Well to round out 2012 I felt it fitting that we end with a “SPOTLIGHT”. These interviews have become a favorite of our readers and have been attracting a more diverse reader base as well as ADVERTISERS. We hope to have a strong advertising base in 2013 to give us more ability to do MORE…..
Angel Molina and I came in contact towards the end of the election for November 2012. Angel made an awesome graffic for then Rialto City Council Canidate Shawn O’Connell (see below). After the election we put a Poll Question on our Facebook Page asking who the community who they felt should fill the council seat left vacant by Deborah Robertson’s win for mayor. Angel did somthing quite bold, instead of picking one of the existing names he chose to throw his hat into the ring.
Created by Angel Molina for Councilman Shawn O’Connell during the November 2012 election.
I wondered why so I invited him to do a “SPOTLIGHT” and to tell you the truth I was rather impressed and I know you will be too.
Angel Molina tell us a little bit about yourself and how you found yourself in Rialto?
Where do I start (smiles), I was born at Loma Linda University Medical Center, at 9:30ish p.m. in September, 1979. My Parents lived in Rialto at the time and I lived in the city until I was about two or three years old. We moved to Fontana, which is a hop skip and a jump away (laughs). I went through the Fontana Unified School District System. Graduated from (Fontana) (Azariel Blanchard Miller) or also known as A.B. Miller High School, although I lived in Fontana I was always throughout the Rialto, Colton and San Bernardino area visiting family.
I attended Chaffey Community College for Business, in 1998 when I graduated, but had to postpone college due to a family tragedy of my pop’s (father) becoming blind. I found a job at the Fontana California Speedway. Continued helping my parents out, we moved back to Rialto in 1999, which is where I currently reside. Kind of neat because I live about 2 ½ to 3 blocks away from the house I was brought home to when I was born. (Smiles).
I worked as an Event Manager from 1998 to 2006; I ran the events for the Fontana California Speedway. I worked countless events overseeing hundreds if not thousands of people. I was in the 2000 National Democratic Convention riot in Los Angeles CA. I have been stabbed twice and shot three times in the line of security duty. I worked as an Operations Manager for a Private Patrol company. My background is mostly in Sales, Marketing, Event Management, Risk Management, and Graphic Design.
I am currently finishing a Degree in Information Technology, Network Security.
*Do you belong to any clubs or charitable organizations?
I was a formal member of the Riverside Treasure Hunters Club.
Work part time at City of Riverside Information Technology Client Services which deals with the Smart Riverside Community program.
I’m part of a study club that gets together once a week at school, that focuses on the Comp TIA A+, N+, CCNA, CCNP, Certification courses, and Photoshop design work.
*What would you consider a fun relaxing day?
I love hanging out with my wife, Mom, Brother and Sister. My wife Gina is my best friend; we have been married for 5 years now, (laughs) I know to some of the readers that may not be too long.
I enjoy life, taking walks, reading a good book, playing video games with nephews and nieces. Going to my Tia’s house and hearing her stories about the old days. I even enjoy going to the swap meets and seeing what new and cool “stuff” people are selling.
I do miss one thing… that’s talking with my Pop’s (father). (Tears up) we lost him last October (head down). It has been tough, and it’s really true you never know what you have until it is gone. He was a great guy; I miss his advice and just the way he would word things.
*On our Face Book Page Facebook/RialtoNow you added yourself as an option to be considered for the open appointed seat on Rialto City Council. What brought you to desire to sit on our Council?
I enjoy politics; I really have a passion for helping people out, and actually making a difference in a person’s life. I believe that I can make a positive change for the Rialto People, and overall in “our” Community that we live in. I have noticed it’s as if the morals are missing from people, I believe not just me as an individual; but the people of Rialto should do something to make it a bit easier, more enjoyable for us to live. I am big on education, training, and safety.
*What do you do now and what have you done in your past that you feel would make you the ideal candidate for city council?
I’m like every other person in Rialto; I am just a person who believes in attempting to make a difference in others’ lives.
In the end it’s not about the fame or fortune it’s about attempting to do my best, doing what is right, for the People of Rialto, and definitely working as a team.
I feel. NO I believe I can make a difference, if given the chance and opportunity to help Rialto City Council.
(Laughs) I can’t do worse than some have done in the past.
*Have you ever run for any political office before?
No sir, this will be my first time running for elected office, but not the first time I ran for something. While attending high school at (Fontana) A.B. Miller, I did run for Graphic Club, Vice President my junior year and won.
I also ran for Chess Club President at Sequoia Middle School (Fontana) eight grade year and won, (smiles) but believe me there wasn’t much competition for that election.
*You appeared to be a strong supporter of our newest council member Shawn O’Connell. What brought you to choose to support him?
I like what Mr. O’Connell stands for, I find myself with similar beliefs. He has a strong grasp of what needs to be dealt with. Mr. O’Connell has a great belief in positive change, for the greater good of our community. A few great pro-active points Mr. O’Connell has stated:
“Provide meaningful utility subsidies to struggling seniors and continue to expand affordable senior housing units”.
“Ask banks to work with home and business owners faced with foreclosure.”
“Promote strict code enforcement to ensure that abandoned properties are well maintained.”
“Secure job training funds from area corporations, as well as state and federal agencies. “
“Build public-private partnerships to provide after-school recreation, job readiness and college-prep programs.”
“Continue to provide safe, affordable water to Rialto residents and to promote conservation.”
“Maintain our small-town sense of community even as we grow to almost 100,000 residents.”
S. O’Connell, 2012, http://shawn4rialto.com/issues
*One conversation you started was on having a Food Truck Event here in Rialto. What is the driving force behind your desire to bring this event to Rialto? What effect do you believe Food Trucks will have on the local brick and mortar restaurants in the area?
Having a once in a while event take place in Rialto would be fun for the residents. Whether it would be a food truck festival or even a local restaurant festival would be a good thing for our community. It would bring family and friends closer; it would give that small town aura vibe back. Also if a local community restaurant would like to participate as well, that would be great.
If you look at the turn outs for car shows and holiday events that the city creates, there are some good turn outs. Family oriented involvement where the parents may talk and share a few laughs, and the children may have a good time and enjoy good food.
*What is your take on Revenue by tax increases or new taxes vs. attracting new business to bring new Revenues into the city?
New Business, development and or redevelopment project creates a vital cycle for a proper benefit in growth for our community. Ultimately the goal for attracting new business would have to coincide with some form of tax incentive. It is a fine line between tax increase for higher revenue and attempting to attract new business. However in this being addressed I believe a temporary incentive that deals with a form of evaluation with in the development of a business. For example if the business creates new employment for local residents, participates with city and school programs, then some form of Taxation may be modified.
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*What is your overall take on Safety in the City of Rialto? What if anything do you see is broken and how would you fix it? What do you see as our strengths?
I feel safe in Rialto; the officers that I know of are very proactive. With the neighborhood watch program that is in place, and the taskforce divisions that are in place within the city; our police department is on top of things.
As far as what I see broken; I know the officers are in need of a new station. I support our city police department in any way possible, it would be good to see a new up to date station.
Unfortunately where ever you go there will be negative elements. It’s the inevitable, however by staying on top of areas of known criminal activity, possible tougher policies, procedures for curfew, and or truancy should be an important factor as well.
Communication is a great strength to have when it comes to law enforcement. I have read countless times about Rialto Police working with other local departments.