|Stephen C. Padilla
Chula Vista Mayor and Council Office
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Councilmember Steve Padilla was elected to the City Council on November 8, 2016 to represent District 3 in the City’s first district-only elections. Steve returns to the City Council after a ten-year absence from elected office.
A native of San Diego, CA and lifelong Chula Vista resident, he is a graduate of Bonita Vista High School, a former police officer and police Detective. He is currently Principal of Aquarius Group, Inc., a public affairs consulting practice he began in 2007.
Steve’s interest in public affairs began early in life as did his service to Chula Vista, where he served as a member of the Board of Ethics and Safety Commission. He was elected for the first time to the City Council in 1994 and served two terms. In 2002, Steve was elected the City’s 38th Mayor and served from 2002 – 2006.
During his tenure as Mayor, Steve served on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and as Chairman of the Public Safety Committee of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), on the regional board of the California League of Cities, and as a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He served as a member of the California Coastal Commission as an appointee of the Speaker of the California State Assembly from 2005 – 2007. After leaving office he was appointed by the City Council to the Board of Port Commissioners at the Unified Port of San Diego representing Chula Vista from 2009 -2011.
In his professional capacity, Steve works with a variety of private entities, non-profits and public interest groups where he advocates on issues ranging from economic development, transportation, housing, and social and environmental justice. In 2008 he was invited to be a member of the Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Steve’s priorities are to encourage job and business investment, strengthen local job opportunities and the city’s fiscal health, promote public safety, and enhance neighborhood engagement in civic issues.
Councilmember Padilla is noted for being the first person of color ever elected to City office in Chula Vista history, the first Latino Mayor, and the first openly LGBT person to serve or be elected to city office. He holds undergraduate degrees in Liberal Arts and Public Administration from Southwestern College and National University, and studied law at Western State University, College of Law. He has been a published columnist writing on local, state, and national policy issues. He resides in Otay Ranch with his daughter, Ashleigh – a proud Aztec student at SDSU.