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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Santa PaulaCandidate for City Council

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Andy Sobel

Software Consultant
2,651 votes (15.79%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Represent all of Santa Paula by expanding our focus from downtown business and development issues to areas of concern to the the rest of our diverse population.
  • A council that deliberates and communicates more openly so that decisions are transparent and ensure long term fiscal health and benefits to all.
  • Focus on the broad definition of infrastructure: physical including streets, water, and sewer as well as our people, most importantly -- our youth.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Software Consultant
Software consultant and analyst, Orange Consulting (2009–current)
Measure T Oversight Committee Member (Current Chair), Measure T Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2017–current)
Elementary school bilingual educator, San Francisco ISD, American School Mexico City, and Austin ISD (1995–2002)

Education

University of Texas - Austin PhD, Educational Administration emphasis in Policy and Planning (2004)
New College of California BCLAD, Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development elementary teaching credential (1995)
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo B.S., Computer Science (1989)

Biography

I was born and raised in Mexico City. My parents were both from the US, but they relished the opportunity to live in a variety of countries. Mexico City is deeply imprinted on me. It is both a cosmopolitan city and a small town. The population is diverse – blending many cultures and people with varied life experiences.
 
At 18, I came to California for university. Eventually, I settled in the San Francisco area to work in the tech industry. I happened to be doing some volunteer teaching in East Palo Alto when the LA riots started. In one day, my life was transformed. I realized that in this country, there are many people hurting. A lot of people have very little opportunity to change their lives and that of their children.

I quit my job and entered a teaching credential program in San Francisco that was focused on elements of power, multiculturalism, and diversity. I became a teacher to effect change. I taught Spanish bilingual classes in San Francisco and later in Austin, Texas.
 
It became clear as a teacher that a great deal of educational policy was being introduced in schools that was not particularly well designed, poorly implemented, and much of the time, forced upon the schools, teachers, and students. I decided to be a part of the system to create better policy. I went to graduate school in order to become an education researcher. But again, my life was due for a strong correction. I got involved as a teacher-leader with a community organizing group and was inspired by how lay leaders were able to influence others  to create the policies that they felt would be useful. I wrote my dissertation on ten Latina's transformations into women of power. My studies showed me that organizing was a profound way to effect change. So instead of academia, I became an organizer. 


I organized in San Diego for five years working at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels.  Issue areas included housing, health insurance for children, police-community interactions, infrastructure, tenant rights, education, and immigration.
 
Nine years ago, I married my lovely wife Anne Stehly from Fillmore and moved to Santa Paula. I returned to the tech world working as a Software Consultant. But I have missed being involved in doing things that make the world a better place to live. 


In 2017, I was honored to be appointed to the Measure T Oversight Committee. The committee has given me new insight into city government. I decided to go to city council meetings and witnessed the decision-making process and the challenges that a city faces. I have deep respect for city council members – it is a hard, and in some ways thankless job. But the council’s decisions affect each and every one of us, in some ways much more than decisions made in Sacramento or Washington.
 
I believe that my background, experience, and compassion for the people of Santa Paula make me a good candidate for office.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Ventura County Young Democrats

Organizations (2)

  • Ventura County Democratic Party
  • Cause Action Fund

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Andy's Biography

Summary

Who I am, why I'm running

I was born and raised in Mexico City. My parents were both from the US, but they relished the opportunity to live in a variety of countries. Mexico City is deeply imprinted on me. It is both a cosmopolitan city and a small town. The population is diverse – blending many cultures and people with varied life experiences.
 
At 18, I came to California for university. Eventually, I settled in the San Francisco area to work in the tech industry. I happened to be doing some volunteer teaching in East Palo Alto when the LA riots started. In one day, my life was transformed. I realized that in this country, there are many people hurting. A lot of people have very little opportunity to change their lives and that of their children.

I quit my job and entered a teaching credential program in San Francisco that was focused on elements of power, multiculturalism, and diversity. I became a teacher to effect change. I taught Spanish bilingual classes in San Francisco and later in Austin, Texas.
 
It became clear as a teacher that a great deal of educational policy was being introduced in schools that was not particularly well designed, poorly implemented, and much of the time, forced upon the schools, teachers, and students. I decided to be a part of the system to create better policy. I went to graduate school in order to become an education researcher. But again, my life was due for a strong correction. I got involved as a teacher-leader with a community organizing group and was inspired by how lay leaders were able to influence others  to create the policies that they felt would be useful. I wrote my dissertation on ten Latina's transformations into women of power. My studies showed me that organizing was a profound way to effect change. So instead of academia, I became an organizer. 


I organized in San Diego for five years working at the neighborhood, city, state, and national levels.  Issue areas included housing, health insurance for children, police-community interactions, infrastructure, tenant rights, education, and immigration.
 
Nine years ago, I married my lovely wife Anne Stehly from Fillmore and moved to Santa Paula. I returned to the tech world working as a Software Consultant. But I have missed being involved in doing things that make the world a better place to live. 


In 2017, I was honored to be appointed to the Measure T Oversight Committee. The committee has given me new insight into city government. I decided to go to city council meetings and witnessed the decision-making process and the challenges that a city faces. I have deep respect for city council members – it is a hard, and in some ways thankless job. But the council’s decisions affect each and every one of us, in some ways much more than decisions made in Sacramento or Washington.
 
I believe that my background, experience, and compassion for the people of Santa Paula make me a good candidate for office.

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