Albert Vera is a small business owner, city commissioner and lifelong Culver City resident. His “neighborhoods first” agenda is focused on protecting the things that make our city special and solving everyday problems for Culver City residents.
Continuing a legacy of leadership begun by his father, who served 12 years on the City Council, Albert is anxious to bring his business experiences to City Hall.
“We need to be smart about our city’s finances, but we also have to focus on important issues like attainable housing for working professionals, public safety for all of our residents and intelligent ways of dealing with traffic, transportation and mobility,” he said. “We need to move our city forward by working together to address our challenges and take advantage of the opportunities we have before us. We need to balance economic development with the special qualities that make Culver City unique.”
Albert Vera owns Sorrento Italian Market, a specialty food store filled with old-world charm, as well as the family’s 26 ranches encompassing thousands of acres north of Bakersfield. Albert’s generous donations have helped scores of schools and non-profits, including Culver City Unified School District, Upward Bound House, Culver City Education Foundation, Saint Augustine Volunteer Emergency Services (SAVES), Culver City Senior Center, a variety of youth sports programs and many more.
He is a member of the Culver City Exchange Club and has served on both the Culver City Landlord/Tenant Board and the Culver City Civil Service Commission, where he currently serves as part of the five-member commission charged with advising the City Council on all matters concerning Human Resources administration. Albert also serves on the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Culver City Palms YMCA Board of Managers and the board of Upward Bound House, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless children and their families find permanent, supportive housing.