Mayor 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. Yamaguchi ran in a race with six candidates for three open seats in which he received the highest total vote count.
Yamaguchi earned his Eagle Scout award in 2006 and was chosen as the California Eagle 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. In 2009 he served as the Southern California representative to the national Boy Scouts of America for the Order of the Arrow program.
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 is currently a junior at California State University Fullerton, majoring in political science with a minor in music. He hopes to continue in education to obtain a master's degree in public administration and a Juris doctorate in order to study and practice law.
In his first year in office, Jeremy played a crucial role in drafting and adopting Placentia's first mission and vision statement: "The City Council is committed to keeping Placentia a pleasant place by providing a safe family atmosphere, superior public services, and policies that promote the highest standards of community life." Yamaguchi currently serves on the City of Placentia recycle committee, the Placentia Heritage Parade committee, the Placentia Community Foundation board of directors, the Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency, and the Orange County Fire Authority board of directors.
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."