Opportunities Through Arts and Culture

I believe that the communities in District 80 are rich in culture and art, and it is essential to preserve them. As a child, I loved learning about Mexican-American history through the colorful murals in Chicano Park and attending Chula Vista’s yearly lemon festival to learn about the city's rich agricultural history. 

I strongly believe in the transformative power of arts and culture, yet our education system has consistently overlooked their importance, leaving many underserved communities without adequate access to these enriching experiences. It is clear that there is a need for significant action and policy changes in Sacramento to rectify this disparity.

Passed a law to eliminate the ban on cruising in the state of California

Funded the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture which allocated money to many art programs around the city

Secure the site for the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center


First Library Built in Chula Vista Since 1995

David believes libraries are gateways to knowledge and success and that’s why he felt a strong sense of accomplishment when he successfully broke ground for a new library in Eastlake, Chula Vista in the fall of 2023. UniverCity, a new library in Chula Vista is poised to become a dynamic hub of knowledge, innovation, and community engagement, promising to enrich the lives of residents for generations to come. This visionary project embodies a forward-thinking approach to education and community development

First Library Built in San Ysidro Since 1924

Before securing the funds to build the Chula Vista library, as council member, David built San Ysidro’s first library in 95 years. The 15,000 square-foot facility was designed with input from the community and is more than three-times the size of the original San Ysidro Library. It features modern amenities, including children and young adult areas, meeting spaces, a computer lab, a 3D printer, a multi-purpose community room, and an outdoor movie screen.

Fighting to Stop The Ban on Cruising

In 2023, David passed the Cruising Is Not A Crime bill, AB 436, removing the authorization for a local authority to adopt rules and regulations related to cruising. This law will allow the historical legacies of cruising to continue for the current generation and many more. 

Art Programs Funding

During his time in Council, David funded the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and Classics 4 Kids Organization. Classics For Kids is an educational performing arts organization dedicated to inspire children through the experience of live music. As an avid saxophone player during his college years, David is passionate about supporting music programs for kids. 

Additionally, through the Community Projects, Programs & Services (CPPS), David allocated funds to Museums for the Arts and Young Audiences of San Diego, an organization ​​dedicated to making the arts an essential part of all young people's education in the San Diego Region.

Cultural Recognition of Barrio Logan

Barrio Logan has been a vibrant art community for decades with Chicano Park as its crown jewel. David Alvarez's dedication and unwavering commitment to his community led to securing funding for the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center during his term in City Council. Alvarez's tireless advocacy and leadership in the community have played a pivotal role in bringing this cultural landmark to fruition.

Read David's legislative updates about

Arts & Culture

David Alvarez with District 80 residents


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