Councilmember Martha Guerrero has been a community leader in the city of West Sacramento for more than 16 years. In 2018 she became a member of the city council and also serves as Vice-Chair of the Yolo Habitat Conservancy Board, Regional Water Agency Board, Yolo Subbasin Sustainable Groundwater Agency Board, League of Cities Transportation Board, Communication and Public Works Policy Committee. Many hands have made the City of West Sacramento a wonderful place to raise a family, to work and to live, but the work continues and in Councilmember Guerrero we have a proven leader and vested advocate. Martha is a listener and a learner. Her many endorsements are a result of a commitment to collaborative community building.
Long before being appointed and serving as past Chair of the West Sacramento Planning Commission, Martha had been a fixture at City Hall advocating for business, and families and children. Other prior commission and council appointments include: Yolo County Local Mental Health Board, Universal Pre-School for West Sacramento (UP4WS) Advisory Council, Yolo County Citizens’ Advisory Transportation Committee, West Sacramento Aging Commission, and the Economic Development Advisory Commission.
During her time with the Planning Commission, Martha consistently advocated for a general plan that balanced safety and infrastructure with the city’s growth. She supported efforts to enhance bike and pedestrian access and create safe routes to schools. Her work over the years has helped make a significant number of the community’s aspirations a reality:
- Riverfront Development
- New I Street Bridge
- Mike McGowan Bridge
- Flood Protection Levee improvements
- Village Parkway
- The Bridge District
- Enhanced and Expanded Public Transportation Options
- Phased Transformation of the West Capitol Avenue Corridor
- Mercy Housing Permanent Supportive Housing Partnership
- Project Project RoomKey Homelessness Reduction Program
- Project Project HomeKey Homelessness Reduction Program
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathways Master Plan
- Winter Warming Center Sheltering Program
- Crisis Intervention Team Police Partnership Program (2015)
- Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program
- Mental Health Urgent Care (2018)
- Community Center Active Aging Programs
- Quality Early Childhood Education Programs
- Youth Fire Academy and Youth Police Academy
- Health and Safety Hazard Repairs for Fire Station Houses
- Urban Farms and Mobile Van Access
Martha volunteers as a panelist for Yolo County DA’s Neighborhood Court-West Sacramento Homeless Program helping to divert people in need or at risk into services to reduce and eliminate repeated contact with law enforcement.
She is an LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) by training, but Martha’s dedication to service was first inspired by her mother who would make home-cooked meals for the homeless and elderly in her neighborhood. She gained her work ethic from her father who worked at a clothing factory to support the family.
While attending CSU Los Angeles, Martha worked as a bi-lingual research assistant studying community health issues such as HIV/AIDS and the behavioral effects on Latino Communities. Upon completion of her studies, Martha used her training as a LCSW and worked with advocates in both the State Legislature and Congress to help close gaps in treatment for those with mental illness.
Councilmember Guerrero moved to West Sacramento in 2003 and is currently a legislative advocate for the County of Los Angeles. Working at the local, state and federal level of policy development has provided a deeper understanding of key leadership areas such as strategic employment and growth opportunities for disadvantaged populations, increased protections for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, people with disabilities, access to health care and health insurance, expanding services to combat homelessness, and improved access to early education. Promoting self-sufficiency, she has also lent her time and expertise to community based organizations such as Turning Point Community Programs. This community based organization works to provide mental health services in the greater Sacramento area for those that have experienced long-term unemployment and homelessness.
Councilmember Guerrero, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from CSU Los Angeles. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the Centennial Rotary Club and the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy-Sacramento Board. Recently she became a member of the National Association of Social Workers’ Board. As a single mother of twin daughters and proud grandmother, Martha is dedicated to her family and enjoys cooking, jogging, swimming, cycling and volunteering with her neighbors and friends.
I am absolutely honored by those who have offered their endorsements. Below are a list of those who have offered their endorsement to this campaign. I welcome your endorsement as well!