Elections 2012: Yolanda Vega, Candidate for Lafayette City Council

Lafayette resident Yolanda Vega is running for one of three seats on the Lafayette City Council

General Information

Name : Yolanda “Jolie” Vega
Age : DTS
Place of residence : Lafayette



Attended college : Yes
College : City College of New York
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : DTS

Grad school College : St. Mary’s College Executive MBA
Degree : MA
Year of graduation : DTS

Employment Information

Job titles held : Internal Consultant/Facilitator/Trainer/Coach
Employers : Bay Area Rapid Transit, James M. Montogmery Engineers, Inc.

Political Information

Party affiliation : NA
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Lafayette City Council
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : NA

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Campaign Manager

Name : NA
Title : Campaign Manager


Website/Email : yvegamontalvo@gmail.com
Facebook : NA

Other facts

Running on a platform of grass roots soliciting, I am best working with a diverse group of people and making things happen. Originally from Puerto Rico via New York City, I earned my Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York. After working and living in eleven cities and countries world-wide, it was time to settle down and commit to local issues. Earning my Masters, Marketing and Finance from the Executive MBA Program at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, I've made my mark at several organizations. Colleagues and associates describe me as: a good listener who hears and responds to concerns, an effective leader who encourages all groups to participate in decision making, and a person who is very comfortable with a diverse group of people and organizations. I've heard you! Address Open Space, Traffic & Parking, Maintaining the High Standards of our Schools; and Police/Security Protection to maintain our Quality of Life. Former Chair, Youth Council, Contra Costa Workforce Development Board; Committee Member, Business Development and the Procedure, Policy and Performance Committee, ; Two-time President, Graduate School of Business Alumni Board, St. Mary’s; Co-Chair; City of Lafayette Communications Committee; Chair, Circulation (Transportation) Commission; Citizen Advisory Committee - Transportation Authority; Construction Management Facilitator – Transit Organization. I have raised two boys. Both are Eagle Scouts and both served in the Air Force. One son is a Fallen Hero.

David Smith September 08, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hey, Lovelafaywtte, why don't YOU run for a city council position? Sounds like you have a number of issues with the current representation.
bryan September 08, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Second the nomination
lovelafayette September 09, 2012 at 01:17 AM
I am not running because we have 3 / 5 candidates who are more qualified, all have been successful commissioners. Councilman Mike Anderson will run on his record. The fifth, Robert Lobron, must run on his dismal record as Parks Commissioner and his struggles with the Brown Act. I posted my query on 3/5 Patch candidate's pages in the hope of starting a dialogue, get to know the candidates. Couldn't post on Lobron as he took it down. Several candidates, including Dr. Linda Delehant (Orinda City Council) are really reaching out to voters, using their Patch candidate’s page to answer questions and respond to concerns, almost 200 entries on Dr. Delehunt’s so far! Much of their conversation has been about open government and increasing public input, council not seeming to listen to residents, and attendance at meetings. I think this Delehunt-Community dialogue is genius! My hope is that the Commissioners and Councilman running for office will respond to my query and open a dialogue as Dr. Delehunt has done. Don’t you have any questions for the candidates? Look at how Dr. Delehunt approaches government: http://lamorinda.patch.com/articles/elections-2012-linda-delehunt-candidate-for-orinda-city-council
Regular Guy October 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Yolanda, what if anything will you do to resist the pressure by MTC, ABAG, and other unelected quasi-governments promoting high-density housing in Lafayette? Will you join other cities fighting them? Will you refuse their money? In all the candidates' websites and statements, I have only found one candidate, Traci Reilly, who even hinted at this crucial issue: "I believe we need to maintain greater local control of that growth and to stand up to outside agencies that are a driving force behind some of the development." I wish we had 3 candidates who would pledge to fight MTA and ABAG to the bitter end, until the state's voters wake up and terminate those unaccountable agencies.
Yolanda "Jolie" Vega November 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
To everyone who voted for me. thank you. I sincerely appreciate your confidence in my ability. I did not earn a seat. However, your marking the ballot on my behalf has added the continuous incentive I sought to step up the podium at City Council meetings. I assure all of you, I will question any action that affects our city and ask how the decision benefits our community. As I said to a group of homeowner assocaition members - "I am for the Round Abouts. However, after meeting with many of the businesses in the area and hearing their concerns, I need to support them. So, just because I am in favor of the Round Abouts doesn't mean I would vote for it. Why would I do that? It's not about what I want. It's about what the community wants." And, that is how I intent to proceed in my current role as Chair, Circulation Commission (Transportation) City of Lafayette.


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