Compton City Council member Isaac Galvan is young, energetic, and dedicated to making government work for working families. The lack of resources and effective leadership in his community was apparent to Councilman Galvan at an early age. Raised by a single mother, Isaac saw how easily young people could be caught up in a life on the streets and how few options they had.
Councilman Galvan also saw how enriching activities such as youth sports and after-school academic programs were powerful and positive resources for young people. “My mother taught me to always look at the bright side and to value hard work and discipline,” reflects Galvan. “There was such a big difference between those kids who had options. That meant they could make their hard work and discipline work pay off. They had so much more hope than those kids who didn’t have many options.”
After graduating from local schools and studying at Santa Monica College, Councilman Galvan opened his own small graphics and printing business. But, his heart was always in public service. In 2013, he became the youngest and the first Latino councilman in Compton’s 125 year history. In 2016, he also became Compton’s first Latino Mayor Pro Tem. Forming a broad and multi-ethnic coalition, councilman Galvan soon began implementing reforms and changing the way the City of Compton did business.
He helped launch redevelopment efforts that are creating thousands of new jobs by developing new housing and commercial projects, as well as refurbishing streets, parks and public facilities. As a result of those efforts, the Los Angeles times has recognized Compton as one of Los Angeles County’s hottest housing markets.
Additionally, Councilman Galvan has a forward-looking agenda for making Compton a more sustainable city. He’s leading the “Compton Solar” incentives effort. The program is aimed at reducing the electric bills for Compton residents while making Compton one of the greenest solar cities in California. Councilman Galvan recently spoke before California’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) to tout the merits of solar energy of where he stated “The program gives residents a chance to significantly reduce their monthly electric bill, help move California toward a clean energy future and most importantly help clean the air for our families”.
He’s also led an effort to step up tree trimming and add more trees to enhance the city’s urban forest and he’s helped develop a farmer’s market that offers fresh and healthy produce to families and accepts food stamps.
Councilman Galvan has also put a strong focus on bread-and-butter service delivery including stepped up efforts to remove graffiti, fill potholes and pick up trash from local streets. His efforts have also been focused on meeting essential human needs. In his first two years in office, the councilman has provided low-income residents 20,000 Christmas toys, 5,000 Easter baskets, 20,000 Thanksgiving turkeys, 10,000 backpacks including school supplies and 2,200 pairs of shoes at city schools. He has made all city-sponsored sport and organized sports free for all Compton kids and residents. He also worked with Compton natives, such as R&B rapper Kendrick Lamar, NBA All Star DeMar DeRozan, YG, and DJ Quik, and other celebrities such as MC Magic, Oscar De La Hoya and Hilary Clinton to take an active role in giving back to the City of Compton by inviting residents to special events.