"Politics in Colton in the 1970's"
Born in Colton in 1932, Mr. Abe Beltrán, a descendant of one of the pioneering families from the La Placita portion of the Agua Mansa Settlement, was one of the first residents from South Colton to hold political office. Abe served on the Colton City Council and also as Mayor. He credits his family and several elder South Colton statesmen including Pasqual Oliva, Pete Luque, Sr., and Manuel Padilla with the support and encouragement needed to run for office. Abe’s service to community extended to participation in the PTA and with San Salvador Catholic Church. During the interview Dr. Tom Rivera points out that many improvements were made in the services to South Colton during Mr. Beltrán’s tenure as Mayor, including the paving of many streets and the installation of sewer lines.
CSUSB, "Mayor Abe Beltran" (2013). South Colton Oral History Project. 17.