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Sam served 12 years on the Claremont City Council - serving twice as mayor.  Regionally active, he chaired the Solid Waste Working Group for the COG and serves as their representative to the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority, in addition to serving on various committees. His work on the Gold Line is helping extend the light rail train from Pasadena to Claremont, and eventually to the Ontario Airport. To help in this endeavor Sam was recently appointed to the National League of Cities Transportation, Infastructure and Services Stakeholder Committee.

Sam previously served on the Claremont Community Services Commission and chaired the Claremont Youth Sports Facility Committee. He also held board positions on the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and Claremont Heritage.

Sam was born in Los Angeles and raised in Bassett, an unincorporated neighborhood in the San Gabriel Valley. After graduating from Bassett High School, Sam attended Rio Hondo Community College and Mt. San Antonio College. He then transferred to San Diego State University where, in 1992, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. He later continued his education and, in 1997, earned his Master of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA. Upon graduation, he worked for various elected officials and in the water industry.

Currently, Sam is the Public Affairs and Intergovernmental Liaison Manager at the City of Industry, CA.

Sam and his wife Julie moved to Claremont in 1996 and are raising their two boys.