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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of AlhambraCandidate for City Council, District 3

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Jeff Maloney

Commissioner/Environmental Attorney
12,585 votes (73.13%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Improve communication between Alhambra residents and City Hall and create informal opportunities to meet and share ideas with Alhambra's elected officials.
  • Demand smart planning, protection of residential neighborhoods, and responsible development.
  • Balanced budgets and plan for an economically and environmentally sustainable future.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Environmental Attorney - Chief Counsel, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Chief Staff Counsel, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (2013–current)
Chief Staff Counsel/Staff Counsel, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (2004–current)

Education

University of Southern California - Gould School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (2003)
University of California at San Diego Bachelor of Arts, History and Political Science (1998)

Biography

Jeffrey Koji Maloney was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley where he and his wife, Akiko (AHS Class of ’96), are longtime homeowners in Alhambra.   Jeff and his family cherish Alhambra’s small town character and high quality of life and are proud to call Alhambra home.

EDUCATION

A graduate of UC San Diego, Jeff earned bachelor’s degrees in history and political science and was honored to participate in the prestigious UCDC internship program in Washington, D.C.  After graduating from college, Jeff served as a field representative in the office of former State Assemblymember George Nakano, where he focused on constituent concerns and educational and environmental issues.  He later attended law school at the University of Southern California and was a Submissions Editor of the Law Review as well as a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Soon after passing the California bar exam, Jeff accepted a position as an in-house attorney with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), a park agency dedicated to the acquisition and development of public parkland throughout Southern California.  During his tenure, Jeff has developed a deep understanding of public agency finance, government law, environmental law, and real estate transactions.  He currently serves as Chief Counsel for both the MRCA and its partner agency, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, where his current projects include increasing public access to our local mountains and the development of parks along and around the Los Angeles River.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Jeff is also active in many civic and philanthropic organizations.  He has previously served on the Alhambra Parks and Recreation Commission and served several years on the Alhambra Planning Commission, including a term as Vice President.  Jeff is currently the Chairperson of the Alhambra Transportation Commission, where he works to ensure the safety of all public streets in our city.  As the Co-Chair of the Alhambra Host Town Committee for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Jeff greatly enjoyed helping to welcome the German delegation to our city.  Jeff is also a member of the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce and the Alhambra Preservation Group.

As a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and a volunteer board member of the Japanese American Bar Association, Jeff works to improve the legal profession with an emphasis on the fair and equitable application of laws to people of all backgrounds.  Jeff is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Go For Broke National Education Center, which aims to apply the lessons learned from the Japanese American World War II veterans to the challenges of the modern era.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, music, watching Dodger baseball and USC football, hiking, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.  Jeff looks forward to continuing to improve our community in both his personal and professional life and setting a good example for his two young and rambunctious children.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • United Democrats of San Gabriel Valley
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters

Elected Officials (3)

  • California State Treasurer John Chiang
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • Assemblymember Ed Chau

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Open Communication

I believe that government exists to serve the interests of the people it represents. Healthy communication is absolutely essential to ensuring that elected officials understand and act upon the concerns of the voters.

If I'm fortunate enough to be elected, I vow to listen to the interests and concerns of each and every resident of Alhambra I speak with. And, while I cannot promise we will all agree on every issue, I can promise that I will hear you out and treat you with the respect and courtesy you deserve.  This is even more important at the local government level, where decisions are made that affect residents' daily lives - everything from potholes, to planning, to trash pickup.  Elected officials cannot effectively represent their constituents without knowing the concerns of the voters.

Transparent Government

I believe that all levels of government must conduct its business in an open, transparent, and accessible manner.  In order to make legitimate decisions on behalf of the residents, a city must be forthcoming about its processes and it must allow for meaningful public participation.

Bridge Building

I am running a positive campaign, free from personal attacks and negative messaging.  I feel that it is crucial to treat all members of the community with the respect they deserve and to listen to all viewpoints, even those with which I disagree.  City government represents the interests of ALL Alhambrans, so it's imperative elected officials build relationships with all our residents and community groups so that there are always open lines of communication.

Learn from the Past, Plan for the Future

No one is perfect or free from mistakes and that includes our elected officials.  Our political system is at its best when elected officials are willing to consider new information and embrace innovative approaches to old problems.  Change is inevitable and can be a positive way to inject new ideas into the public sphere.  However, we must also be willing to learn lessons from our predecessors - what has worked and what hasn't. 

As an experienced civic volunteer, I believe that I am in a unique position to learn from our city's past while also bringing necessary changes to help lead us into the future.

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