident of Pico Rivera and the owner of F/8 Studios. For over 15 years, he has photographed and filmed hundreds of subjects worldwide in countless settings – including Pope Francis and President Barack Obama in Cuba as well as Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Committee convention speech in Philadelphia and much more.

 

His videography and photography have appeared on KABC-TV’s “Vista LA” and in the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, Whittier Daily News and Eastern Group Publications.

 

Martinez’ entrepreneurial experience extends past photography and videography into business creation and capital development. He generated significant revenue and provided instrumental expertise while holding key managerial positions at CalMet Services, Inc., the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce, the Montebello Housing Development Corporation and Olmos Productions, Inc.

 

Martinez also possesses invaluable political experience, with deep and significant involvement in civic affairs from the local through the international level. He has spearheaded field operations, directed advance teams and led communications efforts in campaigns ranging from the Jerry Brown for Governor 2010 campaign, No on Proposition 32 ballot initiative, Governor Gray Davis’ 2002 Re-Election Campaign rally with President Bill Clinton in Los Angeles and Vice President Al Gore’s historic 2000 Presidential bid.

 

He also traveled with the U.S. Colombian Delegation to Bogotá, Colombia to assess U.S. Drug Control Policy – interviewing Colombia’s Ministry of Defense officials, U.S. Embassy personnel and covert operatives fighting the War on Drugs in Colombia. 

 

Martinez studied International Relations and Business Administration at the University of Southern California; Labor Studies/Labor Relations and Photography at California State University, Dominguez Hills; and Non-Profit Management at California State University, Los Angeles. He also attended East Los Angeles Community College, where he served on the Board of Trustees as a Student Trustee, and he is an alumnus of St. John Bosco College Preparatory High School, Class of 1996.

Martinez dedicates significant energy to educational, civic and philanthropic endeavors.
He is currently a board member on the St. John Bosco College Preparatory High School Board and has served on the boards of the California Young Democrats and Friends of Boyle Heights. He has volunteered with the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the City of Los Angeles-Los Angeles County Homeless Count and Real Humans of Boyle Heights.  Most recently he has been invited to participate on the Board of the MemorialCare Center for Woman at the Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach.

 

Martinez currently divides his time between his passion for photography and his family, which includes his beautiful six-year-old daughter Valencia.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 

My name is André Eric Martinez and I am running for Pico Rivera City Council to bring effective leadership to Pico Rivera – and to set Pico Rivera’s priorities straight.

 

We need a freeze on new city sales taxes. Pico Rivera already pays enough. We need an end to rising homelessness. It’s unacceptable and we must do better. We need safer streets, parks and riverbeds. It’s time to take back Pico Rivera and restore our quality of life.

 

Pico Rivera must set the example among its own municipal workforce, and even nationwide, for ensuring that employees receive equal pay for equal work – regardless of gender. Pico Rivera must create new jobs and new entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly by positioning itself to become an innovative destination point during the upcoming 2028 Olympics. And Pico Rivera’s leaders must set an example of proper public service, consistently demonstrating appreciation and respect for all residents in our city.

 

I’ve been a proud resident of Pico Rivera for the past 40 years. Pico Rivera has always been my home. I was raised by a single mom, Maria Elena Martinez, who taught me the importance of hard work and the value of giving back to one’s community. Pico Rivera was where I made my First Communion at St. Mariana de Parades Catholic Church. Pico Rivera was where I played pitcher and catcher as an RBA All-Star. Pico Rivera was where I grew up at St. John Bosco College Preparatory High School, playing defensive end on the football team. Now – after having studied at USC and traveled the world as a both freelance photojournalist at Andre Eric/F8 Studios and as the CEO/Founder of Matador Public Affairs – Pico Rivera is where I choose to live to this day.

 

My six-year-old daughter Valencia inspires me tremendously to work hard for a better future. A registered Democrat, I’m running so that she – and all children – can feel proud to call Pico Rivera home. Having lived in Pico Rivera nearly my entire life, I know first-hand what our city needs. We need to create and preserve good-paying union jobs that provide security for generations to come. We need to ensure that our after-school programs for youth get proper funding, including for computer and coding classes that will create an innovative tech incubator for the Southeast cities of Los Angeles County. We need to support our city Firefighters and Sheriff’s Department personnel, who are instrumental in keeping Pico Rivera safe.

 

Join me as we set Pico Rivera’s priorities straight so that future generations have a fair shot at the American Dream. I humbly ask for your vote on Nov. 6: André Eric Martinez for Pico Rivera City Council. Thank you

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