Address: 300 N. "D" Street
San Bernardino, CA 92418
(office): (909) 384-5268
(fax): (909) 384-5105
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About Councilmember Virginia Marquez
Virginia Marquez was elected as the First Ward City Councilwoman in November of 2009. She was sworn into office on March 1, 2010. Councilwoman Marquez was re-elected to a second term in November of 2013.
Ms. Marquez was born and raised on the Westside of San Bernardino. She is the daughter of a Santa Fe Railroad Worker. Virginia Marquez attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School, Aquinas High School and graduated from Pacific High School. In 1979, Virginia Marquez graduated from California State University, San Bernardino where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She resides on the Westside of San Bernardino with her mother Magdalena Marquez, who is 94 years young.
Councilwoman Virginia Marquez began her law enforcement career in 1981, with the California Youth Authority, as a Youth Counselor. In 1984, Virginia promoted to Parole Agent I, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. During her years with this Department, Councilwoman Marquez worked at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, Centinela State Prison in Imperial County, and the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco. She has held various classifications at the aforementioned facilities. Councilwoman Marquez has also been assigned to various capacities as a Parole Agent throughout the following cities: Oakland, San Diego, Sacramento, and the San Fernando Valley. In 2009, Virginia Marquez retired as a Parole Agent II - Specialist. Her last assignment took her to San Diego, where she worked with women who were in treatment and recovery.
After her retirement from state service, Councilwoman Marquez worked for Congressman Joe Baca of the 43rd Congressional District, as a part-time Congressional Representative for 14 months. There she was assigned to the City of Rialto where her areas of focus included Senior Affairs and Public Safety. She resigned from this office in January 2010, in preparation to serve the City of San Bernardino on a full time basis as the Councilwoman of the First Ward.
During her tenure on the City Council, Councilwoman Marquez has been appointed to serve as Mayor Pro-Tempore twice. She has also served on the following council committees: Legislative Review, Personnel, Animal Control, Strategic Planning Ad Hoc, and the Education Bridge Committee. She also partnered with Councilman Rikke Van Johnson to form the San Bernardino Hometown Heroes Military Banner Ad Hoc Committee. Councilwoman Marquez also co-authored the Homeless Action Plan which resulted in the opening of the Homeless Access Center and has partnered with Mercy House to provide services and resources to help to end the cycle of homelessness.
During the terrorist attack on December 2, 2015, Councilwoman Marquez and City staff were instrumental in coordinating efforts to activate a staging area at the Rudy Hernandez Community Center to help the families of the victims. Councilwoman Marquez' leadership and compassion have helped San Bernardino to work through the challenges and to bring the community together. Councilwoman Marquez is tirelessly committed to re-building San Bernardino one block at a time.
Councilwoman Marquez is a member of the following professional organizations: California Correctional Peace Officers Association, Parole Agents Associations of California, California Narcotics Officers Association, Women's Club of San Bernardino and Native Sons of The Golden West. Councilwoman Marquez is a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
Water Babies is a program based on the water adjustment and beginning swim skills for infants & toddlers ages 6 months to 4 years.
For more information please call the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department at (909) 384-5233.
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|Tonight the citizen-based Charter Review Committee will present and discuss their final report on the City's Charter. The report includes a 24-page staff report outlining the Committee's rationale behind the proposed changes, along with the proposed 12-page Charter and their working timeline over the last year. According to the staff report, the Committee is asking the Mayor and Common Council to consider putting the proposed Charter on the November 2016 ballot.|
Committee 50-page report (including Charter) )
|Want to learn more about the city's flood safety plan? Here is our 2015/2016 plan, development by our emergency preparedness planning team. The team consists of multiple departments such as San Bernardino Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks & Recreations and more. The plan will be updated as we make further progress in our safety preparedness program.|
Visit www.SBCity.org/SBReady for more information.
City of San Bernardino Flood Safety Plan )