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"Our City Council is working as a team for everyone in Whittier. We are addressing all of our major issues, and we are creating a new Whittier with traditional values."

- Joe Vinatieri
Mayor

"Our City Council is working as a team for everyone in Whittier. We are addressing all of our major issues, and we are creating a new Whittier with traditional values."

- Joe Vinatieri
Mayor

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Issues

Public Safety

Number one priority is the safety of our community…always has been and always will be. With property crimes in California and Whittier increasing, many people in Whittier have personally experienced...

Uptown

Uptown continues to grow and prosper with new restaurants and shopping opportunities coming our way. The formation of a business improvement district by the property owners holds great...

Traffic

We all have felt it…it seems like traffic in Southern California is up and more congested than ever and Whittier is no exception. It is a major concern of the Mayor and we have found that much of the traffic on Whittier Blvd.

Shuttered Nelles Youth Facility

Dirt will be turned in April on this long-awaited, 72-acre mixed-use development. What has been a longstanding...

Homelessness

All of us are aware of the problem of homelessness in our community. Homelessness is a regional issue and I am proud to say that Whittier is a leader in combating homelessness. Our efforts to house women...

Library

As a kid, I remember giving my book reports at the Whittier Central Library to volunteers as part of the Summer Reading Club which still exists for this current generation of children. But the Central Library, a circa...

5G

Whittier and the world are desperate for a major upgrade in communications technology. Technology marches on and 5G is one of the near term technologies that will power the information economy...

About Joe

Whittier has been the HOME to three generations of Vinatieri’s. Joe was born and raised in Whittier, attended Whittier schools and is a partner at the Whittier law firm of Bewley, Lassleben and Miller. Joe and his recently deceased wife, Sandy, are proud parents of three married children: Sarah, Joe and Susanna who attended some of the same Whittier schools as their father.

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Announcement (October 11, 2017)

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Today I officially announce my bid to run for a second term as Mayor of the City of Whittier. It is hard to believe that it has been a year and a half since I was first elected. We have made a great start on a positive direction for Whittier but there is much more work to do. In 2016 I ran on the themes of public safety, good jobs/quality economic development, and maintaining Whittier values. In that election we raised community issues including crime, homelessness, Uptown revitalization, the Nelles site development and the need to modernize the Central Library. We are working hard on these issues and making substantial progress. But the short two-year term leaves much further work to be done on these and other issues.

I appreciate the trust and confidence of our Whittier residents as together we dealt with some really tough issues during the last year. With the City Council team, I will continue leading the community as we make even more progress. Together we can accomplish all that has been started and more.

OUR CITY GOVERNMENT IS CHANGING

Almost two years ago, Whittier embarked on a bold new experiment—directly electing a Mayor citywide; and electing four council members by district. We are nearly two years into this transition and on April 10th we will again elect our Mayor and two more council members by district. This new system changed 118 years of history and tradition in Whittier. Many residents were rightly concerned about how it would change the leadership and values of our community.

THE CHANGE HAS NOT BEEN EASY

It might be premature to declare the change a complete success, but as your Mayor I have worked diligently with the Council to keep the city on-track during the transition. Priorities are changing as we shift to districts but we have worked together to keep the budget balanced, maintain quality city services and make important plans for our future while still keeping the Whittier values and traditions that we have all come to expect.

IT'S BEEN AN HONOR TO BE THE FIRST DIRECTLY ELECTED MAYOR

Being the first in any position is an enormous responsibility. My goal as the new Mayor was to create an environment where everyone in Whittier would feel they had access and support from this new office. It's now the only office on the Council that truly has the responsibility for every neighborhood in the City. Weaving together all the diverse interests in this city has been both challenging and rewarding. Together we have made great progress. I hope to continue that success and establish high standards for future Mayors.

THERE HAVE BEEN REAL CHALLENGES

The killing of our Police Officer Keith Boyer and the wounding of Officer Patrick Hazell was a stunning blow to the peacefulness and sense of security in our city. But it also brought this community together to support the families and each other in a way that no one could have anticipated. It demonstrated the overwhelming compassion of our residents and their willingness to step-up when needed. It also forced a long overdue discussion about how California manages parolees and early release inmates. Officer Boyer's death was not in vain. His contribution to our community will long be remembered. His ultimate legacy will be public safety improvements around this state.

WE HAVE MADE GREAT PROGRESS

When I ran for Mayor two years ago, I made clear commitments. I promised to improve our public safety. I pledged to expand jobs, small businesses and our tax base. I said we would work together to resolve our litigation matters and I vowed to maintain our Whittier values of respect, responsibility and caring.

I am happy to report that the long-awaited Nelles project litigation has been resolved and the housing, recreation and commercial project will soon be moving forward with construction. The Uptown Whittier Property Owners have created a Business Improvement District and with City support we will begin making parking and safety improvements to our central core. We have added $2.5 million to our police budget, adding more officers, canines, new radios and bait boxes to catch front porch package thieves. I am committed to expanding our neighborhood watch program and we will continue the push to reduce the' 'early release" of prison inmates. Finally, using new Prop H dollars and the talents of our volunteer community based organizations we have begun to steadily and permanently reduce our homeless population.

OUR CITY GOVERNMENT IS CHANGING

Almost two years ago, Whittier embarked on a bold new experiment—directly electing a Mayor citywide; and electing four council members by district. On April 10th we will again elect our Mayor and two more council members by district. This new system changed 118 years of history and tradition in Whittier. Many residents were rightly concerned about how it would change the leadership and values of our community.

Supporters

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Ruth B. Shannon

“I support Joe Vinatieri for mayor for our city and thank him for his outstanding leadership on the council for the past eight years. I feel he will continue his devotion to the needs of Whittier.”

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Jay & Letty Hernandez

“…Together with Joe we will continue to keep Whittier, vibrant, safe, clean and steadily growing.”

“…Juntos con Joe continuaremos a mantener a Whittier vibrante, seguro, limpio y creciendo fijamente.”

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Sylvia Foltz

“We are so fortunate to have a man of Joe’s caliber willing to run for the office of Mayor of Whittier”

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Jerry & Alison Morgan

“…We need this new plan for our city to succeed and we know that Joe Vinatieri is the one to do this with strong leadership and integrity.”

Elected Officials

  • Cathy Warner, Whittier City Council, Mayor Pro Tem
  • Fernando Dutra, Whittier City Council Member
  • Bob Henderson, Whittier City Council Member
  • Mary Ann Pacheco, Rio Hondo College, Board of Trustees
  • Jess Montes, President, Hispanic Outreach Taskforce
  • Carlos Aparicio, EWCSD Board of Trustees
  • Leighton Anderson, WUHS Board of Trustees
  • Dr. Jennifer De Baca Sandoval, WCSD Board of Trustees
  • Linda Small, WCSD Board of Trustees
  • Christine Sullivan, EWCSD Board of Trustees, President
  • Paul Gardiner, EWCSD Board of Trustees
  • Jan Baird - SWSD, Board of Trustees, President

Supporters

  • Kevin & Jan Hussey
  • Bonnie Peralta
  • Paul & Mary Helfrey
  • Victor & Margoth Murillo
  • Diane Anderson
  • Judi Henderson
  • Bruce Lindsay
  • Delia Morales
  • Lotspeich Family
  • Barbara Pickard
  • Diana Gonzalez
  • Lisa Ordaz
  • Wayne Campfield
  • Gary Izquierdo
  • Ray Anderson
  • Lori Gibson
  • Susan Ayala
  • Laurie Perschbacher
  • Don & Helen Meltzer
  • Bill & Janice Geiger
  • Ellie Bewley
  • Tiffany Givens
  • Kelly Kidwell-Collazo
  • Silvia Salazar
  • Robert & Sue Haendiges
  • Steve Sundin
  • Christina & Louis Grimaldi
  • Hal & Martha Schieve
  • Alison A. Werner
  • Mark Batza
  • Dan & Kathy Nava
  • Bonnie & Glenn Watje
  • Michael & Maudi Greene
  • Barbara Kalligan
  • Patrick & Rosemary Hart
  • Joan Thompson
  • David C. Ellis
  • Courtney & DeLena Neal
  • Richard & Claudia Todd
  • Carl & Stephanie Miller
  • Ted Knoll
  • Renee Loge
  • Robert & Mary Sera
  • Gwen & Mahlon Woirhaye
  • Dan & Julie Peoples
  • Mike Abdelaaty
  • Chris & Judith Hardeman
  • Jose Leon
  • Douglas & Susan Halliday
  • Victor Andrade
  • Maurice & Melanie Bickley
  • Yolanda S. Hope
  • Debra Cook
  • Ruben Estrada
  • David Gonzalez Jr.
  • Craig Dean
  • Carmella Franco
  • Jay & Margaret Gould
  • James Becerra
  • Allan Sheals
  • Selma Minerd
  • Sylvia Foltz
  • Bob & Nancy Stambaugh
  • Kathy Dirian
  • Janet Arlene Reyes
  • Robert & Irene Quist
  • Melinda Schupman
  • Jaime & Peggy Rivera
  • Ann Ford
  • Beverly Linklater
  • Ron & Samantha Ridout
  • Todd DeVoe
  • Harry & Victoria Jacobs
  • Louise Dirian
  • Mohamed Elbeleidy
  • Joe F. Corey
  • Louise Frank
  • Doug Kellogg
  • Yahia Abdul-Rahman
  • William Downey
  • Vanessa Ivie
  • Jim & Lucinda Halley
  • Tom & Virginia Boles
  • Lupe Landeros
  • John & Ariane McCandles
  • Barbara & Jay Nix
  • Jeff & Cynthia Nickell
  • Bonnie Jo Panagos
  • Jay & Margaret Gould
  • Mary Jones
  • Allan Zolnekoff
  • Dan & Pam Skewes
  • Ralph & Jeannie Muhlestein
  • Luis Grimaldi
  • Carla Ramsing Lowinger
  • Jerry & Allison Morgan
  • George Giokaris
  • Felia Pippe
  • Angel Munoz
  • Janice Zolnekoff
  • Cheryl Carey
  • Richard E. Johnson
  • Dan & Nancy Pryor
  • Sylvia Chacon
  • Gary Martinez
  • David & Jeannie Williamson
  • Jesus Rodarte
  • Damian & Debbie Pacheco
  • Armando Leon
  • Ed & Lynda Mitzner
  • Ed & Mollie Miller
  • Vito Adragna
  • Wesley Kruse
  • Richard Cisneros
  • Phyllis Morton
  • Candi Nash
  • Chris Schaefer
  • Joyce Fitzgerald
  • Mark & Corinne Nelson
  • Frederik H. Van Suchtelen
  • Mike & Elaine Garcia
  • Bruce & Karen Hearn
  • Zurich Lewis
  • Charles & Martha House
  • David Warner
  • Marshall & Allayne Estrada
  • Robert De Miranda
  • Bill Oeh
  • Kirk & Lisa Hanson
  • David Bresenden
  • Rafael Wheeler
  • Caren Grisham
  • Rene Mendoza
  • Jean Good Lietzau
  • Eugene & Nina Bresenden
  • Robert Williams
  • Patrick & Andrea Barney
  • Oscar J. Llamas
  • Jay & Letty Hernandez
  • Lee & Ellen Hardeman
  • Henry & Jeanne Moraga
  • Peggy Mooney Rowe
  • Mike Habib
  • Theodore E. Rasmussen Jr.
  • Tom J. Ghysels
  • Dominic Niccoli
  • Roger Phillips
  • Bill & Jan Lopez Wood
  • Janet B. Boulter
  • Jeff Brauckmann
  • Andrea Ramirez
  • Terry Mooschekian
  • Mary & Kenny Venegas
  • Mary R. Jones
  • Ken & Sue Campion
  • Karen Boulter
  • Frank & Elizabeth Lara
  • Ross Gile
  • Luis & Socorro Meza
  • Javier & Jannet Murrieta
  • Robert Williams
  • Dean & Terry Ortner
  • Paul & Susan Bowers
  • Dan & Sarah Barcroft
  • Michael Small
  • Jill Fletcher
  • Letty Brooks
  • Drew & Alyson Pryor
  • Tim Traeger
  • Frank McCaffer
  • Chon & Yolie Cervantes
  • Denise Ng
  • Peter & Joyce Mullenbach
  • Daniel George Sanchez
  • Don Jenkins
  • David & Lauren Krake
  • Ricardo & Andrea Herrera
  • Dan & Patty Tillman
  • Octavio Martinez
  • Helen Nguyen
  • Sue Turco
  • Frank Nevarez
  • David & Julie Owens
  • Ken & Sandra Thompson
  • Ken Henderson
  • Richard Bries
  • Seymour Melnik
  • Doug & Ann Thorne
  • John & Pany Sudick
  • Claud & Marcella Lamar
  • Ben & Rilee Meza
  • Dennis & Lynn Ward
  • Don Mrla
  • Tod & Katy Linklater
  • Tony & Meredith Terranova
  • Mary Dutra
  • John Francis
  • RD & Kathleen McDonnell
  • Joseph & Carol Addante
  • John & Ariane Antonelli
  • Karen Bennett
  • John & Mary McCarthy

About Joe

Whittier has been the HOME to three generations of Vinatieris. Joe was born and raised in Whittier, attended Whittier schools and is a partner at the Whittier law firm of Bewley, Lassleben and Miller.
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