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April 10, 2018 — Local Elections

City of WhittierCandidate for Council Member, District 2

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Irella Perez

School Board Member, Whittier City School District
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I oppose high density apartments, motels and oil  drilling.  Unfortunately, Whittier has made a turn for the worse; a path of over development and escalating  traffic congestion.  I stand for a Whittier future with more recreational opportunities.
  • I support public safety and will equip our first  responders with the modern resources needed to get the job done.  As a single mother of four children, safety and security are paramount. 
  • I will insure fiscal accountability by increasing  transparency in the city’s decision making process.  I will promote citizen participation through  e-government initiatives that use modern technology to allow citizen participation.



           Born and raised in Nicaragua, Dr. Irella Perez came to the United States with her family at the age of 15, she is also a Latina Chinese-American.

          Dr. Perez graduated from Chatsworth High School with honors, then earned her B.A. and Masters' work at California State University, Long Beach, before and garnering her Doctorate and administrative credentials at the University of Southern California. She started teaching at the age of 25 for several Los Angeles County elementary and middle schools before serving as Superintendent and principal in the Long Beach Unified School District, El Rancho Unified School District, Compton Unified School District, Inglewood Unified School District and El Monte Union High School District.

          One of Dr. Perez's main priorities is to strengthen ties between family and the community by being a 21st Century thinker  Another goal is to improve the quality of life of every resident in her community, Dr. Perez knows the importance of bringing things back to basics focusing on clean streets, safe parks, safe neighborhoods, revitalizing our shopping areas, making city services efficient, and protecting property value. 

           Because her professional growth has flourished beyond the standard teacher-administrator  and community servant trajectory, Dr. Perez has gained diverse, career-enhancing experiences that offer wider, invaluable views of the education and community universe. She has acted as a Head Start consultant, a classroom curriculum specialist, a counselor and all in several L.A. County schools. Dr. Perez was a professor for masters and doctoral courses at Argosy University and currently coaches school principals and is part of the Common Sense, California Kids Action Campaign. Dr. Perez, serves as a Cultural Arts Commissioner for the city of Whittier, member of the Arts in Public Places Committee and is a member of the Board of Education for Whittier City Shcool District.  

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