Patricia Apē Finau Lopez
Running for E. Palo Alto City, Council
My name is Patricia Apē Finau Lopez and I am running for E. Palo Alto City Council. I was born and raised in E. Palo Alto for almost 49 years of my life. I am a God-fearing woman, mother, wife and a small business owner. I am married to Gene Lopez whose parents are from the Philippines. I am the secretary of the South San Mateo Legion of Mary Curia and the St. Vincent de Paul Society in our community. I am a community activist and have volunteered in different non-profit organization for 15 years. I have family and friends that still live here. I want to be a part of the decision making so they’ll be able to stay and live in our community. I am for BMR/Low Income (below market rate) housing, competitive wage jobs and excellent education in our public schools. I am committed to working very hard to make sure that policies and laws are created and passed to benefit the residents of E. Palo Alto now and in the future.

VOTE Patricia Apē Finau Lopez for City Council of E. Palo Alto!

M. Christina R. Laskowski
Candidate for Assembly District 22
I was born and raised most of my life in California (born in the east bay and grew up mostly in the Peninsula). I moved to Davao City, Philippines in the late 1970s during martial law when it was ruled by a Dictator where I lived for 5.5 years. While there, I studied at the Ateneo de Davao grade school and high school. I returned to the US and finished high school at Mercy Burlingame where I was on the swim team. I then attended the University of San Francisco where I graduated with a BS Business Administration, Finance.

Currently I am a strategic advisor and senior consultant who provides hands on leadership managing and supporting business transformation and technology investments. Previously, my career was focused on investment banking and M&A. I am also an entrepreneur having helped grow three boutique investment banks and advisory firms. I am passionate about empowerment and extends consulting and advisory services to non-profits, entrepreneurs and founders.

With regards to social Filipino links, President and board member, STAC Silicon Valley (designed and presented to the Philippine President a strategic plan to develop a tech focused entrepreneurial ecosystem which serves as the framework for the Philippines startup ecosystem today). MOA partner to DOST, DTI, DFA Executed MOA with US-Philippines Society to facilitate Silicon Valley immersion programs Core team member and Program Manager of The Hinabi Project, a sustainability initiative of Philippine American Writers & Artists (PAWA) Board Member, FYLPRO (Filipino Young Leaders & Professionals, founded by DFA Philippines) Advisory committee member, SFAsia (SF Office of Economic Development) representing Philippines Co-Founder, ASEAN Alliance (Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand) Advisor and mentor to FASTER (Filipino Americans in Silicon Valley Tech) at UC Berkeley Mentor to Google Launchpad, LEAD Filipino and Manila Valley Former Regional Board Member, Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment (now Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center) USF guest career speaker and judge of business pitches (counts towards finals) of MBA students.  Guest speaker at various events about the Philippines startup ecosystem Berkeley-HAAS Asia Business Conference (2016)
Stanford US-Asia Technology Management Speaker series (5/2016 and 5/2018).

Flor Nicolas
Running for South San Francisco City, Council
My name is Flor Nicolas and I am running for the City Council of South San Francisco.

Among the six candidates, I am the only one who is a first timer on pulling papers or running for the elected office. It was brought about by the unexpected announcement of Liza Normandy not seeking re-election.

I am a resident of South San Francisco for more than 30 years and had been a City-appointed Commissioner since 2006. I had been intimately involved in the community raising funds for the Police Activities League and serving as Secretary of the PAL Boosters for more than a decade. I had also raised funds for the Special Ed needs of SSF Unified School District and Higher Education Scholarship for our local high school graduates. I am a founding member and treasurer of the Asian Alliance in addition to being a member of the Historical Society and Friends of Parks and Rec. I am a committed and active volunteer at our local parish, more than 20 years at All Souls and the more than a decade now at Mater Dolorosa. I have a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Public Health from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Because of my professional experience and love for the City, I decided to step up. I am ready to lead and serve. I am keenly aware of the major issues such as affordable housing and traffic congestion. I had first-hand experience when I used to work at East Grand as a biotech executive.

As a mother and grandmother, I want to preserve the past and protect the future. I am not anti-development because I am a beneficiary of the biotech boom but I will strive to get the right and delicate balance.

I plan to be very involved in the General Plan update. Our past leaders did well on luring the biotech industry to our city but I do not want to diminish the perspectives and input of the residents of South City.

All of us, 6 candidates, share the love for our city. What sets me apart from everyone is that I am the first biotech executive who is seeking a seat in our City Council. South San Francisco prided itself as the birthplace of biotech. I have intimate knowledge of the research and development requirements of the biotech industry and as a local resident, I fully understand the needs of its residents.

I also have a unique immigrant perspective working 2 jobs in search of our American Dream. To better myself, I obtained an advanced degree.

In the 110-year history of South City, only 3 women have served in the Council. I plan to step in and provide a unique female perspective. For my grandchildren and everyone’s children and grandchildren to see women and men serving side-by-side reinforcing the value of respect and recognizing that everyone has equal opportunity to lead and serve.

Rob Bonta
Assembly member Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly’s 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro. He is the first Filipino American legislator in the 165-year history of California.

Rob’s passion for justice and equality was instilled in him at a very young age by his parents, who taught him to understand injustice and the importance of joining the struggle to empower vulnerable communities. His father was involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Deep South—marching for equality and justice in Selma. His mother was and continues to be a long-time leader in the Filipino social justice movement.

Growing up in a trailer just a few hundred yards from César Chávez’s home, Bonta watched closely as his parents organized Filipino and Mexican American farm workers, infusing his formative years with first-hand experience of one of the greatest peaceful social, racial, and economic justice movements of all time. This had a huge impact on Rob’s life choices and pursuits, inspiring his life’s commitment to helping people.

Rob believed legal training was one of the most powerful ways to effect positive and profound change in the lives of those who needed it most. He worked his way through college cleaning laundry rooms and, with the help of financial aid, was able to achieve his dream of attending some of the best universities in the world, obtaining his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School after attending Yale College and Oxford University in England.

Earning honors in college, Rob was also a scholar athlete, captaining the Yale Soccer team.

He also paved the way for the advancement of students of color as a mentor and volunteered in support of local children struggling with poverty.

His legal career included work as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the City and County and its employees, and as a private attorney, where he fought to protect Californians from exploitation and racial profiling. Rob was undefeated at trial, never losing a jury verdict for his clients. Prior to being elected to the Alameda City Council, Rob served as the Chair of the City of Alameda’s Economic Development Commission, where he focused on business attraction and retention efforts, and as board president for the Social Service Human Relations Board, where he fought to protect safety net services for the most vulnerable members of the community. As Vice Mayor of the City of Alameda, Bonta strongly supported public safety, fostered economic development, and exercised fiscal responsibility.

Bonta currently serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. He serves on the Appropriations, Communications and Conveyance, Governmental Organization, and Health Committees. He is also chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.

 

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