Marlen Garcia has been a resident of the City of Baldwin Park since 1993 and immediately began serving her community as a member of the Recreation and Community Services Commission. She served as Chairperson to this Commission, in addition to Chairperson of the Joint Recreation and Community Services & Housing Commissions. It was during her role as Chairperson of the Recreation and Community Services Commission that Marlen initiated and spearheaded the building of the Baldwin Park Teen Center.
In 1999, Marlen Garcia was elected to the Baldwin Park City Council and holds the distinction of being the first Latina elected to the Baldwin Park City Council, initially fulfilling an unexpired term followed by successful re-elections in 2001, 2005 and 2009. In 2005, Marlen was selected as the 57th California Assembly District Woman of the Year for her outstanding contributions to the community she served and her dedication to addressing the national epidemic on childhood obesity. She was a founding member of the County of Los Angeles Public Health joint Project RENEW/TRUST Leadership Team and played an important role in charting their successful courses. As Councilwoman, Marlen continued building on her platform of bringing a Teen Center to the youth of Baldwin Park and oversaw the successful opening of the Baldwin Park Teen Center in November 2003. The Teen Center opened as a healthy teen center, offering healthy snack alternatives to the youth of Baldwin Park. To further strengthen her efforts in addressing the national epidemic of childhood obesity, Marlen advocated and succeeded in securing support for the creation of the City of Baldwin Park’s People on the Move Collaborative; a collaboration between the BPUSD, the City of Baldwin Park, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, Kaiser Permanente and other community partners. Other healthy policies introduced by Councilwoman Garcia include the smoking ban at all public parks, city facilities and multi-housing units (condominiums and apartments) in the City of Baldwin Park. She advocated and successfully implemented the Baldwin Park PRIDE Platoon Program, a program specifically designed to deal with at-risk youth, utilizing proactive and innovative techniques for positive redirection. After honorably serving 14 years on the Baldwin Park City Council, Marlen decided not to seek reelection in 2014. In February 2020, she was appointed to the Planning Commission of the City of Baldwin Park and successfully ran for Municipal City Clerk in November 2020.
During her tenure as Councilwoman, Marlen also served as a member of the League of California Cities Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Campaign for California Cities Advisory Committee, former Board Member of the Independent Cities Association (Los Angeles County), past Board Member of Access Services (Los Angeles County), member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) and the League of California Cities Latino Caucus, Commissioner of the Los Angeles County Libraries, Chairperson of the Mt. San Antonio Community College Bond Oversight Committee and Chairperson of the East Valley Community Health Clinic. Her service to public education includes serving as Chairperson of the Advisory School Site Council and Parent Advisory Committee at Foster Elementary School in Baldwin Park and Member of the Baldwin Park Unified School District Middle School Task Force. Marlen has been a Notary Public for the State of California since 1996.
Marlen is proud to have raised her two children in Baldwin Park, both having attended Baldwin Park public schools, with one of her children eventually graduating from UCLA. Marlen has also worked at Kaiser Permanente for the last 38 years and credits her employer with bringing her to the beautiful City of Baldwin Park, where her journey of honorably serving her community began and continues.
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