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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 58

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Ivan Altamirano

Vice Mayor/Businessman
3,809 votes (7.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Health Care- Access to quality healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As State Assemblymember Ivan will fight to lower prescription drug prices and reform our healthcare system so that all Californians have access to affordable quality health care.
  • Affordable Housing- Housing availability and affordability has become a crisis issue in California. I am committed to developing and supporting solutions that will alleviate our housing shortage and affordability crisis.
  • Clean Air and Water- Protecting our environment is essential to the health of our community. California will continue to lead the way on reducing carbon emissions, fight for clean air, water and invest in clean and renewable energy.



Profession:City Councilmember/Small Business Owner
City Councilmember, City of Commerce (2012–current)
City of Commerce City Councilmember, City of Commerce City Council — Elected position (2013–current)
City of Commerce City Councilmember, City of Commerce City Council — Appointed position (2012–2013)


A proud father of three and devoted husband, Ivan Altamirano is a team player, a man who leads from the front, dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help his fellow neighbors fight for their dreams.

A high-school dropout, at-risk youth, and a juvenile who was headed in the wrong direction typically do not describe a future political figure. But Ivan is unlike most. He had a rough upbringing in an era when communities were gang-infested. He spent a short time in juvenile hall and later became a father at just 17. These challenges are what forged his future toward a life of public service.

At 19, Ivan turned his life around. He became certified in air-conditioning and heating and earned his GED and Associates in Science at L.A. Trade Tech. Learning what hard work and commitment truly means, he first worked as a service technician, clocking 80-hour weeks. After a series of other certifications and trainings, including the Local 250 Pipe Fitters Union, Ivan launched his own business Ambient A/C & Heating Inc. in 2005. The business took off, employing both full-time staff and subcontractors. However, with the 2008 financial crisis, Ambient A/C & Heating suffered a severe economic downfall. Ivan lost assets and experienced hardships.

But he is a fighter. In June 2009, he connected with Les Brown, one of the world’s most renowned inspirational speakers, and organized an event called “Fight For Your Dream.” This catapulted him toward fighting for his own dream. He returned to the air-conditioning industry to rebuild his business while putting local subcontractors back to work.

In March 2012, his beloved city, the City of Commerce, had a vacant council seat. Citizens were invited to apply for a one-year appointment to City Council. Out of 23 qualified applicants, Ivan was chosen and thereafter appointed. The City Administrator acknowledged Ivan’s tenacity and said, “He parachuted in the middle of a crisis and hit the ground running.” In partnership with Council Members, city employees, and Unions, Ivan worked to generate new initiatives to spark economic reform; the city itself was also experiencing its own economic struggles.

Within three months of his appointment to the City Council, he spearheaded his first project: the Citadel Express Shuttle, a transportation bus that operates on natural gas and travels to numerous stops from Commerce to Downtown Los Angeles. Of all the transportation benefits the City of Commerce offers, the Citadel Express Shuttle is known as having the highest ridership in Commerce.

During Ivan’s first year on Council, the City planned to lay off many employees. Teamwork collaboration between City Council and AFSCME Union ensured layoffs were revoked. In fact, more jobs were created. From there, Ivan used the momentum of Citadel Express Shuttle’s success to expand positive programs like Art in Public Places and City Beautification. He also prompted an early shutdown of an environmental pollutant, the Refuse Facility, that burns 360 tons of trash a day, requiring the use of 120 trucks daily—all within a mere 1,000 yards from residential areas. The Refuse Facility is scheduled to shutdown in June 2018, something Ivan considers a huge win for the community.

His commitment to the City of Commerce and neighboring cities, a place that has watched him fall and rise up, is unwavering. He is impassioned to bring back the middle class. This means helping businesses thrive. Though his political career was unplanned, he has embraced the opportunity as an elected official because he can influence change. He gives voice to those who feel they are not heard. Supporters have told Ivan, “You give hope to people, and that’s stronger than a promise.”

Because of his success as a Council Member, Ivan is now running for State Assembly District 58. His focus is public safety, education, mental health, homelessness, housing, transportation, infrastructure, environmental initiatives, youth programs, and caring for seniors. He knows firsthand the importance of ensuring kids grow up in safe and healthy neighborhoods. He also believes we must care for the elderly, those who protected us when we were children. Currently, he is working with Council Members and community leaders to create a new Sheriff Station to serve the region.

During his six years on City Council, during which he was re-elected in 2013 and 2017, he has served as the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem, sat on the board for Southeast Water Coalition, Gateway Cities Council of Governments, Sanitation Districts, and is currently Chair Director of the Refuse Facility, Economic Development Committee, and Beautification Committee.

Ivan also co-authored a book with other speakers titled “Meeting Les Brown”, and all proceeds are given to adopted children and their families.

Having grown up across from City Hall in the City of Commerce, Ivan Altamirano knows his past does not equal his future. Instead, his upbringing continues to inspire him to pursue a life of public service for his neighboring cities.While eventually, his desire is to tackle global issues like world hunger and environmental advocacy, he’s starting where he can: his community. He believes in the power of change and is driven to pay it forward as others have done for him. As his mentor says, “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you must start to be great!”

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $281,411

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Commerce Casino and employees
Avila Alliance and employees
TELACU and employees
Employees of Craig Realty Group
Mastery In Transformational Trainining Inc. dba M.I.T.T. Institute Inc.

More information about contributions

By State:

California 94.72%
Maryland 1.59%
Arizona 0.85%
Colorado 0.36%
Connecticut 0.36%
Georgia 0.36%
Massachusetts 0.36%
Montana 0.36%
New York 0.36%
Other 0.69%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.56%)
Small contributions (1.44%)

By Type:

From organizations (47.84%)
From individuals (52.16%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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