Members of the City Council are elected and serve four year terms. The Mayor is the presiding officer at Council meetings and is elected directly each year by the City Council from among its members. The Vice Mayor is also elected directly each year by the City Council and serves as presiding officer in the Mayor’s absence. Both the Mayor and Vice Mayor have the same voting power as any other councilmember.
First and Third Monday of Each Month
City Council Chambers
117 Macneil Street, San Fernando, CA 91340
SPECIAL & ADJOURNED MEETINGS
Scheduled as needed
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- Would you like the Mayor and/or a City Councilmember to attend or speak at your special event?
- Is your organization celebrating a grand opening?
- Are you celebrating a milestone celebration in your life?
- Is your organization planning a special event or celebrating a milestone anniversary?
The San Fernando City Council would be honored to celebrate with you!
Proclamations, Certificates of Appreciation, and Certificates of Recognition may be provided for a variety of events, including:
- Milestone Birthdays (i.e., 75th, 100th)
- Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Celebrations
- Community Events
- Milestone Anniversaries
- Honoring a Day/Week/Month (i.e., Denim Day, Breast Cancer Awareness Month)
Kindly submit your request a minimum of one month prior to your event. Please Note: Requests are granted based on availability and are not guaranteed.
The rules govern the procedures of the City Council itself and the conduct of individual Councilmembers. It is also intended that the rules govern the conduct of City staff and members of the public who attend City Council meetings. In the event of a conflict between these rules of procedures and any provision of State or Federal law, including but not limited to the Ralph M. Brown Act codified at Section 54950 et seq. of the California Government Code, the State or Federal law controls.
Because circumstances may differ from one meeting to the next, these rules are intended as guidelines, and are not inflexible rules. Accordingly, they may be waived at any meeting, by Motion, in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
MAYOR JOEL FAJARDO
Joel attended local private and public schools in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Grant High School in 2001 and Boston University in 2005, where he received his degree in International Relations.
Joel has always had a passion for public service and tackling challenging issues. Since serving on the council, Joel’s primary focus has been on balancing the city’s budget, upgrading the city’s infrastructure, fighting the negative impacts associated with the proposed California High-Speed Rail Project and promoting the city’s rich cultural programs, healthy lifestyles and LGBT inclusiveness.
CONTACT MAYOR FAJARDO
VICE MAYOR HECTOR PACHECO
Hector A. Pacheco is a lifelong resident of San Fernando. He is husband to Ms. Brenda Montes, a successful immigration attorney and university professor whom he met while at UCLA Law School.
Hector’s family’s history in San Fernando goes back four generations to his Great Grandmother’s move from El Paso, Texas where she began her journey for the American Dream. His own career as an attorney in the entertainment industry has been marked by dedication to authentic storytelling and empowering underrepresented minorities in film and television. He currently serves as legal counsel and production manager on PBS / Life & Thyme’s The Migrant Kitchen, an Emmy award-winning non-fiction series documenting immigrant stories through their expertise in the culinary industry.
Mr. Pacheco values honesty and integrity in local governance – he believes through transparency and community outreach San Fernando can continue to make great strides towards a prosperous future. He feels that now is the time to make meaningful investments in after-school education, sustainable infrastructure and entrepreneurship in San Fernando to keep our city competitive and moving forward. He takes a thoughtful approach to tackling our city’s many issues, knowing there is no substitute for common-sense and the passionate search for solutions. Hector encourages residents of San Fernando to carry forward the fight for equality, social justice, and a stronger middle class together with him – through organizing and advocacy, San Fernando will continue to be a special place for everyone.
CONTACT VICE MAYOR PACHECO
COUNCILMEMBER SYLVIA BALLIN
Sylvia has a long history of service in the San Fernando community. Prior to being elected to the City Council, she was appointed by the Mayor in 2007 as the City’s representative to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) Board of Directors. Interestingly, before becoming a MWD board member, she was an employee. She retired in 2007 from her position as a principal administrative analyst, in the Facilities Management section, after 21 years of service.
Sylvia also served as past president of several Metropolitan employee organizations, including The Woman’s Association for Equal Opportunity and the Hispanic Association, past vice president of the Native American Alaska Native Employees Association, and past vice president of AFSCME Local 1902, Group 12. She is a board member for the California Latino Water Coalition and is Chair of the California Latino Water Coalition Foundation.
Sylvia graduated from the University of La Verne with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
CONTACT COUNCILMEMBER BALLIN
COUNCILMEMBER ROBERT C. GONZALES
Robert attended local schools, graduating from Santa Rosa Catholic School. After Santa Rosa, he attended Sylmar High School where he was a student-athlete as a baseball player. Robert was the recipient of the Sylmar Baseball Alumni Baseball Scholarship. While attending Sylmar High School and Mission College, he showed his dedication and passion for the community as a volunteer and employee for the City of San Fernando as a coach for the baseball, basketball, soccer, football, and swim team programs; additionally, he served as a tutor and lifeguard.
Robert was the first in his family to attend and successfully complete college. He attended Los Angeles Mission College and received his Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice, and transferred to California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA), where he was on the Dean’s List, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. While attending CSULA Robert co-founded and served as Vice President of the Criminal Justice Club. Furthering his education, Robert received his Master of Science in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne, College of Business and Public Management.
In addition to dedicating his time to the San Fernando City Council, Robert represents San Fernando while serving with other agencies including the President-elect of the Independent Cities Association (ICA) Executive Board of Directors and the Los Angeles County Library Commission (elected unanimously).
CONTACT COUNCILMEMBER GONZALES
COUNCILMEMBER MARY MENDOZA
Mary was born and raised in the City of San Fernando. She is deeply rooted in the community as five generations of her family, including all of her children, live in San Fernando.
Mary attended Morningside Elementary, San Fernando Junior High, San Fernando High School and Los Angeles Mission College, when it was located in the City of San Fernando. She received her Associate in Arts Degree from Mission College, where she also worked for 43 years. Mary is deeply involved in the community, including as a member of the Las Palmas Senior Citizen Club.
As a City Councilmember, Mary will prioritize the residents of San Fernando. She will work to ensure public safety, protect the City’s water resources, improve roads and infrastructure, promote a healthy business environment, and a green community by planting more trees while being a good steward of the community’s tax dollars.
In addition to serving on City Council, Mary represents San Fernando on the Los Angeles County Library Commission and various City Council Ad Hoc Committees.