Diego Garcia ~ In His Own Words

Diego Garcia

On November 6th we will have a chance to use the full weight of the electoral process to determine who will be the next Governor of California and our representative in the US Senate.  There will be numerous state propositions, school board races, a critical race for the 15thAssembly District as well as the State Superintendent of Education.

 As important as these are, here in Richmond there is also a critical race being contested for three seats on the Richmond City Council as well as for the Mayor of Richmond.

Radio Free Richmond has extended an offer to all thirteen candidates for the Council and the two candidates for the Mayor’s position to post their own words to let you, the voters, know their positions on what they believe to be the important issues.

The candidates have also been invited to post guest editorials on the issues of importance.

RFR will post a new candidate statement every couple of days.



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Diego_RFR.jpgMy name is Diego Garcia. I am a 40-year resident of Richmond, with 23 years serving the community.

I grew up on the South Side in a neighborhood once called Easter Hill. Limited resources and a failing educational system pushed me to the gang life. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, Richmond was the most dangerous city in California and the eleventh most dangerous in the nation. During this time, 20 of my friends were murdered or committed suicide. By age 19, I was shot, unemployed, and a father. I was becoming another Latino statistic living in a low-income community.

After a difficult recovery, I thank God I met good leaders and excellent role models such as Principal Marcos Gonzalez and Fred Jackson, and others who guided me on the right path. Soon after, I worked in various community-based organizations and city and school departments.

Today, I am a business owner who works closely with other business leaders and organizations to rebuild the 23rdStreet corridor and combat human trafficking, illegal dumping, drug sales, and homelessness.I also travel and give motivational presentations and violence prevention trainings.

My 23 years of service includes:

* Student Support Services Supervisor and Director of the Healthy Start Program with the WCCUSD.

* Crime Prevention Specialist with the Richmond Police Department.

* Certified Gang Expert working with the public defender’s office to assist youth who have been wrongfully incarcerated.

* Nine years of service on the Recreation and Parks Commission; I currently serve on the Citizens Police Review Commission.

* President and founder of a successful youth soccer program serving over 300 families.

* For the past 12 years I've organized food drives that serve over 400 food baskets to day laborers and the homeless.In 2004 and 2006 I joined the national labor movement and mobilized over 8,000 Richmond residents.

Through my dedication and commitment to this community, I have received recognition, awards, and proclamations from national foundations, the State Senate, the 7th District of Congress, Univision, and all four Richmond mayors who have served over the past 23 years.

Richmond has potential but is suffering from problems cause by a disconnect between city officials and residents. We need an independent leader who is willing to work with everyone and has a track record to prove it. Richmond needs a leader who is engaged with the community and understands the issues of the community from personal experience. Also, with a 43% Latino population, Richmond needs a bilingual and bicultural leader. El Español es mi primer idioma y nunca he abandonado mis costumbres o cultura. (Spanish is my first language, and I have never abandoned my customs or culture.)

I’ve been happily married to my high school girlfriend for 24 years and am the father of four children who attend local schools and college and are well engaged in the community. I’m an independent public servant who speaks from personal experience and asks for your vote on November 6.


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  • Meredith Tyler
    commented 2018-12-18 08:25:43 -0800
    When I asked whether Dr, wakina and his spell can set me up to my estranged husband, tbh I was never anticipating a sincere honesty from him as I made my plea because I was scared of falling into the wrong hand of someone that will take advantage of my desperation 😫. So, I avoided letting desperate situation make me do desperate things which I might regret in future. It was different with Dr. Wakina, I have never seen a man of his kind tbh, he was more like a spiritual father and guardian angel 😇 via dr.wakinalovetemple@gmail.com.
    My husband grew to resent and detest me but not once has my love waivered for him. However, things ended between us as we became enemies, communication ended as we live apart together. But I was deeply hurt regardless of his shortcomings 💔. He was always shitting me out of his life when he was seeing someone else, he even blocked me from his Facebook page.
    Well, the above ordeal is part of our success story today after love spell cast by Dr. Wakina, my CUPCAKE ❤ wants to be with me till the end of time 💃🌈🎉
  • Mike Kinney
    commented 2018-10-07 18:30:30 -0700
    An excellent piece, Diego.
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