Rubio González came from a family of migrant farm workers from Zacatecas and Jalisco, Mexico. His grandfathers came to America after World War II as invited Braceros. Rubio's loves this city, and he is deeply rooted in the community. With the support of family members, he was raised by a single mother. Early on, Rubio learned about fulfilling his responsibilities, and he started working at an early age as a Pomona paperboy. Growing up in Pomona was interesting because at that time we still had movie theaters, bowling allies and malls. Over time these businesses starting closing, and Pomona went through a decade of increasing crime and drive-by shootings. Rubio lost several friends to the gang violence. Too many people he knew ended up in the prisons or the cemeteries. Rubio took a different route, and got his education.
He attended Kellogg Elementary School, graduated from Ganesha High School and went to Cal Poly Pomona as well as other universities to complete his education. Although Rubio and his wife attended Ganesha High together, they met as classmates at Cal Poly Pomona. She too has a similar story and has been involved in the Pomona for just as long. Together, they have recruited, tutored and mentored Ganesha students to higher education through the Orale Pues Project and the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program. While at Cal Poly Pomona they also worked with the Native American community to put together their first graduation ceremony and one of the very first Pow Wows in the city. We developed many other support programs for that center and educated the entire campus about indigenous cultures of all the Americas. They have advocated for the citizens, worked hard for a better Pomona, protested against injustices and marched for human rights.
Rubio fought against the Waste Transfer Station, Measure T (democratic district elections), the closing of the library, a demonstration by Neo Nazis in front of City Hall, Sex Trafficking on Holt Blvd., Propositon 227 (English Only), Driver's License Checkpoints, Proposition 187 (Removal of Services to the Undocumented Community) and many others that promote segregation, racism and oppression. Rubio will always be an advocate for equality and for a higher quality of life for all of Pomona's residents.
Kellogg Elementary School and Ganesha High School Bachelor's Degree from Cal Poly Pomona in English Master's Degree from Cal State Fullerton in Anthropology Teaching Credential and Master's in Education from the University of La Verne (in progress)
Pony United Youth Baseball League-Vice President Historical Society of Pomona Valley-Secretary Pomona Valley Democrat Club-Vice President Historic Preservation-Commissioner Pomona Valley Film Society-Event Coordinator Lion's Gate Home for Men-Board Member Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage-Organizing Committee Member Southwest Public Worker's Union-Assistant Labor Coordinator Arroyo Elementary School Site Council-Board Member Arroyo Elementary-Box Tops Coordinator Arroyo Elementary School-Parent Leads Representative Marshall Middle School-School Site Council Alternate Ganesha High School Site Council-Vice Chair Pomona Heritage-Member United Pomona Valley MEChAs-Co Founder Bellas Artes Gallery-Curator Pomona Beautification Day-Project Lead Cesar Chavez Park Community Group-Co Founder Pomona Beautiful-Co Founder Kite Festival-Founder Voter Registration-Volunteer Since 1993 Obama 2008-Campaign Organizer State Senator Connie Leyva-Campaign Volunteer Councilwoman Cristina Carrizosa-Campaign Volunteer Ganesha Park-Project Prioritizer