Los Angeles County
Youth Commissioner

Peer Advocate with
Children’s Law
Center of California.

Ricardo Ortega For
34th District:
Los Angeles,
San Bernardino,
Kern Counties

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About Ricardo Ortega

Ricardo Ortega is a Peer Advocate with the Children’s Law Center of California. He is currently the inaugural Los Angeles County Youth Commissioner, representing over 2.2 million young people, and a board member of California Youth Connection.

Ricardo has also served as a member of the Mental Health Board for Transitional Age Youth in the State of California. He holds the distinction of being the youngest commissioner to serve on both the Civil Service Commission in the city of Huntington Park and the Immigration Commission under Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson in the 65th District of the State of California.

On December 2nd, 2017, he was recognized as a Young Senator by State Senator Ricardo Lara for completing the 33rd Senate District Young Senators Program.

As a former foster youth, Ricardo worked on AB 2247-Place to Call Home at the age of 17, creating stability for foster youth placements across California. At 20, he worked on AB 46-California Youth Empowerment Commission, promoting civic engagement for California’s youth.

Ricardo served as President for the Los Angeles chapter of California Youth Connection, joined their Legislative and Policy Committee, and gained work experience with the Chamber of Commerce in Florence-Firestone, Walnut Park, and Lynwood.

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Policy Issues

  • Economic Development
  • Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Public Resources

The High Desert is a hidden jewel, offering numerous opportunities for sustainable economic growth, affordable land, and the chance to re-establish our middle class. We can improve the overall well-being of our community by creating solutions to lower working families’ grocery, housing, and fuel costs. My vision is for the High Desert to become the renewable energy capital, providing manufacturing jobs and transportation opportunities.

The High Desert’s economic growth, public safety, and quality of life are hindered by limited critical infrastructure investment. If elected, my priority will be to address this issue by focusing on our roads, bridges, utilities like water supply and sewage systems, expanded highways, improved broadband, and enhanced transportation opportunities.

I am a firm believer that every member of our community should have access to quality and affordable healthcare. It is crucial that we have well-equipped facilities in the High Desert that can effectively treat trauma, pediatrics, and other emergency issues. It is simply unfair for anyone to have to be flown to another hospital for critical care. If elected, I am committed to tirelessly working towards the allocation of our tax-paying dollars into our community to improve the quality of healthcare. This includes advocating for funding to expand community clinics and enhance our existing healthcare facilities.

Having experienced the foster care system myself, I recognize the importance of improving our child welfare system and community resources for various groups in our community, including veterans, foster care, seniors, crime victims, and individuals with special needs. My commitment lies in advocating for resources and implementing comprehensive reforms to ensure that we offer support to these community members when they need it the most. It is crucial that we invest in our community members to empower them to become self-reliant and achieve success.

34th Assembly District

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  • Organizations & Clubs
  • State and Federal Elected Officials
  • Local Elected Officials
  • Community Leaders

California Democratic Party

Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties

Reproductive Freedom For All California

National Union of Healthcare Workers

Lynwood Teachers Association

International Longshore and Warehouse Union

Steam-Refrigeration-Air Conditioning-Pipefitters Local 250 & 16

Communications Workers Of America Local 9003

California Latino Legislative Caucus

San Bernardino Young Democrats

Run for Something

Big Bear Valley Democratic Club

High Desert Progressive Democrats


Equality California

Democrats for Israel Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

San Bernardino County Democratic Party

California Young Democrats

California Democratic Council

Democrats of the Morongo Basin

Asian Democrats of Los Angeles County

Southern California Armenia Democrats

Democratic Club of Big Bear Valley

Congresswoman Norma Torres

California Attorney General Rob Bonta

California State Treasurer Fiona Ma

California State Board of Equalization Antonio Vasquez

Assemblymember Luz Rivas

Assemblymember Dr. Corey Jackson

Assemblymember Chris Holden

Speaker Emeritus Anthony Rendon

Assemblymember Mike Gipson

Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo

Assemblymember Eloise Reyes

Assemblymember Laura Friedman

State Senator Lena Gonzalez

State Senator Steve Padilla

State Senator Melissa Hurtado

State Senator Bob Archuleta

State Senator Maria Elena Durazo

CA Democratic Party Secretary Diana Love

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom

Mayor of Long Beach Rex Richardson

Riverside City Council Clarissa Cervantes

Palmdale City Council Andrea Alarcon

Vice President Morongo Basin Healthcare Board of Directors Misty Evans

Burbank Unified School District Board Member Dr. Armond Aghakhanian

Lynwood Mayor Jose Luis Solache

Lynwood Unified School District Board President Alfonso Morales

Lynwood Unified School District Board Member Maria G. Lopez

Lynwood Unified School District Board Clerk Dr. Alma Carina Castro

Lynwood Unified School District Vice President Gary Hardie Jr.

LA County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez

San Bernardino Democratic Party Chair Kristin Washington

Former Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco

Community Leader Charity Chandler-Cole

Community Leader Christian Green

Community Leader & AD 34th Delegate Denise Latanzi

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