Mayor Sam Pedroza is serving his first term on the Claremont City Council. His interests in livable community efforts from a regional perspective are expressed through his appointments. He serves as the City's appointee to the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG), the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), and the Six Basins Water Master board. In addition, he is co-chairing the sponsorship committee for the Amgen Tour of California's Stage 7 Start in Claremont.
Regionally active, he chairs 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 an Environmental Planner for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. His responsibilities include government relations, outreach, and public relations.
Sam and his wife Julie moved to Claremont in 1996 and are raising their two boys.
Sam's official page can be found here.