FORMER LOS ANGELES MAYOR AND SPEAKER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA ENDORSES GABRIEL SANDOVAL FOR THE 51ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

July 24, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, former Los Angeles Mayor and Speaker of the Assembly Antonio Villaraigosa announced his support for Gabriel Sandoval in the race for the 51st District of the California State Assembly. 

“Gabriel Sandoval was a trusted legal advisor when I was Mayor.  His work ethic, integrity, and commitment to public service were assets to the City and its residents,” said Mayor Villaraigosa.   “Gabriel’s deep roots in the district and his experience at the local, state, and national level have prepared him to be an outstanding state legislator for the 51st California Assembly District. He has my full support.”

A resident of Cypress Park and Echo Park for close to thirty years, Gabriel Sandoval is running for District 51 of the California State Assembly to fight for equity in every classroom, support our working families, protect the civil rights of all Californians, and ensure residents of Assembly District 51 have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.  Gabriel served as Deputy Counsel to former Mayor Villaraigosa from 2005-2010, during which time he also served as the Mayor’s lead on matters involving the Department on Disability, the AIDS Coordinator’s Office, the Human Relations Commission, immigrant integration, citizenship acquisition, and pre-planning for the 2010 Census.

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FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT JULIÁN CASTRO ENDORSES GABRIEL SANDOVAL FOR THE 51ST ASSEMBLY DISTRICT

July 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, former U.S. Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro announced his support for Gabriel Sandoval in the race for the 51st District of the California State Assembly.  Secretary Castro was appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Barack Obama in 2014.

“I am proud to endorse Gabriel Sandoval in his bid to continue his remarkable record of public service and social justice as an Assemblyman for California State Assembly District 51,” said Secretary Castro.  “Gabriel and I both had the honor to serve the American people in President Barack Obama’s administration, and I am impressed with the important, transformative work Gabriel did to advance educational equity and civil rights protections for students across this country during this period.  I am equally impressed with his authentic and inclusive vision for Assembly District 51—one focused on equal opportunity for all residents where no one is left behind on issues of affordable housing, education, healthcare, or good-paying jobs.   Today, California is leading the nation on so many critically important issues that affect the core of our democratic principles, and I am pleased to support Gabriel who I know will continue to be a tireless and proven advocate for his community on these issues in Sacramento as he was in our nation’s capital.”

A resident of Cypress Park and Echo Park for close to thirty years, Gabriel Sandoval is running for District 51 of the California State Assembly to fight for equity in every classroom, support our working families, protect the civil rights of all Californians, and ensure residents of Assembly District 51 have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.  Gabriel was a political appointee in the Obama administration where he served as Senior Advisor and Director of Policy for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education.

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FIRST LATINO CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE AND CIVIL RIGHTS PIONEER CRUZ REYNOSO ENDORSES GABRIEL SANDOVAL FOR ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 51

July 10, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, the Honorable Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino California Supreme Court Justice and civil rights and social justice pioneer, announced his support for Gabriel Sandoval in the race for the 51st District of the California State Assembly. 

"From campaigning as an organizer against the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 to working as a civil rights attorney and policy advisor in the Obama administration, Gabriel’s commitment to advancing good public policy rooted in fairness and equality spans his entire career.  I wholeheartedly support his campaign to represent the 51st State Assembly District because his breadth of experiences both nationally and locally, including his work on behalf of the disenfranchised, make him the right person to take on the difficult social justice and other important issues that affect families throughout California.”

Hon. Reynoso continued, “I had the pleasure of working directly with Gabriel on statewide legal and policy matters when he served in the Governor Gray Davis Administration.  Gabriel possesses the conviction and integrity to do what is right for the community.  That is why he has my unwavering support.”

Gabriel Sandoval is running for District 51 of the California State Assembly.  Hon. Cruz Reynoso was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000, served as Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004, and is Professor of Law Emeritus and U.C. Davis School of Law.  Early in his career, Hon. Reynoso held the position of Executive Director of California Rural Legal Services, Inc., a non-profit legal services program focused on helping low-income communities and individuals.

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GABRIEL SANDOVAL ENDORSED BY CIVIL RIGHTS AND EDUCATION LEADER SYLVIA MENDEZ

June 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, Sylvia Mendez, national civil rights and education leader, announced her support for Gabriel Sandoval in the race for the 51st District of the California State Assembly. 

"I enthusiastically support Gabriel Sandoval to be elected the next member of the California State Assembly for the 51st District.  All students deserve a quality education free from discrimination.  We know that this issue is now more important than ever given recent reports that civil rights investigations and enforcement will be rolled back by the U.S. Department of Education under U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos.  As a State Assemblyman for the 51st District, I know Gabriel will work tirelessly in partnership with the community to ensure that all students receive a quality education—one free from discrimination, harassment, or bullying.”

Ms. Mendez continued, “I met Gabriel in Washington, D.C. more than five years ago when he was a President Barack Obama appointee serving as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.  His steadfast commitment to educational opportunity and equity made an indelible impression on me.  Gabriel’s work in Washington, D.C. directly benefitted students across this country and made their reach for the American Dream closer.  I am supporting Gabriel because civil rights and educational equity are important to me, my family, and our future as a community and nation.  I know that Gabriel will lead the charge in advocating for the best interests of the students and families of the 51st State Assembly District.”

Gabriel Sandoval is running for District 51 of the California State Assembly.  Sylvia Mendez is a national civil rights and education leader who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 by President Barack Obama.  In 1946, Ms. Mendez’s parents, Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez, brought the landmark 1946 federal court case Mendez, et al. v. Westminster School Dist. of Orange County, et al., which led to the end of de jure segregation in California.  The Mendez case also served as important precedent for the 1954 landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, et al., which held that segregation based on race in our nation’s public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States.

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GABRIEL SANDOVAL ENDORSED BY THE HONORABLE CARLOS R. MORENO, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO BELIZE AND ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT

June 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, former U.S. Ambassador to Belize and Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court (ret.), announced his support for Gabriel Sandoval in the race for the 51st District of the California State Assembly. 

"It is my pleasure to endorse Gabriel Sandoval for State Assembly District 51.  I hired Gabriel nearly two decades ago to be my first federal law clerk when I served as District Judge in the Central District of California.  I have witnessed the professional trajectory of Gabriel as an attorney from a dedicated and skilled law clerk who assisted me resolve complex legal matters in federal court to a leader and advocate committed to giving voice to people who have been marginalized and standing up for those who cannot.  Gabriel advances the cause of equity not only in his career, but also through his mentorship of others and his service on non-profit boards and committees focused on youth empowerment and leadership, college access and completion, and the promotion and protection of civil rights.  Having been a lifelong resident of Historic Solano Canyon, Echo Park, Eagle Rock, and Chinatown, I know Gabriel is the most qualified and genuine candidate to represent the diverse communities of Assembly District 51.  At this crossroad in our nation’s and state’s history, we need Gabriel in Sacramento.  His superb legal and policy skills are matched only by his devotion to the public good.  Gabriel will put our community first.”

Ambassador Moreno continued, “I have deep respect for Gabriel’s demonstrated commitment to public service and social justice issues.  Gabriel is a public servant in every sense of the word.  I hope you join me in supporting Gabriel to be our next member of the California State Assembly.”

Gabriel Sandoval is running for District 51 of the California State Assembly.  After graduating from Columbia University School Law, Gabriel served as Ambassador Moreno’s first federal law clerk in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  In 2001, Ambassador Moreno was sworn in as Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court after being nominated by Governor Gray Davis.  President Barack Obama subsequently appointed him in 2013 to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Belize.

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GABRIEL SANDOVAL ENDORSED BY

FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF EDUCATION ARNE DUNCAN

June 13, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced his support for Gabriel Sandoval in the race for the 51st District of the California State Assembly.  Secretary Duncan was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education by President Barack Obama in 2009.

"I know first-hand that Gabriel's public service in Washington, D.C. directly and positively impacted State Assembly District 51.  As one of many examples, Gabriel was instrumental in the first pro-active civil rights enforcement action taken by the Department that focused on services provided to LAUSD's English Learner students.  He also was key in drafting national civil rights policy guidance, including guidance that reminded school districts of the rights of undocumented and English Learner students.  I know he will continue to be the community's champion in Sacramento."

Secretary Duncan continued, "Gabriel Sandoval has my 100% support for his run for State Assembly because he has a demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice and equity in every classroom.  President Barack Obama appointed Gabriel to serve as a key member of my team with the goal of reinvigorating civil rights enforcement in our nation's schools.  Gabriel proved to be an effective champion as a civil rights attorney fighting for equity in every classroom and advocating on behalf of America's school children.  Gabriel's important work at the U.S. Department of Education also focused on expanding opportunities and improving the educational outcomes of Latino students as a senior advisor for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics."

Gabriel Sandoval is running for District 51 of the California State Assembly.  A resident of Echo Park, Gabriel served in the Obama administration where he focused on protecting and promoting the civil rights of students across the country as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.  He also served as Senior Advisor and Director of Policy for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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FORMER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION EDUCATION SENIOR ADVISOR AND CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY GABRIEL SANDOVAL LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY

June 8, 2017

ECHO PARK, CA—Gabriel Sandoval, a former Obama Administration civil rights attorney and senior advisor and director of policy for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, today launched his campaign to represent the 51st District of the California State Assembly.  Raised in Cypress Park, Sandoval has lived in the district for close to three decades, and his roots to the community date back to the 1950s when his maternal grandparents first emigrated from Mexico to the Elysian Hills neighborhood of the district. 

“I’m running for the State Assembly because our community deserves a fighter who can hit the ground running when it comes to standing up to the Trump administration and advocating for our community’s interests and values,” said Sandoval. “I will protect the civil rights of all Californians, fight to fully fund education and advance equity in every classroom, support our working families, and work to ensure every resident of Assembly District 51 has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. I will be a tireless champion for the community that I love and that five generations of my family have called home.”

With over two decades of experience as a public servant, organizer, and community leader, Gabriel understands the issues that matter most to the residents of Assembly District 51. His entire career has combined his passion for social justice with action. The son of Mexican immigrants from Zacatecas and San Luis Potosí, Gabriel grew up serving the community. He served as a volunteer at the Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen as a Loyola High School student and worked as an organizer against the anti-immigrant Proposition 187 in 1994, after graduating Stanford University. As Deputy Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, he led Los Angeles’ first of its kind agreement with the federal government to promote citizenship acquisition. As an Obama Administration appointee, he drafted national policy guidance to ensure public schools, including charter schools, understand their civil rights obligations to all students.

“My commitment to public service is deeply rooted in the values instilled in me by my parents, who worked hard to provide the best for their children every single day,” said Sandoval.  “Many other immigrant parents across our country are trying to do the same for their children today.  My commitment is also rooted in the Jesuit education that I received at Loyola High School, which taught and inspired me to serve others and to focus on justice.  These are the same values that I will take to Sacramento to fight tirelessly on issues we all care about—from providing a quality education to every student to supporting and protecting the most marginalized in our community, from creating more good-paying jobs to supporting our local and family-owned businesses.”

Sandoval also congratulated Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez on his victorious Congressional race.

“I congratulate my friend Jimmy Gomez on his tremendous victory and I wish him well as he goes to our nation’s capital to fight for our progressive values as California’s newest member of Congress. I am ready to roll up my sleeves and work with the community to continue to bring meaningful and positive change as a member of the State Assembly.  I look forward to earning the community’s support.”

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ABOUT GABRIEL SANDOVAL

Gabriel Sandoval is a partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo where represents universities, community colleges, school districts, and charter school management organization, and municipalities s on a range of matters, including all aspects of education employment law, and compliance with federal and state civil rights laws.  Prior to joining AALRR, Sandoval served in President Barack Obama’s Administration as Senior Advisor and Director of Policy at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.  While in the Obama Administration, he also served as Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education—the largest office of the federal government focused exclusively on enforcement of civil rights compliance by our nation’s schools and universities.  As part of OCR’s key management team, Mr. Sandoval worked with the Assistant Secretary and other senior staff in drafting and issuing policy guidance and managing all aspects of complex, statewide complaints and compliance reviews, which resulted in resolution agreements benefitting students across this country.

Over the course of his professional career, Sandoval has held other significant positions in the private, non-profit, and governmental sectors, including Deputy Legal Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where he provided strategic legal and policy advice to the Mayor and his staff on a range of local, state, federal, and international matters, including litigation involving the City of Los Angeles, civil rights, education, economic development, public safety, immigrant integration, trade missions, and legislation.  He also served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, then U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California; an associate at the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, LLP; Special Assistant City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles; Special Counsel to the Secretary of Legal Affairs for the State of California; and Community Coordinator for the Mexican American Legal Defense Educational Fund. Sandovals’ first employment position after graduating from college was with the National Immigration Forum, an immigrant advocacy organization in Washington, DC.

He received his Bachelor of Arts with departmental honors in political science from Stanford University, and earned his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was awarded the law school’s Human Rights Fellowship and served on the editorial board of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.  Sandoval has been appointed to several state and local boards, including the California Voting Modernization Board, State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, and Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, a non-profit, unionized charter management organization serving students from the communities of MacArthur Park, Pico Union, the Wilshire Corridor, and Echo Park. 

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