Mayor Pro Tem Jeremy B. Yamaguchi, District 3
Mayor Pro Tempore Jeremy Yamaguchi is one of the youngest elected officials in the State of California and the youngest in Orange County history. He was elected in November 2008 at the age of 19 to the Placentia City Council for a term of four years. Mr. Yamaguchi ran in a race with six candidates for three open seats in which he received the highest total vote count.
He holds an extensive background in community affairs and volunteer work. Some of his involvements include Placentia Neighborhood Watch, Placentia Heritage Parade & Festival, Placentia Cultural Arts Commission, Placentia Chamber of Commerce, Placentia Police Department, and the Boy Scouts of America. The Placentia Chamber of Commerce honored Mr. Yamaguchi as the Citizen of the Year in 2006 for his volunteer efforts in the community, the youngest to receive the honor in history. He also received the Presidential Gold Volunteer Service Award from a nomination by the Disneyland Resort. In 2009, Mr. Yamaguchi was honored by the Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE) with the prestigious Rising Star Award.
Mr. Yamaguchi graduated from Placentia's El Dorado High School in 2007 with numerous honors and distinctions, including a historic record of three thousand community service hours. He recently graduated from California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Cum Lade with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. On campus, Mr. Yamaguchi was an officer of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, a member of the CSUF Pre-law society, and the Phi Beta Delta honor society for international scholars. He now owns and manages his own production company in North Orange County.
Mr. Yamaguchi earned his Eagle Scout award in 2006 and was chosen in 2007 as the California Scout of the year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. In 2008 he served as the Lodge Chief and a member of the board of directors for the Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council. As Lodge Chief, Mr. Yamaguchi led Boy Scouts throughout the County to garner in excess of twenty thousand community service hours. In 2009 he served as the Southern California representative to the national Boy Scouts of America for the Order of the Arrow program.
In the past few years, Mr. Yamaguchi has been an integral part of ensuring the financial stability of the City of Placentia. Falling sales tax revenues, the economic downturn, and increases in costs have challenged the small City to stay afloat. Mr. Yamaguchi's cost-saving ideas and watchful eye for wasteful spending have contributed to the City's ongoing efforts to ensure the preservation of the quality of life in the City of Placentia.
Mr. Yamaguchi's personal motto is "I have pride in our past, faith in our future, and a vision for a more stable and secure community."