Loren Gameros is running for Costa Mesa City Council because District 2 needs a strong, authentic voice standing up for residents and working families. A 40-year resident raising his family in the district, Loren and his wife Heather know how important it is to maintain a thriving local community for our kids and future generations.
In the first year that District 2 elects its Council Member, our neighborhoods deserve boots-on-the-ground representation that stands up for every resident no matter your background. We’ve seen the need for a proactive, accountable local government through the current COVID-19 public health crisis and against the backdrop of a national government overrun with special interests.
Loren will put his decades of experience to work helping secure an economic comeback for local businesses, investing in infrastructure and promoting projects that bring good-paying jobs to Costa Mesa. Loren has spent his entire career learning the value of honest work, and he knows firsthand the ins and outs of infrastructure development by a well-trained workforce. Loren is ready to safeguard the promise of a good quality of life for our kids while on the City Council.
Investing in our community, supporting first responders and maintaining a strong infrastructure to uphold safe neighborhoods are among Loren's top priorities. He has a deep understanding of the building trades through a 20-year career with the Operating Engineers Training Trust (OETT) Local 12 training workers for major projects across Southern California. Through the guidance of friends and family, Loren developed a hands-on approach to solving problems that allowed him to become a mentor and role model for many working folks in his trade. Loren's approach to providing guidance and direction has helped countless students to achieve a career of successful work through the professional training programs at OETT Local 12.
Loren is looking forward to meeting with residents and listening to your ideas and concerns on the campaign trail. It will be an honor to serve as your representative on the City Council and bring accountable representation to District 2.
Loren is committed to investing in infrastructure and economic recovery in District 2. The COVID-19 public health crisis has severely impacted local businesses, family incomes and our city budget, making economic success for our community a top priority in the years ahead. Every family in District 2 deserves a good quality of life in Costa Mesa and a local council member who has our back. Loren will work proactively with local business owners, residents, labor and community groups to promote economic growth.
Maintaining public health and safety in our community should always be a top priority of local government. Loren is committed to supporting our city’s capable staff of first responders, law enforcement and healthcare personnel with the resources and funding to do their jobs effectively through the pandemic with a community-oriented approach. On Council, Loren will further public safety and trust with local departments by working collaboratively to end discrimination and bias.
Costa Mesa has a world-class network of youth sports programs that Loren's son and daughter have enjoyed, including Costa Mesa PONY Baseball and AYSO Soccer to name a few. On Council, Loren will be a steadfast advocate for supporting youth organizations and expanding access to youth sports in our city. There is an opportunity for the City Council to further build a sense of community within our local leagues.
Homelessness poses a significant financial cost to local governments and businesses in Orange County. A recent study by United Way and UC Irvine found that leaving folks homeless on the streets is more expensive than permanent supportive housing. Costa Mesa already plays an active role in the housing-first approach to ending homelessness, and we must continue to promote and expand this proven model. Loren will be an advocate for this compassionate and fiscally responsible approach.
It is vital for Costa Mesa that future generations can afford to enjoy our wonderful City and Loren will work to balance the needs of residents new and old in economic development. With future commercial and residential projects, we must prioritize walkability and access to transit services so that we can maintain our quality of life while paying construction workers a living wage.
Loren wants to make sure that every family raising kids in Costa Mesa has a level playing field to succeed. As a father, Loren knows how important it is for kids in our community to have access to childcare and recreation like the city’s R.O.C.K.S. after school program, and he will work to support and expand these programs. As a product of public schools, Loren feels strongly about supporting our local students and their families with the career technical education opportunities, including trades apprenticeships. He has the experience needed to ensure that a local trades apprenticeship program will be a success for local students.
Loren will continue the fight against nuisance drug rehab businesses to protect the health, safety and wellness of our residents. Over recent years, the City of Costa Mesa has invested considerable resources toward this cause and has revised its Municipal Code to regulate both small and large group homes as well as large licensed facilities in the City's residential zones. Loren will work to maintain these important regulations keeping our communities safe while respecting the rights of sober living home operators and residents in recovery.
Loren Gameros has lived in Costa Mesa for 40 years. His family loves this city and they're proud to raise a family here.
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This year, voters in Costa Mesa District 2 will choose a City Council Member to represent our neighborhood for the first time after the city adopted a system of by-district elections in 2016. Our District includes the Halecrest and South Coast Metro residential neighborhoods, as well as the bustling SOBECA and Arts Districts.