Virginia Marquez
Council Member

Address: 300 N. "D" Street
San Bernardino, CA 92418
(office): (909) 384-5268
   (fax): (909) 384-5105

Contact me
Map of Ward 1
Interactive Wards Map
Subscribe to 1st Ward updates

Dear Neighbor, here you will find all the latest information pertaining to the 1st Ward.

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.

News ImageCPUC San Bernardino Rate Design Forum - Tues. May 31 @ 6 p.m.
The California Public Utilities Commission is hosting an electric utility rate forum at City Hall.

This is your opportunity to hear a presentation by the CPUC’s Energy Division explaining the CPUC’s recent rate design decision and how it will affect you.

You’ll also have a chance to visit customer service representatives in the lobby if you have any questions about your utility bill, or how to enroll in consumer programs.
( Fact Sheet - English & Espanol )
More...

Fireworks Safety

The San Bernardino City Fire Department wants to ensure a safe 4th of July holiday season for all the citizens in our communities.

Sales of Safe and Sane fireworks begin at noon on Friday, July 1st, and run through midnight on Monday, July 4th. Please keep in mind that safe and sane fireworks can only be purchased at one of the designated fireworks booths permitted within the City of San Bernardino.

All fireworks, including "safe and sane", are illegal in areas north of the 210 freeway in the City of San Bernardino and subject to a $1000.00 fine...


( View PDF )

News ImageCitizen-based Charter Review Committee presents final report to Mayor & Council
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) )
More...

Archives...
No entries for this day.
Tue., May 31, 2016
6:00 PM  -  7:00 PM
  Inlandia Creative Writing Workshop
6:00 PM
  CPUC San Bernardino Rate Design Forum - Public meeting
Wed., June 1, 2016
No entries for this day.
Thu., June 2, 2016
9:00 AM
  Board of Building Commissioners
10:00 AM
  Development Review Committee Agendas
Fri., June 3, 2016
No entries for this day.
Sat., June 4, 2016
8:00 AM
  Neighborhood Association Council Presidents' Meeting - informal meeting
10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
  San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum
2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
  One World Rhythm
Sun., June 5, 2016
No entries for this day.