Reyes Promises to Make ‘Jobs’ a Priority if Elected to South Gate City Council

Ricardo Reyes is hoping to win one of the city council seats that will be up for grabs in March.

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Economic concerns are quickly becoming the most important issue of the South Gate city council election.

The candidates, South Gate Mayor Bill De Witt, Vice-Mayor Gil Hurtado and Rick Reyes, have all mentioned the importance of revitalizing the local economy as an issue that needs to be dealt with in 2013.

Reyes, 32, a former marine and 15-year resident of South Gate, sat down with Patch at his campaign headquarters in California Avenue to discuss the reasons why voters should give him a chance on March 5th.

“What I want to do is help bring quality jobs,” said Reyes. “To bring back some of the manufacturing that was once so abundant.”

Reyes told Patch that if elected he would work with trade organizations to establish the right conditions as well as training programs to foster the growth of this sector.

“The jobs are there, but we don’t have a trained work force,” said Reyes. “South Gate has not created the environment that brings those trades back.”

Reyes currently works as a political coordinator for the Service Employees International Union. He is also in the process of establishing a South Gate based solar installation company.   

Prior to this, Reyes was a marine for 8 years, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  After his return Reyes worked for a while as mortgage loan officer, an activity that inspired him to become engaged.

“I saw how families that did all the right things were affected by the 2008 crisis,” said Reyes.  “I decided to get engaged.”

During the interview Reyes also told Patch that he did not approve of the financial agreement that was made between South Gate and Primestor, the Azalea Retail Project developer.

“I think we could have done a much better job at negotiating the deal,” said Reyes. “I would have fought hard to bring a better deal.”

The former marine also expressed concern about the effects of having a Walmart at the shopping center.  Categorizing the retail giant as a job “displacer” and not “creator.”

Finally, Reyes is optimistic about his chances of winning in March, despite the fact that he is facing two of South Gate’s most experienced politicians.

“If  [South Gate] wants new leadership on the council I will answer that call,” concluded Reyes. 

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Virginia Johnson February 12, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Yes I am a Commissioner appointed 6 years after the election. I am one of 20 Commissioners who volunteer to spread around $35,000 to 45,000$ of Government Grants to an average of 12 non profits. Do the math. This is not the Commission I am talking about. And while we are at it, Rick Reyes Girlfriend Evette Santana is on the Parks Commission. This is the pot calling the kettle black. As to Bill De Witt's son being on a Commission, Mr. De Witt could have appointed him anytime in the past 20 years but only did so recently. And if you would have gone to the last Budget Meeting you would see we are not 6.5 million over budget. What a waste of blog time.
Cynthia February 12, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Lucy, may I ask what record? Of what? I've never seen him at City events or Volunteer programs, oh let me correct myself Since he filed to run he has come to a few council meetings
Cynthia February 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Elizabeth, What record? I lived in South gate for over 30 years I volunteer, I've attended meetings at City Council, Planing Commission, Park Commission, Town Hall meetings, I've help with the Santa Cop, The Food Pantry. And I have never seen Mr. Reyes. So on March 5th I urge everyone to Vote for Gil Hurtado and Bill De Witt.
gods gift February 13, 2013 at 08:57 AM
why would someone promise to create jobs when President Obama hasn't created jobs... good jobs. So how is this guy going to do it.... ,everyone promises this and that but once there in they forget about there promises. And what they told the ppl. Liers!!!!!
Cynthia March 05, 2013 at 12:46 AM
Where did you get your facts? Not from the State of California Social Services Records Dept.


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