My name is Carlos Garcia, and I have lived in Upland for the past four years with my wife, Shannon, and son, Mason. I own my technology and social media company, F.Y.I. Technologies, Inc. and I also teach with students ranging from professional development for businesses to classrooms for adults trying to acquire a second chance at their education. I have been heavily involved with the county working with the homeless population and former inmates on providing job-ready skills that include technology use to help them move forward on their journey.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix as well as a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. I also have my C.T.E. Teaching Credential from the University of San Diego. I have many years of experience in both education and private industries and am a big believer in helping others.
I am asking for your support this November to help represent District 3 to have a voice on the city council. I am not a politician, and I want to make sure that you the voter understands that. I am hoping this is a community-driven effort to represent the District 3 seat. There is no “I” when it comes to serving our community, and it is all about a community coming together as a team. Thank you for your consideration and support. Remember, it’s about “Unity For Our Community.”
My goal is to be a voice for our community against the sale of any precious parkland, look for opportunities to bring new businesses that would contribute to our point of sale tax revenue for our city. I am excited about listening to our community and gathering their input to take our city to the next level. Communication is vital for us to stay involved in our “City of Gracious Living.”
Some additional ways that I contribute and serve others are by helping my community stay Informed. I attend, and Live Stream city meetings not televised. I believe that the city government should be transparent to the constituents that voted them into office, and this is just one way of keeping citizens engaged and informed.
I have also worked with different citizen groups with cleanup and beautification efforts, have a relationship with our local police department. I have coordinated Neighborhood Watch meetings to keep our community safe and aware of what is going on in our neighborhood. I have done all of this to make my family and community a great place to live for years to come.
For the past two years, I have served on the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee for the City of Upland as a representative of District 3. This annual grant that the City of Upland applies for from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Housing (H.U.D.). Funding is granted on a formula basis and is to be used to satisfy at least one of three national objectives:
• Benefiting low-and-moderate income persons
• Aiding in the prevention or elimination of slum and blight
• Urgent need (i.e., emergency assistance for disaster relief)
The CDBG committee’s goal is for business enhancement through façade rehabilitation, improve neighborhoods, public facilities, and infrastructure. The CDBG grant also provides municipal services for low-income residents, prevent and eliminate homelessness, ensure equal access to housing opportunities, and strengthen economic opportunity through business and job creation, and housing preservation.
Other ways that I volunteer and am involved in helping are:
• Ambassador for the La Verne Chamber of Commerce (Current)
• Ambassador for the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce (Current)
• A representative for the Asian Industry Business to Business Organization (Current)
• Ambassador for the Filipino-American Tri-County Chamber of Commerce (Current)
• Board Member for the Filipino-American Tri-County Chamber of Commerce (Past)
• Board Member for the Christian Youth Athletic Association (CYAA) (Past)
• Ambassador for the Pomona Valley and Chino Valley Chambers of Commerce (Past)
• Coach for CYAA and AYSO Athletic Teams (Past)
Unity For Our Community
My goal is to be a voice for our community against the sale of any precious parkland, look for opportunities to bring new businesses that would contribute to our point of sale tax revenue for our city.
I am excited about listening to our community and gathering their input to take our city to the next level. Communication is vital for us to stay involved in our “City of Gracious Living.”