Jose has a proven track record of fighting for social and economic justice.
As the son of Mexican immigrants, (his father was a landscaper and his mother a housekeeper) Jose saw from a young age just how hard his parents worked and the sacrifices they made to provide a better life for their family. Their struggle has shaped Jose’s life–he has dedicated himself to the service of others and is energized by the struggle for justice for working families.
Jose knows that education is the great equalizer in our society and that every person, regardless of background, deserves access to an affordable, quality education. Jose has participated and organized:
- Dozens of rallies and protests against the 2008-2011 budget cuts to public education.
- “March for California’s Future” – marched and spoke to residents in Central California about the need to invest in public education.
- Proposition 25 “Majority Budget Act” – worked on the campaign so that our State representatives can pass a budget with a simple majority.
- Proposition 30 “Fund Education” – made sure our world renowned public school system receives adequate funding to provide the best possible education to all Californians.
Additionally, Jose has worked on righteous campaigns within San Diego that include:
- David Alvarez for Mayor of San Diego. Although David’s campaign was unsuccessful, his working families values have brought our issues to the forefront.
- San Diego’s “Raise the Wage” campaign – recently approved by voters of San Diego, this campaign will raise wages for over 170,000 workers in San Diego to $11.50 in January, 2017.
- “Fight for $15” campaigns – making sure that all workers receive a living wage and a Union.
Jose is a board member of the Park, Recreational and Senior Advisory Board for National City where the board oversees projects at El Toyon, Pepper, and Las Palmas Parks.
Jose is also an advisory board member of Students for Economic Justice program with the Center on Policy Initiatives
He attended San Diego City College and San Diego State University, where he studied History.
His wife, Sandra Rodriguez is a school teacher. They have been blessed with 3 beautiful daughters: Arely, Ariana, and Alicia. Sandra and Jose own their home in National City where they have lived since July of 2013
My family and I did our part to make history in the region. David Alvarez fell a bit short of being the first Latino mayor of San Diego, but is an incredible person and no doubt will continue doing good things for working families.