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Jimenez Bids for San Bernardino City Clerk 2011

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Esther Jimenez, a life-long public servant and a native of San Bernardino, is the daughter of Pedro and Benita Jimenez. Her parents were born and raised in San Bernardino. Her grandparents lived in San Bernardino during the late 1800’s. Combined with deep family and community roots and her local, county and state government expertise, Esther is highly qualified for the position of City Clerk.

Ms. Jimenez currently serves the State of California Assembly - 62nd District, as a Senior Legislative Assistant to Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter. Esther participates in the legislative process, including extensive legislative research and analysis, preparation of technical documents under strict guidelines, rules, deadlines, and regulations for assembly committee hearings. Esther has conducted constituent case work, represented the Assemblymember at meetings such as city council, Board of Supervisors, legislative, school board, town halls and at public events such as groundbreaking ceremonies, award ceremonies, and other activities in the cities of San Bernardino, Rialto, Fontana, Colton, and unincorporated areas of Muscoy and Bloomington.

Ms. Jimenez also served the County of San Bernardino from December 1990 to October 2007 where she provided technical assistance to city and county administrators, mayors, city council members, city managers, law enforcement, businesses, County Counsel and Board of Supervisors. She drafted municipal ordinances and was successful in creating and advocating policies that are stronger than California state law. Several of her sample policies have been adopted and are implemented throughout the County of San Bernardino. As the creator of many innovative countywide projects, she has presented at national, state, and local levels. She also served on several State of California Tobacco Control grant funding committees, where she participated in the allocation of millions of dollars to agencies throughout the state.

Esther attended local schools: Ramona Elementary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, Alessandro Elementary, Franklin Jr. High School, and Pacific High School. She earned an AA from San Bernardino Valley College and a BA from UC Riverside.

Esther’s passion for community service is demonstrated by the fact that she has served San Bernardino and the Inland Empire for over 35 years. In 2007 and 2010, she served as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of San Bernardino. She volunteered for numerous agencies and organizations: former president and former board member for the Kiwanis Club of Greater San Bernardino where she was a key player in the San Bernardino California State University Future Leaders Program, KKC Little League Baseball, and in a multitude of programs; “Salute to the Route 66” and the “Veteran’s Day Salute” board member who helping with organization and implementation of an annual Veterans Day event held in San Bernardino to honor veterans in the Inland Empire; and, Lighthouse for the Blind board member, to name a few.

Ms. Jimenez’ commitment to serving others has had a major impact on the lives of many people in the Inland Empire as co-founder of successful organizations. One group she organized was the Inland Empire Juvenile Arthritis Support Group. This group of concerned citizens consisted of physicians, nurses, educators, directors of community organizations, volunteers, and local policy makers whose mission was to address health disparities, advocate for improved medical care, and/or to empower children and families of children with arthritis through education and collaboration.

Well-respected and noted as a person of integrity, Ms. Jimenez has received numerous awards of excellence and has been recognized by community groups, school districts, non-profit agencies, government agencies, and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels throughout the decades of community and public service.

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