RUN FOR OFFICE
LA City Controller
Los Angeles, CA
PRIMARY: June 7th
"Qualifications matter. If you're going to be city controller, the city's accountant and an auditor, at least have accounting and auditing experience and that's what I have as a CPA."
Born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Fernando Valley, like many other immigrant families, his parents moved to the United States from the Philippines in search of better opportunities. When Kenneth was seven, his parents divorced and he was raised by his mother.
In 2010, he graduated from Woodbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Soon after, he received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the state of California, working as an auditor for Ernst & Young.
While working as an auditor and accountant in LA, he would regularly see the poor living conditions of people living on the streets. This prompted him in 2016 to co-found a community service group called “We Can Make a Difference LA” where they provide essential supplies to unhoused communities and low-income families in Skid Row, Westlake, Koreatown, and Echo Park. That same year, he joined the LA Tenants Union to organize and fight alongside tenants experiencing immoral rent increases, unjust evictions, and uninhabitable living conditions.
He is running for Los Angeles City Controller because he wants to use his expertise as a CPA to audit the city’s finances to determine departmental effectiveness and identify wasteful spending that can be reallocated to other critical areas for the city.
Sim is a club activist who initially got involved in the campaign because his work endorsed Kenneth for election. He was very drawn to Kenneth's campaign and he decided to get involved himself. He has an integral role in creating fun social media campaign initiatives to help spread the word and reach a younger demographic.
Jacky is a volunteer for the campaign and is specifically in charge of the Spanish outreach. She believes that Kenneth is right for this position because he believes in transparency and wants to make information accessible and available to the everyday person. She thinks this is extremely important, especially in black, brown, and marginalized communities.
As a millennial, Jane is one of the older members of the campaign team. She is integral in making sure the campaign is running smoothly, that everyone knows what they are doing, and that they keep the goal of winning at the front of the minds of the volunteers and team. She thinks the best thing about the campaign is that they have created a space where everyone's opinion is valued, and new out-of-the-box ideas are encouraged.