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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Water Replenishment District of Southern CaliforniaCandidate for Board of Directors, Division 5

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Ronald Gonzales-Lawrence

Water Policy Advisor
25,126 votes (12.54%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Transparency and oversight
  • Community Participation
  • Conservation and Education



Profession:Water Policy Adviser
Deputy District Director and Water Policy Adviser, Office of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, 63rd Assembly District (2012–current)
Chairperson, Little Lake City School District Measure TT Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2013–current)
Trustee, Little Lake City School District Board of Education — Elected position (2007–2011)
Commissioner, California Advisory Commission on Special Education — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Chairperson and Boardmember, Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services Board of Directors — Appointed position (2007–2011)


More than ever, the communities of southeastern Los Angeles County need effective, proven, and honest

leadership. The Water Replenishment District plays an important role in making sure that residents of

southwestern and southeastern communities have enough groundwater supplies to support them. While El

Niño will bring much-needed rain, the drought will affect California for years to come.


For more than 15 years, Ronald Gonzales-Lawrence has been a leader and active participant in the issues,

including water, affecting southeast Los Angeles County.


Ronald is the deputy district director for Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. In this capacity, he serves

an advisor on issues including water and education and liaison on behalf of the Speaker to local cities and

jurisdictions. Ronald provided critical local leadership and support that facilitated the development and

passage of Assembly Bill 240 to improve the water quality in the City of Maywood and Assembly Bill

1471, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, aka Proposition 1.

Prior to joining the Speaker’s district office, Ronald served as a trustee of the Little Lake City School

District Board of Education. The Little Lake City School District serves more than 4,600 students at

seven elementary and two middle schools in Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, and Downey. Although no

longer a trustee, he currently serves as the chairperson of the District’s Measure TT Bond Oversight



In his time on the board, he envisioned and led the effort to establish the Little Lake Education

Advancement Foundation to support district schools with private funds. In addition, he led the effort to

create polices promoting good government, green and eco-friendly services, safe and secure schools, and

healthy behaviors among students. He continues to be an outspoken advocate for school funding and the

maintenance of a balanced budget that preserves the quality of education in Little Lake.


Ronald served on the board of directors of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, a $20 million

preschool nonprofit with 30 sites across southeastern Los Angeles County. Under his leadership, the

board and management saved the organization from closing, ensuring 2,200 families and their children

continued to receive services and 400 employees retained their jobs. Ronald lead efforts to hire a new

executive director and senior managers as well as implement a strategic plan, board bylaws, as well as

create board protocols for governance, and new policies and procedures.


In 2010, then Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) appointed Ronald to serve on the

California Advisory Commission on Special Education. Ronald has been an outspoken advocate for

Special Education students and their families.


At age 18, Ronald became one of the youngest people in state history to serve as a staff member of a

Member of the State Legislature. He helped constituents in southeast Los Angeles cities receive state

services and served as the Assembly Member’s liaison on issues affecting the district.


He attended Rio Hondo College where he majored in political science and child development. He studied

liberal arts at Mount St. Mary’s University and public administration at the University of La Verne.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • Los Angeles County Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

Elected Officials (20)

  • Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board President Thomas Wong
  • Pico Rivera Councilmember Gustavo Camacho
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu
  • California State Treasure John Chaing
  • Bellflower City Councilmember Juan Garza
  • Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustee Mike Fong
  • Long Beach Councilmember Rex Richardson
  • Long Beach City Councilmember Al Austin
  • Compton Community College District Boardmember Sonia Lopez
  • Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  • Downey Councilmember Luis Marquez
  • Downey Councilmember Fernando Vasquez
  • Paramount Councilmember Diane Martinez
  • La Habra Heights Mayor Kyle Miller
  • Whittier Councilmember Josue Alvarado
  • Whittier Councilmember Bob Henderson
  • Santa Fe Springs Councilmember Joe Angel Zamora
  • Norwalk Councilmember Luigi Vernola
  • Norwalk Mayor Mike Mendez

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