Councilmember Rob Hammond
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"I want to make this community as safe as possible for our children, as well as ourselves. Tomorrow wont be safe if we do not fight crime today."
Councilman Rob Hammond was elected to the Monrovia City Council in April 1997. Mr. Hammond owns and operates Monrovia Jewelry and Loan in Old Town Monrovia, where he became active in the Old Town Merchants Association. Finding community involvement to his liking, Mr. Hammond served as president of the Merchants Association, and then became active in several other community organizations. Mr. Hammond has served the community as a charter boardmember of the Monrovia Boys & Girls Club, a member of the Board of Directors of the Santa Anita Family YMCA, and vice-chair of the Citys Community Service Commission. Mr. Hammond is currently president of the Monrovia Rotary Club.
Mr. Hammond became involved in local government and ran for City Council with a grass-roots issue as his primary focus. "Graffiti," he says, "that is what got me going. Graffiti is the advertisement for gang recruitment. If we are going to effectively combat gang activity, then as a community, we need to break the chain of gang recruitment." Councilman Hammonds children also played a role in his involvement. "I dont want that kind of environment for my children or anybody elses. But that means taking steps against gang recruitment, and a zero tolerance for graffiti is a big step in the right direction."
Public safety is Councilman Hammonds primary issue, but he realizes that it is only part of the equation. Exceptional quality of life services for youth and seniors and financial stability are essential components of a successful, healthy city. As a local employer, Councilman Hammond also supports maintaining a good working environment for employees. "If you make people want to come to work, it translates into more responsiveness and better service for Monrovia residents."
Born in Pasadena, Mr. Hammond moved to Monrovia in 1985 with his wife Kathy. They have two children, Christine, age 11 and Michael, age 8.