Councilmember

Mike Mendez
Term: March 2013 - March 2017
Michael Mendez
City of Norwalk
12700 Norwalk Boulevard
Norwalk, CA 90650
(562) 929-5305
emailmmendez@norwalkca.gov

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Mike Mendez was born on February 25, 1947, in Long Beach, Calif. to Mario and local education icon Sara Mendez. Sara has a park named after her on the William Orr School property. Mario and Sara raised Mike, his two sisters, and five brothers in Norwalk, making Mike a lifelong resident. Mike attended California State University Fullerton, Cerritos and Rio Hondo Colleges. Mike was drafted into the Army in 1968, and, after serving two years in the Army, was discharged and began employment with the City of Santa Fe Springs. During Mike's career he was promoted rapidly, starting as a Recreation Leader and eventually becoming the Director of Recreation.

On June 1, 1974, Mike married his wife Beckie and they have three children, Lauren who is the Vice Principal of Lakeside Middle School, Lindsay who is a Broadway actress and Michael Kyle who also has a professional acting career. Mike Mendez was first elected to the Norwalk City Council in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2009. He has a distinguished record of accomplishments as a member of the City Council and been a leader in the local educational community having led the way for bond measures for both Whittier Union High School District and the Little Lake School District. He has also received the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District's Superintendent's Award, PTA Awards from Fairford, Wm. Orr, and Jersey Schools and was placed in Santa Fe High School's Hall of Fame in 1991, for outstanding community service and for being a role model for other Santa Fe High Graduates.

Mike has served the City as Mayor for the years 1991-1992, 1994-1995, 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2008-2009 and 2011-2012. Many key decisions were reached through Mike's leadership during his tenure on City Council. All will have long-lasting positive effects on Norwalk. Perhaps one of the most important of these was much of the work contributing to the final agreements for construction of the Norwalk Entertainment Center that features an AMC 20-Screen Theatre with an adjacent Outback Restaurant. Also completed was the Paddison Square expansion that included an Applebees Restaurant. During Mr. Mendez' tenure two Target Stores and a WalMart were also built. He helped shape key decisions relative to the Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs Transportation Center, which began receiving Metrolink trains in the Summer of 1995 and his forward thinking has contributed greatly to Norwalk's economic strength

Additionally, Mr. Mendez serves as a board member on the I-5 Consortium, delegate on the California Contract Cities Association, delegate on the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, League of California Cities Legislative delegate, director on League of California Cities, delegate on Los Angeles County City Selection Committee/Eastern Region, director on Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts Nos. 2 and 18, representative on Southern California Association of Governments.

During his 2011 reorganization acceptance speech, Mayor Mendez thanked the entire community for their continued support and for rallying around what's best for our community.