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California State SenateCandidate for District 32

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Vivian Romero

Councilwoman/Business Owner
5,495 votes (4.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I’m committed to pushing back against any threats or rollbacks of protections that disproportionately affect Women, Immigrants, LGBTQ, low income families, people of color, and vulnerable communites.
  • I will keep fighting for affordable healthcare because none of our loved ones should have any uncertainty about being able to access medical treatment.
  • We can no longer afford to defer investment in critical infrastructure systems. Failed pavement deficiencies cost drivers over $800 annually, delaying only escalates the costs. I’ll prioritize projects that benefit public safety and quality of life.



Director- Board of Directors, Metrolink Southern California Regional Rail Authority Board of Directors — Appointed position (2017–current)
Chairperson, Board of Directors, Metro’s San Gabriel Valley Service Council. — Elected position (2016–2018)
Culture and Recreation Commissioner, City of Montebello Culture and Recreation — Appointed position (2011–2013)

Community Activities

Immediate Past PRESIDENT, Former Vice President,, Independent Cities Association (2014–2018)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Vivian Romero:



The state has only begun to address its housing challenges but pledged to do more next year.We need additional incentives to expedite, build and increase the supply (helping to force down the rents and prices of homes)

Streamline the housing approval process, cut red tape that drags out building approval time and ease restrictive zoning laws.  

Provide new funding for low-income housing developments, seek to lower the cost of construction. Strengthen the state’s Housing Accountability Act, which works toward prevent communities from killing proposed housing projects or homeless shelters.


Local governments need to designate certain areas for housing development known as Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones, especially near city centers close to jobs and public transit. 

Proposals that come forward should have: 30 percent of all units sold or rented to moderate-income households, 15 percent sold or rented to low-income households, 5 percent sold or rented to very low-income households and 10 percent of market-rate projects set aside for low-income people. 

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Vivian Romero:

Civility and Respect in America


Whether it is at work, school or a local town hall meeting; incivility is becoming the social norm in our country. We all need to take responsibility for reversing this trend. Given the speech and behavior of people everywhere including our President, Americans feel it is appropriate to resort to insults or sometimes even physical assault. Young children seeing this behavior believe it is okay to disrespect others because of their color or religious beliefs. aHow do we turn this disturbing trend around?

We all need to work together, agree to disagree without resorting to name calling, changes won’t happen overnight; but if we commit ourselves to the cause we can revive civility and respect in this country. Learning a little about someone’s life goes a long way to understanding and accepting our differences.Understanding each other helps us get along with each other and build mutual understanding.


It is time for all of us to lead by example and reestablish civility and respect as standards for acceptable behavior. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” Let’s start by be the change we wish to see in the world.


Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Vivian Romero:

Changing climate 

California is already a leader in lowering emissions and the Safeguarding California Plan shows what the state is doing to address the impacts so we create a more resilient future. 

The permanence and magnitude of climate changes will require an ongoing aggressive commitment to action, the best available science, and respect for the state’s communities. We need to continue working across party lines modernizing and strengthening state water, transportation, energy and natural infrastructure and continue developing a cutting-edge scientific understanding of how climate change impacts us.

 We must continue to proactively invest in our most vulnerable communities, continue funding the expansion of recycled water to increase drought resilience, adopt regulations to increase the collection of urban storm water and embed climate change consideration into all programs and activities.

 Continue to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy, improve efficiency, reduce water consumption in order to help reduce the carbon footprint. The less climate change there is - the less we have to deal with the impacts.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Vivian Romero:

I believe we must expand proven programs that support the health and well-being of children. Quality Education Investment Act awarded certain low performing schools extra funding if they agreed to conform to a number of policy changes like reducing class sizes and keeping an experienced teaching staff at the school.


We also need to attract teachers, not attack teachers. California’s teacher shortage, significantly impacts school districts with the largest concentrations of low-income students and English learners. This is not unacceptable. We must develop and encourage state and local incentives to attract highly qualified candidates into the teaching profession to make sure that high-needs students have access to the teachers and educational resources they deserve.


The fragmented state of our education system has stymied efforts to fully address the needs of the most at-risk students. 

California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) promised additional resources to low-income students, foster youth and English-language learners, who face persistent achievement gaps.We must confront structures, policies, practices, and mind-sets that perpetuate inequities.


There are no overnight transformations available, it takes hard work sustained over time by stable school staffs and managers, high-quality preschool, true bilingual education, schools enlisting parents as partners maintaining a climate of high expectations, caring, and trust.




Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?
Answer from Vivian Romero:

Pension funding has become a major political controversy in the wake of the economic crisis. Policymakers are grappling with underfunding in state and local pension plans are constrained in their ability to fairly share the burdens of reform, with sacrifices falling more heavily on new workers than on current workers. Changing the status quo will require both legislative action and legal argument.  

State and local governments are going to have to make major changes to pension benefits, taxes, or services and any of these actions will be painful. Some states and cities have deep pension deficits that will warp civic priorities and local politics for years. California is already among the states confronting this issue and many other states and cities will likely join over time.  But some painful possibilities or options could be discussed further: 

Cut benefits or raise employee contributions for new workers. 

Cut benefits or raise employee contributions for new service by existing workers. 

Cut benefits or raise employee contributions for past service by existing workers. 

Reduce inflation indexing for existing benefits. 

Raise taxes and increase contributions to the pension funds. 

Cut services and use the money for increased contributions. 

Take more investment risk since more than half of the assets are invested in stocks. 

There is no simple, easy solution to this problem and a great deal more research is needed, even ceasing to dig the hole deeper is not easy, since the status quo of solid benefits and deceptively low apparent costs have been a happy false paradise for many politicians, employees, and union leaders. Essentially, it requires either a division of the pain among employees/retirees, taxpayers or a “bailout” by either federal government assistance or the luck of favorable financial market conditions. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $87,493

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

CNG Transportation, LLC Robert Douglas Spiro
Employees of Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin
Athens Services
Employees of Chris Tran
Nationwide Environmental Services A Div Of Joe's Sweeping, Inc.

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.47%
Arizona 2.49%
New York 0.37%
Other 0.19%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.91%)
Small contributions (8.09%)

By Type:

From organizations (40.99%)
From individuals (59.01%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Videos (3)

— May 12, 2018 Romero for Senate 2018

A brief statement on why I serve in public office

— May 12, 2018 Romero for Senate 2018

Talks about equal pay for women

Montebello Councilmember Vivian Romero — May 12, 2018 Interview for Vista LA

ABC 7 Vista LA interview of Senate District 32 candidate Vivian Romero 

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