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"Why I Became Involved in Colton Politics"

Dr. Tom Rivera and César Caballero, Dean of the Pfau Library at Cal State University, San Bernardino – interview Frank Gonzales, descendant of one of the early Mexican families from the Agua Mansa Settlement. Frank explains the many career paths that he took in his life from shining shoes as a small boy, picking seasonal crops throughout the state, participating in the Boy Scouts, being a steel worker at Kaiser, and later running a market. Frank explains how his attempt to get recognition for his son’s MEChA club in high school provoked him and his friends to run for political office. Two of his friends ran for the school board and he ran for the city council. Frank served two terms on the city council and several terms as Mayor of Colton. He is proud of having several parks and community centers built during his tenure.