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San Diego County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Jose Rodriguez

Candidate for
Member, Democratic Party County Central Committee; County of San Diego; State Assembly District 78

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I came to San Diego at the age of 17, straight out of Coachella Valley High School. A large valley school near Palm Desert; known for high drop out rates, low test scores, and high birth rates. I arrived here, without any friends, family or much money to attend the New School of Architecture and Design in Downtown. Two years after the start of the program, I was offered a job as a Starbucks Supervisor. I focused on the job, and within 4 months received a promotion to Manager. I enjoyed the job, but soon needed another challenge and managed a bar over the 2008 summer. After which, I felt prepared to return to school and so I attended San Diego City College.

I met great people at City College and co-founded the BEAT Club (Bringing Education and Activism Together). We worked on advocacy campaigns against prison spending, and organized rallies and marches in San Diego against tuition hikes and budget cuts. Through the American Federation of Teachers - AFT 1931, in 2008 we campaigned for Prop 25 and Jerry Brown. I joined the "March for California's Future" during Spring Break and gave countless speeches along the way. I was lucky enough to have received two internships with AFT 1931. Followed by a summer internship with The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) and a transfer to San Diego State University.

I am currently a "Student Organizer" for the San Diego Labor Council. With the purpose of involving more high school and college youth into the progressive and labor community in San Diego. I also sit on the Student for Economic Justice program advisory board. The summer program is offered by CPI and is meant to introduce youth into the progressive community in San Diego to provide them with organizational skills needed to become advocates and leaders.

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