Council Member Carlos Rodriguez
- City Council, 2018-Present
About Council Member Rodriguez
Councilman Carlos Rodriguez brings over two decades of public and private sector experience to the City Council with extensive knowledge of managing a balanced budget, supervising staff, and successfully leading organizations.
Public safety remains a top priority for Councilman Rodriguez as Yorba Linda continues to strengthen police services and was recognized by “SafeHome.org” as the safest city in California. He also continues to prioritize investments in infrastructure to reduce traffic.
During his tenure of public service, the City has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth with the opening of the Yorba Linda Town Center which has enhanced the dining and entertainment opportunities for residents. The City also broke ground on the Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center – a significant investment in lifelong learning for the next generation of Yorba Linda residents.
As the father of two young children attending the outstanding public schools in our city, Councilman Rodriguez also understands the need to maintain high quality parks for our families to enjoy. He also collaborates with our school district officials and the leadership of our city youth sports leagues to ensure local teams maintain access to fields for practice and games.
These quality of life priorities require significant, yet fiscally sound investments of our precious tax revenue. As such, Councilman Rodriguez continues to promote fiscal discipline, accountability, and transparency to maintain a balanced budget to ensure Yorba Linda maintains one of the healthiest budget reserves in Orange County.
Councilman Rodriguez serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association of Southern California Baldy View Chapter. His career also includes experience working with a multitude of businesses and governmental agencies while at a statewide public affairs firm. Councilman Rodriguez also worked in Sacramento as a senior communications director in the California State Senate, where he advised legislators on media relations and public information materials. Additionally, he served as an adjunct faculty staff at California State University, Fullerton and Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga as well as a sports reporter at the Riverside Press Enterprise.
Councilman Rodriguez served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Yorba Linda, where he participated as the liaison to the to the various youth sports league representatives on the Sports Advisory Committee. While serving on the Commission, three new parks were opened and he advised the City Council on the ongoing capital improvement projects for parks in future years. He was previously appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Commission on Aging to help address housing, health care, and other elderly quality of life issues.
Councilman Rodriguez received his undergraduate degree at California State University, San Bernardino, and his Master of Arts Degree from California State University, Fullerton.
If you ask Councilman Rodriguez, he will tell you that “husband” and “father” are the two most important titles in his life. Council Member Rodriguez and his wife, Rhonda, are the proud parents of two children, Ryan and Rebekah.
Regional Government & Committee Involvement
- South Coast Air Quality Management District Governing Board
- Southern California Association of Governments – Transportation Committee
- Appointee to the Housing, Economic Development, Jobs and Opportunity Zone Ad Hoc Committee by California State Treasurer Fiona Ma
- League of California Cities – Orange County Division
- Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency
- Orange County Council of Governments (Alternate)
- Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Committee (Alternate)
Achievements & Awards
- 2006 “Corporate Advocate of the Year” from California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce