Letty and Her Family

Letty's Story

My husband and I chose West Covina to purchase our home and raise our 2 children.  We wanted a stable and safe, family friendly, environment with great schools. 


Growing up with different life experiences and being around with so many types of people, I have a better understanding of others.  Starting at 5 years old, my father, from Mexico, passed away from cancer, leaving only my mother to care for me and my younger brother.  Life was hard, moving from place to place and experiencing financial hardships, including homelessness, which made me strive for a better life by studying and working hard. 


At the age of 17, I was living on my own, being the first to graduate high school, and continuing my education to the point of earning a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.  It was challenging working 2 or 3 jobs at a time to get through school, but the hard work and perseverance paid off. 


Working from an early age in many fields, I kept coming back to community services, working with low and high income areas.  Currently being employed by the City of Los Angeles as a Senior Recreation Park Director I have worked in different neighborhoods, partnered with different organizations, reduced homelessness at my parks, gave youth work experience opportunities, trained staff, while growing our sports leagues and providing excellent and affordable programs for the communities within an assigned budget. 


I was one of the pioneers who worked the “At the Park after Dark” program, now called, “Summer Night Lights,” a gang prevention program.  I’ve worked with American Camp Association, to get one of my parks accredited to a higher standard.  I also conducted training citywide as well as presented at the California Parks and Recreation Society conference to other agencies and Cities. 


Currently, I serve as Chair of the West Covina Community and Senior Services Commission.  My church and I participated in the first annual Community Service Day Clean up at Cortez Park.  I have coached basketball at Cameron Community Center and was honored when asked to participate in the West Covina Sunrise Rotary Club charity basketball game played at West Covina High School to raise money to benefit student scholarships.  All proceeds went to student scholarships.  I’m a life member of the Friends of West Covina Library supporting their work. 


Community is important to me.  Every resident should feel safe and protected in their home, walking down the street or playing in our parks.  That is why it is so important to fully staff our police and fire departments.  Streets and parks must be clean and safe.  


There is a lot of work ahead, but with your help and support, we will meet our goals for our wonderful city. 


Please join my campaign. 


I humbly ask for your support on November 6, 2018 to be your District 2 council member on the West Covina City Council.

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