Fernando Vasquez was first elected to the Downey City Council in November 2010 to serve the citizens of the Fourth District. He was elected Mayor by a unanimous vote in November 2013, becoming one of the youngest councilmembers to hold that position. In 2014, he was re-elected to serve four more years on the Downey City Council.
Mayor Vasquez has championed the causes he promised to address when campaigning in 2010. He has led the charge to bring the City into the 21st century by bringing forth new technology and open government initiatives to make government more transparent and accountable. He supported public safety services, a healthier and active City through the Stay Healthy Downey initiative, enhanced streets, parks and sidewalks, helped create thousands of jobs, and revived downtown by initiating numerous events, public art and new businesses.
A respected public policy speaker, Mayor Vasquez has presented at forums and seminars involving the Urban Land Institute, Forecast LA, Workforce Investment Healthcare Policy, COMCE de Occidente, A.C. (Latin American trade association), and other industry groups. He has been a guest lecturer at USC, Loyola Marymount University, University of California, San Diego, Universidad de Guadalajara and other academic institutions. He is a board member of Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG), I-5 Freeway Consortium Cities Joint Powers Authority, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, Independent Cities Risk Management Authority (ICRMA- Alternate), Los Angeles City Selection Committee, Avanti Hospitals, Los Angeles County Medical Association Latino Advisory Committee and Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). He is also a member of the National Association of Latino Elected Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the Downey Kiwanis.
In 2011, Mayor Vasquez founded and launched Primawaste, a medical waste management company. Today, Primawaste offers a variety of medical services throughout the western United States and is one of the fastest growing minority owned businesses in its industry. In 2015, he co-founded Mi Cielo Restaurant and Rooftop Lounge, an upscale fine dining restaurant in Downtown Downey. Mayor Vasquez holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Riverside. He is married to Donna B. Vasquez, who is a partner with the Law Offices of Musick Peeler & Garrett.
Mayor Vasquez was raised in the City of Downey and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is the son of immigrant parents who came from a small town near Tepatitlan, Jalisco, Mexico.
Term in Office
November 2010 - November 2014
November 2014 - November 2018
Downey City Hall
11111 Brookshire Avenue
Downey, CA 90241