Mayor, City of Claremont
Mayor Sam Pedroza is serving his second term as Mayor and third term on the Claremont City Council, first elected in 2007 and again in 2011, each time as the highest vote-getter. The city election in 2015 was uncontested. He first served his rotational term as Mayor in 2011-2012.
His interests in livable community efforts from a regional perspective are expressed through the boards which he serves on behalf of his City. He is the Chair of the Foothill Gold Line Joint Powers Authority, City representative to the General Assembly of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), City representative to California Contract Cities where he serves on the Executive Board and representative to the Governing Board of San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (COG).
Regionally active, he serves on three COG Committees, which include Transportation, Water Resources and Environment, Energy & Natural Resources. He is the COG representative to the Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority Board where he serves as Vice-Chair. His work on the Gold Line will help extend the light rail train from Pasadena to Claremont. He was appointed by his COG colleagues to the SCAG Regional Council Board representing District #38 which includes the cities of Claremont, San Dimas, La Verne and Pomona. He is the COG’s representative to the Los Angeles Division of the League of California Cities. He also serves on the Foothill Transit Board, appointed by Supervisor Hilda Solis.
Sam’s community involvement started before being elected. He served on the Claremont Community Services Commission and chaired the Claremont Youth Sports Facility Committee. He held board positions on the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy and Claremont Heritage. Sam was also active with the acquisition of Claremont’s last remaining open spaces, Johnson’s Pasture.
Sam was born in Los Angeles and raised in Bassett, an unincorporated neighborhood in the San Gabriel Valley. After graduating from Bassett High School, Sam attended Rio Hondo Community College and Mt. San Antonio College. He transferred to San Diego State University where, in 1992, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. He later continued his education and, in 1997, earned his Master of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA. Upon graduation, he worked for various elected officials and in the water industry.
Currently, Sam is a Senior Environmental Planner for the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. His responsibilities include government relations, outreach, and public relations. Sam and his wife Julie moved to Claremont in 1996 where they are raising their two boys.