Ward 1, Vince Sarmiento

Ward 1, Vince Sarmiento Occupation: Attorney at Law
Education: UC Berkeley, BA
UCLA, JD
First Elected: January 2007
Term Expires: November 2016
E-Mail: vsarmiento@santa-ana.org

Vincent and his family have lived in and around Santa Ana since 1965. He attended John Muir Elementary, Sierra Elementary, and Willard Intermediate Schools. Vincent now lives in a 1929 historic home in the Saddleback View neighborhood, three blocks from where he grew up. Presently, Vincent is the principal owner of a law practice in Santa Ana, with his wife, Eva, also an attorney. They have three children, ages 13, 10, and 7, whom they hope will learn the value of public service and contributing to their community.

In January of 2007, Vincent was appointed to the Santa Ana City Council to represent Ward 1. He was formally elected in November 2008 to a four-year term.

Among many of his accomplishments, Vincent is most proud of preventing the City from becoming insolvent and avoiding bankruptcy protection. During his time on the City Council, Santa Ana, as well as many other municipalities, experienced years of serious economic challenges as a result of slower revenue growth, combined with rapidly escalating costs. Despite a series of budgetary shortfalls, ranging from $13 – $46 million over the past three years, the City Council balanced its budget and avoided a fiscal crisis. Second, during his tenure, crime rates have decreased to record lows. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently listed Santa Ana as the 4th Safest City in the country among cities of similar population. Third, understanding that Santa Ana was lacking park space, the City increased its inventory of open space by approximately 22 additional acres in the past few years. Finally, the City is completing its ambitious effort to improve and repair nearly 300 miles of residential and neighborhood streets. Vincent is also presently the Vice-Chair for the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency. The Agency owns and manages the 15-mile toll road system in southwest Orange County. He also is the Chairman of the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the former Redevelopment Agency for the City of Santa Ana. The Oversight Board has the fiduciary responsibility of handling the dissolution of the City’s former Redevelopment Agency. Vincent is also a member of the City Council Committees for Development; Parks, Recreation, Education, and Youth; and Ethics.

Vincent graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. More recently, Vincent attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and successfully completed the Certificate Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.