Jon is a 47 year (3rd generation) resident of the City of Orange. Born at Chapman Hospital and raised on Sacramento Street. Most of the Dumitru family also live in Orange, and those not residing in the United States live in the southern European countries of Romania, Hungary, and the former Yugoslavia (Croatia).
Jon has been very involved in the community since he was a boy. He was in Boy Scout Troop 1475, and received the Eagle Scout Award in 1986, the highest award for youth offered by the Boy Scouts of America.
As an adult, Jon has been involved in a number of organizations including the Elks Lodge, Orange Taxpayers Association, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Orange County Firefighters Benevolent Association, California State Firefighters Association, Association of Professional Communications Officers, Orange County Young Republicans, National Marrow Donor Program, Orange Community Chorus, Orange Dog Park Association, and Citizens Committee for Plaza Preservation.
A student and product of the Orange Unified School District Jon proudly attended Handy Elementary School, Yorba Junior High School, and is a proud graduate of Orange High School ("Once a Panther...Always a Panther").
Jon has lived his life giving back to the community, and has been a strong advocate for the teachers and students of the school district. He was recently quoted as saying, "My family, church, teachers, and friends over the years have helped me develop into the man I am today. I owe each of them a great debt, and will always work to give back to those who have given so much of themselves to help me succeed."
Jon is a strong supporter of Orange's public safety services, as evidenced by his career in the fire service for well over 25 years. He now works a 24-hour shifts for the Orange County Fire Authority in the Emergency Command Center. He is responsible for receiving emergency calls for fire and medical assistance via 9-1-1; he then relays medical instructions as appropriate. Jon's major duties include coordinating all firefighting (engines, trucks, dozers, air tankers, helicopters) and medical resources throughout Orange County and the State of California. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter and upon completion of the Riverside County Battalion 4 Volunteer Firefighter Academy, he was immediately assigned to assist and protect the residents of Riverside County. Jon is also an advisor in Explorer Post 540 - Emergency Services. This organization trains youth and adults in emergency services such as CPR, first aid, and earthquake preparedness.
Committed to helping resolve local issues, Jon has gained attention by demanding parks and fiscal responsibility. He believes strongly in government that protects citizens' rights, not one that abuses them. He is also very active on a state level advocating for the protection of Prop 13 and repealing of the "Gas Tax". Jon was awarded the OC "Taxpayer Hero Award" in 2012.
Jon has been recognized by local media a number of times, from fighting for the rights of Orange residents and their needs, to delivering a baby on Mother's Day, to saving a young girl with a gunshot wound, and chasing a car-jacker down and holding him for the local police. Most recently, he was awarded the Southern California "9-1-1 for Kids Hero Award".
When Jon is not busy protecting the community or involved in city, state or federal issues he travels and performs in with many choirs as a baritone. Most recently, Jon performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
I am committed to the City of Orange providing free access to information and key documents about how the city spends your tax dollars and provides services to our community.
The information should be consolidated into links to key city documents, records, and information in an effort to increase the public's access to their government.
Also, records of all contributions to the City of Orange City Council and their financial interests in the City will be included and accessible to the public 24/7.
We have so much history in the City of Orange from the days of the Gabrielios to Juan Pablo Grijalva and his homestead to the days of all the land being run by the Yorba and Peralta families as the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana to our city being founded by the team of Chapman and Glassell.
We as city have always placed a heavy preservationist attitude to the Old Towne area of the City of Orange and our beloved Plaza which is very much needed.
But we must also protect other areas of Orange as well from the open spaces of East Orange and El Modena to north Orange and the Eichler Homes and the Orange Barrio.
Take for example the Barrio this was very historic area not only for the city but for our nation. You may have heard of Brown vs. the Board of Education but right here in our own city was the ground swell to desegregation of the schools and that was Mendez vs. Westminster School District of Orange County. This all started right here in Orange in the Cypress Street Barrio. Also in the Barrio long before our May Festival was the La Jamaica festival and like much of Orange the barrio and El Modena communities gave greatly in blood by laying down their lives in defense of our great nation and are true patriots of a grateful nation.
We must remember to preserve all our history in Orange and not pick and choose what looks good!
So if elected to the Orange City Council I will continue the protections of all our history and will work hand in hand with the Orange Unified School District to develop a local history month to educate the youth of our wonderful City.
Recently the State of California has directed that the City of Orange will become a Heroin Needle Exchange City.
I strongly oppose this for many reason and this is such area threat to our neighborhoods. This program was already run out of the City of Santa Ana because of the massive increase in heroin addicts and the large amount of used needles found in parks, gutters and open spaces.
To be clear, I will fight the State of California to keep Orange from having this dangerous program forced on us.
The recent Canyon 2 fire really exposed the need for better urban wildland interface brush clearance and the need for "large animal" evacuation planning for East Orange and Orange Park Acres in the future.
I will bring my over 25 years of service in the fire service to directly address the issue and develop a plan to be used for the orderly evacuation of both our neighbors and their large animals such as horses.
I strongly oppose any sales or property tax increase proposals in the city of Orange and will vigorously fight the State of California from making Orange a heroin needle exchange city.
I was born and raised here in Orange and it’s been my honor to serve as your Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman. I brought forward eight balanced budgets while increasing our Police and Fire Department staffing.
I kept my promise to fight tax and fee increases while working to bring additional parks, community events, and programs for seniors. I will use my experience to lead Orange and continue to fight for a safe and financially secure city.
My 25 years of service with the Orange County Fire Authority gives me experience that cannot be matched in public safety. My goal is to make Orange the safest city in California and never tolerate another crisis like the Santa Ana River homeless encampments.
My vision for Orange combined with past service has earned endorsements from the Orange Taxpayers Association and hundreds of residents in Orange.
Keep Orange the best city to live, work and raise a family.
Please vote Jon Dumitru for City Council
www.jondumitru.com or 714-420-9969