Lou Martinez - District D
Lou Martinez represents Council District D (southeast Hanford), and has served on the Hanford City Council since December 2010. Mr. Martinez was elected Mayor in 2012. Mr. Martinez’s roots in Hanford run deep. Lou was born and raised in Hanford, and lives in the same home in which he grew up. He is a graduate of Hanford High School and attended California State University in Los Angeles majoring in aeronautical engineering. Lou has raised seven nephews, all growing up and educated in Hanford.
Lou’s service on the City Council is an extension of his service in the community. Martinez works as a Weatherization Program Supervisor for the Kings Community Action Organization (KCAO). He has also been actively involved in the parent/volunteer community of Hanford High School. Martinez served as Vice President of the Hanford High Quarterback Club, and he has served on several advisory committees for Hanford High.
Lou ran for Hanford City Council for several reasons. Hanford has been so good to Lou and his children that he felt that it was time to give back to the community. He also strongly advocates for the City to develop and implement programs and services that involve residents and improve their quality of life. Lou’s priorities include promoting education and activities that support and enrich Hanford’s youth. He also advocates for the City to develop and maintain partnerships with the non-profit and private sectors to expand services to the community.
Moreover, as the City has and will continue to experience population growth, Lou is a strong advocate for planned growth, and involving residents to help shape land use decisions in the City. As the City looks ahead to its next General Plan Update, Lou wants to ensure that an extensive public participation program be included, involving residents in the General Plan Update at the neighborhood level.
Lou’s other areas of focus on the City Council are in the following areas:
- Protect direct services to residents (e.g., police, fire, recreation and parks maintenance)
- Promote Long-term financial stability, and pro-active financial planning
- Analyze service delivery from a cost and quality of service perspective
- Protect public safety in the community