Mayor Pro Tem Carlos Rodriguez

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Carlos Rodriguez

Mayor Pro Tem

  • Mayor Pro Tem, 2021
  • City Council, 2018-Present

About Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez

Mayor Pro Tem 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.

PRIORITIES

Public safety remains a top priority for Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez as Yorba Linda continues to strengthen police and fire services. During his tenure on City Council, Yorba Linda was recognized by “SafeHome.org” as the safest city in California. Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez also continues to prioritize investments in vital infrastructure to reduce traffic. 

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez continues to support policies to ensure a strong local economy and world-class quality of life amenities. The City continues to thrive with the opening of the Yorba Linda Town Center which has enhanced the dining and entertainment opportunities for residents. The City also opened the Yorba Linda Public Library and Cultural Arts Center – a significant investment in lifelong learning for the next generation of Yorba Linda residents. 

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez also continues to pursue policies to address the devastating impact of COVID-19 and supported a small business relief program to provide grants of nearly $10,000 each to over 250-local businesses. He also supported enhancing our senior meal programs. 

As the father of two young children attending the outstanding public schools in our city, Mayor Pro Tem 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. Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez continues to promote fiscal discipline, accountability, and transparency to maintain a balanced budget. As a result, Yorba Linda continues to generate one of the most robust city budget reserves in Orange County.

Career

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience from the public and private sector to his service on the City Council. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Building Industry Association of Southern California Baldy View Chapter. His professional experience also includes years of collaborating with a variety of businesses and federal, state, and local government agencies while serving as a senior executive of a statewide public affairs firm. Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez also worked in Sacramento as a senior communications director in the California State Senate, where he advised legislators on media relations and helped craft public information materials. Additionally, he served as an adjunct faculty staff and taught communication courses at California State University, Fullerton.

Public Service Experience

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez was nominated unanimously by the 34 Orange County cities to currently serve as their representative on the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Governing Board. South Coast AQMD is the regulatory agency responsible for improving air quality for large areas of Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, including the Coachella Valley. The region is home to more than 17 million people–about half the population of the entire state of California. 

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez also currently serves as an appointee of State Treasurer Fiona Ma on the Housing and Economic Development, Jobs and Opportunity Zone Ad Hoc Committee. 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.

He also previously served as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Yorba Linda, where he participated as the liaison 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. 

Education

Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez earned his undergraduate degree at California State University, San Bernardino; and his Master of Arts Degree from California State University, Fullerton.

Personal

If you ask Mayor Pro Tem Rodriguez, he will tell you that “husband” and “father” are the two most important titles in his life. Mayor Pro Tem 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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Committee

Achievements & Awards

  • Awarded “Corporate Advocate of the Year” from California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (2006).