Mayor and Councilman

Mayor Louie A. Lujan, City of La Puente

In 2001, Louie was elected to the La Puente City Council.  Since then he has served as Mayor, Vice Mayor and Councilman.  As Mayor, Louie has continued his advocacy for community redevelopment and has been an advocate for families, youth, and seniors in the region.   Louie has also been recognized as a regional leader on issues relating to the environment, education, and affordable housing.

Louie worked with his colleagues to secure the funds La Puente needed to construct the city's first regional Community Youth Center; a completely "green" building design that encorporates energy efficiency and environmental preservation in to the architecture.  In addition to the "green" design, the center will will offer the city's young people educational, athletic opportunities as well as jobs. The single-story 10,700 square foot facility will provide a home for educational, social, cultural and recreational facilities and programs for the youth of La Puente. 

Louie was part of the first council to implement a successful redevelopment plan for the community.  This was seen by many as the single most important policy to improve the community implemented in the past 30 years.  He has learned first-hand the challenges facing his community and the region.  Louie has advocated for legislation to address the housing crisis in an effort to reduce the number of families entering into foreclosure.  He supports redevelopment as one of the most effective ways to breathe new life into areas plagued by troubled social, physical, environmental or economic conditions. All these elements act as barriers to new investment by private businesses and investors. Through redevelopment, a project area will receive focused attention and financial investment to reverse the trend toward decay and decline. Redevelopment also helps create jobs, revitalizes the business climate, rehabilitates and adds to the housing stock, and gains active participation and investment by citizens.

Louie has recognized that we can't ignore our budgetary challenges at home while the state continues to deal with it's own financial crisis.  He has worked with his colleagues to identify all areas that can be cut within the budget without raising taxes.  This tireless effort to find a feasible solution to the budget crisis has resulted in balanced budgets in every year since he was elected to the City Council in 2001.   Louie has helped pass legislation that has encouraged investment to create jobs in struggling areas of the community and has been a staunch supporter of legislation to bring broadband Internet access, which is so important in today's information economy.

As Mayor, Louie has not wavered in his work to expand government accountability.  He and his colleagues  supported and passed legislation that implemeted a city-wide management and contracts review in an effort to improve service delivery to the community.  He has worked to strengthen access to city hall by expanding the number of services available on the internet throughthe city's website. As a member of the National League of Cities Information Techology Commission, Louie has worked to expand broadband access, and support local schools that have implemented a program to supply students with new Dell laptops.  This program is part of a plan to give computers to more than 17,000 district students by 2013 to prepare them for the world of global competition and online socialization.  

Louie has been a powerful advocate for increasing public participation in government.  He committed to supporting those interested in being appointed to local commissions and committees; especially those whose public participation has been minimal.  For the first time in the history of the city, the number of young people and women on commissions and committees has increased by over 80 percent.  

Louie is strongly committed to making sure that everyone has the right to vote in fair, accessible, and credible elections. He remains staunchly supportive of the Count Every Vote Act of 2005 to ensure better protection of votes and to ensure that every vote is counted.

In 2005, the community reelected Louie to the City Council with 46 percent of the vote in a field of three candidates.