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Council Member Arturo Flores joined the council in September of 2022. He is one of ten children born from immigrant parents from Zacatecas, Mexico. He was raised by a single mother who was able to sustain a household and who has been a member of SEIU Local 99 over the past 18 years. In 2007 Arturo enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer and would later become a Military K9 Trainer. During his enlistment Arturo completed two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. His military service cemented a passion for civic duty and service to others. Upon completing his enlistment Arturo received his Associated in Arts in Social and Behavioral Science from Southwest College while working as a Youth Counselor for Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services.
His work with foster youth and his military service would be the foundation of his activism for Foster Youth in L.A County and Veteran Services at the State and Federal Level. In 2017 Councilman Flores received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Councilman Flores focused on programs that helped some of the most vulnerable residents of Huntington Park. The Emergency Food Program that began as a necessity, due to restrictions that limited or prevented Seniors from being able to buy groceries, would later become the Huntington Park Senior Food Program that provided thousands of meals to senior citizens in need during the pandemic and the years after.
Councilman Flores prides himself in his ability to build coalitions that are centered in providing the residents of Huntington Park with services that improve their livelihoods, while being a voice for senior and youth residents who are often overlooked. On his free time, Councilman Flores enjoys snowboarding, golfing, motorcycle riding and horseback riding.