Dr. Gabino Aguirre is a former City of Santa Paula mayor and city council member. He is also one of the most prominent members of our community and knows how to get things done. He is also part of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission and is largely responsible for opening up a district that gave us a chance to have a progressive Congressional vote, which was won by Congress member Julia Brownley (D).

Dr. Gabino Aguirre (Photo credit: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncell)

Gabino, joined by his wife Coco, spoke to our Club at the March meeting and gave us details on plans to create a new college center in the Santa Clara Valley. Up to now the path to a new college center has been a trail of broken promises by the Ventura County Community College District board and leadership. But, there is hope.

Gabino is also a part of the Santa Clara Valley Together coalition and along with our Club, we are working to make the college center a reality. By putting pressure on the VCCCD board and holding them accountable to the community that has been funding a bond measure since 2001/2 with virtually no new regional resources we can make this new college center a reality.

>> Read Dr. Aguirre’s column in the Ventura County Star, “College district needs to honor its Santa Paula promise.”

We will explain the history and current campaign to gain a college center in upcoming posts. We are grateful to have organizations like Santa Clara Valley Together, LULAC, Latino Town Hall, One Step a la Vez to help take on this vital project. Not only does our community deserve this new college, we’ve already been paying for it!

Send our Santa Clara Valley Democratic Club President, Jesse Luna, an email if you are interested in helping out on this campaign, jesse.luna@gmail.com.

>>Click here to sign the petition to support a Town Hall meeting to support a college center.

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