I love Santa Ana!
It’s the Capital of Orange County – from our vibrant Downtown, to our distinct neighborhoods, to our diversity. Unfortunately, we have witnessed the quality of our City’s services lowered in recent years. This is because our City has not focused on essential City services such as public safety, and has made bad budget decisions.
Throughout my career, I have worked for various city-planning departments, helped people obtain city permits, and served on our City’s Planning Commission. As a resident, I was able to get the City Council to change the municipal code to make bicycle parking easier and prevent further cuts to our transit lines. I believe that experience is needed on the City Council as our City moves forward.
I want to help grow our local economy to improve public safety and expand City services for all of our residents. I believe that our city is a wonderful place, and I want to roll up my sleeves and do the necessary work it will take to truly be the Golden City.
The son of a union grocery store manager and a waitress, Phil Bacerra was born and raised in Orange County. He attended local schools and worked as a busboy at his uncle’s restaurant in Santa Ana, Pop’s Cafe. Phil graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning and then went on to work for various city governments, including the City of Los Angeles and the City of Westminster. Phil has been using that city government experience to help small businesses succeed and to increase access to high-quality housing.
Phil was unanimously appointed to serve on the City’s Planning Commission. He has also served on the City’s General Plan Advisory Group and the Historic Resources Commission. Phil has also served two terms as an appointed member of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s Citizens Advisory Committee.
Phil enjoys volunteering his time contributing to the charitable efforts of the Santa Ana Elks, mentoring students from his alma mater, and assisting his high school alumni association in awarding scholarships to deserving students.
Phil and his wife Wendy have lived in Santa Ana for many years. They are parishioners at the historic Church of the Messiah in Downtown Santa Ana and currently live in South Santa Ana.