David Hernandez has been a Civic Community Leader for over 28 years.
For 25 years he worked as an insurance adjuster which trained him in investigating and analyzing issues, strengths that have helped him in reaching out to the community and solving problems. For 10 of those years he owned and operated his own company. David knows the challenge that comes when you are the one signing the “Front of the Check”.
David and his wife, Debi, reside in Valley Village, California and have been together for twenty 29 years.
As Chairman of the Committee for Accountability and Good Government in Los Angeles, David is leading the Challenge to the City of Los Angeles’s attempt to take over the Commercial Trash Industry and create a Monopolized Closed Franchise System impacting all commercial businesses in the city.
David served in the United States Navy from 1967-1971 and is a Vietnam Veteran.
Working with his Neighborhood Council, David was successful in having the City of Los Angeles Officially adopt March 30th as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day LA”.
David served as the Executive Director of the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce where he actively assisted business, both small and large, in addressing the many challenges which hinder their success.
David was engaged in a two-year legal challenge against Los Angeles Lobbyists, the Los Angeles City Council, and in particular Council President Eric Garcetti.
David challenged Measure R, the Los Angeles City Council Term Limit extension and Ethics Reform Ballot Measure which extended the terms of city council members beyond the two terms and gave the Lobbyist control over the rules governing the Lobbyists.
David led the countywide four-year battle to retain the Cross on the Original Los Angeles County Seal. This effort was instrumental in helping pass legislation in the US House of Representatives regarding the protection of religious expression.
David attended Los Angeles Valley College and realizing the importance of Community colleges served on the Foundation Board of Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, California. He served on the board for five years with one year as President. During his term as President he worked to raise funds for Student Scholarships.
David has served on the board of the Youth Service Network for four years. The organization has three group homes for abused boys ages 10 to 18. He has been instrumental in sustaining the ability of the organization to provide an environment where boys are able to live, learn and thrive.
Dating back 25 years, David has assisted and cared for individuals suffering with Aids. He spent a period of two years caring for a young gay man who reached out to David for support, guidance and end of life assistance. Having spent hundreds of hours at hospitals, doctor’s offices and Aids Project LA and at home; David was at his bed side in Hospice at the time of his passing. David held the memorial service where over 200 attended to remember the young man who prior to his passing wanted to be remembered with dignity and respect.
David is a Past Chair of the Board of Justiceville Homeless/USA, the non-profit which for fourteen years successfully operated Dome Village in Los Angeles, California. The organization has provided housing, training and hope for hundreds of Los Angeles homeless men and women
David became public access producer at Adelphia Cable in Van Nuys, California. His show Re-Claim LA covered many local issues such as land use, animal rights, homelessness and education.
As a candidate for Mayor in the San Fernando Valley’s independence movement, David saw the need for local control and empowerment.
To accomplish this, he took a proactive role in the formation and governing of many Neighborhood Councils. He has served on the boards of the North Hollywood-Northeast, Sun Valley, and Glassell Park Councils and he took and active role in supporting the Van Nuys Neighborhood Council.
As an advocate for the environment, David has taken an active role in preserving and improving the rural equestrian communities in the Northeast San Fernando Valley.
As an advocate for “those with no voice,” David has been an outspoken advocate of No Kill Animal Shelters. He has attended numerous meetings and rallies where he promoted the No Kill system as demonstrated and proven to be viable by Mr. Nathan J. Winograd.
David has shown a light on the dark and little-known process of using euthanized animals from local animal shelters in the production of rendered protein.
Working with the Los Angeles Alliance for Elephants, David took part in the successful effort to have Ruby the LA Zoo elephant moved to the Paws’ Elephant Sanctuary. He continues to advocate for the transfer of Billy from his confinement at the Zoo to the Paws Sanctuary.
David established the first Los Angeles Animal Humanitarian Awards recognizing the efforts of those who advocate for “those with no voice.”
David is a strong advocate for real transportation solutions. He was an outspoken opponent of the failed “Bus Only Lanes” along Wilshire Boulevard in West Los Angeles. He learned first hand from small business owners the challenges this ill thought out experiment placed on them causing them to lose business when customers could not park in front of their shops and businesses.
David has been a long-time opponent of the “Subway to the Sea” that is promoted by so many special interest’s groups. He has been a strong advocate for a Maglev/Monorail System that would allow real transportation solutions. He has been in communication with maglev companies with a proven record of success in providing urban maglev systems.
David is opposed to other transportation schemes such as the toll lanes on the 110 Freeway and stands in opposition to the Diamond Lane/Car Pool Lanes that have proven to be lacking in real solutions while at the same time draining resources from other proven projects.
David is opposed to schemes being imposed by Local Governments to force individuals out of their vehicles by increasing traffic congestion with the reduction of traffic lanes.
David has been an outspoken opponent of the current Los Angeles city policies which allow low income communities to be used to qualify for Federal HUD Grants for street lights and sidewalks and then spending the funds elsewhere in the city.
David has been a candidate for various political offices from Federal to City. With each campaign, he has developed working relationships with community leaders of all parties, faiths and walks of life.
David was a Candidate for Lt. Governor of California in 2018
David is the Past Chairman of Churches in Action of Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley Chapter. He is currently working on legislation to protect religious Freedom in California.
David is dedicated to improving the Quality of Life for all in the City and County of Los Angeles.
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