I was born and raised in Oceanside, part of a five generation Oceanside family. My dad Luis, born in Texas, came to Oceanside when he was 7 during the 1930′s. I remember some of his stories of working in the fields of Texas, where watercups and bathrooms were labeled for “whites only” and for “coloreds.”
My dad fell in love with my mom, Carolina, one day in church, while visiting relatives in Tijuana. He wooed her until she said “yes,” then immigrated her to Oceanside. They were married at St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church in 1954. I was born two years later. I have two brothers — Lou, one year younger, and Tony.
My parents had a very strong work ethic. Growing up during the depression, they wanted a better life for their children. I remember my mom working in the tomato and flower fields, cannery, then Reeves Rubber in San Clemente. She worked the swing shift, 4 pm to midnight, so that at least one parent would be home with the kids 'round the clock. She worked at the rubber plant for 27 years, until it closed. My dad worked on base as a warehouseman, 2200 area, for 35 years. He never missed a day of work. My parents were also very much involved in the community and in the church.
I graduated from Oceanside High, just after the second high school campus was built. I attended “west” campus for two years, then “east” campus, later called “El Camino High School” for my junior and senior year. I guess you can say that I’m a graduate of both Oceanside and El Camino High!
I was a member of the honor choir, speech team (thank you, Mr. Roche!), theater (Thespian), and the mentally gifted minors program. I was also on the honor roll.
I received a scholarship to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where I majored in Urban Studies. During my first summer, I interned in Washington, DC for Senator John Tunney and watched the historic Congressional roll-call vote on the extension of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I also volunteered for the United Farm Workers and for Providence Legal Aid and later worked for a community-based organization.
After Brown, I came home and worked as a marketing secretary for an electronics firm while taking classes at Cal State, San Diego at the Graduate School of Urban Planning. I then applied to Hastings College of Law, graduating in 1986 and passing the bar on the first try. I started in private practice, then joined the county in 1988, first with County Counsel then with the Public Defender’s Office, where I worked for 20 years. I started my private practice in Oceanside 6 years ago.
While not blessed with kids of my own, I am very close to my three wonderful newphews and niece — Michael, Christian, Cristina and David -- and my great nephews, "CJ," Thomas and Anthony. We are a very close family.
After over 40 years of being a permanent resident, my mom became a Citizen of the United States in 1996. She immediately registered to vote. I was there to watch my mom cast her ballot in her hometown of Oceanside for the first time!
I have lived in Oceanside almost all of my life, leaving for school and also living briefly in Chula Vista and San Diego while assigned to the offices in those cities. I have watched Oceanside grow from a town of 30,000 to a city of 174,000.
The 1998 vote on Prop V, the 12 story Manchester project, yanked my attention to Oceanside politics. I could not believe that our city council would privatize our beach, pier and bandshell area, bulldoze our bluffs and give away the 450 acres at El Corazon for a golf course. I felt compelled to run for office, to speak on behalf of so many who were opposed to this project. As I connected with voters in 2000, I realized that the interests of our neighborhoods and of our communities were not being represented. I was especially concerned about the lack of services for our seniors and for our youth, as well as what seemed to be the failure of redevelopment and economic development and the lack of cultural resources.
I love the arts, especially music and dance; history; architecture; literature; poetry; languages; and travel. My all-time favorite novel is Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” I’m still haunted by the poem after which the book is called:
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main… Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee…” John Donne
I love the Law and the Constitution. I love the fact that I live in a country that values freedom and liberty and educational opportunity.
Most of all, I love my family, my faith, and I love Oceanside!
Friends of Esther Sanchez for Oceanside City Council District 1 2018, FPPC #1306379
Campaign Office: 3784 Mission Ave #152, Oceanside, CA 92058; 442-500-8028
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1789, Oceanside, CA 92051